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Ford's $4.5B to Fund 13 New EVs by 2020

Ford is investing an additional $4.5 billion in 13 new electrified vehicles by 2020, one of which will be a new Focus Electric.

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HorseFly Drone Gets Commercial Waiver from FAA

The HorseFly octocopter works with a modified WorkHorse walk-in electric van, which acts as a mobile base for the aircraft, to deliver packages.

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Heavier Depreciation Pushes Values Lower in November

Used vehicles depreciated 2.8% in November during a month that typically sees higher depreciation as vehicles lose greater value toward the end of the year, reports Black Book.

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Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Starts at $28,645

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid LT will retail for at least $28,645 when it goes on sale this spring as the first green Malibu, General Motors has announced.

Iowa DOT Selects AssetWorks Enterprise Asset Management System

The Iowa State Department of Transportation has selected AssetWorks integrated enterprise asset management (EAM) software and fleet management software solutions to manage its warehouse and inventory operations, fleet, and facilities.

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Forecast to Remain Low into Next Year

Expectations for diesel and gasoline prices for next year have been revised lower, according to the latest Short Term Energy Outlook issued this week by the U.S. Energy Department.

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Calif. Mandates Renewable Diesel Purchases for State Agencies

The California Department of General Services is now requiring state agencies to buy renewable diesel when making bulk fuel purchases for diesel-powered vehicles and equipment, the agency has announced.

Ky. County Testing Leasing as Funding Option

Carter County, Ky., has agreed to test out leasing beginning with vehicles for the detention center as a test bed for the rest of the fleet, reports the Journal-Times.

AFV First Responder Safety Training Available in Tulsa

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), in partnership with the Tulsa Area Clean Cities (TACC), launched three newly developed alternative-fuel vehicle first responder safety training classes at Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol Adds Helicopter

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has taken delivery of an H125 AStar helicopter from Airbus Helicopters for patrol, aerial searches with thermal imagers, photo missions, and marijuana eradication.

Lawmakers Question Wyoming’s Telematics Purchase

Wyoming lawmakers are asking why a state agency is purchasing GPS units for 1,600 vehicles without first consulting them.

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First Gaseous-Prep 2016 F-150 Rolls Off Assembly Line

This 2016 F-150 is powered by a 5.0L Ti-VCT V-8 engine that can be paired with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons, and piston rings so it can operate on natural gas, propane autogas, or gasoline through separate fuel systems.

Fuel Prices Lowest of the Year

Diesel and gasoline prices dropped again in the first week of December, setting new lows for the year, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Nissan Offers $8K Incentive for LEAF

Nissan is offering an $8,000 fleet incentive for the 2015 and 2016 model-year LEAF electric vehicles. This is the first time Nissan has offered a fleet incentive for the LEAF.

John Deere & Hitachi Launch Fuel Reimbursement Program

John Deere and Hitachi have launched a Fuel Advantage Program that aims to reward lower fuel consumption, provides quarterly reports to help operators improve fuel efficiency, and incentivize users to work closely with their dealers.

GFX Registration Opens, Educational Sessions Announced

Registration is now open for the 2016 Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) in Nashville. The conference will take place June 20-23 at the Music City Center.

Video Tip: Buckling Up in Back

Rear-seat passengers are three times more likely to die in a crash if they’re unbuckled, so it's important for fleet drivers to make sure all passengers are wearing seat belts each and every trip.

Photo of 2016-MY Dodge Grand Caravan by Paul Clinton.

FCA to Eventually Discontinue Grand Caravan

FCA US will eventually phase out its Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, as the company focuses on its revamp of the Chrysler Town & Country for 2016 and existing Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans.

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Mercury Associates Hires Republic's Fleet Manager

Steve Saltzgiver has been named senior associate at Mercury Associates, Inc., a fleet consulting company. Saltzgiver assumed this position in October.

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Northeast Utilities Prep Trucks for Winter Safety

FirstEnergy subsidiaries are preparing for winter weather by completing inspections and conducting maintenance on weather-sensitive equipment.

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Highway Bill Signed by President Obama

Ten years in the making, a fully funded highway bill that runs longer than two years has become law.

House T&I Chair Bill Shuster (l.) and T&I Ranking Member Peter DeFazio

House Passes FAST Act Highway Bill

The House of Representatives on Dec. 3 approved by a wide bipartisan margin the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the compromise highway bill legislation that emerged Dec. 1 from the House-Senate Conference Committee.

Photo of 2017 F-Series Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

Fleet Sales Increase 12.5% for November

Sales of vehicles to government fleets from nine manufacturers increased 12.5% to 17,363 for the month of November, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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EPA Finalizes Volumes for Biofuel Blending

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the volume requirements under its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for blending with the nation's fuel supply that includes increases from existing levels but falls short of expectations from producers.

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Vision Fleet Wins Back Indianapolis Leasing Contract

Vision Fleet will lease battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, and provide charging infrastructure to the City of Indianapolis, following legal and political entanglements over the company's previous deal with the city.

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