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EV, Hybrid Interest Flat for 3 Years

A new Harris Poll has found that U.S. customer interest in battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and gasoline-electric vehicles has largely remained unchanged since 2013.

Screen capture of I-96 and I-696 corridor obtained from Michigan.gov site.

Michigan DOT Testing 'Smart' Roads

A 20-mile stretch of Michigan's interstate 96 and I-696 has been equipped with cameras and monitors to test the Department of Transportation's (MDOT) connected-corridor initiative, reported the Detroit News.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

USPS to Rent Cargo Vans to Fill Delivery Gaps

The U.S. Postal Service has asked companies to submit proposals for a rental contract for cargo vans to "fill in for vehicles out of service," according to a solicitation posted to FedBizOpps.gov.

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Rotary Lifts Now Available Through NJPA

Rotary Lift’s vehicle lifts are now available through the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) purchasing cooperative, allowing government fleets to streamline the buying process and efficiently outfit their maintenance facilities.

Diesel Prices Drop as Oil Hits 6-Year Lows

Amidst some of the lowest crude oil prices since 2009, the average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel continued its more than 2-month streak of price drops.

IronPlanet Holds Heavy Equipment, Military Surplus Auctions

IronPlanet, an online marketplace for buying and selling used heavy equipment and trucks, will conduct late summer auctions across its online marketplaces from August 26 to August 28.

Texas Fleet Manager Fired Amid Grievance Claim

The City of Odessa (Tex.) has fired its fleet manager after shop technicians claimed he was abusive to seasoned employees, reports the Odessa American.

Photo of WHA van courtesy of Enterprise Fleet Management.

Housing Authority's Lease Deal Reduces Maintenance Costs

The Wilmington (Del.) Housing Authority has turned to Enterprise Fleet Management for leased vehicles to reduce operational costs by more than $25,000 per year, the fleet management company has announced.

GSA Continues Partnership with Fleet Management Solutions

The General Services Administration (GSA) has extended its contract with Fleet Management Solutions (FMS), a division of GPS software developer Teletrac, for five more years.

Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

EPA Certifies Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Police Vehicles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified a trio of police vehicles to operate with bi-fuel propane autogas fueling systems provided by Alliance AutoGas, the vehicle modifier has announced.

Video Safety Tips for the New School Year

The National Safety Council and Washington State offer driving advice for back-to-school season.

Chevin to Launch 2015 Customer Survey

Chevin Fleet Solutions is aiming to beat the 93% satisfaction rating achieved in its own customer survey last year as it prepares to carry out the 2015 equivalent.

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FCA Recalls Ram 4500 and 5500 Trucks

The recall, which involves just 199 vehicles, will address a front suspension issue.

The deployment will include vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt (pictured), Ford Fusion Energi, and Nissan Leaf. Photo courtesy of GM

Atlanta Hires Vision Fleet to Lease EVs, Hybrids

The City of Atlanta is deploying a green fleet of 50 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in a $2.7 million demo project with Vision Fleet.

Photo via City of North Charleston website.

S.C. City Opens Public Works Complex

The City of North Charleston, S.C., has opened a new $42 million Public Works facility. It houses numerous public works functions, including fleet maintenance.

World of Speed to Host Pacific Northwest NAFA Chapter Meeting

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the NAFA Fleet Management Association will be held Thursday, September 10 at the World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville, Ore.

Next-Gen Toyota Prius to Debut Sept. 8

The next-generation Toyota Prius will be unveiled to the media in Las Vegas Sept. 8, reported Bloomberg.

Photo of DuraPack 5000 rear loaders courtesy of Heil.

Ala. City Finances $1.3M In Garbage Trucks

The City of Prattville, Ala., council has voted to borrow $1.36 million to purchase sanitation equipment in order to replace the city’s aging garbage trucks.

Graph courtesy of the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

Real-World Fuel Economy Improves Gradually

Fuel economy has seen a gradual increase in light-duty vehicles since the 1990s with a 1.8 mpg improvement in 2013, according to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

N.Y. County's Fleet Leasing Plan Reduces Costs

Columbia County's (N.Y.) supervisors approved a contract with Enterprise Fleet Management to shift to a leased vehicle fleet to reduce maintenance costs and reduce capital outlay.

Photo of 2016 Titan XD crew cab courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's Diesel Titan XD Arrives as Crew Cab

Nissan will offer a crew cab model of its 2016 Titan XD as the first available model of the refreshed full-size pickup when it becomes available later this year, Nissan has announced.

A panel of representatives from the EPA and NHTSA listened to comments and suggestions for the proposed Phase 2 GHG rules. Photo by Steven Martinez.

Concerns Aired at GHG Phase 2 Hearing

EPA and NHTSA's public hearing on proposed GHG Phase 2 standards allowed fleets, manufacturers, environmental groups and legislators to air their concerns on the future emissions rules, often disagreeing on the particulars.

Photo of 2015 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls 26,400 F-650/F-750 Trucks

Ford Motor Company announced it is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 26,400 MY-2011-2013 and MY-2015 F-650 and F-750 vehicles in North America for a safety compliance issue with FMVSS 210 regarding seat belt anchorage.

Ala. Sheriff Adds Dash Cams to Leased Vehicles

The Morgan County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office has begun installing video systems in 16 leased Ford P.I. Utility patrol vehicles so its entire fleet will have the systems.

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La. Installs GPS on 10,000 State Cars

The State of Louisiana is installing GPS tracking devices on its entire 10,543-vehicle fleet, The Advocate reported. The state expects the $10 million project will save $30 million over the next five years by reducing the cost of fuel, maintenance, and insurance.

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