Heavy Duty Trucks News
FTR reports preliminary trailer orders decline in July from final June numbers

FTR reports preliminary trailer orders fell back in July 28% from the final trailer orders reported for June to a total of 17,000 units. July 2022 trailer order activity was +101$ y/y with orders now totaling 275,000 units for the past twelve month. “Amidst these uncertainties and production challenges, OEMs have continued to strategically manage

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Gabrielli Truck Sales becomes Volvo Trucks Certified EV Dealer

Volvo Trucks North America has designated Gabrielli Truck Sales, one of the largest and oldest commercial truck dealers in the Northeast, as a Volvo Trucks Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) Dealer, signifying that it is ready to support customers interested in adding Volvo VNR Electric trucks to their fleets. Gabrielli Truck Sales recently completed the required

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Mack Trucks hosts Sen. Bob Casey to test drive the Mack LR Electric

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey recently visited Mack Trucks’ Lehigh Valley Operations (LVO) facility in Macungie, Pennsylvania, where he drove the Mack LR Electric, Mack’s first fully electric Class 8 refuse vehicle. Pictured left to right is Scott Barraclough, Mack Trucks senior product manager e-mobility and Sen. Casey. Assembled at LVO, the Mack LR Electric offers zero tailpipe emissions,

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Persistent inflation, interest rate hikes indicates potential for recession

According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, surging inflation, the Fed hiking interest rates into a potential recession, and supply-chain disruptions remain overarching themes. “The prospect of a US recession has grown materially since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and as of the July issue of ACT’s NA OUTLOOK report, a 2023

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Live blog: Lessons learned from two years of electric truck operation with Volvo Trucks

February 2020. Volvo Trucks was poised to bring change to trucking in California with the unveiling of the VNR Electric and the development of a holistic electric truck strategy to make them a reality. And then the world changed a month later. But the innovation didn’t stop. The Volvo LIGHTS project rolled forward. Volvo Trucks

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Xos takes aim at the heavy-duty electric truck market

The questions come fast and furious whenever a new nameplate enters the trucking market. Where are you manufacturing your trucks? What suppliers are you working with? What pilot programs are in place? Four years ago, when the first heavy-duty electric trucks were first introduced as a concept on flashbulb-lit stages, those questions could be sidestepped.

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Class 8 natural gas truck retail sales gained 11%

For the first five months of 2022, US and Canadian Class 8 natural gas truck retail sales rose 11% year-to-date against comparisons of the same time period in 2021, as published in the quarterly report (AFQ: Alternative Fuels Quarterly) recently released by ACT Research. “Sales of NG-powered vehicles as reported by the six major truck

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Women In Trucking Association announces its August 2022 Member of the Month

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Maria Rodriguez as its August 2022 Member of the Month. Maria is a professional driver for NFI Industries. As a longtime restaurant worker who was laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maria was seeking stable employment when her boyfriend, who was also in pursuing a career

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Recession is now ACT Research’s base-case scenario for 2023 forecasts

In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that its analysts have updated their forecast scenarios to include a recession in 2023. “We have revised our economic forecasts and are now modeling a recession in the first half of 2023, although flat (0.0%) for full-year 2023,” said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst,

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FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index drops to -6.2 reading

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) fell back in May to a -6.2 reading. After relatively stable diesel prices in April, large increases in May coupled with tighter capacity utilization led to tougher market conditions despite some rate relief. The outlook for the SCI is for little change as utilization and rates are expected to remain mildly

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How ClearFlame is modifying diesel trucks to run on ethanol to boost efficiency, curb emissions

The trucking industry is too complex to have a one size fits all solution when it comes to decarbonization. Electrification makes sense when a truck is revving on a port all-day or gas prices rise. But on the other hand, it’s hard to beat the diesel range and its reliability. Sustainability has become an increasing

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Equipment finance sector new business volume down 1% y/y, up 10% m/m

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $900 billion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new business volume for June was $10.3 billion, down 1 percent year-over-year from new business volume in June 2021. Volume was up 10 percent from

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