Electrified Hydrogen Trucks for Owner Operators


In December 2016 the beginning of the fun times of the auto transport industry, the Startup Nikola unveiled its hydrogen-electric truck in a very inspirational way which gives more positive insights into the entire auto transport industry.

The shift of the auto transport industry is going disrupted massively with this new technology and infrastructure implemented, so please don’t miss the opportunity to learn more here.

First and foremost, this a detailed blog post with some sneak peaks into some trucks.

So let’s start off by mentioning that 2 auto transport products are going to be released specifically one off road UTV truck which has been named Nikola Zero and the Electrified-Hydrogen Truck Nikola One, Nikola Two.


The battery pack has an amazing density energy with their innovation and technology which 2 packages from 72kW (200miles) and 107kW(300miles) and guess what? The vehicle is completely silent.

Agreement Ryder Systems Inc

Ryder Systems Inc are going to be servicing, warranting, selling and helping Nikola in 800 locations all across US, Canada and Mexico. Thanks to that agreement they already have pre-ordered approximately 4 billion $.

Fill-in of the trucks

The answer for fill-in of the trucks is building the infrastructure by Nikola, so their solution is integration & control of  production, transport, distribution, storage, selling, prices.

On site conversion through hydrolysis from solar energy, with on site storage. The next step will be transporting the hydrogen from the onsite to the station.

The initial plan is to build 364 hydrogen stations with constructions beginning in 2018, stations being already opened 2019.

How are they going to build the trucks?

They have an investor – Fitzgerald, actually, an immediate assembly line – not a massive facility but they tested the building of the truck now.

And then after trying to build the entire 5000 trucks from Fitzgerald, Nikola has  an investment plan of building an manufacturing plant (still there is no info where is the location – going to be announced at the end 0f 2017)

Nikola Two – the electrified hydrogen truck they are building has 100% zero emissions and a 1200 mile range with hydrogen powered.

Software & Loadboard – Nikola Shipments

It’s going to be a solution for freight broker to basically upload all the freight in that platform so they do business with carriers all across US.

The best part about the software from the driver perspective is everyone gets access to it for FREE in the truck.

So the interior of the truck is so amazing that it has a massive 21 inches screen so the drivers have the ability to pick any load he has on the load board of Nikola Shipments and doesn’t need to worry about the dispatching.

The system is integrated with all the service centers, hydrogen stations, and available shipments right away from the dashboard screen from the truck and the CEO mentioned that this will allow owner-operators to increase their income by even 50%.

So that’s a quick overview of what we’ve learned about the new auto transport products that owner-operators are dreaming about.

Every owner-operator should watch the previews on youtube right now.

The Auto Transport industry is still just starting up with technology – technology is still young in this world, so owner-operators, drivers, dispatchers, brokers never ever give up!

Until next time.

Happy Hauling,

CarShipIO Team



ELD – News

Car haulers, this subject already sounds pretty familiar to every motor car carrier that’s thinking long term in the industry.

Here are some insights you need to know directly from FMCSA about the ELD rule:

ELD is used by commercial drivers with the requirement to prepare:

  1. HOS  – Hours of service
  2. RODS – Records of duty status

ELD will need to also be certified and registered with FMCSA, along with having supporting documents for drivers/car carriers required to keep in the truck.

So, beginning on December 18, 2017, a driver using an ELD must have an ELD information packet onboard the commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

Speaking about it, an ELD can be on a smartphone or other wireless device if the device meets the ELD rule’s technical specifications.

Data Storage:

For six months, a motor carrier must keep both the ELD Records of

  • hours services data
  • a back-up copy of that data on a separate device

The car carrier must ensure that these records are stored securely to protect driver privacy.

An ELD automatically records the following data elements at certain intervals:

  • date
  • time
  • location information
  • engine hours
  • vehicle miles
  • identification information for the driver
  • authenticated user
  • vehicle
  • motor carrier

Location data must be recorded by an ELD at 60-minute intervals when the vehicle is in motion, driver powers up and shuts down the engine, change duty status, and indicates personal use or yard moves.

Also, keep in mind that an ELD must automatically switch to driving mode once the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is moving up to a set speed threshold of five miles per hour. As a result, the in-motion state must not be configured greater than five miles per hour. The vehicle will be considered stopped once its speed falls to zero miles per hour and stays at zero miles per hour for three consecutive seconds.

Guess what else?

The ELD must convert automatically captured vehicle position in latitude/longitude coordinates into geo-location information that indicates the approximate distance and direction to an identifiable location corresponding to the name of a nearby city, town, or village, with a State abbreviation.

Engine synchronization CMV – ELD

An ELD must be integrally synchronized with the engine of the commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Engine synchronization means monitoring engine operation to automatically capture the engine power status, vehicle motion status, miles driven, and engine hour

Vehicle performance? Not really.

Yes, the ELD rule allows but does not require, warning or notification to drivers when they are nearing their HOS limits.

Data export from ELD

Since all ELD data file output will be a standard comma-delimited file, a driver may import the data output file into Microsoft Excel, Word notepad, or other common tools. A driver will also be able to access ELD records through a screen display or a printout, depending on the ELD design.

Bluetooth Feature

If the driver is using a “local” ELD with Bluetooth capabilities, the authorized safety official will activate Bluetooth on his or her computing device and the driver will initiate the Bluetooth electronic transfer of the data from the driver’s ELD to the safety official’s computing device.

The official will provide a Bluetooth pairing code for the driver to enter into the ELD for the data file transfer.

Here’s a cool list you can review – ELD’s Compliant List

The plug-in device to your truck’s ECM communicates the relevant data to software on your smartphone — the software enables the log to work, likewise electronic pre-trip/post trip inspection reports.

The ECM plug-in communicates with your smartphone, as with many others, over Bluetooth, and guiding smartphone apps are currently available on both iOS and Android platforms. Administration of the data is done through a web-based software program users create a unique account.

Most ELDs pair an engine-connected relay with another device, often an operator’s smartphone or tablet, hence the common BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) designation.

For such devices, some contain a cellular connection within the engine-connected relay, some don’t.

For those that don’t, generally, extra costs incurred for data-plan charges on a smartphone are not reflected here.

Just a quick overview for car haulers:

We’re covering just new industry information so that every single car hauler out there can read it and get a general idea – for full in depth explanation of specific cases feel free to visit FMCSA for sure.


Happy car hauling 

CarShipIO Team 

Until next time


ELD – Basics of Electronic Logging Device

In the auto transport industry, there’s been a lot of development and research in the transport industry about ELD.

ELD stands for Electronic Logging Device.

Take a look at more history insights about the ELD last years:

This means serious preparation as independent owner-operators is likely to gravitate to a baseline compliance device. They can benefit from additional functions such as IFTA data collection, making mileage tracking automatic and easily reportable.

The exceptions to ELD requirements will be the following:

  • Old model trucks (from 1999)
  • Drivers in drive-away businesses
  • Drivers operating under the timecard exception rule – short-haul 100 – 150 miles specifically.
  • Drivers who keep logbook but work less than 8 days in 30 days

The core basics of the display of an ELD are:

  • Driver First Name and Last Name
  • ELD Username
  • ELD Malfunction Status
  • Total Engine Hours
  • Miles for each driving period
  • Data Diagnostic Status for the authenticated driver

The specific data recorded is:

  • Date & Time
  • Location
  • Engine Hours & Vehicle Mileage
  • Speed & Distance
  • Driver Login
  • Vehicle Identification & Authorized Carrier Identification

All events are recorded:

  • At start & finish
  • When changing the duty status
  • Once per hour why vehicle is operating
  • At the start & end of personal use or yard time

On FMCSA if you search for more information you’ll clearly see this the Phase 3 – full compliance phase with the punch line that after December 16, 2019, all drivers and carriers subject to the rule must use certified, registered ELDs that comply with requirements of the ELD regulations. So after that FMCSA advice is to take advantage of their specific training like classrooms, webinars.

So far for general info of ELD – that’s it. We are always keeping an eye behind the curtains to see where the industry goes so we are going to keep everyone updated with our research.


As always happy car hauling and until next time.

CarShipIO Team

How To Find New Loads – a Car Hauler Guide to finding work

Are you a car hauler that wants to get as many loads as possible from various load boards? Are you very confused about where to find car carrier loads or where to start in hauling cars?

Believe me or not this is the paradigm the majority truck drivers have when they get a huge PETERBILT TRUCK with 4-10 car hauler trailer and are obsessed with making a lot of money.

Every trucker knows that the more cars you deliver and the more distance you can haul while fully loaded with cars, hauling good paying loads, the more money you can invest back into your in your car hauler owner-operator business.

Let us break down exactly what you can do as an owner-operator or small start-up company in car hauling to find loads to ship cars across U.S. Here is a List of Top 9 Auto Transport Load Boards and Brokers you need to know when starting up as a car carrier.

 Central Dispatch   centraldispatch.com


The first thing you should consider is to check out this online auto transport load board for vehicle transportation. CentralDispatch, is considered the U.S. largest B2B (business to business) car hauler load board for professional car shippers because they connect a lot of dealers, shippers, carrier, brokers at the same time. If you want a VOLUME, go to the carrier section on Central Dispatch and keep your trucks busy!

ReadyLogistics  ratloads.com

  Ready Logistics is the auto transport loadboard for carriers that puts an accent on qualified companies who meet insurance and different strict safety requirements. I also assure that you will very rarely leave empty from the amount of loads they make available to the carrier network. Ready Auto Transport with RatLoads is definitely a top notch marketplace for carriers and building relationships in the auto transport industry.

CarsArrive    carsarrive.com

   A top auto transport load board in the business of car carriers is Cars Arrive. Woking with Adesa Auto Auction, when you get with them you will have options with a vast amount of loads. The process is fairly simple, you get an ID, that will allow you take loads from the cell phone and receive automatic dispatch fax and a type of release form.

CarsArrive is a trusted environment for an auto transportation industry, you get paid and secured for your loads.

USHIP uship.com

UShip has a network for carriers and is very transparent with fees and is full of shipments. U Ship offers some tools for your business like app for your mobile, USHIP APP. What is interesting about this network is that you have an opportunity with becoming “Power Carrier” and also they promote some special offers in regards to your day-to-day expenses. Uship has a dozen of filters, such as price, locations and different categories. You will find brokered loads, as well as direct consumers loads, however endless price bidding in the race for bottom dollar, is not what most carriers care for.

United Road Auto  urautoloads.com

Another one is the United Road is the largest broker with its own fleet of trucks, also has nationwide network and  of over 3,000 car shippers and auto transport load board that offers hundreds of thousands of vehicles to move each month, basically they have other possibilities to find that load that matches your expectations with common email blasts and local specials. UraAutoLoads load board interface is a bit complicated and outdated but volume is there.

MetroGistics metroloads.com

One of the top brokers with great selection of decent paying loads from dealers, ports, rail yards and other sources available at MetroLoads

Reindeer Logistics  reindeerauto.com

    Reindeer has a carrier network with some strict professional industry rules such as documentation, communication through the entire shipping process, strick ETAs for timely pickup and delivery, customer service. Reindeer Auto Relocation Network has a system and relationships with thousands of carriers companies. Check the carrier login section on their website and you can hop on the Reindeer Logistics auto transportation load board.

Montway   montway.com

Montway is also one of the largest auto transport brokers with a network of 10,000 car hauling carriers. Shipping prices are upfront and transparent here. Montway is also in the business from 11 years with a lot of success in the industry, true shipping ninjas. They are not known for the best prices but they have a lot of trust from auto carriers.

Always take time and research a bit what you need in terms of your business. This will pay off a lot for long-term.

CarShipIO Marketplace carshipio.com

     Check us out at Car Ship IO is a new generation software with powerful business tools for both auto carrier and auto transport broker businesses.

CarShipIO has a growing Auto Transport Marketplace, a  Digital Auto Transport Load Board with :

  • Fully electronic car hauler loadboard with easy sign up
  • No Hassle of calling every single time to get a load and waiting for a callback.
  • You can request and self dispatch loads from brokers and it is very easy to do.
  • Support and training to understand the load board and overall platform is always provided
  • Quality high paying per mile Loads
  • Quality relationship with different types of parties
  • Fully integrated with a carrier software and driver app
  • Updates and improvements on a weekly basis

Right now, we at CarShipIO have a special offer and opportunity for your growth!

Hop on NOW and get full access to our fast growing load board, get quality loads, make new business connections with professionals from your industry for only $89 for 6 months, one-time payment offer available to next 200 carriers only.

CarShip IO  is always a great place to start out the journey of car hauling, as we bring you our “know hows” to to meet your “how-tos”, greatly improving many outdated processes and of auto transport industry with information, technology and ingenuity is what we are all about.

Thank you very much for having an interest in CarShip IO !