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The 2014 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo van is one of the vehicles covered under the new Executive Order from CARB. (PHOTO: General Motors)

XL Hybrids Gets CARB Go-Ahead for Van Conversions

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received a CARB Executive Order allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model-year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Savana vans into hybrid-electric vehicles.

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Clean Energy Offers Lower Cost NGV Barrier for Garages

The NGV Easy Bay is a code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain that's more affordable than installing a concrete, masonry, or dry wall barrier in a maintenance garage, according to the company.

The Auto Truck Group's new Kansas City facility will be handling ship thru for Ford's new Transit and the F-150. Photo: Chris Wolski

Auto Truck Group Dedicates KC Facility

The Auto Truck Group dedicated a new 70,000-square-foot facility in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, October 9. The facility will handle both complex specialized vehicle upfits and ship thru for the Ford F-150 and Transit.

Some freeways have added physical barriers, such as poles, to discourage illegal lane changes into HOV/HOT lanes.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Recognizing HOV Lane Hazards

High-occupancy lanes can improve commuter times and encourage car pooling. But they also can pose some unique safety issues.

Photo of 2015 F-150 King Range courtesy of Ford.

Texas Auto Writers Name F-150 'Truck of Texas'

The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has selected the Ford F-150 as the Truck of Texas as part of the group's annual Truck Rodeo honoring 2015 model-year vehicles.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, announced that Ford is adding 850 more jobs in Dearborn. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Adds 850 F-150 Production Jobs

Ford Motor Co. has added 850 jobs to its Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich., to build the 2015 F-150 pickup truck, the company has announced.

Philadelphia to Review Prison Transport Options After Lawsuit

The Philadelphia Police Department launched an investigation of the safety of its police vans following a $490,000 settlement with a man who broke his neck while being transported.

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Nascent Okla. Fleet Group Names Board Members

The Oklahoma Public Fleet Management Association (OPFMA) announced is new board members at the association’s first annual convention in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 22.

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DOE Tool Predicts CNG Stations' Economic Impact

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new software modeling tool for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations.

One of the on-board decontamination systems. Photo courtesy of Winter Park Fire Chief James White.

Fla. City Unveils Ambulances with Decontamination Systems

A central Florida city has added ambulances with on-board decontamination systems to its fleet to prevent the spread of diseases like Ebola.

Photo courtesy of Westport.

Westport Developing 3.8L NatGas, Propane Engine

Westport Innovations is developing a 3.8-liter engine that runs on natural gas or propane autogas for off-road or stationary equipment, the company announced with its quarterly earnings report.

Chart via EPA.

Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High

Light-duty 2013 model-year vehicles reached an all-time high in fuel economy with an average of 24.1 mpg as a result of technologies such as gasoline direct injection engines, turbochargers, and advanced transmissions, according to the EPA.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Traverse courtesy of GM.

Used-Vehicle Depreciation Peaks in September

Used vehicles sold at auctions logged their highest depreciation this year in September, as 2009-2013 car and truck models fell 1.7 percent in value.

CleanFUEL Recalls Fuel Rails

The fuel delivery tube might leak, increasing the risk for both vehicle stalling and fire.

Maine City Brings Ambulance Service Back In House

The City of Auburn, Maine, is rolling out two new ambulances next week to answer calls, as the city moves away from a private ambulance company that came under fire for delayed responses to emergency calls.

State of Penn. Saved $65M by Reducing Fleet

The State of Pennsylvania has reduced its fleet size by 2,500 passenger vehicles, resulting in a cost avoidance and savings of more than $65 million.

Grant Allows Iowa Sheriff to Install Cameras on Patrol Cars

Using a $42,677 grant, Lyon County, Iowa, Sheriff's Department will install in-car cameras in all its patrol cars.

Florida's NGV Incentive Program Fuels Job Growth

Florida's $4.7 million in rebates to fund construction of natural gas vehicle fueling stations has created 1,820 jobs and $68 million in wages since it went into effect on Jan. 1, according to the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (FNGVC).

La. Parish May Stop Donating Vehicles to Other Agencies

The president of the Jefferson Parish Council in Louisiana is pushing the agency to sell its used vehicles rather than continuing to donate them to other public agencies.

Photo of Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle courtesy of General Motors.

GM Recalls Chevrolet Caprice Police Cars

The recall, affecting patrol cars in the 2011-2013 model years, will address a problem related to the transmission selector lever.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Hail Storms

Here is some advice on what steps drivers can take to stay safe and protect their vehicle in a major hail storm.

Photo of Police Interceptor sedan courtesy of Ford.

Government Fleet Sales Up 8.8 Percent in 2014

Sales of vehicles to government fleets rose 17.3% in September and now have increased 8.8% so far in a year that's continuing to show strength in government fleet sales.

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Ohio Mayor Reconsiders Outsourced Trash Collection

City of Toledo (Ohio) Mayor Michael Collins is considering bringing privatized garbage collection back in-house, stating the contract is too favorable to the company

Photo courtesy of Enterprise

GSA Begins Car Sharing Pilot Program

The General Services Administration (GSA) has selected Enterprise CarShare as a contracted car-sharing vendor for a pilot program in Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, and Chicago.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado debuted last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet.

Air Bag Defect Halts Sale of Colorado, Canyon Pickups

General Motors tells its dealers they must fix the problem before selling any more 2015-MY Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks. A formal safety recall is imminent.



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