Todd Dills

Projected savings from hydrogen-powered electric drive

It wasn’t just for their novelty that announcements of the Nikola One hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric-drive truck turned more than a few owner-operators’ heads last year. It was the promise of an operating cost benefit that took diesel-price volatility out of the equation.

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Truckers divided on Republicans’ go-it-alone Obamacare overhaul

A slight minority (47 percent) of readers noted general support for current efforts, while an exact half of poll respondents either urged Republicans to go back to the drawing board or leave the current system in place.

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Video: The happiest owner-operator in trucking today?

The title might well apply to Landstar-leased owner-operator Dickie Penrod of Fayetteville, N.C. He walked away from Landstar's All-Stars event the winner of a new 2017 Western Star 5700 XE, the second truck Landstar has given one of its BCOs ("business capacity owners") this year, an annual tradition.

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Making the e-log switch: The evolution of small fleet Old Time Express

"I know a lot of people, and especially a lot of drivers, would like to cut my head off when I say this ..." -- that's Old Time's Mark White in preamble to some perhaps underappreciated e-log lessons he delivers toward the end of this week's Overdrive Radio podcast. File under: things people might not want to hear. 

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Pre-holiday, end-of-quarter demand boost extends into this week for flats, vans, reefers

Friday last week marked the end of the second quarter, likewise the start of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, a combination that boosted demand indicators, which average rates followed up.

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Next steps for CSA — scores behind the curtain or not?

Will the FMCSA press forward with CSA SMS changes to bring scores back to public view or allow the SMS to remain a "half-baked solution sitting in the dark"? For the ASECTT group, there could be a third way forward for the agency...

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Traditional truck makers focus on short-haul for electric vehicles

Major truck and engine makers themselves have invested in the development of electric- and more conventional hybrid-electric-drive vehicles, but they see the most short-term promise in shorter-run applications.

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Video: Racing action, update with ’88 Mike’ Morgan’s Mack race truck

In the 6th race of the inaugural Minimizer Bandit Big Rig racing series, the No. 88 Mack of "88 Mike" Morgan ran away with the win in the main event at what amounts to the Wartrace, Tenn., resident's home track. In this video, Morgan walks through some of the modifications he's made, with a little race action, to the 1999 Mack CH since Overdrive's last close look.

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Let the festivities begin! (Fire up those race trucks …)

For those of you who won't make it home for local festivities Tuesday, enjoy the celebration wherever you are, and here's a heartfelt shout-out from me and, I know, the rest of the crew here. Thanks for what you do. (And: See you at the races! ...)

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Audio tour through Tony Justice’s new ‘Stars, Stripes and White Lines’ album

The time has come, drivers. Tony Justice's new record, "Stars, Stripes and White Lines," is out and on its way to the truck-stop racks for an official June 30 release. As he and his wife, Misty, note in this Overdrive Radio podcast tour through the album, after a couple months for the physical CD release, a digital release follows in September.

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