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Utility Fleet Helps Restore Power After Hurricane

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) was able to announce that service restoration is complete for customers who were affected by Hurricane Hermine, in line with its pre-storm commitment to restore power to the majority of affected customers within 24 hours of the storm's passing.

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New-Vehicle MPG Falls in August

The average fuel economy of vehicles sold in August fell 0.1 mpg to 25.3 mpg from July, according to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Keyes, Hammes Retire from Navistar Board

Navistar International Corporation announced that James Keyes and Michael Hammes will be retiring from the company's Board of Directors.

Peterbilt Technician Institutes Hits Graduate Milestone

To date, the Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) has graduated more than 200 service technicians, grown to three campuses, and expanded its scope to include training for fleet customers’ service technicians.

Diesel Prices Flat After Small Increase

The average price of diesel fuel last week remained relatively flat after a small increase in the week before, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

August Class 8 Truck Orders Will Beat Expectations

Orders for Class 8 trucks in the month of August will be slightly above expectations and a 36% improvement over July’s terrible numbers, according to projections from FTR and ACT Research.

Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger to Keynote 2017 Work Truck Show

As the keynote speaker at The Work Truck Show 2017, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, the real-life inspiration behind the hit movie “Rudy,” will talk about overcoming obstacles and staying on track to reach your goals.

Graphic courtesy of Volkswagen Truck & Bus.

Navistar, Volkswagen Announce 'Wide Ranging Strategic Alliance'

Volkswagen Truck & Bus is taking a 16.6% equity stake in Navistar International Corp. as part of a “wide-ranging strategic alliance” that will initially focus on providing powertrains for Navistar trucks starting in 2019.

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Park District

Chicago Park District Using Cooking Oil to Fuel Trucks

Through its biodiesel program, the Chicago Park District recycles used cooking oil from local restaurants to fuel 56 vehicles in its fleet, including lawnmowers, refuse trucks, and log loaders.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

Commercial Fleet Sales Fall 10% in August

Sales of vehicles from eight manufacturers to commercial fleets fell 10% to 46,555 vehicles mostly due to a sharp drop in car sales, according to Automotive Fleet data.

FleetMind Adds Midwest Sales Director

FleetMind Solutions has hired Kevin Weisinger as regional sales director for its Midwestern region.

FMCSA Issues ELD Rule Guidance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Sept. 2 issued “two important notes” on the final rule it has issued on electronic logging devices (ELDs).

Safety Tip: Parallel Parking Without Dings or Drama

Esurance breaks down parallel parking into eight simple steps.

"Detroit Connect Circle of Connectivity" Image: Detroit

Detroit Adds Analytics to Suite of Connected Vehicle Services

Detroit has introduced Detroit Connect Analytics as part of its Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services, to give customers “important insights about their vehicles to help them make critical business decisions.”

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Van Sales Remain Strong

Ford continues to grow its van sales with 20,355 vans sold in August, a 13% increase over August of 2015 and the top-selling month for the company.

Dave Sowers, head of Ram Truck marketing, commercial vehicles, shows journalists the 2017 Ram 4500 chassis cab truck. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Ram Raises Capacities for 2017 Chassis Cab Trucks

Ram has increased the towing capacities and gross combination weight rating (GCWR) for its 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cab trucks for the 2017 model year, Ram has announced.

Photo of 2017 Ram ProMaster 3500 by Paul Clinton.

2017 Ram ProMaster Becomes More Upfit Friendly

The 2017 Ram ProMaster full-size van will arrive with upgrades designed to improve upfitting for the chassis cab and cutaway models, as well as an updated Uconnect infotainment system.

An alcohol ignition interlock is a breath-test device connected to a vehicle's ignition. Photo courtesy of CDC.

Calif. Legislators Pass Ignition Interlock Bill

If signed into law, the requirement for DUI offenders would go into effect in 2019.

Photo of Reach van with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System courtesy of XL Hybrids

DOE Funds XL Hybrids' Electric-Powered Reach Vans

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received test funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support the clean energy business’s implementation of the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System on the Isuzu Reach.

Photo of 2016 Metris cargo van courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA.

Mercedes-Benz Van Ship-Thru Starts Oct. 1

Auto Truck Group's new facility will be located in Summerville, S.C. seven miles from the Mercedes-Benz van plant. The new service center is expected to be operational by Oct. 1.

Source: DOE Energy Information Administration

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Up, Crude Oil Futures Slip

Diesel and gasoline prices were up over the past week compared to the week before, according to weekly figures from the Department of Energy, but still lower than they were a year ago.

Ritchie Bros. Acquires IronPlanet

Vancouver-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has acquired online auctioneer IronPlanet of Pleasanton, Calif., for $758.5 million, the company announced.

Photo courtesy of Modern Tire Dealer

DOC Says 40% Tariffs Due on Truck Tires From China

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) says truck and bus tire manufacturers in China are dumping tires in the U.S. at less than fair market value, and those tires should be subject to tariffs of at least 20%. The tariffs are retroactive.

Photo of the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali courtesy of GM.

2017 GMC Canyon Adds 8-Speed Automatic, Like Colorado

The GMC Canyon will also receive an 8-speed transmission and slightly more efficient V-6 that mirror updates announced for its sister Colorado mid-size pickup as well as adding the off-road Terrain X trim grade to the lineup for the 2017 model year.

Orange EV Class 8 pure-electric heavy-duty terminal truck. (PHOTO: Orange EV)

Orange EV Approved for Calif. Incentives

Orange EV announced that California fleets can save at least $95,000 per truck on the purchase of brand new T-Series pure electric terminal trucks with the extended-duty battery pack.





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