Today's Trucking

Glider kit repeal facing opposition

January 10, 2018 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing growing pressure to restrict the use of glider kits under the second phase of rules to control Greenhouse Gas emissions. The EPA announced in November that it was repealing […]


Tesla Class 8’s will hit Canadian roads

November 20, 2017 by elizabeth

MONTREAL, QC – More than 30 of Tesla’s new fully-electric Class 8’s could be on the road in Canada as soon as 2019.
Three companies – including Canadian grocery and pharmacy giant Loblaw Companies – have wasted no time in making the move to the newly launched trucks.
Tesla showcased the new Class 8 vehicles with an unveiling event in California last Thursday. Loblaw, J.B. Hunt, and Walmart announced Friday they each had secured pre-orders with the company.
Although a final price for the trucks hasn’t been listed yet, Loblaw put deposits of $5000 per truck on 25 of the vehicles, currently set to be released sometime in 2019.
Walmart is also reporting a buy-in of 15 trucks, 10 of which will go to its Canadian operations, while the others will go to operations in the United States.


Daimler reports strong sales, eyes future

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Against a backdrop of strong sales and the promise of a growing economy, Daimler Trucks North America continues to explore emerging technologies from electrification to platooning.


First electric eCanters deliver this year

September 25, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Fuso will deliver the first of its eCanter cabovers this year, passing a key milestone for the world’s first series-produced Class 4 electric work truck. Models will arrive in the U.S., Germany and Japan.


Starship Initiative to launch in 2018

September 23, 2017 by John Smith

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Shell is on a mission to explore fuel economy improvements that might be realized in decades to come. And some of the ideas are now taking physical shape in the form of a prototype tractor-trailer known as the Starship Initiative.


Three fleets hit with California emissions fines

May 4, 2017 by John Smith

LOS ANGELES, CA – CR England, Knight Transportation and Werner Enterprises will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a combined US $201,000 in penalties for failing to install Diesel Particulate Filters or verifying that their trucks complied with California rules.


IN PRINT — A Changing Climate: Is there still a case for greener trucks?

May 2, 2017 by John Smith

Black smoke was once the inky signature of diesel engines everywhere. Now it has all but disappeared. A 1998 Model Year truck actually belched 35 times more smog-producing NOx and 60 times more Particulate Matter than equipment built to meet 2010 emissions standards, and that’s before regulators turned their attention to Greenhouse Gases.


Invest VW funds in clean diesel: Forum

April 6, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – The head of the Diesel Technology Forum has told state environmental officials that new diesel technology offers the most cost-effective way to reduce NOx emissions, and should be considered when investing the US $2.9 billion Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust.


Quebec renews support for natural gas trucks

March 29, 2017 by John Smith

MONTREAL, QC – Quebec’s latest budget has renewed the Ecocamionnage (green trucking) program until 2020 and offers more financial support to those who want to fuel up with natural gas. And $20.5 million continues to be available to expand the fueling network.


OTA continues push for Smart Lift Axles

March 20, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association says it has completed a detailed analysis of Smart Lift Axles (SLAs), in a bid to have Ontario revise regulations that govern weights and dimensions.


Balance safety, fuel economy in emissions rules: CTA

March 17, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is asking the federal government to balance safety and the environment in proposed emissions rules which credit the fuel economy gains that can be realized with tires.

“Regulating tire selection is a tricky business,” says Geoff Wood, the group’s vice president – operations. “Tires need to be spec’d for both safety and the environment. No one policy objective should trump the other.”

Environment and Climate Change Canada recently released its plans for Greenhouse Gas limits that will apply to 2018-29 Model Year equipment, effectively mirroring those unveiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A tire market survey planned by Transport Canada should help find a balance between tire traction and fuel efficiency when finalizing the emissions regulations, the alliance adds.


Canada’s emission goals take center stage

March 16, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Canada’s is embracing an “ambitious” climate change objective that by 2030 would eliminate more Greenhouse Gases than come from every vehicle on the road today, according to Jody Proctor, Transport Canada’s director – clean air policy analysis.

Almost ΒΌ of the nation’s Greenhouse Gas emissions come from transportation, and 80% of that comes from on-road vehicles, she said during a panel discussion at the annual Green Truck Summit. Trucks account for about 30% of that.

“Transportation clearly needs to be part of our climate change solution,” she told the crowd, stressing that climate change will cost Canadians $21-43 billion per year by 2050.


Think “well to wheel” around emission options

March 16, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The trucking industry has to “put on the brakes” when it comes to its thirst for diesel if it hopes to meet targets to slash Greenhouse Gas emissions, according to Wilfried Achenbach, Daimler Trucks North America’s senior vice president – engineering and technology. But electric vehicles don’t yet offer the answer when the steps to produce electricity are considered.

Speaking at the NTEA’s annual Green Truck Summit, Achenbach stressed that diesel engines continue to be the industry’s “workhorse” because of their high torque and long-life, delivering 10 kwh of energy per kilogram in a format that is easy to refuel and readily available.


U.S. agencies remain focused on emissions

March 15, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – U.S. regulators attending the annual Green Truck Summit continue to focus on long-term emissions targets, stressing the need to improve vehicles to fight climate change.


Up-fitters have role in emissions upgrades

March 15, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The latest round of emissions rules could present a new business opportunity for vehicle up-fitters — but they will likely need to be high-volume players if they want to trade in the market for related credits, according to a panel at the Green Truck Summit.