EnRoute- July 29. 2021

Senate Republicans recently reached a deal with Democrats over major outstanding issues in a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and said they are ready to vote to take up the bill. FULL STORY


Senators Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) and Todd Young (R-Indiana) recently introduced legislation that would undo a 12% federal excise tax on new truck and trailer purchases. FULL STORY
Transport Canada has yet to certify an electronic logging device (ELD), but it has now cleared three testing bodies to conduct the work. FULL STORY
Minnesota is the latest state, and the first in the Midwest, to adopt California's stricter tailpipe emission standards and mandate for automakers to get more zero-emission vehicles onto sales lots.



Achieving Ottawa's emissions targets would require a roughly 18% reduction in the average emission intensity of freight trucks by 2030, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. FULL STORY
General Motors has agreed to form a strategic investment and commercial collaboration with Controlled Thermal Resources to secure local and low-cost lithium, which is crucial to the company's plans to make more affordable, higher mileage electric vehicles. FULL STORY
Cummins has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Air Products to work together to accelerate the integration of hydrogen fuel cell trucks.



VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA recently introduced Volvo Blue Contract service offering, a comprehensive maintenance program designed to improve uptime, assist in optimizing truck performance and simplify maintenance management for customers and dealers. . . GENERAL MOTORS is looking to pave the way for wider adoption of electric vehicles with charging as a service for fleets with Ultium Charge 360 which will offer tools to help manage different types of fleets and facilities as well as more than 60,000 public charging places and support for charging at home. . . CUMMINS has partnered with Chevron to develop commercially viable business opportunities in hydrogen and other alternative energy sources. . . RYDER SYSTEM INC. has expanded its Ryder Last Mile platform, a customizable, multi-tiered delivery solution for big and bulky goods. With new hubs in Milwaukee and Philadelphia, Ryder is positioning its customers closer to their end-consumers to meet the growing demands for delivery in two days or less. . . COLUMBUS KENWORTH has opened a new parts and service dealership in Zanesville, Ohio to support the local market which features agriculture, gas and oil businesses. . . PENSKE TRUCK LEASING is partnering with Roush CleanTech and Proterra to develop the all-electric Ford F-650, a purpose-built Class 6 commercial electric vehicle and is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2023. . . CONTINENTAL has introduced the Autodiagnos TPMS D Tool, which allows shops and technicians to meet their customers' TPMS diagnostic and tire service needs quickly and easily. . . PETERBILT MOTORS COMPANY announced an order of five battery-electric Model 579EVs from Sunbelt Rentals which will be used to deliver rental machinery to and from jobsites across the country. . . VOLVO TRUCKS is now equipped with the fifth generation of the SafetyDirect Processor from BENDIX CVS as a factory-installed option on Volvo VNL, VNR and VHD models. . . ENTERPRISE FLEET MANAGEMENT has been ranked as the largest fleet management provider in the United States, according to Automotive Fleet's 2021 Fact Book. . . NETRADYNE recently added a host of features to its advanced video safety camera platform that provide actionable insights into driver performance to help safety managers continually improve and recognize safety within their fleets.



Daimler Trucks Canada has appointed BEAU BATES as on-highway district sales manager, responsible for a portion of the Ontario market.



Weekly jobless claims unexpected moved higher last week despite hopes that the U.S. labor market is poised for a strong recovery heading into the fall. FULL STORY
According to ACT Research, commercial vehicle forecast stability this year has been driven by three factors, including positive momentum carried over from 2020 and the struggle of manufacturers to push production even higher in the face of heavy organic truck demand. FULL STORY
In the most recent release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that its heavy-duty vehicle forecasts for the remainder of this year and the following two years remain very strong. FULL STORY
Canadian sales of Classes 7 and 8 tractors are up 35% year-to-date, but expect that to end the year at about a 15% increase now that the easier year-over-year comparables are behind us. 



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