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Video Safety Tip: Installing Snow Chains

Edmunds.com and the Oregon Department of Transportation offer advice on installing snow chains.

Photo courtesy of the Oregon State Police.

National Safety Council Expects High Death Toll for Holiday

The National Safety Council is predicting the most deaths and injuries in traffic crashes during the three-day Christmas holiday period since 2009.

Photo via Wikimedia.

U.S. Congress Passes Natural Gas Tax Credit Legislation

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 will extend federal tax credits for alternative fuels that expired in 2014 and make some subsidies permanent.

NC Clean Energy Technology Center Transportation Team (l to r): Matt Abele, Anne Tazewell, Heather Brutz, Rick Sapienza, and Mike Terreri

N.C. State's $4.4M Grant to Develop Fleet Management Training

The Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project aims in part to develop a professional Smart Fleet management training program that will provide tools and information to increase fleet efficiency through the use of low carbon fuels, technologies, practices, and policies.

Dodge B2500 is back in the fleet customer's hands after Cenergy outfitted the van with an ANG tank. It still has its original CNG tanks. Photo courtesy of Cenergy Solutions.

Adsorbent Natural Gas Tank Applied to First Fleet Vehicle

Cenergy Solutions has been testing an adsorbent natural gas (ANG) tank on a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 van. ANG tanks can extend a vehicle’s range and lower the cost of gas because it needn’t be pumped to high pressures.

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40+ Vehicle Debuts Set for Detroit

More than 40 new vehicles will get their global or North American debut at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Attendees at the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference learn about Shell's comprehensive safety program from Mike Watson, Shell's global road safety manager. Photo: Chris Wolski

Save the Date: 2016 Fleet Safety Conference

When planning ahead for 2016, make sure to circle July 18-20. That’s when the 2016 edition of the not-to-be-missed Fleet Safety Conference will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Kan. Municipality to Spend $1.7M to Replace Aging Fleet

The City of Lawrence (Kan.) has purchased $1.75 million worth of vehicles this month to replace its aging fleet out of a reserve replacement fund so the monies wouldn't be lost in the 2016 budget.

*Fiscal 2016 spending is based on states’ enacted budgets. **Aggregate spending levels would need to total $789 billion in fiscal 2015 to be equivalent with real 2008 spending levels. Graph from the Fall 2015 Fiscal Survey of States

State Spending to Grow Moderately in 2016

State budgets continue to grow at a moderate pace after several years of a slow recovery from the recession. General fund spending is expected to grow 4.1% in fiscal-year 2016, according to the Fall 2015 Fiscal Survey of States.

Ga. County Looking at Fleet to Close Budget Gap

Floyd County (Ga.) commissioners are looking toward their fleet department to close a $1.4-million budget deficit, and have discussed a utilization study and use of alternative-fuel vehicles to achieve the goal.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Calif. and Pa. Offer Alternative-Fuel Grants

State regulators in Pennsylvania and California have introduced new assistance programs to create wider adoption of alternative fuel vehicles and technology, the states announced separately.

Heavy Equipment Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Jack Church (left) and Light Equipment Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Cortner (right) were instrumental in achieving the fleet's latest Green Business Certifications. Photo courtesy of Sonoma County

Sonoma County Fleet Earns Green Business Certification

The Sonoma County (Calif.) General Services Fleet Operations Division was presented with two California Green Business Certifications from the Sonoma Green Business Program.

Nissan's advanced 5.6-liter Endurance gasoline V-8 is being built in southern Tennessee.

Nissan to Offer Gasoline-Powered V-8 for Titan XD

Nissan's new engine features four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, and is rated at 390 hp at 5,800 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Photo via Wikipedia

Feds Offer $35M to Advance Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tech

The DOE hopes to speed up the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technologies by supporting research and development, early market deployments, and domestic manufacturing.

Texas School District Adds 'In God We Trust' to Patrol Vehicles

The Cleveland Independent School District has added "In God We Trust" to its patrol vehicles. The Houston-area district received the stickers as a gift from a local business.

Wash. County Lowers Car Allowance for Officials

The Snohomish County Council has lowered the monthly car allowance for officials by 7% in the wake of a whistle-blower complaint by an analyst claiming he was pressured to inflate the numbers.

Diesel Prices Down for 5th Straight Week

For the fifth straight week, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel decreased according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo via Inventorchris/Flickr.

Illinois State Police Vehicle Replacements Stall

An aggressive replacement plan to update the Illinois State Police's aging patrol vehicles has stalled following Gov. Bruce Rauner's moratorium on vehicle purchases to stem a budget crisis.

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San Francisco's Renewable Diesel Halves Diesel Emissions

The City & County of San Francisco has ended its use of petroleum diesel and completed the switch to renewable diesel for the city fleet. The change will reduce fleet diesel greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and is cost neutral.

Photo via Flickr/Oregon DOT

Wash. to Purchase 20% EVs by 2017

The Washington State Electric Fleets Initiative aims to ensure at least 20% of all new state passenger vehicle purchases are electric vehicles by 2017.

Video Safety Tip: Averting Vehicle-Deer Crashes

Here's some advice, provided by the Insurance Information Institute, aimed at helping drivers avoid a collision with a deer.

Photo courtesy of Montezuma County.

Colo. County Creates Fleet Management Department

Montezuma County, Colo., has appointed a new fleet manager and started the process of setting up a fleet management division to improve efficiency while consolidating vehicle and equipment costs.

Photo of 2015 F-450 courtesy of Ford.

Classes 3, 8 Leading Strong Used Truck Market

Heavy and certain light and medium trucks make up the largest share of transactions for first three quarters of 2015, says IHS Automotive.

GSA Awards AT&T Contract for Telematics

AT&T was awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement (BPA) from the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Fleet Management to offer telematics to federal agencies.

Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Alliance AutoGas Pursuing CARB Certification for 2016 Ford Transit

Alliance AutoGas has announced the pursuit of CARB certification for the 2016 Ford Transit, which it is currently taking orders in 49 states for.



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