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GM Investing $119M in Mich. Components Plant

General Motors will invest $119 million in tools and equipment to support production of future vehicle components at a Grand Rapids, Mich., components plant, GM has announced.

SAF-Holland Launches OE Parts Program

SAF-Holland is launching Bumper-to-Bumper, an original parts program hosting a line of service parts and tools across several brands.

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Sacramento County to Demo Electric Refuse Trucks

​Sacramento County (Calif.) will be testing out two battery-electric heavy-duty refuse trucks to see how they compare with diesel and natural gas vehicles. The county will demo the TransPower "ElecTrucks" at no cost for two years.

Truck and Van News: FCA Powertrain Warranty, Ford Transit Van, Mercedes Metris Van

Recent headlines include FCA rolling back powertrain warranty, Ford adding rear view camera to 2016 Transit Van, and Mercedes predicting the fleet niche for its new Metris van.

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck, FCA Foundation Support Flood-Stricken Texas

Ram Truck and the FCA Foundation have donated $100,000 to the First Response Team of America, a disaster relief organization which is providing recovery and relief support to residents in flood-stricken central-Texas communities.

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Obama Lowers Ethanol Blending Levels

President Obama's U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reduced the federal required levels of ethanol that must be blended with gasoline, which dealt a blow to a biofuel that's falling out of favor in an era of cheap gasoline.

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Fontaine Celebrates Safety Milestone

When the workday ended on May 8 at the Fontaine Modification Vocational Services modification center in Williamstown, W.Va., it marked the 2,000th consecutive day without a lost-time incident.

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Transportation Sector Driving Renewable Energy Usage

The transportation sector was a big factor in renewable energy growth in the past decade thanks to growing demand for liquid biofuels.

CALSTART to Manage Alt-Vehicle Incentive Program

The California Air Resources Board has selected the clean transportation consortium CALSTART to continue to administer the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

Photo of 2016 Ram 2500 courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Rolls Back Powertrain Warranty

FCA US has reduced its powertrain coverage for 2016 model-year gasoline-powered vehicles. General Motors also made a change to its powertrain warranty earlier this year.

J.D. Power to Acquire NADA's Used Car Guide

J.D. Power and the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) have announced an agreement under which J.D. Power will acquire NADA’s Used Car Guide business. The transaction is expected to close early in the third quarter of 2015.

Goodyear Retread Plants Open for Sales, Service

Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Center retread plants in three important, high-traffic areas have opened sales and service departments,

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Shell's Roadmap to a Corporate Safety Culture

In the opening keynote address for this year's Fleet Safety Conference, Mike Watson, Shell's global road safety manager, will provide a roadmap about how to create and sustain a successful corporate safety culture.

Charter to Merge with Time Warner, Acquiring Bright House Networks

Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable announced May 26 that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Charter to merge with Time Warner Cable.

Fleetmatics Introduces Truck Routing Optimization Tool

Fleetmatics Group PLC, a global provider of mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses of all sizes delivered as software-as-a-service, has introduced Fleetmatics Routist, an intelligent routing optimization solution for fleets.

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Webtech Wireless Signs $4.7M Fleet Contract

Webtech Wireless has signed a $4.7 million contract with a major U.S. fleet customer for an upgrade to its Webtech Driver Center software.

Diesel Moves Closer to $3, Sixth Straight Weekly Hike

The average U.S. cost of on-highway diesel continues moving closer to the $3 per gallon mark with it recording its sixth straight weekly increase, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

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GM Investing $1.2B in Ind. Truck Plant

General Motors will invest $1.2 billion into its Fort Wayne, Ind., truck plant for upgrades and technology that will improve the plant's competitiveness in assembling light- and heavy-duty pickups.

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Highway Patch Bill Sent to President Obama

With a voice vote on Saturday, the U.S. Senate approved the two-month extension of the highway bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last Tuesday. The legislation now awaits the expected signature of President Obama.

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Morgan Olson Advances in USPS Next Gen Vehicle Selection

Morgan Olson has been notified by the USPS that its proposal has advanced the company to the next phase of the NGDV program. Morgan Olson is one of the 15 prequalified suppliers being considered for the NGDV acquisition program.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Funeral Processions

Here is some driving advice on what to do when encountering a funeral procession.

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Hyundai Updates Tucson Fuel Cell SUV for 2016

Hyundai has added new features and exterior colors to its Tucson Fuel Cell for 2016 as it continues to offer the vehicle with a retail lease with the hope of possibly placing it in the hands of fleet users.

EV Charging Services Revenue to Total $11.3 Billion by 2023

According to a recent report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from electric vehicle charging services is expected to total $11.3 billion from 2014 to 2023.

Fleet Safety Conference: Minimizing Risk and Liability

The second day of the Safety Fleet Conference will be full of sessions and panel discussions on risk management and liability.

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NHTSA Extends Strict Oversight of GM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decides to extend for another year its review of General Motors' decisions and communications about potential vehicle safety issues.

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