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Hybrid Bucket Truck Joins CDE Lightband Fleet

CDE Lightband, a municipal utility providing electricity and telecom services to customers in Clarksville, Tenn., recently deployed its first hybrid-electric bucket truck to perform maintenance and line work on its electric distribution system.

Average Diesel Cost Continues Falling, Lowest Since 2011

Fuel and crude oil are continuing down the road toward lower prices, hitting levels not seen in at least nearly two and half years.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Understanding Two-Lane Roundabouts

This video from the Minnesota Department of Transportation explains what rules apply when you drive through a multi-lane roundabout.

Truck and Van News: 2015 Sprinter and GM Vans, Greenkraft CNG-PHEV Truck

In several OEM truck and van announcements including details on the 2015 Sprinter and GM Express and Savana vans, Greenkraft said it received a grant to develop a CNG plug-in electric hybrid class 4 truck.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ courtesy of GM.

Full-Size Pickups Drive GM's Oct. Fleet Sales

GM posted a 30-percent gain in sales to commercial fleets, as well as a 30 percent gain in sales to government vehicle buyers. Sales to rental customers fell 6 percent.

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Expanding, Construction Down

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, its highest level since March 2011, according to nation’s supply executives.

Tax Rule May Help with Work Truck Purchases

Commercial truck owners are reminded that the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Section 179 (commonly referred to as IRC-179) allows businesses to expense up to $25,000 in tax year 2014 for certain capital expenditures, including commercial work trucks.

2014-MY Sprinter 2500 passenger van. Photo by Vince Taroc.

Mercedes-Benz Gives Details on 2015 Sprinter, Compact Van Plan for U.S.

Mercedes-Benz is strongly considering offering a compact van in the U.S. and will add a new standard safety feature to the 2015 Sprinter van, executives said during a March 25 visit to Bobit Business Media.

Global Medium, Heavy Vehicle Sales to Nearly Double by 2035

Global sales of medium and heavy duty vehicles should reach 7.1 million by 2035 from the 4.3 million that should be sold in 2014, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

Sustainability All Star winners in attendance at the 2014 Green Fleet Conference.

Utility and Telecom Fleets Honored for Sustainability Efforts

Utility and telecom representatives were among the fleet professionals recognized as 2014 Sustainability All Stars at the recent Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Doonan Peterbilt Adds New Dealership in Kansas

Doonan Peterbilt Truck and Equipment has opened a third dealership with a new, purpose-built facility with convenient access from Interstate 70, Peterbilt Motors Company recently announced.

Photo of Traverse assembly courtesy of GM.

GM Invests $63M In Traverse SUV Plant

General Motors is investing $63 million to expand the Lansing Delta Township facility that produces the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave mid-size SUVs.

Cummins Reports Strong Earnings in Q3

Cummins reported its third quarter revenue was $4.9 billion, a 15% increase from the third quarter of last year. Stronger demand for on-highway markets and distributor acquisitions in North America was a significant factor in revenue growth.

Photo by Becky May.

Green Fleet Conference Focuses on Alternative Fuels

Fleet managers, vendors and alternative-fuel experts gathered in Schaumburg, Ill., for the annual Green Fleet Conference & Expo to share ideas about more efficient ways to run operation.

Power Company Rescues Man Trapped Under Semi

A MidAmerican crew working about 80 yards away used their boom truck to lift the rear of the truck off a man who had gotten wedged underneath the tires of a big rig truck.

Graphic courtesy of Telogis.

Telogis Introduces Fleet Analytics Tools at Latitude Event

Telogis released several new tools for the company’s fleet analytics software at the Telogis Latitude event in Dana Point, Calif. These new tools included the Telogis For Field Service extension, the Dynamic Response Suite, and Telogis Sites.

Fuel Ambassadors field questions from Richard Battersby. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Green Fleet Conference Panel Debunks Alt-Fuel Misconceptions

Dirty diesel? Dangerous natural gas? Expensive propane stations? Some myths and misconceptions about alternative fuels were debunked in a fun late-night talk show format Wednesday at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Photo via Corridor Clean Fuels.

Clean Corridor Opens Alabama’s Largest Public CNG Station

Clean Corridor Fuels opened Alabama’s largest public access CNG station in the city of Dothan. The station is designed to service small cars to heavy commercial vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Refreshing Explorer for 2016 as Global SUV

The 2016 Explorer will reach showrooms next year with a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology, according to Ford.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech Shelves Propane Autogas Transit

ROUSH CleanTech has indefinitely halted production of its propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van after hearing concerns from fleet owners.

Photo of Ford Edge by resedabear via Wikimedia Commons.

Ford Recalls Edge SUVs for Fire Risk

Ford is recalling 204,448 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs in North American states that use road salt for snow and ice removal. Potential fuel leaks can arise from corrosion.

Photo via Fuels Institute.

U.S. Diesel Demand to Decline After 2015

U.S. Diesel demand will peak in 2015 and decline by as much as 12.5% through 2030 according to a report by energy market research firm PIRA Energy Group.

File Photo.

UPS Expecting Record Holiday Volume, Up 11%

With 56 days left until Christmas UPS is expecting to set another record this holiday season in terms of the number of packages it will deliver.

Photo of Ram 2500 courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Chrysler Recalls Ram Pickups, Dodge and Jeep SUVs

Two separate global recalls will address problems in such popular fleet vehicles as Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees.

Electronic controls send power to three grounded wheels while the fourth hangs in the air. Photo: Tom Berg

2015 Sprinter Gets Small Diesel, ‘Crosswind Assist'

A smaller and more economical diesel powertrain, new styling and safety features, and optional on-demand four-wheel drive are among features of 2015 Sprinter models.

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