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EPA's Andrew Wheeler Says New Glider Truck Rule Would Consider Impact on Manufacturers

Glider Kit Truck Rule A Fitzgerald glider kit installed in a Peterbilt 389. (Fitzgerald Glider Kits via YouTube)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to tailor its new glider truck emissions standard to help protect the glider industry from “going out of business or substantially reducing its economic growth potential,” agency chief Andrew Wheeler said in a document sent to Congress.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 1, 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
Government, Business, Technology, TCA

New Mexico State Senate Panel Passes Tesla-Backed Bill

Tesla Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

A state Senate bill that would allow electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla and others to open stores and service centers in New Mexico was approved by the Public Affairs Committee on Jan. 31.

Marie C. Baca | Albuquerque Journal
February 1, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon, Walmart Reel as India Curbs Plunge Market Into Chaos

Amazon Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News’s and Walmart Inc.’s grand plans for India were thrown into chaos Feb. 1 after the country implemented new e-commerce regulations, which could cut their growth in the market by as much as half this year.

Saritha Rai | Bloomberg News
February 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, TCA

Mack Trucks Looks to Maintain Momentum in 2019

mack Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

For Mack Trucks, 2018 was a good year. While the company’s market share declined slightly, Mack had its best year of production since 2015 and orders flew in at a double-digit clip, keeping the manufacturer’s Lower Macungie Township plant busy as it tried to keep up with demand.

Jon Harris | The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
February 1, 2019
Business, Technology

Lithium-Rich Chile Seeks to Become Major Player in Battery Sector

Batteries Toshiba lithium batteries (Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg News)

The country holding the world’s largest reserves of lithium says it is one step closer to becoming a manufacturing hub for rechargeable batteries used in electric vehicles.

Laura Millan Lombrana | Bloomberg News
February 1, 2019
Business, Technology

Tesla’s Sales Top Expectations, but Earnings Disappoint

Tesla David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Tesla on Jan. 30 reported fourth-quarter results that included better-than-expected sales — but its earnings supported CEO Elon Musk’s assertion from earlier this month that the electric-car maker has a “very difficult” road ahead in 2019.

Rex Crum | The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)
January 31, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, TCA

Connecticut Makes Push Toward Electrifying Vehicle Fleet

electric bus Electric buses parked at a St. Cloud, Minn. manufacturing plant. (Ari Lindquist/Bloomberg News)

The Connecticut state Department of Motor Vehicles says less than a third of 1% of the state’s 2.9 million registered vehicles are electric, and lawmakers, clean energy advocates and labor and business groups say that ratio must drastically change for the state to hit its aggressive targets for pollution cuts.

Benjamin Kail | The Day (New London, Conn.)
January 31, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Texas Forms Self-Driving Car Task Force

texas Getty Images

The Texas Department of Transportation is moving forward with the formation of a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Task Force, made up of membership from state and local governments, academia, TxDOT staff and the autonomous vehicle industry.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
January 31, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Cargo Chief Raises $2.5 Million in Venture Capital

Cargo Chief, which provides a carrier integration platform for 3PLs, announced it has raised more than $2.5 million, according to a Jan. 25 press release.

January 31, 2019
Business, Technology

Tesla CFO Steps Down for Second Time

Tesla's Elon Musk Elon Musk by Robyn Beck/Pool via Bloomberg News

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja will retire a second time, reinforcing Tesla’s reputation for having an active revolving door of top executives.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
January 31, 2019