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EnRoute- October 21, 2021

The United States House of Representatives recently passed Congressman Josh Gottheimer's truck rental security bill known as the Darren Drake Act by a vote of 379-51. FULL STORY





TOP STORIES

Any vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee should not act as a double taxation. FULL STORY
 
Despite Transport Canada's recent approval of devices certified as compliant under Canada's electronic logging device (ELD) mandate that went into effect in June, federally regulated trucks that lack certified ELDs could receive formal warnings as early as December if they travel through Alberta or Manitoba.
FULL STORY





 

TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

Navistar has delivered the International eMV Series to Penske Truck Leasing, marking the OEM's first U.S. delivery of the full battery electric medium-duty trucks from International and reinforcing the partnership of both companies on the continued collaboration of various emerging technologies for the commercial vehicle industry. FULL STORY
 
Cummins announced it will launch a set of software features to integrate its powertrains with automated driving system (ADS) technologies. FULL STORY
 
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. recently announced production of its 2022 F-Series trucks has begun, which are powered by the proven Cummins B6.7 diesel engine and offers models in both Class 6 and 7. FULL STORY

 




 

BRIEFLY

FITZGERALD PETERBILT recently added a new parts and service location in Gadsden, Alabama. . . MACK TRUCKS announced its new Mack Ultra Service Agreement will come standard with the Mack LR Electric refuse model, helping further support customers beginning their journey into owning battery electric vehicles (BEVs). . . VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION signed a three-year contract extension with Clean Air Power to continue to supply the gas parts for its environmentally friendly FM Methane Diesel truck. . . GEOTAB has teamed up with Plan for Electric Freight by providing its data to determine the optimal locations and design for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and help make EVs more accessible. . . DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA recently achieved a milestone for its medium- and heavy-duty battery-electric truck development program as participating fleets using 40 trucks reached a cumulative total of 1 million miles of real-world usage along the West Coast and Canada. . . KENWORTH MID ATLANTIC announced the acquisition of PacLease of Maryland that will operate at its four Kenworth dealerships. . . RYDER recently held grand openings of five new used vehicle sales centers located in Salt Lake City, Utah; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Orlando, Florida; Syracuse, New York; and Allentown, Pennsylvania and the company also reached a deal with Gatik to establish an autonomous logistics network in the U.S. and Canada to have Gatik lease from Ryder a fleet of medium-duty, multi-temperature box trucks for transporting goods to retail locations from micro-fulfillment centers. . . GENERAL MOTORS is building a new 300,000-square-foot battery research facility in Michigan to help it realize its mission of building electric vehicle batteries that are longer-lasting, quicker to charge, and more sustainable for the environment. . . ISUZU COMMERCIAL TRUCK OF AMERICA confirmed a long-term collaboration with DECISIV on a program branded as Isuzu Connect, which has been enhanced for the Isuzu dealer network and is being implemented in all Isuzu commercial truck dealerships across the U.S. and Canada over a multiyear rollout plan. . . CONTIENTAL TIRE CANADA has partnered with Rechapage 2000 in Quebec to improve its offerings of ContiLifeCycle truck tire products and retreads in the province. . . CUMMINS plans to bring back a 15-liter natural gas engine to the North American market, which is part of the company's move to develop low- and zero-emissions engines including diesel, natural gas, hydrogen, battery-electric, and fuel-cell-electric. . . BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS and PENSKE TRUCKING LEASING announced the renewal of their strategic partnership to test, develop, and deploy Bridgestone advanced technology and mobility solutions for the commercial truck segment in the U.S. and Canada. . . GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY announced the launch of its RT-3B bead-to-bead retread to provide all-around performance on an array of underfoot conditions for loaders and graders and complements its existing lineup of premium off-theroad (OTR) retread tires . . . MAXON LIFT CORPORATION is building its second manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico to give Maxon the capability to build over 100% of the liftgates needed in the North American market, with more capacity available in future phases to fill industry demand for the next 20-30 years.
 

 

PEOPLE

Daimler Trucks North America has named T.J. REED president of Daimler Trucks Remarketing, effective immediately. . . Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has named RYAN PATTERSON to the newly created role of chief operating and integration officer for Goodyear Americas. . . Wells Fargo appointed VANESSA RODRIGUEZ to lead community lending and investment within its commercial real estate group. . . Rush Enterprises appointed former Navistar CEO TROY CLARKE to serve as a member of its board of directors, effectively immediately.




 

NUMBERS

FTR's TCI forecast remains for strong positive readings well into 2022. FULL STORY
 
According to preliminary data from ACT Research, North American Class 8 net orders in September reached 27,400 units. FULL STORY
 
Preliminary reports show trailer OEMs posted 28,500 net orders in September, which was a 130 percent sequential surge over August, but trailed the same month last year by 45 percent, according to ACT Research's State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers report. FULL STORY

 




 

TRALA ANNOUNCEMENTS

Apply for TRALA's Academic Scholarship Program Today!
 
Is your child or grandchild pursuing a 4-year college degree for the academic year 2022-23? If so, APPLY for TRALA's Academic Scholarship. Each scholarship recipient may receive up to $5,000 per year. Don't let these funds pass you by! The deadline to apply is January 17, 2022 at 3 PM Central Time.
 
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact TRALA's Elizabeth Hyers at ehyers@trala.org.
 
 
SAVE THE DATE: TRALA's 2022 Annual Meeting
 
Mark your calendars now! TRALA will host its 2022 Annual Meeting in-person from April 3-6 at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort and Spa in Aventura, Florida. Keep an eye on your inbox as registration opens this month.
 
Any questions regarding becoming a 2022 Annual Meeting Sponsor, contact TRALA's Shannon Davison at sdavison@trala.org.