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2018 Fleet Forward Conference Dates, Location Announced

The 2018 Fleet Forward Conference — dedicated to mobility solutions for fleets — will take place Oct. 8-10 at The Pearl in San Francisco.

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Pa. Township to Build New Fleet Facility

The Department of Public Works in Lancaster, Pa., is poised to begin construction on its 35,000-square-foot operations center, which includes a fleet maintenance facility.

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How the Trump Tariffs Will Affect Fleets

President Donald Trump's executive order imposing tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum may translate to higher prices to commercial fleets for vehicles and truck or van equipment, fleet management company experts said.

Research from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows that vehicle parts can bring in about 70% of the full cost of the car. Grapahic courtesy of NICB

Rising Parts Costs Drive Vehicle Thefts

Thefts of vehicles in the U.S. rose again last year by more than 4%, according to preliminary 2017 crime data from the FBI. Many of the vehicles that are recovered are missing wheels and rims or other key parts.

Photo of the City of Sacramento's new fleet of Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles courtesy of City of Sacramento

Sacramento Ups ZEV Mandate to 50%

The City of Sacramento, Calif., has updated its Fleet Sustainability Policy to require that 50% of all light-duty replacement vehicles purchased must be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2018.

Photo of Ranger Design's shelving and flooring options by Lauren Fletcher.

Ranger Design Unveils Van Flooring and Shelves

Ranger Design showed its new line of shelving and flooring system at The Work Truck Show 2018 in Indianapolis. The company has also introduced an online configurator for its customers.

Knapheide's Aluminum Service Body Photo: Knapheide

Knapheide Unveils Two Aluminum Truck Bodies

Knapheide Manufacturing has introduced a new aluminum service body and aluminum platform body at the 2018 Work Truck Show.

Flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey via Revolution Messaging/flickr

Houston Approves $2M Purchase of Flood Rescue Vehicles

The $2 million will go toward six $75,000 flood-capable rescue vehicles and 10 pickup trucks.

Weather Guard's Steel Truck Rack is designed for easy installation and can secure loads of up to 1,000 pounds. Photo: Weather Guard

Weather Guard Announces New Truck Racks and Accessories

Weather Guard has introduced a redesigned truck rack and a new collection of mounting kits at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo of EPIC F59 chassis courtesy of Motiv.

Motiv to Supply Spartan Motors with Electrified Step Van Chassis

Spartan Motors has signed an agreement with Motiv Power Systems to supply battery-electric chassis products for Class 4-6 Utilimaster step vans for three years.

Photo via Petersburg Bureau of Police/Facebook

Va. Police Bureau Purchases Drone Fleet

The Petersburg (Va.) Bureau of Police will use the drones to aid in searching for missing people and photographing vehicle accident and crime scenes.

Photo of the Fleet in-car video system for police offices courtey of Axon

Virginia Beach PD to Roll Out Connected Video System

The Virginia Beach (Va.) Police Department has purchased 1,060 body and in-car cameras for agency-wide deployment. Cameras will be deployed in 250 vehicles.

Photo of an En-Mark driving simulator courtesy of En-Mark Simulator Rentals

Ind. Sheriff Utilizes Simulator for Driving Training

The training is part of the Clay County (Ind.) Sheriff's effort to reduce accidents, injuries, and potential lawsuits, and is funded through the county's insurance carrier.

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman courtesy of FCA.

Ram to Offer 1500 Tradesman for 2019

Fiat Chrysler will offer a 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model with its redesign of its top-selling pickup that's aimed at commercial fleets, small businesses, and contractors, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV courtesy of GM.

General Motors to Boost Chevy Bolt EV Production

General Motors will increase production of its Chevrolet Bolt EV this year at its Orion Assembly Plant in Oakland County, Mich., as part of the company's "path to an all-electric future," chief executive Mary Barra told attendees at an energy conference.

Photo of electric plug on NPR courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Testing Battery-Electric Cabover

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America showed a battery-electric N-Series cabover at the Work Truck Show that's now serving as a research vehicle to allow the manufacturer to gauge interest from fleets who would use the truck for certain applications.

Mack Trucks today announced several new enhancements to its Mack Granite Medium Heavy Duty (MHD) model, increasing its versatility. Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Adds More Configurations to the Granite MHD Truck Lineup

Mack Trucks has added new features to its Granite Medium Heavy Duty (MHD) truck, aimed at increasing its versatility and enabling more cost effective choices for customers that need a durable and light work truck.

Valvoline's Premium Blue One Solution 9200 engine oil is approved for use in natural gas, diesel, and gasoline engines. Image: Valvoline

Valvoline Offers Oil for Natural Gas, Diesel, and Gasoline Engines

Valvoline says its new Premium Blue One Solution 9200 is the first engine oil approved for use in natural gas, diesel, and gasoline engines.

The International MV Series is a new Class 6/7 truck designed to be easily upfitted. Photo: David Cullen

International Launches MV Series Class 6/7 Truck

International Truck has launched a new medium-duty Class 6/7 vehicle called the MV Series at the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. It has been designed from the ground up for adaptability and comes with many driver-centric features.

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Ram to Offer Verizon Connect-Powered Factory Telematics

Ram Commercial will offer a comprehensive telematics package from Verizon Connect on select Ram commercial vehicles as part of a partnership with the connected vehicle provider announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

The Class 6 Chevy Silverado 6500HD chassis cab is powered by a standard Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine (the only engine available on the Silverado) mated to a choice of Allison transmissions. The trucks will put out 350 hp at 700 lb.-ft. of torque. Photo: David Cullen

Chevrolet Debuts Three Medium-Duty Trucks

Chevrolet is squarely back in the medium-duty commercial truck market with the unveiling of three Silverado HD chassis cab trucks — the 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD — that expand its commercial lineup and give Chevrolet a greater weight range of vehicles for fleet purchasers. Chevrolet first showed the vehicles at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Image courtesy of NHTSA

Vactor Recalls Vacuum Excavators for Cylinder Corrosion

Vactor Manufacturing is recalling certain 2011-2017 HXX and 2100 Plus vacuum excavator trucks. The hydraulic dump body cylinder can corrode at the threaded joint over time, causing the cylinder to fail when in a dump cycle.

Photo via Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine/Flickr

New York City Doubles Car Sharing Use

New York City fleet drivers increased their use of car sharing significantly in 2017, increasing average car share use by 98%. The city also increased its motor pool fleet by 8%.

Photo of 2018 Ram ProMaster City courtesy of FCA.

FCA Recalls Ram ProMaster City for Tire Placards

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling approximately 3,460 2018 Ram ProMaster City compact vans because the tire placards may provide misinformation regarding seating capacity.

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Radu Pop Joins Stertil-Koni as Business Development Manager

Stertil-Koni, a provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifts, has announced that Radu Pop has joined the company as business development manager.

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