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Three States Agree to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicles

Transportation agencies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan have formed the Smart Belt Coalition that will focus on automated and connected vehicle initiatives.

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NYC Parks Creates Fleet Instructional Video Library

New York City Parks is expanding its video library for fleet operators offering training and best practices for vehicle use. Topics include how to charge an electric vehicle, perform a pre-trip inspection, and check fluids.

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CARB Proposes Plan Reducing Emissions to 40% Below 1990 Levels

The California Air Resources Board has released a Proposed Scoping Plan that sets new goals for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

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Arkansas Fleet Group Announces Board Changes

The Arkansas Public Fleet Managers Association (APFMA), announced that Walter Ederle, CAFM, from the City of Little Rock, Ark., will serve as 2017 president. The group is also changing the timing of its 2017 conference.

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Calif. Utilities Vow to Support EV Adoption

Three California utilities are renewing their commitments to increase electric vehicle (EV) adoption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their service areas.

Safety Tip: Setting Mirrors for Safer Lane Changes

AAA offers advice on how to properly adjust mirrors to diminish blind spots.

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Presidential Limo Won't be Ready Until Later this Year

President Donald Trump will continue to use the current fleet of Cadillac presidential limousines, as the new generation of limousines aren't expected to be delivered until later this year.

Fla. City Loses Three Vehicles in Garage Fire

A fire broke out at the Pensacola, Fla., Public Works and Facilities central garage. The city lost three recycling trucks, with minor damage to a fourth vehicle.

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W.Va. Governor's Office Reduces Fleet

After an audit last year failed to get an accurate count of the state's fleet, West Virginia's new governor has vowed to examine state spending more closely. To start, Gov. Jim Justice is cutting five vehicles from his office.

U.S. Communities Selects Advance Auto Parts as Parts Provider

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., an automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America has been selected as the exclusive automotive parts and accessories supplier to the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance.

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Trump's EPA Pick Questions Emissions Regs

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's choice to lead the EPA, questioned emissions regs during a Jan. 18 hearing and said he disagrees with giving California power to impose stricter standards.

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Shell, Automakers Invest $10.7B in Hydrogen

Royal Dutch Shell, Toyota Motor Corp. and four other automakers will invest 10 billion euros ($10.7 billion) to accelerate hydrogen fuel in the coming years to combat climate change, the companies announced Jan. 18.

XL Hybrids Offers Drive System Through Mass. Public Fleet Contract

XL Hybrids, Inc., has been selected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Operational Services Division, to be a vendor on the newly released Advanced Vehicle Technology statewide contract VEH102.

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Cheaper Renewable Diesel May be Possible With Modified Yeast

Engineers at MIT may have made a breakthrough in the production of renewable diesel fuels using a hyper-efficient version of a common food product, yeast.

IronPlanet Announces Cat Auction in Houston

IronPlanet, an online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets, rolls in to the Houston area on Feb. 1 for its first major Cat Auction Services Unreserved Public Auction of the of the year.

(L-R) Pictured are Pete Moolah, heavy fleet service manager, and Daniel Gasca, auto parts specialist, from the Miami-Dade Internal Services Department fleet. Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Creates Technician Trainee Program

The Miami-Dade County (Fla.) fleet has a new program to help it overcome its heavy equipment technician recruitment problems. Fleet Director Alex Alfonso explains how fleet staff created the program and how it works.

Chevin Predicts Better Fleet Software Integration, ‘Smart’ Data Utilization

Chevin Fleet Solutions, a global provider of web-based fleet and asset management software, outlined several predictions for fleet software trends for 2017, including intelligent utilization of a wider variety of data, improved integration, and increased use of mobile devices.

Magellan's Return-to-Route Earns Tech Award

Magellan's Return-to-Route smart routing solution has been honored with a Best of CES 2017 TWICE Picks award in car technology, the company announced.

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GM Growing Lineup of B20 Biodiesel Vehicles

General Motors' lineup of 19 diesel-powered vehicles will reach 20 with the launch of its new Class 4 to 5 straight truck it's co-developing with Navistar – all of them approved for use with B20, a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% ultra-low sulfur diesel.

Diesel Prices Fall After Six Weeks of Hikes

Diesel prices finally dropped after a month and half straight of weekly increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Sacramento Switches to Gasoline Ambulances Amid Driver Complaints

The City of Sacramento, Calif., is speeding up its vehicle replacements. A few weeks ago, the Sacramento Fire Department retired six diesel ambulances after firefighters complained about headaches and dizziness.

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Snap-On Releases Full-Line Catalog

The new Snap-on full-line catalog showcases its wide range of diagnostic platforms to help customers find the perfect tool for them, whether they are just getting started or are the top technician in the repair shop.

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GM Invests $1B in U.S. Manufacturing

General Motors is investing $1 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations and will move production of axles for its pickup trucks from Mexico, the company announced on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

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EPA Maintains Fuel Economy Standards Through 2025

The EPA expects that automakers will raise fuel economy 10 mpg higher than the current fleet average by model year 2025.

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Louisville to Build Consolidated Public Works Facility

Louisville Metro in Kentucky will soon begin construction on a public works facility that will be used to park and maintain vehicles, store salt and brine, and house other operations.

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