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Trucking news roundup: Cummins goes electric, Michelin goes airless

From our corporate cousins over at, here’s a sampling of the week’s headlines from the trucking industry. Click the link for the full story:

Cummins plans electrified powertrain system in 2019

During a conference call this week with reporters, engine maker Cummins’ executive director of electrification business development Julie Furber said that the OEM plans to have a fully electrified powertrain system on the road by the end of 2019. She said that transit buses in cities globally would likely be the first vehicles to have the new technology. Other top executives said other industrial and commercial uses would follow.

Michelin unveils airless, connected tire concept

MONTREAL, QUE. Imagine this: a tire that is airless, made of recycled materials, and will never inflate. That is what Michelin calls its Vision Concept. Terry Gettys, executive vice president of research and development at Michelin Group, unveiled the prototype of the concept during a press conference here at Michelin’s Movin'On sustainable mobility event.

Freight underpinnings may be stronger than thought

The purportedly slow demise of the manufacturing and logistics sectors of the U.S. economy since the start of the 21st century may not only be greatly exaggerated but may in fact be wholly inaccurate, if new analysis conducted by researchers at Ball State University is to be believed. That could be trucking companies – especially small operators – on much surer freight footing than they may think, if the conclusions of the school’s study is correct.

Supreme Court declines to hear ELD challenge

The Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge to the federal government’s electronic logging mandate, making it a near certainty the rule will take effect this December. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association had sought a review by the high court on numerous grounds, including that electronic logs violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, the decision from the court paves the way for the Dec. 18 implementation date of the mandate from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to go forward.

UPS worker kills self, three others in California shooting

A United Parcel Service driver based out of the company’s San Francisco sorting hub and package delivery center shot and killed three of his fellow workers and wounded two more before turning the weapon on himself late yesterday in a murder/suicide incident that news reports indicated involved overtime grievance issues.

Labor secretary says change to overtime rule is needed

Alexander Acosta, Department of Labor secretary, made clear last week the debate over overtime pay did not end when the new presidential administration took over in January.

Sacramento orders refuse truck with Motiv electric powertrain

Motiv Power Systems said Sacramento, CA, has become the second city in North America to order an electric refuse vehicle (ERV). Sacramento’s Class 8 ERV will use Motiv’s all-electric powertrain, saving the city 6,000 gallons of fuel a year. It will come equipped with 10 battery packs and be expandable to 12 packs. The ERV is built on a Crane Carrier chassis and Loadmaster body.

Los Angeles completes BYD, Wayne Engineering truck demo

BYD announced that it just completed battery-electric refuse truck demonstration project with the Los Angeles Sanitation (LASAN) department and Wayne Engineering. According to BYD, this demonstration logged more than 5,200 miles and drove up to 108 miles per day, with an average range of 99 miles.


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