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January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. Utilities Vow to Support EV Adoption

Photo courtesy of Edison International

Three California utilities are renewing their commitments to increase electric vehicle (EV) adoption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their service areas.

Tags: Southern California Edison, Utility Fleets, California Public Utilities Commission, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, EV Charging Stations, San Diego Gas & Electric

January 20, 2017 - Industry News

PG&E Appoints Senior Manager of Fleet Operations


Michael Daniels was promoted to senior manager fleet operations at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).

Tags: PG&E, Promotions, Utility Fleets

January 16, 2017 - Industry News

Truck and Van News: From the North American International Auto Show and More

Photo courtesy of the North American International Auto Show

The North American International Auto Show kicked off in Detroit this week, with many automakers unveiling new and updated models. Key announcements include new pickup trucks from Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, and Honda.

Tags: Utility Fleets

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Reading Truck Group Acquires Caseco

Reading Truck Group announced that it acquired substantially all of the assets of Caseco Manufacturing, Inc. Caseco, a current Reading distributor, is a regional manufacturer and upfitter of service utility truck bodies and service crane bodies, with four facilities located in Oklahoma and Missouri.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Reading Truck Body, Mergers & Acquisitions, Utility Bodies, Service Crane, Upfitters

January 13, 2017 - Press Release

Terex HyPower IM Expands Economical Green Fleet Options for Electric Co-Ops

Photo courtesy of Terex

Terex Utilities will feature its latest innovation in the HyPower Hybrid System for aerial devices at the TechAdvantage 2017, Feb. 26-March 1.

Tags: Terex Utilities

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Alaska Gas Utilities Merge Operations

Photo of a Fairbank Natural Gas truck via Flickr/Mike Cornwall

Interior Gas Utility (AK) voted to purchase Pentex, parent company of Fairbanks Natural Gas, from the state at a recent board meeting. With this purchase, the public utility will take over natural gas operations and add the natural gas utility's assets to its fleet.

Tags: Fuel Transport, Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG Fueling Station

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

SoCalGas to Demonstrate Mobile CNG Refueling

Artist rendering courtesy of Onboard Dynamics

Southern California Gas Co. will fund the demonstration and testing of a new mobile natural gas compressor from Onboard Dynamics that can be used to refuel compressed natural gas vehicles regardless of location.

Tags: SoCalGas, Compressed Natural Gas

January 10, 2017 - Press Release

Warranty Extended on Elliott BoomTruck Cranes

All new Elliott Equipment Company BoomTruck cranes will come standard with a two-year parts and labor warranty and lifetime structural warranty. (Photo courtesy of Elliott Equipment)

Elliott Equipment Company announced that all new Elliott Equipment Company BoomTruck cranes will come standard with a two-year parts and labor warranty and lifetime structural warranty.

Tags: Warranty, Cranes, Boom Trucks, Elliott Equipment

January 2, 2017 - Industry News

SoCalGas Completes More Than 700,000 Safety Inspections

Photo courtesy of Southern California Gas Company

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has conducted more than 700,000 comprehensive safety inspection of meter set assemblies, which connect a natural gas pipeline from the street to the customer's gas line.

Tags: Inspections, Utility Fleets, SoCalGas

December 30, 2016 - Press Release

Hawaii Utilities Hope to Boost EV Adoption

Eight key organizations have agreed to collaborate on electrification of ground transportation in Hawaii as an essential part of achieving the state’s clean energy goals.

December 30, 2016 - Press Release

Greensboro's Transition to Electric Buses Gets $450,000 Boost from Duke Energy

A $450,000 grant from Duke Energy will help Greensboro's Department of Transportation (GDOT) install an electric charging station for the future influx of all-electric buses in the city.

December 30, 2016 - Industry News

Utility Replaces Bucket Trucks with Drones

Photo via Flickr/Budi Nusyirwan

Westar Energy is deploying unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, to improve the way it conducts inspections. The Kansas-based utility is replacing bucket trucks to prevent major outages before they happen and cut costs.

December 30, 2016 - Industry News

FirstEnergy Fleet Prepares for Winter

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With winter comes storms, and utilities across the country are preparing for snow. Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy completed maintenance on its equipment and infrastructure before the beginning of winter.

Tags: FirstEnergy

December 27, 2016 - Industry News

Utility Employees Found Using Fleet Vehicles for Personal Use

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Several San Diego utility workers used fleet vehicles for personal use, according to a new report from the City Auditor's office. The investigation began after the Office of the City Auditor received two anonymous reports that a Public Utilities Department employee was using a city vehicle for personal purposes.

Tags: Personal Use, Take-Home Vehicles, Audit, San Diego Public Utilities Department

December 26, 2016 - Industry News

Pacific Gas and Electric Names Senior Manager, Fleet Engineering


Keshav Sondhi was named senior manager - fleet engineering for Pacific Gas and Electric Company in Davis, Calif.

Tags: New Hire, FedEx, PG&E, Utility Fleets

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Top 10 Utility Fleet Stories in 2016

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Here are the 10 most read Utility Fleet stories for 2016. Popular stories from this past year cover upfitting, spec'ing, and regulations and emphasize the importance of safety in utility fleets.

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Duke Energy to Install 200 EV Charging Stations

N.C.-based Duke Energy announced that 200 public electric vehicle charging stations will be installed as part of a $1 million EV Charging Infrastructure Project.

Tags: Duke Energy, EV Charging Stations

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Calif. Utility Electrifies its Fleet

Photo via Flickr/Paul Krueger

San Diego Gas & Electric (Calif.) is expanding its use of alternative fuels with more electrified vehicles for its fleet and more EV charging stations for its customers.

Tags: Bucket Trucks, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

XL Hybrids to Offer Plug-In Hybrid Half-Ton Pickup

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids

XL Hybrids will offer a plug-in hybrid electric half-ton pickup truck that's expected to increase range by 50% and offer a significant reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions, the vehicle modifier announced.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, XL Hybrids, Hybrid Electric Powertrain, Light-Duty Trucks, Hybrid-Electric Truck

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

Customers Dream Up Custom 2017 Ford Super Duty

Oil and gas extraction: Ford F-250 Super Duty 4x4 SuperCab XL (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

Super Duty Insiders have configured their dream pickups and chassis cabs – designed with the right cab configurations, engines, towing and hauling options, plus smart technology features – creating a cheat sheet for other fleets in heavy-duty industries.

Tags: Ford Super Duty, Custom Specifications, Ford, 2017-MY

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

PG&E Preps for Winter Storms

Photo via Flickr/Jake Stimpson

Pacific Gas & Electric (Calif.) is preparing its fleet to better respond to storm damage with more accurate weather predictions, fleet upgrades, and improved communications.

Tags: Storm Response, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

Okla. Utility Recognized for Green Efforts

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Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) was recently recognized for its efforts in going green with two awards. In addition to being the first in the state to launch wind and solar power, the utility began deploying electric vehicles (EVs) in its fleet, and installed EV charging infrastructure in its service area.

Tags: Recognition, Oklahoma Gas & Electric

December 1, 2016 - Press Release

NYPA Awards EV Connect $4M Contract

EV Connect was awarded a $4 million contract from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to install and manage approximately 300 additional Level 2 EV charging stations throughout New York State.

Tags: EV Connect, EV Charging Stations, NYPA

December 1, 2016 - Press Release

Power Line Rent E-Quip Leasing Bucket Trucks

Power Line Rent E-Quip offers to sell and rent utility vehicles to customers throughout the state of Virginia.

Tags: Truck Leasing, Bucket Trucks

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

CNG Supplier Hopes to Spur Adoption in Southeast

Since opening this CNG fueling station in Anderson, S.C., last year, Piedmont has reduced the price of its fuel to $1.37 per GGE. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Natural Gas

Fuel supplier Piedmont Natural Gas hopes to expand compressed natural gas adoption with lowered fuel prices and contracts with government and commercial fleets in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Piedmont Natural Gas

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