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July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Ram ProMaster Van Now Available

Photo of Ram ProMaster 2500 EcoDiesel by Paul Clinton.

The diesel engine option is now available for purchase with the 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van in addition to the standard V-6 gasoline power plant.

Tags: Diesel Engines, 2014-MY, Ram ProMaster, Full-Size Vans

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Report Guides Buyers on Sustainable Biofuels Procurement

Photo courtesy of United Soybean Board

A new report aims to help bulk fuel purchasers determine the most sustainably produced biofuels and avoid those produced using unsustainable practices.

Tags: Biofuels, Natural Resources Defense Council

July 29, 2014 - Press Release

Maintenance Design Group Adds Engineering, Plumbing

Maintenance Design Group (MDG), specializing in planning and design for transportation maintenance facilities, has expanded its service offerings to include mechanical and electrical engineering and plumbing (MEP) design.

Tags: New Facility, Fleet Facility, Maintenance Design Group

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Anti-Idling Equipment in Patrol Cars Could Save Columbus $1.2M Annually

The city fleet conducted a test pilot of the Grip anti-idling device on this Ford Police Interceptor Utility. Photo courtesy of City of Columbus

The City of Columbus, Ohio, will install anti-idling technology on 90 of its police vehicles in an effort to reduce fuel costs. Fuel savings in the first year for 90 units is projected to exceed $315,000, while installation on all 339 units could save $1.2 million annually.

Tags: City of Columbus, Idle Reduction, anti-idling device, GRIP Idle Management System

July 29, 2014 - Press Release

Worthington Introduces 'Spare Tire' Propane Tank

Photo courtesy of Worthington Industries.

Worthington Industries' propane-autogas fuel tank has been approved by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The doughnut-shaped, or toroidal, tank fits in the spare tire space of a car or pickup truck, and will be available for order in August.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Worthington Industrties, Fuel Tanks

July 29, 2014 - Press Release

Altech-Eco Receives CARB Certification for F-250/350 CNG Conversion System

Altech-Eco Corporation has obtained certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its compressed natural gas dedicated conversion system for the 2014 Ford 6.2L V-8 F-250/350 pickups.

Tags: Altech-Eco, CARB certification, CNG Conversions

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Ram Questions Ford's 'Best-in-Class' F-450 Claim

Photo of 2014 Ram 3500 courtesy of Ram Truck.

Ram Truck is questioning Ford's claim that its 2015 F-450 holds the "best-in-class" towing rating for heavy-duty pickup trucks announced earlier this month.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ford F-450, Towing, Ford, Ram 3500, Heavy-Duty Pickup

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Texas County to Install GPS Tracking on Police Vehicles

Tyler County (Texas) Commissioners have approved a new agreement with Synovia Solutions to upfit its Sheriff’s Office vehicles with communications and GPS tracking systems.

Tags: Synovia Solutions, Tyler County, Vehicle Tracking, GPS

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Deadline for GF Industry Survey Extended

Government Fleet is conducting its annual survey, following trends in public fleet management, including budgeting, outsourced services, salaries, and succession planning. The survey deadline has been extended to July 31.

Tags: Benchmarking, Survey

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Prices Rise for Ford's 2015 F-150, Order Bank Opens

Photo of 2015 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Ford's U.S. dealers began ordering the 2015 F-150 today after receiving pricing for the light-duty pickup that will increase due to the increased use of aluminum in the body.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pricing, Ford, 2015-MY, Light-Duty Trucks

July 28, 2014 - Press Release

Optimus Technologies Receives EPA Approval for Biofuel Conversions

Optimus Technologies announced that it is the first to receive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for a biofuel conversion solution for existing medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

July 28, 2014 - Press Release

Nebraska Joins Mohawk WSCA Contract

Mohawk Lifts announced that Nebraska has been added to the Mohawk Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) contract, which offers discounted government pricing for vehicle lifts and related garage equipment.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Mohawk Lifts, Cooperative Procurement, WSCA/NASPO

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Public Works Association Announces New Certified Fleet Managers

The American Public Works Association announced that two public works fleet professionals recently earned the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) credential.

Tags: APWA, CPFP, Continuing Education

July 25, 2014 - Industry News

Cruze CNG Conversion Arriving This Fall

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS courtesy of GM.

Fleet managers looking for more choice of compact cars powered by natural gas should be able to purchase a dedicated CNG Chevrolet Cruze in the fall.

Tags: Chevrolet Cruze, CNG Conversions, Compact Cars, Crazy Diamond Performance, EPA Certification

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Mobile Phone Use Triples Crash Risk

Photo via Loïc Dupasquier/Flickr.

Drivers who use a mobile phone or other hand-held device triple their crash risk, according to a recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

Tags: Driver Behavior, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Cell Phones, Distracted Driving

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Weights and Measures Council Fails to OK LNG Standard

Photo via TruckPR/Flickr.

After regulators failed to agree to a nationally recognized, gallon-equivalent measure for sales of liquefied natural gas, fleets that rely on LNG-fueled vehicles will continue to face a state-by-state patchwork of standards for at least one more year.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, LNG, Weights and Measures, CNG

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's 2015 F-150 Sheds 732 Pounds In Weigh In

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's extensive use of aluminum shaved 732 pounds from the weight of two comparable trucks the company weighed for the media at an event earlier this week.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Lightweighting, Pickup Trucks, 2015-MY

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Freightliner Starts Production of Propane-Autogas Chassis

Photo: FCCC

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) has announced it started full production of its propane-autogas S2G medium-duty work truck. The S2G pairs FCCC’s medium-duty S2 chassis with a factory-installed propane-autogas engine and fuel system.

Tags: Freightliner, Chassis, Propane-Autogas

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

These Vehicles Have Been Discontinued for 2015

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco courtesy of GM.

The list of models that have been discontinued for the 2015 model year include such vehicles as General Motors' Chevrolet Impala ECO eAssist mild hybrid sedan.

Tags: 2015-MY, 2014-MY, Vehicle Discontinuation

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

GM Recalls 718K More Vehicles

Photo of 2015 Sierra HD truck courtesy of General Motors.

The automaker announces six new recalls involving such models as the Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD, GMC Sierra LD and HD, Buick Regal, and Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The two largest of the six recalls involve seats.

Tags: Chevrolet Equinox, 2010-MY, 2011-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Caprice, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, GMC Sierra, Cadillac ATS, General Motors, Buick Encore, Buick Regal, 2014-MY, GMC Terrain, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Camaro, 2015-MY, Chevrolet Caprice PPV

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Arkansas Energy Office Offers Alt-Fuel Rebates

Photo via flickr/Scott Lowe.

The Arkansas Energy Office announced that a total of $150,000 in rebates will be awarded through its Clean Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program for fleets to purchase CNG or propane autogas vehicles.

Tags: Grant Funding, Propane Autogas, CNG Conversions, Arkansas

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Pa. Agency Saves $750K by Cutting 65% of Fleet

The State of Pennsylvania's Department of the Auditor General has saved more than $750,000 by eliminating 158 cars from its fleet.

Tags: Fleet Reduction, State of Pennsylvania

July 22, 2014 - Press Release

Calif. City Hosts Energy Demand Presentation

The City of Santa Ana, Calif., will host an energy demand workshop for public entities on August 12. The workshop is designed to show how public agencies can make money by participating in their utilities’ demand-response programs.

Tags: City of Santa Ana

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Releases 2015 F-150 Engine, Towing Specs

Photo of 2015 F-150 testing at Davis Dam at the Arizona-Nevada border courtesy of Ford.

Ford has released full engine specifications and towing capabilities for its 2015 F-150 pickup, which will add two new engines and auto stop-start, the automaker announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks, Ford, Class 2

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Allison Develops Stop-Start for Medium-Duty Transmission

Cummins’ new Ethos 2.8L E85-powered I-4. Photo courtesy of Cummins.

Allison Transmission has developed stop-start technology with a transmission that could be paired with Cummins' 2.8L ETHOS E-85 medium-duty truck engine, the company announced.

Tags: Cummins, Allison Transmission, Stop-Start, Ethanol, E-85, Medium-Duty Trucks

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