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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 Military Surplus Semi-Trucks

A small rural Minnesota community has acquired two semi-tractors and a tanker trailer from the federal military surplus program 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

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Gets CARB Go-Ahead for Van Conversions

The 2014 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo van is one of the vehicles covered under the new Executive Order from CARB. (PHOTO: General Motors)

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received a CARB Executive Order allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model-year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Savana vans into hybrid-electric vehicles.

Tags: Cargo Vans, CARB, XL Hybrids, General Motors, Chevrolet Express, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 14, 2014 - Product News

Clean Energy Offers Lower Cost NGV Barrier for Garages

Rendering courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

The NGV Easy Bay is a code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain that's more affordable than installing a concrete, masonry, or dry wall barrier in a maintenance garage, according to the company.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group Dedicates KC Facility

The Auto Truck Group's new Kansas City facility will be handling ship thru for Ford's new Transit and the F-150. Photo: Chris Wolski

The Auto Truck Group dedicated a new 70,000-square-foot facility in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, October 9. The facility will handle both complex specialized vehicle upfits and ship thru for the Ford F-150 and Transit.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Ford Transit, Ship Thru, Upfitting, Upfitting Vans, Ford F-150

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Recognizing HOV Lane Hazards

Some freeways have added physical barriers, such as poles, to discourage illegal lane changes into HOV/HOT lanes.

High-occupancy lanes can improve commuter times and encourage car pooling. But they also can pose some unique safety issues.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, HOV lanes

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Texas Auto Writers Name F-150 'Truck of Texas'

Photo of 2015 F-150 King Range courtesy of Ford.

The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has selected the Ford F-150 as the Truck of Texas as part of the group's annual Truck Rodeo honoring 2015 model-year vehicles.

Tags: TAWA, Awards, Ford F-150, Ram Truck, Light-Duty Trucks, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Transit, 2015-MY

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds 850 F-150 Production Jobs

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, announced that Ford is adding 850 more jobs in Dearborn. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. has added 850 jobs to its Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich., to build the 2015 F-150 pickup truck, the company has announced.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Vehicle Production, Light-Duty Trucks

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Philadelphia to Review Prison Transport Options After Lawsuit

The Philadelphia Police Department launched an investigation of the safety of its police vans following a $490,000 settlement with a man who broke his neck while being transported.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, City of Philadelphia, Prisoner Transport Vehicles

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Nascent Okla. Fleet Group Names Board Members


The Oklahoma Public Fleet Management Association (OPFMA) announced is new board members at the association’s first annual convention in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 22.

Tags: Industry Event, Fleet Associations, OPFMA, Oklahoma

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

DOE Tool Predicts CNG Stations' Economic Impact

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new software modeling tool for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations.

Tags: Argonne National Laboratory, Online Tool, CNG Fueling Stations

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Fla. City Unveils Ambulances with Decontamination Systems

One of the on-board decontamination systems. Photo courtesy of Winter Park Fire Chief James White.

A central Florida city has added ambulances with on-board decontamination systems to its fleet to prevent the spread of diseases like Ebola.

Tags: Ambulances, Emergency Response Vehicles, Infectious Disease

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Westport Developing 3.8L NatGas, Propane Engine

Photo courtesy of Westport.

Westport Innovations is developing a 3.8-liter engine that runs on natural gas or propane autogas for off-road or stationary equipment, the company announced with its quarterly earnings report.

Tags: Westport, Propane Autogas, Natural Gas Engines, Heavy Equipment, Off-Road

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High

Chart via EPA.

Light-duty 2013 model-year vehicles reached an all-time high in fuel economy with an average of 24.1 mpg as a result of technologies such as gasoline direct injection engines, turbochargers, and advanced transmissions, according to the EPA.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, Mazda, Nissan

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