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Maintenance Design Group Unveils Responsive Website

As part of Maintenance Design Group’s (MDG) 20th anniversary celebration, the firm rolled out a refreshed website featuring new functionality, a new design, and more content.

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Chevrolet Details New Cruze Engines

Chevrolet has provided additional details about the gasoline and diesel engines that will power the 2016 Cruze to give the compact car a greater balance of power and efficiency, according to a release.

ChargePoint Unveils New Express EV Charger

ChargePoint will offer the new electric vehicle charging station called Express 100, a 24-kilowatt station that provides faster DC charging.

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Columbus Takes Delivery of CNG Refuse Trucks

The City of Columbus, Ohio, took delivery of 18 automated side loader refuse trucks powered by dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) at a cost of $5.2 million.

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Ford Announces More 2016 F-150 Updates

Ford will add new special editions of the F-150 for the 2016 model year and equip the nation's top-selling truck with its new SYNC 3 infotainment system, in addition to the previously announced gaseous-fuel prep package and trailer assist option.

Connecticut Signs on with Chevin Fleet Solutions

The State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services recently selected Chevin’s Web-based fleet management information system, FleetWave, to better manage its fleet of more than 7,000 units.

Toro Awarded NJPA Contract for Compact Construction Equipment

The Toro Company has been awarded a national contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) for compact construction and maintenance equipment. The contract was approved on May 19.

Senate bill would provide $350 billion over six years for surface transportation. Photo: David Cullen

Senate to Consider 6-Year, $350 Billion Highway Bill

A bipartisan effort by four key Senators led the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on June 24 to recommend that the full Senate consider a six-year bill that calls for spending $350 billion on surface-transportation infrastructure.

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Ky. Fleet Employee Indicted for Missing Tires

A former fleet employee of the City of Ashland, Ky., has been indicted for purchasing $143,000 in tires that are unaccounted for.

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Douglas Dynamics Named Top 100 Workplace

Douglas Dynamics, Inc., has again been named as one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin. Douglas Dynamics is one of only 24 companies to have made the list every year since it was first published in 2010.

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NYC Mayor Mandates Sideguards for Refuse Trucks

New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a bill that requires side guards on 10,000 city and private refuse trucks by 2024 to reduce deaths and serious injuries during collisions with passengers.

The Fleet Technology Expo is in Long Beach, Calif. on Aug. 24-26. Conveniently located in the midst of Southern California, Long Beach is nearby multiple SoCal attractions. Photo courtesy Long Beach Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

Fleet Technology Expo Attendee Count Doubles

Compared to the 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo, fleet attendee count for the now renamed and expanded show has so far doubled in 2015.

Diesel Prices Down for Fourth Week in a Row

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel dropped for the fourth straight week according to the weekly numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Hydroplaning

Here's advice from both AAA and Consumer Reports on how to avoid, or recover from, hydroplaning.

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DOT Audit Criticizes Federal Safety Investigations

A newly released DOT audit report, ordered in the wake of GM’s ignition switch recalls, offers a disturbing assessment of NHTSA’s efforts to identify and investigate vehicle safety defects.

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Adrian Steel Introduces Interior Van Ladder Rack

Adrian Steel has introduced its Interior Ladder Rack for full-size vans to provide a safe and efficient way to transport a step ladder between job sites, according to the company.

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Large Fleets Driving Strong Used Class 3-8 Sales

Overall, used GVW 3-8 transactions from March 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 accounted for 51.7 percent of total GVW 3-8 transactions in the U.S. market.

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Ram 2500/3500 Trucks Increase Towing Capability

Ram Truck has increased the towing and payload capabilities of its 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups for 2016 through engine calibration, Ram has announced.

Mich. County's $6.5M Bond Updates Road Equipment

Calhoun County, Mich., is issuing $6.5 million in bonds to pay for Road Department fleet equipment and a salt barn. The bonds will allow the county to modernize its fleet after years of neglecting to replace its vehicles.

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California Hydrogen Fueling Locations Released

A coalition of automakers have proposed rolling out hydrogen fueling stations to 19 areas in California as the initial fueling network for fuel-cell vehicles.

Illustration courtesy of Diesel Technology Forum.

Clean Diesel Truck Share Tops 37 Percent

More than 37 percent of all diesel medium and heavy duty commercial trucks registered in the U.S. are now equipped with newer technology clean diesel engines (MY-2007 or newer with near-zero particulate emissions), according to new data compiled by IHS Automotive for the Diesel Technology Forum.

San Diego County Expands Fire Equipment Tracking

San Diego County has received a $276,000 donation for the purchase of automatic vehicle locators (AVLs) for its fire trucks and other emergency apparatus. This will equip 80 additional units with AVLs.

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Feds Claim Phase 2 GHG Rules Will Cut Pollution and Save Money

The federal government’s top vehicle and clean-air regulators on June 19 formally announced their proposal for extending fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas emissions rules, and predicted positive economic and health-benefit results.

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PERC Joins Emergency Vehicle Task Force

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has joined a national task force promoting the addition of alternative fuel vehicles to emergency response fleets, the organization announced.

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Terex Recalls Early-Model Tree Trimmer Trucks

Terex South Dakota is calling back 48 2002-MY Hi-Ranger XT55 and XT60 tree trimmer trucks because their lower booms might crack and fail.

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