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Electric Island Available is for Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks

Electric Island is the result of a collaboration and partnership with Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and Portland General Electric (PGE). Daimler is the quintessential American truck manufacturer. Portland General Electric (PGE) is an energy company. This is the first electric charging site that is tailored specifically for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Electric Island is available for Public Use Moreover, because the headquarters of both companies are, in fact, in…

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Autonomous Commercial Vehicles: Impact on the Road and Job Force

The autonomous commercial vehicle has been stirring up things in the trucking industry. This is been going on since its debut in 2015 in Las Vegas. However, some people are skeptical, some in awe, some practical, and others are very tentatively optimistic. The trucking journalist Jack Roberts and autonomous and safety systems expert CEO and President of PrePass Mark Doughty discussed in a FleetOwner webinar the future of autonomous trucks. He discussed…

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Freightliner is Cruising Past Tesla on the Electric Truck Superhighway

Freightliner, the major heavy-duty truck manufacturer in America, is busy at work testing trucks with real customers — with Tesla is on the test track. Freightliner Tests Fleet of Electric Semi-Trucks The heavy-duty truck manufacturer currently made an announcement that its test fleet of electric semi-trucks has traveled 700,000 miles. This is according to Daimler spokesperson Fred Ligouri says.  In fact, that is the equivalent of approximately 233 cross-country trips…

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TuSimple, a Truck Technology Startup, Nears Stock Offering

TuSimple, a self-driving truck technology developer, expects to file a prospectus to sell public stock as soon as next week. This is according to published reports as well as people close to the situation. With offices in San Diego and Bejing, the company has 50 Level 4 autonomous trucks running paid freight in Southwestern states. Moreover, those trucks still have a safety driver. The driver can take control of the…

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Universal Logistics Holdings CEO ‘Optimistic’ on Successful 2021

Universal Logistics Holdings Inc., has reported its financial results for the fourth quarter. In fact, they have mainly beaten Wall Street expectations. In fact, they were helping by the recovery of the North American automotive industry, said CEO Tim Phillips. Universal Logistics Holdings Inc Fourth Quarter In fact, the revenue numbers beat most analysts' expectations by more than 8% and compare to year-ago revenues of $375.9 million. Moreover, the company…

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Glider Kit Market Falls Dramatically with the Latest Emissions Regs

There are no options for owner-operators or small fleets to purchase a new glider kit. This has occurred three years after the emissions regulations took effect in January 2018. It severely restricted the production of Class 8 glider kit trucks. This includes buying directly from truck manufacturers or dealers for truckers who want to build and assemble their own glider truck. Emissions Regulations Hamper Production The Phase II tractor-trailer emissions…

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Analysts don’t see Much Change in Capacity From the New CDL Rule

Some analysts say they don’t think an easing of instruction and testing rules for issuing commercial driver’s licenses will substantially change the present tight supply dynamic that exists in trucking. Federal Regulators Give the Final Rule Affecting Instructors and Qualifying Tests A final rule was issued by federal regulators. This allows a third-party skill instructor to give both instruction and qualifying tests for the same driver applicant. In the past, both functions…

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Transportation Capacity Tightens Further, Pricing Climbs Higher

Transportation Prices are Going Way Up Transportation prices are "increasing at an increasing rate" with capacity "contracting at an increasing rate." This is according to the November Logistics Managers' Index (LMI). Industry Growth is Occurring at a Rapid Rate The industry continues to grow at a rapid pace in the month. This is according to the supply chain survey of leading logistics executives. It registered at a 70.8% reading and…

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Complete Communities: Yes! New Parks: No… But Why?

Complete Communities Include Neighborhood Amenities Complete Communities include neighborhood amenities, instead of just building housing units by themselves. Housing developers in San Diego just received new initiatives on Monday, November 9th to build them. New Parks were Denied by the City Council A related city proposal would significantly change how and where San Diego adds new parks that was rejected by the City Council in a close 5-4 vote. A…

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Schools Are Changing Their Grading System to Standard Based-Grading

Schools in San Diego are following in the footsteps of many other districts. They are putting in place a type of system called standards-based grading. Schools Have Used the Traditional Grading Approach Typically, a student takes quizzes, does homework, takes some tests, writes some essays, and possibly earn some participation points. This is what is goes on in the traditional grading system. In some other districts, teachers may count attendance…

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