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December 30, 2016 - Industry News

Utility Replaces Bucket Trucks with Drones

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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, Audits, 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: FedEx, New Hire, 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

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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

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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, Spec'ing, Ford, 2017-MY

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

PG&E Preps for Winter Storms

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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

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

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Truck and Van News: 2017 Pricing and LA Auto Show Updates

More 2017 models were priced and automakers unveiled new models at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Utility Uses Helicopters to Build a Power Line

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FirstEnergy crews used helicopters to build a power line over the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The electric utility employed a helicopter to get the job done as part of a 7-mile, $11 million transmission line upgrade.

Tags: Infrastructure, FirstEnergy, Helicopter, Electric Utility

November 18, 2016 - Industry News

Smart Grid Expected to Cut Down on Fleet Use

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Over the past year and a half, the Chattanooga Electric Power Board, Tenn., has worked to modernize its grid and improve efficiency with automation. With these upgrades, the electric utility will be able to restore power more quickly without needing to send out workers to search for the source of power outages.

Tags: Smart Grid, Electric Utility

November 18, 2016 - Industry News

Tenn. Power Board Approves Bucket Truck Purchase

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The Dyersburg Electric Power Board, Tenn., approved the purchase of a new 55-ft. bucket truck from Altec at a recent meeting.

Tags: Altec Industries, Bucket Trucks, Electric Utility

November 18, 2016 - Press Release

Chevin, NAPA IBS Integration Boosts Parts Spending Visibility

Chevin Fleet Solutions announced that it has integrated its FleetWave software with the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) Integrated Business Solutions (IBS) point-of-sale system.

Tags: Parts Management, Software Integration, Data Analysis, NAPA IBS, Chevin

November 17, 2016 - Press Release

FirstEnergy Trims Trees in Toledo Edison Service Area

Since the beginning of the year, contractors have trimmed trees along more than 2,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines in Toledo Edison's service area as part of the company's $7.2 million vegetation management program for 2016, with an additional 430 miles expected to be completed by year-end.

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

Workhorse Developing Plug-In Pickup

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Workhorse Group Inc. hopes to begin production in 2018 on a plug-in hybrid light-duty pickup truck that the company says is designed for fleet usage.

Tags: Workhorse, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Large Pickups, Duke Energy, City of Orlando, Workhorse W-15

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Public Utility Purchases New Trucks

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The City of Grantville, Ga., had trouble finding utility trucks to meet its needs. But it needed replacement vehicles, which led to the city purchasing trucks from Colonia, Ill., over 800 miles away.

Tags: Procurement

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Gas Utility Implements Network Information System

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Athens Gas Department (Ala.) deployed Trimble's network information system to improve its overall operations. The system is designed specifically for energy utilities, and collects all asset data to create a comprehensive network model for support of engineering analysis.

Tags: Trimble

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Truck and Van News: 2017 Driver Assist Technologies

Ford and Peterbilt announced new driver assist systems for its new models and GM and Nissan announced more details for its 2017 packages.

November 4, 2016 - Press Release

Duke Energy Announces Executive Appointments

Duke Energy announced five executive appointments focused on strengthening the company's regulatory and economic development initiatives.

Tags: Duke Energy, New Hire


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