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January 23, 2015 - Industry News

Unsafe Driving Caused Calif. Fire Truck Crash

Unsafe driving caused a collision between two southern California fire trucks responding to the same fire that injured 15 people after one of the trucks headed into a restaurant, according to an investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

Tags: Fire Trucks, Accidents, Driver Safety

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

Mo. County Settles Lawsuit with Former Fleet Employee

Stone County (Mo.) has settled with a former fleet employee, agreeing to pay him $12,500 after he sued the county for not being reinstated to his previous position following deployment in the National Guard.

Tags: Lawsuits, Staff Recruitment, Military

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Texas County Hires Enterprise Fleet Management

Photo of leased vehicles courtesy of Webb County.

Webb County, Texas, has entered into an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management for the lease and management of 30 vehicles. If expanded to its entire fleet of 500 light-duty vehicles, the county could save $170,000 each year.

Tags: Outsourcing, Enterprise Fleet Management, Webb County

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

GM to Sell Chevrolet Spark EV in Maryland

Photo of Chevrolet Spark EV courtesy of GM.

The Spark EV will retail for $17,845, after federal and Maryland tax credits and features a locally-sourced electric motor and drive unit that's built at GM's Baltimore Operations facility in White Marsh on the outskirts of the city.

Tags: Chevrolet, Maryland, General Motors, Chevrolet Spark EV, Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Toyo Expands Open Country R/T Tire Sizes

Photo courtesy of Toyo.

Toyo Tire U.S.A. has added seven new sizes to its Open Country R/T tire line for light-duty trucks and other off-road vehicles, the company has announced.

Tags: Toyo, Tires, Tires and Wheels, Off-Road Vehicles

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Ala. PD Replaces Fleet Via Grant, Federal Loan

The Roanoke (Ala.) Police Department is replacing 11 of its vehicles using a federal grant and loan, as well as simplifying the design scheme to improve maintenance efficiency.

Tags: Chevrolet Impala, Police Vehicles, Vehicle Purchasing, Federal Grants

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Audit: Pa. County Must Improve Fleet Inventory, Fuel Management

A fleet audit by the Allegheny County (Pa.) controller reveals gaps in data, lack in oversight, and vehicle misuse, according to a release from the controller’s office.

Tags: Fuel Cards, Audit, Inventory Management, Allegheny County, Crime & Fraud

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

California Approves $12 Million for Alt-Fuel Projects

Photo via Wikipedia.

The California Energy Commission has approved $12 million for three alternative fuel projects that support green-vehicle initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on petroleum-based fuels.

Tags: California, California Energy Commission, State Grants, GSA

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Pay for Highway Bill

"21st-century businesses need a 21st-century infrastructure." Photo: Whitehouse.gov video screen shot

President Obama used his State of the Union address to repeat his call to reform corporate taxes and spend some of the proceeds on a long-term highway bill.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, President Obama, ATA

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

2015 F-150 Rated Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford F-150 has been rated to have the lowest impact on the environment, lowest cost of ownership, and the top-rated production chain in terms of social justice among full-size pickup trucks, according to an automotive research firm.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Ford, 2015-MY, Fuel Economy, TCO, Lifecycle Costs

January 21, 2015 - Press Release

Fuel Price Competition Provides Savings Opportunity, Says Chevin

Increased competition in oil and fuel prices is providing fleets with a real opportunity to make new operational savings, according to fleet software provider Chevin Fleet Solutions.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Chevin Fleet Solutions, Fuel Costs

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Supervisor Fired for Taking Home City Equipment

A veteran fleet supervisor for the City of Knoxville, Tenn., has been fired after equipment from the fleet garage was found at his home.

Tags: Investigation, Crime, City of Knoxville

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Costs Post Double Digit Declines Over Past Week

Fuel prices continue a big decline with diesel posting its biggest weekly drop in recent memory, according to U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Hyundai Floats Compact Truck Concept

Photo of Santa Cruz crossover truck concept courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai revealed a compact truck concept vehicle designed for urban settings that includes an extendable bed that would give the truck a similar size to a mid-size pickup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Tags: Hyundai, Pickup Trucks, North American International Auto Show, Concept Vehicles

January 19, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: More Winter Driving Advice

Here’s some winter driving advice from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and AAA.

Tags: Minnesota, Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

January 16, 2015 - Industry News

Cleveland Plans $20M Fleet Upgrade

Photo of Cleveland police cruiser via Wikipedia.

A privately offered $100-million municipal bond approved by the Cleveland City Council this week would set aside $20 million to upgrade the city's emergency response fleet.

Tags: Bond Financing, City of Cleveland, Emergency Response Vehicles, Snow Removal, Refuse Trucks, Police Vehicles, Fire Trucks

January 16, 2015 - Industry News

S.D. City Begins Fleet Assessment

The City of Sioux Falls, S.D., hired Mercury Associates to conduct a comprehensive review of fleet operations. The goal of the project is to determine the most cost-effective and efficient way to provide fleet services.

Tags: Mercury Associates, City of Sioux Falls, Utilization, Consultants

January 16, 2015 - Press Release

Verizon to Offer New Connected-Vehicle Service

Image courtesy of Verizon.

Verizon Vehicle will include diagnostic technology, push-button live assistance, and roadside assistance using GPS to hasten the tow truck’s arrival.

Tags: Verizon, Roadside Assistance, Connected Vehicle Technology

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Zenith Motors EV Shuttle Approved for Calif. Funding

Photo courtesy of Zenith.

Fleets in California now have access to a voucher for up to $50,000 toward the purchase of a Zenith Motors shuttle van.

Tags: Zenith Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles, California, Full-Size Vans, Vouchers, State Grants

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Lower Fuel Prices Save Fleets Money

File photo

Gasoline prices have been decreasing since July 2014, and fleets have been seeing savings in fuel costs.

Tags: Fuel Management, Fleet Budgeting, Gasoline Prices

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Colo. City Invests in Biogas Fueling Plant

The City of Grand Junction, Colo., has jointly invested in a biogas conditioning system and pipeline project that will provide a biogas-based fuel to municipal fleet vehicles, including 30 refuse trucks, dump trucks, pickups, and sedans.

Tags: Biogas, Natural Gas Vehicles, BioCNG

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Ford's 2017 Aluminum Raptor Sheds 500 Pounds

Photo of 2017 F-150 Raptor courtesy of Ford.

Ford's redesigned F-150-based Raptor truck will incorporate an aluminum-alloy body to reduce its weight by more than 500 pounds when it debuts for the 2017 model year.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Border Patrol, Lightweighting

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

VIA Motors Begins Building Hybrid Silverado Pickup

PHOTO: VIA Motors

VIA Motors has launched production of its hybrid electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup and Chevrolet Express cargo and passenger vans, Chairman Bob Lutz announced in Detroit.

Tags: Full-Size Pickups, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Express, VIA Motors

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Houston Adds Telematics to Quarter of Public Works Fleet

A technician installs a telematics device on one of the City of Houston's fleet vehicles. Photo courtesy of City of Houston

The City of Houston is expanding use of telematics in its Public Works fleet. Technicians are installing 922 telematics devices on Public Works trucks after a successful pilot with 75 vehicles.

Tags: Public Works, Driver Training, Utilization, City of Houston

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ram Improves 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup's Fuel Efficiency

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck has improved the fuel efficiency of its 1500 EcoDiesel pickup with a model that edges highway fuel economy for full-size pickups closer to 30 mpg highway — a bar once thought unattainable.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Ram 1500, 2015-MY, Ram Truck, Full-Size Pickups

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