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Photo of Duramax engine assembly courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet's New Medium-Duty Truck to Get Duramax Diesel, Allison Transmission

Chevrolet's medium-duty truck will pair a Duramax diesel engine with an Allison transmission and will arrive in 2018, General Motors announced at the Work Truck Show.

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt Reduces Weight on Updated Model 220

Peterbilt has updated the Model 220 cabover with new design features and options that result in weight savings, better performance, and improved serviceability, according to the company.

Allison’s FuelSense 2.0 Allows Fleets to Improve Fuel Economy

Allison Transmission has announced FuelSense 2.0 transmission software, featuring DynActive Shifting, delivering up to 6% additional fuel savings beyond the original FuelSense software.

Photo via NYS Thruway Authority Twitter

Winter Storm Stella Wreaks Havoc in the Northeast

Winter Storm Stella has hit the Northeast, dumping snow in New England and freezing rain in warmer areas, and causing road closures along the East Coast.

NTEA Releases 2017 Fleet Purchasing Outlook

Two of every five vocational truck fleet managers plan to increase their vehicle count in 2017 and more than half now use telematics, according to the NTEA's 2017 Fleet Purchasing Outlook.

State of California Hiring Division of Equipment Chief

The State of California is hiring a Division of Equipment Chief to manage the production, procurement, and maintenance of mobile equipment for the Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Texas Co-op Awards Fleet Software Contract

The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s (HGAC) co-op program, HGACBuy, a governmental cooperative purchasing agency, has awarded a two-year contract to Ron Turley Associates, Inc. (“RTA”) for Fleet Maintenance Software.

Diesel Prices Fall after a Month of Increases

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. fell last week, breaking a month-long string of increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Safety Tip: Driving in High Winds

The Nevada Department of Transportation offers advice on how to drive safely during windy weather.

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Mass. City Turns to Lease Purchasing to Replace Aging Fleet

The City of Springfield, Mass., has decided on a lease-purchase agreement to replace its aging refuse truck fleet. The five-year contract for six trucks is worth $1.6 million.

Idaho City Accused of Illegally Dumping Vehicle Fluids

The City of Pocatello, Idaho, is under investigation by the state's Department of Environmental Quality after allegations that the city dumped potentially hazardous fluids on the ground at its maintenance yard.

This truck was remanufactured and given away at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 trade show. Photo courtesy of Iron Direct

IronDirect Offers Remanufactured Trucks

A new remanufacturing truck service will allow fleet operators to purchase like-new remanufactured vehicles for about half the cost of similarly equipped new trucks.

Vehicles are lined up for the acceleration test, pitting calibrated vehicles with uncalibrated ones. Photo by Andy Lundin

Derive Efficiency Hosts Track Day

On March 3, Derive Efficiency hosted a track day for public and private fleets and the media, showing the differences in performance between a stock vehicle and one calibrated for optimum efficiency.

Photo courtesy of Intel.

Intel to Acquire Self-Driving Tech Firm Mobileye

Intel will acquire Israeli autonomous driving technology provider Mobileye for $15 billion under an agreement announced March 13 that brings the Silicon Valley chipmaker into the emerging autonomous-driving sector.

W.Va. County Considers GPS Purchase

Fayette County (W.Va.) is considering purchasing GPS systems in its fleet vehicles shortly after the Sheriff’s Department added GPS and WiFi services to 20 of its vehicles.

Traffic in New York City Photo: U.S. DOT

House Committee to Eye State/Local Rollout of FAST Act

For its first hearing of the 115th Congress, the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will delve into how the most recent highway bill — the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act— is being implemented on the state and local level.

Photo of 2018 6500XD Low Cab Forward truck courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet to Offer Class 6 Cabover

Chevrolet is expanding its lineup of cabover trucks for 2018, by adding the 6500XD Class 6 Low Cab Forward truck to a lineup that already includes Class 3, 4, and 5 cabovers, Chevrolet has announced.

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Civil Engineers Issue Harsh Report on State of Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers has once again assigned a barely passing grade of “D+” to the nation’s overall infrastructure and an even more parsimonious “D” to our road network. Bridges, though, fared a bit better— scoring a “C+.”

Photo courtesy of Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

Efficient Drivetrains Unveils Plug-In Frieghtliner Utility Truck

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., has completed the integration of its EDI PowerDrive technology into the Freightliner platform.

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Fla. PD Upgrades Equipment After Critical Audit

The City of Fort Myers, Fla., City Council approved vehicle equipment upgrades for the Fort Myers Police Department after a recent audit criticized the agency's lack of resources.

Propane Autogas Vehicle Sales Increase 8%

Sales of propane autogas-fueled vehicles increased 8% to 14,000 in 2016 compared to the year before, according to data from the Propane Education and Research Council.

Photo via Flickr/Jules Morgan

Calif. Sheriff's Office Seeks Snowmobiles

The Butte County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office hopes to purchase snowmobiles to improve patrol during winter. With snowmobiles, the Sheriff's Office would be able to respond to emergencies year-round.

IronPlanet Sets Online Bidding for Auctions America's Fla. Event

Online bidding for Auctions America’s annual Fort Lauderdale, Fla. event will be available via IronPlanet.com, the company has announced.

Photo courtesy of Honda.

Honda Debuting PHEV, EV Clarity Cars

Honda will add battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars to its Clarity nameplate, and plans to show the new vehicles at the New York auto show in April.

Photo courtesy of PERC

N.C. Sheriff Reduces Fuel Costs with Propane Autogas

Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina has converted 60 of its vehicles to bi-fuel propane autogas cars, saving enough in fuel costs to allow the Sheriff’s Office to fund other programs.

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