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‘It’s time to be proud of tucking’s triumphs’

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Last month, before the Busch Light Clash event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Penske and Freightliner made history by pulling a Team Penske race car with a pre-production battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia to the coliseum. Industry leader Michael Roeth wrote a column for fleetowner.com, saying now is the “time to be proud of trucking’s triumphs.”

I was taken by something Mary Aufdemberg, general manager of product strategy and market development at Daimler Truck North America, said about that event: ‘At Freightliner, we’re driven to deliver purposeful innovation for our customers, and there’s a tremendous sense of pride to see the innovative all-electric Freightliner eCascadia used by our long-standing partners at Team Penske to make racing history.’

I’ve been in the trucking industry for a long time, and I think most of the people in trucking are pretty humble. There is not a lot of bragging about the things we have accomplished, including the work the industry has done lowering emissions in diesel-powered vehicles, and our efforts to move to a more sustainable way to transport goods.

I applaud Aufdemberg and the Freightliner team for being proud of their accomplishments. I think more of us need to become a little more vocal about all the great things trucking is doing. Trucking rose to the challenge of keeping shelves stocked during the pandemic, ensured that doctors, hospitals, and essential business had all PPE supplies they needed, and then made sure the vaccines were delivered where and when they were needed.

We also are in the middle—call it the messy middle—of some significant changes in trucking, and we should be proud that we are working our way through some interesting technology challenges to move trucking forward to an even cleaner future.

So go ahead and brag a little. Tell people about how cool trucking is and share with them all the innovative technologies—including advanced driver assistance systems, battery electric, hydrogen fuel cells, renewable diesel, autonomous trucking—in which we are involved. I’ve said it before, “this ain’t your father’s trucking industry.” It’s an exciting time to be in trucking, and I plan to be a little less humble about what we are doing.

Story courtesy of fleetowner.com.