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Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

DHL Express Launches New Fleet of Electric Delivery Vans in San Francisco

DHL Express DHL Express

DHL Express is rolling out a new fleet of 63 electric delivery vans in the United States as part of the German company’s goal to reduce logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050.

February 5, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 2 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "Is Trucking Charging Toward an Electric Reality?" is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Business, Technology

GM’s Diesel Pickups Pave Way to Electric Future

GM The General Motors Co. GMC 2020 Next Generation Sierra Denali heavy duty truck. (Sandy Huffaker/Bloomberg News)

The vehicles that will secure the next decade for General Motors Co. aren’t covered in self-driving sensors or loaded with batteries. No, the future depends on hulking pickup trucks that often run on diesel and cost more than the average BMW.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
February 5, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Next Secures $97 Million in Series C Round of Funding

Next, a company that uses smart matching and predictive load technologies to connect shippers and carriers, announced it has secured $97 million in its Series C round of funding. The company will use the funds in part to launch Relay, a service to address congestion at shipping ports.

February 5, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Standardizing Collision Avoidance Systems Is One of NTSB’s Most Wanted Safety Improvements

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt by Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Automobile and truck manufacturers should develop a standard practice of installing collision avoidance technology in their vehicles, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which named the system as one of its 10 Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Suppliers Use HDAW 2019 to Unveil Latest Efforts

Eaton Corp. building Eaton Corp.

LAS VEGAS — Suppliers of a variety of products and services for the aftermarket announced developments here during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 4, 2019
Business, Technology

Volkswagen to Use Tesla Batteries at Car-Charging Stations

Electric Vehicle Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc.’s battery systems will be installed at more than 100 electric-vehicle U.S. charging stations this year.

Brian Eckhouse | Bloomberg News
February 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Transportation Groups Want State of the Union to Highlight Infrastructure Needs

President Donald Trump President Donald Trump (Face The Nation via YouTube)

Transportation priorities need to be included in President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, industry stakeholders say. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, TCA

California Commits Billions to Advance EV Programs

Tesla A Tesla Model S at a Supercharging station. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

A review conducted by the San Diego Union-Tribune showed various state agencies have committed $2.46 billion in public funds — some of it already spent and the rest planned over a number of years — for programs aimed at luring drivers out of cars and trucks powered by internal combustion engines and encouraging them into zero- or low-emission vehicles.

Rob Nikolewski | The San Diego Union-Tribune
February 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Freightera Logistics Secures Investment From Decathlon Capital Partners

Freightera Freightera's platform. (Freightera via YouTube)

Freightera, an online marketplace for freight costs and service comparisons, has announced a major investment from Decathlon Capital Partners, per a Jan. 24 press release. An exact figure wasn’t disclosed but was described as being seven figures.

February 4, 2019
Business, Technology

Tesla to Buy Battery-Tech Firm Maxwell for $218 Million in Stock

Tesla Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc. agreed to acquire battery-technology company Maxwell Technologies Inc. for about $218 million in stock, as Elon Musk’s electric-car maker adds expertise in energy storage and power delivery.

Anthony Palazzo | Bloomberg News
February 4, 2019