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Alan Adler

Alan Adler is an award-winning journalist who worked for The Associated Press and the Detroit Free Press. He also spent two decades in domestic and international media relations and executive communications with General Motors.
Sep - 2023 -
29 September
Alan Adler

UAW-represented Mack Trucks workers near strike deadline

United Auto Workers-represented workers at Mack Trucks could strike as soon as Monday if no deal is reached to replace their four-year contract.

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Flipturn swims into fleet electrification integration

Startup Flipturn really was named for the swimming maneuver. Now it wants to make trucking electrification just as smooth.

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28 September
Alan Adler

Hyzon Motors agrees to $25M SEC fine to settle fraud case

Hyzon Motors agreed to pay a $25 million fine to settle a Securities and Exchange Commission fraud case.

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26 September
Alan Adler

Daimler Truck’s GenH2 sets single-hydrogen-fill run record

Daimler Truck set a record for a zero-emission hydrogen-powered fuel cell truck, traveling 650 miles on a single fill of liquid hydrogen.

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23 September
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Governor vetoes autonomous trucking ban in California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom sided with autonomous technology developers over organized labor and his own party in vetoing AB 316.

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22 September
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Q&A with Stack AV autonomous trucking founder Bryan Salesky

Stack AV founder Bryan Selesky is keeping most of the details of his autonomous trucking startup to himself for now.

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Volvo’s fuel cell truck advances but battery-electric is biggest push

Volvo Group had scant interest in producing fuel cell trucks five years ago. Now they play a role in the pursuit of zero-emissions trucking.

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21 September
Alan Adler

Einride threads the needle of truck electrification, scheduled charging

Swedish startup Einride reduces the carbon footprint of its trucking customers by matching electric trucks with available chargers.

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Waabi signs 10-year autonomous trucking pact with Uber Freight

Startup software developer Waabi, a late entry to autonomous trucking, has a 10-year deal to haul on the Uber Freight network.

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18 September
Alan Adler

Nikola’s latest hire puts its SPAC sponsors in full control

Special purpose acquisition company executives who brought Nikola Corp. public now oversee three top roles at the electric truck maker.

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15 September
Alan Adler

California doubles electric truck rebates for small fleets

Small fleets can get a voucher twice the standard $120,000 when purchasing an electric truck. And they don’t even have to purchase it.

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12 September
Alan Adler

California Senate votes to ban driverless trucks

The California Senate passed a bill to ban heavy-duty driverless trucks, leaving it to Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign or veto the legislation.

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09 September
Alan Adler

Nikola asks customers to return electric trucks at risk of fires

Nikola asks customers with electric trucks under recall for potential battery fires to return them to its plant.

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08 September
Alan Adler

Is TuSimple’s patent promo intended to find a buyer?

The timing in promoting its growing patent portfolio could suggest TuSimple is trying to find a buyer for its U.S. business.

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07 September
Alan Adler

Founders of shuttered Argo AI launch autonomous trucking startup

Amid a contraction of autonomous trucking firms, the founders of self-driving startup Argo AI are launching a driverless trucking startup.

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Alan Adler

Toyota will use fuel cell ‘emissions’ to supply a car wash

Using water emitted from fuel cells for a car wash is part of Toyota’s first all-renewable-energy vehicle processing center.

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06 September
Alan Adler

3rd Nikola battery-electric truck catches fire

A third Nikola battery-electric truck burst into flames inside a lithium supplier’s building, but the company says recalled trucks are still safe to drive.

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Daimler Truck, Cummins and Paccar partner to make battery cells in US

Daimler Truck, Paccar and Cummins are forming a joint venture with a Chinese battery maker to onshore battery cell production in the U.S.

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Alan Adler

Gatik robot trucks will haul Tyson chicken, sausage and hot dogs

Tyson Foods has signed a three-year contract to use Gatik autonomous trucks to move its protein products on the middle mile.

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05 September
Alan Adler

August Class 8 truck orders reach highest level since February

Class 8 truck orders crossed a seasonally adjusted 20,000 units in August for the fourth consecutive month.

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01 September
Alan Adler

Mack files Granite recall after regulators nix ‘inconsequential’ plea

Mack Trucks filed a recall for 27,418 heavy-duty trucks because their turn signal visibility does not comply with a federal safety standard.

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Workhorse shareholders back management’s new stock gambit

Workhorse Group stockholders approved a proposal to more than double the number of authorized shares, one of few paths to new capital.

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Alan Adler

Ree turns a corner with everything-by-wire technology

Ree Automotive tested its Reecorner by-wire technology for months before getting precertification that moves it closer to production.

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Aug - 2023 -
31 August
Alan Adler

Nikola founder loses bid for a new trial

Nikola Corp. founder Trevor Milton lost a bid for a new trial on a claim of juror bias.

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28 August
Alan Adler

Workhorse falls short on votes to increase share count

Workhorse Group fell short in its first try to get shareholders to more than double the number of outstanding shares in the electric step van maker.

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25 August
Alan Adler

Newsom leans toward allowing autonomous trucking in California

The governor of California appears to favor supporting autonomous trucking technology over labor objections.

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24 August
Alan Adler

Real estate investors surge into electric truck charging

Just as scaling McDonald’s was more about real estate than hamburgers, electric truck charging is as much about land as it is about the grid.

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21 August
Alan Adler

Isuzu recalls 19,479 trucks for ignition switch fuse corrosion

Ignition switch corrosion leading to stalling and failure to start prompts a recall by Japanese truck maker Isuzu.

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20 August
Alan Adler

Nikola’s energy president resigns

Carey Mendes, a former oil executive leading’s Nikola’s pursuit of a hydrogen distribution network, has resigned.

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18 August
Alan Adler

Who wants a piece or two of Proterra?

Proterra customers are sanguine about the electric bus and battery maker’s bankruptcy reorganization. They expect deliveries to continue.

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17 August
Alan Adler

Girsky’s goal at Nikola: Don’t ‘screw up the momentum’

Veteran business leader Steve Girsky acknowledges challenges but points to Q4 as the culmination of fuel cell truck startup Nikola’s efforts.

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15 August
Alan Adler

Another electric transportation startup may hang a ‘For Sale’ sign

Lightning eMotors has enough parts to build electric vehicles through the end of the year, but it needs new capital soon to stay in business.

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14 August
Alan Adler

Daimler Truck CEO will take on finance role temporarily

Daimler Truck CEO Martin Daum will add the role of CFO while the Supervisory Board searches for a permanent replacement for Jochen Goetz.

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Alan Adler

Dana drive shaft recall nicks Daimler Truck and Navistar products

A Dana Inc. supplier used non-conforming rolled metal tubes in two lots of drive shafts, leading to Daimler Truck and Navistar recalls.

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Alan Adler

Running on empty? Hino recalls trucks for inaccurate fuel readings

Hino Motors trucks have been recalled because of inaccurate readings on how much fuel remains in 70- and 90-gallon tanks.

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12 August
Alan Adler

Nikola will recall 209 battery-electric trucks following 2 fires

Nikola is recalling about 209 Class 8 battery electric trucks following 2 battery fires, but the trucks can stay in service pending a fix.

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11 August
Alan Adler

Nikola stock slides into reverse after share count doubled

The inevitable dilution from a recent increase in authorized shares has led former and current Nikola executives to sell.

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Alan Adler

Cash-poor transportation startups gambling for fresh capital

Moves similar to blackjack tactics describe how cash-poor transportation startups are grasping for new capital.

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09 August
Alan Adler

Proterra won’t fight Nasdaq delisting following bankruptcy filing

Electric bus and battery maker Proterra Inc. won’t fight an Aug. 17 delisting from the Nasdaq as it works on a bankruptcy reorganization plan.

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Alan Adler

Hyliion posts scant Q2 revenue but retains cash cushion

Hyliion Holdings has enough cash and investments to run its business through 2024 without raising new capital.

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08 August
Alan Adler

Hyzon considers sale of fuel cell business to raise capital

Hyzon Motors is willing to consider selling itself or merging to keep making progress on its fuel cell system.

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Alan Adler

Cash-starved Workhorse Group seeks to create new shares

Workhorse Group claims business progress, but it needs approval for new shares to raise capital to make electric trucks and drones.

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07 August
Alan Adler

EV battery maker Proterra files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Cash-strapped electric bus and battery maker Proterra Inc. sought bankruptcy protection Monday and plans to operate during reorganization.

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Alan Adler

Volvo, Mack replacing batteries on electric trucks because of fire risk

Most Volvo and Mack electric trucks built since 2019 will get new batteries because of a fire risk caused by loose material in the batteries.

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06 August
Alan Adler

Daimler Truck CFO Jochen Goetz dead at 52

Daimler Truck said CFO Jochen Goetz died in a “tragic incident,” but the company gave no cause of death for the 52-year-old executive.

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04 August
Alan Adler

Nikola’s cash position improves but losses widen in Q2

Asset sales in Q2 helped Nikola add cash to its balance sheet, but losses widened as ramp-up of fuel cell trucks consumed cash.

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Nikola gets 3rd CEO in a year with Steve Girsky taking over

Steve Girsky, the man responsible for bringing Nikola public three years ago, is taking over as CEO — the third chief executive in a year.

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Alan Adler

Would Navistar be a good autonomous partner for Kodiak Robotics?

Could Kodiak leverage some of the work Navistar has in on a redundant chassis for a Class 8 autonomous truck?

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03 August
Alan Adler

July Class 8 orders rise but still trail replacement demand

Class 8 truck orders rose in July, but they are still in the summer doldrums and trail replacement demand.

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Alan Adler

Cummins reports higher Q2 sales and income

Cummins posted higher second-quarter sales and income thanks to its acquisition of Meritor, but EBITDA declined.

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02 August
Alan Adler

Nikola surpassess 200 orders for hydrogen fuel cell trucks

Years before it ever built a fuel cell truck, Nikola claimed it had 14,000 reservations. But 202 orders is a good sign nonetheless.

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01 August
Alan Adler

Daimler Truck follows OEM pattern: Revenue up, orders down

Like other trucking OEMs, Daimler Truck rode higher prices to solid second-quarter results while incoming orders fell.

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Jul - 2023 -
31 July
Alan Adler

Nikola gets an electric truck order from J.B. Hunt

J.B. Hunt Transport is helping Nikola reduce its inventory of battery-electric trucks and adding to the order bank for fuel cell models.

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Alan Adler

Volvo recalls 63,095 trucks for defective wiper motors

Volvo Trucks North America is recalling 63,095 vehicles because the windshield wiper motor may fail, limiting visibility in rainy conditions.

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28 July
Alan Adler

Buying and selling in autonomous trucking developer Aurora Innovation

Investor confidence coincidentally clashes with an executive’s stock sales at autonomous trucking developer.

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27 July
Alan Adler

Navistar orders fall but deliveries helped strong Q2 at parent Traton

Navistar saw a big drop in orders, but deliveries of new International trucks helped parent Traton to strong second-quarter results.

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Rush Enterprises plans 3:2 stock split following strong Q2

Rush Enterprises posted strong Q2 sales and profits, relying on its parts and services business amid trucking headwinds.

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26 July
Alan Adler

Waymo Via backs away from autonomous trucking

The future of Waymo Via had been whispered about for months after parent Alphabet Inc. cut thousands of jobs across the company earlier this year.

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Wabash reports record Q2 earnings

Wabash reported record Q2 earnings because it was able to price its trailers and truck bodies higher than the cost of materials.

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25 July
Alan Adler

Paccar price hikes propel Q2 profit surge

What’s behind Paccar’s stunning Q2 profits? Inflation is part of the answer. So is a burgeoning parts footprint.

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Paccar reports record Q2 sales and profits

Paccar continued a string of record quarterly performances in Q2, posting a 70% gain in profits and a 24% increase in sales.

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24 July
Alan Adler

Fire-damaged Nikola electric truck reignites; will a recall follow?

A Nikola truck damaged in a June 23 fire at company headquarters reignited, raising questions about a reported battery pack defect.

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Alan Adler

WattEV opens public truck charging depot in Long Beach port

Other charging infrastructure startups have more resources but WattEV has an early advantage in making charging available.

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21 July
Alan Adler

Trailer bookings hit seasonal low in June awaiting ’24 orders

Trailer orders hit their monthly low for the year in June, but seasonality had more to do with it than a lack of demand.

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Alan Adler

TuSimple begins catch-up on financial filings

Seeking clues in TuSimple’s delayed financials; a case for an autonomous trucking slowdown; and Kodiak Robotics’ dual-use approach to autonomy.

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Alan Adler

Are driverless trucks in California a dead issue?

The autonomous industry’s losing streak is growing as Teamsters-backed legislation passes committee after committee in California.

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20 July
Alan Adler

Aurora Innovation raises $820M in fresh capital

Capital markets that have been freezing out mobility startups may be thawing with Aurora Innovation raising $820 million in new funding.

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Alan Adler

Kodiak, Drivewyze adapt weigh station bypasses for autonomous trucks

Kodiak Robotics and Drivewyze are working with Texas authorities to make it easier for autonomous trucks to bypass weigh stations.

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19 July
Alan Adler

Nikola clear to increase share count — thanks to Delaware rule change

Nikola won’t need any more shareholders to vote for a share count increase because a Delaware rule change lowers the threshold.

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Competition grows to charge electric trucks

Startup Gage Zero thinks its expertise in negotiating renewable energy contracts will help fleets transition to electric mobility.

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Alan Adler

Volvo Group surges to Q2 profit record amid signs of cooldown

Volvo Group posted record second-quarter profits but accepted fewer orders and shed market share during the quarter.

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17 July
Alan Adler

Electric truck recalls begin to mount — albeit in small numbers

The production of electric trucks is still so small that it’s easy to overlook the hundreds subject to recall campaigns.

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14 July
Alan Adler

Robert Bosch going all-in on hydrogen technologies

Robert Bosch expects $5.3 billion in sales by 2030 from building equipment that makes and uses hydrogen.

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Daimler Truck forecasts sunny conditions

Daimler Truck forecasts a sunny outlook for its business, especially in North America and Europe.

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12 July
Alan Adler

Rumsey succeeds Linebarger as chair of Cummins

Tom Linebarger introduced Jennifer Rumsey as his handpicked successor as CEO of Cummins. Now she is adding the role of board chair.

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11 July
Alan Adler

Daimler Truck flexes financial muscle a year after going solo

In its first meeting with analysts since going solo, Daimler Truck projected revenue growth of 40%-60% in the second half of the decade.

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TuSimple’s Nasdaq delisting threat delayed

Even as it pivots from the U.S. market for autonomous trucks, TuSimple still faces threat of Nasdaq delisting over late reports

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07 July
Alan Adler

Nikola still trying to raise share count but proxies may not be needed

Nikola is still short of votes to double its outstanding shares, but Delaware’s governor can give the company what shareholders have not.

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Alan Adler

High-mileage, late-model used trucks fetching lower prices

Prices realized for newer truck models in auctions and trade-ins are falling because of high use during the pandemic.

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Alan Adler

Carnage grows among transportation startups

Losers among transportation startups are rapidly being defined, It will take longer to determine the winners.

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06 July
Alan Adler

CARB and engine manufacturers compromise on emissions timing

After months of carping, California and engine makers agree to flexibility on emissions but hold to the state’s tough mandates.

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05 July
Alan Adler

Class 8 orders quiet again in June as backlogs fall

Class 8 orders in June remained muted as manufacturers focused on reducing their backlogs of unbuilt trucks.

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Nikola moves to liquidate battery pack maker Romeo Power

Less than a year after purchasing Romeo Power to secure its battery supply, Nikola is liquidating the subsidiary.

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Jun - 2023 -
28 June
Alan Adler

TuSimple prepares to exit US autonomous trucking market

After months of turmoil and an inability to regain meaningful momentum, TuSimple looks at selling its U.S. operations.

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26 June
Alan Adler

Hydrogen history recedes as its fueling future grows

Hydrogen’s historical link to the Hindenburg disaster is receding as its use as a transportation fuel grows.

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22 June
Alan Adler

Loadsmith orders 800 Kodiak Robotics autonomous truck systems

After originally working with TuSimple, Loadsmith picks Kodiak Robotics for autonomous driving systems.

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21 June
Alan Adler

China is not so tough after all, geopolitical strategist says

The end of a 40-year economic boom cycle and America military strategy are combining to make China less fearsome than global impressions.

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19 June
Alan Adler

Paccar recalls Peterbilt trucks after 6 under hood fires

Paccar Inc. is recalling 4,914 Peterbilt Model 579 Class 8 trucks because a misplaced fastener can chafe alternator insulation to catch fire.

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16 June
Alan Adler

Nikola cuts 270 jobs as cash to survive runs low

Nikola Corp. is laying off 270 employees as its cash condition worsens and company founder Trevor Milton takes shots at leadership.

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Alan Adler

As electric truck batteries evolve, it’s all about the range

Battery chemistry will play a critical role in advancing electric trucking beyond regional and drayage hauling.

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15 June
Alan Adler

TuSimple completes 39-mile driverless run in China traffic

Autonomous trucking software developer TuSimple completed a driverless truck pilot on a U.S. highway in 2021. Now it has done it in China.

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Alan Adler

Refocused Hyzon Motors catches up on delinquent financial filings

Hyzon Motors is not out of the woods yet, but it is current on required financial filings and has streamlined its fuel cell business.

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13 June
Alan Adler

Lightning eMotors struggles to hang on in brutal market

Lightning eMotors identifies electrifying small school buses and shuttle vans as its niche. Scaling depends on finding new capital.

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12 June
Alan Adler

Navistar adds 2 recalls for fire-linked brake fluid leaks

Navistar Inc. is recalling an additional 22,684 trucks and buses for a brake fluid leak that can lead to an under hood fire.

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09 June
Alan Adler

Megawatt charging for electric trucks arriving in small loads

Megawatt charging is too much for pretty much every electric truck save for the purpose-built Tesla Semi. But that is slowly changing.

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07 June
Alan Adler

Nikola share increase proposal falls short of needed votes

The outcome of Nikola’s bid to double the number of authorized shares in the company could determine its ability to survive.

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05 June
Alan Adler

Navistar recalls 92,193 trucks and buses for ABS issue

Navistar Inc. is recalling more than 92,000 trucks and buses because an antilock brake system warning light may not work.

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03 June
Alan Adler

Rising May Class 8 truck orders less telling than backlog burn

May’s Class 8 truck orders rose, but a truer measure of manufacturing health is the industry’s still-elevated backlog-to-build number.

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02 June
Alan Adler

Electrifying medium-duty trucks is a class act

Class 5 electric trucks have a broad customer base and a lot of manufacturers chasing the space where regulation comes soon.

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01 June
Alan Adler

NHTSA probes Freightliner Cascadia automatic emergency braking

Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary evaluation of automatic emergency braking in Freightliner Cascadias.

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