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March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Airbus Delivers Helicopters to LE Agencies

Photo of AStar 350 courtesy of Airbus Helicopters.

Law enforcement agencies in California, New York and Florida have recently taken delivery of various AStar Airbus helicopter units, the company has announced.

Tags: Helicoptor, California Highway Patrol, Hillsborough County, Suffolk County

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Landfill Gas May Power N.D. City's Refuse Fleet

The City of Fargo, N.D., is considering converting its refuse and bus fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and using landfill gas to fuel these vehicles.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, RNG

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Ill. Villages Can't Obtain Insurance for Fleet

Two Illinois villages have been unable to obtain insurance for their fleet vehicles due to their trouble financial history and debts from civil judgments.

Tags: Insurance, Illinois

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Offers Box-Delete Option on Colorado

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors is offering its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado with a box-delete option so fleet managers can better configure the mid-size pickup for specific jobs, GM announced today at NTEA's Work Truck Show.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Colorado, 2015-MY, Mid-Size Pickups, Class 1

March 3, 2015 - Product News

Ford Rolls Out Global Telogis-Powered Telematics Platform

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is taking its Telogis-powered factory telematics system to a global audience in a rebranding of the existing Crew Chief platform, Ford announced on the eve of NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Telogis, Ford, Analytics, Fleet Metrics, Telematics, Information Technology

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Lowers Noise Levels in F-650/F-750 Trucks

Ford's John Davis says upcoming F-650/750 will suit many applications, and powertrains were tested for heavy service. Photo by Tom Berg

Ford's redesigned 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks will offer a lower noise level than outgoing models mostly due to the redesigned turbo diesel engine, Ford announced on the eve of NTEA's Work Truck Show.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2016-MY, Ergonomics, Work Truck Show

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

City's Telematics to Reduce Fuel Use By 10%

The City of Crown Point, Ind., will roll out telematics to its fleet, including police cars and snow plows, after a successful 60-day pilot.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Snow Plow, Fuel Costs

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

U. of Colorado Fleet Director Moves to Non-Profit

Bryan Flansburg, CAFM, director of transportation services for the University of Colorado, has retired and is now working as the fleet manager of the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County.

Tags: Retirement, University of Colorado, Non-Profit Fleets, Colleges and Universities

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Reading Introduces Isuzu NPR With Tool-Pro Body

Photo courtesy of Reading Truck Body.

Reading Truck Body has introduced the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX work truck with Tool-Pro body. The truck is on display at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Isuzu, Reading Truck Body, Cabovers, Service Bodies, Work Truck Show

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Sun Glare

The shift to Daylight Savings Time, along with the presence of highly reflective snow and ice, can make sun glare a major driving hazard this time of year. Here are some tips on how to mitigate the risks.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Increases Again Since Hitting 5-Year Low

Diesel prices continue rebounding since hitting their lowest level in five years last month gaining 3.6 cents this week to reach a national average of $2.93 per gallon.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Last Week to Nominate Fleet Manager of the Year

Friday is the last day to nominate a fleet manager for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. Any industry professional can nominate a fleet manager for this award, and self nominations are accepted.

Tags: Recognition, Awards, Fleet Manager of the Year

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Federal Workers Accused of $2.4M Gasoline Theft

Photo via Flickr/Mike Mozart

Federal workers have illegally purchased more than $2.4 million worth of gasoline since 2010 using fleet gas cards.

Tags: Fuel Theft, Federal Fleet, Crime & Fraud

February 28, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Impalas Recalled for Fire Risk

Photo of Chevrolet Impala courtesy of General Motors.

The action affects 1,177 2014 model-year vehicles manufactured from Nov. 15, 2012, to May 27, 2014.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Impala, Recalls, General Motors, 2014-MY, Full-Size Sedans, NHTSA

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Senators Seeking Repeal of Ethanol Mandate

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Two U.S. Senators have introduced bipartisan legislation that would repeal a renewable fuel mandate that requires refiners to blend ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

Tags: Ethanol, U.S. Congress, Renewable Fuels Association

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

Lenco Introduces 'MedCat' Armored Tactical Vehicle

Photo courtesy of Lenco.

Lenco Industries, Inc., has introduced the BearCat MedEvac armored tactical vehicle. Lenco designed the law enforcement version of the MedCat to meet the combined requirements of SWAT and tactical EMS teams.

Tags: Emergency Response Vehicles, Armored Vehicles, Lenco Industries

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Report: U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High

Graphic courtesy of GHSA.

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that 2,125 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2014 – essentially unchanged when compared with the 2,141 pedestrian fatalities during the same period in 2013.

Tags: Pedestrian Safety, GHSA, Road Deaths

February 26, 2015 - Press Release

Safe Fleet Expands Portfolio with Elkhart Brass Acquisition

Safe Fleet has announced the acquisition of Elkhart Brass, of Elkhart, Ind. Since 1902, Elkhart Brass has manufacturing firefighting and fire protection equipment.

Tags: Emergency Response Vehicles, Fire Equipment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Safe Fleet

February 26, 2015 - Press Release

Wash. PD Adopts New Technology for Propane Autogas Fueling

The City of Edmonds (Wash.) Police Department has adopted new propane autogas fueling technology, the Stäubli fueling nozzle and dispenser.

Tags: Alliance AutoGas, Propane Autogas, propane autogas fuel station, City of Edmonds

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Vehicle Dependability Slips Again in J.D. Power Study

Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.

Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition issues are the most frequently reported problems after three years of ownership, according to J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.

Tags: J.D. Power, Vehicle Dependability Study, Lexus

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Telematics Study Finds Waste In N.C. State Fleet

Chart courtesy of Verizon.

A telematics study analyzing a sampling of North Carolina's vehicle fleet showed many state vehicles aren't being regularly used and others suffer from excessive idling that reduces fuel efficiency.

Tags: North Carolina, Vehicle Tracking, Verizon Networkfleet, Idling, Driver Behavior

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

N.Y. County Official Calls Propane Autogas Plan a ‘Step Backwards’

File photo

Ulster County (N.Y.) Executive Mike Hein vetoed a resolution to spend $25,000 to convert five transport vans from unleaded gasoline to propane autogas. The resolution had been passed by the county legislature.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Fracking, Ulster County

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Colo. County Builds CNG Station, Adds Trucks

Photo via Flickr/Scott Lowe

Pueblo County, Colo., is building a compressed natural gas (CNG) station that will be used to fuel county and state fleet trucks and will also be open to the public.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, State Grants, Natural Gas Vehicles

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

NYPD Replacing Scooter Fleet with Smart Cars

Photo courtesy of NYPD.

The New York Police Department has begun using Smart cars for parking enforcement in the five boroughs and patrol in Central Park as a possible replacement for existing three-wheel scooters.

Tags: Smart Fortwo, NYPD, Parking Enforcement

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

GM’s Car-to-Car Communication Named 'Breakthrough' Technology

Photo via Safercar.gov.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has selected General Motor's vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for its annual list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2015.

Tags: General Motors, NHTSA, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Cadillac CTS

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