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GM Fined $35M for Recall Delays

General Motors agrees to pay the maximum penalty for lack of timeliness in reporting the ignition switch defect, which caused airbags to fail in some Chevrolet Cobalt cars and other GM models.

Ohio County Outsources Maintenance Contracts

Lake County, Ohio, commissioners have awarded contracts to two local dealers to provide maintenance service for fleet vehicles, following the sale of the county fleet garage.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado truck courtesy of General Motors.

Five New GM Recalls Affect 2.7M Vehicles

The automaker is issuing five separate recalls that include such popular fleet vehicles as the Chevrolet Malibu, Silverado and GMC Sierra.

Ala. City Replaces 20 Police Vehicles

The Hoover (Ala.) City Council has approved a request by city fleet managers to designate 20 police vehicles as surplus property that can be sold to fund new vehicles.

Pa. Police Unveil 'Low Profile' Patrol Vehicles

The Erie Bureau of Police have converted 10 patrol vehicles to "low profile" stealth units for targeted enforcement by the Pennsylvania agency.

Photo of 2014 Civic Natural Gas courtesy of Honda.

Calif. Offers $1,000 Incentive for Honda Civic CNG

The California Energy Commission is providing fleet-eligible $1,000 incentives for the purchase of Honda's Civic Natural Gas sedan as part of a larger initiative to expand the use of alternative fuels in the state.

Maine DOT Hopes to Open New Fleet Facility by Year's End

The $10.5 million facility would house fleet operations and bring in radio operations and repair as well as surplus property.

Screencapture via City of Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs Considers Outsourcing Street Sweeping

The City of Colorado Springs, Colo., which outsourced its fleet services beginning in January, is now considering outsourcing another city department — street sweeping.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Zipcar Expands in Pasadena

Zipcar and the Pasadena Department of Transportation (DOT) are partnering to introduce 20 Zipcars in 10 new locations in Pasadena, Calif.

EPA Releases $9M in Funding for Clean Diesel Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $9 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects to reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from existing diesel engines.

Photo of hydrogen fueling station in Torrance by Thi Dao.

Calif. Invests $46M in Hydrogen Fueling Stations

The California Energy Commission has awarded $46.6 million in state grants to construct 28 new hydrogen fueling stations as part of a broader initiative to popularize the alternative fuel in the state.

City officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 25. Screencapture via City of Spokane.

Wash. City Starts Work on Consolidated Fleet Facility

The City of Spokane, Wash., has begun construction on a combined Solid Waste Management and Fleet maintenance facility that will enable the city to convert its solid waste fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG).

Graphic via GAO.

Federal Fleets to Study Telematics Expansion

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) should expand its support for telematics in leased vehicles and change its fuel rate structure to charge agencies for actual fuel use rather than miles traveled, according to a report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

N.C. Fire Truck Overturns, Four Firefighters Injured

Four Charlotte, N.C., firefighters were injured May 8 when their fire truck flipped over on a residential street while responding to a fire.

Texas Attorney Seeks Return of Seized Vehicle

A Dallas attorney representing a woman accused of killing her son filed a motion seeking the return of a vehicle seized by Frisco police during the investigation.

Photo courtesy of Contintental.

Continental's In-Tire Sensors Read Tread Depth

Continental North America has developed an in-tire sensor system that detects changes in pressure for 2017 model-year vehicles equipped with direct tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) from the supplier.

Photo courtesy of Westport.

Westport Debuts WiNG Ford F-150 in California

Westport Innovations is debuting its WiNG natural gas power system for the Ford F-150 at a trade show in California this week, while noting that it is emissions-certified by the state’s Air Resources Board as well as the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Photo of 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan courtesy of Fiat Chrysler.

Compact SUVs, Minivans Lead April Auction Surge

Compact SUVs and cargo minivans paced a strong April for remarketers, as used vehicles from the 2008-2012 model years rose 0.9 percent in value in a month that's typically one of the strongest of the year for auctions.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Okla., Dallas Order 321 Bi-Fuel F-150 Pickups

The State of Oklahoma, its agencies and the City of Dallas have ordered a total of 321 Ford F-150 pickups that can run on compressed natural gas or gasoline, according to Ford Motor Co., which also said that demand for gas is growing strongly.

Off-Duty Projects Pay for NJ Town’s Police Cars

By charging a small fee to private entities to provide police presence for the last 18 months, the Town of West New York, N.J., can afford four new police cars.

Photo of 2014 Ram 1500 courtesy of Fiat Chrysler.

Ram 1500 Refresh Set for 2017

Fiat Chrysler plans a major update to its 1500 pickup truck for the 2017 model year, but hasn't committed to producing a mostly aluminum version to compete with Ford's 2015 F-150.

The February fire destroyed six trucks. Photo via City of Oberlin.<br />

Ohio City's Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Trucks Replace Those Lost in Fire

The City of Oberlin, Ohio, is purchasing three hybrid hydraulic refuse and recycling trucks to replace trucks destroyed in a February fire of the refuse/recycling building.

Washington State Agency Selects New Fleet Management System

The State of Washington Department of Natural Resources (Washington DNR) has selected the AssetWorks integrated fleet management software to manage its 1,600-unit fleet.

Little Rock hosted a grand opening ceremoning for its CNG fueling station on April 29. Photo courtesy of City of Little Rock

Ark. City Opens CNG Fueling Station

The City of Little Rock, Ark., hosted a grand opening of its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on April 29. The station is open to fleets and the public and will also service the city's growing fleet of CNG vehicles.

Graphic courtesy of FCA.

Global Jeep Production to Double By 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has unveiled an ambitious growth plan that calls for the doubling in global Jeep production by 2018 and the expansion of the Fiat brand in Asia and Latin America.

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