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Columbus Credits PI Utility Design for Officers’ Lives

The City of Columbus, Ohio, Police Department has had five rear-end collisions with the Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle, and officers have walked away from all of them.

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Houston Fire Chief Requests $10.9M for Annual Replacements

The City of Houston’s Fire Chief Samuel Pena is asking city council for $10.9 million in annual fleet replacement funding. This would be used to purchase 16 ambulances, nine fire engines, and nine ladder trucks.

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Calif. to Purchase Medium- & Heavy-Duty ZEVs for State Fleet

The State of California has upped its fleet greening goals, mandating that 15% of specified medium- and heavy-duty vehicle purchases by state agencies must be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025.

Weaver Takes on New Fleet Role

Roger Weaver, CAFM, CPFP, CPM, fleet management director for San Bernardino County, Calif., is resigning from his position effective Oct. 17. He will join neighboring Riverside County as its assistant director of fleet services.

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Green4U Reveals All-Electric SUVs

Green4U Technologies plans to begin delivering its all-electric, fleet-focused SUVs by summer of 2018. The vehicles are expected to deliver up to 230 miles in range on a single charge.

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Motiv to Deliver Electric Refuse Trucks by Early 2018

Motiv expects to deliver two fully electric refuse trucks to the City of Los Angeles by early 2018, the company announced.

Norfolk Hires Fleet Manager

The City of Norfolk, Va., has hired Steven Patterson as its fleet manager, promoting him from the acting fleet manager role. He had been serving as assistant fleet manager since 2013.

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Former Calif. Fleet Manager Faces Embezzlement Charges

The City of Palm Springs, Calif.'s former fleet services manager, Steven Dewayne Rakestraw, has been charged with embezzlement. He is suspected of taking $25,000 worth of equipment and other items.

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D.C. Partners with Taxis to Reduce Fleet

Employees will be able to hail a taxi on the district's dime, which is expected to reduce fuel use, eliminate parking fees, and allow the district to cut vehicles from its fleet.

A tow truck operator prepares to tow away a fire-damaged car from a California freeway. Automotive Fleet photo.

Safety Tip: Vehicle Fire Prevention and Response

State Farm offers advice on how to spot warning signs of vehicle fire risk, and the National Safety Council provides tips on what to do if a fire starts while you're driving.

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ROUSH CleanTech to Offer LPG E-350 Cutaway

ROUSH CleanTech will offer a propane autogas-fueled Ford F-350 single-rear-wheel and dual-rear-wheel cutaway van that can be set up as a delivery truck for food and beverage or parcel delivery fleets, the company announced.

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N.J. City University Installs EV Charging Station

New Jersey City University (NJCU) installed a Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging station on campus for employee use and plans to install additional charging stations for fleet use.

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GM to Show Hydrogen-Powered Truck Chassis to Military Buyers

General Motors has developed a medium-duty chassis cab truck powered by a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for commercial buyers that the company is also pitching to the U.S. military, the company announced.

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Lift Institute Updates Online Lift Safety Training Course

Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), the trade association dedicated to vehicle lift safety, has completely updated its popular Lifting It Right online training course.

Toro Awarded NJPA Contract for Turf Equipment

The Toro Company has been awarded a national cooperative contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) for commercial turf maintenance equipment, commercial and residential irrigation solutions, residential and landscape contractor products, and BOSS snow and ice management products.

Shell's T5 10W-30 Synthetic Blend is one of the three Shell oils approved for Ford's Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification. Photo: Shell Rotella

Ford Approves Trio of Shell Oils for Diesel Trucks

Ford Motor Co. has approved three Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oils for its diesel-powered Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification, Shell has announced.

Calif. Groups Host Clean Technology Expo

The eighth Annual Clean Technology Forum & Equipment Expo is a free event that offers fuel management training, a conference, and a reception for recipients of the Clean Air Champion Awards.

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Boston PD to Consult Community Before Deploying New Drones

A Boston PD spokesman said any decision to adopt new technology would only be considered after first seeking and receiving extensive input and feedback from the community.

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Goodyear Releases Airless Mower Tire

The tire is available as an upgrade option on Bad Boy Mowers' Outlaw XP, with expected availability in early 2018.

OPS Public Safety Offers Lifetime Warranty on New Purchases

If a customer purchases a product, and that product ever becomes defective due to manufacturing, materials or workmanship, OPS Public Safety will fix or replace it for free.

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Audit Finds Problems in Va. City's Fuel and Purchasing Policies

A forensic audit of the City of Petersburg, Va., identified systemic problems with the way with city manages purchasing card usage, fuel diversion, and theft/misuse of assets.

Leading Transportation Strategist to Keynote Fleet Forward Conference

Dr. Stefan Heck will address how the fleet industry is leading the way regarding vehicle autonomy, connectivity, electrification, and sharing.

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Wash. City to Re-Evaluate Safety Policies After Facility Fire

One month after losing its facility and several vehicles in a fire, the Toppenish (Wash.) Public Works Department is revising its safety program to ensure this does not happen again.

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Express 2500 courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Express Van Adds Fleet-Oriented Options for 2018

Chevrolet will offer four new option packages with its 2018 Express full-size van based on feedback from fleet and other commercial purchasers, the company has announced.

One of the mascot trucks by Tommy Pike Customs courtesy of Shell Lubricants.

Shell Wants to Make Pickup Truck Official Vehicle of America

To pay homage to the substantial role pickup trucks play in shaping our nation and working their way into all parts of our society, Shell is honoring the vehicle by leading a national Shell ROTELLA campaign, entitled Pickup Pride which may forever change the way Americans view the pickup truck.

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