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Rep. Sam Graves Highlights Push to Streamline Permitting Process

Graves Graves via Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Policies aimed at expediting the permitting process related to big-ticket infrastructure projects would enhance connectivity along freight and commuter networks, Rep. Sam Graves, the top Republican on the House transportation panel, recently indicated.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 18, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

Nikola’s Badger Pickup Truck Touts 600-Mile Range

Nikola The Nikola Badger. (Nikola Corp.)

Nikola Corp. announced a plan to build an electric pickup truck called the Nikola Badger with a maximum range of 600 miles at a yet-unnamed truck maker’s manufacturing facilities and with the other truck maker’s certified parts.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 18, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Technological Disruptions Bring Risk for Fleets

Velociti A Velociti technician installs an onboard computer in a truck cab. (Velociti)

A systemwide update to GPS technology last year gave the trucking industry and other sectors a glimpse into how large-scale technological malfunctions can cause broad-based problems for businesses, but small-scale issues can be just as disruptive, experts said.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 18, 2020
Government, Technology

Kansas Leaders Announce New Transportation Plan

Kansas Forward logo Kansas Department of Transportation via YouTube

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz recently unveiled a new statewide transportation plan.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Trucking Stakeholders Question CARB’s Zero-Emissions Plan

Traffic on Highway 101 in San Francisco Traffic on Highway 101 in San Francisco by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

A plan by California environmental regulators to get zero-emissions vehicles on the road as soon as possible is getting pushback from truckers and other concerned industry stakeholders.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 13, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Breaking News

Class 8 Sales Tumble in January as Fleets Grow More Cautious

Peterbilt Class 8 A Peterbilt 579 Class 8 truck. (Peterbilt Motors Co.)

Class 8 U.S. retail sales in January dropped below 16,000 for the first time since January 2018, WardsAuto .com reported, as a cautious industry waited to see what changes in the freight environment.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 12, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Cummins Top Overall Supplier of Class 8 Engines in 2019

Cummins A lineup of Cummins engines. (Cummins Inc.)

Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. supplied the most Class 8 diesel engines in 2019.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 12, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

Electric VNR Models to Hit Streets as VTNA, Partners Accelerate EV Program

VNR electric truck One of Volvo Trucks North America's VNR electric models at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (Joe Howard/Transport Topics)

FONTANA, Calif. — Volvo Trucks North America provided the first rides in its forthcoming electric VNR model, and its partners in the Volvo LIGHTS project provided an update on efforts underway to accelerate adoption of electric trucks during a Feb. 11 media event.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
February 12, 2020
Government, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Federal Policymakers to Draft Self-Driving Vehicles Bill

Frank Pallone Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) by J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Policymakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are aiming to draft a bipartisan measure that would guarantee the deployment of lifesaving technologies in self-driving vehicles, the chairman of a key committee said Feb. 11.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 11, 2020
Business, Technology

The Urban Garbage Truck Gets a High-Tech Battery Makeover

Volvo's FE electric garbage truck. Volvo's FE electric garbage truck. (Volvo AB)

Automakers from Tesla Inc. to Ford Motor Co. are developing ever-sleeker, futuristic-looking electric cars. Volvo AB has something a little different in the race: the battery-powered garbage truck.

Stefan Nicola | Bloomberg News
February 11, 2020