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The redesigned Model 320 was introduced in 2014 with an entirely new ProBilt interior that features enhanced fit and finish and numerous updates that improve operator comfort, productivity, and safety. (PHOTO: Peterbilt)

Peterbilt Launches Right-Hand Stand-Up Model 320

As side-loader collection vehicles continue to gain popularity in residential refuse applications, Peterbilt Motors Company announced a new right-hand stand-up configuration of its recently redesigned low-cab forward Model 320.

Photo of Transit cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Offer Pair of Cutaway Van Models Through 2019

Ford will offer cutaway van models of its E-Series as well as its Transit, but doesn't view the move as competing with itself, because the offerings compete in different weight classes.

Knoxville's Fleet Operations Benefits from Budget Surplus

A $4.3-million budget surplus will allow the City of Knoxville (Tenn.) to incorporate its fleet services and operations department into a new Public Works complex.

Photo via City of Lexington

Lexington Fire Dept. Receives $5.3M for Its Emergency Fleet

The Lexington City Council has awarded $5.3 million to its fire department for new ambulances, ladders and engines. The new equipment will be dispersed to 10 out of the 23 stations in the city.

Screenshot via WVIR.

Va. City's Police Fleet Upgrade Shortens Lifecycle

The Charlottesville (Va.) City Council is expected to approve 10 new police vehicles and the needed equipment at a Sept. 15 meeting to allow the police department to remain on its three-year fleet replacement cycle.

One of Boulder Electric Vehicles' models on display in May 2013 during the Southeastern High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Electric Truck Maker Shuts Down Production

One company that made medium-duty electrically powered trucks has ended production, but says it has not gone away entirely.

Hilco to Sell Detroit's Surplus Municipal Vehicles

The City of Detroit has awarded Hilco Industrial a contract to manage the sale of the city’s surplus transportation, rolling stock and public utility maintenance vehicles.

Photo via Wikimedia

Calif. Hits Record Sales for EVs

More than 100,000 zero-emission vehicles now travel the roads of California, according to a survey from the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative.

Capital CNG's bi-fuel configuration of a 2015 GM 2500HD ¾ ton pickup truck, in partnership with IMPCO Automotive. (PHOTO: Capital CNG)

Capital CNG Completes Bi-Fuel GM 2500HD Pickup

Capital CNG, a CNG technology and fuel company, has completed the first ever bi-fuel configuration of a 2015 GM 2500HD ¾ ton pick-up truck outside of the GM manufacturing plant.

Photo by Tim Crowley.

Ford Ships All Transit Van Models

Ford has shipped all models of its 2015 Transit full-size van, including the cargo, passenger, cutaway, and chassis cab models, representatives for the automaker told Automotive Fleet.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Calif. City Acquires Police SUVs After Delivery Error

The City of Hemet (Calif.) was able to acquire eight Ford Police Interceptor Utility SUVs for a lower price than expected after an ordering error involving a local dealership.

Altec Recalls Digger Derrick Trucks for Winch Drum

The recall, set to begin this month, affects 67 2010-2012 model-year D2000 and D3000 boom tip winch digger derrick trucks.

The proposal is considering Zipcar as one car sharing company. Photo via Zipcar

San Francisco Considers Car Sharing to Replace Fleet Vehicles

San Francisco could replace its underutilized fleet vehicles with car sharing services under a new proposal to the city.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Express van courtesy of GM.

Used Vehicle Depreciation Stabilizes in August

Overall depreciation for used vehicles from the past five model years improved slightly from July as the average value fell 1.3 percent in the month compared to 1.5 percent in July, according to Black Book's monthly report.

Pa. Awards 33 Air Quality Grants to Fleets

Bimbo Bakeries, UPS, FedEx and Skytop received grants to convert their fleet vehicles to operate on alternative fuels such as CNG or propane autogas.

Photo of Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of Chrysler.

2015 Ram Chassis Cab Adds Max Speed Limiter

The Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks add several fleet-friendly options for the 2015 model-year, including a maximum speed limiter to help fleet managers reduce excessive speeding, according to Ram Truck.

Photo of Dodge Charger Pursuit bu Paul Clinton.

Government Fleet Sales Rise 17.7% in August

Sales of cars, trucks, and SUVs to government fleets rose 17.7% in August compared to a year ago, as vehicle manufacturers continue to increase fleet market share through the first eight months of 2014, according to Automotive Fleet data.

N.C. Offers $1.3M in Emission-Reduction Grants

The North Carolina Clean Technology Center (NCCETC) is requesting proposals for $1.3 million in federal funding for emission-reducing transportation projects.

Photo of San Mateo PD electric motorcycle courtesy of Zero Motorycles.

Calif. Agencies Beefing Up Electric Motorcycle Use

Eckhaus Fleet has supplied 30 to 40 Zero Motorcycles products to local police departments throughout Central California. Another 70 motorcycles have been ordered. The Ceres Police Department has taken delivery of three Zero cycles.

The recalled axle seals are installed on 1999-2013 Chevrolet and GMC full-size vans, pickup trucks and SUVs. Photo courtesy of General Motors.

Supplier Recalling Axle Seals in GM Vans, Trucks, SUVs

The recall affects 82,509 SKF axle seals that may allow differential gear oil to leak onto rear brakes.

Utilities were a popular application for the Eaton diesel-electric hybrid.

Eaton Discontinues Diesel-Electric Hybrid Trucks

Eaton has confirmed that it's out of the diesel-electric hybrid business in North America, after government incentives and stabilizing diesel prices contributed to a market largely drying up.

CARB Fines L.A. County Public Works Over Diesel Inspections

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) fined the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works $256,375 for failure to comply with the state’s air quality regulations.

Propane Vehicle Rebate Offered in N.Y.

New York Propane Gas Association (NYPGA) is offering New York state residents including fleet users a $5,000 rebate to purchase a propane autogas vehicle or add a propane system to an existing vehicle.

Photo of 2015 ProMaster City via Chrysler.

Chrysler Launches 13-City Compact Van Tour

Chrysler is bringing its 2015 Ram ProMaster City compact van to 13 U.S. cities to give prospective fleet buyers an opportunity for hands-on research of the new vehicle.

Photo of 2015 GMC Canyon SLE extended cab courtesy of GM.

EPA: 2015 Colorado, Canyon Provide 20 MPG Combined

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will provide at least 20 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, the U.S. EPA has announced.

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