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EV Charging Pilot Minimizes Calif. County’s Energy Use Spikes

Alameda County, Calif., is working on an electric vehicle (EV) charging pilot. Called the Smart Charging Pilot Program, it allows the building’s EV chargers to communicate and the DC fast charger to override other chargers when it’s in use.

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Nissan's 2018 NV200 Cargo Van Starts at $22,755

Nissan is increasing the starting retail price of the NV200 compact cargo van by $450 to $22,755 for the 2018 model year and adding a few enhancements, Nissan has announced.

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Study: Slow EV Transition Could Save Minneapolis Fleet Costs

A new electric vehicle (EV) adoption feasibility study of the City of Minneapolis’ fleet found that a slow transition to electric vehicles over the next 10 years could result in operational savings.

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Ind. County Reverses Centralized Maintenance Plan

Rather than transferring funds to the commissioners to run the garage, the council opted to direct funding to the Sheriff’s Department.

Mack Trucks LR and TerraPro models are now available with the Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine. Photos: Mack Trucks

Latest Mack Updates Target Refuse Industry

Mack Trucks announced updates to its LR and TerraPro models for the waste and recycling industries, offering a natural gas engine option and more ergonomic seating, and signing a deal with Lytx to explore the DriveCam in-cab camera system.

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Orders Open for Electrified Transit Van Conversion

Lightning Systems is now accepting pre-orders for its new zero-emissions LightningElectric system for Ford Transit, a battery conversion package.

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USPS Awards Spartan Motors $214M for Delivery Vehicles

The U.S. Postal Service has ordered 2,000 fleet vehicles from Spartan Motors on a $214 million contract for two types of delivery trucks with Utilimaster bodies, the vehicle manufacturer announced.

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Mitsubishi Fuso Launches Electric Truck Brand E-Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation launched E-Fuso, a product brand exclusively dedicated to electric trucks and buses, and unveiled its all-electric heavy-duty truck concept.

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Ohio City Partners with School for Training Program

The City of Toledo, Ohio, partnered with Toledo Public Schools (TPS) and its local union to develop a program that allows students to learn and work in the city fleet.

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Orlando Fire Department Sports Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

In support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2017, the Orlando (Fla.) Fire Department has two fire apparatus sporting new, pink wrapped trucks.

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Telogis Offers Telematics Through Ford SYNC

Commercial and fleet customers who purchase a Ford vehicle with SYNC Connect will be able to access Telogis telematics services through the vehicle, the telematics vendor announced at its Latitude conference.

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Mo. City PD Adds Ice Cream Truck

The Springfield (Mo.) Police Department has added an ice cream truck to its fleet. The “Cold Patrol” will be used to serve frozen treats and connect to and engage with citizens.

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Texas City Pilots Leasing Program

The City of Kyle, Texas, is piloting a vehicle leasing program, which could reduce maintenance costs, reduce downtime, and allow the city to cycle out vehicles every five years instead of 10.

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Union Pressure Stalls $7M Fleet Maintenance Contract

Facing conflicting reports on costs and union pressure, the City of Allentown, Pa., council voted to table a $7 million contract for fleet maintenance.

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Safety Tip: Reminders for the Time Change

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 5. Here's some night driving advice from the National Safety Council and the National Sleep Foundation.

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N.Y. State to Install GPS in Plows

The New York State Thruway Authority will install enhanced GPS units across its fleet of 235 heavy-duty plows. The purchase will allow for real-time monitoring during plowing operations.

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Police Department Installs Firearm Vaults Following Theft

The Dayton Police Department in Ohio is installing vaults in 126 unmarked cars and trucks following the theft of the police chief’s service weapon

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Chevin Unveils New User Interface

Chevin’s fleet management software has been updated with a modern user interface.

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N.C. EMS Saves With Remounted Ambulances

Remounting old boxes on new chassis cost Scotland County EMS about $115,000 less than if it were to buy two completely new units.

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S.D. County May Use E-30 Fuel

Brown County, S.D., will develop a plan to use a 30% ethanol blend — E-30 — in its fleet vehicles. The move would help drive the local agriculture economy and reduce costs.

Shown here is the 28-foot craft. Photo courtesy of Brandon Barsugli, San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Calif. County Takes Delivery of Rescue Boats

The San Bernardino County (Calif.) Fire Department has placed in service two fire and rescue boats. The vessels will be used to fight fires, to support ground-based operations, and for rescue operations.

Gabriel Ride Control Introduces 125 New Products

Gabriel announced the introduction of 125 new products, which will be added to 11 product lines and cover 62 vehicle models.

Safety Tip: Avoiding Crashes in Parking Lots

AAA offers advice on how to stay safe and avoid collisions in parking lots.

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Chicago to Add 182 Grant-Funded EVs

The City of Chicago has received a $15.5 million federal grant to purchase 182 electric vehicles (EVs) for the fleet and install EV charging stations.

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Ford to Retrofit 1.4M Explorers for Exhaust-Leak Prevention

The automaker addresses customer concerns raised by recent reports of carbon monoxide leaks in upfitted Ford police vehicles.

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