EnRoute- August 26, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives has scheduled consideration of a $1 trillion infrastructure measure by September 27, just a few days before funding authority for federal highway programs is set to expire. FULL STORY


The global chip shortage that has been hampering companies from trucking companies to computer manufacturers may linger for years, stretching in 2023. FULL STORY
A recent report from Pennsylvania's Transportation Revenue Options Commission shows a mileage-based user fee could be considered by the state as a long-term transportation funding option.



Ryder System and Waymo have formed a partnership that will see Ryder maintain its Class 8 autonomous trucks. FULL STORY
Eaton's Vehicle Group has introduced two new concentric pneumatic clutch actuators (CPCAs), designed for commercial vehicle push-type diaphragm spring clutches. FULL STORY
Carrier Transicold says its lithium-ion ComfortPro electric auxiliary power unit (APU) doubles the air conditioning runtime offered by some competing battery-powered APUs.


BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS recently hit a production milestone, producing its 10 millionth remanufactured brake shoe. . . PETERBILT MOTORS COMPANY visited Washington, D.C., recently while displaying the zero-emission battery electric Model 579EV to key government agency officials and Members of Congress and was recently announced its EV Operating Cost Calculator has been awarded the prestigious Award of Distinction from the international Communicator Awards. . . GREAT DANE announced its FleetPulse platform, the first OEM-developed smart trailer system, will now come as a standard feature on new Great Dane trailers with an integrated CAN harness to prepare equipment for future smart technology adoption. . . NOREGON announced its second major update for JPRO Professional, its in-shop diagnostic and troubleshooting tool which offers similar user-friendly features and design to help technicians diagnose issues related to coolant, oil, and fuel systems. . . GOODYEAR announced it is working with Plus on autonomous trucking technologies to provide its suite of services, including connected tires to improve efficiency and safety of trucks using Plus's Level 4 autonomous driving technologies and also to examine how Goodyear's connected tires can feed into Plus's online machine learning-based fuel economy tools. . . THERMO KING has formed an industry council to better understand the trucking industry's coming shift to zero emissions transport and to develop a roadmap to an all-electric transport industry. . . The Department of Energy recently recognized the CUMMINS SuperTruck II team for pioneering research and development in heavy-duty diesel engine technology, and achieving 55% brake thermal efficiency (BTE) from an engine equipped with waste heat recovery.


Goodyear recently announced that THAD EWALD has been hired as vice-president, strategy and business development. . . Navistar has appointed MATHIAS CARLBAUM as the new CEO and President of Navistar International, effective Sept. 1. . . KEVIN PHILLIPS recently joined Mickey Truck Bodies as Purchasing Manager.



As freight demand grows, supply chain challenges are creating immense backlogs for heavy- and medium-duty commercial vehicles and trailers, according to various reports and studies by ACT Research. FULL STORY
ACT Research's latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle Outlook reports strong freight data and continued demand for heavy vehicles. FULL STORY
North American Class 8 orders for July were between 25,800 to 26,500 units, down about 1% month over month and virtually unchanged compared to June's orders.



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