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Earnings Watch: Navistar Losses Nearly Double from Year Earlier

Navistar International Corp. on Tuesday announced its financial losses in the first quarter of 2017 nearly doubled from the same time a year ago due to lower truck volume and softer Class 8 truck sales.

Late last year, Motiv initially provided AmeriPride’s Vernon branch with 10 zero-emission step vans. The delivery vehicles feature up to 20% gradeability, 80 miles of range, and a 50% battery charge time of 2.5 hours. (Photo courtesy of Motiv)

AmeriPride Plans Record Electric Walk-in Van Order

After initially replacing 20% of its Vernon California fleet with electric delivery trucks, AmeriPride Services plans to add 20 additional walk-in vans equipped with the Motiv Power Systems all-electric powertrain to the company’s California fleet.

Diesel Prices Inch Higher

Diesel prices in the U.S. have continued to move upward with a minor increase last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Calif. Public Utility to Purchase 500 Plug-In Pickups

The Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) has submitted a letter of intent to Workhorse Group for 500 W-15 plug-in electric pickup trucks.

Photo: Morgan Corporation

Morgan Launches NexGen Line of Truck Bodies

Truck and van body maker Morgan Corporation has launched its NexGen line of truck bodies for dry freight and refrigerated applications.

Technicians will convert a 2017 Ford F-250 at NTEA's The Work Truck Show. (Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas)

Alliance Autogas Live Upfit of 2017 F-250

Alliance AutoGas conversion techs will take Work Truck Show attendees through a step-by-step live conversion of a Ford F-250. Attendees will be able to ask questions, see it up close, and be as interactive as they wish.

Safety Tip: Emergency First Aid

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles offers advice on how to assist injured people before emergency personnel have arrived at a crash scene.

Mitchell 1 Introduces Medium-Duty Shop Software

Mitchell 1 introduced its newest solution for the commercial trucking industry: Manager SE Truck Edition, shop management software for repair shops that service all makes of Class 4-8 trucks.

GM Fleet Partners with Spireon on Telematics Solution

Using General Motors’ OnStar hardware, Spireon will offer a customized version of its FleetLocate fleet management system to GM fleet customers starting in May 2017.

Photo: Daimler

Daimler Preps for Electric Ecosystem with ChargePoint Investment

Germany's Daimler AG has become the lead investor in American charging solutions provider ChargePoint as part of a plan to expand its development of electric vehicles.

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Doft Launches On-Demand Truck Sharing Service

Targeting a market worth $80 billion, Doft - which stands for “do freight transportation” - has set its sights on being the first Uber-like service for trucks

Photo courtesy of Workhorse.

Clean Fuels Ohio to Help Deploy 500 Workhorse Electric Pickup Trucks

Workhorse Group has received a letter of intent from Clean Fuels Ohio to partner with Workhorse to help deploy 500 W-15 plug-in electric pickup trucks throughout the state of Ohio.

Bollinger Motors provides a teaser image of the all-new electric truck coming out in . summer of 2017. (Photo courtesy of Bollinger Motors)

Bollinger Motors Teases All-Electric Sport Truck

Bollinger Motors revealed the first image of its upcoming all-electric on- and off-road sport/utility truck. The vehicle was designed from the ground-up employing an all-electric powertrain, aluminum chassis, adjustable air suspension and convertible cab panels.

Initially launched in November 2015, the incentive program had only been available to propane retailers, but expanded for fleets looking to replace their current refueling technology until the end of June 2017. (Photo: CleanFuels USA)

PERC Expands Nozzle Incentive

Effective immediately, private fleets and public refueling stations are eligible to apply for the incentive program, which will now provide $100 per tank-side connector and $1,000 per hose-end connector.

Navistar, Volkwagen Close Strategic Alliance Deal

Navistar International Corp. announced the closing of its "wide-ranging strategic alliance" with Volkswagen Truck & Bus, which includes an equity investment in Navistar, a procurement joint venture, and technology and supply collaboration.

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Launches Wireless Software Updates

Mack Trucks has launched Over The Air, which lets customers update software wirelessly to minimize scheduling disruptions and increase efficiency and uptime. The company is also offering a 30-day trial of Mack Fleet Management services with Telogis Fleet.

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids Chooses F-150 for PHEV Powertrain

XL Hybrids, Inc. has decided to pair its XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain with Ford's F-150 pickup, the vehicle modifier has announced. The vehicle will be available in the fourth quarter.

Photo of Warren Truck Assembly in Michgan that produces the Ram 1500 quad and crew cabs courtesy of FCA.

FCA Sets 2018-MY Order Dates

Fiat Chrysler has set the dates for when it will begin taking orders for 2018 model year vehicles, which will begin in May and run through September for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram models.

Diesel Prices Creep Upward for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices in the U.S. crept upward last week, continuing a three-week streak of modest increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Cummins Extends Oil Drain Intervals to 80,000 Miles

Cummins says X15 Efficiency Series and X15 Performance Series engine owners can extend their oil drain intervals up to 80,000 miles using the free Cummins OilGuard program, which uses engine performance data and oil analysis to safely optimize oil drain intervals.

FMCSA's DeLorenzo. Photo: Stephane Babcock

FMCSA’s DeLorenzo: Move to ELDs Benefits Everyone

As Joe DeLorenzo, director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, sees it, there are positive reasons why all motor carriers need to be conscious of the upcoming electronic logging device mandate deadline of December 18, 2017.

Cummins' new Guidanz telematics system features a 9-pin J1939 interface that downloads engine fault codes directly to a smartphone or similar mobile device.

Cummins to Offer Engine Maintenance Notifications

Cummins announced its new Connected Adviser telematics system at TMC's Annual Meeting in Nashville, which allows customers to receive information analyzed by engine experts at Cummins, making it easier for fleet managers to make service decisions about the vehicles in their fleets.

Chart courtesy of Black Book.

Vehicle Depreciation to Reach 17.8% in 2017

The vehicle depreciation rate will reach 17.8% in 2017 on 17 million new-vehicle sales, slightly higher than the 17.3% mark recorded in 2016, according to latest forecast from Black Book and Fitch Ratings. Prior to the Great recession, annual depreciation trended between 16% and 18%.

Martin Daum Photo: Daimler

Daimler Taps Daum to Head Global Truck & Bus Business

Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, has been named to head the Daimler’s global trucks and bus operations.

Truck and Van News: Fleet-Only Options

Our web editor dove into the fleet-only options from Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. Recognition and a recall also made the news recently.

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