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REG to Expand Renewable Diesel Refinery Capacity

Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced plans to expand capacity at its Geismar, La., renewable diesel refinery by between 250 million to 340 million gallons annually with construction expected to begin in 2021 with “mechanical completion” in 2023.

October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Top 100

Sysco Tests Freightliner eCascadia in California

Sysco trucks Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Sysco Corp. announced it is testing in California an all-electric Freightliner eCascadia from Daimler Trucks North America.

October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

Considerations for Hydrogen-Electric Trucks

Kenworth Several Kenworth tractors with Toyota hydrogen-electric powertrains that are being deployed in drayage operations around the Port of Los Angeles. (John Baxter)

Hydrogen will likely end up as the dominant fuel for longhaul trucks one or more decades from now, according to experts at familiar component suppliers and truck manufacturers. Nikola Motor Co. agrees, as one of the first entrants into this arena, with a whole new vehicle architecture.

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Technology Provider Hopes to Strike Balance on Diesel Engine

ClearFlame's first prototype using Cummins engine ClearFlame's first prototype demonstration using a Cummins engine. (ClearFlame)

ClearFlame Engine Technologies is working to develop a diesel engine that runs on cleaner fuel without compromising performance.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Refrigerated Carriers Finding Value With Electric-Powered Reefer Units

Electric Advances in microprocessor-based controllers are making systems more efficient and reliable, as well as enhancing diagnostics for maintenance. (Carrier Transicold)

The use of electric power to refrigerate trailers is expected to surge in the coming years, according to some manufacturers and fleet operators.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Technology Used to Strengthen Truck and Trailer Inspection Procedures

Trailer inspection at Boyle Transportation Updating truck repair status is a big part of performance bonuses for fleets, creating an incentive for drivers to take the initiative on maintenance. (Boyle Transportation)

Given the importance of pre- and post-trip inspections, many fleets have implemented technology to guarantee drivers are conducting them properly and to transmit the findings early.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Adapting to the Virtual Environment

vehicle damage In TMC's study group, Vice Chairman Chris Sterwerf described the impact that minor vehicle damage can have on an ADAS system. (Chris Sterwerf)

Societal changes — accelerated by technology and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis — are transforming the way fleets specify and operate equipment in both intentional and unintended ways.

Robert Braswell | Executive Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Telematics Strengthens Communication Between Delivery Driver and Dispatch

Ford Transit As this Ford Transit makes a delivery, telematics is helping fleets keep up with efficient productivity as well as regular maintenance. (Michael Freeze/Transport Topics)

Last-mile delivery for any fleet operation — big or small — is only as efficient as the communication between the driver and dispatch.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

A Lesson in Idling

child in car seat The precious cargo: Mikale and his "blankie." (Michael Freeze/Transport Topics)

I was presented the opportunity to drive the 2020 Ford Transit for a week.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Amazon Unveils Prototype of Rivian-Built Electric Delivery Van

Amazon Rivian van Amazon

Amazon .com Inc. unveiled a prototype of one of three electric vehicles being developed in partnership with startup EV truck manufacturer Rivian.

Robert Channick | Chicago Tribune
October 9, 2020

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