EnRoute- September 24, 2020


The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) announced its support for the U.S. government's race to find a vaccine to fight COVID-19, offering to lend its vehicles, logistics and warehouse network to store and help distribute and deliver the vaccines across the nation when the time comes. FULL STORY



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief, a move that came as Democrats from swing districts signaled discontent with a standoff that could force them to face voters without delivering more aid. FULL STORY
The newest revisions to the hours-of-service (HOS) rules offer more flexibility and may give some drivers the opportunity to forego the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs). FULL STORY
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended its pandemic-related emergency exemption through the rest of 2020 This is the sixth extension of the order. FULL STORY
Despite opposition from several trucking organizations, Rhode Island truck-only tolls will stay in effect for now. FULL STORY
With the order books open for the 2021 first quarter, trailer manufacturers still do not know if—and how—they are expected to comply with a federal emissions rule set to take effect Jan. 1. FULL STORY
Congressional Transportation leaders have indicated support for a 12-month extension of he 2015 FAST Act highway bill. FULL STORY


Idealease Inc. has created Elevate, a proprietary Driver Performance System that the company says helps customers improve driver safety on North America's roadways and drives significant reductions in annual fleet operating costs. FULL STORY
Daimler Trucks recently showed off a Mercedes-Benz concept truck powered by fuel cells, with a range of up to 1,000 kilometers (more than 600 miles), projecting customer trials starting in 2023, and outlined when its battery-electric eActros trucks are projected to be available, including a first look at a long-haul version. FULL STORY
Ford Motor Company recently announced that the all-electric F-150 will be coming in mid-2022, the battery-electric version of the best-selling pickup will be manufactured at the forthcoming Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. FULL STORY
Goodyear Brakes recently shared that it's introducing a full line of braking components that offer superior braking performance and consistent braking through all temperature ranges. FULL STORY



MACK TRUCKS has turned over the keys to its highly anticipated Mack®LR Electric demonstration model to New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) officials, who will put it through rigorous, real-world trials. . . EATON announced its Vehicle Group is expanding its remanufacturing program to offer remanufacturing of electronic clutch actuators used on Eaton UltraShift PLUS transmissions. . . DANA INCORPORATED recently revealed plans for a 50,000-sq. ft. facility in Pune, India, that will produce Dana TM4 low to high-voltage electric motors, inverters, and vehicle control units through a joint partnership with Canadian manufacturer, Hydro-Québec. . . Dependable Highway Express has added a pair of VOLVO VNR ELECTRIC TRUCKS to it Southern California fleet of more than 500 Volvo trucks operating across North America. . . DOUBLE COIN AND CMA recently announced it has expanded its warehouse network with the addition of their new warehouse and distribution center in Houston, Texas. . . NAVISTAR recently announced that an electric truck will be the first vehicle off the line at its new San Antonio production facility when it opens in the spring of 2022. . . MAXON LIFT CORPORATION announced the donation of a Railift™ DMD liftgate for use on the “Be Pro, Be Proud, SC” Mobile Workshop Trailer which trailer consists of a 53-foot, double-expandable semi outfitted with a mobile workshop that includes hands-on simulators. Skills covered include truck driving, forklifts, carpentry, heavy equipment operation (such as liftgates), welding and more. . . GEOTAB was named the No. 1 commercial telematics provider worldwide by ABI Research for the second year in a row. Through ABI Research's competitive analysis, Geotab placed first with an overall score of 85, edging out other top competitors, according to the telematics company. . . DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA (DTNA) has launched a new Best Practice Library, centralizing standardized best practices for processes across all areas of its dealer network. . . MACK TRUCKS' all-new Mack® MD Series of medium-duty vehicles is now in full production at Mack's new Roanoke Valley Operations (RVO) facility in the Roanoke Valley, Virginia. . . MARION BODY WORKS recently launched the Marion Express Body Program, touted as a solution for customers seeking a stock body with the fastest turn-around time in the industry.



Continental Tire the Americas LLC recently named RENATO SARZANO head of its truck tire business in the Americas.



Class 8 used truck sales were flat from July to August, according to ACT Research's latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8. FULL STORY
FTR Intel reports that preliminary U.S. net trailer orders for August jumped 49% m/m to 28,700 units, the strongest activity since last October.



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