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GM Moving Toward Carbon Fiber Pickup Beds

General Motors is considering carbon fiber for the beds of its next-generation Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks to better compete with Ford's F-Series pickups and meet future fuel-economy standards.

The state of California uses fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure improvement and repair – but could change that. Photo via CalTrans

California Looks into Per-Mile Tax to Replace Fuel Levy

The state of California commissioned a report by CalTrans to look into the viability of a mileage-based tax on all vehicles to eventually replace the tax on fossil fuels.

Photo: FMCSA

ELD Face-off: Two Sides of the Looming Mandate

With just a week to go until the much-debated electronic logging device rule kicks in on Dec. 18, HDT asked top officials of two trucking associations that have been outspoken in their support or criticism of the far-reaching mandate to weigh in on several key aspects.

Photo courtesy of GM.

GM Enables Fuel Purchases From the Dashboard

Drivers of General Motors vehicles will be able to purchase Shell fuel and other products or services from their dashboard using a new digital platform known as GM Marketplace, the automaker has announced.

ReadyRefresh’s additional Ford F-650/750 delivery trucks are each equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system that provides 55 usable gallons of fuel. (Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech)

Propane Autogas Fuels ReadyFresh Delivery Trucks

Environmental stewardship is driving Nestlé Waters North America’s deployment of more than 400 additional medium-duty ReadyRefresh by Nestlé beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas.

Snap-on offers a number of tools that fits any toolbox and budget. (Image courtesy of Snap-on).

Holiday Gift Guide for Fleet Managers, Drivers

Whether you are looking for a gift for your favorite truck fleet manager boss, co-worker, or family member, or your favorite truck driver, there are plenty of possible gifts that would make anyone happy. Here is a collection of just a few useful and fun ideas to help inspire you to find the perfect gift for the truck fleet manager you have in mind.

Video Safety Tip: Understanding Traction Control

The National Safety Council explains the benefits of traction control and reveals the two driving situations when the feature should be turned off.

Former Mythbusters star and clean air advocate Jamie Hyneman (image courtesy of Cummins Westport)<br />

Mythbusters' Hyneman Fights for Clean Air

Former Mythbusters' star Jamie Hyneman is stepping back in front of the camera to support the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach’s Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). As part of his support, Hyneman is partnering with Cummins Westport to promote CAAP and the company’s efforts to reduce emissions on its own.

Photo: XL Hybrids.

Verizon Switches New York Van Fleet to Hybrid Electric

Verizon has replaced 234 of its gas-powered vans in New York City with hybrid- electric vans using XL Hybrids technology, to support the city's clean energy goal to cut greennhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.

Present at the ground breaking were (l-r) Wayne Snead, Texas Gas Services; Margaret Gomez, Travis Co. Commissioner; Steven Josephs, co-founder and VP of Engineering, AMP Americas; John Fowler, president, South Texas, US Foods; Texas State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs; and CV Belanger, VP Operations, US Foods.

AMP Americas Breaks Ground on 20th CNG Fueling Station

AMP Americas announced has broken ground on a new public-access ampCNG fueling station in Buda, Texas, with US Foods serving as the station’s anchor fleet.

Image of E-GEN courtesy of Workhorse

First FedEx Ground Provider Adds Workhorse Electric Van

Workhorse Group Inc. has announced that Colonial Routes, Inc. in Farmington, N.Y., is the first FedEx independent service provider (ISP) in the country to participate in Workhorse's new nationwide program for FedEx Ground delivery vehicles.

Image courtesy of Rainier Truck &amp;amp; Chassis LLC

Rainier Truck Targets 2018 Launch

Rainier Truck & Chassis LLC announced that it is set to reboot sales and products with a target production launch of summer 2018 for its Class 4-5 and Class 6-7 truck models.

The 2018 Super Duty F-450 4x2 dual-rear-wheel pickup will be available this winter in XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum series offerings. (Photo courtesy of Ford.)

Ford Upgrades Super Duty for 2018

Ford has made upgrades across the board for its 2018 Super Duty, and now claims best-in-class horsepower, torque, towing, and payload.

David Carson Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

FCCC Head Carson Named to Lead Western Star Trucks

Daimler Trucks North America has announced that David Carson, current president of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, has been appointed president of Western Star Trucks and chief diversity officer of DTNA.

Avery Vise Photo courtesy of FTR

FTR Appoints Vise as VP in Charge of Trucking Reports

FTR has appointed Avery Vise as its vice president, trucking research, responsible for the content of all trucking oriented reports, publications, and analyses.

Photo of Ram ProMaster courtesy of FCA.

Ram ProMaster Recalled for Impact Sensors

The recall, set to begin Jan. 3, covers more than 3,500 vans in the 2018 model year.

Photo courtesy of Verizon.

WEX, Verizon Establish Fleet Card Contract

WEX will provide more than 25,000 fleet cards to the communications company as well as offer additional insight into its fleet operations via WEX’s ClearView analytics platform.

One of four dashboards offered on the 2018 Sprinter. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Third-Gen Sprinter Van to Focus on Mobility, Connectivity

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will add a gasoline engine, optional factory telematics offering, and more than 1,000 configurations to provide a "holistic mobility solution" when it debuts in February, the head of the company's van division told journalists in Stuttgart, Germany.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks already successfully produces 30 spare parts with the latest 3D SLS printing processes. Photo: Daimler

Daimler Trucks to Deliver 3D Printed Parts in Test Program

Daimler Trucks North America has announced will make its first delivery of plastic parts produced using 3D printing technology in the coming weeks as part of a pilot program.

TINDAL

Advanced Biofuels USA Adds to Board

Chris Tindal, former director for Operational Energy working for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, has joined the Advanced Biofuels USA board of directors.

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of manufacturers.

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 6.3% in November

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufactures increased 3.5% to 51,569 in November as total car sales made a strong monthly return at 27%, but is still more than 35% lower than what was reported last year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Video Safety Tip: Responding to a Traffic Break

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice on how to respond to a traffic break.

JLG Unveils New Tires for Telehandlers

The company partnered with Continental Tires to offer the TeleMaster, made of highly specialized rubber compounds that work together to offer a comfortable ride, excellent traction, and longer service life, according to the company.

Photo via Pixabay

Seattle Startup Seeks to Plant and Sustain Trees with Drones

The company has run several pilot programs, including one with Oregon-based utility Clean Water Services, who enlisted help from the company for a watershed restoration project.

Photo via Mark Wolfe/Wikimedia

Miss. Man Arrested After Stealing Bucket Truck

The bucket truck was reported missing by Southern Electric Corporation in Mississippi.

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