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California Senate committee hearing will discuss lemon law change proposal to cover trucks May 9

The hearing in Sacramento takes up changes proposed in Senate Bill 713 that would expand California's lemon law to cover vehicles heavier than 10,000 lbs. and include other modifications relative to business-size exclusions for the owners of such vehicles, mileage limitations and more.

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Tesla rendering teases electric big rig

“It’s meant to alleviate the heavy-duty trucking loads,” says Tesla's Elon Musk. “This is something which people do not today think is possible. The think the truck doesn’t have enough power or it doesn’t have enough range. With the Tesla semi, we want to show than an electric truck actually can out-torque any diesel semi.”

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Hours reform, importance of manned vehicles highlight FMCSA session on autonomous trucks

With several companies jockeying to bring autonomous trucks to market, industry stakeholders this week stressed to a panel of top officers from FMCSA the importance of manned control for tractor-trailers, at least for the foreseeable future. Commenters also noted the potential for hours of service reform.

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Volvo introduces new tractor aimed at regional market

Volvo Trucks on Thursday in Montreal rolled out the company’s first new production model tractor since the VN Series debuted 15 years ago. The VNR will be available in three models: daycab, 42-inch flat roof sleeper and 61-inch mid-roof sleeper.

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International launches new regional tractor

International Trucks debuted Thursday a new tractor aimed at the regional haul market. The RH Series, which made its debut at ExpoCam in Montreal, will be the first to get International’s new 12.4 liter A26 engine as standard.

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Bill would expand California lemon law to cover commercial trucks

SB 713 would modify the current California lemon law to newly apply to trucks heavier than 10,000 lbs. and under the operation of a business, without size exclusions, up to 18 months from the date of delivery or 100,000 miles of operation, whichever comes first.

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Tesla says it will unveil an electric truck this year

Tesla co-founder Elon Musk originally announced the "Tesla Semi" in a blog post last summer, saying the truck "will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate."

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Cummins, Eaton enter into $600M partnership on automated transmissions

Engine maker Cummins and transmission maker Eaton announced Monday a new partnership to develop automated transmissions for the heavy-duty truck market. The deal further solidifies Cummins' and Eaton's four-year partnership on integrated powertrains, which offers truck buyers an alternative to truck makers' proprietary powertrains.

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Mack adds Super Ecodyne rating to direct drive AMT

Super Econodyne-rated Mack engines cruise at approximately 1,150 rpm – a reduction of 200- 300 rpm from a typical highway cruise rpm – which can result in an improved fuel efficiency of up to 3 percent.

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Rear-end crash mitigation system now standard on Peterbilt 579

Peterbilt this year will make the Bendix Advanced Wingman Fusion -- meant to mitigation rear-end collisions -- standard equipment on its on-highway Model 579 tractor. Peterbilt made the announcement Wednesday at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The system will be standard starting later this year.

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