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Volvo and Mack Renew Decisiv Contract

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks have renewed their contracts with Decisiv, the provider of the ASIST tool that enables real-time communications between customers, dealers and service staff.

By the end of 2016, UPS will have invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally since 2009, including propane autogas vehicles. (Photo courtesy of UPS)

UPS Reaches Alternative Fuels Goal a Year Early

UPS has achieved its goal of driving 1 billion miles with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet one year earlier than planned, the global delivery company announced.

Logos via Verizon and Fleetmatics.

Verizon-Fleetmatics Deal Makes Telematics Giant

Verizon will control about 25% of the telematics market following its planned acquisitions of Fleetmatics and Telogis in moves that indicate steady growth ahead for fleet telematics use, a market expert said.

The Nikola One concept truck Image: Nikola Motors

Hybrid-Electric Class 8 Truck Scores Zero Emissions in Testing

Nikola Motor Company’s advanced research and development team says it has achieved 100% zero emissions on the company’s hybrid-electric Class 8 truck, the Nikola One.


Element Boosts Truck Team

Element Financial Corp. has bolstered its fleet truck sales efforts with eight new hires and promotions that include elevating Brad Hewitt to vice president of national accounts, the company announced.

Average Diesel Prices Fall to $2.35 Per Gallon

Diesel fuel prices are continuing to fall, dropping around 8 cents from their peak of $2.43 per gallon in early June, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Video Safety Tip: Understanding Roundabouts

The Michigan Department of Transportation offers advice on how to safely navigate through a roundabout. Relaunched

Penton’s EquipmentWatch, a provider of data, insights, and workflow tools for the heavy equipment industry, relaunched its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform at

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of MBUSA.

Knapheide Adds Ship-Thru Capabilities for Mercedes-Benz Vans

Knapheide announced its ability to now provide van and cutaway based upfit solutions for the Mercedes Sprinter and Metris along with ship-thru capabilities to service regional and national fleet customers and fleet management companies.

Logos courtesy of Fleetmatics and Verizon.

Verizon to Acquire Fleetmatics

Verizon Communications will acquire leading telematics provider Fleetmatics Group for $2.4 billion in a cash deal that will create a powerhouse telematics provider.

The DD5 installed in a Freightliner M102 box truck. Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Daimler Enters Medium-Duty Engine Market with DD5

Daimler Trucks North America's new Detroit DD5 engine will begin production in October. The four-cylinder engine offers several benefits over competitive medium-duty engines, including maintenance intervals, fuel economy and durability.

Heavy electric delivery truck's range is 200 kilometers (124 miles) and its batteries can be recharged in as little as two hours. Photos: Daimler Trucks

M-B Class 8 Electric Truck to be Tested in Urban Delivery Service

Heavy-duty Urban eTruck for “short radius” use in Germany and elsewhere could be in production by 2020 or soon thereafter, Daimler says.

Lee Ann Riccardi, professor of art history and interim director of the college's Center for Global Engagement, plugs in her 2014 Chevy Volt. Photo Courtesy of PSE&G

College of New Jersey, PSE&G Unveil New EV Charging System

The College of New Jersey and Public Service Electric and Gas Corporation have opened a five-station electric vehicle charging system at the college.

FCA US LLC’s high-volume Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station, designed and built by TruStar Energy. The station, powered by six Ariel compressors and capable of dispensing nearly 40 gasoline-gallon equivalent (GGE) per minute, is owned and maintained by TruStar Energy and represents the largest private fast-fill CNG fueling station in North America. Photo Courtesy of Trustar Energy

TruStar Energy Nominated for Qualitas Vendor Awards by FCA US

TruStar Energy, a developer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, was nominated for three awards during the FCA US LLC Qualitas 2016 Annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards Ceremony.

Accepting the American Gas Association's Safety Achievement Award on behalf of Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company, from left: Bill Hermstedt, Operations Project Coordinator; Nick Bishop, Project Engineer; Mark Parker, Engineer Manager; Marianne Coker, Gas Control Manager; and Solomon McCloskey, Senior Manager, Gas Pipeline Operations. Photo Courtesy of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Earns National Safety Awards

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has earned two Safety Achievement Awards from the American Gas Association.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (right) presents a gift to Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. Photo: Paul Clinton

Mercedes-Benz Breaks Ground on $500M Van Plant

Mercedes-Benz will shift production of vans it sells in the U.S. and Canada to North Charleston, S.C., by the end of the decade with a plant that nearly triples its existing manufacturing footprint.

Isuzu's new Center of Excellence facility. Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

New Isuzu Facility Aims to Serve Dealers and Customers

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has opened a new complex that it is calling the Center of Excellence, comprised of a parts distribution center, training and technical assistance facility.

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Low Cab Forward Trucks Headed to Dealers

Chevrolet’s new Low Cab Forward trucks are now shipping to Chevrolet dealers across the country, marking Chevrolet’s return to the medium-duty market.

Beginning in August of 2016, Avista will install and maintain 200 Level 2 chargers across different locations as part of a two-year pilot with Greenlots. (PHOTO: Greenlots)

Greenlots Chooses Avista Utilities for EV Charging Pilot

Greenlots was selected by Avista Utilities for a grid-integrated electric vehicle charging pilot that enables the utility to own and operate EV infrastructure.

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris mid-size van courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz Expands Van Offerings, Adds Ship-Thru

Mercedes-Benz Vans is introducing a turnkey “ship-thru” upfitting program for its Metris mid-size van and for Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner full-size Sprinter vans. The OEM is also rolling out a value-priced Metris Worker model, as well as expanding its Worker lineup for the Sprinter.

Like all new SuperDuty pickups, this F-450 SuperCrew has an aluminum cab, front fenders, hood and cargo bed. Photos by Tom Berg.

2017 Ford Super Duty Pickups to Use F-150 Aluminum Cabs

The change to high-volume F-150 cabins cuts costs and weight, and adds interior room for SuperCab and SuperCrew buyers.

Photo courtesy of The Reading Group.

Reading Group Offers Online Inventory Access

Work Truck Solutions has partnered with The Reading Group to provide up-to-date bailment pool inventory online.

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Investing $1.49B Toward Ram Production

FCA US will invest $1.48 billion to retool its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Detroit, MI to build the next generation Ram 1500 after the plant ceases production of the Chrysler 200 in December.

(PHOTO: Omni Holdings)

Omni Holdings, LLC Purchases Flatbed Assets of Tennant Truck Lines

OMNI Holdings, LLC, parent of Omni Specialized, LLC, announced it is in full operation after acquiring the flatbed assets of Tennant Truck Lines.

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Drop

The average price of diesel fuel fell again last week, continuing a steady decline in prices that began over a month ago.

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