Hyundai Translead names Sean Kenney CSO

San Diego, Calif. — Hyundai Translead has appointed Sean Kenney chief sales officer, replacing Stuart James who is retiring in March.

Kenney, who joined the company this week, will serve as senior vice-president until he assumes the new role in April.

James will remain in the company as an executive advisor, the company said Tuesday.

Kenney will be responsible for all sales operations including Hyundai Translead’s dealer network and customer support teams. He will set long-term strategic sales objectives and drive corporate priorities.

“With Mr. Kenney at the helm as our new CSO, the strength of our market leadership, innovation and exceptional team, all point to a positive future,” said CEO Bong Jae Lee.

A fully owned subsidiary of South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group, Hyundai Translead manufactures dry and refrigerated trailers as well as flatbeds, chassis and dollies.

It was established in 1989, and is headquartered in San Diego, Calif.

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Regulators look to further reduce NOx in truck exhaust

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to further reduce the NOx produced by heavy trucks – particularly under low-load conditions when the vehicles are idling, moving slowly, or in stop-and-go traffic.

Details of the regulatory plans have emerged in a call for comments on the agency’s Cleaner Trucks Initiative, under an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule (ANPR).

Ongoing Canadian-based research into medium-duty vehicles will also have a role to play in the process. The EPA plans to use Environment and Climate Change Canada’s full vehicle testing being performed on this side of the border, exploring advanced technologies available in the market today.

“EPA expects this study will inform our baseline engine performance for medium-heavy duty engines,” the EPA says.

While NOx emissions in the U.S. have dropped by more than 40% over a decade, heavy-duty vehicles are expected to continue to be a leading mobile source in 2028. Those NOx emissions contribute to unwanted ozone and particulate matter.

“There is more work to be done,” the EPA says in the submission, noting that the EPA last revised the NOx standards in 2001. “We have an opportunity to modernize the requirements to better reflect the capability of available emissions control technologies.”

The EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, and the Southwest Research Institute, are now investigating technologies such as cylinder deactivation and intake valve closing to reduce airflow and increase exhaust temperatures. That is expected to help aftertreatment systems control emissions while also reducing fuel consumption – the primary focus of current emissions-related programs. The latest generation of aftertreatment configurations and formulas are also being investigated.

For gasoline engines used in heavy-duty applications, regulators are looking to keep three-way catalysts warm for improved cold starts and low-load emissions, as well as material changes to reduce the need for engine protection modes that increase emissions during high-load applications.

Another study is looking at the accuracy, repeatability, noise, interference and response times of current NOx sensors.

To help manufacturers, meanwhile, the EPA is looking for a way to demonstrate aftertreatment durability through an accelerated catalyst aging procedure.

“We have the opportunity to build on and repeat our past success, but to do so we need the agency to lead a collaborative, data-driven process to determine both the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of any future regulations,” said Jed Mandel, president of the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association. “Through the Cleaner Trucks Initiative, EPA can assure that any future regulations are not only cost-effective, but also provide sufficient regulatory lead time, stability and certainty.”

It wasn’t the only organization to comment.

“Since 1985, newly manufactured trucks have reduced NOx emissions by over 98%, but our work is not yet done,” said American Trucking Associations executive vice-president of advocacy Bill Sullivan. “ATA is committed to continuing to work closely with EPA on developing the next generation of low-NOx emitting trucks through the Cleaner Trucks Initiative. To this end, the trucking industry seeks one national, harmonized NOx emissions standard that will result in positive environmental progress while not compromising truck performance and delivery of the nation’s goods.”

Todd Spencer, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) said that “serious problems with earlier rulemakings have left small-business truckers justifiably wary of new emissions reduction proposals. However, over the last year, representatives of the EPA have gone to great lengths to fully understand how new policies may affect our members, which wasn’t standard practice under previous administrations.”

More information is available through the Cleaner Trucks Initiative web page.

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Group makes Christmas merrier for trucker families in need

Christmas for numerous families of truck drivers will be brighter this year thanks to a group dedicated to helping their colleagues.

For the 12th year, the Trucker’s Christmas Group recently gave $500 each to 25 families across the U.S. and Canada. Volunteers raised some $13,000, a single-year record for the nonprofit.

“We knew there would be several challenges for our organization in 2019,” said Mark Abraham, president of TGCO. “Reports of a weakening economy and a record-number of trucking companies closing this year highlighted that we needed to have a larger awareness campaign to raise more funds than ever before this year.”

The group received 40 applications for aid, more than double the number from a year ago.

Abraham praised the work of the group’s volunteers, saying, “They believe that while Christmas is meant to be a time of hope for many who are facing hard times, they may have lost hope. Our goal is to be that ray of hope that carries them onto a brighter future in the following year.”

Gold Sponsors, individuals or businesses that donated a minimum of $500 in cash or products and services, include: the RoadPro Family of Brands, DPF Regeneration, Hoffman Trucking, Air-Tabs, Let’s Truck, Oil Purification Systems, Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks, Real Women In Trucking, Women’s Trucking Federation Canada, Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association, Owner-Operator’s Business Association of Canada, 1st Choice Logistics, Site Doctor911, Purolator, Teamsters Local 938, Flow Below, DOT Authority.com, Brake Safe, Pittsburgh Power, and Brittani Martel Relations.

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What is the Cost of A Tesla Cybertruck Insurance?

These elements may influence protection rates for the up and coming electric truck

We’re still in aggregate stun from Tesla’s Cybertruck uncover. From its wild hardened steel body to its work-in-progress protection glass, this electric truck makes rivalry from Rivian and Bollinger look practically traditional. We’ve seen it, we’ve ridden in it, and we’ve taken in a decent arrangement about the building that went into it. The Cybertruck’s anticipated beginning value is $39,900, yet what amount of will it cost to protect? We counseled Penny Gusner, customer expert for Insurance.com and Insure.com, for certain bits of knowledge on future protection rates for the Tesla Cybertruck.

In what capacity will treated steel influence Tesla Cybertruck protection costs?

Various components may influence protection rates for the Tesla Cybertruck. To start with, the obvious issue at hand: the 3mm-thick hardened steel body boards. As we clarified in our assembling and designing examination, the collapsed hardened steel boards dispense with the requirement for a paint shop just as costly tooling. The body boards are additionally guaranteed to be gouge safe.

“On the off chance that they are genuinely imprint safe, at that point that could help the protection rates,” Gusner said. On the off chance that crash tests and genuine driving information bolster Tesla’s cases that the treated steel keeps inhabitants more secure, at that point that should help lessen protection rates on impact and any therapeutic inclusion, including individual damage insurance or medicinal installments and uninsured driver substantial damage.

“In any case, if the imprint safe material is a lot pricier to fix in the event that it is harmed, at that point that would likewise be taken a gander at by insurance agencies, and for crash inclusion [it] might be a negative and remove any decline of rates because of the scratch safe characteristics,” she included. Take the outdated GM brand Saturn for instance. In spite of the fact that the automaker offered scratch safe body boards, they cost more to fix since the polymer was progressively costly to create, she called attention to.

Kim Reynolds, our testing executive and occupant Tesla master, noticed that the boards could be costly to fix. “It may be the case that harmed boards would just must be supplanted,” he said. “Fortunately the substitution boards probably won’t be as costly as they would appear to be because of their economical framing costs.”

Another factor influencing protection rates is the means by which safe a vehicle is for different gatherings engaged with an accident. Taking note of it’s indistinct what the creation variant has available, “a steel body that looks as though it could make a lot of harm different vehicles and those on bicycles and walkers, would be of worry to safety net providers,” Gusner said. It’s impossible to say how the Cybertruck’s structure may change when it enters generation around late 2021, however ideally those contemplations will be tended to by at that point (on the off chance that they haven’t been as of now).

Incidentally, the tech that makes propelled security highlights like programmed crisis braking and path takeoff cautioning potential drives up protection rates on Tesla vehicles and different autos, Gusner said. Whenever harmed, the sensors and other framework segments can be costly to fix or supplant.

By what method may protection for the Tesla Cybertruck contrast with standard pickup trucks?

“I can just hypothesize as of now, however my sense is that it would cost more to safeguard the Tesla Cybertruck than a regular pickup truck,” Gusner said. Information focuses to Tesla vehicles being more costly to protect than different vehicles.

From the range somewhere in the range of 2015 and 2019, Tesla vehicles have been 67 percent more exorbitant to guarantee than the national normal. Model X protection was 83 percent more costly than the national normal rate for SUV protection, coming in at $3,042 contrasted with $1,661.

It’s sheltered to state the Cybertruck won’t coordinate offers of section stalwarts like the Ford F-150, at any rate not at any point in the near future. Parts won’t be as generally accessible, and in this way fixes could be more exorbitant than on a customary truck.

By what means may Tesla Cybertruck protection rates contrast with other Tesla vehicles?

It might be on the more costly side. Tesla vehicles that are fresher to the market will in general cost more to protect, Gusner said. Insurance agencies have more information on vehicles that have been on special for quite a while, and they can utilize that information to bring down rates on the off chance that they regard it conceivable.

So what amount may Cybertruck cost to protect?

Indeed, different variables will impact Tesla Cybertruck protection costs. Be that as it may, Gusner has an informed gauge. “For 2019, the Tesla vehicles national normal yearly accident coverage cost went from $2,400 to $3,300 and I’d anticipate that the Cybertruck should be in that range if not a slight bit higher.”

Will Cybertruck be secured through Tesla Insurance?

Tesla has not reacted to our solicitation for input on this article. In any case, we do realize that correct now Tesla is offering protection on its full lineup, including Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Roadster, so it would bode well to include Cybertruck. As of now, Tesla Insurance is just accessible in California, however the program will extend to different states later on. Now, it stays hazy the amount it would cost to protect Cybertruck through Tesla Insurance should the automaker go this course.

Tesla claims it can give lower protection rates than different bearers since it has a one of a kind comprehension of its vehicles, tech, wellbeing, and fix costs. As indicated by Tesla’s site, drivers can set aside to 20 percent, and now and again, as much as 30 percent. Tesla Insurance considers Tesla’s dynamic security and driver help advancements in its estimating.

“Most vehicle insurance agencies have not given out limits for Tesla vehicles or different vehicles with numerous security highlights, for example, path takeoff cautioning, programmed braking, impact help—as the back up plans state they are as yet viewing the information for confirmation that the highlights are working and eliminating crashes and additionally the seriousness of car collisions that do happen,” Gusner said. She trusts Tesla makes wellbeing information accessible to back up plans so they can all the more precisely anticipate the security of Cybertruck when it arrives at generation.

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Peterbilt parade raises more money for United Way

DENTON, Texas — Peterbilt Motors raised more than $20,000 in donations at its fourth annual Pride and Class Parade at its home base in Denton last week, the company said.

The parade was part of the annual United Way Denton County campaign.

The event attracts owners of custom-built Peterbilt trucks from around the U.S. and Canada who showcase their rigs.

“The first Pride and Class Parade in 2016 was such a success with the community and Peterbilt employees that it became an annual event,” said Jason Skoog, Paccar vice-president and Peterbilt general manager.

“This year, we saw a nearly ten-fold increase in donations raised to support United Way Denton County compared to the 2016 event. We are honored by this opportunity to give back to Denton and the local community.”

Since 2002, Peterbilt and the United Way of Denton County have partnered to raise more than $6.5 million in support of the Denton County community.

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Risk Strategies acquires trucking insurance program manager Winter Group in CA

Risk Strategies has acquired Winter Group – a specialty insurance program manager focused on serving the trucking industry.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Winter Group, founded 1995, is an insurance wholesaler based in San Diego, CA. The firm offers national insurance solutions for essentially all aspects of the trucking and transportation industry – in particular, Winter Group strongly specializes in cross-border transportation risks. At present, it serves over 17,000 customers, helping brokers deal with NAFTA transportation risk management and compliance.

In addition to its San Diego office, Winter Group also has a presence in Texas, Florida, Washington, South Carolina, Atlanta, North Carolina, and Ohio. The firm also serves as a program administrator for a number of national trucking associations.

“Strong, continued economic growth is driving rapid expansion in the US transportation sector at a time when technological and road safety advances are creating new opportunities for differentiation and specialization,” said Risk Strategies senior managing director of wholesale Matthew Power. “More than ever, brokers serving this industry need more than access, they need a specialist like Winter Group on their side.”

“Risk Strategies is a highly collaborative and innovative firm,” added Winter Group managing director Phillip Winter. “Its focus on distinctly differentiated niche areas of our industry, and an acquisition strategy centered on specialty wholesale organizations, is a perfect foundation on which our team, customers and stakeholders can grow and thrive.”

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Lisa Kelly: From tomboy to celebrity trucker

DALLAS, Texas – In an episode of Ice Road Truckers, Lisa Kelly jumps off her moving 22-wheeler to save herself as the ice begins to splinter on a remote Alaskan highway.

That is the only way truckers can make a quick escape in such harsh conditions on roads where the maximum posted speed is 10 km/h with no stopping allowed.

Although that is reality TV, real trucking life in the wilderness of Alaska is not much different.

In fact, according to Kelly, 38, what she does on the show “is real life.”

That is exactly why she likes her job, a job she has been enjoying for the past 15 years.

“I love trucks,” she summed up her passion for trucking in three words in an interview at last month’s Great American Truck Show (GATS) in Dallas, Texas.

Lisa Kelly on the Delo flyer.

Kelly was there as the brand ambassador of Delo, a line of heavy-duty engine oils developed by the lubricants giant Chevron Products Co.

A longtime user of the product, she signed Delo flyers for fans at the show.

“When I open my toolbox door, it’s always Delo,” Kelly says in a Chevron commercial.

She has been working for Chevron for about three years, and she says she goes wherever the company needs her to go.

“Mostly GATS and MATS (the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky).”

Kelly was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., but raised on a small farm in Sterling, Alaska, about 220 kilometers southwest of Anchorage.

She was a bit of tomboy with a can-do attitude, and “really liked getting out of the building and driving around town.”

Kelly drove a delivery van and a school bus before realizing her dream of “driving a big truck someday,” according to a bio posted on her website.

The trucker’s job also catapulted her to stardom and fame.

On History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers, simply called IRT, she and five male drivers ferry freight on big rigs through Alaska’s frozen lakes and rivers. The show premiered in 2007, and the 11th season aired in late 2017.

She also starred in the IRT spinoff IRT Deadliest Roads. A few episodes of that show were filmed in some of the deadliest roads in India, Bolivia and Peru. In one, shot in the Indian Himalayas, Kelly hauls supplies through “pretty wild” roads.

“(It was) unlike anything I have ever experienced,” she said.

Image courtesy: Lisa Kelly

Kelly is the biggest and most popular star of the IRT. She was once called “the sexiest trucker alive” by the men’s magazine Esquire.

She has more 66,000 followers on Twitter, but fame doesn’t affect her work as a trucker.

Kelly works and lives in the truck for a couple of months before taking a break and going home to Wasilla, Alaska. One time, she said, she was able to go home only after three or four months.

“I have a very understanding husband,” she said, giggling.

“He gives me the freedom to go away for so many months, and it is amazing.”

An avid dirt biker, Kelly met her future husband Traves Kelly while buying a Kawasaki 125 motorcycle in 2004. They married four years later.

“He was motorcycle mechanic. He is a plumber now. It’s a weird life,” Kelly said.

She said her best experience as a truck driver was the “cool places” she was able to go.

Kelly is aware of the fact that not many women are working in the trucking industry, but she thinks it is changing.

“Feels like it’s been going up, a lot.”

She said many people watching the TV show or meeting her at trade shows often comment that she doesn’t look like a truck driver.

“Stereotypical ones. You don’t have to fit a stereotype. You can just do whatever you like.”

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Hub International picks up TX-based commercial truck insurance agency

Hub International has acquired US Insurance Source (USIS), as well as several of its affiliates.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

USIS, in Spring, TX is an independent insurance agency specializing in commercial insurance, which includes trucking insurance. The agency offers comprehensive coverages to help protect owner-operators, fleet managers and related freight and trucking companies.

The owner of USIS, Mark Walton, will join Hub Transportation and report to Hub Transportation executive vice-president Jerry Gillikin.

Last month, Hub acquired retirement consulting firm Sheridan Road Financial in Chicago and New York-based insurance provider The Rubin Group.

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Natural gas truck sales spiked in February: ACT

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Natural gas retail truck sales surged in February, up 44% from January, but were still down 12% year-to-date through the first two months of 2019.

ACT Research reported year-to-date sales are down 24%.

“Bucking the early decline pattern of the past few years, cumulative sales for the first two months of 2019 appear to be gaining ground,” said Ken Vieth, senior partner and general manager at ACT Research. “Despite a soft January, sales of natural gas-powered vehicles picked up in February, both month-over-month, up 44%, and year-over-year, up 13%.”

Vieth added, “Based on news released in the popular press, natural gas vehicle purchases continued to be dominated by refuse fleets, as well as transit and school bus operators. Among truckers, it appears as though the majority of incremental volume came from current natural gas vehicle users replacing units or increasing their number. That said, transportation power is no longer a one-size-fits-all proposition. All viable commercial vehicle power alternatives, from diesel and natural gas to electric of all kinds, must now be considered to accurately measure potential cost savings, while meeting future emissions, and ACT sees the development of electric vehicles growing, even while natural gas adoptions continue and diesel-powered engines increase in efficiency.”

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Peterbilt recognizes top dealers

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Three Canadian Peterbilt dealers were recently recognized as Best-in-Class award winners.

Camions Excellence Peterbilt, Peterbilt Manitoba, and Stahl Peterbilt were the Canadian recipients of awards during the truck maker’s 2019 dealer meeting. They were recognized due to their: standard of excellence scores; financial performance; parts and service performance, and utilization of Paccar training and programs.

“These award-winning dealers, and the dealer network as a whole, have invested heavily in adding and expanding facilities, hiring the best technicians, increasing hours of service and offering mobile service solutions that drive uptime and profitability for our customers,” said Peterbilt’s director of dealer development, Peyton Harrell. “The Peterbilt dealer network is the fastest growing network in the United States and Canada, and has never been stronger.”

The company also named The Peterbilt Store as its 2019 Dealer of the Year.

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