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Dave Sowers, head of Ram Truck marketing, commercial vehicles, shows journalists the 2017 Ram 4500 chassis cab truck. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Ram Raises Capacities for 2017 Chassis Cab Trucks

Ram has increased the towing capacities and gross combination weight rating (GCWR) for its 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cab trucks for the 2017 model year, Ram has announced.

Photo of 2017 Ram ProMaster 3500 by Paul Clinton.

2017 Ram ProMaster Becomes More Upfit Friendly

The 2017 Ram ProMaster full-size van will arrive with upgrades designed to improve upfitting for the chassis cab and cutaway models, as well as an updated Uconnect infotainment system.

Photo by Thi Dao

APWA Expands Fleet Focus at Annual Conference

The American Public Works Association (APWA) expanded its fleet educational offerings at its annual Public Works Expo (PWX), providing more than a full day of fleet classes.

Plug In America Launches Website

Plug In America, the nation’s leading organization in electric vehicle consumer advocacy, has announced the launch of its new website.

Minn. County Unveils New Public Works Facility

Washington County (Minn.) unveiled its new Public Works North Shop in the City of Stillwater. This is the department's primary facility, responsible for maintaining over 300 miles of county roads, 100 traffic signals, and 600 vehicles from the county fleet.

Northern California Fleet Groups to Host Clean Technology Event

The Northern California Clean Technology Forum brings together regional and national fleet managers and industry stakeholders to explore available technology and vehicle options today as well as looking at policies, incentives, and regulations helping to move the market.

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Chicago Fleet Unit Relocating Into $25M Facility

The City of Chicago will move its Fleet and Facility Management headquarters into a custom facility that's expected to spur economic development in the area and improve department operations.

Photo: Cummins Westport

Peterbilt Offers Cummins Near-Zero Emissions Natural Gas Engine

Peterbilt is offering the Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx emissions natural gas engine for its Model 567, 520, and 320 trucks.

GM Teases Fuel Cell Colorado Pickup

General Motors and a U.S. Army research unit will show a Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup that's powered by a hydrogen fuel cell system in October in Washington, D.C.

Source: DOE Energy Information Administration

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Up, Crude Oil Futures Slip

Diesel and gasoline prices were up over the past week compared to the week before, according to weekly figures from the Department of Energy, but still lower than they were a year ago.

Ritchie Bros. Acquires IronPlanet

Vancouver-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has acquired online auctioneer IronPlanet of Pleasanton, Calif., for $758.5 million, the company announced.

Photo of the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali courtesy of GM.

2017 GMC Canyon Adds 8-Speed Automatic, Like Colorado

The GMC Canyon will also receive an 8-speed transmission and slightly more efficient V-6 that mirror updates announced for its sister Colorado mid-size pickup as well as adding the off-road Terrain X trim grade to the lineup for the 2017 model year.

Safety Tip: Back-to-School Driving Advice

Here are some timely tips from the National Safety Council that you can share with fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Photo via Flickr / Laurie Avocado.

Ky. Fleet Employees Disciplined Over Missing Tire Funds

The Ashland City Board of Commissioners closed an investigation into $143,000 worth of tire expenditures that were unaccounted for.

Photo courtesy of Cobb County.

Ga. County Adds EVs to Emergency Services Fleet

Cobb County (Ga.) has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) fleet by providing seven Nissan Leafs to its Fire and Emergency Services division.

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

Chevrolet Caprice PPV and SS Recalled for Seat Belts

The recall, tied to a problem with the driver’s seat belt, affects nearly 15,500 cars in the 2014-2016 model years.

Photo of 2017 F-250 4x4 Crew Cab Platinum courtesy of Ford.

Ford Increases Super Duty Fuel Tank Capacity

Ford's gasoline and diesel 2017 Super Duty trucks will come equipped with a 48-gallon fuel tank that provides a 22% increase over the outgoing diesel models and 37% increase over the gasoline models.

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Colorado Improves V-6 for 2017

The Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup will offer a more efficient V-6 engine and transmission for the 2017 model year, Chevrolet has announced.

GPS Insight Ranked on Inc. 5000 List

Inc. magazine ranked GPS Insight number 3,668 with three-year sales growth of 85% on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Photo courtesy of Zipcar.

Zipcar Relaunches Local Motion for Motor Pool Management

Zipcar has begun offering vehicle management service Local Motion to government fleets to improve their motor pool operations through keyless fleet sharing after acquiring the company in late 2015.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank.

TravelCenters of America Begin Accepting U.S. Bank Fleet Card

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands and Minit Mart convenience stores, is expanding its relationship with U.S. Bank by accepting a new single Voyager Fleet Card at its truck stop and convenience store locations.

Photo courtesy of Rastrac.

Rastrac, Magellan Partner on Fleet Telematics

Austin, Texas-based telematics provider Rastrac is partnering with Magellan on a system that provides vehicle tracking and reporting, including Hours of Service (HOS) compliance through an electronic logging device (ELD), according to the company.

California Toughens Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

California is set to approve even tougher air-quality controls that would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, after the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 32 on Aug. 24.

Photo courtesy of New York Power Authority.

N.Y. Municipality Acquires Largest Municipal Utility EV Fleet in State

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) partnered with Fairport Electric to create the largest municipal utility electric vehicle fleet in the state.

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Transits for Fuel Injection Pumps

The recall covers more than 2,000 2015-2016 model-year vans equipped with 3.2-liter diesel engines.

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