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EV-Battery Rivals Prod Biden With Rare Trade Veto in Balance

The Ford F-150 The Ford F-150. SK Innovation Co., Ford’s battery supplier for its upcoming electric F-150 pickup truck, SK Innovation, faces a 10-year U.S. import ban on its Korean-made batteries and components after April 11. (Ford Motor Co.)

Two of the world’s largest electric-vehicle battery-makers have hired top Washington insiders to hold near-daily meetings with the Biden administration in a battle that could affect the electrification plans of Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG.

April 7, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Why Remote Control Isn’t Required for Self-Driving Vehicles

 General Motors' Cruise AV, an autonomous electric vehicle, on display in Detroit in January 2019. (Paul Sancya/AP) GM's Cruise has logged more miles than many other autonomous companies testing the vehicles on California roads. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — As autonomous vehicle testing advances without cohesive federal guidelines, companies are operating under inconsistent or nonexistent rules for how and whether a vehicle is monitored and controlled on the road.

April 7, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100, TCA

UPS Orders Electric Aircraft to Transport Cargo Between Facilities

An artist rendering of a UPS electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft. An artist rendering of an electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft. (UPS Inc.)

UPS Inc. is ordering 10 electric aircraft that are designed to take off and land like a helicopter, allowing it to fly cargo directly between its facilities in small markets and bypass airports.

Kelly Yamanouchi | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 7, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Nikola Loses EVP Heading Fuel Cell Development

The Nikola Two and former executive vice president Jesse Schneider Nikola Two by Nikola Corp.; inset of Jesse Schneider via LinkedIn

Nikola Corp., the troubled hydrogen-powered and battery-electric truck startup, lost a key member of its executive team with the departure of the former head of its fuel cell development program.

Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
April 7, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Haldex Reports Positive 2021 Outlook, Taps New CEO

Haldex truck Haldex

Haldex said in its recently released annual report that the outlook for 2021 is positive as it continues its role as a global supplier of brake products and air suspension systems for heavy-duty trucks and trailers.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 7, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

NACFE to Monitor Downtime in Run on Less — Electric

Freightliner eCascadia A Freightliner eCascadia at the 2019 North America Commercial Vehicle Show. Schneider is testing the model through 2021. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

As the North American Council for Freight Efficiency prepares for its Run on Less — Electric demonstration in September, it expects vehicle downtime likely to be a factor and something to chart.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 6, 2021
Business, Technology

Automakers Want Aid for Car-Grade US Chip Production

Chip Shortage Vehicle frames sit on an assembly line at the Ford Motor Co. Chicago Assembly Plant. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Automakers want a portion of the money Congress approved for addressing the global semiconductor shortage to be reserved for vehicle-grade chips — warning of a potential 1.3 million shortfall in car and light-duty truck production in the U.S. this year.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
April 6, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Tesla’s Blowout Deliveries Lift Shares Even as Smaller Peers Lag

Tesla Tesla's Elon Musk. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

Tesla Inc. first-quarter delivery numbers blew past analysts’ estimates, helping the stock fend off a slide in the broader electric vehicle industry amid growing skepticism about the future of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
April 6, 2021
Business, Technology

New Samsara Service Helps Carriers Compare to Industry

Samsara screenshot/logo Samsara

Samsara launched a new service aimed at helping carriers identify areas for improvement by revealing industry benchmarks, the company announced April 6.

April 6, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

TMC Kicks Off Spring Meeting in Virtual Format

2021 TMC Spring Meeting logo

American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council Annual Meeting is being reconfigured this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with its spring meeting kicking off today under a virtual format.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 6, 2021