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Republic's $117K to Fund Boise EV Fleet

Republic Services of Idaho presented the City of Boise, Idaho, with a check for $117,000 to launch the city’s first electric-vehicle fleet.

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Fuji Heavy Industries Changes Name to Subaru

Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), is renaming itself to Subaru Corp. to enhance a rising Subaru brand that closed its fiscal year in March with sales of 1.05 million vehicles for the first time in its 58-year history.

Chart showing vehicle categories courtesy of BofA.

GM Replacing 88% of Lineup By 2020

General Motors should gain market share by replacing 88% of its light-duty lineup by 2020, while Volkswagen and Korean automakers are relying too heavily on cars with consumer demand shifting toward SUVs and trucks, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst.

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Colo. City OKs $1.1M for Police Vehicle Leases

The Pueblo (Colo.) Police Department will add 22 new Ford Police Interceptor SUVs after the city council approved a $1.1 million, five-year lease agreement for the vehicles.

City Snow Plows Striking Parked Cars in Ill.

Municipal snow plow drivers in four eastern Illinois cities have caused the most damage in the past three years among city vehicles, according to a WCIA report.

Feds Predict Higher Fuel Price Increases

Federal officials have raised their expectations for diesel and gasoline prices this year and are predicting even larger hikes coming for 2017, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Calif. Exceeding Zero-Emission Vehicle Goal

Nearly 12% of new light-duty vehicle purchases made by California state agencies are now zero-emission, exceeding Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of 10% set forth in a 2012 executive order.

A custom-built slide-in camper simulator to test the truck's roll stability when its center of gravity is raised. (PHOTO: Ford Motor Co.)

Video: Ford Puts Super Duty to the Test

Watch Ford engineers put Super Duty through its paces at Arizona Proving Grounds, subjecting the truck to low- and high-speed lane changes, and slalom runs.

Graphic courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Offers Predictive Maintenance Alerts

Chevrolet is offering a predictive maintenance alerting system called Onstar Proactive Alerts that monitors the health of the vehicle and notifies drivers to take the vehicle in for service.

Diesel Prices Plateau, Crude Oil Decreases

The price of diesel fuel plateaued last week, increasing by less than a cent nationally, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Fleet Safety Tip: Tire Maintenance

Goodyear provides some tire maintenance tips you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Anchorage Changes Car Locks Following Fleet Shop Break-in

The City of Anchorage, Alaska will spend $131,000 to change locks on fleet vehicles following a break-in at its fleet services building.

Older Terex Aerial Devices Recalled for Booms

The recall covers 1,332 XT52, XT55, and XT60 aerial devices built between 2001 and 2003.

Photo of Bolt EV courtesy of GM.

AltCar Expo Launches Ride & Drive at California Capitol

AltCar Expo will present the largest array of alternative-fuel vehicles ever assembled at the California State Capitol and will host a Ride & Drive on Monday, May 9.

New-Vehicle MPG Drops in April

The average fuel economy for new vehicles sold in April was 25.2 mpg — down 0.1 mpg from the value for March, according to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Photo of 2014 Taurus courtesy of Ford.

April Vehicle Depreciation Goes Negative

Rising used vehicle depreciation pulled average April values into the red in a month that's typically the last strong month of the spring season, according to Black Book.

Photo of 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit courtesy of FCA US.

CHP Adds Dodge Chargers for Highway Enforcement

The California Highway Patrol will roll out its 159 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit enforcement sedans this summer after equipping them with police-specific equipment.

Photo of a composite partition in a Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Adrian Steel.

Adrian Steel Offers Composite Van Partitions

Adrian Steel has introduced a line of composite partitions for cargo vans that provide more leg room and better climate control for the driver.

ChargePoint Secures $50M for EV Charging Network

ChargePoint announced it has secured an additional $50 million in efforts to bring EVs to the mainstream, according to the electric vehicle infrastructure company.

Photo of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid courtesy of FCA.

FCA-Google Deal Must Overcome Acceptance, Legal Hurdles

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' agreement with Google to test self-driving technology in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan may pave the way for greater acceptance of autonomous driving if the companies can get past legal barriers, fleet industry sources said.

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Ohio Group Hosts Technician Training Event

The City of Columbus, Ohio, hosted a training session for more than 60 technicians across the state on April 28. The training session focused on Vac Con sewer cleaning machines.

Photo of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid courtesy of FCA.

Google to Test Self-Driving Chrysler Pacifica Minivans

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' engineers will integrate Google's self-driving technology into the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan under a new partnership between the automaker and tech giant.

Source: EIA

Diesel Fuel Prices Increase 7 Cents in a Week

The price of a gallon of diesel fuel rose by nearly 7 cents last week, continuing a streak of rising prices since the beginning of the year.

Photo of 10-speed transmission and 3.5L EcoBoost engine courtesy of Ford.

Ford Updates F-150's 3.5L Turbo, Adds 10-Speed

The 2017 F-150 will arrive with a more powerful twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed transmission to deliver improved acceleration and performance than the prior model, Ford has announced.

Photo of 2016 F-150 CNG courtesy of Ford.

Fleet Sales Increase 37.8% in April

Sales of vehicles from nine manufacturers to government agencies increased 37.8% to 21,714 vehicles in April compared to the same period a year ago, according to Automotive Fleet data.



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