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Ford Breaks Ground on $5.6 Billion Complex for EVs, Batteries

Ford plant site The plot of land near Stanton, Tenn., is going to be home to Ford's newest EV plant. (Houston Cofield/Bloomberg)

Ford Motor Co. has begun construction of its $5.6 billion electric vehicle manufacturing complex in western Tennessee, the largest factory project in the automaker’s 119-year history.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
September 23, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Cenntro Unveils Two New Electric Vehicles

L260 The LS260. (Cenntro)

Cenntro Electric Group Limited alongside its subsidiary Cenntro Automotive Europe GmbH unveiled two all-electric commercial vehicles Sept. 19.

September 22, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Nikola Pickup Had No Nikola Parts, GM Engineer Testifies

Nikola Badger The planned Nikola Badger was never developed after GM dropped its plan for a stake in the electric vehicle maker. (Nikola Corp.)

Nikola Corp. founder Trevor Milton wasn’t truthful when he claimed his company was responsible for most of the components in a planned pickup truck General Motors Co. was to build for the electric vehicle maker, a GM engineer testified.

September 22, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Mack Aims to Gain Users for Command Steer Option

Mack quarry Mack Trucks

EASTON, Pa. — Mack Trucks offers 3,000 or so colors to choose from on a new truck, company representatives said, highlighting how its customers can be exceedingly particular about what they spec on their trucks. Command Steer, a recent variable steering option the truck maker hopes to build interest in, is one of those specs.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 22, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

California Seeks to Ban Sales of Diesel Big Rigs by 2040

LA Traffic in Los Angeles. (Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg News)

Saying they had a “moral obligation,” California regulators could soon ban the sale of diesel big rigs by 2040.

September 22, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous, For-Hire

Torc, Schneider Partner on Level 4 Autonomy

Torc HQ Daimler

Driverless technology company Torc Robotics and Schneider are preparing to launch a pilot program to further implement autonomous longhaul trucking, the companies announced Sept. 20.

September 21, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Grote to Offer Digital Wiring Harness 4SEE

Grote The 4SEE system begins at the weather-protected, pre-wired nose box at the front of the trailer. (Grote Industries Inc.)

Grote Industries Inc. announced its new modular, digital wiring harness for trailers, 4SEE, which is slated to go into limited release in North America in the fourth quarter, with full release beginning in 2023.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Hertz to Order Up to 175,000 EVs From GM

Hertz EVs Hertz made a splash last fall when it announced it would offer “the largest EV rental fleet in North America and one of the largest in the world” with an initial order of 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles. (Hertz via YouTube)

The Hertz Corp. is planning to order up to 175,000 electric vehicles from General Motors Co. over the next five years for its rental fleet, the companies said Sept. 20.

Kalea Hall | The Detroit News
September 21, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NTSB Wants All New Vehicles to Check Drivers for Alcohol Use

Crash memorial A row of crosses forms a memorial along Highway 33 as police officers survey the scene a day after a crash killed nine people near Avenal, Calif., on Jan. 2, 2021. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)

DETROIT — The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all new vehicles in the U.S. be equipped with blood alcohol monitoring systems that can stop an intoxicated person from driving.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
September 21, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Cummins Showcases Fuel Cell, Engine Innovations

Cummins CEO Jennifer Rumsey at IAA 2022 “The shortest path to zero requires scrutinizing the entire chain of carbon emissions," Cummins CEO Jennifer Rumsey says. (Joe Howard/Transport Topics)

HANOVER, Germany — Cummins CEO Jennifer Rumsey detailed a two-part strategy the company is following to achieve net-zero emissions from its product line built around zero-emission technologies and innovations to improve the performance of internal combustion engines.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
September 20, 2022