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Washington State Arco Stations Now Accept Voyager Fleet Cards

U.S. Bank and BP have reached an agreement allowing fleet cards from the U.S. Bank Voyager Network to be accepted at BP’s 146 ARCO-branded fueling stations in the state of Washington.

(l. to r.) CARB Member Barbara Riordan and Marcie Rodriguez of Redwood Products, Inc stand in front of hybrid delivery truck that was awarded the 2,000th heavy-duty clean vehicle voucher incentive. Photo courtesy of CARB.

Calif. Awards 2,000th Alt-Fuel Truck Voucher

California has handed out 2,000 vouchers to fleets to fund hybrid and battery-electric zero-emission trucks and buses under a grant program overseen by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the board has announced.

Ariz. City Restructures Public Works, Fleet Services

The City of Sierra Vista, Calif., has divided its large Public Works Department into two departments in a restructure that moves the Fleet Services unit to report to the newly created Transportation and Environmental Services Department.

Source: EIA

Diesel Prices Down Again but Oil Prices Surge

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down again for the 14th straight week, but crude oil futures spiked on word that OPEC member countries were concerned about low oil prices.

Navistar to Offer Engine Reprogramming via Wi-Fi

International Truck announced it plans to offer “over-the-air” reprogramming of engine control modules for International trucks powered by its N9, N10 and N13 diesels.

Photo courtesy of Utah Valley University.

Utah University Unveils EV Chargers, Prius PHEVs

Utah Valley University (UVU) and the state Governor’s Office of Energy Development have unveiled two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and two newly purchased Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the university's Orem campus, according to a UVU release.

Video Tip: Safety Near Bicyclists

Here's some advice, provided by AAA and the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, to help motorists share the road safely with cyclists.

Photo courtesy of City of Santa Clara.

City Adds Custom Tap Water Truck for Public Outreach

The City of Santa Clara, Calif., unveiled a custom-built tap water distribution truck used as a public outreach tool and to deliver water to areas where water has been shut off.

Graph courtesy of UtilimarcUtility industry wage distribution.

Utility and Municipal Technician Wages Compared

The results from Utilimarc showed a more spread out wage distribution among fleet technicians in the municipal industry but a higher wage floor/ceiling for technicians in the utility industry.

Photo of GMC Sierra HD AllTerrain crew cab courtesy of GM.

GMC Sierra HD Adds Steering Assist, Gooseneck Trailering

The GMC Sierra HD pickup will add several features for 2016, including active steering assist and a new gooseneck trailering package, according to General Motors.

Photo courtesy of VCU Parking and Transportation.

VCU Adds Propane Autogas Shuttles

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has added bi-fuel propane autogas systems to seven shuttle buses in its 10-vehicle RamSafe fleet, the university's Parking and Transportation division announced.

NGV Conference Details Announced

Organizers of the North American NGV Conference and Expo have released details about the conference, which is scheduled for Sept. 15-17 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

L.A. County Supervisor Vehicle Use Questioned

The Los Angeles County supervisors have been washing their take-home cars up to three times a week despite a crippling California drought, and one supervisor has been using two vehicles, according to several media reports.

Photo of Birmingham PD Chevrolet Caprice via YouTube.

City's Fuel Savings Allocated for Police, Fire Vehicles

The City of Birmingham (Ala.) will spend $1.9 million to purchase new police and fire vehicles with funds netted from a surplus created because fuel costs were substantially lower than projected.

NAFA Chapter Launches Sustainability Award

The NAFA Pacific Southwest Chapter announced its first annual chapter Sustainability Award. The award recognizes fleets operating within the chapter area that are addressing sustainability. The application deadline is Sept. 8.

Photo courtesy of Evergreen CNG Systems.

Public CNG Station Opens Near LAX

TIMCO CNG has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Inglewood, Calif., near Los Angeles International Airport, announced Evergreen CNG Systems, which commissioned the facility.

Chevin Touts Advanced Software Integration

Advanced levels of integration with all kinds of systems are helping to power continued success at fleet software system provider Chevin Fleet Solutions, according to the company.

Photo by Kareem Girgis.

Fleet Technology Awards Announced

Six fleet managers took home awards and top honors for the efficiency and sustainability categories during the Fleet Technology Expo’s Light & Medium Duty Fleet awards on Aug. 26.

Ulster County's green fleet policy will have the county buying additional green vehicles, including electric vehicles. Photo courtesy of Ford

N.Y. County Approves Policy to Reach 5% Green Vehicles

The Ulster County, N.Y., legislature approved a green fleet policy on Aug. 18 that aims to reduce fleet greenhouse gas emissions and improve vehicle fuel efficiency. The county’s goal is to ensure that 5% of the fleet by 2020 are “green” vehicles.

Photo of 2016 Tahoe PPV courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Tahoe PPV Top Choice for K-9 Units

The Chevrolet Tahoe PPV has become a popular police vehicle used by K-9 units due to its roomy interior and rear climate control system, according to General Motors.

Photo of Hino's 195h cabover by Kevin Haegele.

Fleet Managers Go Hands-On With Green Vehicles

Fleet managers drove a wide spectrum of green fleet vehicles including a diesel-electric hybrid cabover, battery-electric Class 8 rig, and plug-in hybrid SUV that's yet to reach the market at the Fleet Technology Expo's Aug. 25 ride and drive event.

Ga. County Opens New Fleet Facility

Glynn County, Ga., opened a new fleet facility earlier this month, replacing a fire-damaged building that was at least 50 years old.

Photo via Wikipedia.

EV, Hybrid Interest Flat for 3 Years

A new Harris Poll has found that U.S. customer interest in battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and gasoline-electric vehicles has largely remained unchanged since 2013.

Screen capture of I-96 and I-696 corridor obtained from Michigan.gov site.

Michigan DOT Testing 'Smart' Roads

A 20-mile stretch of Michigan's interstate 96 and I-696 has been equipped with cameras and monitors to test the Department of Transportation's (MDOT) connected-corridor initiative, reported the Detroit News.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

USPS to Rent Cargo Vans to Fill Delivery Gaps

The U.S. Postal Service has asked companies to submit proposals for a rental contract for cargo vans to "fill in for vehicles out of service," according to a solicitation posted to FedBizOpps.gov.



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