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$21M Approved for Clean Transportation Projects in Southern California

The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee designed the program so that it can partner directly with eligible cities and counties in California to jump-start clean transportation projects.

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City of Dublin and Clean Fuels Ohio to Host Ride & Drive

The Ride & Drive will showcase electric vehicles and the importance and locations of charging stations in the Dublin, Ohio, community.

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Shell's New Oil Works for Mixed Diesel and Gas Fleets

Shell Rotella's T6 Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 synthetic oil is designed for versatility, meeting the API CK-4 specification for Class 8 Trucks as well as API SN specification for gasoline trucks and vans.

Since 2011 the company has amassed 60 million test miles on CK-4 formulations, and 50 million miles of tests involving the High Temperature High Shear (HTHS) formulas required by FA-4 specifications. Photo: Shell

Shell: New Engine Oil Categories Making the Grade

A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about the related features and benefits of CK-4 and FA-4 oils continues.

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Ford to Idle Transit Production for Two Weeks

Ford Motor Co. will halt production of its Transit full-size van for two weeks to better align production with demand, the company said.

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Ala. City Officials Consider Using Red-Light Funds to Replace Police Fleet

Tuscaloosa (Ala.) has collected $1.54 million since red light cameras were implemented in 2013. The red light funds would be combined with $624,000 in police department savings to purchase 46 new police vehicles.

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La. Police Department Owes $100,000 in Unpaid Fleet Repairs

The Opelousas (La.) Police Department's bills for patrol vehicle repairs date back as far as 2014.

Matthew Beaton, secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, shared details of the state's plan at a press conference. Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids

Mass. Agencies Awarded $1.3M to Deploy XL Hybrids Vehicles

Past vehicle conversions for Massachusetts state agencies have saved 650 gallons of gasoline to date and the agencies expect to save nearly 82,000 gallons over the life of the systems.

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Texas County Approves Funding for New Helicopter Fleet

All aircraft in the Travis County, Texas, STAR Flight fleet will have a 300-gallon water dropping capacity, the ability to travel longer distances without refueling, and can transport fire crews.

N.C. City Begins Tracking City, Police Vehicles with GPS

City staff can use the GPS system to help get in contact with public works employees who are out of the office. The software can also be set up to alert when a service such as an oil change is needed.

One of the undeground fuel tanks being removed in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo courtesy of City of North Myrtle Beach

S.C. City Transitions from On-Site Fuel to Fuel Cards

Officials from the City of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., say the move to fuel cards will save money and avoid potential environmental risks once the city's four underground fuel tanks are removed.

Flooding at a City of Jacksonville fire station. Photo courtesy of City of Jacksonville

Florida Fleets Spared from Hurricane Irma Damage

Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage and flooding across the State of Florida. As agencies begin recovery efforts, public fleets are reporting minimal damage to vehicles and facilities.

Safety Tip: Avoiding a Rear-End Crash

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers advice on how to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and decrease the chances of being involved in a rear-end crash.

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Calif. County Approves $1.3M for Sheriff Vehicles

The Tulare County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department plans to purchase 28 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, 10 Ford Fusions, one half-ton pickup truck, and one transport van.

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Pa. Launches Fleet Electrification Pilot

The pilot will last 42-60 months, giving the commonwealth the opportunity to identify the sustainability, operational ease, maintenance, and resale value of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Texas DPS Announces Ride and Drive Expo

The exposition is an outdoor event that brings opportunities for law enforcement agencies and business owners – including Historically Underutilized Businesses, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers – to network and engage in an open forum.

Photo of 2017 e-Golf's electric motor courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen Prices 2017 e-Golf

Volkswagen has boosted the range of its battery-electric e-Golf compact sedan for 2017 by increasing the range by 50% to 125 miles, the automaker has announced.

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Geotab Launches GO8 LTE Telematics Device

Like its predecessor, the new GO8 also offers advanced GPS technology, G-force monitoring, Geotab IOX expandability, engine and battery health assessments, and in-vehicle audible driver coaching, according to Geotab.

BC Hydro delivers electricity to 95% of British Columbia’s population. Its Fleet Services business unit manages approximately 3,100 assets, providing maintenance and support services at five facilities throughout the province. Photo: Chevin

Canadian Utility BC Hydro Adopts Chevin FleetWave

BC Hydro has adopted FleetWave to meet flexible reporting capabilities, quick and effective analytical means, and access to key performance indicators over the complete lifecycle of vehicles.

Submit an Application to Speak at GFX 2018

Prospective presenters can submit a topic and abstract for a session at next year's Government Fleet Expo & Conference. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 13.

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Lightning Systems to Offer Electric Transit Van

Lightning Systems will offer commercial fleets a battery-electric heavy duty Ford Transit van in early 2018 under a partnership with New Eagle, the vehicle modifier announced.

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Ind. City Tightens Take-Home Vehicle Rules

The City of Portage, Ind., has tightened its rules about take-home vehicles, giving the city council more say over who gets to take home municipal vehicles.

Photo of 2018 Ram 1500 Tradesman regular cab long bed courtesy of FCA.

2018 Ram 1500 Adds Factory Telematics

The 2018 Ram 1500 will arrive with an embedded fleet telematics module, standard backup camera, larger audio display screen and other features, Fiat Chrysler has announced.

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New York Offers $2.2M in Grants for ZEV Vehicles, Infrastructure

The State of New York is offering $2.2 million in rebates for municipalities to purchase or lease electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for fleet use, or for installation of public recharging or refueling infrastructure.

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Ga. City Report: In-House Maintenance Will Not Cut Costs

A report presented to the City of Augusta, Ga., fleet subcommittee estimated that bringing fleet in house would come out to $4.42 million. The cost to continue outsourcing was estimated at $4.39 million.

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