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Photo of E-450 cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers More 2018-MY Incentives

Ford has added fleet incentives for 11 additional 2018 model-year vehicles, including its E-450 cutaway and stripped chassis van, as well as its police lineup.

Photo of 2018 Ridgeline Sport courtesy of Honda.

Honda Ridgeline Returns for 2018 with Few Tweaks

Honda's 2018 Ridgeline adds $155 to its base price and will offer a few minor tweaks including a streamlined trim walk from 12 to nine and new exterior colors, Honda has announced.

Safety Tip: Spotting Signs of Misaligned Wheels

Pep Boys and CNET provide advice on how to recognize symptoms of wheel misalignment.

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids Touts New Fleet Customers

Fleets using the gasoline-electric hybrid platform from Boston-based XL Hybrids, Inc. across a variety of industries are seeing a 20% reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions and an up to 25% increase in miles per gallon, according to the company.

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Dodge Enhances Charger Pursuit's Officer Protection Package

Fiat Chrysler has enhanced the capabilities of its Officer Protection Package that increases an officer's situational awareness when parked and working inside the 2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit law enforcement sedan, the automaker has announced.

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Conn. City Reduces Fleet by 8%, Fuel Costs by 26%

The City of New Britain, Conn., has reduced its fleet by 7.8% and its fuel costs by 26%, according to its annual fleet report. The fleet reduction is higher than Mayor Erin Stewart’s 5% fleet reduction goal.

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Fla. County Agency Benefits from Hybrids

The Hillsborough County, Fla., Property Appraiser’s office plans to update its fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles after successfully cutting fuel and maintenance costs.

Vincent Hall is pictured at center with General Services Director Jeff Lowdermilk (left) and Fleet Manager Ron Kennedy (right). Photo courtesy of Sarasota County

Sarasota County Celebrates 35-Year Fleet ‘Enforcer’

Vincent Hall, lead technician for Sarasota County, Fla., celebrated 35 years of service at the fleet this year. Hall started working for the county in 1982 as a front end alignment specialist.

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Ford Reveals F-150 Police Responder

Ford is revealing the industry’s first pursuit-rated pickup, the 2018 F-150 Police Responder. The all-terrain law enforcement vehicle is ideal for off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments.

N.C. County to Use Chevin Fleet Management Software

Chevin Fleet Solutions has announced that Wake County, N.C., has implemented its FleetWave solution to manage a fleet of 1,300 assets, including about 200 pieces of equipment used by municipal departments.

Congressman Robert Latta on July 19 addresses the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. Screen shot courtesy of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and YouTube.

House Advances Self-Driving Car Bill

The legislation now moves to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is expected to vote on the measure next week.

Photo of 2017 Silverado 2500HD courtesy of GM.

EPA Certifies AGA's Natural Gas System for 2018 GM Trucks

The Environmental Protection Agency has certified AGA Systems' bi-fuel and dedicated compressed natural gas fueling system for General Motors' 2018 lineup of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500, 3500, and 4500 trucks.

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R.I. City Considers Take-Home Police Car Program

The City of Providence, R.I., is considering a program that will allow police officers who live in the city to take vehicles home.

The Fire Department already owns three Firehawk helicopters. Photo via Wikimedia/Alan Wilson

Los Angeles County to Buy Firefighting Helicopters for $29M

Los Angeles County has authorized the purchase of two firefighting helicopters for approximately $29.43 million. The Fire Department is expected to receive two Sikorsky S70i Firehawk helicopters in December.

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Audit: La. Fire District Failed to Monitor Fleet Card Use

The procedural report analyzed finances of the St. Tammany (La.) Fire Protection District No. 2, focusing on credit cards and fuel cards.

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Cenntro Low-Speed Electric Vehicle Introduced in U.S.

The battery-electric Cenntro METRO is a modular vehicle suited for maintenance crew transportation, parking enforcement, local delivery, and transport on university campuses.

Zero Motorcycles Adds 100th North American Police Agency

Zero Motorcycles announced that the Vancouver Police Department in British Columbia, Canada, became the 100th fleet in North America to leverage Zero’s stealthy electric motorcycle line.

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Stertil-Koni Vehicle Lifts Featured in New Video

Stertil-Koni's latest episode of its “We Care” video series incorporates advanced cinematography and editing technology to showcase a new, state-of-the-art maintenance facility located in New Jersey that utilizes the company’s vehicle lifting systems.

Hot Shot’s Secret Releases Fleet Case Studies

Hot Shot's Secret, the leading brand for stiction elimination, announces three case studies with positive results for fleets.

Source: Diesel Technology Forum

Clean Diesel Trucks Make up 30% of Commercial Vehicles in U.S.

Clean diesel truck engines and emissions control systems now make up on average 30% of all heavy-duty commercial vehicles in operation in the U.S. as a result of adoption by fleets over the past five years, according to a recent report commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum.

Photo by Nandaro/Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Night Driving

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice to promote safer driving at night.

Photo of 2012 Tacoma courtesy of Toyota.

Vehicle Depreciation Shows Pockets of Strength at Midway Point

The average price of a used vehicle for model years 2012 to 2016 decreased in value 1.3%, slightly more than the 1.2% decrease in May, according to Black Book. The price of cars overall dropped 1.8%, while trucks decreased 0.8% in value in June. All vehicles are averaging a 12-month depreciation of 16.7%.

Photo via Flickr/Ann Gav

St. Louis Raises Trash Pickup Fee, Promises Updated Fleet

The City of St. Louis has raised its monthly trash collection fee by $3, promising to buy more trash trucks with the additional funds. Nearly 30 of the city’s 79 vehicles are inoperable or not functioning properly.

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N.Y. Municipality Replaces Aging Fire Fleet

The Lakewood Fire Department (N.Y.) updated its fleet with a new pumping engine, ambulance, command vehicle, pickup truck, and boat.

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Audit: Kansas City PD Should Civilianize Fleet Staff

The study recommends a reduction of 30 sworn personnel and an addition of 88 civilian positions managing fleet, logistics support, and property and evidence.

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