Melbourne, Fla.— Production starts early now in early 2021! The race to vehicle electrification has expanded to include semi trucks. Volvo Trucks is already into the game. In fact, Volvo Trucks North America has commenced sales of its Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric truck to the United States and Canada.

Volvo Trucks North America remarked that drivers would find it easy to transition to the new Volvo VNR Electric since it offers the same agility and visibility as the Volvo VNR. Moreover, since the Volvo VNR Electric offers a quieter drive, it can reduce stress and fatigue while improving overall comfort.

Powering the Volvo VNR Electric is a Volvo-proprietary electric driveline that has been fully integrated into the truck. This driveline sends 455 hp and 4,051 lb.-ft. of peak torque to the wheels via a two-speed Volvo I-Shift transmission. This driveline is supported by 264-kWh lithium-ion battery packs that can be recharged up to 80% within just 70 minutes.

On the other side, Tesla is now listing a new manufacturing process job at Gigafactory Nevada for the Tesla Semi, the automaker’s upcoming electric semi truck. After a few delays, Tesla talked about “low-volume production in late 2020”, but the timeline was later pushed to 2021. When launching the Tesla Semi in 2017, the automaker said that its production versions, which are class 8 trucks with 80,000-lb capacities, will have 300-mile and 500-mile range options. Later, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, stated that the Tesla Semi production version will have closer to 600 miles of range.

Nikola, also one of the main competitors—is offering several configurations planned for the future, including different battery packs and hydrogen power.

The hydrogen versions are still planned for a 2023 release. Budweiser has agreed to be a test fleet for the new trucks, with hydrogen fueling stations placed between four different California distribution centers, and a Nikola powered truck has already delivered a shipment of beer to the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Tre is one of three Class 8 vehicles headed to production meant for local deliveries with the One and Two being sleeper cabs.


No other truck insurance company is more enthusiastic about what the future entails than Melbourne Truck Insurance. Our location within the Space Coast and proximity to a large amount of events that are marking the future of the planet and humanity as well is really making us visualize how these changes will impact the trucking industry at large and the need to adapt quickly to ensure efficiency and success.

Contact one of our local commercial/truck insurance agents to find out what options are available for your trucking and transportation business in the Space Coast area, and help you start saving on the protections needed to keep it always afloat. Melbourne Truck Insurance has the products and underwriting experience that meet the insurance needs of your business.

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Melbourne, Fla.—Did you hear already about the truck lane restrictions? The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Florida Highway Patrol are teaming up to warn truckers that they must stay out of the left lane on certain roadways, or face a minimum $120 fine.

When those driving large trucks see a No Trucks Left Lane sign, they must move over and remain in the right lane while the restriction is in place.

According to an official FDOT final report on Operational Performance for Freeway Truck-Lane Restrictions, some advantages and disadvantages of truck restrictions are described as follow:

1) Truck lane restrictions may improve traffic operations and safety by separating slower trucks from faster passenger cars. However, they may cause uneven deterioration of the highway pavement.

2) Restricting trucks from the left-lane(s) removes slower trucks from the faster inner (leftmost) lane(s); however, it causes a concentration of trucks on the right lane(s) and blocks the visibility of signs to drivers in the inner lanes.

3) Restricting trucks from the right-lane(s) requires trucks to use the faster lanes. It is usually used as a temporary measure to prevent pavement deterioration. Since trucks have to shift over to the left lanes, safety concerns arise near interchanges and weigh stations where lane changes are required.

4) Route restrictions are mostly used in urban areas to remove trucks from congested roads or to enhance safety by detouring hazardous material cargo from heavily populated corridors. However, they may increase the truckers’ operating costs by increasing vehicle miles due to greater circuity incurred in travel paths.

5) Time-of-day restrictions prevent trucks from using certain lane(s) or entire facilities during particular time periods. This may force trucks to travel on detour routes with insufficient design standards for increased truck volume, resulting in additional truck- related crashes or delays on these routes. Since most trucks tend to travel during off-peak periods to avoid delays, banning trucks on certain routes may only have marginal effects on freeway operations and safety.

6) Differential speed limits (DSL) are designed to reduce the speed at which trucks are allowed to travel. While some believe that this alternative may reduce crashes involving trucks rear-ending other vehicles, other have argued that DSL increases speed variances and lane changes on roadways, which may, in turn, increase the chances of a crash occurring. The actual benefit of DSL remains questionable and many agencies have removed DSL.

As a result of existing operational and safety studies, truck-lane restrictions have proven to have a positive impact on freeway safety, plus, tend to increase speed differentials and reduce density on steep uphill sections.

At Melbourne Truck Insurance we take truck safety discussions as a number one priority, and we like to share them with you. Keeping you, and your truck business well protected is what we do.

Contact one of our local commercial/truck insurance agents to find out what options are available for your trucking and transportation business in the Space Coast area, and help you start saving on the protections needed to keep it always afloat. Melbourne Truck Insurance has the products and underwriting experience that meet the insurance needs of your business.

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Melbourne, Fla.—A complete remake of Launch Complex 36 is where billionaire Jeff Besos, owner Amazon and many other large companies in the U.S., is building the pad for his New Glenn rocket. Named after pioneering astronaut John Glenn, New Glenn is a single configuration heavy-lift launch vehicle capable of carrying people and payloads routinely to Earth orbit and beyond. Featuring a reusable first stage built for 25 missions, New Glenn will build a road to space. Its 7-meter fairing has 2x the usable volume of any existing launch vehicle.

The New Glenn will be built in the nearby Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin factory on Merritt Island, which also houses possibly the world’s largest launch control center. This is expected to have a major impact on launch activity and jobs in the area.

The main use for this rocket will be to launch big satellites, although launching astronauts to outer space has not been completely ruled out.

Blue Origin announced the formation of its Board of Advisors, which includes notable former government space leaders and industry executives. The Board will provide strategic counsel on the company’s mission to radically reduce the cost of access to space and the utilization of in-space resources. In doing so, the Board will further advance Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit the Earth. The Blue Origin-led National Team, which is comprised of Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper, is working to offer a Human Landing System for NASA’s Artemis program to return Americans to the lunar surface – this time to stay.

As reported by the Orlando Business Journal, the state is going to to focus on building a sustainable spaceport that will serve as the primary gateway for this planet to the solar system for these new budding industries and the ones to follow. That's what a government should do. The neat thing about it is Space Florida's ability to access capital markets that help finance these activities and put in place a model similar to any airport or seaport. This represents an interesting outlook for the transportation industry.

The continued economic growth in the area is certainly an attractive for many Truck Driving Companies who see a big opportunity to set sail from here. Whether your company drives across the Florida’s Space Coast or serve the whole State, the right type of commercial truck and cargo insurance are crucial for protecting your business assets.


Contact one of our local commercial/truck insurance agents to find out what options are available for your trucking and transportation business in the Space Coast area, and help you start saving on the protections needed to keep it always afloat. Melbourne Truck Insurance has the products and underwriting experience that meet the insurance needs of your business.

Give us a call for a FREE consultation (321) 329-5556, at Melbourne Truck Insurance will be more than happy to serve you.




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