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Iowa County Officials Debate Fleet Centralization

Scott County, Iowa, officials debated the county's fleet management plans at a recent board meeting. The debate came up after the county's director of budget and administrative services recommended to purchase a system to balance and align tires.

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NYC Orders 50 Chevrolet Bolt EVs

New York City is purchasing 50 Chevrolet Bolt all-electric vehicles for its fleet. The new contract will help the city reach its goal of acquiring 1,000 electric vehicles by the end of 2017.

EPA Retains 2025 Emissions Targets

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed leaving in place its emissions standards for light-duty vehicles through 2025 in a move that's expected to face opposition from automakers.

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GM Adds Southeast, West Fleet Sales Regions

General Motors is expanding its sales and service team for commercial and government fleets by appointing regional directors for the Southeast and West regions.

Since opening this CNG fueling station in Anderson, S.C., last year, Piedmont has reduced the price of its fuel to $1.37 per GGE. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Natural Gas

CNG Supplier Hopes to Spur Adoption in Southeast

Fuel supplier Piedmont Natural Gas hopes to expand compressed natural gas adoption with lowered fuel prices and contracts with government and commercial fleets in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

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EPA Approves Modest Renewable Fuel Increase for 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a 6% increase in the level of biofuels that producers must blend with gasoline and diesel in 2017 that falls significantly short of amount required by the Renewable Fuel Standard by 2022.

Diesel Prices Barely Changed Last Week

The average price of diesel fuel in the U.S. was nearly flat during the week of Thanksgiving, according to the latest numbers from the EIA.

Safety Tip: Floor Mat Installation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides advice on how to ensure floor mats are installed properly and don't interfere with accelerator or brake pedal operation.

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Tenn. School Bus Driver Arrested After Fatal Crash

A Chattanooga, Tenn., school bus driver was arrested after a bus crash resulted in the death of six children.

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Dallas Fire Receives Donated Trucks, Station Makeover

This Thanksgiving, the Dallas Fire Department received a donation of a new brand-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty from Ford and a pledge of $50,000 donation to purchase equipment from Leary Firefighters Foundation.

Kubota Expands Ga. Distribution Center

Kubota Tractor Corporation announced that it has begun construction on a 617,865 sq. ft. expansion of its National Distribution Center (NDC) on the company’s existing property in Jefferson, Ga.

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Austin Responds to Fleet Audit Claiming Waste

The City of Austin (Texas) Fleet defended itself after a special report from the Auditor’s Office stated that the fleet had wasted $45,000 in purchasing an incorrect vehicle.

Photo via Flickr/Arvell Dorsey Jr.

N.J. County Shares Services with Municipalities

The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders (N.J.) approved a shared services contract with the Borough of North Arlington for the rental and usage of a county-owned street sweeper.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

Ram's Tablet App Helps Fleets Configure Vans

Fiat-Chrysler's Ram Commercial has developed a mobile app for tablets that allows fleet and business customers to view possible upfits when purchasing one of the 14 configurations of the ProMaster cargo van.

Inmate Fleet Worker Caught Stealing County Vehicle

The Polk County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office has apprehended an inmate who escaped with a fleet vehicle while at his assigned work location at the county vehicle maintenance facility.

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Fleets Prepare for Snow with Vehicle Upgrades

As winter approaches, government fleets all over the country are preparing for the snow with increased staff, larger vehicles, and more preventive measures to minimize snow's impact this season.

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Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Exemption Changes

A federal judge has issued an injunction, blocking the Department of Labor's proposed changes to the rules governing overtime. If passed, the changes would have extended overtime to 4.2 million employees.

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Terex Utilities Offers Idle Mitigation Solution

Terex Utilities now offers customers another option to meet their green fleet needs with the new HyPower IM, the latest innovation in the HyPower hybrid solutions offering.

Toyota Developing Battery EV

Toyota Motor Corp. has formed an in-house venture company that will begin developing a battery-electric vehicle for a company known as a hybrid pioneer starting in December, Toyota has announced.

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Fla. Sheriff Makes Safety Upgrades to SUVs

The Orange County Sheriff's Office in Fla. has made changes to 85 of its SUVs to improve safety after a murder suspect was able to grab two deputies' shotguns earlier this year.

The Chevrolet Volt is the most popular vehicle in the CHEAPR program. Photo courtesy of GM

Conn. Adds $2.7M to EV Rebate Program

The State of Connecticut has extended a cash rebate program for municipalities, businesses, and residents to purchase electric vehicles (EVs). The state will provide an additional $2.7 million in new funding for the rebate program.

API has developed two visually different API Service Symbol Donuts so that consumers can distinguish between the two new categories of oils. Image: API

New API Diesel Engine Oil Categories Arrive Dec. 1

The American Petroleum Institute's new diesel engine oil-service categories, API CK-4 and FA-4, will begin appearing in the marketplace on Dec. 1.

GPS Insight Offers Mannequin Challenge Video

Telematics provider GPS Insight has added their contribution to the Mannequin Challenge, a viral video trend in which people remain frozen in action while a camera records their poses.

Diesel Prices Fall, Crude Oil Surges on Putin Remarks

The price of diesel fuel dropped by around two cents last week, the second straight week with declines of over a cent, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz Van Upfitter Program Now Underway

Mercedes-Benz's MasterSolutions upfitter program has launched for Metris and Sprinter vans to provide common equipment packages for fleets through a Mercedes-Benz or Freightliner dealer.

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