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Truck and Van News: Sprinter, F-150, CNG Transit, Kenworth T880

Among several OEM announcements recently, Daimler said that the next-generation Sprinter will built in North America and XL Hybrids gained CARB approval on several GM van models.

Two Major Utilities Sign Cross-Continent Mutual Aid Agreement

To better deploy employees and equipment in the face of major storms and natural disasters, two major utilities in California and Florida signed a mutual aid agreement for the first time.

Matt Kiernan of O’Connor Motor Company receives his prize for winning Hino Trucks 2014 National Service Skills Competition (PHOTO: Hino Trucks)

Hino Trucks Crowns Winner of National Skills Competition

Hino Trucks held its sixth annual National Service Skills Competition at its training facility in Novi, Mich,, which brings together the best of the best dealer service technicians from across the country that achieved Master Elite Technician status and puts them head-to-head.

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Mopar Previews Ram Pickups and Vans Heading to SEMA

In anticipation of the 2014 edition of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, Mopar released sketches of its modified Ramvehicles headed for the aftermarket trade show in Las Vegas.

Photo: Westport

Westport Offers CNG Transit Van Demo Program

Fleets interested in switching to natural gas can take advantage of an all new, free Westport demonstration program, which was announced at APTA Expo.

A fuel cell is a device that converts chemical potential energy (energy stored in molecular bonds) into electrical energy. (IMAGE: Hydrogenics)

Hydrogenics Offers Fuel Cell Power for Medium-Duty Trucks

Hydrogenics Corporation has introduced "Celerity," a new hydrogen fuel cell system developed for medium- and heavy-duty buses and trucks.

Average Diesel Price Moves Lower Again as Oil Plummets

UPDATED -- Diesel fuel and gasoline prices in the U.S. continue moving lower with the national averages posting their largest weekly drops in quite a while.

Photo of 2014 Buick Enclave courtesy of GM.

Buick Enclave Leads SUVs for 2014-MY Order-to-Delivery

The 2014-MY Buick Enclave mid-size SUV reached fleet customers the fastest among SUVs with 44 days between initial order and its arrival at a dealership.

The 2014 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo van is one of the vehicles covered under the new Executive Order from CARB. (PHOTO: General Motors)

XL Hybrids Gets CARB Go-Ahead for Van Conversions

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received a CARB Executive Order allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model-year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Savana vans into hybrid-electric vehicles.

Yokohama's new U.S. headquarters building in Santa Ana, Calif. (PHOTO: Yokohama)

Yokohama Tire Corporation Relocates U.S. Headquarters

Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) is relocating its corporate headquarters from Fullerton, Calif., to nearby Santa Ana to accommodate business growth.

Rendering courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

Clean Energy Offers Lower Cost NGV Barrier for Garages

The NGV Easy Bay is a code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain that's more affordable than installing a concrete, masonry, or dry wall barrier in a maintenance garage, according to the company.

The Auto Truck Group's new Kansas City facility will be handling ship thru for Ford's new Transit and the F-150. Photo: Chris Wolski

Auto Truck Group Dedicates KC Facility

The Auto Truck Group dedicated a new 70,000-square-foot facility in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, October 9. The facility will handle both complex specialized vehicle upfits and ship thru for the Ford F-150 and Transit.

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Report: Aerial Work Platform Fatalities for First Half of 2014

Out of the 23 fatalities involving aerial work platforms reported worldwide, more than half occurred in the U.S. These findings are part of the International Powered Access Federation’s accident report for the first half of 2014.

Photo courtesy of Amp.

EPA Approves Amp’s Electric Truck

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Amp Electric Vehicle’s Workhorse E-Gen Electric Truck.

Some freeways have added physical barriers, such as poles, to discourage illegal lane changes into HOV/HOT lanes.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Recognizing HOV Lane Hazards

High-occupancy lanes can improve commuter times and encourage car pooling. But they also can pose some unique safety issues.

Photo of 2015 F-150 King Range courtesy of Ford.

Texas Auto Writers Name F-150 'Truck of Texas'

The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has selected the Ford F-150 as the Truck of Texas as part of the group's annual Truck Rodeo honoring 2015 model-year vehicles.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, announced that Ford is adding 850 more jobs in Dearborn. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Adds 850 F-150 Production Jobs

Ford Motor Co. has added 850 jobs to its Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich., to build the 2015 F-150 pickup truck, the company has announced.

OSHA Fines Company $168k for Deaths of Linemen

OSHA said the deaths of the two Massachusetts Bay Electrical Corp. workers in the April 12, 2014 crane tip-over could have been prevented if their employer had set up and operated the crane according to the manufacturer's instructions and trained employees in its proper operation.

Photo: Midway

Upfitter Delivers Sprinter Upfit to U.S. Kids Golf

Midway Specialty Vehicles, LLC recently delivered Mercedes-Benz Sprinter unit number 15,000 to U.S Kids Golf, LLC.

Operation Safe Driver Week Increases Traffic Safety

Law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors for Operation Safe Driver Week, a week-long event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

San Diego Pays $950k to Victim Injured in City Water Truck Crash

In June 2012, James Heath suffered neck and arm injuries when a city water truck collided with his sport utility vehicle in San Carlos.

Photo via NVG America.

Leadership Change at Natural Gas Advocacy Group

Natural Gas Vehicles for America named Matthew Godlewski as the group’s next president. He will succeed Rich Kolodziej who has served for 18 years as the advocacy group’s president.

Time Warner Cable Stockholders Approve Merger With Comcast

More than 99 percent of votes were cast in favor of the deal.

This gasoline 6.2L V-8 is offered with Ford's Super Duty lineup.

Uptick in Spec'ing Gasoline Engines for Medium-Duty Trucks

Managers of Class 3-6 truck fleets are increasingly looking at gasoline engines when spec'ing new models for their fleets, according to a recent industry survey by Work Truck magazine.

Chart via EPA.

Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High

Light-duty 2013 model-year vehicles reached an all-time high in fuel economy with an average of 24.1 mpg as a result of technologies such as gasoline direct injection engines, turbochargers, and advanced transmissions, according to the EPA.

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