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    Research, subsidies will give EVs a boost

    Research shows the transition to battery electric vehicles (BEVs) at present is likely to be more costly than anticipated and subsidies will be needed, professor Genevieve Giuliano said during a lecture recently. Giuliano, the Margaret and John Ferraro chair in effective local government, and director of the METRANS Transportation Center at the University of Southern California Price, said the rapid increase in e-commerce is fuelling demand for quick deliveries, leading to fragmented freight systems and increased pollution.   The market for battery electric vehicles is heavily influenced by range, weight and operating practices. (Photo: iStock) Guiliano said during the online lecture organized by University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI),…

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    DTNA makes senior leadership changes

    Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) Monday announced that David Carson, currently senior vice-president, vocational sales and marketing, has been appointed to the expanded role of senior vice-president, sales and marketing, DTNA, consolidating responsibility for all sales and marketing of vocational and on-highway segments. David Carson (Photo: DTNA) Carson adds responsibilities formerly held by Richard Howard, who has been appointed to the management board of Daimler Truck Financial Services responsible for North America and Asia. Drew Backeberg, currently vice-president, dealer sales for the on-highway segment, has been promoted to the role of senior vice-president of aftermarket, DTNA, and will join the company’s operating committee as a result. “I’d like to thank…

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    Solera Holdings buys Omnitracs

    Solera Holdings, a risk and management data and software supplier, has agreed to buy Omnitracs. Solera says the acquisition allows it to offer a unified platform offering safety, productivity and maintenance solutions for commercial fleets. Omnitracs ELD (Photo: Omnitracs) “By joining Solera, Omnitracs will be able to further extend our converged solutions, both in and on the vehicle, into fleet lifecycle management services while also extending our access to new markets,” said Ray Greer, CEO of Omnitracs. Solera operates in more than 90 countries, offering a “vehicle lifecycle management ecosystem” through software and data assets. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter. Financial terms were not disclosed. Software transportes 3000

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    Michelin to raise prices

    Michelin North America is increasing on- and off-road commercial truck tire prices by 13% effective July 1. The company says the price increase is “due to market dynamics.” (Photo: Michelin) Price increases may vary across the product line, and will include the Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brands. Software transportes 3000

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    Essential Trailer hits the road again

    NAL Insurance’s Essential Trailer is back on the road, raising funds to support truckers as they continue to deliver essential goods through the pandemic. Last year, the initiative allowed NAL Insurance’s Thank a Trucker program to provide 1,500 meals and personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to drivers at Ontario truck stops. This year, organizers will offer truckers gift cards for meals, to thank them for their hard work and dedication over the past 14 months. (Photo: NAL Insurance) Ivan Armstrong Trucking is currently pulling the Essential Trailer, on behalf of sponsor the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA). “They’ve got a busy week of events planned, including [visiting] the Groves…

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    TR News 331 January-February 2021: Evaluating Cost Effectiveness of Climate Adaptation Measures

    What processes and criteria can transportation decision makers use to prioritize projects for funding in the face of changing weather and climate conditions? This is the focus of a feature article titled “Evaluating Cost Effectiveness of Climate Adaptation Measures” in the January-February 2021 issue of TRB’s magazine, TR News (Issue 331). TR News is TRB’s bimonthly magazine featuring timely articles on innovative and state-of-the-art research and practice in all modes of transportation. It also includes brief news items of interest to the transportation community, research pays off articles, profiles of transportation professionals, workshop and conference announcements, new book notices, and news of TRB activities. Submissions of manuscripts for possible publication are accepted at any time. …

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    TRB is Hiring Two Positions in its Technical Activities Division

    TRB has several new job openings online. They are all part of the Technical Activities Division, which has many responsibilities, including the TRB Annual Meeting, the many TRB specialty conferences throughout the year, and the Standing Committees that include more than 4,000 volunteers working on important issues across the transportation landscape. The openings are for Director of Operations and Program Operations Coordinator. This Summary Last Modified On: 5/12/2021 Software transportes 3000

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    Knowledge is power when installing, using inverters

    Truck drivers have been using AC/DC inverters for a couple of decades now. They are versatile devices and must-haves in any sleeper cab. You’d think, after all that time, drivers and technicians would have figured out how to install and use them properly. Each year, however, we hear of several truck fires related to improper inverter installation or use. Some vehicles are completely consumed in those fires. This is no laughing matter. Inverters are usually installed under the bed or in a storage compartment. Care needs to be taken to protect the device from other objects in the compartment. (Photo: Xantrex) To put it into perspective, a fully loaded 1,800-watt…