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ThyssenKrupp's experience with propane autogas will be profiled as part of PERC's Straight Talk video series on Feb. 5, 2014.

PERC Offers Online Fleet Video Series

To commemorate the records set for light- and medium-duty vehicle use of propane autogas in 2013, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released an online video series featuring interviews with top fleets.

Photo of Westport's Dallas facility courtesy of Westport.

Westport Consolidates Ford Bi-fuel Upfitting

Westport Innovations is consolidating its production of bi-fuel and dedicated natural gas Ford vehicles at a Dallas production facility, a move not expected to cause ordering delays to fleet purchasers.

Ind. City Converts Refuse Fleet to CNG, Adds Fueling Station

The City of Muncie, Ind., will convert 12 refuse trucks to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and build a fast-fill fueling station it will share with the public.

Photo via Laitr Keiows/Wikimedia.

Strong New-Car Sales Won't Hurt Fleet Remarketing, Says Black Book

Strong new-car sales shouldn't hurt newer model-year fleet vehicles with comparable mileage at remarketing auctions, according to one of the industry's top remarketing analysts.

Vidmar Unveils New Logo, Tagline

Vidmar announced it has become part of Stanley Industrial & Automotive, LLC, unveiling a new company look with a revamped logo and tagline, Smart Versatile Storage.

Screencapture via ALI.

ALI Lift Safety Course Goes Online

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) adapted its Lifting It Right DVD into an interactive, Web-based format. A narrator guides trainees through curriculum covering lift types, the lifting and lowering process, and lift maintenance.

Clean Cities Releases Vehicle Buyer’s Guide

Clean Cities' 2014 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide provides a comprehensive list of gasoline-electric hybrids and vehicles that run on propane, compressed natural gas (CNG), electricity, E-85, and biodiesel.

Utah City Fleet Manager Faces Theft, Fraud Charges

Prosecutors allege that the fleet manager at the City of Midvale, Utah, used his position to secure a $2.3 million lighting contract for company he co-founded.

Photo: Ford Motor Co.

Ford Recalling 2011-MY E-Series Vans

The windshield in these vehicles may be prone to the formation of bubbles after extended exposure to heat.

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MLB All-Star Steve Garvey to Deliver GFX Keynote

Steve Garvey, whose inspirational speech is titled “Bringing out the Greatness In Your Team” will share the traits needed to transform teams to achieve their full potential as champions.

Ford Extends Parts Warranty

The new warranty provides unlimited mileage coverage for 24 months from time of purchase or installation. The previous warranty ended the coverage at 12,000 miles.

Pictured are 2014 MEMA board members (l-r): Craig Crowder, treasurer; Ron Lindsey, vice president; Jannet Malig, secretary; Dean Tedtaotao, sergeant at arms; Paul Condran, president; and Katie Mishler, membership and association coordinator.

MEMA Considers Northern Calif. Chapter

The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) plans to expand its informational and educational programs as well as continue the association’s expansion with regional chapters in 2014, said Paul Condran, MEMA’s new president.

Full-size pickups such as the 2012 Ram 1500 best retained their value in 2013. Photo courtesy of Chrysler.

Vehicle Depreciation Slips to 12.8% in 2013

Used-vehicle depreciation improved toward the end of 2013, and vehicles depreciated 12.8 percent in the year, a slight pullback from the 12.4 percent depreciation in the previous year, reports Black Book.

Ill. City in Talks Over GPS in Utility Fleet

The City of Springfield, Ill., is planning to max out efficiency in its operations by installing GPS units in vehicles assigned to the power generation and transmission divisions of the city-owned utility company.

Screenshot of AH100 via Altec/YouTube.

Altec Recalling 168 AH-Series Bucket Trucks

Moisture seeping into the control module plug can lead to inadvertent movement of the boom or platform.

Photo via Viridian Motor Corp.

Viridian, Green Automotive to Produce Electric Trucks

Green Automotive Co. (GAC) has invested in Viridian Motor Corp. in a partnership to produce small electric trucks in the U.S., the company announced earlier this month.

Chevin: Emissions Reduction Driving Fleet Software Buys

Environmental issues, especially overall carbon emissions, are becoming an ever more important motivator for adopting fleet management software in 2014, according to Chevin Fleet Solutions.

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Wash. County Hires Fleet Manager

Matt Stewart, CAFM, has been named the equipment rental & revolving fund (fleet) manager for Jefferson County, Wash., responsible for management of the county’s vehicle and equipment fleet.

Fire Destroys Ind. City's Garage, Paratransit Buses

A fire at the City of Kokomo, Ind., Central Garage destroyed the entire maintenance facility and six paratransit buses on Tuesday. The paratransit buses cost $60,000 each.

Va. City Selects AssetWorks Fleet Management Software

Newport News Waterworks, a water provider owned and operated by the City of Newport News, Va., has selected the AssetWorks integrated asset management systems ― FleetFocus, FuelFocus, and EAM ― to manage its broad network of fleet, facilities, and infrastructure assets.

H-Series snow removal vehicles photo via Oshkosh Airport Products.

Mo. Airport Refurbishes Snow Removal Vehicles

Kansas City International Airport chose to refurbish and upgrade 10 Oshkosh snow removal vehicles used to maintain the airfield during snow events as well as routine debris-clearing operations.

W.Va. County Workers Taxed for Take-Home Vehicles

Cabell County, W. Va., employees assigned take-home vehicles must begin paying taxes on the value of the vehicle to continue using it outside of work hours.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Protecting Against Potholes

Here is some advice, provided by the Weather Channel, on protecting against pothole damage. Additionally, there's a video report on the current pothole problem in New York.

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Atlanta Fleet Director Takes Larger Role in Fla. City

C.W. “Bill” Malcolm, CPFP, previously director of Fleet Services for the City of Atlanta, became the general services director at the City of Gainesville, Fla., in October 2013. He now oversees both fleet and facilities.

Photo courtesy of GM.

Silverado Wins Truck of the Year in Detroit

North American journalists have picked the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray as the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year (NATCOY).



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