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Problems in truck manufacturing — Transmission

Will delays lead to disappointment for the Biden administration?

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Class 8 truck orders have stayed high for six consecutive months, but the fulfillment of those orders has been much slower. On this episode of Transmission, Sebastian Blanco and Grace Sharkey look at the factors contributing to the slow fulfillment.

The Biden administration is taking the semiconductor chip shortage seriously, calling a virtual meeting with big players in automotive and tech to figure out how to increase domestic production. However, the administration is receiving warning from the Truck and Engine Manufacturing Association that delays in production may lead to purchasing demands not being filled.

Sharkey and Blanco also discuss Daimler’s new all-electric delivery trucks — which are not yet available but can be ordered now — that have a range of more than 200 miles.

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Kaylee Nix

Kaylee Nix is a meteorologist and reporter for FreightWaves. She joined the company in November of 2020 after spending two years as a broadcast meteorologist for a local television channel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kaylee graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2018 and immediately made the Tennessee Valley her home. Kaylee creates written summaries of FreightWaves live podcasts and cultivates the social media for FreightWaves TV.