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“Navistar is now writing the next chapter of our story,” said Troy A. Clarke, chairman, president and CEO, Navistar. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Navistar-VW Alliance to Bring Electric Truck, Integrated Powertrain to Market

The Navistar-Volkswagen Truck & Bus Alliance has borne fruit faster than either company expected. Officials announced Monday they will develop a proprietary, integrated powertrain; a common connected vehicle and cloud platform; and an electric-powered Class 6/7 truck.

The hood and grille may be the same, but the HV was redesigned from the inside out. Photo: Evan Lockridge

International HV Series Debuts for Severe Service Market at NACV

International Truck Monday increased its offerings for the vocational market, launching the International HV Series and announcing enhancements to its HX Series, at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Shows New Gasoline Cabover

All three Fuso models, the FE140, FE160 and FE180, will be powered by a PSI-GMPT Vortec Series 6.0L V-8, coupled to a best-in-class Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission — making these the only gasoline trucks in their class to offer PTO capability.

Photo: TomTom

TomTom Launches Flexible Bridge Hub Solution

TomTom has launched the TomTom Bridge Hub in North America, announcing pre-order availability of the connected mobility and electronic logging device compatibility solution.

Photo via Wikimedia/Maxfrear

La. Utility Worker Dies from Electrocution

The contract worker was in a bucket truck when he came in contact with an exposed power line.

How Fla. Utilities Teamed Up for Irma Restoration

After Hurricane Irma hit the State of Florida earlier this month, utilities worked together to restore operations across the state.

Enterprise Truck Rental Now in Kansas City

Enterprise Truck Rental has opened its first location in the Kansas City area. The new Enterprise Truck Rental facility in Olathe, Kansas, is situated on a 1.7-acre lot and is co-located with an Enterprise Rent-A-Car office.

Photo courtesy of Terramac

Terramac to Unveil New Model at ICUEE

The new crawler carrier unit accommodates a wide variety of support equipment for utility applications and can be easily loaded onto a tag trailer and hauled by line trucks from job site to job site.

Five Southeastern Natural Gas Utilities Merge

Natural gas utilities Alagasco, Laclede Gas, Missouri Gas Energy, Mobile Gas, and Willmut Gas have merged operations, now serving customers under the name Spire.

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Voice of Retreading Brodsky Passes Away

Harvey Brodsky, longtime managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) and then the Retread Tire Association (RTA), has died in Pacific Grove, Calif. He was 81.

Roger Nielsen said at the NACV Show that Detroit Assurance Safety Systems are the enabling platform for the company’s current platooning tests in Oregon and Nevada. Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Announces Public Highway Platooning Tests

DTNA president Roger Nielsen revealed at the NACV Show in Atlanta that the company is conducting platooning tests on public highways in Oregon and Nevada.

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Lytx Offers Enhanced Video Safety System

Lytx will begin offering an enhanced video monitoring system for commercial and government fleets that provides additional capability over its DriveCam product, the company has announced.

Safety Tip: Driving in Rain or Fog

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation offers some practical advice for driving in the rain or fog.

“We win in the marketplace by seeing the future first, and beating the competition to it,” proclaimed Srikanth Padmanabhab, president of the Cummins engine business. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Cummins Sees a Future with Many Truck Power Options

Cummins continues to embrace a “buffet” of power sources for the marketplace as it prepares for a future that includes diesel, hybrids, electric powertrains, and fuel cells, the company told trucking reporters in Atlanta Sunday prior to the opening of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Thermo King Says New Electric APU Runs Longer

Thermo King is unveiling its new all-electric TriPac Envidia auxiliary power unit, which it claims has the longest run-time in the industry, at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta this week.

Image of P.A.R.T. courtesy of Colorado Auto Parts.

Covercraft Exhibits Air Radial Powered Truck

Not all hybrids are fuel-efficient. One, in fact, is designed to burn gas - AV Gas. Introducing P.A.R.T. - the world’s only Plymouth Air Radial Truck. It’s a plane. It’s a truck. It’s a mash-up of a 1939 Plymouth Pick-up and a 757 seven-cylinder radial engine from a 1950’s Cessna airplane. And it runs.

Businesses can expense up to $500,000 in tax year 2017 for certain capital expenditures, including commercial work trucks such the FUSO FE/FG Series. (Image courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America)

Businesses Can Expense Up to $500K in Truck Purchases

The U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Section 179 (commonly referred to as IRC-179) allows businesses to expense up to $500,000 in the tax year 2017 for certain capital expenditures, including commercial work trucks.

Photo courtesy of Eaton

Eaton Partners with Geotab for IntelliConnect Software

IntelliConnect gives fleets advanced notice that a vehicle may be having an issue, and the new features are now available on the Geotab Marketplace as an integrated solution to help fleets better manage their assets.

Photo: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

AAA Report Underscores Benefits of High-Tech Truck Safety Advances

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is recommending that all large trucks— both new and existing ones— be equipped with what it considers to be “cost-effective technologies that improve safety for everyone on the road.”

Photos: Shell Rotella

Shell's New Oil Works for Mixed Diesel and Gas Fleets

Shell Rotella's T6 Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 synthetic oil is designed for versatility, meeting the API CK-4 specification for Class 8 Trucks as well as API SN specification for gasoline trucks and vans.

$140 million will go toward incentivizing cleaner vehicles at California’s ports. Photo: Jim Park.

California Passes Clean Air Bill with $895M in Vehicle Incentives

The Clean Air Initiative provides $895 million for incentive programs that cut emissions from diesel and other greenhouse gas producing pollutants.

Since 2011 the company has amassed 60 million test miles on CK-4 formulations, and 50 million miles of tests involving the High Temperature High Shear (HTHS) formulas required by FA-4 specifications. Photo: Shell

Shell: New Engine Oil Categories Making the Grade

A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about the related features and benefits of CK-4 and FA-4 oils continues.

Photo of 2015-MY Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Idle Transit Production for Two Weeks

Ford Motor Co. will halt production of its Transit full-size van for two weeks to better align production with demand, the company said.

Photo: J.J. Keller

J.J. Keller Program Lets Fleets Reserve ELDs

With some industry observers worrying about whether the supply of electronic logging devices will meet the demand as we near the Dec. 17 deadline to install the mandatory devices, J.J. Keller & Associates announced it will make the transition earlier for fleets who want to wait until closer to the deadline.

Screenshot of Tom Kontos via KAR Auction Services.

Fleet Lease Consignor Prices Climb Higher

Fleet lease consignor prices moved higher in August, increasing 1.4% over July and 2.3% through the first eight months of the year compared with 2016, according to the Sept. 20 Kontos Kommentary.

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