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Video Tip: Driving Safely in High Winds

Some parts of the country have experienced high winds in recent days. Here's some advice from Ford and esurance on how to drive safely in such conditions.

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EPA Expected to Reduce Ethanol Fuel Blend

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to reduce the amount of ethanol that's blended into the nation's gasoline by at least 15% when it finalizes its proposal by Nov. 30.

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Drug Smugglers Arrested With Fake Water District Truck

Border Patrol agents arrested two men attempting to smuggle more than 674 pounds of marijuana through the Calexico checkpoint with a fake Imperial Irrigation District work truck.

Infographic courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Drugged Driving Suit Simulates Hazards

Ford is demonstrating the dangers of driving while under the influence of illegal street drugs with its Drugged Driving Suit, which simulates impairments caused by the use of cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and MDMA (Ecstasy).

Photo courtesy of ROEV.

Group to Streamline Access to EV Charging

BMW and Nissan have formed a coalition with three EV charging network that would allow a driver to use a single EV charging network account to access CarCharging/Blink, ChargePoint, and NRG EVgo stations.

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Two More Weeks for Congress to Work on Highway Bill

Congress has another two weeks to work on finishing up a highway bill, as President Obama Friday signed a bill extending federal transportation funding through Dec. 4. It was due to expire Friday night.

Teaser sketch of the fuel-cell Colorado courtesy of Chevrolet.

GM, U.S. Army to Test Hydrogen-Powered Colorado Truck

General Motors and the U.S. Army will test out a hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Colorado pickup to see if it can withstand the extremes of daily military use, the automaker has announced.

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado (such as the one above with a service body upfit) and GMC Sierra will be available with a box delete option.Photo: GM

GM Offers Box Delete Option on 1500 Trucks

General Motors is making a box delete option available to fleet and retail customers on its 1500 two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive Regular Cab Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

Photo of Japanese-Spec Honda Clarity Fuel Cell by Paul Clinton.

Honda Shows Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan

Honda will begin delivering its Clarity Fuel Cell sedan in late 2016 through select California dealers, while unveiling the car at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Photo courtesy of Pierce Manufacturing.

Pierce Recalls Fire Trucks for Ball Joints

The recall, expected to begin Nov. 30, affects 910 fire truck chassis in the 2006 and 2007 model years.

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Elio to Use Continental Tires on Three-Wheeled P5

Elio Motors will source production of the tires for its three-wheeled P5 vehicle from Continental Tire the Americas. The ProContact GX tires will be manufactured at the Continental Tire facility in Sumter, S.C., the company said.

Cleveland Upgrades Snow Plow Fleet

The City of Cleveland has spent $6 million to upgrade its snow removal fleet to avoid a similar debacle from a year ago when many of its trucks were out of service and couldn't respond to clear snow, reports Cleveland.com.

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N.J.County Auction Generates $180K

A recent Monmouth County (N.J.) surplus auction generated $180,736 for the sale of 259 items, including 89 vehicles. The county has been exclusively conducting online auctions since 2008.

Rep. Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House T&I Committee

House Applies Highway Patch; Senate Expected to Rubberstamp

A bipartisan bill to extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 4 has been passed by the House.

Photo of Ultra front-loader refuse truck courtesy of McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing.

McNeilus Recalls Refuse Trucks for Fire Risk

The recall, set to begin Nov. 30, affects more than 700 front-loader refuse trucks in the 2012-2015 model years.

The City of Chesapeake has 35 CNG refuse trucks. Photo courtesy of City of Chesapeake.

Va. City to Open $1.4M Fast-Fill CNG Station

The City of Chesapeake, Va., has contracted with Clean Energy to build a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station that will also be used by the city fleet. This will replace a slow-fill station.

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Colorado to Disclose Recalls in Online Auctions

The State of Colorado will start disclosing open recalls to prospective buyers of its vehicles on eBay, where it disposes of de-fleeted vehicles, a state spokesman told Government Fleet.

Automotive Fleet photo.

31% Say Self-Driving Cars Safer Than Distracted Drivers

New research indicates that one in three Americans would feel safer knowing autonomous vehicles were on the road.

OTC Upgrades Encore Maintenance Software

OTC has released version 2.4.0.8 of its Encore software to provide enhanced diagnostics information, an improved web browser experience, and an expanded data stream and global OBD II coverage in Spanish.

Photo by Jim Park

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Continue to Fall

Diesel and gasoline prices continued to fall last week, but the weekend's terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut caused crude oil prices to jump.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

Full-Size Vans Bolster October Depreciation

Full-size cargo and passenger vans logged the least amount of depreciation in October and with pickups bolstered the used vehicle market, which saw a sharp increase from September, according to Black Book.

Photo of 2016 Explorer cabin courtesy of Ford.

90% of Ford Vehicles Share Front Seat Architecture

Nearly 90% of Ford vehicles sold in North America share a common front seat architecture that allows Ford to more easily implement features such as mutli-adjusting, massage, and heating/cooling that enhance vehicle comfort, according to a release.

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

House Floating Another Highway Patch

A bipartisan bill to extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 4 was introduced in the House Nov. 16.

All Department of General Services vehicles have been equipped with GPS devices. Photo courtesy of Sacramento County

Calif. County Pilots GPS in 200 Vehicles

Sacramento County, Calif., will evaluate the benefits of GPS telematics on 200 of its fleet vehicles over the next six months to determine if it will expand telematics use to 2,000 vehicles.

Video Tip: Safe Winter Driving

With snow storms on the way, AAA offers valuable safety tips for driving in harsh winter weather.



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