Week in Trucking: Tesla, trade and Amazon sued

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This Week in Trucking, Elon Musk adds some details to his electric Tesla Semi program; the U.S. trade gap with Mexico is growing larger and Amazon faces a carrier lawsuit for refusing to pay shipping fees.

Elon Musk adds more details to electric semi

Speaking on an investors call this week, Tesla founder Elon Musk added a few more details about his electric truck program, including that it will use some components from the Model 3. (Trucks.com)

Read: Elon Musk Explains Why Tesla Wants Electric Semi Truck

Bringing back the company driver

Celadon, under increasing pressure to improve operations, said this week it will rely more on company drivers and less on recruiting owner-operators. (CCJ)

Read: Celadon to lean less on owner-operators in effort to boost profits

Jobs coming back

Following a disappointing performance in March, the Labor Department reported improved numbers in April, leading some economists to revise their immediate forecast for the economy. (New York Times)

Read: U.S. Job Growth Bounces Back; Unemployment at 10-Year Low

Trade gap with Mexico widens

The U.S. reported a growing trade gap with Mexico as the Mexican Peso continues to weaken. (Wall Street Journal)

Read: U.S. Trade Gap With Mexico Widens Amid Weak Peso

Trump floats idea of gas tax hike

Seeking a way to fund his trillion dollar infrastructure improvement plan, President Donald Trump says he is willing to consider a rise in fuel taxes. (Associated Press)

Read: Trump says he's willing to consider raising gas tax

China’s Uber for trucking raises millions

China’s Uber-for-trucking equivalent has said it is close to finalizing a $156 million round of funding. The company hopes to revolutionize the nation’s freight transportation network. (Transport Topics)

Read: China’s Uber for Trucking Said to Get $156 Million in Funding

It’s time to pay up, Amazon

Central Freight Lines has sued Amazon for what it says is unpaid shipping fees. Among the allegations levied against the online retailer is that Amazon bullied Central into dropping the claim. (Land Line Magazine)

Read: Central Freight Lines claims Amazon used bullying to escape fees

Fuel efficiency marks remains on track

A panel of truck manufacturers at the ACT Expo this week said that even if the Trump administration changes greenhouse gas regulations, the industry shouldn’t expect much change in the path forward as fleets are demanding better fuel economy. (Fleet Owner)

Read: Fuel economy demands trump fear of GHG rollback

Is Tesla’s electric semi a solution in search of a problem?

Jim Park of Heavy Duty Trucking has some doubts on Elon Musk’s plan for an electric semi. Among them, maybe Musk just doesn’t understand what trucking needs. (Heavy Duty Trucking)

Read: Electric Semi: More Sizzle than Steak?

Knight, Swift merger approved by FTC

The proposed merger of Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation has been approved by the FTC. It still needs approvals from the SEC and Dept. of Justice, but has now cleared its first hurdle (CCJ)

Read: FTC stamps approval on Knight-Swift merger

April orders remain strong

Truck orders for April show continued strength in the segment with analysts painting rosy pictures for the next few years. (Trucks.com)

Read: April Heavy-Duty Truck Orders Signal Continued Industry Recovery

Brian Straight

Brian Straight has covered the U.S. trucking and transportation community for more than 10 years, winning numerous regional and national editorial awards, including a Jesse. H. Neal Award. Prior to working on FreightWaves, Brian spent 10 years at industry trade magazine Fleet Owner, and prior to that managed daily newspaper editorial operations.