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Ford's 2015 F-150 Sheds 732 Pounds In Weigh In

Ford's extensive use of aluminum shaved 732 pounds from the weight of two comparable trucks the company weighed for the media at an event earlier this week.

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Freightliner Starts Production of Propane Autogas S2G

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) has announced it started full production of its propane-autogas S2G medium-duty work truck. The S2G pairs FCCC’s medium-duty S2 chassis with a factory-installed propane-autogas engine and fuel system.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco courtesy of GM.

These Vehicles Have Been Discontinued for 2015

The list of models that have been discontinued for the 2015 model year includes such vehicles as General Motors' Chevrolet Impala ECO eAssist mild hybrid sedan.

Photo of 2015 Sierra HD truck courtesy of General Motors.

GM Recalls 718K More Vehicles

The automaker announces six new recalls involving such models as the Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD, GMC Sierra LD and HD, Buick Regal, and Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The two largest of the six recalls involve seats.

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Arkansas Energy Office Offers Alt-Fuel Rebates

The Arkansas Energy Office announced that a total of $150,000 in rebates will be awarded through its Clean Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program for fleets to purchase CNG or propane autogas vehicles.

Pa. Agency Saves $750K by Cutting 65% of Fleet

The State of Pennsylvania's Department of the Auditor General has saved more than $750,000 by eliminating 158 cars from its fleet.

Calif. City Hosts Energy Demand Presentation

The City of Santa Ana, Calif., will host an energy demand workshop for public entities on August 12. The workshop is designed to show how public agencies can make money by participating in their utilities’ demand-response programs.

Photo of 2015 F-150 testing at Davis Dam at the Arizona-Nevada border courtesy of Ford.

Ford Releases 2015 F-150 Engine, Towing Specs

Ford has released full engine specifications and towing capabilities for its 2015 F-150 pickup, which will add two new engines and auto stop-start, the automaker announced.

Cummins’ new Ethos 2.8L E85-powered I-4. Photo courtesy of Cummins.

Allison Develops Stop-Start for Medium-Duty Transmission

Allison Transmission has developed stop-start technology with a transmission that could be paired with Cummins' 2.8L ETHOS E-85 medium-duty truck engine, the company announced.

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EPA Proposes More Road Testing for MPG Rating

The Environmental Protection Agency will recommend that automakers be required to perform additional road testing to confirm the fuel-economy claims posted on their vehicles, rather than relying on laboratory measurements.

Ford Transit Van (PHOTO: Westport)

Westport to Offer Dedicated CNG Transit Van, Cutaway

Westport is offering the 2015 Ford Transit Van and Cutaway as a dedicated natural gas (CNG) Westport WiNG Power System vehicle. The Transit Cutaway will be offered at 10,000-lbs. GVW and below.

A new investment in CNG refuse trucks has allowed the city to increase its CNG use from 18,000 to 93,000 diesel gallon equivalents in two years. Photo courtesy of City of Scottsdale.

Ariz. City Bumps Up CNG, E-85 Use

The City of Scottsdale, Ariz., has more than tripled its use of compressed natural gas (CNG) and increased its use of E-85 by almost seven fold over the past two fiscal years.

Photo of 2015 F-450 Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

Ford Claims Best-in-Class Towing for 2015 F-450

Ford has increased the towing capability of its largest pickup, the F-450, for the 2015 model-year to a best-in-class 31,200 pounds, Ford announced at a media event in West Virginia.

Photo of 2015 Expedition Platinum courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 Expedition with V-6 EcoBoost Now Available

Ford's 2015 Expedition with new 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 engine is now available after the automaker unveiled it to automotive journalists in West Virginia.

Motorcraft Introduces Motor Oil Designed for Hybrids

Motorcraft has introduced a low viscosity motor oil product recommended by Ford Motor Company for 2013 model year and forward hybrid electric vehicles.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ courtesy of GM.

2015 Chevrolet, GM 1500 Trucks Get 8-Speed Transmission

General Motors will pair a new 8-speed transmission with its V-8 engine offered on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Yukon Denali, and Yukon XL Denali models.

Oklahoma Fleet Association to Host First Annual Convention

The Oklahoma Public Fleet Management Association (OPFMA) is hosting its first annual convention on Sept. 22 at the City of Tulsa Police Headquarters building.


Calif. County Fleet Director Retires, Replacement Appointed

Robert Howdyshell, director of purchasing and fleet services at Riverside County, Calif., will retire on July 24. Lisa Brandl has been appointed to replace him.

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Columbus, Ohio, Dedicates Second CNG Fueling Station

The City of Columbus, Ohio, dedicated its second compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on July 15, which will make CNG fuel available for the public as well as fleet vehicles in the north side of the city.

Photo via Division of Police

Ky. City Reinstates Take-Home Police Cars

The City of Lexington, Ky., mayor signed an executive order that temporarily allows police officers to drive their cruisers for personal use at no cost to them.

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Wastequip Launches Aftermarket Parts Business

Wastequip recently launched Go To Parts, a business that offers OEM aftermarket parts for waste, recycling, and construction equipment.

House Passes Highway Trust Fund Patch, Bill Heads to Senate

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation on Tuesday afternoon providing enough money for the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015.

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Energy Dept. Enhances Alt-Fuel Laws & Incentives Website

The Alternative Fuels Data Center, a resource of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, has enhanced the Laws and Incentives page on its website, making it easier to find the laws, incentives, and programs applicable to specific fleets.

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Gasoline Falls to $3.63 Per Gallon

The national average price of gasoline fell 4.3 cents to $3.635 per gallon for the week ending July 14, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Nissan Adds Enhancements to 2015 Vans

Nissan has announced several updates and availability for its NV cargo, NV passenger, NV200, and NV200 Taxi for the 2015 model year.

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