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October 23, 2014 - Press Release

Worthington Acquires CNG Fuel Systems Manufacturer

This vehicle incoroprates dHybrid Systems CNG fuel system on top of the truck body. Photo courtesy of Worthington Industries

Worthington Industries has acquired a majority interest in dHybrid Systems, a producer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Propane Autogas, CNG Tanks, Worthington Industries

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Dodge Charger Starts at $27,995

Photo of 2015 Dodge Charger courtesy of Chrysler.

Chrysler has released pricing for its 2015 Dodge Charger models, which will start at $28,990 for the SE base model and go up to $64,990 for the SRT Hellcat.

Tags: Pricing, Dodge Charger, 2015-MY, Full-Size Sedans, Chrysler

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Offer 'Pre-Collision' System

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford will offer a new driver-assist system that will reduce the severity or eliminate some frontal collisions between its vehicles and pedestrians, the company announced.

Tags: Safety Technology, Pedestrian Safety, Ford, Ford Mondeo

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Chevrolet City Express Ships to Dealers

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors has begun shipping its 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact cargo van to dealers as it enters one of the most active commercial vehicle segments with a product that's sourced from Nissan's NV200.

Tags: Chevrolet City Express, 2015-MY, Compact Vans, Ship-Thru, Business Choice, General Motors, Class 1

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Inside Next Week's Green Fleet Conference

Illustration via GFC.

The 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo kicks off next week on Oct. 28 in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Fleet Events, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Department of Energy

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA Urges Immediate Repairs for Takata Air Bags

Photo of 2008 Dodge RAM 1500 by NHTSA via Wikimedia Commons.

Defective air bag inflators pose a safety hazard in more than 7 million vehicles in the 2000-2008 model years, the federal agency warns.

Tags: Toyota, BMW, Subaru, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Recalls, Takata, Ford, General Motors, Air Bags, NHTSA

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Audit: Fla. Agency Weak on Fuel Card Tracking

Photo via Facebook/Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

The Hernando Beach (Fla.) Volunteer Fire Department needs to improve its tracking of fuel card use, according to a report from the county’s Audit Services Department.

Tags: Fuel Cards, Audit, Hernando County, Fire Trucks

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Utah County Builds CNG Station for Refuse Trucks

Scott Sporleder, courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels

Salt Lake County, Utah, is constructing a time-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for its refuse vehicles.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Clean Energy, CNG Fueling Stations, Salt Lake County, CNG refuse trucks

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Colo. County Takes On Fire District’s Fleet Maintenance

Pitkin County, Colo., will take on maintenance, repair, and fuel services for the Aspen Fire Protection District’s 23 vehicles.

Tags: Outsourcing, Fire Trucks, Insourcing, Pitkin County, Emergency Response Vehicles

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Colo. Gov. Using SUVs, Despite State Fleet Ban

Colorado's Gov. John Hickenlooper and his family continue to use two state SUVs, even though a state agency has issued a policy preventing state fleets from purchasing all-wheel-drive SUVs.

Tags: Colorado, Executive Vehicles, Mid-Size SUVs, Elected Leaders

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth Adds New Features to Medium-Duty Cabovers

Kenworth 270 cabover (Photo: Kenworth)

Kenworth also introduced Allison 3000 HS and RDS 5-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions for its cabovers.

Tags: Kenworth K270, Kenworth, Cabovers, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 6

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler to Build Next-Gen Sprinter in North America

Photo of 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of Daimler.

Daimler will produce the next generation of its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter full-size van in the U.S., a move that will improve order-to-delivery times for the vehicle, Daimler has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans, Daimler Trucks North America

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Va. Hopes to Double Alt-Fuel Infrastructure

This map from the Alternative Fuels Data Center shows the alternative fuel stations in Virginia.

The State of Virginia is committing to alternative fuels with the several programs to encourage alt-fuel vehicle use and expansion within its fleet and across the state.

Tags: Grant Funding, Infrastructure Funding, State Grants, Virginia, Awards

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Minn. City Acquires Surplus Semi-Trucks

A small rural Minnesota community has acquired two semi-tractors and a tanker trailer from a state agency to facilitate a partnership with local farms. Cold Spring obtained the equipment for less than $15,000.

Tags: Used Vehicles, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Tankers, Military Surplus, Class 8

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Md. City's Use of CNG Would Save 45% in Fuel

A green fleet report suggested that transitioning to compressed natural gas heavy-duty vehicles could potentially save the City of Rockville, Md., 45-50% in fuel costs over diesel.

Tags: Biofuels, CNG, Battery-Electric Vehicles, E-85, Alternative Fuels, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 19, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sniffing Out Brake Trouble

Fleet drivers are your first line of defense for unscheduled maintenance needs. Here's some advice to help them identify brake problems that require servicing.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Brakes

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

City of St. Paul Public Works Director Retiring

Richard Lallier, long-time public works director at the City of St. Paul, Minn., is calling it a career. Lallier plans to retire Nov. 28 after 36 years with the city.

Tags: Public Works, Retirement, City of St. Paul

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Mo. City to Lease Fire Truck for $1 Per Year

The City of Leadington (Mo.) will sign an open-ended lease for $1 per year for a pumper truck being retired by the Farmington Fire Department.

Tags: Fire Trucks

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Dodge Charger Recalled for Faulty Alternator

Photo of 2014 Dodge Charger courtesy of Chrysler.

Chrysler is recalling 435,581 2011-2014 model-year vehicles including the Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Tags: Jeep, Dodge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2011-MY, Chrysler, 2012-MY, Recalls, Dodge Durango, Dodge Challenger, 2013-MY, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, 2014-MY, NHTSA

October 16, 2014 - Product News

Ford Adds Cargo Management System to 2015 F-150

Photo of the 2015 F-150's BoxLink cargo management system courtesy of Ford.

Ford is introducing a cargo management system and LED box lights on its 2015 F-150 pickup, as well as several new options.

Tags: Ford F-150, Light-Duty Trucks, Payload, Ford, Cargo Storage

October 16, 2014 - Press Release

Icom Opens Propane Autogas Technology, Training Center

Icom North America LLC has launched its new Icom Technology and Training Center, dedicated to development, integration, upfitting and training for its bi-fuel and mono-fuel liquid propane autogas injection systems.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Bi-Fuel Propane, Technicians, Icom

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ill. City PD Opts Out of Alternative Fuel

Photo courtesy of Elgin Police Department.

The Elgin Police Department considered integrating natural gas vehicles into its fleet, but the lack of infrastructure led them to different vehicles according to Elgin Police Commander Dan O’Shea.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Ford Police Interceptor

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Caltrans Equips Fleet with Telematics System

Photo courtesy of Verizon Networkfleet.

Caltrans has begun rolling out a $2.5 million telematics system on its fleet of 7,500 sedans, trucks, snowplows and portable signs in an effort to reduce fuel use and protect against theft.

Tags: Caltrans, Fleet Management Software, Vehicle Tracking, GPS

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Mich. City Adds $2M In Fire Vehicles

Photo via Lansing Fire Department.

The City of Lansing (Mich.) Fire Department has spent $2 million for a new fleet of emergency vehicles to replace its older emergency vehicles.

Tags: Emergency Response Vehicles, Fire Trucks, Ambulances, Vehicle Purchasing

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Report Criticizes Agency Fleet Management

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s fleet management program needs more oversight of its law enforcement vehicles, according to a report released by the agency.

Tags: EPA, Records Management, Emissions, Vehicle Testing, Take-Home Vehicles

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