Today's Trucking


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.


Electric Dreams: Are engineers dreaming of electric sheep?

October 17, 2017 John G. Smith

Elon Musk’s dream of an electric semi has yet to become a reality. A rollout that was first expected to take place in September has been pushed back to November, while Tesla looks to address production delays with its Model 3 cars.


Is this Tesla’s new tractor?

October 3, 2017 by John Smith

PALO ALTO, CA — A post on the Tesla “subreddit” of shows a concept vehicle that appears to be Tesla’s unannounced electric road tractor.


Bosch envisions digital, electric future

September 27, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Imagine trucks without mirrors or internal combustion engines, relying instead on video monitors and electric power. It’s exactly what Bosch engineers are helping to develop.


Cummins commits to electrification and more

June 19, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Cummins is pledging to launch a fully electrified powertrain in 2019, and a range-extended electric powertrain in 2020. But senior executives stress that these rollouts will be for urban transit vehicles, and that electrified long-haul trucks are still years from reality.

“We are not just a diesel engine company,” proclaimed Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger, during a Wednesday conference call. “Technology is what we do. Innovation is what we do.”

An internal electrification business group is combining Cummins expertise with selected partners, as they collectively develop power storage, related electronics, and traction motors.


Daimler chief unfazed by NAFTA talk

May 19, 2017 by John Smith

MADRAS, OR – Roger Nielsen, the recently named president and Chief Executive Officer of Daimler Trucks North America, doesn’t seem concerned by talk about renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement – even though its manufacturing footprint includes Mexico. “We’re a global company, and globally we believe in free trade. And we’re prepared to engage everybody and anybody in discussions,” he said during his first media briefing. “I don’t anticipate any major changes in the NAFTA.” The company has reserve manufacturing capacity in the U.S. and Mexico, he noted. The supply chain is also dual-sourced. “They have the ability to source worldwide or source domestically.”


Electric Semi: More sizzle than steak?

May 3, 2017 Jim Park

A few days ago we got our first glimpse of what might be Tesla’s Electric Semi, as company CEO Elon Musk calls it. It looks futuristic, but it also looks like a high-roof over-the-road sleeper truck – which is exactly the wrong application for a fully electric drivetrain.


Diesel Dilemma: Are the days of our favorite fuel numbered?

December 2, 2016 John G. Smith

Rudolf Diesel must be rolling in his grave. The 19th-century inventor gave birth to the engine that bears his name. Now the country where he did the work is looking to bring the technology to an end. German legislators recently passed a resolution that calls for a ban of all internal combustion engines as early as 2030.


Tesla was speeding in fatal truck collision, NTSB finds

August 2, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board has found that the 2015 Tesla Model S car was speeding at the time of the May 7 Florida highway crash that led to the first autonomous vehicle driver death in history.


Tesla to build trucks, defends autonomous vehicles

July 21, 2016 by John Smith

PALO ALTO, CA – Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is turning his sights to commercial vehicles, unveiling a “master plan” for the company that includes producing a new Tesla Semi.

“In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport,” he writes in the plan that was posted last night. “Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year. We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.”


Missouri ends platooning pilot after self-driving car death

July 13, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri has vetoed its pilot program to allow testing of driver-assistive truck platooning technology on state highways, with the state’s governor saying that Tesla’s recent self-driving car fatality “tragically highlighted” how the “technology remains unproven.”Three semi-autonomous Mercedes tractor-trailers form a three truck platoon
Daimler demos platooning in March 2016

Missouri’s HB1733 bill would have allowed for six years of testing for platooning technology. It had already passed through both levels of the state’s legislature.


Quite Wright: Tesla co-founder sets his sights on trucks

July 9, 2016 John G. Smith

Ian Wright co-founded Tesla Motors and developed the fastest street-legal electric car in the world. But these days he has set his sights on something bigger – an electric powertrain for commercial vehicles.

Wrightspeed’s range-extended electric powertrain known as the Route enters production in a matter of months, and the company CEO boldly predicts that electric waste trucks will overtake the sale of diesel models in as little as five years.

There have been other attempts to electrify trucks in the past. One thing that sets the Route apart, however, is its Fulcrum turbine.


Tractor-trailer turn part of first self-driving car death

July 4, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – Tesla is calling the first U.S. self-driving car fatality -in which a Model S drove partially underneath a turning tractor-trailer – “extremely rare”.

The U.S. government says it’s investigating the design and performance of Tesla’s system, which failed to recognize the tall, white trailer against the bright Florida sky.