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Denver Airport at ‘Sweet Spot’ for CNG Use

By switching 165 fleet vehicles to natural gas, Denver International Airport (DIA) in Colorado has prevented the equivalent of 3,347,600 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere in 2013.

Jacobsen to Serve Southern Customers Directly

Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. company, announced it will be establishing direct distribution capabilities to serve customers in North & Central Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.

Video: Caltrans Battling Massive Winter Storm

The California transportation agency appears ready to deal with snowfall after it readied 1,500 pieces of storm-related equipment and gathered resources at its station near the Nevada border.

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NatGasCar Gets EPA Nod for CNG Transit Connect

NatGasCar has received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification to produce compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of the 2014 and 2015 Ford Transit Connect with a 2.5L bi-fuel engine system.

Photo of Broom Badger courtesy of Elgin.

Elgin Recalls Street Sweepers for Fire Risk

The action affects 92 2012-2014 model-year Broom Badger sweeper trucks with hydraulic systems at risk for overheating.

Wash. County Hires New Fleet Manager

Thurston County, Wash., has hired Bryan Hanks as its fleet services manager. Hanks just completed 27 years in the U.S. Army.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Video: Ford Revamps SYNC Infotainment System

Ford is rolling out a new communications and entertainment system for the 2016 model year called Sync 3 that replaces MyFord Touch as Ford launches the third generation of its connected-car system.

Photo courtesy of City of Boston.

Boston Converts Vans to Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

The City of Boston has added XL Hybrids' XL3 gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain to four of its vans and is converting a fifth vehicle.

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

First Northern Calif. Hydro Refueling Station Opens

The first hydrogen refueling station in Northern California has opened in West Sacramento, marking the 10th such station in a state with aggressive plans to support fuel cell vehicles.

Kansas Seeks to Block EPA Ethanol Regulations

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked that a federal appeals court reject new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations mandating states to adopt conclusions about ethanol emissions, stating that the regulations are based on scientifically flawed methodology.

Pierce has placed four Pierce Impel pumpers on duty with the Scottsdale Fire Department (SFD) in Arizona. Photo via Business Wire

Ariz. City Adds 6 Pumpers to Fire Fleet

The City of Scottsdale, Ariz., has placed four Pierce Impel pumpers on duty and purchased two more that will be delivered in April 2015.

Photo of 2014 Tacoma courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Redesigning Mid-Size Tacoma for 2016

Toyota will introduce its redesigned 2016 Tacoma at the Detroit auto show in January into a more competitive mid-size pickup market that now features the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tire

Ford F-150 Equipped with Goodyear Tires

Goodyear announced that the 2015 Ford F150 will be equipped with the Goodyear Wrangler tires.

Veteran Tenn. Fleet Supervisor Investigated

A veteran supervisor at the Knoxville, Tenn., Fleet Services division has been placed on administrative leave without pay while the city's police department investigates possible misappropriation of city equipment.

Ala. Agency's Grant Funds Police Fleet Upgrade

The Madison, Ala., Police Department has used a $320,000 grant from a local foundation to purchase eight new fully equipped police vehicles.

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Calif. City Fleet Manager to Retire

Martin Bowman, fleet operations manager for the City of Riverside, Calif., will retire on Dec. 26. Garrett Reynolds, fleet manager for the City of Corona, Calif., and a former City of Riverside employee, will take over his position.

Photo of Kokomo Transmission Plant courtesy of Chrysler.

Chrysler Eyeing 8-Speed Transmission Expansion

The Chrysler Group is hoping to invest $266 million to boost production of its 8-speed transmissions in Kokomo, Ind., and has gained a tentative approval from the town's council for a 10-year property tax abatement on new equipment.

Government Fleet Launches Knowledge Sharing Video Series

Government Fleet has launched the Knowledge Sharing video series featuring veteran fleet managers sharing advice and tips for new fleet managers as well as knowledge they have acquired throughout their careers.

Auto Driveaway Acquired by CEO-Led Investor Group

Vehicle transportation provider Auto Driveaway Franchise Systems has been acquired by an investor group led by Rodney Ruth, its current president and chief executive.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driving in Icy Conditions

Here is some driving advice, provided by the Michigan State Police, on how to recover from loss of traction when the road surface is covered in ice.

GFX Registration Is Now Open

Fleet managers with remaining 2014 training dollars can put that money toward attending GFX 2015. Register by Dec. 31 to get $200 off a full conference pass.

Chevrolet Silverado photo courtesy of GM.

GM Replacing Keys for Certain Trucks, SUVs

A technical service bulletin issued to dealers addresses a potential problem in which the ignition key can get bumped out of position while the vehicle is stopped and the driver is shifting gears.

The Tweel SSL is designe for use on skid steer loaders. Photo courtesy of Michelin.

Michelin Developing Airless Tire/Wheel Called 'Tweel'

The Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial Tire is a non-pneumatic tire for commercial vehicles that connects the tire and wheel with a rigid hub connected to a shear beam made of flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes.

CPFP Program Has New Eligibility Requirements

The American Public Works Association announced new eligibility requirements for the CPFP program, allowing private fleet management experience to count toward the work experience requirement.

Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of General Motors.

GM Recalls Mid-Size Pickups for Air Bags

The recall affects 2,283 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks from the 2015 model year.

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