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Chevrolet Equinox Emphasizes Rightsized Efficiency for 2018

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Completely redesigned, the model-year 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will fit fleets looking for an efficient and productive crossover.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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%.

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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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Va. Utility Worker Dies from Electrocution

A lineman for the City of Danville, Va., was responding to a power outage in an elevated bucket truck when the accident occurred.

Battelle to Host Webinar on Connecting in the Connected Vehicle Environment

Battelle will discuss how an open platform software works and can contribute to the evolution of connected vehicle programs, including enabling connected vehicles to talk to traffic management systems, dynamic message signs, traffic signal controllers, and other ITS devices.

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Following Another Vehicle Leads to Risky Driving

A new study from Arizona State University concludes that drivers who follow another car to a destination are more likely to drive dangerously.

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Nashville Mayor Seeks $4M for Police Equipment Upgrades

In-vehicle technology upgrades are necessary to support the agency's new body worn cameras. Additional funds will be used for radio and server equipment as well as replacement vehicles for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

Chicago PD Begins Rolling Out 550 Patrol Vehicles

The Chicago Police Department has deployed 40 new patrol vehicles and plans to deploy 550 through February 2018.

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Calif. County Receives $3.8M Loan for Police Vehicles

Ventura County, Calif., shifted toward more expensive patrol vehicles, part of the reason why its fleet replacement fund can't keep up. New policies are being determined to replenish the fund and keep it sustainable.

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NYPD to Spend $1.3M on Ballistic Protection for Vehicles

This investment will expand the ballistic protection program to retrofit the New York Police Department's 72 command vehicles with bullet-resistant door panels and window inserts.

Water Utility Van Falls into Sinkhole

A Cleveland Water employee was investigating a possible water main leak when the street started to collapse, his van sinking with it.

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Texas Law Mandates State Fleet Greening

A new bill signed into law in Texas is expected to reduce fleet emissions. State agencies with 15 or more state-owned vehicles will need to purchase vehicles that run on alternative fuels.

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Toyota Invests in Distracted Driving Tech for Fleets

Toyota has invested in Nauto, a Palo Alto-based company that has developed a distracted driving system for commercial fleets that monitors drivers and the road environment to increase safe driving.

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