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    GoBolt orders 170 electric delivery vehicles from Lightning eMotors

    Lightning eMotors says it has agreed to supply Canadian delivery company GoBolt with 170 electric cargo vans and box trucks over the next 12 months. Deliveries will include 70 Lightning eMotors Class 3 cargo vans and 100 Class 5 box trucks, as GoBolt expands its presence in the U.S. market. (Photo: Lightning eMotors) “We couldn’t be more excited about our strategic partnership with GoBolt, and that it comes as they are rapidly expanding into the U.S. market,” said Lightning eMotors’ CEO Tim Reeser. “We have seen a huge uptick in interest from the supply chain and last- and middle-mile fulfillment industries and applaud GoBolt’s commitment to sustainable logistics services. We…

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    3 questions to ask before buying an electric truck

    You’ve decided to buy the first 100% electric truck for your transportation business. You want to do your part in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and see evermore models released to the market. But you may not know where to start. Battery management, charging infrastructure, specific operational needs, route planning, and charging stations all need to be addressed. Here are three of the first questions to ask yourself before making your choice. 1. What are your operational needs? What do you want to use the truck for, what will be delivered, and where? These are the first questions to be answered. With a range that is still relative — generally…

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    Fastfrate donates $500K to cancer center

    Fastfrate Group is donating $500,000 toward cancer care through Audrey’s Place Foundation, which will invest it in Southlake Regional Health Centre’s $20-million Here is Where Cancer Meets its Match campaign. Fastfrate donated $500,000 to Audrey’s Place Foundation for Southlake Regional Health Centre. (Photo: Fastfrate) This follows a previous $500,000 donation from Fastfrate Group last October, which went to University Health Network. “Cancer truly affects us all,” says Manny Calandrino, CEO of the Fastfrate Group. “It devastates individuals and families. It strains the health care system. It impacts the communities where we live, work and play. Giving back is a core mantra at Fastfrate and we want to support Audrey’s Place…

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    PMTC mentors connect students to trucking industry

    The transportation industry is always on the lookout for talent and carriers are constantly trying to fill vacancies for qualified drivers, mechanics, and office staff. The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) Young Leaders Group teamed up with Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ont., to offer a mentorship program to students interested in starting a career in the industry. Four students from the supply chain management program – Valeri Sena Aguirre, Casey Bruton, Siddharth Nair and Olawale Afolabi – were selected to be mentored after providing a resume and proof of volunteer work, attending an interview, and describing why they wanted to join the industry. From left, Casey Bruton, Olawale…

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    Nikola makes key leadership changes

    Nikola Corporation, provider of zero-emissions transportation and energy infrastructure products, announced two leadership changes. Pablo Koziner, current president, energy and commercial, has been named president, commercial, and Carey Mendes, current global head, energy finance, has been named president, energy. Pablo Koziner (Photo: Nikola Corporation) These appointments are effective immediately, Nikola announced. Koziner and Mendes will report to Michael Lohscheller, recently named president, Nikola Corporation, and will be the incoming CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Koziner will lead all of Nikola’s sales activities, including business development, sales, service, dealer network and charging solutions. Since joining Nikola in June 2020, the company says Koziner has played a key role in expanding the…

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    5 tips to avoid wildlife collisions

    Truck drivers have a good reason to be wary where the wild things are. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) says there are about 12,000 wildlife-related collisions per year, causing more than 400 injuries on top of any vehicle damage. Seventy-nine percent of such collisions also occur on the province’s rural, two-lane roads. While they happen year-round, the numbers also tend to be highest in the fall – during mating and migration seasons – and in the spring when animals are drawn to the road salt in ditches. Here are five tips from the Ontario Provincial Police and MTO to protect yourself. (Illustration: iStock) 1. Watch for the warning signs…

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    Fontaine Modification building new corporate headquarters

    Fontaine Modification, provider of post-production truck services for OEMs, dealers and fleets, is building a new corporate headquarters it says will more than double its production and product development capabilities. The new facility, currently under construction in the Charlotte, N.C., I-485 Logistics Center, will be nearly three times the size of the current operation, and is scheduled to open in February 2023. Fontaine Modification operates 10 modification centers located near OEM plants across the U.S. and has been headquartered in Charlotte since 1991. (Photo: Fontaine Modification) “With the rapidly changing technology landscape in commercial vehicles, our need for new product development space has grown significantly,” said Paul Kokalis, Fontaine Modification…

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    U.S. advisory board looks to attract more women to trucking

    The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has launched a 16-member advisory group that will focus on finding ways to recruit, retain and support women in the trucking industry. The Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB), part of the Biden-Harris Trucking Action Plan, will evaluate barriers and trends within the industry; advise on policies to educate, mentor, train and reach out to women in the industry; and identify opportunities to expand their roles in trucking and enhance the job quality. In Canada, women account for more than 50% of the population, yet only 3% of truck drivers are females. (Photo: iStock) “America needs truck drivers like never before, yet…

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    2023 TRB Annual Meeting: Charles A. Fuhs III Awarded the Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship

    Mr. Charles A. Fuhs III, Principal, Chuck Fuhs, LLC is the 2023 recipient of the Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship. Mr. Fuhs is recognized for his contributions to the advancement of congestion management applications on urban freeways, with particular focus on managed lanes. Chuck Fuhs has nearly 50 years of public and private sector experience during which time he engaged in the planning, implementation, and operation of freeways throughout North America with specific interest in managed lanes since the inception of this practice in the early 1970s. Fuhs has worked proactively within the research community in identifying issues of importance pertaining to managed lane safety, design, and policy and has…

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    6 tips to fight road rage

    Professional drivers spend much more time on the road than the general public. As a result, they are more likely to be confronted with aggressive situations involving other drivers. Here are six tips for avoiding or managing road rage. 1. Be zen-like Managing road rage starts with a calm and relaxed attitude. Give yourself as much time as possible to make your trip and remember that you’re going to get there anyway. You might as well make the trip enjoyable. Be resilient and don’t overreact to other drivers’ mistakes. (Photo: iStock) 2. Let it go “If someone makes an inappropriate gesture, cuts you off, or tries to pull you into…