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GPS tracking allowed City of Pampa, Texas, to optimize routes and reduce idling. Photo courtesy of GPS Insight.

Texas City's GPS System Drastically Cuts Idling

By optimizing routes via GPS Insight's tracking system, the City of Pampa, Texas, Public Works division has reduced fuel costs and increased staff productive work time.

Construction of Timco's public-access CNG fueling station began in December 2013. Photo courtesy of City of Santa Ana.

Calif. City's Fleet Gets CNG Backup Station

A compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station scheduled to open in the City of Santa Ana, Calif., in the spring will serve as a back-up plan for city vehicles.

GM and Lytx to Sponsor Fleet Manager of the Year Award

General Motors and Lytx, formerly DriveCam, have signed on to sponsor Government Fleet’s Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The annual award, which recognizes excellence in fleet management, opens this year on Feb. 10.

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FLEET Act Would Green U.S. Postal Fleet

A federal bill introduced in late January would authorize the U.S. Postal Service to use energy savings performance contracts to improve the efficiency of its fleet of delivery vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Chrysler.

Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's Fuel Economy Now Leads Pickup Trucks

The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck has received the highest-ever highway fuel economy from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to data released Tuesday.

Morse Watchmans Provides Key Control Whitepaper

The document introduces facility and fleet key control and asset management systems technology and helps guide users through implementation.

U.S. Bank Expands Cooperative Purchasing Pact

A new agreement between U.S. Bank and cooperative purchasing group WSCA-NASPO offers states, cities and public educational entities streamlined access to more U.S. Bank commercial fuel-card programs at preferred prices, the bank announced today.

GAO Highlights Shortcomings in CSA Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA safety enforcement program has been successful in some respects but needs improvements, says the Government Accountability Office. CSA has helped the agency expand its reach, among other benefits, but because of data shortcomings it is not as strong a predictor of crash risk as it could be, the watchdog agency said.

With safety data such as speed and location flowing from nearby vehicles, vehicles can identify risks and provide drivers with warnings.

Feds: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Mandate In the Works

This technology is aimed at improving road safety by allowing vehicles to "talk" to each other to avoid crashes.

Agreement Formally Ends 'Right to Repair' Debate

A national agreement signed this month extends Massachusetts' Right to Repair law across the country, essentially ending a two-decade fight between independent repair shops and the automakers.

Agile Releases Motor Pool Metrics Whitepaper

Agile Access Control, Inc., the creator of FleetCommander fleet and motor pool software, has released a new 19-page white paper that identifies specific fleet metrics that are crucial to motor pool cost-cutting initiatives.

Ohio Fleet Association Holds First Meeting

The Ohio chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA-OH) held its first meeting on Jan 16 in Dublin, Ohio, bringing together 35 members.

Calif. Provides Guidance on EV Equipment

California's Department of General Services has released a guide designed to help fleet managers with electric vehicle charging infrastructure in state-owned areas.

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Mohawk Launches Automotive Lift Blog

Mohawk Lifts rolled out its new blog, the Lift Automotive Lift News & Journal blog. Contributors include industry professionals and automotive enthusiasts covering a variety of interests.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Resisting the Urge to Multitask

Here's a video from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that explains the dangers of cognitive distraction while driving.

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2015 Silverado and Sierra HD Get Heavier Payload, Towing Capacities

GM has released the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD lineup. The vehicles feature a number of updates over the previous model, including higher payload and towing capacities and alternative-fuel options.

Retired Ore. City Fleet Manager Searches for Replacement

The fleet manager with the City of Eugene, Ore., is working with the city to find a replacement for his position, after retiring in December.

Telogis Introduces Upgraded Fleet Tracking Software

With Telogis Fleet 11, companies achieve significant gains in operational efficiency by more easily analyzing and utilizing the data gathered from workers, vehicles, and assets in the field.

Photo courtesy of White House.

Obama: Natural Gas Is ‘Bridge Fuel’ for U.S.

President Obama urged the nation to shift more cars and trucks to natural gas as "the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change."

Photo of 2014 Transit Connect Wagon courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Van, Wagon Arrive

Ford is offering the 2014 Transit Connect as a panel-side cargo van and a passenger wagon it describes as a "spacious and fuel-efficient people mover."

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Clean Cities Launches Improved ROI Tool for CNG Investments

The Department of Energy's Clean Cities program launched an improved tool that helps fleet managers evaluate the financial soundness of investments in compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and/or fueling infrastructure.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV courtesy of General Motors.

UCLA Adding 13 EVs to Fleet

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is adding 13 Chevrolet Spark electric vehicles to its fleet for use in various departments.

Manheim’s 2014 Used-Car Report Predicts Declining Margins

With labor market and credit conditions continuing to improve and expected to maintain an upward trajectory in the year ahead, the environment is ripe for sustained vitality in the new, used, and wholesale marketplaces.

Photo of 2014 Civic Natural Gas courtesy of Honda.

Honda Announces Pricing for 2014 CNG Civic

Honda has announced retail pricing for its 2014 Civic Natural Gas compact sedan that it mostly sold to corporate and government fleets during the 2013 model year.

Photo via Cook County.

Ill. County’s Car Sharing Saves $250K

Cook County, Ill., has saved about $250,000 with a car sharing program in its first year by downsizing the vehicle fleet by 10 cars, cutting mileage reimbursement, and salvaging older vehicles.

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