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EPA Proposes More Road Testing for MPG Rating

The Environmental Protection Agency will recommend that automakers be required to perform additional road testing to confirm the fuel-economy claims posted on their vehicles, rather than relying on laboratory measurements.

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Westport to Offer Dedicated CNG Transit Van, Cutaway

Westport is offering the 2015 Ford Transit Van and Cutaway as a dedicated natural gas (CNG) Westport WiNG Power System vehicle. The Transit Cutaway will be offered at 10,000-lbs. GVW and below.

A new investment in CNG refuse trucks has allowed the city to increase its CNG use from 18,000 to 93,000 diesel gallon equivalents in two years. Photo courtesy of City of Scottsdale.

Ariz. City Bumps Up CNG, E-85 Use

The City of Scottsdale, Ariz., has more than tripled its use of compressed natural gas (CNG) and increased its use of E-85 by almost seven fold over the past two fiscal years.

Photo of 2015 F-450 Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

Ford Claims Best-in-Class Towing for 2015 F-450

Ford has increased the towing capability of its largest pickup, the F-450, for the 2015 model-year to a best-in-class 31,200 pounds, Ford announced at a media event in West Virginia.

Photo of 2015 Expedition Platinum courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 Expedition with V-6 EcoBoost Now Available

Ford's 2015 Expedition with new 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 engine is now available after the automaker unveiled it to automotive journalists in West Virginia.

Motorcraft Introduces Motor Oil Designed for Hybrids

Motorcraft has introduced a low viscosity motor oil product recommended by Ford Motor Company for 2013 model year and forward hybrid electric vehicles.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ courtesy of GM.

2015 Chevrolet, GM 1500 Trucks Get 8-Speed Transmission

General Motors will pair a new 8-speed transmission with its V-8 engine offered on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Yukon Denali, and Yukon XL Denali models.

Oklahoma Fleet Association to Host First Annual Convention

The Oklahoma Public Fleet Management Association (OPFMA) is hosting its first annual convention on Sept. 22 at the City of Tulsa Police Headquarters building.

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Calif. County Fleet Director Retires, Replacement Appointed

Robert Howdyshell, director of purchasing and fleet services at Riverside County, Calif., will retire on July 24. Lisa Brandl has been appointed to replace him.

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Columbus, Ohio, Dedicates Second CNG Fueling Station

The City of Columbus, Ohio, dedicated its second compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on July 15, which will make CNG fuel available for the public as well as fleet vehicles in the north side of the city.

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Ky. City Reinstates Take-Home Police Cars

The City of Lexington, Ky., mayor signed an executive order that temporarily allows police officers to drive their cruisers for personal use at no cost to them.

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Wastequip Launches Aftermarket Parts Business

Wastequip recently launched Go To Parts, a business that offers OEM aftermarket parts for waste, recycling, and construction equipment.

House Passes Highway Trust Fund Patch, Bill Heads to Senate

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation on Tuesday afternoon providing enough money for the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015.

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Energy Dept. Enhances Alt-Fuel Laws & Incentives Website

The Alternative Fuels Data Center, a resource of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, has enhanced the Laws and Incentives page on its website, making it easier to find the laws, incentives, and programs applicable to specific fleets.

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Gasoline Falls to $3.63 Per Gallon

The national average price of gasoline fell 4.3 cents to $3.635 per gallon for the week ending July 14, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Nissan Adds Enhancements to 2015 Vans

Nissan has announced several updates and availability for its NV cargo, NV passenger, NV200, and NV200 Taxi for the 2015 model year.

Nominations Open for Sustainability All Stars

Nominations have opened for the 2014 Sustainability All Stars, which recognize fleet professionals who have made significant contributions to fleet environmental sustainability.

The recalled propane conversion kits are designed for installation on Ford E-Series vehicles. E-Series photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

ROUSH CleanTech Recalling Propane Conversion Kits

The recall, involving 845 propane conversion kits, will address potential fuel leaks that pose a fire risk.

Dashboard image courtesy of CalAmp.

N.C. County to Deploy GPS on 1,100 Assets

Mecklenburg County in North Carolina will be deploying GPS tracking devices across 1,100 assets. The devices will be used to track, monitor, and manage the county’s fleet of service vehicles and non-motorized assets.

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Texas Offers $7.7M in Grants to Replace Diesel Vehicles

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering $7.7 million in grants to replace older diesel vehicles with new alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles.

Ill. City Considers Alternative Fuels

The City of Des Plaines, Ill., has contracted with a company to conduct a fleet greening study in an effort to reduce fuel costs.

Photo courtesy of Elio Motors.

Elio Motors Launches Fleet Sales Division

Elio Motors has developed a fleet sales division to capitalize on growing interest from rental companies, businesses and municipalities. The company plans to launch an enclosed, three-wheeled vehicle that will retail for $6,800 and get 84 miles per gallon in 2015.

Bobit Business Media CEO Ty Bobit delivers a eulogy celebrating Ed, his father and company founder. Photo by Kelly Bracken.

Ed Bobit Remembered As 'Force of Nature'

Family, friends, and colleagues paid their respects to Ed Bobit at a memorial service, honoring the Bobit Business Media founder and chairman as a publishing force known for his tough-but-fair approach to business and family.

Officials and agency employees gathered for the announcement of the rollout on June 8. Photo courtesy of Alameda County

Calif. Agencies Roll Out 90 All-Electric Vehicles

Ten government agencies in the Bay Area of Northern California will be adding 90 all-electric vehicles into their fleets, which is one of the largest government fleet deployments of electric vehicles in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of PGFD.

Pink Md. Fire Vehicles Bring Breast Cancer Awareness

Prince George's County firefighters added a pink ambulance to their fleet to raise awareness for breast cancer this month, and have asked the public to help name the vehicle via Twitter.

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