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Mich. Senators Support Fuel Economy Bill

Michigan's U.S. senators are backing a proposal that would allow automakers to apply credits for model years as far back as 2009 to help them meet future standards to require their car and truck fleets to average 41 miles per gallon by 2021.

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Calif. Lifeguards Receive 35 Toyota Vehicles

Toyota donated 35 new SUVs and pickup trucks to the City of San Diego, Calif., lifeguards, and agreed to maintain and service the vehicles.

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Idaho State Police Demonstrates Drone Program

The drones are used to expedite crash scene investigations and get traffic flowing more quickly, conduct surveillance in crime scene investigations, and assist officers during search and rescues.

Phot of Hyundai's Ioniq Electric by Vince Taroc.

Hyundai Explains Ioniq Roll-Out Strategy

Hyundai has started selling two of its three 2017 Ioniq models with a roll-out strategy that prioritizes zero-emissions states with the battery-electric model.

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Ky. City to Lease Vehicles

The City of Glasgow, Ky., is expected to take delivery of about two dozen vehicles through open-ended leases — half of these vehicles will go to the Police Department.

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Trump’s Budget Slashes Vehicle Technology Funding

President Trump’s 2018 proposed budget slashes the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology program funding, reducing it by nearly 74%. The cuts include terminating funding for the Clean Cities program.

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

GM Calls Diesel Manipulation Claim 'Baseless'

General Motors has responded to a civil lawsuit claiming that it included a defeat device in its diesel-powered vehicles by saying the claim is baseless, according to a company statement.

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Calif. PD Receives Donated Adventure Bikes

Redondo Beach (Calif.) Police Department officers hope the Honda Africa Twin adventure motorcycles' relative agility, lighter weight, and increased suspension travel will make them suited for police work.

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Hailstorm Damages 125 Colo. City Vehicles

So far, 125 vehicles in the City of Lakewood, Colo., fleet have been found with damage from the hail, including windshield, window, and body damage, and this number may increase.

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Fla. City Adopts E-85

Unlike gasoline, which is delivered to the city by cargo ship, E-85 is transported by rail and is less likely to be delayed during severe weather or hurricanes.

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Ga. City Officials Question Police Replacements, Fleet Size

Columbus (Ga.) Consolidated Government officials are questioning whether police vehicle replacements can be delayed and whether the public safety fleet can be reduced.

S.C. County Opens $1M Fleet Facility

Georgetown County, S.C., has opened a new, $1 million, 12,000 square-foot fleet maintenance building for its contracted fleet staff.

N.M. Reduces Fleet, Turns Off GPS Devices to Cut Costs

Faced with budget cuts, the State of New Mexico has cut 50 vehicles from its fleet and turned off all GPS units in its fleet vehicles

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc

Feds Sue Fiat-Chrysler Over Diesels

The federal government has sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for using illegal engine-control software in its diesel vehicles so that they would perform differently during emissions testing than under normal driving conditions.

Photo of 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive courtesy of MBUSA.

Next-Gen Smart Fortwo Electric Starts at $24,550

Mercedes-Benz has reduced the price of the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive by $1,200 to $24,550 for a battery EV that increases range and decreases charging time as it enters its fourth generation.

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Volvo Tests Autonomous Refuse Truck

Volvo Group and Renova are testing an autonomous refuse truck that has the potential to be used in an urban environment.

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Housing Authority Leasing Vehicles to Upgrade Fleet

The Albuquerque Housing Authority (AHA) in New Mexico is expected to save $200,000 over the next 10 years by leasing new vehicles.

Safety Tip: Preventing Injuries Tied to Air Bags

Drivers can take certain measures to mitigate the risk of serious injury arising from air bag deployment. Here are some tips from the Kansas Department of Revenue’s Division of Vehicles.

Photo of Jim Hackett courtesy of Ford.

Ford Replaces CEO Fields With Mobility Head Hackett

Ford has replaced CEO Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, who has led its mobility business unit for the past year. Ford views Hackett as a "transformational business leader" as it seeks to boost profit amid investor pressure.

Photo of 3.0L V-6 diesel courtesy of FCA.

FCA Hoping to End Diesel Dispute with Regulators

Fiat-Chrysler has applied for certification for its diesel-powered 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee, and intends to modify the emissions software of current models to resolve a dispute with regulators.

eBright ST 1085s were painted metallic silver to celebrate the 7,500th lift, then sold at a live auction at Stertil-Koni’s annual Distributor Meeting in Stevensville, MD. Photo courtesy of Steril-Koni

Stertil-Koni Celebrates 7,500 Vehicle Lifts Produced

Stertil-Koni USA announced that its U.S. manufacturing facility recently produced its 7,500th unit in the USA.

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Nissan Teases Next-Gen Leaf

Nissan's next-generation battery-electric Leaf will provide "intelligent zero-emissions mobility," the company said ahead of the vehicle's introduction later this year.

San Diego County Fleet Manager Steps Down

Sharyl Blackington, fleet manager for San Diego County, Calif., has announced she is resigning from her position. Her last day is May 19.

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Aims to Fund Projects Through Loans

While details on President Trump’s $1 trillion Infrastructure plan may still be weeks away, two senators, Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), have introduced a bipartisan infrastructure funding plan.

IronPlanet CEO Named Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year

The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

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