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Tesla Hits Record Profit Despite Parts Shortage

A sign bearing the company logo outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver A sign bearing the company logo stands outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

DETROIT — Record electric vehicle sales last summer amid a shortage of computer chips and other materials propelled Tesla Inc. to the biggest quarterly net earnings in its history.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
October 20, 2021
Business, Technology, TCA

Flock Freight Scores $215 Million for Tech That Finds Available Space on Trucks

Flock Freight illustration Flock Freight says its shared truckload technology allows carriers to improve on-time delivery. (Flock Freight/YouTube)

Flock Freight, an Encinitas, Calif., trucking logistics firm that aims to revolutionize the way freight moves across the country, has landed another $215 million in venture capital.

Mike Freeman | The San Diego Union-Tribune
October 20, 2021
Government, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Not Everyone in Seattle Is Excited About Autonomous Vehicles Coming

A Zoox Inc. self-driving car sits parked outside the company's headquarters in Foster City, Calif. A Zoox Inc. self-driving car sits parked outside the company's headquarters in Foster City, Calif. (Michael Short/Bloomberg News)

An announcement Oct. 18 from Amazon’s self-driving car unit Zoox that it will soon start testing its autonomous vehicles in downtown Seattle drew criticism from transportation safety advocates.

Katherine Anne Long | Seattle Times
October 20, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Seemingly an Odd Couple, Tesla and Texas Becoming Tightly Intertwined

Elon Musk speaks at the SpaceX launch facility in Cameron County, Texas, in 2019

It seems like an unlikely marriage: Tesla, the world’s biggest electric automaker, moving its headquarters to Texas — where the oil and gas industry is etched in the state’s DNA and where, unless something changes, Tesla isn’t even allowed to sell its vehicles directly to customers.

By Bob Sechler and Kara Carlson | Austin American-Statesman
October 20, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Infrastructure Battle Puts China Chip Bill on Back Burner

chips A 300mm silicon wafer at a display area in the semiconductor fabrication (fab) plant, operated by Robert Bosch GmbH in Dresden, Germany. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News)

A bipartisan push to make the U.S. more competitive with China and bolster domestic chip production risks falling by the wayside as Congress grapples with a packed year-end agenda in an ever-more-divided Capitol.

Daniel Flatley | Bloomberg News
October 20, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

NHTSA Deputy Steven Cliff to Be Nominated as Administrator

Highway Traffic on an Arizona highway. (Arizona DOT via YouTube)

A former California pollution regulator is being nominated to run the nation’s highway safety agency.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
October 20, 2021
Government, Technology, Fuel

The Economic and Environmental Benefits of The STEER Act

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Program Airred: October 19, 2021. The STEER Act, a new bill introduced by Rodney Davis, will catalyze adoption of active emissions-reducing technologies by the trucking industry, the 3rd largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the US. Its initiatives will help the US continue to lead in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and put money in truckers’ pockets.

October 19, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

September Port Numbers Remain Strong as Leaders Address Congestion

Port of Los Angeles Shipping containers at night at the Port of Los Angeles on Oct. 13. (Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg News)

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are gearing up to operate 24/7 to clear the massive backlog of 20-foot-equivalent (TEU) containers as they pile up at the two Southern California ports and others on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
October 19, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trail King Adds Two New Dealers

Trail King A Trail King booth at a previous industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Trailer manufacturer Trail King Industries announced the addition of two new dealers to its network: Frost Machines of Cody, Wyo., and US Equipment Sales & Rentals in Plainfield, Ill.

October 18, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Perspective

Perspective: Engagement Is Vital to Industry

I got to see up close just how important it is to be engaged with the association, and as I turn the wheel over, I want that to be the message I leave you with: Engagement is key in moving our agenda and industry forward.

Sherri Garner Brumbaugh | Chairman, American Trucking Associations
October 18, 2021