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Photo of the 2017 Sonata Hybrid courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Prices 2017 Sonata Hybrid, Plug-In

Hyundai has announced retail pricing for its Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Plug-In Hybrid that will receive light updates for the 2017 model year.

Contra Costa County Materials and Recycling Manager Stan Burton is pictured here refueling a vehicle. Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County Moves to Renewable Diesel

Contra Costa County, Calif. has switched from biodiesel to R99 renewable diesel to fuel many of its heavy-duty diesel vehicles, including more than 220 diesel-powered municipal public works trucks, specialty vehicles, and equipment.

Photo courtesy of City of Phoenix.

Phoenix Parking Enforcement Cars Reducing Operating Costs

The City of Phoenix's Chevrolet Spark subcompact cars have reduced maintenance costs by more than 40% over the smart cars they replaced about two years ago for parking enforcement, according to the city.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Provides 238 Miles of Range

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will offer 238 miles of driving range and will go on sale later this year, General Motors has announced.

Diesel Prices Stay Mostly Flat for Third Week Straight

The price of diesel fuel dropped less than a cent last week and has remained relatively unchanged for the past three weeks, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo by Mike Antich.

Ford Gives Autonomous Vehicle Update

Ford Motor Co. plans to sell a fully autonomous car to the public by the middle of the 2020 decade, after it plans to supply a fully autonomous vehicle to ride-hailing companies, the company told Automotive Fleet.

Photo of 2016 Leaf courtesy of Nissan

Idaho City Adding EVs, PHEVs

The City of Boise, Idaho, plans to add six battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to its fleet and invest in additional charging stations throughout the city.

Safety Tip: Driving Near Rail Crossings

September is National Rail Safety Month, so now is a good time to review some driving safety advice concerning railroad crossings.

Photo via Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

EDI, First Priority GreenFleet Partner to Produce Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions company Efficient Drivetrains Inc. and First Priority GreenFleet announced an agreement to produce alternative-fuel commercial vehicles.

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is among the recalled models. Photo courtesy of GM.

GM Recalls Multiple Models for Air Bags

The U.S. recall, tied to a software defect, covers 3.64 million vehicles in the 2014 to 2017 model years.

Photo via Flickr/Budi Nusyirwan.

New FAA Rule Allows Utilities to Expand Drone Use

A new rule from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that went into effect in late August is enabling more utility companies to consider unmanned aircraft systems to improve operations.

Terex Provides Hands-On Training

More than 30 people from five countries attended Terex Utilities’ 38th annual Hands On Training seminar, which included demonstrations of aerial lifts, digger derricks, and auger drills.

Photo of 2012 Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA.

Car Depreciation Accelerates in August, Trucks Steady

Rising car depreciation put a drag on used vehicle sales, which fell in value significantly more sharply in August compared to July and August from a year ago, according to Black Book.

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N.J. County to Provide Fleet Services to Township

The Township of Washington and Bergen County in New Jersey have agreed to a shared fleet services contract, allowing the county to provide services for the town’s 15 vehicles.

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Work Injury Leads to Fleet Employee Death

A City of Long Beach, Calif., fleet employee died on Sept. 5 following an accident at work. Stevaughn Matthews, garage services attendant, was working on a trailer at the time of the accident.

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NHTSA Vehicle Research and Test Center Director to Address Fleet Technology Expo

Tim Johnson, director of NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center, will be on hand at this year’s Fleet Technology Expo in Schaumburg, Ill., to open the event at the opening breakfast on Tuesday, October 18.

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USPS Adds Another 3,000 Ram ProMaster Vans

FCA has started delivering another 3,339 Ram ProMaster cargo vans to the U.S. Postal Service in a second order that follows a 9,113-vehicle order last year.

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IronPlanet Introduces Online Bidding Platform

IronPlanet LiveStream will sell 3,500 items across IronPlanet, GovPlanet, Leake Auto, Kruse Energy, and Cat Auction Services in one week.

NAFA Gives Affiliate Members Voting Powers

The NAFA Fleet Management Association has given affiliate members the ability to vote and serve on its national board, the association announced.

Map indicates location of 18 infrastucture projects awarded FASTLANE grants for FY 2016. Image: U.S. DOT

DOT Awards Nearly $800 Million for Transportation Infrastructure Projects

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced on Sept. 7 that almost $800 million in inaugural FASTLANE federal grants has been awarded to 18 transportation infrastructure projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

GFX Accepting Submissions for 2017 Conference

The Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX) planning committee is now accepting submissions for presenters for the 2017 GFX in San Antonio, Texas.

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Okla. County Affected After Fuel Recall

Cleveland County, Okla., has tested its vehicles after a shipment of gasoline was recalled. Late last month, Magellan Midstream Partners distributed about 450,000 gallons of gasoline with excessive levels of ethanol to customers across the state.

Photo via Flickr/Robert Couse-Baker.

Ind. Police Fleet Boosts Ethanol Use

The Crown Point Police Department (Ind.) has received funding to continue using alternative fuels, including the E-85 ethanol blend.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV's reconfigurable screen courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Bolt to Offer One-Pedal Driving Mode

General Motors' 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will offer a one-pedal driving mode that allows drivers to maximize fuel efficiency with greater use of regenerative braking.

Photo via flickr/Karen Neoh

Former Police Chief on Trial for Fleet Misconduct

A former police chief for the City of Perth Amboy, N.J. is on trial for allegedly having city mechanics repair personal vehicles and engaging in witness tampering.



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