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Spot Truckload Freight Rates Post Weekly, Monthly Gains

Rates on the spot truckload freight market either moved higher or remained the same for the week ending June 2. The number of loads jumped 10% while shippers rushed to move freight before the end of the quarter and the start of the July 4 weekend, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Class 8 Truck Demand Hits 4-Year Low

Class 8 truck order numbers have hit their lowest point in at least four years, with demand remaining depressed so far in 2016.

The 30-foot mobile command centers are based in Jackson, Mich., and Clinton Township, ready to be deployed wherever they are needed. (PHOTO: Consumers Energy)

Consumers Energy Rolling Out New Mobile Command Centers

Consumers Energy has developed two new specially equipped vehicles, designed and outfitted to respond to any localized emergency the energy provider may face, as well as to support widespread storm restoration work.

TravelCenters Launches TruckSmart Parking App

The updated app allows professional drivers to reserve an available parking space at any TA or Petro location up to 30 days in advance and make payment for it using a credit card using the TruckSmart app.

File photo by Vince Taroc

Ky. Utility Opts for Leased Vehicles

The Morehead Utility Plant Board in eastern Kentucky has approved its general manager's plan to enter into a partnership with Enterprise Fleet Management to shift the fleet to a leasing funding model.

Diesel Prices Plateau While Oil Markets Evaluate Brexit

The price of diesel fuel remained relatively unchanged for the third straight week and the energy markets are still feeling the effects from the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union.

Photo courtesy of Rear View Safety.

Rear View Safety Offers Dash Camera With Wi-Fi, GPS

Rear View Safety has announced the featured product of the month for June, the LK-7950 Lukas Dual Lens Dash Camera with Wi-Fi and GPS, the company announced.

The Dominator (left) and Class 7 truck offerings from Alkane will now be able to be fueled with gasoline as an option. (PHOTO: ALKANE)

Alkane Truck Adds Gasoline Option

Alkane Truck Company will still pursue alternative fuels as its primary source of fuel, but has decided to add the gasoline option to both its line of Class 7 trucks as well as its off-road vehicle, the Dominator.

Photo of 2016 Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA.

Fleet Sales Rise 8% in June

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufacturers increased 8% to 59,748 in June from year-ago levels.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx,

U.S. Traffic Deaths Climb an Estimated 7.7%

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a statistical projection of traffic fatalities in 2015.

Chris Spear will head up American Trucking Associations, succeeding Bill Graves. Photo: ATA

ATA Announces Chris Spear to Succeed Graves as President

Chris Spear, former ATA senior vice president of legislative affairs, has been named the American Trucking Associations' next president and CEO, effective July 9. He succeeds Bill Graves, who is retiring after more than 13 years with ATA.

Among the 30 holding companies, Sempra, PG&E, Edison International and Xcel ranked the highest for renewable energy sales, accounting for more than half of the total sales. (SOURCE: CERES)

Electric Utilities Moving Toward Renewable Energy

A new analysis released by Ceres shows that many of the nation’s largest electric utilities and their local subsidiaries are moving toward lower carbon fuel sources and that ambitious state policies and strong corporate demand for renewable energy are key drivers of this trend.

Still from a YouTube video of a Tesla S model owner using the vehicle's autopilot mode.

White Trailer Proved Invisible to Tesla's Autonomous System

A white semitrailer on a bright day proved invisible to the self-driving system of a Tesla S sedan, which failed to brake and ran under the trailer as it crossed in front of the car, said authorities investigating the first fatal crash of an autonomous car in the United States, which happened in early May.

Video Tip: Regaining Control in a Skid

AAA offers advice on how to regain steering control during a skid.

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VF Jeanswear Names Senior Fleet Manager

Bill Hartman, CTP was named senior fleet manager at VF Jeanswear in Greenville, S.C. He assumed this position in April of 2016.

Mykytyn

Omnitrax Names Fleet Manager

Zenon Mykytyn was named corporate fleet asset and procurement manager at Omnitrax in Cherry Creek, Colo. He assumed this position in June of 2015.

Photo: Skyline Emissions

FSX to Distribute Skyline Aftermarket DPFs

FSX Equipment will distribute Skyline aftermarket diesel particulate filters nationally after entering into a mutual agreement with Skyline Emissions.

Chevin Adds Asset Tracking to FleetWave

This new capability collects telematics delivered data about an asset’s performance and usage from a secure and easily installed device plugged directly into the OBD-II or JBUS.

Photo: Renault

Renault Introduces Light-Duty Pickup

Renault has taken the wraps off the Alaskan, its one-ton pickup.

Southern Company, AGL Resources Merger Approved

When completed, the combination of Southern Company and AGL Resources is expected to create the second-largest utility company in the U.S. by customer base.

A 2017 model-year Hino Model 268A was the 50,000th truck produced by Hino Trucks. (PHOTO: HINO)

Hino Trucks Produces 50,000th Vehicle

Hino Trucks has produced its 50,000th Hino truck. A ceremony to celebrate the milestone took place at Hino's plant in Williamstown, W.V., in front of it local and state officials, assembly team members, and Hino executive management.

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-150, Explorer for Driver Seat Back

The safety compliance recall affects more than 5,000 2016 model-year pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S.

The event featured the latest electric vehicles from virtually all major manufacturers, giving more than 450 employee attendees an opportunity to drive several models. (PHOTOS: PG&E)

PG&E's EV Showcase Encourages Employees to 'Drive Electric'

As part of the company’s efforts to encourage employees to adopt electric vehicles (EV), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) hosted an electric vehicle showcase at the company’s San Ramon, Calif., campus.

ith more than 1 million EcoBoost trucks on the road, F-150 owners will save more than 110 million gallons of gas over the course of the next year. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford F-150 EcoBoost Hits 1 Million Sales

More than 1 million Ford F-150 pickups with segment-exclusive EcoBoost engines have now been sold in the United States.

Evasive Maneuver Assist controls both the longitudinal and lateral movements of heavy-duty trucks and trailers in challenging driving situations at high-speed. (PHOTO: WABCO)

Evasive Maneuver Assist Prototype Tested

Jointly developed by WABCO and ZF, the Evasive Maneuver Assist (EMA) combines WABCO’s braking, stability, and vehicle dynamics control systems on trucks and trailers with ZF’s top active steering technology.





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