Today’s Pickup: Day & Ross to test hydrogen-injection engine technology

Dan & Ross truck on the highway


Canadian trucking firm is piloting a carbon emission
reduction technology that involves the injection of hydrogen into the engine.

Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada-based Ottaway Motor Express,
a subsidiary of Day & Ross, is testing
two trucks using dynaCERT’s HydraGen
carbon emission reduction technology. The six-month project is in conjunction
with KarbonKleen, a data technology consultant.

“As a transportation company, Day & Ross relies on traditional combustible fuels and is striving to find new and cleaner alternatives,” said Bill Doherty, CEO of Day & Ross. “We are encouraged by the potential of this new technology to help us minimize our impact on the environment.”

The technology involves the injection of hydrogen to the
engine airflow to improve combustion by acting as a catalyst to speed up reaction
time. The result should be less energy required for combustion and less fuel

Results will be measured against the baseline data of each
truck, as well as two sister units that run the same routes, Day & Ross

Day & Ross, which operates with over 8,000 employees and
owner-operators in Canada and the U.S., offers less-than-truckload and
truckload services as well as cross-border mores, logistics, dedicated fleets,
and residential deliveries. The company has been investing in more environmental
initiatives, including new terminals with solar panels; advanced heating and
cooling; pre-cast wall panels; LED lighting; electric forklifts and charging
stations for employee vehicles and yard trucks.

Did you know?

Last-mile technology provider Convey said that shipment volume
for the week of April 6-12 was up 55% compared to the same period a year ago.  


“The clearinghouse final rule addressed that information gap
so that, based on violations reported to the clearinghouse, FMCSA can now
provide certain state enforcement personnel real-time notice of the driver’s
prohibited driving status. However, the information gap still exists with
regard to the SDLAs [state driver license agencies]. This [proposed rule] would
establish how, and when, SDLAs would access and use driver-specific information
from the clearinghouse.”

-FMCSA on proposed rule that would require state’s to stop issuing, renewing or upgrading, and even downgrading in some cases, commercial driver’s licenses or learner’s permits for those with drug and alcohol violations until they complete the return-to-duty process.

In other news:

Ecommerce shipments rise

provider Narvar has seen a 47% increase in ecommerce order volume in the 30-day
period ending April 20. (Digital

What are people buying?

the rush to stock up on essentials, Americans have shifted to other categories,
such as kitchenware, sandwich and bread makers, and other items that make life
at home easier. (Retail

Implementation of new North American trade deal delayed

U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that replaced NAFTA was set to go into
effect on June 1, but leaders of the three countries have agreed to postpone
its implementation until July 1. (Politico)

Railcar orders, deliveries fall in Q1

orders and deliveries fell in the first quarter, according to data from the
Railway Supply Institute, with deliveries falling from 13,171 in 2019 to 10,824
in 2020. Orders dropped from 9,663 to 6,172. (Progressive

New York City to shut down roads

York City will close about 100 miles of roads to enable residents to traverse
the city while practicing proper social distancing. (The

Final thoughts

automakers are discussing restarting plants in the next two weeks, but the
United Auto Workers (UAW) union has said that is too soon without more testing.
“We have not done enough testing to really understand the threat our members face,
Rory Gamble, UAW president, said in a statement. “We want to make sure the
scientific data is supportive and every possible health protocols and enhanced
protections are in place before UAW members walk into the workplace.” The
concerns are real, and as parts of society begin opening up, it is decision
that every worker across industries will face – am I safe in the workplace?
Hopefully, proper protections will be in place and the answer will be yes.

down, everyone!