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The city's main fleet shop was built in 1954. Photo via Google Street View

Wis. City Considers $30M Consolidated Fleet Shop

The City of Madison, Wis., Fleet Service Division is hoping to open a $30 million consolidated fleet repair facility to replace three of its aging shops.

Photo courtesy of Voyomotive.

Silicon Valley Company Offers Low-Cost Telematics Device

San Francisco-based Voyomotive plans to offer an OBD II controller that can provide an array of vehicle performance and diagnostics data to a user's smartphone as a lower-cost telematics solution.

Drivers participated in a test aimed at gauging mental distractions presented by new hands-free technologies. Photo courtesy of AAA.

Driver Distractions Extend 27 Seconds Beyond Act

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concludes that drivers’ mental distractions can persist long after completing a task.

Photo courtesy of Drive the Dream.

California Agencies to Expand Plug-In EV Use

The U.S. Navy and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will expand their use of plug-in electric vehicles and hybrids with new initiatives announced at the Drive the Dream 2015 event earlier this month.

Photo from 2013-MY testing courtesy of MSP.

2016-MY Mich. Police Motorcycle Test Results Released

The Michigan State Police tested a battery-electric motorcycle and four carryover models as part of its annual tests of motorcycles available to law enforcement for the 2016 model year.

House T&I Committee Chair Bill Shuster (left) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio at markup of long-term highway bill on Oct. 22. Photo: House T&I Committee

House Committee Approves Long-Term Highway Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved its version of a long-term highway bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763).

Enterprise Fleet Invests $100M in Tech Upgrades

Enterprise Fleet Management has implemented a $100-million technology upgrade that includes greater use of tablets by sales staff and several new web-based fleet management tools.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

USPS Requests Vehicle Prototypes for Testing

The U.S. Postal Service has requested prototypes from 15 qualified suppliers for a purpose-built delivery vehicle that would replace its aging fleet of Long Life Vehicles (LLVs).

Trimble Acquires Swedish Workforce Software Provider

Trimble has acquired privately held PocketMobile, a Stockholm, Sweden-based provider of enterprise mobile workforce solutions for international customers in the areas of postal service and logistics, security, and field service, Trimble announced.

Minn. Offers $270K in Clean Diesel Grants

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will offer grants to help owners of heavy diesel-powered equipment in the state replace or retrofit their old engines.

Photo of 2012 testing courtesy of MSP.

2016-MY Mich. Police Vehicle Testing Results Released

The Michigan State Police has released preliminary testing results for 15 cars and SUVs Detroit automakers will offer to law enforcement agencies for the 2016 model year, including a model tested for the first time.

Pictured above is a Back to the Future inspired version of the Toyota Mirai. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Shows 'Back to the Future'-Inspired Mirai

To promote the selling of its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, Toyota showed a version of the vehicle inspired by the "Back to the Future" movies that used Oct. 21, 2015 as the date where its 1980s lead character travels into the future.

Pictured is one of the city's newer fire apparatus. Photo via Facebook/Schertz Fire Rescue.

Texas City's $1M Bonds Finance Fire Trucks

The City of Schertz, Texas, council approved $1 million in certificates of obligation to finance two fire engine purchases.

The City of Rock Hill, S.C., earned the Jan Smoak award for quality fleet management, having saved $40,000 in electronic equipment installation. Gene Jordan (in blue polo) and Steven Austin receive the award from SGFMA Awards Committee Chair Charlie McNair of Robeson County, N.C.

Southeast Conference Unites Area Fleets

The annual conference of the Southeast Governmental Fleet Management Association (SGFMA) brought together nearly 500 fleet professionals in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Oct. 11-14.

Photo of infotainment screen in Chevrolet Bolt EV concept courtesy of GM.

GM Details Bolt EV Components

General Motors is partnering with LG Electronics on its battery-electric Chevrolet Bolt by including an array of components from the supplier, including the electric motor, battery pack, and infotainment system.

Cooper Tire's Gary Schroeder by the Roadmaster display at the ATA's Management Conference and Exhibition. Photo: David Cullen

Cooper Announces Roadmaster Fleet Service Network

Cooper Tire and Rubber announced its Roadmaster Fleet Service Network that offers 24/7 emergency roadside tire replacement and repair for eligible commercial trucking fleets.

Rep. Bill Shuster addressing ATA meeting in Philadelphia on Oct. 19. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Shuster Maps Passage of Highway Bill

The Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure laid out the long and winding road ahead for passage of a multi-year highway bill by both chambers of Congress.

WEX to Acquire Fuel Card Provider

WEX Inc. is moving to acquire Electronic Funds Source LLC (EFS) for $1.1 billion and 4 million shares of common stock that will be issued to investment funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus, EFS’ current owner.

Weekly Diesel Prices Fall Once Again

After rising for two weeks in a row, the average price of diesel fuel dropped again, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo of 2015-MY Chevrolet Tahoe by A.J. George.

L.A. Sheriff Sets 2016-MY Testing

The 41st annual testing event has been scheduled for Oct. 22 in Fontana, and will include presentations from the three Detroit automakers as well as Federal Signal Corp., which produces lightbars and other vehicle accessories.

Video Tip: 5 Driving Mistakes to Avoid

Driving expert William Van Tassel of AAA identifies five common mistakes drivers make and how these errors can be avoided.

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Wash. City Moves to Higher Biodiesel Blend

The City of Bellevue, Wash., will begin using B-20 biodiesel for its fleet vehicles, which is expected to reduce emissions and fuel costs, the city announced Oct. 12.

DOT Considers Mandating Crash Mitigation on Class 3-8 Trucks

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said it will consider requiring new trucks to be equipped with forward-collision-mitigation systems that incorporate automatic emergency braking.

On Oct. 5, the City of Oakland filled its first truck with renewable diesel. Pictured from left are: Richard Battersby, equipment services manager, City of Oakland; Pat O'Keefe, president/CEO of Nexgen Fuels; and Neville Fernandes, general manager, Neste USA. Photo courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Golden Gate Petroleum

Oakland Moves to Renewable Diesel for City Fleet

The City of Oakland, Calif., is the third Northern California municipality to announce its move to fuel diesel-powered fleet vehicles with renewable diesel.

Horsefly drone teams with E-Gen van, but roof support equipment can be installed on any walk-in van, Workhorse says. Photo: Workhorse Group

FAA Approves Testing of Workhorse Drone Delivery System

Workhorse Group says it has obtained permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test its Horsefly delivery drone, an eight-motor, eight-rotor “octocopter” designed to work with a specially equipped E-Gen electric walk-in van.



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