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Electric Truck is Launched on the West Coast for New Battery Demos

Electric Truck is Launched on the West Coast for New Battery Demos

The electric truck project and its logistics partners announced they launched a battery-electric truck demonstration project this month. The Port debuted ten new BEV Peterbilt trucks to haul cargo in a West Coast state.

Electric Truck Project

Moreover, the new zero-emission trucks operate at Shippers Transport Express (STE), in a California trucking operation. It is a third project partner. Moreover, the Peterbilt trucks cost a total of $5.1 million. This funding comes from a ZANZEFF grant (Zero And Near-Zero-Emission Freight Facility program).

Electric Charging Stations

California has also invested $1.7 million to install ten electric charging stations at STE. Moreover, built a new electrical substation. Technology is really on it’s way up. Also, a power line extension to connect to the charging stations.

Cleaner-Running, Quieter Trucks

“In fact, getting these cleaner-running and quieter trucks into service is really a significant step in testing the feasibility of battery-electric trucks moving containers,” said California Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. Moreover, in addition, the port is working towards its Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan to become a zero-emissions seaport.

This demonstration project will take roughly three months. Next, the data collected will include the emissions reductions measurements. Thus, the trucks will also be monitoring for how effectively they going to operate. That is when they haul the fully loaded containers.

Ten Electric Truck Additions

Then 10 trucks are going to join another 17 battery-electric trucks currently in operation in California. However, these drayage trucks are, in fact, limited to short distances and lighter cargo loads. That is because of the range involved and the highway weight limitations, the port informs.

In fact, the new project also relates to an earlier initiative when the Ports secured funds from the California Air Resources Board. Then they, in fact, partnered with the technology companies to demonstrate technology targeting reducing emissions in an industrial setting.

Heatwave Rises Boiling Point of Southern California to New “EWs”

Heatwave Rises Boiling Point of Southern California to New “EWs”

The heatwave is brutalizing all residents of the area. They have been suffering enough during a broiling Fourth of July holiday weekend. However, the murderous temps are unfortunately expecting to keep climbing across the city.

Heatwave in the Triple Digits

Throughout the week, the heat is expecting to build higher and higher. Thereby soaring into the triple digits in some parts of this weekend.

No Relief in Sight

Excessive heat will be possible Friday through Sunday, the National Weather Service predicts. In fact, the temperatures are going to reach highs of 100 to 112 degrees in outlying areas and stretching further North.

In fact, the highs of 90 to 100 degrees will reach the region’s valleys and lower mountains. Therefore, the temperatures in the coastal areas are expecting in the mid-70s to mid-80s.

Heatwave Triggers Brush Fires

There is an elevated risk of brush fires with the increased heat. Independence Day weekend was a catalyst for that as fire crews worked across the state to contain many blazes that were brought on by hot, dry conditions.

In one city, the Tumblewood fire had scorched 1,000 acres, at 65% containment as of Tuesday morning. In fact, Captain Ron Haralson has shown concern over the rising temperatures. Knowing the vegetation in the area is very dry.

Big Fires are Still Going on

Therefore, in the far reaches of Northern cities, fire crews are continuing to battle several fires. Tragically, nearly 50,000 acres have been, in fact, burned between the three blazes.

Year-Around Heatwave

“There is no more wildfire season anymore. For here in California, it’s the sad year-round reality,” someone on Twitter who is a user posting on July 1 regarding the three wildfires.

“Now, what we’re seeing early in the season are these very intense, high-pressure systems, which are desiccating the fuel load,” said William Patzert. Patzert is a retired oceanographer and climatologist. “Ignition seems to be pretty easy these days.

Chaves, Owner Of Fleet, Pays $632,000 For False FMCSA Documents

Chaves, Owner Of Fleet, Pays $632,000 For False FMCSA Documents

There was a fleet owner who has had to pay a heaping sum of $632,000 in restitution. The owner, Michael Chaves, has had to pay a hefty price because he was using another trucker’s identification minus the permission. From there, Chaves would go on to falsify the motor carrier registration documents. Furthermore, Chaves is ready to go to prison for two-and-a-half years by the DOT Office of Inspector General. There is three years following of supervised release and also a $1,000 special assessment. Chaves had falsifying documents that he would use to get ahead in the FMCSA. These documents were in use to hide affiliations with a certain company from under a federal out-of-service order. In turn, this would also generate false docs to give way for FMCSA regulations and guidelines. For whatever reason, sense, Chaves had to pay the price.

In addition, Chaves also faces evading income taxes.

This was noted by business and personal expenses being commingled. Therefore, making for fraudulent third-party checks that would be cashed like a check casher instead of a bank. Therefore, maintaining about fifteen separate bank accounts while utilizing five different company names. Furthermore, there had been similar scams in the zeitgeist, like the Amazon return scam. In which products would have to be returned with lesser-value items than the original orders.

This would also include replacing original items with similar weights, like a commercial truck tire. Except all that would remain in the Amazon box would be two pieces of wood. Finally, Chaves would go ahead and return heavy parts instead of the new parts. This is all in the pursuit of justice as it would turn out. He should not have been operating these trucks illegally during the corporate shutdown caused by the corona virus. Will you imagine with me sillier circumstances? The chances of this happening again is pretty far out. And if you don’t quite get it, may you have some fresh perspective. This is a necessary asset.

Electric Truck Stop will not Serve Gas or Diesel Anymore

Electric Truck Stop will not Serve Gas or Diesel Anymore

An electric-only truck stop in Bakersfield, California built by startup WattEv will feature charging powered by a solar array. WattEv also plans to use the charging stations for its own fleet of vehicles in addition to the site being open to the public.

Electric Truck Stop: Long-Term Goal

The short-term goal of the stop is to utilize a 25-MW capacity with 40 charging stalls. Then the long-term goal is the site will start at 4 MW. Moreover, it would put it about on par with the first publicly accessible electric heavy-duty truck charging station. That, in fact, opened in April in Portland, Oregon.

Solar Micro Grid

However, it is much larger. The major highway intersection at the south end of California’s San Joaquin Valley is the location of the 110-acre site. It is located near Amazon and Walmart fulfillment centers, a WattEV press release stated. A solar micro-grid will be at the site, along with a battery energy storage, in addition, it will also get grid electricity from local utility Pacific Gas & Electric, the release has stated.

Fleet of its Own

WattEV is pushing for its own fleet. Though it has included manufacturers, tech firms, community organizations and government agencies. The company has already made reservations for 50 Tesla Semis. It does plan to place more orders with additional manufacturers. WattEV is on the way to a combined goal across the industry of putting 12,000 heavy-duty battery-electric trucks on California roads by the end of the year 2030.

Big Trucks Vs. DC Fast-Charging for Electric Cars

There is a ramp-up effort to charge infrastructure for big trucks. That is going to be a much more momentual hurdle. Then, in fact, sitting DC fast-charging for electric cars. This is due to greater power demands. Moreover, it also faces the same standardization challenges in fact as electric-car fast charging. In fact, the truckmakers are still converging on a megawatt charging standard. It is not even Tesla is going it alone this time.

West Coast Electric Highway

Dedicated planning charging sites for heavy-duty trucks doesn’t just feature WattEv which is not the only entity. There is a plan by utilities released in 2020 for a West Coast Electric Highway. It would link California, Oregon, and Washington along the I-5 highway corridor.

Moreover, this plan would call for some charging sites on connecting highways, that include California Route 99. It would pass through Bakersfield. In fact, the WattEV’s truck stop would, in fact, become part of that network.

Hino and EV Start-Up Make Deal for Electric Trucks

Hino and EV Start-Up Make Deal for Electric Trucks

Hino Motors, which is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor, is collaborating with an Israeli electric vehicle start-up. The goal is to develop electric trucks, buses, and commercial vehicles.

REE Automotive is the Israeli Electric Vehicle Start-Up

Based in Tel Aviv, REE Automotive has what is being called a different approach to develop electric vehicles. Moreover, this approach centers around technology. It is what packs built into the wheels of a vehicle. Thus, this approach allows customers to come up with distinct layouts for the vehicle cabins.

Hino Has Special Layouts and Capabilities

The choice to develop commercial vehicles with special layouts and capabilities may be critical. This is to win over customers in a commercial vehicle market. Thus it has become very competitive for electric vehicles.

Almost every automaker is targeting commercial vehicles for growing their EV platforms. In fact, that would include General Motors, Ford, and Volkswagen — which are targeting commercial vehicles for growing their EV platforms.

Hino and REE: Joint Prototypes

Next year, Hino and REE are probably expected to develop their first prototypes. Though it’s not clear when the commercial vehicles from the partnership may, in fact, be on the public streets. Possibly it will happen in the future.

New Value in Commercial Mobility

“REE is a visionary company. Moreover, I am confident that this business alliance will become a driving force for Hino. Therefore, this will occur as we take on the challenge. It will be to generate new value in commercial mobility,” said Hino CEO Yoshio Shimo.

Merging via a SPAC with 10x Capital Venture Acquisition Corp in March, REE hopes to disrupt the automotive industry. This will be by offering drive-by-wire systems for vehicles. However, the Drive-By-Wire technology will use electronic systems.

In fact, the drive-by-wire technology uses electronic systems to replace traditional mechanical controls.

Therefore, the company believes in putting its technology between the wheel and the chassis. This enables the floor of its commercial vans and trucks to be totally flat. This allows for much more flexibility in design and can be adjusted to meet particular specifications.   

“In terms of its global reach and scale, this business alliance is a unique opportunity,” said REE CEO Daniel Barel. “It can position us as a strong leader in the commercial and mobility-as-a-service segments.”

Embark Trucks Partners to Create an Autonomous Driving Ecosystem

Embark Trucks Partners to Create an Autonomous Driving Ecosystem

Embark Trucks, a self-driving startup, is seeing and believes a central role in an autonomous ecosystem is run by fleets and logistics operators who know trucks the way Embark says it knows software.

Embark Developing Autonomous Technology

The company says it wants to stick to developing autonomous technology. Moreover, then leave what they call the ins and outs of trucking to those in the business that know it best. The start typically runs freight loads in autonomous-enabled trucks with a safety driver to Los Angeles to Phoenix.

Embark: Partnership with Various Companies

There is launch taking place with Partner Development Program. It includes Werner Enterprises, Mesilla Valley Transportation, and Bison Transport. Moreover, the goal is to improve the speed, reliability and the safety of robot trucks. The result is giving like more flexibility for the human drivers.

A refinement with Embark’s software would take place. Thus create support services to enable carriers to own. Moreover, operate its equipped trucks on certain U.S. freight lanes.

Ecosystem Approach

What is central to the ecosystem approach is the company called Drive system. In fact, Embark would go ahead and license the software on a per-mile basis. This would allow the safe navigation of a carrier-owned. As well as its equipped truck from its place of origin to its destination. This would mean carriers would be able to send out. Therefore manage a fleet of autonomous trucks from within their current networks.

TuSimple Monetizes Autonomous Truck Software

TuSimple, which is an Embark competitor, has laid out a similar approach. It would be as one of two ways it, therefore, is planning to monetize its autonomous software. It will be embedding in an International Class 8 truck from Navistar International Corporation in 2024.

Universal Interface

Creating a universal interface that is plug-and-play capable on Class 8 trucks from Freightliner, Volvo, International and Peterbuilt is what Embark is doing.

Tesla Semi is now Unlawful in Australia, so it’s Lobbying to Make Changes

Tesla Semi is now Unlawful in Australia, so it’s Lobbying to Make Changes

Tesla Semi trucks will not be seen on any of their trucks on local roads in Australia. That should be if regulations stand and stay in place. Moreover, Tesla does have something to say about that, moreover. Its own comments have been submitting during a regulatory review process which begun by the country’s National Transport Commission last year. Dated December 3rd, 2020, there is a document (PDF) but was in fact publishing in March. Changing local regulations, Tesla argued in favor of that and to ensure its electric semi-truck can operate on Australian roads.

Tesla Semi is Wider than Current Regulations Allow

Any vehicle wider than 2.5 meters (roughly 8.2 feet), right now. It cannot operate on local roads. Moreover, the Tesla Semi is up to two inches wider. This is more than current regulations will allow. Unfortunately, that is where the problem comes in.

Missing Out on the First Generation of Electric Heavy Vehicles

“Australia will more than likely at this time miss out on the first generation of electric heavy vehicles like the Tesla Semi because of this,” the automaker wrote in its submission to the public records. The U.S. allows vehicles up to 8.5 feet wide. Even the European Union (chock-full of narrow roads) green-lights vehicles up to 8.4 feet wide.

Australia’s Inconsistencies

“In comparison to global markets, Australia is small in size. There are inconsistencies like this between Australian regulations and the larger markets will delay or leave out vehicles coming to local markets,” Tesla argued further. Underscoring climate change, the company spent quite some time. Local effects had it on Australia. This is particularly on the catastrophic bush fires in early 2020. Moreover, Tesla has positioned itself as a way to help the country decarbonize the transportation sector. Underscoring this topic its entry would cause competitors to start the sale of electric heavy-duty vehicles. There was a public comment period on the proposed changes. It is to allow wider vehicles on local roads closed last year. Moreover, NTC plans to show its final recommendations this coming May.

Weather is a Factor in February’s Decline in Trucking Jobs

Weather is a Factor in February’s Decline in Trucking Jobs

Bad weather may have contributed to the decline in February of U.S. trucking employment from January, which is in the opposite direction of most January to February changes. The director of economic research at Convoy, the conclusion of Aaron Terrazas. He on a regular basis comments on the monthly unemployment report.

Trucking Jobs Declined

For February, the employment report reported that in fact seasonally adjusted trucking jobs declined to 1,475,700 jobs. This is a drop of 4,000 from January. Moreover, the January report was revising upward by 4,300 jobs from what was reporting last month. Therefore, the end result is that the number of trucking jobs in February 300 jobs more believing in January jobs. That is when they were reporting four weeks ago.

Weather Adjusted Job Losses

“Moreover, trucking firms lost 4,000 (seasonally adjusted) jobs. Though that is probably overstating by about 1,500 due to weather-related distortions and weather-adjusted job losses in the trucking industry close to 2,500,” Terrazas said.

With the U.S. gaining 379,000 jobs, even with a strong overall number, Terrazas said the weather impact deeming real. “Potentially to the tune of tens of thousands of jobs, winter storms across much of the country in mid-February clearly weighed on the labor market,” he wrote. “So any long-term implications of today’s report should be read with due caution, these weather effects are transitory.”

Data on Subsector Basis

A professor of supply chain logistics at Michigan State, Jason Miller, has dived into the data on a subsector basis. When total employment in the trucking and transportation sector previously greater than it is today, looking at where employment is comparing to January of last year. It was 1,522,800 in January 2020 versus 1,475,700 today. Moreover, Miller said that LTL employment from the first month of 2020 is down 1.8%. It’s 3.8% less, in the long-haul truckload sector. It’s down 3.7%, in the long-haul specialized sector.

“These lines have stayed somewhat parallel on the chart, thereby suggesting carriers aren’t strongly adding employee drivers in these sectors,” he said.

In the general freight, he added that employment in the local carrier’s classification is up 1.6% from January 2020.

Truckers are Prospering as Companies Reset Supply Chains

Truckers are Prospering as Companies Reset Supply Chains

Truckers in the trucking industry are important to retail and industrial supply chains are in fact on a roll as the COVID-19 pandemic-driven boom in online shopping reshapes U.S. distribution maps.

Truckers and its Companies are Expanding

Companies are, in fact, expanding as businesses try to make their supply chains more malleable. In an effort to catch up to quickly shifting consumer demands. Therefore, that is driving more freight into less-than-truckload operations. This is where trucking companies carry shipments from various customers on a single trailer. It can increase revenues and pricing leverage for the carriers. Surely this won’t impact certain companies in a negative light.

New Service Centers

The second-largest operator in the sector after FedEx Corp.’s, Old Dominion this month said it has added nine service centers to its U.S. network. This is since the start of 2020. It plans many additions this year.

Operators in the greatly competitive sector are gaining as businesses trying hard to meet rushing e-commerce demand from shoppers who are ordering literally everything from paper towels to furniture online.

“LTL gives retailers and e-commerce providers a lot more pliability in their supply chain,” said Tony Brooks. He is the president of XPO Logistics Inc.’s less-than-truckload business. “They’re holding more just-in-time inventory that needs the shorter notice and lead times. Therefore, they’re more and more turning to LTL companies to ship products faster.”

The acceleration of online shopping is the biggest COVID-19 pandemic-driven change to the business at the trucker, where retail accounts for between 25% and 30% of revenue. This information is according to Adam Satterfield, a chief financial officer at Old Dominion. Therefore, as companies add smaller facilities closer to consumers, he said, what could have been a huge truckload of goods now needs to be a few pallets of product brought in more regularly.”

U.S. B2B spending Increased as 2020 Closed out, a Report Says

U.S. B2B spending Increased as 2020 Closed out, a Report Says

U.S. business-to-business (B2B) activity has made a strong recovery from the troughs of April and May. However, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rebound has a vastly different tenor about it.

U.S. Business Spending was Different in 2020

In fact, American consumers have spent differently in 2020 than any time before. Moreover, they spent more time at home. In fact, less time in stores and restaurants. They traveled very little, at best, and had scare concerts, plays, or ballgames to go to. In fact, they conducted an unparalleled amount of business with e-merchants. This is a trend while not expected in the coming years to be as frenetic as it was in 2020, still has solid legs to it.

U.S. Annual B2B Spending Which Cortera Collects and Analyzes

Cortera, in a report published last Thursday reported that spending in December was at the highest it’s been all year. The company is a firm that collects and analyzes $1.7 trillion in annual B2B spending based on supplier invoices and receivables across 45 categories.

In fact, spending had surged 10.7% over December 2019 levels. The spending by big consignees jumped 13.8%. The “supply chain continued to be consumed by what is described as “monsters,” said Greg Johnson, chief operating officer of the Boca Raton, Florida-based firm.

As recently as October, small to midsize businesses’ (SMB) spend patterns were flashing negative. They ended up the year with 6.4% as November and December spending went into overdrive.

B2B Spending Fell Year-over-Year

When B2B spending fell 13.6% year-over-year, this was a far cry from May. Virtually everything outside the home shut down. The consignees pivoted quickly to support e-commerce. It was not in the traditional in-location environment, the firm said. The spending by SMBs dropped 17.1%, while large-company spending fell 11%.

Massive Shift in Consumer Behavior

There was a massive shift in consumer behavior in 2020 which had taken place. This was a surprise to Cortera folks. In fact, virtually everyone else in the data-collection and analysis field. No one expected it, said Johnson.