EnRoute- December 17, 2020

The first hiccups in the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. included a holdup in delivering 3,900 shots to two states and an announcement that Pfizer Inc. would deliver almost a million fewer doses next week than are set to ship this week. FULL STORY


As lawmakers work on legislation that will provide additional relief to the transportation sector, the trucking industry is asking Congress to include provisions that ensure liability protection for motor carriers on the front lines of the coronavirus relief effort. FULL STORY
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick Pete Buttigieg, the former Democratic presidential candidate as well as the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation. FULL STORY
A California-like Clean Truck Program could be adopted by neighboring Nevada as a result of a sweeping new Nevada Climate Initiative.



Daimler Trucks North America and global industrial gas producer Linde have signed an agreement to jointly develop next-generation liquid-hydrogen refueling technology for fuel-cell-powered trucks. FULL STORY
Great Dane and Aurora Parts have joined forces to integrate technologies in order to keep freight moving. FULL STORY
Volvo Trucks North America recently introduced its VNR electric truck, making it the company's formal introduction and sales start in North America's Class 8 zero-tailpipe emission, battery-electric vehicle market. FULL STORY
International Truck announced it now offers enhanced features of the Bendix Wingman Fusion collision mitigation system on the International LT Series, RH Series, MV Series, HV Series and HX Series. FULL STORY
Carrier Transicold has begun offering North America's refrigerated haulers the new-generation refrigerant R-452A as an option for new and existing equipment. FULL STORY



RYDER SYSTEM, INC. recently announced that its annual United Way workplace campaign contributions for 2020 totaled more than $800,000. . . KENWORTH SALES COMPANY celebrated its 75th anniversary as a Kenworth dealer — the longest tenure in the Kenworth dealer network. . . GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY introduced Fleet Central – an interactive portal that allows fleets to purchase tires, activate service and gain insight into their tire program, all from the same place. . . PACCAR Columbus, MS engine factory recently celebrated 10 years of manufacturing excellence. . . VOLVO GROUP VENTURE CAPITAL AB has invested in Flock Freight, Solana Beach, Calif.-based technology company that pools shipments to fill unused trailer space. . . DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA announced 55 recipients of its 2019 Masters of Quality Supplier award, which honors the top components and services suppliers to Freightliner and Western Star trucks. . . DANA INCORPORATED announced that it was named one of "America's Most Responsible Companies 2021" by Newsweek Magazine. . . KENWORTH continued its long tradition of delivering the official Christmas Tree of the U.S. Capitol with the delivery by Apex Transportation from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests in Colorado to Washington, D.C., for the official tree lighting ceremony on December 2. . . THE LARSON GROUP PETERBILT (TLG) recently announced its acquisition of Piedmont Peterbilt, a dealership in Greensboro, North Carolina. . . RYDER SYSTEM is a recipient of the SDCE Green Supply Chain Award for 2020 from Supply & Demand Chain Executive, which recognizes third-party logistics (3PL) providers making sustainability a core part of their internal supply chain strategies while assisting customers in achieving measurable goals. . . VOLVO TRUCKS' DRIVER DISPLAY ACTIVATION (DDA)  application recently went into full production and now allows operators to directly activate over-the-air system updates within minutes at the next convenient time and location. . . DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA says its truck production will be carbon neutral by 2025, beginning with its Portland truck manufacturing plant which will meet the target this year. . . NAVISTAR has restructured its commercial business into one integrated organization responsible for selling and servicing International trucks, IC Bus vehicles, and Navistar's aftersales products and services. . . RYDER SYSTEM, INC.  has partnered with Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida to create a new supply chain patch program exclusively for girls K-12 across the country, which teaches Girl Scouts how supply chain management impacts how and when products arrive in stores while inspiring girls to see themselves working in the industry in the future.



Mack Trucks recently named JEFF OLDHAM regional vice president of the U.S. central region. . . Mickey Truck Bodies has appointed JOE RUDOLPH to Vice President of Sales, overseeing the outside and inside sales teams. . . Rush Enterprises, Inc announced that its Vice President of Medium-Duty Truck and Bus Sales STEVE TAYLOR will retire on December 31, 2020. . .  FRIEDRICH BAUMANN, as president, will lead Navistar's newly restructured sales, marketing and aftersales organization.



Class 8 U.S. retail sales in November reached 17,803, down 4% compared with 18,545 a year earlier, reported. FULL STORY
According to ACT Research's latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the strength in new commercial vehicle demand is a direct result of strength in freight rates. FULL STORY
National average diesel fuel prices were $2.50 per gallon as of Nov. 30, 2020, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. 



This will be the last issue of EnRoute for 2020, with the publication resuming again on January 7, 2021. Wishing a happy and healthy holiday season to all TRALA members and their loved ones!
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