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Photo of NYC Parks' i3 cars in the Bronx courtesy of BMW.

BMW Donates i3 EVs to NYC Parks

BMW has donated 20 i3 battery-electric vehicles to NYC Parks for use in its TreesCount! 2015 program, the automaker has announced.

Video: Ford F-150 Adds Pro Trailer Backup Assist

The technology allows drivers to steer a trailer instinctively by turning a knob left or right to indicate direction, and the truck controls the steering and limits vehicle speed.

Obama Curtails Suplus Military Vehicles for Police

President Obama has ordered the federal government to stop providing certain surplus military vehicles to local law enforcement agencies such as tracked armored vehicles.

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NAFA Urges USPS Against Mass Vehicle Purchase

The NAFA Fleet Management Association urged the U.S. Postal Service not to replace 180,000 new vehicles at the same time and implement better fleet management practices at a congressional hearing on May 21.

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Conn. Offers $3,000 EV Rebates

Connecticut will begin offering cash rebates of up to $3,000 to residents, businesses, and municipalities who purchase or lease eligible battery-electric, fuel cell, and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced.

Minneapolis Police to Improve Safety of Transport Vans

The City of Minneapolis Police Department is pulling its transport trucks and vans off the streets for safety improvements. Fleet staff will evaluate how passengers are restrained and install cameras in all the vehicles.

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Winter Weather Puts Conn. Fleet $290K Over Budget

The City of Stamford, Conn., went $290,000 over its fleet maintenance budget of $1.4 million, mostly due to winter weather. About $24,000 was used to pay for tires.

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Oklahoma Fleet Association Launches Website

The Oklahoma Public Fleet Management Association (OPFMA) just launched its website, which includes information about the group and its annual conference as well as a membership directory and a member resources area.

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IMPCO Awarded GM Bi-Fuel CNG Cab Chassis Program

IMPCO Automotive has been awarded General Motors' bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) cab chassis program for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 model years, the alternative fuel system supplier announced.

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Milwaukee Rolls Out Last of 22 CNG Refuse Trucks

The City of Milwaukee, Wis., recently put the last of its 22 compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse trucks on the road. The trucks cost $5.97 million and were partly funded with grants.

Chart courtesy of NTEA.

High-Roof Vans Closing Ground on Standard-Roof Models

As fleets begin embracing a new wave of Euro-style full-size vans, high-roof vans appear to be gaining favor over their standard-roof siblings, according to the NTEA.

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TruStar to Refurbish City of Tucson's CNG Station

TruStar Energy, in conjunction with Arizona-based D.L. Withers Construction, has been contracted to refurbish the compressed natural gas (CNG) station for the City of Tucson, Ariz., the fueling infrastructure developer announced.

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Ohio University Hires Fleet Manager

Kent State in Ohio has hired John Croop, CAFM, as its new fleet services superintendent. Croop previously served as assistant fleet manager and mechanic for Geauga County Sheriff’s Office in Chardon, Ohio.

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Onspot Names Sales, Marketing VP

Onspot of North America has appointed Eric Jones as its vice president of sales and marketing.

Wash. City Adds Chevin's Fleet Management Software

The City of Olympia, Wash., has implemented Chevin Fleet Solutions' Web-based enterprise fleet management software, the company has announced.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Passing on a Two-Lane Roadway

Here's some advice, provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation, on how to safely pass another vehicle on a two-lane road or highway. DefensiveDriving.com offers video tips as well.

GFX Announces Support for Cell Phones for Soldiers

GFX attendees can bring old, gently used cell phones to GFX to donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers or make a cash donation to the group on site.

Audit Questions N.C. Utility's Maintenance Charges to City

The Fayetteville (N.C.) Public Works Commission has been charging the city up to 44% in markup and administrative charges to service the city's vehicles, according to an internal audit.

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Cincinnati Budget Would Ramp Up Fleet Spending

The City of Cincinnati's mayor and city manager have proposed a 2016 fiscal-year budget that includes an additional $91 million for road repair, maintenance, and new fleet vehicles.

Pictured is Kubota headquarters in Torrance, Calif. Photo courtesy of Kubota.

Kubota to Relocate Corporate Headquarters to Texas

Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) and Kubota Credit Corporation (KCC) announced on May 14 that they will relocate their headquarters to Grapevine, Texas.

Senators Float Midsummer Highway Bill Patch

With one week left to pass a short-term funding extension two key Democratic lawmakers have introduced a measure to extend the authorization of surface transportation programs into this July.

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USPS Considering Drone Delivery Vehicle

The Workhorse Group — with its electric truck and a drone delivery system — is among the 15 companies qualified by the U.S. Postal Service as potential suppliers of its next-generation delivery vehicle.

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Study: 25 Percent of Cars Create Most Air Pollution

The majority of vehicle pollution is produced by a small number of older or "badly-tuned" cars and trucks, according to a study by researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Pickups Recalled

The recall, which affects 48,309 2015 model-year mid-size trucks in the U.S., will address seat frame attachment hooks that weren't properly connected.

City Issues Purchasing Cards After Exercise Equipment Order

The City of Toledo, Ohio, departments will begin using “P cards,” or purchasing cards, following the unauthorized purchase of $7,000 in exercise equipment by fleet employees.

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