Webasto looks to power hot electric vehicle market

To most North American truckers, the Webasto brand is synonymous with fuel-fired bunk heaters and coolant heaters. Those aware of the broader business might be inclined to mention automotive sunroofs. But the company is also looking to apply its expertise to electric vehicles. You can already see the working pieces powering pre-production models of Zeus …

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11 charged in Ontario and Quebec driver training schemes

Ontario and Quebec police have collectively laid 11 charges in the wake of a multi-year investigation into driver training schemes that allegedly involved unlicensed training schools, interpreters completing knowledge tests for students, and more. The investigation began in Quebec, based on leads from Societe d’Assurance Automobile du Quebec (SAAQ) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). …

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Quebec inspectors not participating in Roadcheck blitz

Quebec’s 278 roadside inspectors, members of the Quebec Brotherhood of Roadside Inspectors (FCCRQ), are not participating in the North American Roadcheck inspection blitz this week, TruckNews.com has learned. The Quebec roadside inspectors have been without a contract since March 2020. The 72-hour Roadcheck blitz, coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, runs May 17-19. The …

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Freight metrics continue to deteriorate: ACT Research

Freight metrics continue to head south, according to ACT Research’s State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report. The industry forecaster said freight-related metrics that began to deteriorate in March have continued into early May. “In additional to deteriorating freight-related metrics, there appears to be little relief from the three key macro-related themes of 2022: …

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Propane offers perks in truck emissions battle

In the race to slash truck emissions, Tucker Perkins wants the trucking industry and regulators to look beyond exhaust stacks alone. Using a “well-to-wheels” analysis that considers how energy is produced, and factors like the energy losses in transmission lines, vehicles with propane engines are responsible for lower greenhouse gases than their battery-electric counterparts, the …

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Trucking employers need to be flexible when navigating return to office: Splinter

Young people were more likely to be laid off during the Covid-19 pandemic, but there was a surge in women taking on delivery jobs during the same time period. Those were a couple revelations from Trucking HR Canada CEO Angela Splinter, who spoke May 17 at the first in-person event by networking group Delta Nu …

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Many options being explored to eliminate TRU emissions

Smaller engines that power transportation refrigeration units (TRUs) will not escape scrutiny as the trucking industry faces the broader challenge of decarbonizing commercial vehicles. In fact, there are already aggressive timelines in place to phase out diesel-powered TRUs in California. Truck-mounted TRUs for vehicles based in the state must transition to zero emissions beginning immediately. …

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