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The deployment will include vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt (pictured), Ford Fusion Energi, and Nissan Leaf. Photo courtesy of GM

Atlanta Hires Vision Fleet to Lease EVs, Hybrids

The City of Atlanta is deploying a green fleet of 50 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in a $2.7 million demo project with Vision Fleet.

Photo via City of North Charleston website.

S.C. City Opens Public Works Complex

The City of North Charleston, S.C., has opened a new $42 million Public Works facility. It houses numerous public works functions, including fleet maintenance.

World of Speed to Host Pacific Northwest NAFA Chapter Meeting

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the NAFA Fleet Management Association will be held Thursday, September 10 at the World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville, Ore.

Next-Gen Toyota Prius to Debut Sept. 8

The next-generation Toyota Prius will be unveiled to the media in Las Vegas Sept. 8, reported Bloomberg.

Photo of DuraPack 5000 rear loaders courtesy of Heil.

Ala. City Finances $1.3M In Garbage Trucks

The City of Prattville, Ala., council has voted to borrow $1.36 million to purchase sanitation equipment in order to replace the city’s aging garbage trucks.

Graph courtesy of the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

Real-World Fuel Economy Improves Gradually

Fuel economy has seen a gradual increase in light-duty vehicles since the 1990s with a 1.8 mpg improvement in 2013, according to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

N.Y. County's Fleet Leasing Plan Reduces Costs

Columbia County's (N.Y.) supervisors approved a contract with Enterprise Fleet Management to shift to a leased vehicle fleet to reduce maintenance costs and reduce capital outlay.

Photo of 2016 Titan XD crew cab courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's Diesel Titan XD Arrives as Crew Cab

Nissan will offer a crew cab model of its 2016 Titan XD as the first available model of the refreshed full-size pickup when it becomes available later this year, Nissan has announced.

A panel of representatives from the EPA and NHTSA listened to comments and suggestions for the proposed Phase 2 GHG rules. Photo by Steven Martinez.

Concerns Aired at GHG Phase 2 Hearing

EPA and NHTSA's public hearing on proposed GHG Phase 2 standards allowed fleets, manufacturers, environmental groups and legislators to air their concerns on the future emissions rules, often disagreeing on the particulars.

Photo of 2015 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls 26,400 F-650/F-750 Trucks

Ford Motor Company announced it is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 26,400 MY-2011-2013 and MY-2015 F-650 and F-750 vehicles in North America for a safety compliance issue with FMVSS 210 regarding seat belt anchorage.

Ala. Sheriff Adds Dash Cams to Leased Vehicles

The Morgan County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office has begun installing video systems in 16 leased Ford P.I. Utility patrol vehicles so its entire fleet will have the systems.

Photo via Police Cars/Tumblr.

La. Installs GPS on 10,000 State Cars

The State of Louisiana is installing GPS tracking devices on its entire 10,543-vehicle fleet, The Advocate reported. The state expects the $10 million project will save $30 million over the next five years by reducing the cost of fuel, maintenance, and insurance.

Photo of 2016 Tacoma SR5 Access Cab courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Sets 2016 Tacoma Pricing

The third-generation 2016 Toyota Tacoma base model SR will carry a retail price of $24,200 when it arrives at dealer lots in the middle of September for about a $3,000 increase over the outgoing model.

Design rendering of new corporate HQ courtesy of Marion Body Works.

Truck Body Company Expands HQ

Officials of Marion Body Works, Inc. have announced that they have signed an agreement with Consolidated Construction Co., Inc. to build a new headquarters and expand an existing manufacturing facility.

Source: EIA

Diesel Prices Nearly Flat for the Week

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel showed only a slight fluctuation for the week, barely extending a 12-week streak of falling prices, while gasoline prices in the Midwest spiked 30 cents due to a recent refinery shutdown.

Snap-on Software Subscription Delivers Continuous Diagnostic Updates

The new Snap-on software subscription program delivers updated diagnostic data for late-model and older vehicles for a low overall cost.

Photo of 2016 Tacoma TRD courtesy of Toyota.

2016 Tacoma Increases Power, Towing Capability

Toyota's redesigned 2016 Tacoma mid-size pickup will offer increased power and towing capability when it arrives at dealer lots in the middle of September.

File photo: Terex XT PRO 60/70

Terex Claims Aerial Lift Trucks Remain Safe

Terex, based in Watertown, South Dakota, responded to class action lawsuit against its XT trucks by re-asserting that the trucks with aerial lifts remain safe.

Photo via Wikipedia.

Philly Fire Union: Trucks Frequently Break Down

Union officials and firefighters for the Philadelphia Fire Department described frequent vehicle breakdowns in their aging fleet, including one example of an ambulance bursting into flames, in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Photo by W. Robert Howell from Charlotte, N.C., via Wikimedia Commons/Flickr.

Traffic Deaths Rise 14 Percent

Nearly 19,000 people died in traffic collisions in the U.S. during the first six months of this year, according to the National Safety Council.

File photo.

Public Works Employee Fired For Fuel Theft

A City of Richmond, Ky., has fired a Public Works employee charged with theft for using the city’s fleet card to fuel his personal vehicle.

Video Tip: Proper Seat Belt Use

Here are some seat belt safety guidelines from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and FCA US.

Public Works Group Certifies Public Fleet Professionals

The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced two public works fleet professionals who recently earned the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) credential.

Florida Fleet Association, Colleges Create Scholarships

The Florida Association of Government Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) has partnered with Palm Beach and Santa Fe State College to form scholarship opportunities for students looking to become automotive and truck technicians.

Bill Skinner, the first student to be hired through the mentorship program.

Va. County's Apprenticeship Program Trains Future Technicians

The fleet industry has an aging workforce and a limited number of interested, young, and trained applicants. Chesterfield County, Va.’s fleet manager hopes to rectify that problem within his county.



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