INDIANAPOLIS. UPS announced it will invest some $70 million to deploy propane-autogas (LPG) power in its fleet of distinctive “package car” medium-duty delivery vans at a news conference here at the NTEA Work Truck Show.
The package-delivery giant said its investment plan calls for the purchase of 1,000 propane-fueled trucks as well as installing an initial 50 LPG fueling stations at UPS locations in the U.S.
INDIANAPOLIS. Speakers here on a kickoff panel of the annual Green Truck Summit, held in conjunction with this week’s NTEA Work Truck Show, made one thing voice clear—alternative fuels for trucking will remain a matter of considerable choice, and for years to come.
INDIANAPOLIS. Ford Motor Co. took the wraps off its redesigned F-650 and F-750 medium-duty lineup— including a dedicated tractor model aimed at heavy-towing applications— here on the eve of the NTEA Work Truck Show.
DAT has reported that during the week ending Feb. 22, the national average spot-market van rate reached a peak of $1.98 per mile. That rate, per DAT Trendlines, a composite of the firm’s network of load boards, was 13% higher compared to the same week in 2013
That dizzying performance, according to DAT, was driven by growing load volume (up 12% that week) as well as a rise in tighter available capacity (up 3.3%) and remains in the company’s estimation “unseasonably high.”
In an extensive newly released report, the National Association of Counties (NACo) argues that both federal and state funding and financing of county-owned transportation infrastructure is “increasingly inadequate” within the 48 states that have a county-government system (Connecticut and Rhode Island are the exceptions).
A proposed rule, which trucking has lobbied some 15 years for, to set up a national clearinghouse— a central database-- of CDL holders to track those in violation of federal drug/alcohol-use regulations has at last been announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA) introduced on Capitol Hill in mid-November by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) that would devolve the federal government’s funding of the nation’s highway infrastructure so that road projects would depend overwhelmingly on state-by-state financing got a fresh airing this week.
There’s a remarkably rapid shift away from spec’ing manual gearboxes under way in the medium-duty truck market. The reason is due to how the intersection of human and electronic logic can significantly cut costs for fleet owners.
With less than eight months left on the clock until the next highway and transit appropriations bill must be approved or at least extended, a key Capitol Hill lawmaker has publicly declared that hiking the fuel tax should be off the table.