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October 30, 2014 - Industry News

2014 Sustainability All-Stars Announced

Green Fleet magazine recognized commercial and public sector fleet managers and vendors/suppliers for their efforts to make their fleets more sustainable at the Green fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Sustainability All Stars, Awards

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Vincentric: Hybrids Losing Their Competitive Edge

Photo of 2014.5 Camry Hybrid courtesy of Toyota.

Gasoline-electric hybrids are losing their competitive edge over ther gasoline counterparts due to falling fuel prices and more efficient internal combustion engines, according to a five-year owner cost analysis by Vincentric.

Tags: Vincentric, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, TCO

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Panel Debunks Alt-Fuel Misconceptions

Fuel Ambassadors field questions from Richard Battersby. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Dirty diesel? Dangerous natural gas? Expensive propane stations? Some myths and misconceptions about alternative fuels were debunked in a fun late-night talk show format Wednesday at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Biodiesel, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Green Fleet Conference, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, CNG, LNG

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Refreshing Explorer for 2016 as Global SUV

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The 2016 Explorer will reach showrooms next year with a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology, according to Ford.

Tags: Ford Explorer, Ford, L.A. Auto Show, Mid-Size SUVs, 2016-MY

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech Shelves Propane Autogas Transit

Photo courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech has indefinitely halted production of its propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van after hearing concerns from fleet owners.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

NYC Releases City Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Data

Photo by Paul Clinton.

The New York Police Department is responsible for more than 40 percent of the personal injury claims filed against New York City for injuries and deaths involving city vehicles, according to a new report from Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

Tags: New York City, Driver Behavior, Personal Injury, Vehicle Collisions, NYPD

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls Ram Pickups, Dodge and Jeep SUVs

Photo of Ram 2500 courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Two separate global recalls will address problems in such popular fleet vehicles as Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees.

Tags: Jeep, Dodge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2010-MY, Chrysler, Recalls, Dodge Durango, 2014-MY, Mid-Size SUVs, Ram 2500, Ram Truck

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Sprinter Gets Small Diesel, ‘Crosswind Assist'

Electronic controls send power to three grounded wheels while the fourth hangs in the air. Photo: Tom Berg

A smaller and more economical diesel powertrain, new styling and safety features, and optional on-demand four-wheel drive are among features of 2015 Sprinter models.

Tags: Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Cargo Vans, Daimler, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

2015-MY Mich. Police Motorcycle Test Results Released

Photo from 2013-MY testing courtesy of MSP.

A three-wheeled motorcycle joined the carryover models during the Michigan State Police's annual testing of cycles offered to law enforcement agencies. Troopers from the agency's Precision Driving Unit tested the Can-AM Spyder RTP.

Tags: Motorcycles, Michigan State Police, Vehicle Testing, BMW, Harley-Davidson

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Class 3 Ford Transit Vans Improve Payload, Towing

Photo of long wheelbase Transit 350HD courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size cargo van with a Class 3 chassis expands the payload and towing capability of the van without the need for a cutaway or chassis cab model.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Diesel Engines

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Telematics System Tracks Officers' Driving Behavior

Photo courtesy of Ford/Telogis.

Ford and Telogis will offer a factory telematics system to law enforcement agencies that's designed to reduce hazardous driving by officers, the companies said while announcing the product at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference.

Tags: Ford, Telogis, LAPD, Driver Behavior

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Next-Gen Volt Powered By Higher-Efficiency Engine

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt drivetrain courtesy of GM.

General Motors is improving the efficiency of its next-generation Chevrolet Volt by adding a new 1.5L, four-cylinder engine that should deliver 20 percent more electric acceleration.

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, General Motors, Engines, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2016-MY

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Worthington Buys Controlling Interest in CNG System Company

Photo via dHybrid Systems.

Worthington Industries, which manufactures pressure tanks for CNG and LNG storage among other things, acquired a majority interest in dHybrid Systems, a designer of CNG fuel systems.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG, CNG Tanks, Worthington Industries, Natural Gas Vehicles, LNG

October 28, 2014 - Product News

Geotab Introduces GO7 Telematics Device

Photo of GO7 courtesy of Geotab.

Geotab has introduced its GO7 telematics device that gathers vehicle data from the engine, drivetrain, instrument cluster, and other relevant subsystems for delivery to fleet management software including MyGeotab.

Tags: Geotab, Telematics Hardware, Vehicle Tracking

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Ill. City Moves Out of ‘Prehistoric’ Garages

The new consolidated fleet facility has 20 bays. Photo courtesy of city of Springfield.

The City of Springfield, Ill., has moved into a $1.2 million consolidated fleet facility that replaced five separate, older maintenance repair shops to improve operational efficiency.

Tags: Fleet Facility, Fleet Consolidation, Maintenance Facility

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Fire Burns Ala. City's Sanitation Trucks

A fire at the City of Huntsville, Ala., fleet management building on Sunday morning burned three sanitation trucks parked at the facility.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Fire, Fleet Facility

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Detroit Auctions Vehicles to Decrease Debt

Photo courtesy of Hilco Industrial.

The City of Detroit is selling off more than 450 surplus vehicles through a two day auction in November.

Tags: City of Detroit, Hilco Industries, Auctions

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Halcore Group Recalls Horton Ambulances

In 29 ambulances equipped with aftermarket suspension kits, the fluid tank might separate from the vehicle chassis.

Tags: Ambulances, Recalls, Horton, NHTSA

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Packing a Winter Emergency Kit

It's that time of year when you need to remind fleet drivers to make sure they have a vehicle emergency kit that's fit for winter weather. Here's advice on what to include.

Tags: Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

2015-MY Mich. Police Vehicle Testing Results Released

Photo of Tahoe PPV courtesy of MSP.

The Michigan State Police has released preliminary results of its performance tests of 2015-MY patrol vehicles in a field with an increasing number of SUVs for law enforcement agencies.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Michigan State Police, 2015-MY, Mid-Size SUVs, Police Vehicles, Dodge Charger, Ford Police Interceptor, Chevrolet Caprice, Chevrolet Tahoe

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

MEMA Expands to Northern Calif.

Dave Head serves as chair of MEMA NorCal.

The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association, based in Southern California, announced it has expanded to Northern California with a new region, MEMA NorCal. Dave Head serves as chapter chair.

Tags: Networking, MEMA, Associations

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Calif. Vehicle Auction Brings in $1.1M

The State of California’s Oct. 8 vehicle auction brought in $1.14 million for 428 units. Revenue from vehicle auction sales are returned to vehicle-owning agencies.

Tags: Auction, California, Surplus Equipment

October 24, 2014 - Press Release

PERC Offers Mobile Cost Calculators

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released a trio of cost calculator tools in three of the propane autogas industry's fastest-growing markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, and on road fleets.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Online Tool

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

GM Completing Safety Tech Testing Area

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors is putting the finishing touches on one of the largest automotive safety testing areas in North America. GM has invested $12 million in the 52-acre project that will be fully functional by December.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, General Motors, Safety Technology

October 24, 2014 - Press Release

Texas Equipment & Tech Show Set for Nov. 7

The Texas Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) will host its fourth annual Texas Equipment and Technology Show at the Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 7.

Tags: RMFMA, Industry Event

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