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The biggest truck technology stories of 2021

If it’s difficult getting microchips here in the States, I can’t imagine the supply chain nightmare it must be for elves in the North Pole. The jolly old elf and his crew may not be immune to the strains plaguing the transportation industry, but the show must go on. And just as truckers keep on

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Geotab Integrated Solution for Ford vehicles now compatible with Geotab Drive ELD app

Geotab Inc. has announced that vehicles equipped with Geotab Integrated Solution for Ford are now compatible with the company’s Geotab Drive electronic logging device (ELD) app, allowing drivers to record their Hours of Service (HOS) status and complete vehicle inspections from their tablet or smartphone. The news comes on the heels of Geotab Drive gaining

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Optronics introduces marker/clearance lamps with mini-scene-light feature

Optronics International has introduced its new MCL16MRHAHB and MCL16MAHAHB LED marker/clearance/scene lights. The newest members of Optronics’ MCL16 series family of lights, the unique 1 1/4-in., seven-diode, PC-rated lamps enable vehicles to meet clearance and all marker lighting regulations, but give users an extra lighting bonus, the company says. The new clear lens lamps are

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The biggest medium-duty truck stories of 2021

What truck classification do you give Santa’s sleigh? Based on the weight of the world’s gifts alone, it’s tempting to hop straight to Class 8, but I think Santa’s got some magic elf nonsense that makes weight a non-issue. If we use application as a clue, he’s kind of on the longest last-mile route there

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NRS Brakes adds 2019-2021 RAM 2500/3500 Heavy Duty brake pads

NRS Brakes has launched a new line of premium galvanized pads exclusively for the 2019-2021 RAM 2500 and 3500 trucks. NRS Brakes says this brake pad lineup for the Dodge Ram features unparalleled friction, patented mechanical attachment technology and fully galvanized steel backing plates. The galvanized steel withstands rust and corrosion, meaning NRS brake pads

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TFI International acquires D&D Sexton

TFI International Inc. has acquired D&D Sexton (“D&D”). Based in Carthage, Missouri, D&D has been a family-owned business for more than 40 years, specializing in refrigerated transportation and serving a long-standing customer base with both long-haul over-the-road services as well as local and shuttle operations. D&D has more than 150 company drivers and owner-operators, and

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Should you spec pusher axles on over-the-road trucks?

Traditionally, pusher axles are used in vocational applications to distribute the vehicle weight and ensure the other axles are not overloaded. Pusher axles on an on-highway vehicle… well, pusher use has been considered limited because tractor-trailers typically won’t be overloading the other axles. However, in recent years, over-the-road applications like linehaul and regional haul have

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No doubt about it: Decarbonization is FE’s 2021 Truck Equipment Trend of the Year

The most wonderful time of the year is finally here, because it’s that time again to announce Fleet Equipment’s Trend of the Year. Typically, when this annual story rolls around the editorial staff takes a week or so to pore over our content from our most recent cycle around the sun, articulating in detail our

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Booster converts nearly 1,200 diesel vehicles to renewable fuel in first month

Booster has converted more than 90 of its diesel customers with close to 1,200 vehicles to renewable fuels within the first month of its decarbonization initiative. This move will help Booster’s customers cut emissions by more than 70%, saving more than 34 million pounds of carbon emissions next year, Booster says. Booster notified its fleet

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The commercial vehicle industry faces an ‘everything’ shortage

In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that the setup for the entire commercial vehicle industry remains unchanged, noting that industry capacity remains range-bound across a broad front of supply-chain constraints. The report, which combines ACT’s proprietary data analysis from a wide variety of industry sources, paints a comprehensive picture

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Motiv, EverCharge partner to optimize EV charging

Motiv Power Systems and EverCharge have announced a nationwide reseller agreement to incorporate EverCharge charging stations and smart-charging power optimization solutions into the suite of Motiv Energy solutions for commercial EV fleets. Motiv will offer customers the option to bundle chargers with EVs and serve as primary support for fleet operators using the combination of

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Dana TM4 to establish new electrodynamics facility

Dana Incorporated‘s Dana TM4 joint venture is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Åmål, Sweden that will initially produce electric motors for the mobility industry. This $50 million fully sustainable operation has received $10.7 million in support from the Swedish business development community. This new facility further boosts Dana’s ability to deliver clean-energy technologies and

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