Brake Safety Week inspections run Aug. 22-28

North American enforcement teams will focus the spotlight on braking systems this week, as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recognizes Brake Safety Week. This year’s event, which runs Aug. 22-28, will also turn special attention to violations relating to air brake hoses and tubing.  “Although inspection of a vehicle’s brake system and its components …

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Thermo King forms council to examine electrification of industry

Thermo King has formed an industry council to better understand the trucking industry’s coming shift to zero emissions transport and to develop a roadmap to an all-electric transport industry. “Reducing our customers’ carbon footprint and adding value to their operations is fundamental to our strategy, and electrification is the best way to achieve this goal,” …

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‘Recipe right for record rate increases’: ACT Research

ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index in July showed an uptick in freight volumes with pricing moderate, but a strong supply-demand balance for truckers. “As volume growth reaccelerated, ACT’s For-Hire Pricing Index increased, making July’s reading the second best since the survey’s inception in June of 2009,” said Tim Denoyer, vice-president and senior analyst with ACT …

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Shell explores new frontiers in fuel economy with Starship 2.0

Shell is returning with a new and improved Starship in its decidedly terrestrial goal of inspiring fuel-efficient trucks. The Starship 2.0 demonstration vehicle admittedly looks much like its predecessor, and the bullet-shaped design does share the same carbon fiber cab. But changes to the underlying vehicle run more than skin deep. “This is a brand …

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Bendix powers up solar array

Bendix on Wednesday celebrated a 1.168-megawatt solar array coming on-line and providing power to a manufacturing plant on its commercial vehicle system’s campus southwest of Huntington, Indiana. Bill Schubert, Bendix corporate manager, environmental and sustainability said, “Those solar panels soaking up the Indiana sunshine – even on cloudy days – will satisfy about 30% of …

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Goodyear names Ewald VP of strategy, business development

Goodyear Thursday announced that Thad Ewald has been hired as vice-president, strategy and business development, reporting to executive vice-president and chief financial officer Darren Wells, effective Aug. 23. “Thad brings significant expertise in strategy development that will help the leadership team at Goodyear drive our long-term strategy and pursue growth opportunities for both our traditional …

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Ryder to maintain Waymo’s autonomous trucks

Ryder System and Waymo have formed a partnership that will see Ryder maintain its Class 8 autonomous trucks. The deal covers sites in Texas, Arizona, California, Michigan and Ohio, as well as roadside service between hubs. “While this partnership initially focuses on fleet maintenance, we see many opportunities to collaborate on autonomous trucking operations in …

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Titanium opens fourth U.S. freight brokerage office

Titanium continues to expand its brokerage in the U.S., adding a fourth location in Denver, Col. The company’s rapid expansion in the U.S. has taken place over the past 27 months. “Colorado is an attractive market opportunity given its high population growth, strengthening industrial market where it is home to nearly 6,000 manufacturers across various …

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