Hino enters electric truck field

Updated Oct 8, 2020

Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020: 

Hino the latest to tease an electric truck offering

Hino Trucks and Toyota Motor North America will jointly develop a Class 8 fuel cell electric truck for the North American market.Hino Trucks and Toyota Motor North America will jointly develop a Class 8 fuel cell electric truck for the North American market.

Hino on Monday became the latest trucking OEM to toss its hat into the electrified ring, leaping into a crowded green trucking field that already includes the likes of Freightliner, Volvo, and Paccar, among others.

Project Z, Hino’s development path to zero emissions Class 4 through Class 8 trucks, leans on partnerships with technology leaders in advanced electrification drive systems. Hino itself is a subsidiary of Toyota.

To read more on Hino’s planned fuel cell rig, see this story from Overdrive sister site CCJ.

Pilot truck stops selling ribbons to benefit St. Christopher Fund
Pilot Company, which operations Pilot and Flying J fuel stops, is holding a donation campaign with the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF), a charity that helps over-the-road and regional semi-truck drivers and their families when an illness or injury causes them to be out of work.

While supplies last, all U.S.-based Pilot Flying J Travel Centers and participating One9 Fuel Network stores will be selling ribbons for $1 each in support of the organization. All proceeds will go toward the fund.

Each ribbon is comprised of the American flag colors of red, white and blue.

Drivewyze, Pedigree telematics system integrate
Electronic logging device and telematics provider Pedigree Technologies is the latest such company to partner with Drivewyze to offer customers the latter’s weigh-station bypass services through its OneView ELD Chrome platform. The integrated service offering through Pedigree with feature the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service (functional at 800 locations in 47 states and provinces) and safety notifications as well.

Once integrated, Drivewyze transmits safety scores, registration, and IFTA tax compliance information to the weigh station, which then calculates the information against the bypass criteria established by its state. If the carrier and vehicle pass the criteria, at one mile out, the driver receives permission to bypass the site. The better the fleet’s safety score, the more bypasses typically granted.

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The safety notifications service provides warnings about high rollover areas, mountain corridors, and low bridges.

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