Volvo Testing Self-Driving Refuse Truck in Sweden

Volvo Tests Self-Driving Garbage Truck

Could garbage collection be handled by robotic vehicles? That’s the question Volvo Trucks is looking to answer as it tests out a self-driving garbage truck in Sweden. The truck company has a venture with Swedish waste management company Renova to learn how autonomous refuse vehicles can improve safety, make trash collection more efficient and reduce driver injury. “Driving a heavy commercial vehicle in an urban residential area with narrow streets and…

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Baker College Gets Paccar MX-13 Engine Donated

Paccar MX13 Diesel Engine Donated to Vocational School

Baker College’s Auto/Diesel Institute (ADI) of Michigan has been given a $51,558 PACCAR MX-13 diesel truck engine, a donation from Berger Dealer Group, of Dearborn, Mich., to enable engine-specific technician training. Berger also donated the specialized tools, software and related manuals to service the engine. PACCAR engines are designed for optimized performance, weight savings and durability in Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF Trucks. The 12.9L PACCAR MX-13 is PACCAR’s largest heavy-duty…

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Garmin FMCSA Compliant ELD Solution OBD

Garmin FMCSA Compliant ELD Solution OBD Port Connection

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the Garmin eLog Compliant ELD – a sleek, easy-to-use, hours-of-service (HOS) electronic logging device (ELD) designed to be used by drivers who are currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status (RODS) in compliance with recent amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ELD mandate. The Garmin eLog is easy to install and setup and…

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Peterbilt’s New Electric Class 8 Garbage Truck

Peterbilt Class 8 Electric Garbage Truck

Heavy-Duty Truck giant Peterbilt took the wraps off a battery-electric Class 8 garbage truck at the ongoing WasteExpo 2017 in New Orleans. Peterbilt already offers a line of diesel Class 8 garbage trucks. It is exploring an electric-drive system in order to help customers meet often stringent state and local emissions regulations, said Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt’s chief engineer. Electric drive systems also can significantly increase fuel efficiency, a priority for most…

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Tennessee & California Increase Diesel Taxes

Diesel Fuel Taxes Raised in California and Tennessee

Governors in Tennessee & California recently signed legislation into law that will increase diesel fuel taxes in those states later this year. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed in late April the “IMPROVE Act,” which will raise diesel fuel taxes by 10 cents over the next three years. The excise tax on diesel will jump on July 1 by 4 cents from 18.4 cents per gallon to 22.4 cents per gallon….

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Kenworth Developing Hydrogen T680 Truck

Kenworth Developing T680 Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cell Truck

Kenworth announced it is developing a prototype hydrogen fuel cell version of the T680 day cab for drayage tractor operation at Southern California ports. The project is backed by a $9 million government grant awarded last August. The hydrogen fuel cell is provided by the Canadian company Ballard Power Systems and it will charge batteries on the truck while producing only water as an emission. The T680 day cab tractor…

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Samsung & Magellan Partner on ELD Solution

Samsung & Magellan Announce Partnership on ELD Solution for Long & Short Haul Truckers

Samsung Electronics America has partnered with GPS navigation provider Magellan to deliver an ELD-compliant hours-of-service tracking solution for short and long haul trucking. Samsung mobile devices will now be part of Magellan’s fleet management solutions portfolio as part of an agreement between the companies. Magellan’s fleet solutions can be integrated and pre-loaded across a range of Samsung mobile devices, requiring minimal installation for drivers and offering device flexibility for fleets….

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Fuel Cell Bus Programs get $35.8M Grant in CA

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses Program gets $35M Grant in CA

Sunline Transit, a public agency providing bus service throughout California’s sprawling Coachella Valley, will received a $12.5 million grant from the state Friday to fund five new zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses and upgrades to the agency’s existing hydrogen production plant. The buses will operate in a region that is known for the cities of Palm Springs and Indio and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The project, represents one…

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Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Powered Class 8 Truck

Toyota Reveals its Hydrogen Powered Class 8 Tractor

Toyota’s family of eco-friendly vehicles gained a supersized sibling this morning in the form of Project Portal, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial truck. Along with representatives from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission (CEC), the zero-emission truck proof of concept will be unveiled today at the Port of Los Angeles where it will take part in “a feasibility study examining the potential usage of fuel…

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Tesla to Unveil Electric Semi Truck this Fall

Tesla to Release Electric Class 8 Truck this Fall

Tesla Inc. plans to unveil an electric semi-truck in September, Elon Musk, the electric car company’s chief executive, said Thursday. Musk said last year that the company was working on an electric truck but has provided few details except to say it would have self-driving capabilities like other new Tesla models. On Twitter Thursday morning the tech entrepreneur said, “Tesla Semi truck unveil set for September. Team has done an…

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