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    Medium-duty provides fertile ground for proving up electrification

    When Purolator put out a Request for Proposals in search of its first fully-electric truck, one of the key elements it was looking for was support. Of course, there were other requirements. Cost. Range. Size and weight of the battery packs. But after-sales support was essential, according to Serge Viola, director, national fleet with Purolator. Motiv Power Systems of California won the bid and supplied Purolator with five 18-foot electric box trucks built on a Ford F-59 chassis, with Motiv supplying the electric powertrain. One of the ways it won the bid? It has sent a full-time technician to work out of Purolator’s Vancouver facility for three to six months.…

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    Volvo workers back on the job

    Volvo Trucks North America and the UAW have reached a tentative deal, ending a strike that began April 19. The agreement covers a five-year deal for about 2,900 employees at Volvo’s New River Valley truck plant in Dublin, Va. The strike ended this morning and production at the plant will resume May 3. The New River Valley, Va., plant (Photo: Volvo Trucks North America) Software transportes 3000

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    Natural gas truck sales down in 2021: ACT

    Natural gas Class 8 truck retail sales have contracted 25% in the U.S. and Canada in 2021 through February, according to data from ACT Research. “Sales of natural gas-powered vehicles as reported by the six major truck OEMs, who account for approximately 60% of the heavy-duty natural gas market, were mixed in the December 2020 to February 2021 time period, with December experiencing a small sequential decline, but an impressive year-over-year gain,” said Steve Tam, vice-president at ACT Research. (Photo: C.A.T.) “The new year got off to a slow start, falling month-over-month and year-over-year, but February showed brighter, improving from January and last February, up 1% and 5%, respectively.” Tam…

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    Mobilityways’ nationwide commute intentions survey reveals potential green dividend for UK firms as CO2e from commuting is set to drop by 26% from pre-pandemic levels

    Mobilityways Commuter Census survey reveals 26.2% of workers plan to remain working from home post-pandemic, whereas only 4.4% were WFH pre-COVID UK firms can look forward to a green dividend, as over a quarter (26%) of their staff look set to remain working from home post-pandemic, if companies allow staff who express the desire to remain working from home are allowed to do so. Mobilityways logo This green dividend amounts to a substantial reduction in CO2e emissions, equivalent to 4.5m commuters switching from Diesel to Electric Vehicles or 1.7m homes converting to zero emission heating before the end of this year. This finding comes out of a Commuter Census survey…

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    Selected loads exempt from spring thaw limits in Southern Ontario

    Ontario is exempting several types of cargo from spring thaw weight restrictions in Southern Ontario, citing special needs during Covid-19. “In alignment with the government’s efforts to support businesses while restricting the progress of Covid-19, MTO has expanded exemptions toward commodities deemed to be essential for both the medical/pharmaceutical response to the pandemic, but also those involved in critical agri-business within the southern portion of the province,” Transport Minister Caroline Mulroney says in a letter provided to the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada. (Photo: iStock) The commodities include: Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation,…

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    Truck drivers eligible to register for Waterloo vaccines

    Ontario’s Region of Waterloo has added truck drivers to the list of essential workers who are eligible to pre-register for vaccines against Covid-19. The region expanded the list of eligible individuals to include “transportation, warehouse and distribution workers, including public transit workers, truck drivers supporting essential services, marine and rail cargo and maintenance, and highway maintenance.” The group is included in a broad list of essential workers who cannot work from home. “Pre-registration is only for eligible groups,” the region says in a related notice. “The fastest way to receive an appointment is to provide an email or text (mobile phone number) when you pre-register. It may take four to…

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    Cleaning a truck is all in the details

    Maintaining a tractor-trailer is more than just routine maintenance to keep the truck running. Especially in a Covid world, sanitation and cleanliness are a big priority. There are many techniques that truckers can use when it comes to keeping a semi-truck in fresh condition, even with regular use. (Photo: istock) “The main concern of course, with truckers — especially ones that are traveling internationally between Canada and the U.S. during the pandemic — is sanitation, germs and Covid,” said Timothy Somers, owner of TKT Detailing Services and Truck Accessories in Port Perry, Ontario. With the service’s location in the Greater Toronto Area, Somers and his team have worked on a…

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    Mack-Askew named DTNA’s chief engineer, chassis and vocational engineering

    Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has appointed Tracy Mack-Askew to the position of chief engineer, chassis and vocational engineering, effective immediately. Mack-Askew will lead the development of solutions for DTNA customers in diesel powertrain technologies, and support the transition to electrical propulsion solutions in chassis and vocational products. “Tracy has continually demonstrated that her strong leadership, intuition, and industry background provide much value for our company and our customers,” said Dr. Rainer Mueller-Finkeldei, senior vice-president of engineering and technology, DTNA. “We look forward to her beginning in her new role, where she will continue to be an integral member of our engineering leadership team and drive additional innovation throughout the…

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    Volvo, Daimler on path to fuel cell electric trucks

    Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group have joined forces to produce hydrogen fuel cells for heavy vehicles, and they’re calling on European policymakers to help establish a network of 1,000 hydrogen fueling stations by 2030. The OEMs’ joint venture known as cellcentric, first announced last year, is now officially operating and plans to begin series production of fuel cell systems by 2025. Customer equipment trials are scheduled to come within three years. (Illustration: istock) While battery-electric vehicles are well-suited for shorter distances and lower payloads, fuel cell electric trucks are a better option for longer distances and heavier weights, said Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO of Volvo Group, during an…