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New Renewable Diesel Fuel Gaining Ground

A new kind of renewable diesel fuel is gaining greater adoption because it's nearly indistinguishable from petroleum-based counterparts and offers a higher quality biofuel to meet federal mandates as well as customer demand, according to federal data.

Photo courtesy of FreshDirect.

Northeast Fleets Honored for Diesel Emissions Reduction

Eight commercial and government fleets were honored for their work to reduce toxic diesel emissions as part of the Northeast Diesel Collaborative Breathe Easy Leadership Program the EPA has announced.

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New Colorado Laws to Reduce Winter Wrecks

The Colorado DOT is implementing a Traction Law and Passenger Vehicle Chain Law to reduce the amount of congestion and wrecks on the Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor.

Price of Diesel Rises After 3-Week Slide

The average price of a gallon of diesel fuel has increased, ending a three week streak of declining prices, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Colorado diesel courtesy of GM.

Diesel Chevrolet Colorado Exceeds 30 MPG Highway

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon rear-wheel-drive pickups powered by the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel have achieved fuel economy ratings of 31 mpg on the highway, making them the most fuel efficient pickups on the market.

Video Tip: Sharing the Road With Farm Equipment

Here is some advice on what precautions drivers can take to more safely share the road with slow-moving farm equipment.

Report: Compact SUV Age Increased in 5 Years

Utilimarc has released a benchmarking study for compact SUVs, showing trends in operating cost, fuel economy, and vehicle age. Compact SUV age has increased by about 0.8 years from 2010 to 2014.

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Nashville Replaces One-Third of Fire Fleet

The City of Nashville (Tenn.) Fire Department has replaced a third of its fire fleet after taking delivery of 13 new fire engines costing $5.4 million.

Navistar Readying New Truck Lineup for 2016

As Navistar continues to make progress putting the “dark days” of its failed EPA 2010 emissions strategy behind it, it will re-brand its product lineup as it rolls out new models starting next year.

CT680, introduced earlier this year, is the third version in the Cat Truck series. Photo by Tom Berg

Cat to Split with Navistar, Build Own Vocational Trucks

Navistar says it will "leverage joint technology" to produce its own premium vocational trucks.

Screenshot via LoJack.

Phoenix Adds LoJack Telematics to On-Road Fleet

The City of Phoenix will implement LoJack Corp.'s GPS-based telematics system in its on-road vehicle fleet to operate a more efficient fleet, the company has announced.

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Highway Bill in Home Stretch

The highway bill passed by the House on Nov. 5 and the highway bill passed by the Senate in July are headed to a conference committee charged with working out any differences between the two measures.

Photo courtesy of Spartan Motors.

Spartan Recalls Fire Trucks for Steering

The action covers more than 2,000 Gladiator and MetroStar emergency response vehicles in the 2009-2014 model years.

Photo of the 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Fleet Sales Fall 2% in October

Sales of fleet vehicles to government agencies fell 2 percent to 21,298 in October, reversing two months of gains in a fleet segment that remains underwater for the calendar year to date, according to Automotive Fleet data.

The new facility includes Goodyear-Fleet HQ Emergency Roadside Service. Photo: Goodyear

Goodyear Opens Tire & Service Center in Massachusetts

A Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Center has opened in Stoughton, Mass., featuring a selection of commercial tires and dedicated truck service.

Photo: David Cullen

House Passes Highway Bill

The House of Representatives has passed its version of a highway bill— voting for it 363-64 in overwhelming bipartisan fashion.

Government Fleet Forms Collaborative Agreement with American Public Works Association

The alliance brings together the two leading organizations dedicated to serving public sector fleet and public works professionals in North America.

FCA 2016 Town & Country, Photo courtesy of FCA

FCA Focusing on Hybrids to Meet 2025 CAFE

FCA US plans to convert the majority of its lineup to gasoline-electric hybrids by 2025, CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters ahead of the release of the company's 2016 Town & Country minivan, which will include a plug-in hybrid model.

Photo of NYC DOT T370 courtesy of Kenworth.

NYC Fleet to Test Connected Vehicle Tech

New York City will install vehicle-to-vehicle technology in 10,000 buses, taxis, limousines, and city fleet vehicles as part of a $23 million federally funded initiative designed to reduce future congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Federal Fleets to Use Remanufactured Parts

A new law directs federal agencies to encourage the use of remanufactured parts to maintain fleet vehicles, which is expected to reduce the cost of federal fleet maintenance.

Calif. Sheriff Adds Two Helicopters

The Riverside County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Department put into service a new helicopter in late October and will have another new one in a few weeks, boosting its air fleet to six helicopters.

Photo of LNG-powered sweeper courtesy of City of Long Beach.

Long Beach Switching Heavy Fleet to RNG From LNG

The City of Long Beach (Calif.) has transitioned its heavier vehicles to run on renewable liquid natural gas (RNG) and is discontinuing the use of fossil liquid natural gas (LNG) to reduce emissions and fuel costs, according to the agency.

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Lowers 2016 LEAF Prices

Nissan has lowered prices for its battery-electric 2016 LEAF that provides an improved battery and 107-mile range, the automaker has announced.

WEX Introduces Cloud-Based Fleet Analytics Platform

WEX Inc. has introduced ClearView, a cloud-based fleet analytics and benchmarking platform that combines fuel and vehicle data with proprietary analytics to create insights that save fleets time and money, according to the company.

Photo courtesy of Westport Innovations.

Fleets to Test Westport's Natural Gas Injectors in 2016

Westport Innovations Inc. has updated its roll-out schedule for its second-generation HPDI 2.0 natural gas vehicle engine injectors with plans to deliver the components to manufacturers in early 2016 and begin testing with fleet customers by the middle of the year, the company announced Nov. 2.

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