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Mass. City Converts 25% of Fleet to Electric Vehicles

The City of New Bedford, Mass. has converted more than a quarter of its general use fleet to electric vehicles, making it the largest of its kind in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Alley to Retire From King County Metro

John Alley, vehicle maintenance manager, has announced he will retire from King County Metro Transit in Seattle, Wash., on Aug. 31.

Spireon Touts 2016 First Half Growth

Spireon Inc. has achieved its 20th consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth, as the company added over 1 million new connected devices in the past year across its vehicle telematics segments.

Photo of Sprinter Worker courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Expands Sprinter Worker Lineup

Mercedes-Benz is expanding its Sprinter Worker lineup with additional chassis, engine, and body configurations geared toward the contracting, delivery and transportation service industries.

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S.C. City Outsources Refuse Collection

The City of Simpsonville, S.C., is contracting out its refuse collection instead of replacing its aging fleet.

Photo of the 2016 F-150 SSV courtesy of Ford.

Fleet Sales Increase 13.2% in July

Sales of fleet vehicles to government agencies from five manufacturers increased 13.2% to 22,160 units in July on the strength of sales of trucks, SUVs, and vans.

Photo courtesy of State of West Va.

W.Va. State Audit Seeks Accurate Vehicle Count

The State of West Virginia is undergoing a fleet audit to determine an accurate vehicle count and to see if it really needs all its vehicles.

Vassar College Automates Motor Pool Management

Vassar College has selected FleetCommander fleet and motor pool technologies to automate its motor pool management processes, collect the data needed to make fleet right-sizing decisions, and improve service provided to faculty, staff, and students.

Photo of 2015 Altima courtesy of Nissan.

Newer Toyota, Nissan Models Among Most Stolen

Two 2014 Toyota cars — the Camry and Corolla — and the 2015 Nissan Altima made a list of the most frequently stolen vehicles during 2015 and four General Motors models were among the most stolen 2015 models, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Takeuchi Launches Telematics System

Takeuchi-US has launched a new telematics system, Takeuchi Fleet Management (TFM). TFM hardware comes standard on select excavators and track loaders in the Takeuchi lineup.

Photo courtesy of Rotary Lift

Rotary Lifts Available Through New York State Contract

This contract, award #PGB-22947, is part of the “Group 35000 Garage Equipment/Vehicle Lifts/Hoists” category. It piggybacks on the existing National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) purchasing cooperative contract #061015-RRL.

Photo Courtesy of City of Albany

N.Y. Municipality Begins Automated Recycling Truck Pilot

The City of Albany (N.Y.) is running a pilot program for its newest recycling trucks. These custom-made haulers have an automated arm that grabs 64-gallon recycling bins and dumps them in the truck rather than requiring an employee to do the heavy lifting.

Photo via Flickr/ torbakhopper.

San Francisco's New Fire Engines Can Handle Hills

The San Francisco (Calif.) Fire Department will purchase eight custom fire engines to better navigate through the city's narrow streets and changing traffic conditions.

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Verizon-Fleetmatics Deal Makes Telematics Giant

Verizon will control about 25% of the telematics market following its planned acquisitions of Fleetmatics and Telogis in moves that indicate steady growth ahead for fleet telematics use, a market expert said.

Average Diesel Prices Fall to $2.35 Per Gallon

Diesel fuel prices are continuing to fall, dropping around 8 cents from their peak of $2.43 per gallon in early June, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Video Safety Tip: Understanding Roundabouts

The Michigan Department of Transportation offers advice on how to safely navigate through a roundabout.

EquipmentWatch.com Relaunched

Penton’s EquipmentWatch, a provider of data, insights, and workflow tools for the heavy equipment industry, relaunched its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform at EquipmentWatch.com.

Tenn. Fleet Refutes $10M Budget Overage Accusation

The State of Tennessee Department of General Services is defending its fleet management operation after a local news agency accused the state of consistently spending $10 million over budget every year since it began outsourcing fleet.

Photo Courtesy of Montgomery County

Ohio County Opens CNG Station

Montgomery County (Ohio) opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station last week. It will be open to the public and will also be used to fuel some county vehicles.

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Verizon to Acquire Fleetmatics

Verizon Communications will acquire leading telematics provider Fleetmatics Group for $2.4 billion in a cash deal that will create a powerhouse telematics provider.

Wis. Police to Replace Aging Non-Emergency Fleet

The Green Bay (Wis.) Police Department is retiring 10 of its non-emergency vehicles. Due to budget constraints, these vehicles are often kept longer than they should and some of the vehicles even have rusted out floorboards.

Heavy electric delivery truck's range is 200 kilometers (124 miles) and its batteries can be recharged in as little as two hours. Photos: Daimler Trucks

M-B Class 8 Electric Truck to be Tested in Urban Delivery Service

Heavy-duty Urban eTruck for “short radius” use in Germany and elsewhere could be in production by 2020 or soon thereafter, Daimler says.

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Nexiq Technologies Releases Technician Software Combo

Nexiq Technologies has released eTechnician, which includes two PC-based software applications — eTechnician Heavy Duty Standard and eTechnician Light and Medium Truck.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (right) presents a gift to Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. Photo: Paul Clinton

Mercedes-Benz Breaks Ground on $500M Van Plant

Mercedes-Benz will shift production of vans it sells in the U.S. and Canada to North Charleston, S.C., by the end of the decade with a plant that nearly triples its existing manufacturing footprint.

Photo courtesy of Alameda County.

Two Calif. Counties Make the Switch to Renewable Diesel

Alameda and San Joaquin Counties in California have both begun using renewable diesel to fuel their fleets.

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