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Trucks, SUVs Top July Retention Value

Trucks and SUVs logged the strongest resale value during July in a month that saw lighter depreciation of 1.3 percent for 2010-2014 model year vehicles, according to Black Book.

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Va. City Sues Sheriff Over Fleet Vehicles

The City of Petersburg, Va., is suing the Petersburg Sheriff's Office to reclaim 11 city-owned vehicles from the Sheriff’s Office.

Workers began training to produce the new series in June, and actual production began several weeks later. Photo: Tom Berg

Symbolic First 2016 F-650/750 Shown at Ohio Plant

Ford and United Auto Workers officials Wednesday morning drove the symbolic first unit of the new F-650/750 series off the line at its Ohio Assembly Plant near Avon Lake amid cheers that followed congratulatory speeches.

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Seattle PD's SUVs Cut Maintenance Costs

The Seattle Police Department has added 90 Ford Police Interceptor Utility patrol vehicles to its fleet in an ongoing initiative to replace less-fuel-efficient Crown Victoria units.

Idaho City Adds LTE Network for Police Fleet

The Boise Police Department has adopted Cradlepoint's LTE enterprise networking platform to achieve a stable, flexible, and manageable network for its 150-vehicle cruiser fleet, according to the telecommunications provider.

Colo. City Dives Deep Into CNG

The City of Fort Lupton (Colo.) has converted its entire police fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), and added several other CNG-powered trucks for Public Works and other city departments.

PEX Card Offers Fleet Payment Solution

PEX Card has introduced a new debit card for fleets that allows business owners greater control over expenses logged at fuel pumps by their drivers, according to the company.

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Calif. Offers $10.2M in NGV Grants

The California Energy Commission-funded Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project will provide $10.2 million in funding to reduce the purchase price of new, on-road natural gas vehicles.

Source: EIA

Diesel Prices Down 5 Cents Nationally

As an 11-week slide in diesel prices continues, the price of a gallon dropped 5 cents per gallon nationally.

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Spartan Recalls Emergency Vehicles for Tire Deflation

The action affects Advantage, Diamond, Gladiator and Metro Star models in the 2007-2015 model years.

Fleet Technology Expo Hall Sold Out

For the Aug. 24-26 conference on fleet efficiency held in Long Beach, Calif., event organizers have announced that the exhibit hall has officially sold out.

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CNG System Pressure Relief Devices Recalled

Two separate recalls, issued by Emcara Gas Development and Agility Fuel Systems, address faulty pressure relief devices that may fail to adequately vent pressure buildup.

Video Safety Tip: Backing a Vehicle

Here's some advice, provided by AAA and igottadrive.com, on one of the riskiest driving maneuvers your fleet drivers make on a regular basis.

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Boston Fleet Director Exits for Public Works Role

Jim McGonagle, CAFM, CPFP, previously director of Central Fleet Management for the City of Boston, has been named Public Works commissioner for the City of Newton, Mass. Fleet Foreman Bill Coughlin has been named as his replacement.

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Vehicle Cost Analyzer Tool Launched

Bobit Business Media and Vincentric have launched a Web-based vehicle cost analysis tool for fleet readers of AutomotiveFleet.com, WorkTruckOnline.com, Government-Fleet.com, BusinessFleet.com, and FleetFinancials.com.

Photo of 2015 e-Golf by Vince Taroc.

VW Launches Entry-Level e-Golf SE

Volkswagen will offer its entry-level e-Golf SE battery-electric vehicle for the 2016 model-year, with a starting price of $29,815 (including $820 destination charge), the automaker announced.

Image courtesy of NTEA.

Fleet Interest in Idle Management Tech Rising

A new study from the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) has found increasing interest among fleets in idle management and electrification technologies.

Photo of two of the Kansas City Fire Department's Pierce apparatus courtesy of Pierce.

Kansas City Finances 48 Custom Fire Apparatus

The Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD) in Missouri has ordered 48 custom fire and emergency vehicles from Pierce Manufacturing Inc.

The Contra Costa County Public Works, Fleet Services Division earned its ASE Blue Seal of Excellence this year. Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County

Calif. County Earns ASE Blue Seal

California’s Contra Costa County Public Works, Fleet Services Division has recently earned the Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Sacramento is switching its LNG fleet to CNG vehicles and will have 45 CNG units by the end of the year. Photo courtesy of Sacramento Clean Cities

Sacramento County Opens New CNG Station

Sacramento County, Calif., opened its new $1.9 million compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on Aug. 5, helping the county fleet transition to CNG from liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Photo of 2016 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

2016 F-150 Gets Sport Mode From Mustang

Ford is adding a sport mode to its 2016 F-150 that has been borrowed from the 2016 Mustang, the automaker announced. Ford is offering sport mode as a standard feature across the F-150 lineup.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) Image: Carper<br />

Senator: Hike Fuel Tax 4 Cents a Year for 4 Years

Sen. Tom Carper contends all that’s needed to restore the Highway Trust Fund is to raise federal fuel taxes by four cents a year for four years and then index the rates to inflation from then on.

Photo courtesy of City of Spokane.

Wash. City Rolling Out CNG Garbage Trucks

The City of Spokane, Wash., has unveiled its first four compressed natural gas (CNG) powered garbage trucks, and plans to have 20 CNG trucks by the end of the year.

Fleetmatics Enhances User Experience with REVEAL App

Fleetmatics has launched its REVEAL field app, the latest enhancement to its REVEAL platform. The software application is designed to keep dispatchers, managers, and drivers on the same page by delivering important information right to the driver's mobile device and improving the experience of the mobile worker.

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA US.

Fleet Sales Fall 7% in July

Sales of vehicles by nine manufacturers to government fleets slipped 7.8% to 21,243 units in July compared to the same month a year ago, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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