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EnRoute- July 30, 2020

TRALA IN THE NEWS

On July 27, 2020, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the Senate Republican's COVID-19 relief package entitled the “HEALS Act”. FULL STORY






TOP STORIES

Top Republicans recently met with Trump to negotiate next COVID-19 stimulus package. FULL STORY
 
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued an advisory on cyber risks associated electronic logging devices (ELDs) after determining the devices “did little or nothing” to ensure against data breaches, according to media reports. FULL STORY
 
As Congress eyes its next COVID-19 package, it should suspend the 12% federal excise tax on heavy-duty trucks. FULL STORY
 
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia are calling on all new trucks and buses to be zero-emission vehicles by 2050. FULL STORY

 




 

TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

Kenworth recently introduced a new airbrake package with a 23,000-pound capacity rear axle for the K370 cabover. FULL STORY
 
PacLease says it's ready to help fleets transition to technologies such as electric and autonomous trucks. FULL STORY
 
Navistar plans to launch truly driverless Class 8 trucks by 2024. FULL STORY
 
Mack Trucks recently began initial production of its all-new Mack MD Series of medium-duty trucks at its Roanoke Valley Operations (RVO) facility in Roanoke Valley, Virginia. Full production of the Mack MD Series is scheduled to begin September 1, 2020. FULL STORY
 
Eaton has announced that it is a key contributor and supporter of the National Zero-Emission Truck (ZET) Coalition's newly issued priority federal recommendations. FULL STORY
 
The first International Truck RH Series vehicles with the new Allison 3414 Regional Haul Series (RHS) transmission recently rolled off the manufacturing line. FULL STORY
 
Wabash National, in combination with technologies from eNow and Carrier Transicold, now offers zero-emission composite refrigerated trailers.
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BRIEFLY

ISUZU COMMERCIAL TRUCK OF AMERICA recently welcomed its newest dealership, located in Casper, Wyoming, giving the the company dealerships in all 50 states. . . PENSKE TRUCK LEASING was recently selected by OneRail to launch a national truck rental account program for its logistics partners (LPs). According to OneRail, the collaboration will reduce barriers to growth as the demand for final mile delivery capacity, caused by COVID-19, has skyrocketed. . . VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA recently started hosting virtual walkarounds held at its Volvo Trucks Customer Center in Dublin, Virginia to help showcase technologies to customers amid COVID-19. . . FORD MOTOR COMPANY and SiriusXM recently announced that SiriusXM with 360L – SiriusXM's newest and most advanced audio entertainment platform – will make its Ford debut in the 2021 F-150. . . MACK TRUCKS is giving its connected customers a break amid the ongoing public health crisis by extending its Mack GuardDog Connect uptime service and support bundle at no additional cost to customers with packages expiring between May 1 and Dec 31, 2020. The additional support will last through the end of the year or a minimum of three months, whichever is longer. . . RYDER SYSTEM will begin offering the C-Series Workhorse all-electric step van through the company's ChoiceLease and SelectCare product lines, as well as for short-term rentals on COOP by Ryder. . . PENSKE TRUCK LEASING'S electric vehicle program continues to roll out battery electric Freightliner eM2s into service, this time to EnerSys, which will use the new truck throughout Southern California to transport product to customers and dealer facilities, answer emergency road calls, and shuttle tools and equipment to job sites. . . DOUBLE COIN AND CMA recently announced the addition of new tire sizes for their RLB452 open shoulder drive-position tire and RR202 5-rib highway service tire. . . NAVISTAR INTERNATIONAL recently partnered with Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider Samsara to offer an integrated fleet management solution for International trucks. . . Wabash National, in combination with technologies from eNow and CARRIER TRANSICOLD, now offers zero-emission composite refrigerated trailers. . . NETRADYNE recently announced that Driveri has mapped data from vehicles traveling more than 1 billion miles on U.S. roads, including 1.8 million unique miles, more than any other vision-based driving system, according to the company. . . PALMER TRUCKS announced plans to develop new facilities and hire more workers as it further expands operations in the Indianapolis area. . . MERITOR has produced its 100 millionth brake shoe at a facility in Plainfield, Indiana, which has been remanufacturing and manufacturing brake components since 1999.



 

PEOPLE

Wells Fargo recently appointed MIKE SANTOMASSIMO as chief financial officer starting in fall 2020.




 

NUMBERS

The U.S. economy added more than 7 million jobs between two record months in May and June, but new data suggests opportunities may be more prevalent in some parts of the country than others. FULL STORY
 
According to ACT Research, 13,567 Class 8 trucks were sold on the U.S. market in June, far behind (43.2%) the 23,900 sold in June 2019. FULL STORY
 
?Used Class 8 sales volumes grew 54 percent month-over-month in June, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research. FULL STORY
 
The trucking industry collectively moved 11.84 billion tons of freight in 2019, according to American Trucking Associations' annual data compendium, which was released July 13. That figure is a 3% year-over-year increase from 2018's 11.49 tons of freight. FULL STORY
 
According to the latest ACT Research North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, forecasts for 2020 were marked up across the board in July. FULL STORY
 
According to ACT Research, both U.S. and Canadian Class 8 natural gas truck retail sales for the first five months of 2020 dropped 22% year-to-date over 2019, as published in its quarterly report, Alternative Fuels Quarterly. FULL STORY
 
FTR reported that net U.S. trailer orders for June rose sharply to 14,400 units, 10,000 above May. June orders were the second-highest monthly total this year. FULL STORY





 

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