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    Volvo partners with Aurora to build self-driving trucks

    Volvo has announced a partnership with autonomous vehicle developer Aurora to build on-highway autonomous trucks for the North American market. The trucks will first be used for hub-to-hub routes. The agreement, between Volvo Autonomous Solutions and Aurora, will stretch over several years, Volvo announced. It will integrate the Aurora Driver system into Volvo’s on-highway trucks for development of “transport as a service” solutions. (Photo: Volvo Trucks North America) “Creating a viable autonomous on-highway offering requires close partnerships with both customers and tech partners to develop the needed capabilities,” says Nils Jaeger, president of Volvo Autonomous Solutions. “This exciting partnership brings our goal of transport as a service an important step…

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    Quebec dealer electrifies Western Star mine truck

    Since CBC Eastern Townships reported on his all-electric mining truck in mid-March, Jean-Marc Tardif has been overwhelmed with requests for information on his unique project.  The president of Tardif Diesel, a Freightliner/Western Star dealership in Ascot Corner, near Sherbrooke, Que., is driven by projects and is a strong believer in the electrification of trucks. Its delivery fleet is made up of electric vehicles. At the request of a customer who wanted to make a fully electric mine truck, he converted a Western Star 4900XD to make it the world’s first off-road truck with fast charging capabilities. Two partners are also taking part in the project, Medatech, an engineering firm from…

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    Groupe Morneau drops Eskimo from branding

    Groupe Morneau says it will change the name of its Morneau Eskimo division. “Groupe Morneau always promoted values of respect at all levels. In order to reflect this value to its collaborators, clients, suppliers, but also to its community, Morneau Eskimo, a division of Groupe Morneau, is announcing that it will soon change its name to no longer use this term for its refrigerated division,” the company said in an announcement. (Photo: Groupe Morneau) “The Management of Groupe Morneau is very aware of the fact that this term has a pejorative connotation. Therefore, we are convinced that adapting to social changes of the last few years is crucial. The leaders…

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    Two Canadian fleets to participate in Run on Less Electric

    Two Canadian fleets will be participating in the North America Council for Freight Efficiency’s (NACFE) Run on Less Electric demonstration this fall. Purolator will take part with its Motiv-powered Ford step van, recently deployed in Vancouver, while Quebec liquor distributor SAQ enters its Lion8 box truck operating in Montreal. This year marks the third NACFE Run on Less program, and the first involving Canadian fleets. It’s also the largest group of fleets to take part with 13 companies, up from the usual 10. It’s a diverse fleet, too, representing Classes 3 to 8 electric vehicles with a variety of bodies in different applications. (Photo: Purolator) “The interest was better than…

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    B.C. introduces mandatory entry-level training

    B.C. is the latest province to require mandatory entry-level training (MELT) for commercial drivers, requiring 140 hours of training. The 140-hour training requirement is the highest in the country. The new requirements will go into effect Oct. 18, 2021, and list of approved training providers will be released and posted to dtcbc.com by mid-June, the province announced. Other requirements include air brake training as well as six hours of mandatory flexible practical training. (Photo: Ryan Ng) The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said the course requirements will exceed those of the National Safety Code Standard and will emphasize safe operating in B.C.’s mountainous geography and diverse climate. “Having mandatory entry-level…

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    Maxim Truck & Trailer turns 40

    Forty years ago today, 27-year-old Doug Harvey purchased what was dubbed “the losingest’ International Harvester dealership in Canada. The Winnipeg dealer had racked up losses of $250,000 a year for three straight years, but Harvey convinced his wife his intentions were no April Fool’s joke and took out a second mortgage on their home to buy into the business, even though interest rates had soared to nearly 20%. Maxim Truck & Trailer serves customers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and north-western Ontario. (Photo: Maxim Truck & Trailer) “The first couple of years dealt with pure survival,” Harvey, owner of Maxim Truck & Trailer recalled in a press release commemorating the 40th anniversary…

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    Heavy Duty Repair Forum coordinates with NACV Show

    The HD Repair Forum (HDRF) will join the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show) to host its conference geared to the heavy-duty collision repair industry at the same venue. It will be held Sept. 27-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo: NACV Show) “This is the first time our event will be held in the Fall,” said HDRF president and co-founder Brian Nessen. “It will not replace our Spring event, scheduled for April 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas, but it will be the first time for us to gather in more than a year. Based upon the feedback from our advisory board and industry leadership,…

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    ATA, NATSO encouraged by Biden’s infrastructure proposal

    The American Trucking Associations and NATSO, the trade association representing U.S.’ truck stops and travel plazas Thursday commended the $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan announced by U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday. The Truckload Carriers Association, meanwhile, expressed concern over the plan. Biden has called the blueprint “a once in a generation investment in America,” according to the Associated Press. The White House says the largest chunk of the proposal includes $621 billion for roads, bridges, public transit, electric vehicle charging stations and other transportation infrastructure. U.S. President Joe Biden’s plan includes $621 billion for roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure. (Photo – iStock) ATA president and CEO Chris Spear says,…

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    Three CNG stations coming to Trans-Canada Highway in Northern Ontario

    The federal government will invest $3 million in Envoy Energy to install three natural gas stations in Northern Ontario, announced Marc Serre, parliamentary secretary to Seamus O’Regan Jr., Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. The new refueling stations — which are located at existing gas stations in Nipigon, Hearst and Cochrane — will include on-site storage and easy-to-use dispensers providing all the features heavy-duty truck drivers need when refueling along the Trans-Canada Highway. “The trucking industry plays an important role in building a low-emissions energy future. By investing in companies like Envoy Energy, we’re providing transport companies with cleaner options to get to where they need to go,” Serre said. A…