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Los Angeles Deploys Drones for the First Time for Wildfires

The drones use thermal imaging to seek out hot spots and a camera to assess property damage, which help the Los Angeles Fire Department make decisions when developing a response plan.

Photo via Noya Fields/Flickr

Battery Breakthrough Could Triple EV Range

New research at the University of Waterloo in Canada could lead to the development of batteries with triple the range of current battery technology for electric vehicles.

Homeland Security Awards Additional Purchase Agreement for Telematics

Geotab, a provider of telematics technology, announced it has been awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement to provide secure telematics solutions for the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

GM Moving Toward Carbon Fiber Pickup Beds

General Motors is considering carbon fiber for the beds of its next-generation Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks to better compete with Ford's F-Series pickups and meet future fuel-economy standards.

Photo courtesy of West Virginia Governor's Office

W.Va. May Change Registration Process for State Vehicles

Under the proposed changes, West Virginia state vehicles' current license plate design would be phased out for a new color scheme, and vehicles would be subject to annual or biannual registration.

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Houston Approves $2M Maintenance Contract for Fire Equipment

Houston City Council approved a $2 million contract with E-One, which covers OEM replacement parts and repair services for its fire trucks over three years with two one-year options.

Video Safety Tip: Understanding Traction Control

The National Safety Council explains the benefits of traction control and reveals the two driving situations when the feature should be turned off.

Photo via Daniel Schwen/Wikimedia

Louisiana State Police Official Misused Resources

Louisiana State Police troopers were frequently tasked with transporting the former police superintendent’s wife, and fleet personnel were asked to conduct maintenance on personal vehicles.

Photo of a Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid at Blue Ridge Parkway courtesy of Hyundai

Hyundai Donates Ioniq Hybrids to National Park Service

Hyundai donated Ioniq Hybrids to the National Park Service for use in Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina, Santa Monica Mountains in California, and National Capital Parks (East) in Washington, D.C.

Photo courtesy of FCA.

FCA Opens Second Parts Distribution Center in 2017

Fiat-Chrysler has opened its second Mopar parts distribution center in 2017, this one located in the metro Detroit area.

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Texas City Awards $11.6M Maintenance Contract

The City of Arlington, Texas, has awarded its fleet management, maintenance, and repair contract for all municipal vehicles to First Vehicle Services.

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Begins 2018 Leaf Production

Production for the 2018 Nissan Leaf is underway at Nissan’s assembly plant in Tennessee for a nationwide release to start off the New Year.

The 2018 Super Duty F-450 4x2 dual-rear-wheel pickup will be available this winter in XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum series offerings. (Photo courtesy of Ford.)

Ford Upgrades Super Duty for 2018

Ford has made upgrades across the board for its 2018 Super Duty, and now claims best-in-class horsepower, torque, towing, and payload.

One of four dashboards offered on the 2018 Sprinter. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Third-Gen Sprinter Van to Focus on Mobility, Connectivity

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will add a gasoline engine, optional factory telematics offering, and more than 1,000 configurations to provide a "holistic mobility solution" when it debuts in February, the head of the company's van division told journalists in Stuttgart, Germany.

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of manufacturers.

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 6.3% in November

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufactures increased 3.5% to 51,569 in November as total car sales made a strong monthly return at 27%, but is still more than 35% lower than what was reported last year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Video Safety Tip: Responding to a Traffic Break

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice on how to respond to a traffic break.

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N.Y. Municipality Moves to Fuel Cards

The City of Ogdensburg, N.Y., is removing its two 6,000-gallon fuel tanks used for storing diesel and gasoline and will begin using fuel cards for its 90-vehicle fleet.

Loveland Fire Rescue Authority Operations Division Chief Greg Ward, left, and Fleet Services Technician Corey Lane go over documentation for a truck in the “heavy fire apparatus” category. Photo via City of Loveland

Loveland Technician Earns National Award

The City of Loveland, Colo., has announced that Corey Lane, fleet technician and 22-year city employee, has been recognized with the “Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year” award from a national publication.

Photo courtesy of GM

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV Gets New Safety Features

Chevrolet is adding new safety features and options to the 2018 Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV), including technologies designed to help reduce potential crash speeds or help avoid a crash.

Photo of 2017 Jeep Patriot courtesy of FCA.

These Vehicles Have Been Discontinued for 2018

Vehicle manufacturers are adding a slew of new utility vehicles to their lineups for the 2018 model year, and ceasing production of some of their cars as fleet and retail buyers shift their tastes toward SUVs of all stripes.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-150, Explorer for Loose Seats

The pickup truck and SUV recall covers more than 177,200 2016-MY vehicles in the U.S.

NYC Promotes Agency Fleet Managers

New York City has promoted three employees to various fleet management roles at three departments. Two of them transition out of the New York City Police Department fleet.

CASE Extends Full-Machine Warranty on Skid Steers, Compact Track Loaders

The new full-machine warranty applies to all models in both product lines.

John Deere Launches New Website

The global launch included 33 John Deere sites in 16 languages and approximately 2,300 product pages.

Pictured: One of the sheriff's office vehicles equipped with Derive Efficiency. Photo courtesy of Dakota County

Minn. County Increases Fuel Economy With Vehicle Software

In a pilot of vehicle calibration software, Dakota County, Minn., fleet vehicles saw an 8% average drop in fuel consumption.

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