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Peterbilt shows Electric Medium-Duty Truck

Peterbilt Motors Company is giving attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas the first look at the all-electric medium-duty Model 220EV.

The 220EV joins the previously announced Model 520EV and the Model 579EV in the Peterbilt electric vehicle lineup. In all, Peterbilt will have more than 30 electric vehicles in operation by the end of 2019 with customers representing the refuse, regional haul, and city delivery applications.

“Peterbilt has been at the forefront of truck electrification, and adding the medium duty platform to our electric truck line-up was a natural evolution of our development plan. We will now have trucks in the three applications where electric powertrains may have a return on investment for our customers.” said Peterbilt General Manager Jason Skoog. Read more here.




Area ATHS Chapter to meet in Sheldon
The Tri-State Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in Spencer, Iowa, at Vander Haag’s Inc., 3809 4th Ave. W. The group is for truck enthusiasts within a 100-mile radius of Spencer. New members are welcome to attend and learn about planned truck shows. Chapter dues are $20 a year; membership in the national ATHS is required. For more information, call Gordon Watson, president, at 712-580-3507; or Denny Postma, vice president, at 712-540-3779. Information also is available on Facebook: “Tri-State Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society — ATHS.”


MPG displays at Des Moines show
Sales staff from Peterbilt of Des Moines hosted a booth at the 2018 Iowa County Engineers Conference Dec. 12-14, where they provided information on the latest Peterbilt vocational trucks.


2019: What we’ll be talking about
A global logistics think tank based in the United States and Europe predicts it will be eight years before autonomous trucks with no humans on board could be routinely running routes in North America. But testing of the platooning technology — designed to reduce energy costs and reduce highway congestion — is well under way. Sixteen states support truck platoon demonstrations and testing on public highways, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As demand increases for electric and hybrid powertrains in applications like refuse and urban delivery, Paccar plans to boost research and development spending by more than $30 million in 2019. However, diesel will remain the most efficient powertrain technology in heavy truck applications, said Harrie Schippers, Paccar president and chief financial officer.


Peterbilt of Sioux City has new customer parking lot
A new parking lot at Peterbilt of Sioux City, 4135 Harbor Drive, is available for customers needing to leave their personal vehicle before heading out on the road. The new black-top lot is on the outside of the fence on the north end of the building, near the truck hoist and Body Shop. See the Service Department for details.



Truck Shows and Special Events Schedule

 Winter 2018 - 2019  

Iowa Power Farming Show: Iowa Events Center 730 3rd St. Des Moines, Iowa. Jan 29 - 31, 2019.

53rd Annual Triumph of Ag Expo: Wednesday & Thursday Feb 27 -28, 2019

Spring 2019

Midwest Pride in your Ride: Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa May 3 - 4, 2019 Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life

SDTA Truck Driving Championships: Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:00 a.m. at Southeast Technical Institute, 2320 N. Career Ave. Sioux Falls, SD

Summer 2019

16th Wheel Jam Truck Show: May 30 - June 2, 2019 in Huron, SD at the state fairgrounds.

Oak Grove Truckers Jamboree: June 14 - 15, 2019 at the Oak Grove 70 Petro, I-70 Exit 28, Oak Grove, Missouri.

IMTA Truck Driving Championships: to be held June 13 - 14, 2019 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.

30th Sandhills Ranch Expo June 19 -20, 2019 in Basset, Neb.

Walcott Truckers Jamboree: July 11 -13, 2019 The 40th Annual Jamboree hosted at the Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, IA.

Made in the Shade Truck Show & Shine: July 20, 2019 David City, Nebraska. Butler county Fairgrounds

10th Annual Eau Claire Big Rig Truck & Tractor Show August 16 - 18, 2019. Northern State Fair Grounds, Chippewa Falls, WI.

DAKOTAFEST: Schlaffman Farm, 2300 Spruce St. Mitchell, SD August 20 - 22, 2019 Follow us on facebook at "Dakotafest".

 Fall 2019  

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week:
Sept 8 - 14, 2019

Husker Harvest Days: Sept 10 - 12, 2019 9000 W. Husker Highway, Wood River, NE