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EnRoute- June 17, 2021

TRALA IN THE NEWS

On June 10, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure completed its markup and passed H.R. 3684 the INVEST in America Act along a party line vote. FULL STORY






TOP STORIES

Legislation that would dedicate $78 billion over five years for freight, trucking and rail safety programs was advanced by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. FULL STORY
 
The debate over how to pay for the nation's roads, bridges and transit systems is leading some normally anti-tax Republicans to embrace higher levies on motorists — even a new one based on miles driven instead of fuel purchased. FULL STORY
 
The Connecticut General Assembly approved a new highway usage tax on heavy-duty commercial vehicles to help the state rebuild its crumbling roads and other transportation infrastructure. FULL STORY
 
Canada's electronic logging device mandate implementation date came and went with no actual devices yet certified. FULL STORY

 




 

TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

The transportation industry, where a lot of money changes hands every second, is becoming a big target for cybercriminals. FULL STORY
 
In the future, you may have your choice of two different versions of a Level-4 autonomous Freightliner Cascadia. FULL STORY
 
Bridgestone Americas has expanded its fuel-efficient Ecopia commercial truck tire line with the Bridgestone R213 Ecopia tire, which has been engineered to reduce operating costs by delivering higher fuel efficiency in combination with significant wear performance improvements. FULL STORY
 
Data comes from almost every aspect of truck fleet management, however companies need to take a step back and evaluate what data is essential to ensure it is accurate so it can become actionable. FULL STORY

 




 

BRIEFLY

GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY announced iet has completed its acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, finalizing the merger agreement made public on February 22. . . MOTOR WHEEL (recently acquired by HENDRICKSON) announced the re-colorization of their CentriFuse brake drums to help customers identify imitations and off-shore clones. . . DIESEL LAPTOPS has partnered with Repair ACES (The Association for Commercial Equipment Solutions) as a founding ACES affiliate member of the association which was created by industry professionals who saw a need and made it a mission to be a resource and advocacy organization to help heavy truck and commercial equipment repair and maintenance businesses thrive. . . PENSKE TRUCK LEASING took delivery of two VNR Electrics from VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA, expanding its fleet of battery-electric Class 8 models available in Southern California. . . PETERBILT recently delivered the first production New Model 579 to Smith Transport in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania. . . The first KENWORTH T680 Next Generation production truck was received by Werner Enterprises during a ceremony at the Kenworth manufacturing plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. . . MACK TRUCKS announced new day cab roof fairing for its Anthem model, the improved roof fairing design increases fuel efficiency by up to 2% when paired with side shields. . . BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS announced it has made a minority investment in Kodiak Robotics to integrate its smart-sensing tire technologies and fleet solutions into Kodiak's level 4 autonomous trucks. . . VOLVO GROUP broke ground on a $33 million expansion of its powertrain research and development site in Hagerstown, Maryland for the construction of a new vehicle propulsion lab (VPL) which will allow comprehensive testing of current and future products to meet the evolving government regulations and ensure high performance on the diverse North American roadways.



 

PEOPLE

Daimler Trucks North America has named STEVE MIGNARDI to the position of vice-president, on-highway market development, effective immediately. . . Continental appointed leaders for its Truck Tire business in the U.S. market: TOM FANNING as the market head; SCOTT PALL as head of sales; and CAROLINA WAGNER as the head of marketing for U.S. Truck Tires and head of Digital Solutions the Americas.



 

NUMBERS

ACT Research predicts that electrification of the Class 4-8 commercial vehicle market in the U.S. and Canada will top 40% by 2040 – with a third of the market migrating to battery-electric solutions in the next 10 years. FULL STORY
 
Following a record-setting month in March, FTR's Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for April hit another record-high of 16.82, surpassing March's record of 16.27. FULL STORY
 
U.S. retail sales in May for Classes 4-7 improved 36% compared with a year earlier, as all but the heaviest class showed strong gains, WardsAuto .com reported.
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