TORONTO, ON – It has been the Year of the Electric Truck. Few of the vehicles have hit the road, of course, at least in any measurable quantities. But throughout 2017, manufacturers from established OEMs to emerging players unveiled prototypes and plans for the electrification to come. Fleets have announced initial orders, too.
This is just an example of one of the topics that the Today’s Trucking team covered in 2017. From mandates for Electronic Logging Devices, to trade deal negotiations, and Ontario’s mandatory training for entry-level drivers, here are a few of the top stories that we believe are worth revisiting as calendar pages begin to turn:
Talking Tesla — Elon Musk was not the first to unveil an electric truck. Not by a long shot. Established manufacturers have unveiled a series of electrified plans, prototypes, and production models in recent months, particularly in the form of medium-duty vans and drayage tractors. New nameplates such as Nikola Motors and Chanje have emerged in the process. Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus, the majority of which is owned by Daimler, even beat Tesla Motors to the punch with a Class 8 prototype, unveiled during the recent Tokyo Auto Show. But the Tesla Semi is the electric truck that everyone was talking about in late November. https://www.todaystrucking.com/in-print-talking-tesla-is-this-the-game-changer
Learning Process — Students and driver training schools alike faced a series of challenges after Ontario introduced North America’s first Mandatory Entry-Level Training regime for new truck drivers. Early days were fraught with higher failure rates, while there were also efforts to close a key loophole that some training institutions tried to use to circumvent the process. https://www.todaystrucking.com/special-report-the-early-days-of-mandatory-training
The Driver Shortage – This is an issue that seems to emerge in the list of newsmakers every year, and is part of our ongoing coverage of HR issues. Generation Next, featured in the November 2017 edition of Today’s Trucking, explored the need to attract a young generation of workers to careers in the trucking industry. Driver in Waiting, meanwhile, told the story of a Syrian-trained driver who was sitting idle despite a wish to return to the road. https://www.todaystrucking.com/in-print-attracting-a-new-generation-of-workers