EnRoute- October 8, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden, during his debate with President Trump insisted that under his administration the highways of tomorrow would consist of thousands of charging stations for fleets of electric vehicles. FULL STORY


The US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently granted the request for a stay of the Jan. 1, 2021 implementation date for the trailer portion of the federal fuel efficiency regulation known as GHG2. FULL STORY
The FAST Act, which was set to expire on September 30, was recently extended another year after President Donald Trump's recent signing of a temporary funding measure that averts a shutdown of the federal government. FULL STORY
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a proposal to revise interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act to “promote certainty for stakeholders, reduce litigation and encourage innovation in the economy.” FULL STORY
Trucking's insurance premiums appear to be on the rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic. FULL STORY



Alberta's hydrogen fuel cell truck project has been pushed back due to Covid-related delays. FULL STORY
Hino recently unveiled its path to developing a zero-emissions truck line, highlighted by the announcement it will design a Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck with parent company Toyota. FULL STORY
As Canada's electronic logging device (ELD) mandate approaches, many fleets are preparing for the impact of the regulation, which is set to go into effect in June 2021. FULL STORY
Allison Transmission has launched eGen Power, its new series of fully integrated zero emission electric axles, starting with the 100D for heavy-duty trucks.



MACK TRUCKS' LEHIGH VALLEY OPERATIONS (LVO) in Macungie, Pennsylvania, recently completed an $84 million renovation project dubbed “Reborn,” which revitalized the facility's infrastructure, equipment, systems, and processes. . . CONTINENTAL has released a new mobile app called ContiTireDrive which serves as a one-stop-shop for commercial truck and bus tire information. The app is ideal for busy dealer salespeople and fleet managers who need to keep information at their fingertips. . . PENSKE TRUCK LEASING recently opened a new consumer and commercial truck rental, full-service truck leasing, and contract truck fleet maintenance facility in Lindon, Utah and also recently expanded to a new facility in the Burlington, Vermont, region that will offer its consumer and commercial truck rental customers full-service truck leasing and contract truck fleet maintenance services. . . . UTILITY TRAILER MANUFACTURING COMPANY announced that its Glade Spring, Virginia manufacturing plant has received a Plant Safety Award from Liberty Mutual Insurance. . . The VOLVO LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project in Southern California was recently named the 2020 Innovation Award Honoree at the recent Breath of Life Awards Gala. . . BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS announced it has acquired full ownership of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, the joint venture it formed in 2004 with DANA INCORPORATED. . . RYDER SYSTEM was recently named one of the 2020 “Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation" by Redefining the Road, the official magazine of the Women in Trucking Association. . . HENDRICKSON TRUCK COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS recently announced it has partnered with Western Star Trucks to offer a comprehensive premium rear suspension portfolio as a part of the chassis enhancements of the Western Star 49X, the next-generation vocational truck built from the ground up to meet the needs of the most demanding applications. . . ALLISION TRANSMISSION recently announced that it has a new lubricant spec for its automatic transmissions, and Petro-Canada Lubricants is the first oil company to meet it. The new DuraDrive HD Synthetic 668 will be the factory fill in Allison automatic transmissions starting January 1, 2021. . . PALMER LEASING GROUP was recently named the 2019 U.S. Kenworth Franchise of the Year for their efforts in providing high-quality service and promotion of the PacLease network. The Group was also awarded the Gold Award for PacLease Standards of Excellence for providing the Midwest and South with top-notch commercial truck rental, leasing, contract maintenance and fleet management services.



ATA economist Bob Costello believes the pandemic recession has ended, but not before it changed the future U.S. economic landscape by reshaping consumer habits in a way that has benefited the trucking industry — unlike past recessions that hampered it. FULL STORY
ACT Research revealed plans for a new multi-client study focusing on electrification of the commercial vehicle industry to be released in 2021. FULL STORY
Net US trailer orders of 28,139 units in August represented a 49% improvement even from July's uptick—and were up 160% from August 2019, according to this month's issue of ACT Research's State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer Report. FULL STORY
Class 8 orders surged in September to their highest level since October 2018, as a stronger than expected economic and freight recovery is giving fleets more confidence and spurring equipment orders.



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