The state of Michigan and some private partners are taking steps toward building or assigning dedicated lanes for automated vehicles on a 40-mile stretch of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor.
Industry Trends & Drivers
While diesel and gasoline engines will still be the main power source for commercial vehicles for the next decade, fleets are now testing and buying sustainable vehicle technologies in record numbers.
Locomation and Wilson Logistics have completed a trial of their new semi-autonomous truck-convoy technology, which transported 14 commercial loads between Portland, Oregon and Nampa, Idaho.
Nikola Corp. and Republic Services are partnering to design and produce a battery-electric refuse recycling-collection truck based on the Nikola Tre chassis.
Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. will be adding nine service centers in new and existing markets during the first half of 2020.
Mack returned to the medium-duty space in January with the launch of the MD Series platform.
Electric vehicles are now a reality, and the service that those vehicles require is completely new to trained mechanics and technicians who will have to adapt.
SRM streamlines interactions into one connected service platform, managing complex repair events and maximizing asset utilization.
Whenever electric vehicles become more commonplace, fleets will need to be ready for the differences between those trucks and the diesel powered models.
Fleets are looking at how to integrate electric trucks into their operations, but have been met with obstacles that are slowing their transition from diesel vehicles.