TransPower’s Totally Electric Class 8 Truck

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. TransPower USA has five Class 8 tractors currently in service at the Port of Long Beach, CA. The company also has several yard shunt tractors and school buses in real-world service. These trucks are not cobbled together McGiver jobs, either. They are highly engineered and look just like factory installations. These trucks could be the long sought-after solution to diesel emissions in areas with real air quality issues. We recently had a opportunity to test drive one of these electric Class 8 trucks and found it to be a very functional alternative to a diesel tractor. We had the truck without a trailer, so we can't report on its pulling power, but the company says the truck is powered by two 200-hp electric motors. That's 400 horsepower, plus you get the benefit of the very high torque output of the electric motors.

SPECIAL! Kenworth T880 Test Drive in 360° Panorama Video

MARSHALL, MI -- What could be better than a test drive video of a spanking new T880 on some really rough terrain? A total 360-degree panorama video, of course. You choose the view; just click, hold and drag the mouse to change the camera angle. Check out this Kenworth T800 dump with an Ohio spec, loaded to 90,000 lb gross vehicle weight working its way up and down 20 percent grades at the Eaton Corp. Truck Proving Grounds in Marshall, MI. Equipment Editor Jim Park pilots the truck through a test course showing off the pulling power of the Paccar MX-11 engine, the shifting prowess of the Eaton UltraShift Plus 8-LL transmission and the gravel-gripping traction of the Hendrickson HMX 460 rear suspension.

Daimler Trucks’ Inspiration

LAS VEGAS -- What happens in Las Vegas is supposed to stay in Las Vegas, but that certainly not the case with Daimler Trucks' recently introduced Inspiration Truck. It's the autonomous commercial vehicle that has taken the world by storm. Literally. Daimler Trucks invited more than 200 journalists from four continents to cover the event, and stories have appeared in over 500 newspapers and on TV news shows all over the globe. Today's Trucking was there too, of course. And we had our chance to ride in the truck. We were not allowed to drive it at this event because it requires some driver certification, which there wasn't time to procure. We did come back from the launch event with this video of our test drive, with Equipment Editor Jim Park in the right-hand seat.

CBSA eManifest Deadline Quickly Approaching

LANGLEY, BC - Beginning Jan. 10, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will begin issuing Administrative Monetary Penalty System fines to carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements, ending the six-month educational enforcement period and its zero-rated AMPS penalties, according to the British Columbia Trucking Association. Empty and in-transit conveyances continue to be exceptions. Advance Commercial Information (ACI) eMainfest requires motor carriers to transmit manifest information electronically at least one hour prior to a truck's arrival at the first port of entry into Canada. Carriers can send information identifying the truck, trailer, shipment(s) and driver to CBSA through its free, web-based ACI portal, a direct connection to CBSA or a service provider.

For-hire fleets hauled 745.5 million tonnes in 2014

Canada's for-hire trucking operations hauled 745.5 million tonnes of freight in 2014, up 7.9% over 2013, Statistics Canada reported today. The related revenue was up 14.8%, reaching 14 cents per tonne-kilometre, while domestic freight generated 16 cents per tonne-kilometre. Most of the weight (86.2%) involved domestic shipments, which rose 8.3% in the year. General freight led the way in Ontario and Quebec, while petroleum was the driving force in Alberta. General freight and motor vehicle parts accounted for most of the cross-border shipments by weight.

Bradley to Step Aside as CTA/OTA Head at End of 2017

TORONTO, ON -- David Bradley will be stepping aside as president and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the Ontario Trucking Association at the end of 2017. The announcement, which came Friday from both organizations, gave no reason for his upcoming departure. In a recent letter to OTA Chairman Scott Tilley, Bradley said, "It is with some amazement, but always with appreciation, that I think back on what a leap of faith it was back in 1991 to have entrusted such a young guy to represent such an incredible and important industry." In a letter to CTA chairman Mark Seymour, Bradley expressed similar sentiments. Bradley joined OTA as director of economics in 1985 after starting his career on Bay St. Six years later, at the age of 33, he was promoted to president of the OTA.