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CEI to Discuss Outsourcing Body Work at GFX

The CEI Group, Inc., will discuss how government fleets can make major reductions in their collision repair costs and vehicle down time by outsourcing their collision repair activities at GFX 2015.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

XL Hybrids Offers GM 3500/4500 Powertrain

XL Hybrids has begun supplying its XL3 gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain for General Motors' 3500/4500 cutaway and cab chassis van beginning with 2011 model-year vehicles, according to the company.

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Adds Rear-View Camera to 2016 Transit Van

Ford is adding a rear-view camera as standard equipment on its 2016 model-year Transit van, as well as several options including the SYNC 3 infotainment system, Ford has announced.

Screenshot via WBALT.

Baltimore Police Consider Safety Upgrades to Prisoner Vans

The Baltimore Police Department may add cameras, replace doors, and eliminate the partitions of its prisoner transport vans, which became a focal point after the in-custody death of Freddie Gray.

MEMA NorCal attendees awaiting their turn on the NASCAR course. Photo courtesy of David Worthington.

MEMA NorCal Holds First Meeting

The Northern California Chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA NorCal) held its first event at Sonoma Raceway in May.

Photo courtesy of Orange EV.

Orange EV Files Initial Order for Electric Terminal Truck

Orange EV has filed an initial order for its T-Series electric terminal truck to be sent to manufacturing and distribution facilities in Chicago, the company announced.

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack's LR Refuse Truck Caters to Drivers

Mack Trucks introduced the Mack LR low-entry cabover refuse model designed for enhanced maneuverability, increased driver comfort and better visibility.

Photo via McNeilus

McNeilus' New Front Loading Refuse Truck Enables CNG

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing has added the Meridian front loader to the company’s lineup of refuse vehicles.

Screenshot of new collective Data software being used. Photo courtesy of Collective Data

Collective Data Launches Asset Management Platform

The collectiveGov asset management software brings together a comprehensive set of government-focused features as well as maintaining the flexibility in how the software can be configured, according to the company.

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NY, NJ Port Fleet Manager Retires

Jim Reinish, fleet manager of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, retired on May 29. His replacement has not yet been announced.

Ford will shorten its summer shutdown from the traditional two-week summer shutdown to one week for a majority of North American assembly plants, increasing production by close to 40,000 units. (PHOTO: Business Wire).

Ford Reduces Summer Shutdown to Meet Demand

Based on strong customer demand for the company’s newest products – F-150, Edge, Escape and Explorer – six Ford assembly plants, along with supporting powertrain and stamping plants, will shut down only the week of June 29.

Photo courtesy of Cobb County.

Ga. County Installs Charging Stations

Cobb County, Ga., is installing a network of 22 electric chargers around the county that will be used for fleet vehicles and by the public.

The 2015 Prius gets a combined MPG of 50 and can be used to bring up the average MPG in a fleet. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Calif. Raises MPG for State Vehicle Purchases

California has raised its average fuel economy standard for state agencies that purchase passenger vehicles to 38 miles per gallon starting July 1, according to a memo from the Department of General Services.

Paul Condran, MEMA president, led the May 21 association meeting. Photo by Kelly Bracken

Calif. Fleet Association Discusses Autonomous Vehicles

The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA), a Southern California fleet managers’ group, focused on autonomous vehicles and how they will change the fleet industry during a May 21 meeting.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Pedal Error Prevention

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers five safety tips aimed at preventing pedal error, which occurs when drivers mistakenly apply the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.

Photo by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

GM Recalls Silverado, Sierra Pickups

Dealers will replace defective front-passenger air bag inflators manufactured by Takata.

Photo by OSX via Wikimedia Commons.

Ford Recalls Ranger Pickup Trucks

The recall, expected to get under way July 13, is part of the expansion of the Takata air bag inflator recalls.

Photo of Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck by Bull-Doser via Wikimedia Commons.

More Ram Pickups Added to Takata Recalls

The latest actions bring Fiat Chrysler's global Takata-related recall total to an estimated 5.2 million vehicles.

Photo of Grand Rapids worker assembling cam phasers courtesy of GM.

GM Investing $119M in Mich. Components Plant

General Motors will invest $119 million in tools and equipment to support production of future vehicle components at a Grand Rapids, Mich., components plant, GM has announced.

NCSFA to Host OEM Webinar Series

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators is hosting a webinar series at no charge.

Photo courtesy of Sacramento County

Sacramento County to Demo Electric Refuse Trucks

​Sacramento County (Calif.) will be testing out two battery-electric heavy-duty refuse trucks to see how they compare with diesel and natural gas vehicles. The county will demo the TransPower "ElecTrucks" at no cost for two years.

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck, FCA Foundation Support Flood-Stricken Texas

Ram Truck and the FCA Foundation have donated $100,000 to the First Response Team of America, a disaster relief organization which is providing recovery and relief support to residents in flood-stricken central-Texas communities.

Photo via Wikipedia.

Obama Lowers Ethanol Blending Levels

President Obama's U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reduced the federal required levels of ethanol that must be blended with gasoline, which dealt a blow to a biofuel that's falling out of favor in an era of cheap gasoline.

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Former Fleet Director Named City Manager

Sharon Subadan, formerly the fleet management director for Hillsborough County, Fla., was recently named the city manager for the City of Albany, Ga.

CALSTART to Manage Alt-Vehicle Incentive Program

The California Air Resources Board has selected the clean transportation consortium CALSTART to continue to administer the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

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