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Shell Adds E-Fluids to Portfolio

Shell sign Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News

Royal Dutch Shell announced it added Shell E-Fluids to its specialized fluids portfolio to support battery-electric and fuel-cell electric powertrains for commercial light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

October 16, 2020
Business, Technology, TCA

GM to Rename Michigan Plant ‘Factory Zero’

GM factory zero sign Carlos Osorio/AP

DETROIT — General Motors Co. on Oct. 16 renamed its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant “Factory Zero,” a sign of GM’s deepening commitment to an electric future that insiders call “zero zero zero.”

Kalea Hall and Daniel Howes | The Detroit News
October 16, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Traton, Navistar Reach Agreement on $3.7 Billion Buyout

Navistar Navistar International Corp.

Traton SE announced Oct. 16 it had agreed to Navistar International Corp.’s condition of a per-share price of $44.50 and will acquire all shares it does not already own as part of a $3.7 billion purchase of the U.S. truck maker.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 16, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

Nikola Shares Plunge After CEO Says Startup Can Go It Alone

Nikola HQ Nikola headquarters in Phoenix. (Ash Ponders/Bloomberg)

Nikola Corp. CEO Mark Russell sees a path ahead for his company even if the embattled electric-truck startup is unable to come to terms with General Motors Co. on a proposed strategic partnership.

Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
October 16, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

GM’s Cruise Unit OK’d for Automated Tests in San Francisco

The GM Cruise Origin electric driverless shuttle The GM Cruise Origin electric driverless shuttle. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

General Motors Co.’s Cruise unit will be allowed to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in San Francisco without a safety driver, joining Amazon .com Inc.-backed Zoox Inc. and a handful of other self-driving startups.

Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
October 15, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Bollinger Motors to Build Battery Packs for Its Electric Trucks

The Bollinger battery pack Bollinger Motors has filed a patent for a streamlined battery pack. (PR Newswire)

Oak Park, Mich.-based electric-vehicle startup Bollinger Motors on Oct. 15 said it will produce its own battery packs for its vehicles according to a new design it developed and for which it has submitted a patent.

Breana Noble | The Detroit News
October 15, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Fiat Chrysler to Invest Up to $1.1 Billion in Canadian Plants

Fiat Christopher Pike/Bloomberg News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV agreed to invest as much as $1.1 billion (C$ 1.5 billion) in one of its two assembly plants in Canada as part of a tentative agreement reached with more than 9,000 local autoworkers.

October 15, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

New Drivewyze Service Allows for Custom Safety Alerts, Driver Feedback

Drivewyze screen in cab The Drivewyze platform includes safety alerts. (Drivewyze via YouTube)

Drivewyze introduced a safety system Oct. 14 that allows fleets to add customizable driving alerts and analyze driver behavior.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
October 14, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Texas Officials Unveil Truck Inspection Facility Along I-10

New truck inspection station in Seguin, Texas The inspection station includes a platform scale spanning 90 feet that allows inspectors to weigh an entire truck at once. (Texas Department of Public Safety via Facebook)

The Texas Department of Public Safety has opened a technologically advanced truck inspection facility in Seguin, which straddles Interstate 10.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 14, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Cummins Set to Produce 2021 EPA-Compliant On-Highway Engines Jan. 1

Cummins Endurant X12 Cummins X12 (Cummins Inc.)

Cummins Inc. announced its 2021 heavy-duty X12 and X15 series engines that are Environmental Protection Agency emissions-compliant are in limited production with full production scheduled for Jan. 1.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 14, 2020