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Nearly three dozen National Drive Electric Week events are being held in states that are a part of Midwest EVOLVE. Photo: Clean Fuels Ohio

Seven States Host Midwest Clean Air Events

The Evolve program emphasizes the clean-air benefits and cost-savings of plug-in electric cars. The vehicles are being showcased in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

Department of Homeland Security Signs Blanket Purchase Agreement for Telematics

Through this agreement, fleet managers from the Department of Homeland Security's 13 operational and support components will be able to purchase WEX telematics solutions.

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Fla. Agency Suspends K-9 Unit for Speeding

All nine members of the Lakeland (Fla.) Police Department's K-9 unit were suspended. Five of the nine officers suspended admitted to filling up their memory cards so the in-vehicle camera system could not record the speeding.

Photo of the 2018 Jeep Compass courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Adds Fleet-Only Options for 2018

Fiat Chrysler has added fleet-only options for several of its vehicles for the 2018 model year, including the Ram 1500 pickup, ProMaster City compact van, and Jeep Compass.

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Minn. Man Accused of Overcharging for Police Vehicles

The former fleet manager at Nelson Auto in Minnesota has been charged for overcharging law enforcement agencies for police vehicle equipment that were not included on vehicles.

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Helicopter in Va. Police Crash Had Past Engine Problems

The police helicopter involved in a crash that killed two Virginia state troopers near Charlottesville earlier this month had previous mechanical problems.

Ohio Fleet Employee Resigns After Hit-and-Run

A City of Toledo, Ohio, fleet employee has resigned after an administrative hearing for crashing a city-owned Jeep twice and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Nevada Highway Patrol Retires Last Crown Vic

The Nevada Highway Patrol is retiring its last Ford Crown Victoria as it completes its transition to Dodge Chargers and Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles.

The StreetScooter Work XL Photo: Ford

DHL Adds Electric Ford Transit Vans in Germany

Ford and Deutsche Post Group subsidiary StreetScooter GmbH have presented the first of their jointly produced electric delivery vans, the StreetScooter Work XL.

Md. City Breaks Ground on $3M Public Works Facility

The City of Hyattsville, Md., is constructing a new facility that has extra space to allow the Public Works Department to take over maintenance of the police cars.

The new Paccar Automated Transmission was designed from the ground up as an automated transmission. Photo: Paccar

Paccar Unveils Automated Transmission for Medium-, Heavy-Duty Models

Paccar introduced the new Paccar Automated Transmission, giving it a complete proprietary and integrated powertrain. Developed with Eaton, it's the lightest heavy-duty transmission on the market for several of its medium-duty and heavy-duty models, according to the company.

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NYC's 2017 Vehicle Purchases Average 83 MPG

Driven by an investment in electric vehicles (EVs), fuel economy of new non-emergency light- and medium-duty vehicle purchases for the New York City fleet reached 83.7 mpg in fiscal-year 2017.

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Colo. DOT Debuts Self-Driving Work Zone Vehicle

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) unveiled the world's first self-driving work zone vehicle designed to improve safety for road maintenance crews. The vehicle is positioned behind road construction crews to protect workers from the traveling public.

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University of Nebraska Halves Reimbursement Rate

The lower reimbursement rate matches the average cost for the university to rent a vehicle using private rental or pool vehicles and is expected to save up to $500,000 annually.

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Agencies Prepare Fleets for Total Eclipse

In areas where a total eclipse is scheduled, government agencies are prepared for an influx in tourists hoping to catch the two to three minutes of near-total darkness.

Wis. Fleet Management Seminar Set for Nov. 14

A fleet management seminar for public and commercial fleet managers has been set for Nov. 14 to 15 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Electric Refuse Trucks Headed to Los Angeles

Motiv Power Systems announced an order for two battery-electric refuse trucks by the City of Los Angeles' Sanitation Department.

Screenshot of e-Pedal technology via Nissan.

Nissan Details Next-Gen Leaf Rollout

Nissan will show its next-generation LEAF battery-electric sedan at eight National Drive Electric Week events following its global reveal on Sept. 5, Nissan has announced.

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N.J. City Considers Creating Fleet Manager Position

The City of Plainfield, N.J., council is considering creating a “manager motors” position to manage the city’s fleet of 253 vehicles valued at $7 million.

Study volunteers were monitored via standoff and wearable sensors. Graphic courtesy of the University of Houston.

How Do Distracted Drivers Physically Respond?

Texting while driving is much riskier than driving while emotionally upset or daydreaming, according to a new study from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

National IPA Forms Shared Services Group Omnia Partners

National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (National IPA), an education and public sector purchasing cooperative, has formed OMNIA Partners, a shared services and supply chain optimization company dedicated to government, education, and the private sector.

According to the White House, President Trump’s Executive Order will make the environmental and permitting processes needed for major infrastructure projects more efficient and effective. Photo: ATA

Trump Executive Order Aims to Speed Infrastructure Projects

According to the White House, regulatory red tape routinely holds up major infrastructure projects for years at significant cost to the economy.

Neb. Fleet Superintendent Retires After 44 Years of Service

Jim Chiles, superintendent of fleet service for the City of Lincoln, Neb., will retire on August 31. He began his career with the city 44 years ago as a fleet technician.

Photo of Torrance, Calif., hydrogen station by Thi Dao.

California Funds More Hydrogen Stations

The California Energy Commission has awarded $16 million to a Houston-based company to develop seven new hydrogen stations in the northern part of the state, according to a release.

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Wyo. County Fires Fleet Operator for Misuse

Sublette County (Wyo.) Waste Management's former lead operator has been accused of borrowing fleet vehicles and equipment and having county employees work on his personal projects during business hours.

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