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Obama Scales Back EV Goal for Fed Fleet

Only 7% of the vehicles purchased by the federal government during Obama's presidency were hybrid or battery electric powered, despite President Obama's call for 1 million such vehicles on the road by 2015.

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N.J. State Police Using 'Ghost Car' for Traffic Enforcement

The New Jersey State Police will begin using a black Chevrolet Caprice with a frosted logo known as a "ghost car" to allow officers to better catch traffic scofflaws without standing out.

Photo: David Cullen

Highway Patch Bill Sent to President Obama

With a voice vote on Saturday, the U.S. Senate approved the two-month extension of the highway bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last Tuesday. The legislation now awaits the expected signature of President Obama.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Funeral Processions

Here is some driving advice on what to do when encountering a funeral procession.

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Hyundai Updates Tucson Fuel Cell SUV for 2016

Hyundai has added new features and exterior colors to its Tucson Fuel Cell for 2016 as it continues to offer the vehicle with a retail lease with the hope of possibly placing it in the hands of fleet users.

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Wis. to Improve Fuel Infrastructure Security

The state of Wisconsin began an initiative to ensure petroleum supplies are available in the event of natural disasters. The state will provide assistance to municipal and county fleet operations to enable their facilities to accept a generator in an emergency.

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Feds Add Biodiesel Quality Requirement to Fuel Contracts

The Defense Logistics Agency recently added a biodiesel fuel quality clause in its procurement contracts that requires certification by biodiesel suppliers.

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NHTSA Extends Strict Oversight of GM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decides to extend for another year its review of General Motors' decisions and communications about potential vehicle safety issues.

Photo of NYC Parks' i3 cars in the Bronx courtesy of BMW.

BMW Donates i3 EVs to NYC Parks

BMW has donated 20 i3 battery-electric vehicles to NYC Parks for use in its TreesCount! 2015 program, the automaker has announced.

Video: Ford F-150 Adds Pro Trailer Backup Assist

The technology allows drivers to steer a trailer instinctively by turning a knob left or right to indicate direction, and the truck controls the steering and limits vehicle speed.

Obama Curtails Suplus Military Vehicles for Police

President Obama has ordered the federal government to stop providing certain surplus military vehicles to local law enforcement agencies such as tracked armored vehicles.

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NAFA Urges USPS Against Mass Vehicle Purchase

The NAFA Fleet Management Association urged the U.S. Postal Service not to replace 180,000 new vehicles at the same time and implement better fleet management practices at a congressional hearing on May 21.

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Conn. Offers $3,000 EV Rebates

Connecticut will begin offering cash rebates of up to $3,000 to residents, businesses, and municipalities who purchase or lease eligible battery-electric, fuel cell, and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced.

Minneapolis Police to Improve Safety of Transport Vans

The City of Minneapolis Police Department is pulling its transport trucks and vans off the streets for safety improvements. Fleet staff will evaluate how passengers are restrained and install cameras in all the vehicles.

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Winter Weather Puts Conn. Fleet $290K Over Budget

The City of Stamford, Conn., went $290,000 over its fleet maintenance budget of $1.4 million, mostly due to winter weather. About $24,000 was used to pay for tires.

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Oklahoma Fleet Association Launches Website

The Oklahoma Public Fleet Management Association (OPFMA) just launched its website, which includes information about the group and its annual conference as well as a membership directory and a member resources area.

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IMPCO Awarded GM Bi-Fuel CNG Cab Chassis Program

IMPCO Automotive has been awarded General Motors' bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) cab chassis program for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 model years, the alternative fuel system supplier announced.

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Milwaukee Rolls Out Last of 22 CNG Refuse Trucks

The City of Milwaukee, Wis., recently put the last of its 22 compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse trucks on the road. The trucks cost $5.97 million and were partly funded with grants.

Chart courtesy of NTEA.

High-Roof Vans Closing Ground on Standard-Roof Models

As fleets begin embracing a new wave of Euro-style full-size vans, high-roof vans appear to be gaining favor over their standard-roof siblings, according to the NTEA.

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TruStar to Refurbish City of Tucson's CNG Station

TruStar Energy, in conjunction with Arizona-based D.L. Withers Construction, has been contracted to refurbish the compressed natural gas (CNG) station for the City of Tucson, Ariz., the fueling infrastructure developer announced.

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Ohio University Hires Fleet Manager

Kent State in Ohio has hired John Croop, CAFM, as its new fleet services superintendent. Croop previously served as assistant fleet manager and mechanic for Geauga County Sheriff’s Office in Chardon, Ohio.

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Onspot Names Sales, Marketing VP

Onspot of North America has appointed Eric Jones as its vice president of sales and marketing.

Wash. City Adds Chevin's Fleet Management Software

The City of Olympia, Wash., has implemented Chevin Fleet Solutions' Web-based enterprise fleet management software, the company has announced.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Passing on a Two-Lane Roadway

Here's some advice, provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation, on how to safely pass another vehicle on a two-lane road or highway. DefensiveDriving.com offers video tips as well.

GFX Announces Support for Cell Phones for Soldiers

GFX attendees can bring old, gently used cell phones to GFX to donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers or make a cash donation to the group on site.



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