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Ford Rolls Out Global Telogis-Powered Telematics Platform

Ford is taking its Telogis-powered factory telematics system to a global audience in a rebranding of the existing Crew Chief platform, Ford announced on the eve of NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Ford's John Davis says upcoming F-650/750 will suit many applications, and powertrains were tested for heavy service. Photo by Tom Berg

Ford Lowers Noise Levels in F-650/F-750 Trucks

Ford's redesigned 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks will offer a lower noise level than outgoing models mostly due to the redesigned turbo diesel engine, Ford announced on the eve of NTEA's Work Truck Show.

City's Telematics to Reduce Fuel Use By 10%

The City of Crown Point, Ind., will roll out telematics to its fleet, including police cars and snow plows, after a successful 60-day pilot.

U. of Colorado Fleet Director Moves to Non-Profit

Bryan Flansburg, CAFM, director of transportation services for the University of Colorado, has retired and is now working as the fleet manager of the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County.

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Reading Introduces Isuzu NPR With Tool-Pro Body

Reading Truck Body has introduced the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX work truck with Tool-Pro body. The truck is on display at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

City of Orlando Featured in Knowledge Sharing Video

In Government Fleet's Knowledge Sharing video series, David Dunn, CFM, fleet and facilities management division manager, City of Orlando, talks about transitioning into management, leadership, and being proactive.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Sun Glare

The shift to Daylight Savings Time, along with the presence of highly reflective snow and ice, can make sun glare a major driving hazard this time of year. Here are some tips on how to mitigate the risks.

Average Diesel Price Increases Again Since Hitting 5-Year Low

Diesel prices continue rebounding since hitting their lowest level in five years last month gaining 3.6 cents this week to reach a national average of $2.93 per gallon.

Last Week to Nominate Fleet Manager of the Year

Friday is the last day to nominate a fleet manager for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. Any industry professional can nominate a fleet manager for this award, and self nominations are accepted.

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Federal Workers Accused of $2.4M Gasoline Theft

Federal workers have illegally purchased more than $2.4 million worth of gasoline since 2010 using fleet gas cards.

Idaho County Featured in Knowledge Sharing Video

In Government Fleet's Knowledge Sharing video series, Mark Tolman, fleet director for Canyon County, Idaho, discusses how being a technician aided him in fleet management and the importance of training new employees.

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Chevrolet Impalas Recalled for Fire Risk

The action affects 1,177 2014 model-year vehicles manufactured from Nov. 15, 2012, to May 27, 2014.

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U.S. Senators Seeking Repeal of Ethanol Mandate

Two U.S. Senators have introduced bipartisan legislation that would repeal a renewable fuel mandate that requires refiners to blend ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

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Lenco Introduces 'MedCat' Armored Tactical Vehicle

Lenco Industries, Inc., has introduced the BearCat MedEvac armored tactical vehicle. Lenco designed the law enforcement version of the MedCat to meet the combined requirements of SWAT and tactical EMS teams.

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California Approves DME for Use as Vehicle Fuel

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has approved the dimethyl ether for legal use as a vehicle fuel.

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Report: U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that 2,125 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2014 – essentially unchanged when compared with the 2,141 pedestrian fatalities during the same period in 2013.

Safe Fleet Expands Portfolio with Elkhart Brass Acquisition

Safe Fleet has announced the acquisition of Elkhart Brass, of Elkhart, Ind. Since 1902, Elkhart Brass has manufacturing firefighting and fire protection equipment.

Wash. PD Adopts New Technology for Propane Autogas Fueling

The City of Edmonds (Wash.) Police Department has adopted new propane autogas fueling technology, the Stäubli fueling nozzle and dispenser.

Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.

Vehicle Dependability Slips Again in J.D. Power Study

Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition issues are the most frequently reported problems after three years of ownership, according to J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.

Chart courtesy of Verizon.

Telematics Study Finds Waste In N.C. State Fleet

A telematics study analyzing a sampling of North Carolina's vehicle fleet showed many state vehicles aren't being regularly used and others suffer from excessive idling that reduces fuel efficiency.

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N.Y. County Official Calls Propane Autogas Plan a ‘Step Backwards’

Ulster County (N.Y.) Executive Mike Hein vetoed a resolution to spend $25,000 to convert five transport vans from unleaded gasoline to propane autogas. The resolution had been passed by the county legislature.

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Colo. County Builds CNG Station, Adds Trucks

Pueblo County, Colo., is building a compressed natural gas (CNG) station that will be used to fuel county and state fleet trucks and will also be open to the public.

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NYPD Replacing Scooter Fleet with Smart Cars

The New York Police Department has begun using Smart cars for parking enforcement in the five boroughs and patrol in Central Park as a possible replacement for existing three-wheel scooters.

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GM’s Car-to-Car Communication Named 'Breakthrough' Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has selected General Motor's vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for its annual list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2015.

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Ford Recalls F-250/F-350 Truck Steering Gears

The service replacement steering gears, at risk for breaking, might be installed on 2008-2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel vehicles in North America.

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