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Blossman Adds Government, Small Engine Specialists

Blossman Gas has hired two new associates to lead their efforts in the municipal and law enforcement market, as well as the sales of small engines.

NTSB: 'Slight' Drop in Highway Deaths

The drop in highway fatalities included fewer deaths assigned to NTSB’s medium-and-heavy trucks and light-trucks-and-vans as well as less passenger-car fatalities, but deaths attributed to buses rose sharply.

Photo of F-150 production courtesy of Ford.

Fords Adds 1,550 Jobs to Support F-150 Production

Ford is adding 1,550 jobs to four production facilities to meet the growing demand for the 2015 F-150 pickup, Ford has announced.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado by Vince Taroc.

Fleet Sales Rise 21% in January

Sales of vehicles from nine automakers to government fleets rose 21.8% in January compared to the same month a year ago on the strength of trucks, vans, and SUVs.

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Sacramento City Fleet Manager Moves to County

Keith Leech, previously fleet manager for the City of Sacramento, is now the chief of Sacramento County's Fleet Division & Parking Enterprise. He started at his new position on Jan. 26.

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Vehicle Depreciation to Accelerate in 2015

Last year the depreciation rate on used vehicles reached 12.1 percent, which was lower than the initial forecast. For 2015, depreciation levels are expected to hit 14.5 percent, according to a new report from Black Book and Fitch Ratings.

Calif. Summit Encourages Low-Carbon Fuel Usage

Industry leaders met to discuss the state of low-carbon fuels in California at the Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit, an annual event held by the clean transportation consortium CALSTART.

PERC Updates Propane Autogas Branding

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) debuted its first-ever logo and brand identity made specifically for propane autogas: PROPANE AUTOGAS Clean American Energy.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Analyzing President Obama’s Highway Plan

A “Budget Highlights” document issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation details how the $478 billion apportioned for spending on surface-transportation infrastructure over the next six years would be put to work.

Kelley Platt is succeeding Michael Jackson as the Western Star general manager. Photo courtesy of DTNA

Western Star Names New General Manager

Michael Jackson is retiring as general manager of Western Star Truck Sales after 10 years with Daimler Trucks North America. He is being succeeded by Kelley Platt.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Update Police Interceptor Utility

Ford will unveil a redesigned version of its Police Interceptor Utility at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, Ford has announced.

Photo of Ford Transit by Vince Taroc.

Ford Records Best Van Sales Month in 14 Years

Ford sold more vans in January than any other January since 2001 on the strength of its new 2015 Transit full-size van and redesigned Transit Connect compact van, Ford announced.

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Obama Proposes NHTSA Funding Boost for Recall Probes

President Barack Obama has proposed a funding increase for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that would boost the agency's funding by 9 percent to expand investigations into vehicle safety defects.

Photo of Prince George's County motor pool courtesy of Agile Access Control.

Md. County to Add Motor Pool, PHEVs

The Prince George's County, Md., Fleet Management division is adding a second motor pool location and introducing plug-in hybrids as two right-sizing initiatives for 2015.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Post-Snowstorm Vehicle Prep

This week’s tip focuses on safety measures that fleet drivers can take before they hit the road after a snowstorm. AAA provides helpful advice.

Average Diesel Cost Falls to Near 5-Year Low

The average cost of on-highway diesel continues falling in most of the country, declining another 3.5 cents over the past week.

Will the President's budget force real conversation on the state of the nation's roads and bridges? Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Obama Ups the Ante on Highway Spending

President Obama has proposed $478 billion in spending on transportation infrastructure over the next six years in his $4 trillion budget proposal.

All-New Fleet Technology Expo Set for August

Replacing Green Fleet Conference & Expo traditionally held in October, the first annual Fleet Technology Expo is for all fleet types looking for ways to improve operational efficiencies.

Photo courtesy of City of Sand Springs.

Okla. Grant Helps City Acquire Bi-Fuel CNG Pickup

The Sand Springs Fire Department has a new bi-fuel truck in its fleet thanks to INCOG’s Clean Cities Program with Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality public fleet conversion funds, according to a city press release.

This illustration from the American Gas Association's 2014 Playbook, shows that gasoline prices rely on crude oil by 70 percent.

Oil Price Volatility Makes Case For NGVs

With the price of oil being highly unpredictable it only makes sense for commercial and government fleets to choose natural gas-powered vehicles, according to NGVAmerica President Matt Godlewski.

Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Ford P.I. Utility in Development

Vehicle modifier Blossman Services, Inc., is developing a bi-fuel propane autogas Ford Police Interceptor Utility model that will be available to law enforcement agencies in the spring.

VIA TRUX (Photo: Via Motors)

Diesel-Electric Most Popular Hybrid Trucks By 2023

Penetration rates in the overall market for commercial vehicles are anticipated to remain low, according to a new report from Navigant Research that analyzes the global market for commercial vehicles that use electric drive technology.

Maryland Adds Telematics to State Highway Fleet

The Maryland State Highway Administration has awarded Webtech Wireless a $2.3 million contract to implement a GPS and Automatic Vehicle Location fleet management system in more than 2,300 vehicles.

Map showing proposed locations of new fleet facilities courtesy of Sonoma County.

Calif. County Approves $10M Fleet Facility

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved a new $9.95 million maintenance facility for the fleet operation that's being displaced by a new state courthouse, according to county records.

New York Ends LNG Storage Ban

New York is ending a more than 40-year ban on LNG storage by adopting stringent regulations for LNG distribution permits, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced.



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