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EnRoute- September 9, 2021

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) recently extended its pandemic emergency declaration through November due to the rapid spread of COVID-19's Delta variant. FULL STORY





TOP STORIES

President Biden has ordered federal agencies to develop tighter fuel efficiency, greenhouse gas, and oxides of nitrogen emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. FULL STORY
 
The semiconductor shortage is short-circuiting heavy-duty truck production as supply-chain disruptions hamper efforts to meet robust demand for new big rigs. FULL STORY
 
The California Trucking Association (CTA) recently filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court which requests it weighs in on whether the FAAAA pre-empts the application to motor carriers of a state worker-classification law that effectively precludes motor carriers from using independent owner-operators to provide trucking services. FULL STORY
 
Two more electronic logging devices (ELDs) have been added to Transport Canada's list of third-party-certified devices.
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TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

Navistar recently launched its fully electric, medium-duty International eMV Series truck, which the company says is ideal for straight truck applications and was built with the same standards as the diesel International MV Series. FULL STORY
 
Dana announced that it will begin production of its eS9000r e-Axle—the first in a line of Spicer Electrified Zero-6 e-Axles—to support the market launch of the Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) all-electric MT50e medium-duty last-mile delivery vehicle. FULL STORY
 
Hino Trucks has selected Allison Transmission as its e-axle development partner for Class 6, 7, and 8 battery-electric trucks to integrate Allison's eGen Power 100D e-axle into their vehicles as the two companies collaborate to build out a product for end users. FULL STORY
 
Carrier Transicold unveiled its revolutionary new zero-emission electric truck refrigeration technology, which the company says demonstrates a path forward for refrigerated transporters who want to incorporate more sustainable systems into their fleets. FULL STORY



 

BRIEFLY

PENSKE TRUCK LEASING announced it is continuing to expand its fleet electrification efforts including the evaluation of important related technologies to support the emerging charging needs of battery-electric trucks with its pilot of Stem Inc.'s Athena Software to support heavy-duty electric vehicle charging positions in Ontario, California. . . Longtime MACK TRUCKS dealer Nextran Truck Centers has acquired Westfall-O'Dell Truck Sales, making the acquisition one of the largest by a Mack dealer in the past five years. . . THERMO KING says it will invest more than $100 million over the next three years to deliver a fully electric product in every segment of the cold chain by 2023. . . CUMMINS announced its alliance with Chevron to develop commercially viable business opportunities in hydrogen and other alternative energy sources. . . HINO recently unveiled a hydrogen fuel-cell-electric prototype version of its Class 8 XL8 truck at the 2021 ACT Expo in Long Beach, California. . . DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA and VOLVO TRUCK NORTH AMERICA will produce and deliver 100 Class 8 battery-electric trucks for deployment in Schneider and NFI's Southern California fleet operations as part of the Joint Electric Truck Scaling Initiative. . . MACK TRUCKS hosted the event at its Lehigh Valley Operations (LVO) cab and vehicle assembly plant in Macungie, just outside Allentown, Pennsylvania, where every Class 8 Mack truck built for the North American market and export is assembled, with Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) to call on Congress to make bold investments in clean vehicles, electric charging infrastructure and transportation improvements. . . NAVISTAR has unveiled its NEXTperience trailer, a new mobile unit that will offer specific eMobility training sessions to dealers and customers hosted by Navistar's NEXT eMobility Solutions team. . . ENRICH SOFTWARE CORPORATION has partnered with Procede Software to offer customized solutions to their mutual customers with integrated solutions that extend beyond the typical experiences that dealerships face. . . CONTINENTAL has achieved the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for longest distance traveled by an electric truck without recharging, achieved in partnership with e-truck brand Futuricum and package delivery company DPD Switzerland. . . HENDRICKSON recently produced its 500,000th Steertek fabricated front steer axle and delivered it to J.B. Hunt Transport for use on one of the company's International LT Series tractors.




 

PEOPLE

Goodyear recently named ELLIS JONES vice-president and chief sustainability officer. . . MATT JOY will succeed GARY GERSTENSLAGER as president and CEO of Hendrickson following his retirement at the end of this year.




 

NUMBERS

FTR reported preliminary North American Class 8 net orders of 39,400 units in August, a 51 percent increase from July. FULL STORY
 
According to preliminary data from ACT Research, Classes 5-7 net orders jumped to 31,900 units, representing five-month high readings. 
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