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Photo of 2018 Expedition courtesy of Ford.

Lighter, More Powerful Ford Expedition Arrives for 2018

Ford's 2018 Expedition will enter its fourth generation with a more powerful V-6 engine, lighter-weight body and frame, and an array of technology upgrades such as onboard Wi-Fi, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, and more connectivity.

Map of planned electric corridors courtesy of rockymountainpower.net.

DOE Funds Rocky Mountain EV Charging Network

The U.S. Energy Department is giving $4 million to build DC fast chargers and develop smart mobility programs to increase electric car-sharing and the use of electric bikes and buses.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV by Paul Clinton.

ALG Sets Bolt EV's Residual Value

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV should retain as much as 39% of its value after three years of retail leasing, which is significantly better than other mainstream competitors, according to ALG.

Diesel Prices Fall, But Just Barely

For the fourth week in a row, diesel prices fell in the U.S., this time by less than half a cent, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Fleet Vehicle Stolen After Employee Brings It Home

A Jersey City (N.J.) employee may face consequences after taking home a fleet vehicle, which was then stolen.

Safety Tip: Averting Pothole Damage

Across the nation, it's pothole season. Here's advice from AAA on how drivers can prevent --- or at least limit --- pothole damage.

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W.Va. Agencies Cut Fleet Vehicles

Following W.Va. Governor Jim Justice's lead, several state agencies have announced cuts to their fleets in an effort to reduce spending and streamline operations.

Nominate the 2017 Fleet Manager of the Year

Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The annual award, now in its 13th year, recognizes an individual fleet professional for excellence in fleet management.

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Fleet Mechanics Fired for Working on Private Vehicles

Two Howard County (Ind.) Highway Department employees were fired for working on non-county vehicles during work hours.

Photo via Flickr/Arvell Dorsey Jr.

Mechanical Problems Plague S.C. County’s Fire Trucks

Mechanical problems are forcing the Horry County (S.C.) Fire Rescue to keep more than $2 million worth of new KME trucks off the streets.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Department of Transportation

Seattle DOT Retrofits Trucks with Sideguards

The Seattle Department of Transportation will retrofit all its trucks with side guards to increase safety.

Graphic courtesy of GHSA.

States Urged to Better Prepare for Autonomous Vehicles

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association offers recommendations to help state agencies get ready for the future impact of self-driving cars.

Kenworth T370 dump truck. Photo courtesy of Kenworth

Kenworth Awarded NJPA Truck Sales Contract

A new contract awarded to Kenworth Truck Company by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) will expand sales opportunities for new Kenworth Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members.

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Sen. Fischer Floats Quick-Fix Highway Funding Proposal

The first highway bill has emerged in the 115th Congress— a two-pronged measure introduced on Feb. 1 by Nebraska's Sen. Deb Fischer.

FLAGFA Releases Spring Conference Agenda

The Spring 2017 joint conference of the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators, NAFA Sunshine State Chapter, and Florida Utility Fleet Managers Association will take place March 22-24 in Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.

Chevin Hires Global Sales & Marketing Director

Fleet management software provider Chevin Fleet Solutions has announced the assignment of a new global sales & marketing director to drive its continued worldwide growth.

(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500

Fleet Sales Decline in January Across the Board

Sales of fleet vehicles to commercial, daily rental, and government buyers slipped lower in January, despite year-over-year growth in sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs, according to the automakers and Automotive Fleet data.

Auction values for one- to three-year-old vehicles fell a substantial 6.8%, or $1,146 per unit, in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Pickup Truck Auction Values Finish 2016 Strong

Analysts at Kelley Blue Book reported that average values for one- to three-year-old pickup trucks have remained strong as a result of high demand at auction, despite fuel prices peaking in December 2016.

Photo of Azuga Asset Tracker Hardware courtesy of Azuga.

Azuga's Asset Tracker Enhances Real-Time Visibility

Azuga has launched Azuga Asset Tracker, a fleet solution designed to enhance customers’ real-time visibility of assets, which will improve operations, reduce risk, and lower costs.

Photo of Commercial Vehicle Center interior courtesy of Ford.

Ford Relaunches Commercial Vehicle Dealer Program

Ford is launching the Commercial Vehicle Center dealer program that will replace the Business Preferred Network (BPN) and offer improved service, better parts availability and a new loyalty program, Ford announced.

The City of Lakewood fleet consists of about 650 vehicles. At least one technician must be ASE certified in each area of service offered by the shop to qualify for the Blue Seal program. File photo

Colo. City Earns ASE Blue Seal

The City of Lakewood, Colo., has earned its first Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

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Audit Advises La. City to Track Take-Home Vehicles with GPS

An internal audit from the City of Shreveport, La., found that the city failed to sufficiently keep track of its take-home vehicles with the proper documentation.

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Calif. Waste Hauler Sells Off Operations

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Ratto Group announced it will sell off its refuse operation, North Bay Corp., less than a year after a city audit concluded that the company failed to meet contract requirements.

Photo courtesy of Shellback.

Shellback's Smartphone Cases Curb Distracted Driving

Shellback has released its “Smartphone Safe,” which helps prevent driver distraction and monitors driver habits.

Elaine Chao being sworn in as secretary of transportation by Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo: U.S. DOT)

Chao Confirmed as Transportation Chief

As expected, Elaine Chao was easily confirmed in largely bipartisan fashion on Jan. 31 as Secretary of Transportation by the U.S. Senate.

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