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Orders in the first seven weeks are nearly 222,000. “July’s action was nearly triple that of July 2017,” ACT Vice President Steve Tam said in a declaration. One analyst pointed to the action among dealers trying to stock up. The prior record was 52,194 set in March 2006. At exactly the identical time, carriers are posting record profit margin because the broader environment for the trucking sector stays strong, she said. A year before that the orders were 18,726. Class 8 requests in July establish an all-time high and jumped past 52,000 as the crush continues.  “The [truck manufacturers ] are launching their manufacturing programs for the following year, and the strength in orders is coming out of dealers since they are preparing for a strong 2019 and have been suspended out of construct schedules for this year — over 90% of the orders June were for 2019,” Credit Suisse analyst Jamie Cook wrote in a note.

This second generation of Drive HD Dash Cams would be the most technology packaged, user-friendly and trustworthy dash cams yet. All new DASH Series versions will comprise an ultra-wide 160° lens to capture 1296P Super HD video. Footage is optimized to reduce warmth, provide crystal clear presence of license plates, and supply unparalleled night time recording. DASH Series versions are packed with features such as loop recording, G-Sensor accident protection, innovative parking style and automobile date/time. Extreme Temperature Protection uses a supercapacitor to function in much in the harshest conditions. The DASH Series lineup of cameras also includes Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) by supplying drivers warnings should they ramble lanes (Lane Departure Warning System) or encounter an item too fast (Forward Collision Warning System). The DASH 2216D and DASH 2316D are double view versions which have another rear camera which enables rear and front simultaneous recording. The comprised Y-Splitter and 14-foot extender cable allow your back camera to observe the inside of the car or the street behind. Exclusive video editing software allows for seeing front and back video concurrently in addition to cropping or merging clips. This innovative technology provides alerts to upcoming speed and red-light cameras, live authorities places and warning places. With more than 3 million downloads and 7.5 million particular alarms a month, these motorist alarms are updated instantly by additional iRadar users around the street. Along with iRadar integration, the DASH 2308 and DASH 2316D pull speed and location information in the smartphone and upload it into movie files onto the dashboard camera. Route information is then displayed on a map view so you can see precisely where the automobile was at any stage when playing back a recording. Date, time, and time zone data are automatically pulled from the telephone to the dashboard cam in order that movie timestamps are almost always accurate. This is particularly beneficial for long road trips or if crossing new time zones.

The financial 2019 transport measure that includes funds for the Department of Housing and Urban Development was a part of a $154.2 billion package approved 92-6. The package had the steps for its branches of Interior, and Agriculture, as well as financial and environmental agencies.

Legislation which would offer $1 billion in infrastructure permits and also could extend the digital logging apparatus waiver for livestock haulers for the upcoming fiscal year easily passed the Senate on Aug. 1.

The laws, as amended, would deny funds for the enforcement of this electronic logging device rule for livestock haulers during fiscal 2019. , Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), the amendment’s sponsor, explained the waiver would provide policymakers”longer to deliver common sense to these rules and provide extra flexibility”

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)

“When the infrastructure is crumbling, it’s very tough for a company to hire the workers that make goods and also to find the products to markets.”
The $1 billion for BUILD infrastructure permits, formerly TIGER grants, would require officials to award 30 percent of the grants for rural areas. Over the years, policymakers have applauded the grants for bettering big-ticket projects of regional significance, which municipal and state officials noted they had fought to fund. Recipients have included the Port of Baltimore and regional railways in Maine.

China announced a list of $60 billion (Dh220.4b) worth of US imports it intends to apply tariffs on should the Trump administration follow through with its latest trade dangers. The Trump administration slapped duties about $34b of Chinese products last month, and which prompted immediate retaliation in China, plus yet another $16b will likely follow in the coming days or weeks.round of all tariffs which took effect a month.
Duties ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent will be imposed on 5,207 types of American imports if the US provides its proposed taxes on a different $200b of Chinese products, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Friday.
The retaliation stands to further inflame tensions between the planet’s two biggest savings and echoes China’s response to the preceding President Donald Trump that week purchased officials to consider imposing a 25 percent tax on $200b worth of imported Chinese products, up from an initial 10 percentage speed. The move was meant to bring China back to the bargaining table for talks over US requirements for structural changes to the Chinese market and also a cut in the bilateral trade deficit.

Toyota took the next great leap towards the future of zero-emission trucking, unveiling the second iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck before a crowd of media and industry leaders during the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in Northern Michigan.

The new truck, known internally as “Beta,” expands on the capabilities of Toyota’s first Project Portal test vehicle by increasing the estimated range to more than 300 miles per fill. The truck also enhances versatility and maneuverability with the addition of a sleeper cab and a unique fuel cabinet combination that further increases cab space without increasing wheelbase.

Since it first began operation in April 2017, the Project Portal “Alpha” truck has logged nearly 10,000 miles of testing and real-world drayage operations in and around the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles while emitting nothing but water vapor. The Beta vehicle will begin drayage operations in the fall, increasing the Ports’ zero emission trucking capacity and further reducing the environmental impact of drayage operations.

Lessons LearnedIncreased Range, Improved Process

Project Portal 2.0 builds on the lessons learned from the launch of the Alpha vehicle in 2017. The first heavy-duty truck was the result of a true skunkworks effort within Toyota that moved from initial concept to a fully-capable drayage truck driving silently out of a Michigan garage in just over a year. Engineers and technicians worked long hours to reconfigure the wire harnesses, electronics and other components of two off-the-lot Mirai fuel cell electric cars to create one of the world’s first OEM-built zero-emission heavy trucks.

The results of their work continue to impress. With a gross combined weight capacity of 80,000 lbs. and a driving range of more than 200 miles per fill, the 670-plus horsepower Alpha truck produces 1,325 pound-feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery. Project Portal Beta maintains these torque and horsepower numbers while also extending the range of the vehicle and pushing forward on other key performance metrics.

“By evaluating the first truck in our test facilities and on the actual roads in the LA area, we made a list of improvements for the Beta truck build process and performance enhancements,” said Andrew Lund, Chief Engineer for the project. He continued, “We needed to move beyond a proof of concept, which the first truck accomplished, to something that is not only better than the original but is also more commercially viable.”

A Step Toward the Future, Reflections From the Past

The story of Project Portal’s inception and evolution follows the long tradition of Toyota innovation that dates to the company’s entry into the automotive space. The first Toyota (then Toyoda) sedan, the A1, was produced in much the same manner as the original Project Portal truck- through experimentation, trial and error, and a lot of sweat. Once completed in 1935, the A1 was tested by the company’s founder, Kiichiro Toyoda, and then refined into their first commercially available car, the Toyoda AA. Likewise, through the lessons learned with the first truck, Project Portal 2.0 is more refined, functional, and capable. Also, just as the AA started Toyota on a path as an automotive leader, Project Portal is expanding Toyota’s already robust environmental leadership to the next level. Going forward, Toyota remains committed to supporting the development of a consumer-facing hydrogen infrastructure to realize the potential of fuel cell vehicles.

A Drop of H2 in the Bucket

Over 16,000 pollution-emitting trucks are working in Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, a number that is estimated to balloon to 32,000 by 2030. More than 43,000 drayage trucks are in operation at ports across the United States, contributing significant amounts of carcinogens, diesel particulate matter (DPM) and other pollutants into the air of port communities and surrounding neighborhoods.

“Our goal with the first truck was to see if it could be accomplished, and we did that,” said Senior Manager for Toyota’s North American Electrified Vehicle & Technologies Office Craig Scott, “This time we’re looking at commercial viability. We want to help make a difference… a significant difference when it comes to the air quality not only in the LA area but across the U.S. and around the globe.”

More Than Just Trucks

This announcement is a continuation of Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 efforts to eliminate CO2 emissions from its Toyota Logistics facility at the Port of Long Beach. Toyota has previously announced the construction of the Tri-Gen facility which will be the first megawatt-sized carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with hydrogen fueling in the world. The 100% renewable plant will use agricultural waste to generate water, electricity, and hydrogen that will support Toyota Logistics Services’ (TLS) operations at the Port of Long Beach.

More information  https://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/corporate/23722307.html