Government Fleet News

Source: DOE Energy Information Administration

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Up, Crude Oil Futures Slip

Diesel and gasoline prices were up over the past week compared to the week before, according to weekly figures from the Department of Energy, but still lower than they were a year ago.

Ritchie Bros. Acquires IronPlanet

Vancouver-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has acquired online auctioneer IronPlanet of Pleasanton, Calif., for $758.5 million, the company announced.

Photo of the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali courtesy of GM.

2017 GMC Canyon Adds 8-Speed Automatic, Like Colorado

The GMC Canyon will also receive an 8-speed transmission and slightly more efficient V-6 that mirror updates announced for its sister Colorado mid-size pickup as well as adding the off-road Terrain X trim grade to the lineup for the 2017 model year.

Safety Tip: Back-to-School Driving Advice

Here are some timely tips from the National Safety Council that you can share with fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Photo via Flickr / Laurie Avocado.

Ky. Fleet Employees Disciplined Over Missing Tire Funds

The Ashland City Board of Commissioners closed an investigation into $143,000 worth of tire expenditures that were unaccounted for.

Photo courtesy of Cobb County.

Ga. County Adds EVs to Emergency Services Fleet

Cobb County (Ga.) has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) fleet by providing seven Nissan Leafs to its Fire and Emergency Services division.

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

Chevrolet Caprice PPV and SS Recalled for Seat Belts

The recall, tied to a problem with the driver’s seat belt, affects nearly 15,500 cars in the 2014-2016 model years.

Photo of 2017 F-250 4x4 Crew Cab Platinum courtesy of Ford.

Ford Increases Super Duty Fuel Tank Capacity

Ford's gasoline and diesel 2017 Super Duty trucks will come equipped with a 48-gallon fuel tank that provides a 22% increase over the outgoing diesel models and 37% increase over the gasoline models.

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Colorado Improves V-6 for 2017

The Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup will offer a more efficient V-6 engine and transmission for the 2017 model year, Chevrolet has announced.

GPS Insight Ranked on Inc. 5000 List

Inc. magazine ranked GPS Insight number 3,668 with three-year sales growth of 85% on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Photo courtesy of Zipcar.

Zipcar Relaunches Local Motion for Motor Pool Management

Zipcar has begun offering vehicle management service Local Motion to government fleets to improve their motor pool operations through keyless fleet sharing after acquiring the company in late 2015.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank.

TravelCenters of America Begin Accepting U.S. Bank Fleet Card

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands and Minit Mart convenience stores, is expanding its relationship with U.S. Bank by accepting a new single Voyager Fleet Card at its truck stop and convenience store locations.

Photo courtesy of Rastrac.

Rastrac, Magellan Partner on Fleet Telematics

Austin, Texas-based telematics provider Rastrac is partnering with Magellan on a system that provides vehicle tracking and reporting, including Hours of Service (HOS) compliance through an electronic logging device (ELD), according to the company.

California Toughens Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

California is set to approve even tougher air-quality controls that would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, after the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 32 on Aug. 24.

Photo courtesy of New York Power Authority.

N.Y. Municipality Acquires Largest Municipal Utility EV Fleet in State

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) partnered with Fairport Electric to create the largest municipal utility electric vehicle fleet in the state.

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Transits for Fuel Injection Pumps

The recall covers more than 2,000 2015-2016 model-year vans equipped with 3.2-liter diesel engines.

Audit: Indy-Vision Fleet Deal Poorly Executed

A new report from the Indianapolis Office of Audit and Performance faults the then-mayor Greg Ballard's administration for its poorly executed plan to lease 425 electric vehicles through Vision Fleet.

Photo of Ford Taurus courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Multiple Models for Stalling

The recall covers 77,502 Taurus, Flex, Police Interceptor, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles in the 2013-2015 model years.

Photo via Flickr/Matthew Bellemare.

Conn. Fire Union Opposes Truck Downsizing

New Haven (Conn.) firefighters have criticized a city plan to replace a fire engine with two paramedic units, and said the move will hamper their ability to provide quality service.

Photo of 2016 Fusion Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

TCO for Hybrids Failing to Keep Pace

Only seven of 29 hybrids offered in the 2016 model year showed a lower total cost of ownership than their gasoline counterparts, representing a sharp decline from 2012 levels, according to an analysis by Vincentric.

A stronger U.S. economy, lower unemployment rates, and lower gas prices contributed to more miles driven in the first half of 2016.

Crash Fatalities Climb 9% in 2016’s First Half

If the trend continues, U.S. may see its deadliest driving year since 2007 and deadliest Labor Day since 2008, according to the National Safety Council.

Diesel Prices Increase For the First Time in Over 2 Months

The price of diesel fuel increased for the first time in over 2 months after slowly falling from a high of 2.43 in mid-June, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt Offers Lighter Steer Axle/Suspension, Safety Tech on 579 and 567

Peterbilt is making available the Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system and a new integrated Softek NXT suspension and axle system from Hendrickson on its Model 579 and 567 trucks.

Fla. County Opens CNG Fueling Station

St. Johns County (Fla.) has opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station through a public-private partnership with Nopetro.

Two Ore. Fleet Technicians Face Drug Charges

Two city of Eugene (Ore.) fleet technicians face drug charges following the conviction of a colleague in January.

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