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October 2019

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16 | Overdrive | October 2019 Volvo last month announced that its all-electric Class 8 VNR tractor will be deployed with fleets NFI and Dependable Highway Express in testing this year at the Port of Los Angeles. The California Air Resources Board awarded $44.8 million for the test to California's South Coast Air Quality Management District, which involves 16 partners. The truck features center-mounted dual electric motors with a two-speed gearbox. Behind that is a mostly conventional driveline. Four packs of batteries, each weighing about 1,150 pounds and manufactured by Akasol, supply onboard power. Initial sales of the electric VNR will be limited via regional rollout in California. The first offering, slated for late next year, will be straight trucks and tractors in 4x2, 6x2 lift- axle and 6x4 configurations with a GVW of 66,000 pounds. By the end of 2021, Volvo hopes to boost GCW to 80,000 pounds with improvements made to the electric driveline and next-generation batter- ies, said Brett Pope of Volvo Trucks North America. — Jason Cannon Battery-powered Volvos set for testing at port Four packs of batteries, each weighing about 1,150 pounds, supply onboard power. WISCONSIN transportation officials warned trucking company owners of an email scam asking them to pay to file their U.S. Department of Transportation bien- nial update. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said companies and websites that want drivers to pay are not associated with USDOT or WisDOT. Filing can be done for free at fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/updating- your-registration. The scam emails also include threats of fines for failure to pay as well as links to websites not connected with USDOT and WisDOT. THE ST. CHRISTOPHER Truckers Relief Fund is offering free flu, shingles and pneumonia vaccine vouchers to truckers. The voucher must be printed from TruckersFund.org/ Vaccines-Vouchersand presented at partici- pating locations, along with the driver's Class A CDL. Vouchers are accepted at Kroger, The Little Clinic, Walgreens and The Medicine Shoppe. THREE SERVICE AREAS on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway closed last month for improvements: the Turnpike's Vince Lombardi rest stop inRidgefield and Richard Stockton rest stop between Exit 7A and 7 in Hamilton, as well as the Parkway's Forked River service area. All are set to reopen just before Memorial Day. Performance Diesel Inc. will pay more than $1.1 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency penalties to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. PDI's current line of Big Boss tuners and manifolds are unaffected by the settlement, the company said. Also, PDI said its current products are covered by executive orders from the California Air Resources Board, verifying that its tuners meet California and EPA requirements. EPA alleged that PDI sold more than 5,500 products that defeated emissions control systems in heavy-duty diesel engines. PDI said it stopped selling engine tuners that did not comply with the Clean Air Act in April 2018. The com- pany said it sold those products only for competition vehicles and assumed the units were covered by the competition exemption in the Clean Air Act. "We made a business decision almost two years ago to exit the competition market rather than wait for EPA to establish standards for the sale of competition products," said Jerad Wittwer, PDI president. "Although PDI would prefer for EPA to take a consistent position on the Clean Air Act's competition exemption, we want to avoid any customers feeling concerned about whether the PDI product they are purchasing is 100% compliant with air quality laws." PDI's settlement comes almost a year after the parent company of Bully Dog, Derive Systems, settled for more than $6.5 million over alleged Clean Air Act violations. Bully Dog's charges stemmed from the use of similar devices on cars and light-duty trucks. — Overdrive Staff PDI will pay $1.1M to settle emissions charges

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