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Tenn. Fleet Refutes $10M Budget Overage Accusation

The State of Tennessee Department of General Services is defending its fleet management operation after a local news agency accused the state of consistently spending $10 million over budget every year since it began outsourcing fleet.

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Ohio County Opens CNG Station

Montgomery County (Ohio) opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station last week. It will be open to the public and will also be used to fuel some county vehicles.

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Verizon to Acquire Fleetmatics

Verizon Communications will acquire leading telematics provider Fleetmatics Group for $2.4 billion in a cash deal that will create a powerhouse telematics provider.

Wis. Police to Replace Aging Non-Emergency Fleet

The Green Bay (Wis.) Police Department is retiring 10 of its non-emergency vehicles. Due to budget constraints, these vehicles are often kept longer than they should and some of the vehicles even have rusted out floorboards.

Heavy electric delivery truck's range is 200 kilometers (124 miles) and its batteries can be recharged in as little as two hours. Photos: Daimler Trucks

M-B Class 8 Electric Truck to be Tested in Urban Delivery Service

Heavy-duty Urban eTruck for “short radius” use in Germany and elsewhere could be in production by 2020 or soon thereafter, Daimler says.

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Nexiq Technologies Releases Technician Software Combo

Nexiq Technologies has released eTechnician, which includes two PC-based software applications — eTechnician Heavy Duty Standard and eTechnician Light and Medium Truck.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (right) presents a gift to Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. Photo: Paul Clinton

Mercedes-Benz Breaks Ground on $500M Van Plant

Mercedes-Benz will shift production of vans it sells in the U.S. and Canada to North Charleston, S.C., by the end of the decade with a plant that nearly triples its existing manufacturing footprint.

Photo courtesy of Alameda County.

Two Calif. Counties Make the Switch to Renewable Diesel

Alameda and San Joaquin Counties in California have both begun using renewable diesel to fuel their fleets.

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris mid-size van courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz Expands Van Offerings, Adds Ship-Thru

Mercedes-Benz Vans is introducing a turnkey “ship-thru” upfitting program for its Metris mid-size van and for Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner full-size Sprinter vans. The OEM is also rolling out a value-priced Metris Worker model, as well as expanding its Worker lineup for the Sprinter.

Like all new SuperDuty pickups, this F-450 SuperCrew has an aluminum cab, front fenders, hood and cargo bed. Photos by Tom Berg.

2017 Ford Super Duty Pickups to Use F-150 Aluminum Cabs

The change to high-volume F-150 cabins cuts costs and weight, and adds interior room for SuperCab and SuperCrew buyers.

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Former La. Parish Officer Allegedly Stole Gas 50 Times

A former East Baton Rouge Parish (La.) police officer is accused of using his department-issued fuel card about 50 times after he had resigned.

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Receives Preliminary Approval of Diesel Settlement

Volkswagen has been granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement to owners and lessees of diesel vehicles found to violate clean-air laws.

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Investing $1.49B Toward Ram Production

FCA US will invest $1.48 billion to retool its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Detroit, MI to build the next generation Ram 1500 after the plant ceases production of the Chrysler 200 in December.

Photo courtesy of Forest Preserves of Cook County

Ill. Agency's Propane Autogas Mowers Reduce Fuel Costs

Since 2013, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Ill., has converted 32 mowers to run on propane autogas and plans to convert 19 more, pending approval of a grant application.

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Drop

The average price of diesel fuel fell again last week, continuing a steady decline in prices that began over a month ago.

Photo courtesy of Ford

White House Urges Fleets to Expand EV Use

The Obama administration calls for state, county, and municipal governments to work with the federal government to expand their electric vehicle use.

The Sonoma Raceway event brought together about 160 fleet professionals. Photo by Tom Fung

Racetrack Event Brings Together Northern Calif. Fleet Group

The Northern California chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held its second annual event at the Sonoma Raceway on July 12.

NM County Cuts Down on Take-Home Fleet

So far, Bernalillo County, N.M., has taken back 22 cars, saving a total of $17,000 for the budget year. The county hopes to take back the keys for another 10 to 15 vehicles this year.

Photo via Sacramento County

Grant Helps Calif. County Expand CNG Fleet

Sacramento County, Calif., was recently awarded $600,000 in grant money and plans to expand its fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for three departments.

Photo of Titan SV and Titan XD S courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Adds Single Cab Titan for 2017

Nissan is rolling out standard cab models of its Titan and Titan XD pickups for the 2017 model year that provide a more affordable entry point for commercial and fleet users, Nissan has announced.

Video Safety Tip: When Power Lines Fall

Here's advice on what to do if your vehicle comes in contact with downed power lines during a storm or collision.

Photo of Elon Musk in 2013 via Dan Taylor/Flickr.

Tesla's Master Plan Includes Commercial Trucks

Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk plans to build a battery-electric pickup truck, heavy-duty truck, and a bus that would turn the driver into a "fleet manager," according to his Master Plan, Part Deux.

Ark. County Fleet Clerk Accused of $250K Insurance Fraud

A former Pulaski County, Ark., fleets record clerk is accused of pocketing $250,000 from fraudulent insurance claims she filed for fleet vehicle damages.

How Future CAFE Standards Could Affect Fleet Purchasing

Three federal agencies on Monday dropped the 54.5 mpg corporate fuel economy target for 2025, which would ease the burden on car and truck manufacturers to produce a vehicle mix that reaches that level.

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