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DOE Eases Alt-Fuel Vehicle Purchasing Mandate

The U.S. Department of Energy has made it easier for state and utility fleets to comply with alt-fuel vehicle purchasing mandates by giving them credit for hybrid vehicles, alt-fuel fueling infrastructure, alt-fuel non-road equipment, and emerging technologies.

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Sacramento County Fleet Manager Retires

James Collins, fleet and parking chief of Sacramento County, Calif., will retire after March 28. He has worked at the county for 32 years. Sacramento County will hold a competitive open examination for his position, expected to take several months.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford F-150 V-6 Sales Exceed V-8 Trucks

Sales of V-6 engines with Ford's F-150 pickup trucks this year have surpassed V-8 engines at a level not seen since the late 1960s, according to the automaker.

DEF Prices Continue to Rise

U.S. and Canadian bulk diesel exhaust fluid prices continued to rise in March, even as feedstock prices declined slightly, according to Integer Research's March DEF price tracker.

PocGPS Offers Lifecycle Service Management

Coordinating service times, needs and costs in a network of vehicles can be managed with a central suite of tools that comes with many features and benefits.

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Peterbilt Unveils All-New Model 220 Medium-Duty COE

Peterbilt Motors Company has introduced an all-new Model 220 to its medium-duty COE lineup that features numerous interior and exterior enhancements designed to increase driver productivity, safety and durability.

Photo via TruckingInfo.com.

Cummins Releases 25th Anniversary Package for Turbo Diesel Rams

A 25th anniversary package commemorates the first offering of the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine in Ram pickup trucks in 1989, the engine maker announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Boston's fleet internship program has been a success, resulting in two technician hires so far and praise from the mayor. Pictured l-r are: Emmanuel Estremera, former intern and now full-time fleet employee; Susan Lambert, cooperative educational coordinator from Madison Park Vocational High School; Junior Cherenfant, current intern from Madison Park; Boston Mayor Martin Walsh; Tom Rafferty, automotive instructor, Madison Park; and Hector Ramirez intern from Madison Park.

Internship Program Solves Boston Fleet’s Recruitment Problem

When the City of Boston fleet found itself short on technicians in 2013, fleet staff began an internship program that allows technical students to train at the fleet facility. So far, the program has led to two new technician hires.

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Ohio City Fleet Manager Named Green Truck Association President

Bill Burns, fleet operations manager for the City of Columbus, Ohio, will serve as the 2014-2015 president of the Green Truck Association (GTA), an affiliate division of the Association for the Work Truck Industry (NTEA).

Landi Renzo USA headquarters in Torrance, Calif.

Landi Renzo USA Recalling CNG Vans to Address Fire Risk

In 343 vehicles, brackets that support the rear CNG cylinder might fail, creating the potential for a leak.

GPS Insight Joins Western States Contracting Alliance Contract

The WSCA eMarket Center is similar to the General Services Administration (GSA) schedule, but for government agencies in western states that want to purchase from pre-approved vendors with negotiated pricing.

The Vector system is a bi-fuel system that runs almost exclusively on biofuel.

Biofuel Conversion System Offered for Truck Fleets

Optimus Technologies' Vector System enables a vehicle to run almost exclusively on pure biofuel, with diesel being used during startup and shutdown. It is designed for centrally fueled medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

In Memoriam: U. of Tennessee's Michael Moneymaker

Michael Moneymaker, director of transportation services at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, passed away on March 22. He was 66.

The Chicago Police Department is one agency that has adopted the P.I. Utility. Photo: File

Ford P.I. Utility Now America's Top Police Vehicle

The police version of Ford's Explorer SUV has become the top-selling police vehicle among the crop of law enforcement vehicles competing to fill the void left by the retirement of the Crown Vic Police Interceptor.

Photo of 2014 Ram 3500 courtesy of Chrysler.

Vincentric Names 'Best Value in America' Vehicles

Toyota leads the way with eight awards, followed by Audi with five. Chevrolet and Honda each earned four. The awards cover the retail market.

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Pa. Gives $7.7M for Natural Gas Conversions

Twenty-five companies and organizations received $7.7 million in grant funds from Pennsylvania to covert fleet vehicles to run on natural gas, Gov. Tom Corbett announced March 21.

Photo of 2014 LEAF courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan LEAF Reaches Top-Selling EV Milestone

The LEAF has reached global sales of more than 100,000 vehicles and U.S. sales approaching 50,000 vehicles since its introduction in late 2010 as a 2011 model-year vehicle.

Report: Telematics to Dominate Non-Trucking Fleets By 2019

Telematics technologies and services, which were first adopted by the long-haul trucking industry, should reach 50 million vehicles in the coming five years, ABI Research predicts.

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Va. City's Replacement Vehicle Budget Falls Off Pace

The Newport News, Va., City Council has approved $1 million toward replacing fleet vehicles at least nine years old. The expenditure is the second lowest for new vehicles in seven years.

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Off-Road Telematics Data Standard In Development

This standard could mean the end of signing into numerous heavy equipment manufacturer sites to get telematics data. Instead, all the standardized data could be exported to a single fleet management software system.

Ford Brands Electrical Switches As Motorcraft

Ford Motor Co. has begun branding as Motorcraft a trio of electrical switches, including door lock, seat, and window switches. The switches have been manufactured with a high-quality design and strict attention to detail, exceeding typical aftermarket part specifications in both function and ease of installation, according to Ford.

Diesel Filter Maker SK Innovation Fined, Initiates Recall

The California Air Resources Board has fined SK Innovation Co. Ltd. $790,000 for selling non-verified diesel particulate filter systems, the board announced.

Hawaiian County Reduces Take-Home Vehicle Perk

Maui County has cut the number of employees eligible to take home a county-owned vehicle by 52 percent to 80 in response to media scrutiny that the program fell prey to poor record-keeping.

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Md. County Adds 21 Ambulances to EMS Fleet

The Prince George's County Fire Department has begun replacing its fleet of aging EMS vehicles by adding nine new ambulances and purchasing 12 more.

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CEI to Give Presentation to Okla. Public Fleet Managers

Kathi Croze, CEI's national sales manager for the government fleet market, will speak at the Oklahoma Public Fleet Managers Association (OPFMA) meeting in April about the topic of "Fleet Best Practices, Success Stories and Current Challenges."



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