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FEMA Grant Helps Mass. Town Replace 40-Year-Old Fire Truck

The Town of Charlton, Mass., Fire Department was awarded a $893,000 grant to replace a 40-year-old aerial ladder truck that is 16 years past its recommended service life.

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Apex Oil Lab Opens Full-Service Oil Analysis Lab

The recently opened Apex Oil Lab offers 24-hour and same-day turnaround on most oil analysis tests.

Photo via Loïc Dupasquier/Flickr.

Drowsy Driving Top Condition of People Who Shouldn't Drive

Drowsy driving ranked at the top of seven conditions listed in the survey that should have caused drivers not to get behind the wheel. Survey respondents also widely supported (60 percent) making drowsy driving against the law.

Photos courtesy of PG&E.A Peterbilt/Allison Transmissions Class 8 electric hybrid material handler truck.

Utilities Urged to Double EV Investment

Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and a few private utilities are urging other electric utilities to more than double their current investments in electric fleet vehicles. Both groups have taken steps to support utilities working to achieve this goal.

Congress Passes 10-Month Highway Bill

The Senate Thursday night approved a $10.8 billion House bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May. This ensures that highway funding will continue for the next 10 months.

PERC Launches Propane.com

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has launched a new website, Propane.com, to serve as a source for information about propane safety and newly developed propane-powered technology for agriculture, commercial landscape, industrial, on-road fleets, and residential industries.

House Rejects Senate Highway Trust Fund Patch as Deadline Looms

Congress is inching ever closer to the edge of insolvency for the Highway Trust Fund. On Thursday afternoon the House rejected the Senate’s bill to patch the Fund into December and sent its original bill back to the upper chamber.

CARB to Offer $117M in Clean Vehicle Grants

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced it has set aside approximately $117 million to fund clean vehicle projects. It is seeking grant solicitations to administer the project.

Photo of Ram ProMaster 2500 EcoDiesel by Paul Clinton.

Diesel Ram ProMaster Van Now Available

The diesel engine option is now available for purchase with the 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van in addition to the standard V-6 gasoline power plant.

Photo courtesy of United Soybean Board

Report Guides Buyers on Sustainable Biofuels Procurement

A new report aims to help bulk fuel purchasers determine the most sustainably produced biofuels and avoid those produced using unsustainable practices.

Maintenance Design Group Adds Engineering, Plumbing

Maintenance Design Group (MDG), specializing in planning and design for transportation maintenance facilities, has expanded its service offerings to include mechanical and electrical engineering and plumbing (MEP) design.

The city fleet conducted a test pilot of the Grip anti-idling device on this Ford Police Interceptor Utility. Photo courtesy of City of Columbus

Anti-Idling Equipment in Patrol Cars Could Save Columbus $1.2M Annually

The City of Columbus, Ohio, will install anti-idling technology on 90 of its police vehicles to reduce fuel costs. Installation on all 339 units could save $1.2 million annually.

Photo courtesy of Worthington Industries.

Worthington Introduces 'Spare Tire' Propane Tank

Worthington Industries' propane-autogas fuel tank has been approved by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The doughnut-shaped, or toroidal, tank fits in the spare tire space of a car or pickup truck, and will be available for order in August.

Altech-Eco Receives CARB Certification for F-250/350 CNG Conversion System

Altech-Eco Corporation has obtained certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its compressed natural gas dedicated conversion system for the 2014 Ford 6.2L V-8 F-250/350 pickups.

Photo of 2014 Ram 3500 courtesy of Ram Truck.

Ram Questions Ford's 'Best-in-Class' F-450 Claim

Ram Truck is questioning Ford's claim that its 2015 F-450 holds the "best-in-class" towing rating for heavy-duty pickup trucks announced earlier this month.

Texas County to Install GPS Tracking on Police Vehicles

Tyler County (Texas) Commissioners have approved a new agreement with Synovia Solutions to upfit its Sheriff’s Office vehicles with communications and GPS tracking systems.

Deadline for GF Industry Survey Extended

Government Fleet is conducting its annual survey, following trends in public fleet management, including budgeting, outsourced services, salaries, and succession planning. The survey deadline has been extended to July 31.

Photo of 2015 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Prices Rise for Ford's 2015 F-150, Order Bank Opens

Ford's U.S. dealers began ordering the 2015 F-150 this week after receiving pricing for the light-duty pickup that will increase due to the increased use of aluminum in the body.

Optimus Technologies Receives EPA Approval for Biofuel Conversions

Optimus Technologies announced that it is the first to receive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for a biofuel conversion solution for existing medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Nebraska Joins Mohawk WSCA Contract

Mohawk Lifts announced that Nebraska has been added to the Mohawk Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) contract, which offers discounted government pricing for vehicle lifts and related garage equipment.

Public Works Association Announces New Certified Fleet Managers

The American Public Works Association announced that two public works fleet professionals recently earned the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) credential.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS courtesy of GM.

Cruze CNG Conversion Arriving This Fall

Fleet managers looking for more choice of compact cars powered by natural gas should be able to purchase a dedicated CNG Chevrolet Cruze in the fall.

Photo via Loïc Dupasquier/Flickr.

Mobile Phone Use Triples Crash Risk

Drivers who use a mobile phone or other hand-held device triple their crash risk, according to a recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

Photo via TruckPR/Flickr.

Weights and Measures Council Fails to OK LNG Standard

After regulators failed to agree to a nationally recognized, gallon-equivalent measure for sales of liquefied natural gas, fleets that rely on LNG-fueled vehicles will continue to face a state-by-state patchwork of standards for at least one more year.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

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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