Today’s Pickup: Kenworth fuel cell truck to enter testing

Kenworth fuel cell truck

The expansion of fuel cell trucks is continuing, with an announcement from Ballard Power Systems that its 85-kilowatt fuel cell engine will power a Class 8 Kenworth drayage truck at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It is part of a two-year demonstration program, reports the Santa Monica Observer.

The truck will join the likes of Nikola Motors and Toyota who are building manufacturing Class 8 fuel cell power systems. You can read more about these and other alternative power programs on FreightWaves’ Green Trucking page.

Did you know?

The average time it takes a commercial truck to cross the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in Pharr, TX, into Mexico is 63 minutes, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Quotable

“The hypothesis is if drivers had more flexibility in terms of hours of service rules and available parking places, would they be able to make the decision not to drive in the most congested locations during the most congested times of the day?”

- Rebecca Brewster, president and COO of ATRI, in an interview with Fleet Owner

In other news

Uber Freight officially unveiled

Uber Freight has officially released its app to help truckers and carriers find freight. The company says loads can be booked in one click and fast payments will keep the money flowing for operations. (Trucks.com)

Amazon makes furniture push

Amazon is building four new warehouses as it makes a huge push into selling furniture and appliances. The ecommerce giant hopes to grow its share of the $70 billion online furniture market. (Supply Chain Brain)

Understanding your supply chain

The increasingly complex nature of supply chains is being made more so by the inability of participants to truly understand the issues they face. Inbound Logistics lays out the steps you must take to identifying problems and how to start solving them. (Inbound Logistics)

Walmart gets an infusion of ecommerce sales

Seeking to cut into Amazon’s ecommerce lead, earlier this year Walmart introduced a new free shipping program for online orders. It seems to be working as the retailer announced a 69% growth in online sales for the first quarter. (Bloomberg)

Fuel tax hike remains an option

Despite a feeling that a federal fuel tax hike is not on the table, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao says the administration has not ruled out an increase as it weighs options to raise funds for a $1 trillion infrastructure bill. (Transport Topics)

Whatever fuel you use – diesel, gas, CNG, LNG or maybe even hydrogen – remember to keep your tanks filled and your wheels turnin’.

Hammer down everyone!