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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.

The first Tel-E-lect trucks utilized the truck’s differential to mechanically turn an auger, which was suspended from the end of an A-frame boom and was raised and lowered by the truck winch line to drill a hole. (Photo: Terex Utilities)

Terex Celebrates Digger Derrick's 70th Anniversary

Established in 1945 with the advent of the Tel-E-lect digger derrick, the company’s product line now includes the Terex Commander 4000, 5000 and 6000 digger derricks, as well as the Terex General 65, 80 and 95 models.

Halifax Installs First High-Power EV Charging Station

The new charging station, located at the Barrington Street Atlantic Superstore, has the capacity to charge an electric vehicle in one sixth the time it takes standard stations, according to Nova Scotia Power.

June Auctions in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida

More than 1,200 pieces of equipment and vehicles from utilities and related companies will be sold off at JJ Kane auctions in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida in the month of June.

Video: Ford F-150 Adds Pro Trailer Backup Assist

The technology allows drivers to steer a trailer instinctively by turning a knob left or right to indicate direction, and the truck controls the steering and limits vehicle speed.

Edison International Teams Up with Tesla for Battery Storage Projects

Edison International announced it has established commercial agreements with Tesla as part of its launch of a new line of Tesla Energy products.

Photo of USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

NAFA Urges USPS Against Mass Vehicle Purchase

The NAFA Fleet Management Association urged the U.S. Postal Service not to replace 180,000 new vehicles at the same time and implement better fleet management practices at a congressional hearing on May 21.

Element Financial Raising $2.5B for Acquisition

Toronto-based Element Financial Corp. will raise $2.5 billion Canadian ($2.05 billion) in corporate debt to fund an unidentified acquisition that must be completed by the end of the year.

Spartan Motors Names President of Specialty Chassis and Vehicles

Spartan Motors, Inc. has announced the promotion of Steve Guillaume to President of the Specialty Chassis and Vehicles (SCV) Business Unit.

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Cell Phones Linked to 27 Percent of Crashes

The estimate from the National Safety Council includes crashes involving drivers who were texting or talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones.

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70 Percent of Drivers Using Smartphones

A reported 70 percent of drivers use their smartphones while behind the wheel, according to a new study from AT&T.

Takata Airbag Recall May Include Some Commercial Trucks

Some commercial trucks may be among the vehicles in a massive recall of dangerously defective airbags, expected to be the largest recall in U.S. history.

Photo courtesy of General Motors.

IMPCO Awarded GM Bi-Fuel CNG Cab Chassis Program

IMPCO Automotive has been awarded General Motors' bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) cab chassis program for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 model years, the alternative fuel system supplier announced.

Photo by Tom Berg

Navistar to Use Indiana Proving Grounds For Extensive Testing

The former Bosch, Bendix and Studebaker proving grounds near New Carlisle in northern Indiana is open for business under new ownership: Navistar Inc., which took it over as of April 1.

Chart courtesy of NTEA.

High-Roof Vans Closing Ground on Standard-Roof Models

As fleets begin embracing a new wave of Euro-style full-size vans, high-roof vans appear to be gaining favor over their standard-roof siblings, according to the NTEA.

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CEI Names Senior Director of Strategic Services

The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) has promoted Brian Kinniry to senior director of strategic services, the company announced.

The 500,000th truck was sold to Famers Home Furniture in Dublin, Ga. Photo courtesy of Isuzu

Isuzu Delivers 500,000th Truck In North America

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America announced that it has delivered its 500,000th Isuzu-built truck since the brand entered the North American market 31 years ago.

Chart courtesy of NTEA.

Volatile Cab Chassis Sales Outpacing Year Ago Level

Sales and shipments of cutaways, low cab-over-engine and strip chassis trucks moved higher in the first two months of 2015 compared to a year ago, yet 2015 should be as volatile as 2014, according to the NTEA.

VNG Adds 99-Cent Gallon CNG in Texas

VNG.Co, LLC has added compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling at a Valero-branded gasoline station in Houston and a Shell-branded gasoline station in Euless, outside of Dallas.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Passing on a Two-Lane Roadway

Here's some advice, provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation, on how to safely pass another vehicle on a two-lane road or highway. DefensiveDriving.com offers video tips as well.

Photo via Wikipedia.

California Awards $15M for Alt-Fuel Trucks

The California Energy Commission has approved nearly $15 million in grants for several projects that will fund alternative-fuel armored security trucks and refuse trucks in in the state.

Consortium Launched to Increase Propane Autogas Use

The Liquid Autogas Consortium has been launched to help increase propane autogas use among fleets in North America. Founding members of the consortium include Icom North America and Imega International.

Photo via Walmart.

Walmart Launching Delivery Service to Challenge Amazon Prime

Walmart is planning to test an online shipping subscription service similar to Amazon Prime, according to a report from The Information.

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Sells 500,000th Cabover to Furniture Retailer

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has delivered its 500,000th North American cabover to a furniture retailer in Georgia, the truck maker has announced.

Audit Questions N.C. Utility's Maintenance Charges to City

The Fayetteville (N.C.) Public Works Commission has been charging the city up to 44% in markup and administrative charges to service the city's vehicles, according to an internal audit.

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