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Volkswagen Bus Through The Years: How The Later Models Electrify

I was writing a different piece when I came to the realization that Volkswagen has certainly been trying to reboot the good old Volkswagen Bus for a while now! They had a couple more types after Type 1, sure, but look at these electrical models! (Or I shouldn't be so generic, as some of them were gas-powered.) However, I think it's important to take a look at some of the more recent models. After all, most of these newer ones have striking qualities about themselves. So why not analyze them and take a look at how incredible the recent times give us? Microbus (2001) This particular model had sliding doors, motorized to open and close automatically. There's also Xenon headlights and 20-inch wheels, which isn't standard fare in the industry. There's something traditional about these front-wheel-drive minivans that has made the model push for greater innovation. ... Read More

Port X Logistics Founder Brian Kempisty Is Unifying The Drayage Market

Trucking in zooming in with high trucking rates. Even with the catastrophe that's been 2020 in blindsight, trucking rates have still hit their peak retail season. This has been the case since the summer. It's all in a greater effort and therefore, for the greater good to replenish stocks. The e-commerce giant Amazon is moving Prime day to the 14th. Meanwhile, Harbor Trucker Association assumes 10,000 drayage drivers. Everyone is peaking with their own contribution to continuity of the logistics service. The same stays true for Brian Kempisty and his business, Port X Logistics. They were featured on the Monday episode of WHAT THE TRUCK?!? It's a talk show featured on FreightWaves on which he speaks with Booner and The Dude. "We knew the standard operating procedures that were going to be imperative, and one of the things in the drayage world; communicate, communicate, communicate and always be proactive." said Kempisty. Turvo and Port X Port X has joined forces with Turvo, a collaboration technology which is capable of sending customers alerts when seaworthy vessels are in the water. From there, the container is re ... Read More

The Prosperous Jeep: An Evergreen American For The Ages

Think about being in the Army. All that hard work, the dedication, the camaraderie. There's no one that quite represents the Army better than a person of servitude. And there's no car that quite represents a person of servitude better than a Jeep. Even a certain Italian had some nice words to say. "The Jeep is America's only real sports car." - Enzo Ferrari That well-put, let's see the specs of America's truest soldier. Greet, Meet and Keep the Jeep. The Second World War's first Jeep was known as the Bantam Reconnaissance Car #1. The biggest difference was that the curved hood and rounded front clip. Other than that, literally the spitting image of today's average Rubicon. With a few tweaks and some minor squeaks, the Army made an order for a type of car that'll put the Range Rover down as a clown in a merry-go-round. The Quad would go on to soar with flying colors after the same old path thanks to a 63-horsepower engine. The problem with this "Go-Devil" has to do with the weight and how dissappointing it may be f ... Read More

Courier: Earnings Vs Losses

Being a courier has its perks but it also can have its downfalls. How much do they earn? Does it depend on the city? Are they paid per mileage? How much gas did they use? How much are they profiting? Let's take a look at a breakdown: Courier #1: Postmates According to Indeed, the average salary of a Postmates Driver is $11.67 per hour. This is 19% below the national average. This also depends on the location the driver is at. This is also below the minimum wage in a lot of places. In Los Angeles, the rate per pickup is $1.40. The rate per drop-off is $0.70. The rate per minute is $0.07 and the rate per mile is $0.69. Now these rates don't include the occasional bonuses and daily incentives. Also, the tips are 100% earned. According to ridester, Postmates drivers typically spend about 57.5 cents per mile on gas. Drivers do get benefits such as insurance and discounts! Courier #2: Grubhub ... Read More

Side Underride Guards: Are they worth it?

The side underride helps to stop cars from moving under a semi-trailer. We have all seen it in the movies. An epic police chase where the hero escapes on a motorcycle only to be blocked by large semi-truck. There is nowhere left to turn, the cops are right on his tail, but he still has one option. That’s right. He slides right under the moving semi, mere inches from the deadly wheels. Unfortunately, that amazing shot maybe even further removed from reality. After a recent $42 million verdict, a tragic car crash has brought massive attention to the important question regarding the necessity of underride guards on semis. A 16-year-old driver, Riley Hein was killed on the interstate in New Mexico when he was involved in an underride crash. The car was wedged underneath the trailer of the semi and dragged for half a mile before catching fire and bursting into flames. All of this, unbeknownst to the driver. HDT and the truck driver were found negligent to Riley Hein’s death and the company later emphasized their commitment to having all their trailers equipped with safety guards below. And, even though the company was found guilty of negligence, the jury ultimately “determined that Utility’s trailers were ... Read More

Landstar Awards Safe and Excellent Driving

Landstar has pledged to continue its tradition of awarding a new truck to one lucky Roadstar or Million Mile Safe Driver. The company randomly pulled from a pool of 1,086 active participants this year. The goal if this kind of initiative is to reward safe, effective, friendly driving! The winner will receive a 2020 Freightliner Cascadia 126. The brand new truck comes in a beautiful viper blue and contains a Detroit DD15, 14.8 L engine with a Detroit DT12 automated transmission. Pilot Flying J is sponsoring this year's giveaway. There are currently four finalists. How Does Landstar Pick Its Winners? To qualify, drivers must have achieved one of two huge benchmarks in their career. Firstly, a driver can reach one million or more miles safely driven. The company has three categories for this: one million miles, two million miles, and three million miles. Once a driver is a Million Mile Safe Driver, Landstar automatically enters their name. Secondly, a driver can be a Roadstar. Landstar awards the Roadstar title to owner-operators for service excellence. Roadstars are well-known for safety, productivity, and incredible customer service. In other words: this is a pretty prestigious award. ... Read More

Charging Stations Hold Key To EV Emergence

Charging stations across the country, let alone globally, are the main tipping point for the electric car revolution. In order for more consumers to make the shift, the availability of stations needs to increase. Many consumers find it difficult to make the switch due to available charging stations in their areas. For many driving upwards of 15-20 miles to simply recharge their vehicle for another 40 minutes has been a deterring factor. Charging Stations Vary By Brand For companies like Tesla, their efforts have focused primarily on heavily populated areas. The largest of this focus is Southern California. Los Angeles, San Francisco and the greater metropolitan areas, have a much easier time accessing the resources necessary to live their lives. Unfortunately, rural areas across the country lack the levels of attention that more populated areas receive. In many cases, one might purchase a Tesla to find the closest station to them is for CHAdeMO (the industry-standard charging outlet for Nissan, Toyota, and Honda). Fortunately for those who have purchased a Tesla, for an additional fee, you can have an adapter that will allow you to convert CHAdeMO to power your car. For Amer ... Read More

Oil Prices Increase After Reopening

Oil has been hit extremely hard due to the COVD-19 stay in place protocols. Now that individual states are reopening, the industry has seen a slight uptick in sales. Oil Hit Rock Bottom Prior to COVID-19 Saudi Arabia and Russia went toe-to-toe with each other. Both countries wanted to lift the current restrictions on how much oil they could produce. This sent other industries into competition mode. The results were that every big oil company was producing more oil in order to compete with the market. This worked in theory and would have continued until COVID-19 hit. When the pandemic hit the globe, countries and states were told to shelter in place to ride out the storms. This meant that extremely limited travel was suggested. Airlines were shut down, various commuter traffic halted and for the most part, not many drivers were out on the road. With the high supply and low demand, the industry took a nose dive. It was hit so hard, that even a 10% decrease in production did nothing to help either country. Oil Bounces (Kinda) Back Now that we have been 2+ months under stay-in-place, the issue is looking...still pretty ... Read More

Extended Hours For Truck Drivers

Extended hours have been granted to those in the trucking industry. Since the outbreak began in the US, the trucking industry has had to make extreme adjustments to the workforce. In order for drivers to deliver essential products to cities and towns across the US, many have had to work longer than the scheduled 8-hours per day. FMCSA Gives Extended Hours For Drivers The original plan was to have drivers working past the standard 8 hours until April 12th, that was when this whole pandemic was said to be over. As this has not been the case, many people across the country are still out of supplies like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and gloves. With the need for essential items facing a critical demand, the FMCSA has made strides in order to give truckers the ability to drive past the 8-hour limit. Truck drivers who are transporting essential items such as food, water, health equipment and even liquefied gases that are used for refrigerated transportation are all able to continue their routes and drive until the job is done. Truckers Take The Hours For many drivers, this has been a weight lifted from their shoulders. ... Read More

Electric Cars: The World Is Cleaning up!

Electric cars have made their first move into the consumer world. Each company has rolled out their version of what they expect for the future. From hybrids to hydrogen, car companies are cleaning up their act! Each new company is rolling out a form of electric vehicle that they feel will solidify them in a new and emerging industry! Lets take a look at a couple of them. Ford Mustang Mach E After Tesla had announced its Model 3, For was extremely eager to jump into the world of electric. Tesla’s new addition to its line (the Model Y) is hitting the shelves as I type this, and Ford has unveiled its newest creation the “Mustang Mach-E”. The new addition to the Mustang line has moved pretty far from its predecessors. For starters, the Mustang is the staple in American sports cars. Developed in 1964, Ford delivered a sports car that was affordable and fast. Throughout the next decade, it would pique the interest of many who would modify cars and would spark the fire that was the “muscle car race” of the late 60’s early 70’s.  The Mach-E is a flight away from those times, delivering a different approach to power. The Model Y was developed with the family in mi ... Read More