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Lightning eMotors Expands Manufacturing Footprint

Lightning eMotors Assembled electric powertrains are ready for installation into Lightning Electric Transit 350HD vehicles. (Business Wire)

Lightning eMotors, a provider of electric powertrains for a range of commercial vehicles, announced it is adding 107,000 square feet to the footprint of its headquarters in Loveland, Colo.

January 22, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel

EV Mania Propels Record Legacy Automaker Gains in 2021

A GM Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle charges outside the company's headquarters in Detroit. A GM Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle charges outside the company's headquarters in Detroit. (Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News)

Investors are rewarding U.S. automakers as they embrace electric vehicles to boost growth amid a burgeoning demand for environment-friendly cars.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
January 21, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Audit Finds Flaws in FMCSA Monitoring of Drivers’ Medical Qualifications

Man getting medical checkup The IG audit said that a seven-month registry outage, which began in December 2017, resulted in driver examination reports not being entered, creating “data-quality issues, including missing records." (Portra/Getty Images)

An Inspector General audit has found weaknesses in regulators’ monitoring of medical examiner qualifications and ensuring that truck drivers meet physical qualification standards to safely operate commercial vehicles.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 21, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Biden Unveils Sweeping Climate Plan, Moves to Rejoin Paris Pact

President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20. (Patrick Semansky/Bloomberg News) President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20. (Patrick Semansky/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden signed sweeping actions to combat climate change hours after taking the oath of office, moving to rejoin the Paris accord and imposing a moratorium on oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

January 20, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Top 100

Werner Invests in TuSimple to Spur Autonomous Trucking

Werner, TuSimple trucks Werner by Werner Enterprises Inc.; TuSimple by Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics

Transportation and logistics provider Werner Enterprises announced it invested in TuSimple, an autonomous trucking technology company founded in 2015, and described it as an important milestone in the journey to become an environmental leader.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 20, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Technology, Pandemic Reshape Industry’s Business Models, Panel Says

E-Commerce One major trend over the past year has been a spike in e-commerce. (Ergin Yalcin/Getty Images)

Advancements in technology and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic have driven major changes in trucking, a panel of experts said Jan. 19.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 20, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel

GM’s Mary Barra Boosts Stock as Tech Story Gains Credibility

GM CEO Mary Barra talks with reporters following a meeting with lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol in June 2019. GM CEO Mary Barra talks with reporters following a meeting with lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol in June 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images via Bloomberg News)

All General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra needed to hit a stock record was $27 billion and a bit of braggadocio.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
January 20, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Anthony Levandowski Receives Trump Pardon

Anthony Levandowski (left) and attorney Miles Ehrlich exit federal court in San Jose, Calif., in August 2019. Anthony Levandowski (left) and attorney Miles Ehrlich exit federal court in San Jose, Calif., in August 2019. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump pardoned Anthony Levandowski, saving the engineer from more than a year in prison for stealing trade secrets from his former employer, Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo.

Alistair Barr | Bloomberg News
January 20, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

US Automakers Plead for Government Help in Growing Chip Crisis

Employees work as Ford Expedition SUVs sit on an assembly line in Louisville, Ky. Employees work as Ford Expedition SUVs sit on an assembly line in Louisville, Ky. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

American automakers are asking the U.S. government to help solve a debilitating shortage of computer chips that is closing auto factories worldwide and could restrict production until the fall.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
January 19, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Paccar, Aurora to Partner on Development of Autonomous Trucks

Aurora Peterbilt truck and Kenworth T680 Left: Aurora has been testing autonomous Peterbilt trucks in Texas. (Aurora) Right: A Kenworth T680 at a past industry show. Paccar is working with Aurora to build self-driving models of the T680. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Paccar Inc. reached a deal with a California technology startup to develop and sell autonomous versions of two of its most popular Class 8 truck models.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2021

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