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Accident Watch: SDG&E, PSEG Drivers Involved in Fatal Accidents

Among these two fatal accidents, which are still under investigation, two other accidents involving utility vehicles occurred in the last couple weeks, including a City of Greendale water utility truck and a parked DOT truck working on a highway street light.

J.J. Kane Jan. 25-30 Auctions Include Equipment from Major Utilities

J.J. Kane is closing out January with three auctions in Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; and Dallas. More than 1,475 pieces of utility and construction pieces will be up for sale.

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Full-Size Pickups Depreciate 5.8% in 2013

For 2013, truck segments had a strong year in terms of depreciation overall, but saw some retention turbulence in December.

Work Truck Show Announces Show Exhibitors

More than 100 companies have already shared plans to introduce new products at The Work Truck Show 2014 through press conferences, in-booth product reveals and the New Product Spotlight, and Green Product Showcase programs.

ARI Named to FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For

The company, which came in at number 70 last year, moved up on the list to number 27 this year.

Ford E-Series

Ford Accelerates Econoline Order Cutoff

Ford announced that the final order cutoff date for remaining 2014 Econoline models has been pushed up to Friday, Jan. 31.

(L-R) The original 1939 Peterbilt, a Peterbilt Model 389, and the company’s newest on-highway vehicle, the Model 579.

Peterbilt Celebrates 75th Anniversary

From the very first truck custom built in 1939 to the newest Models 579 and 567, Peterbilt has manufactured trucks for 75 years now.

Ford Extends Parts Warranty

The new warranty provides unlimited mileage coverage for 24 months from time of purchase or installation. The previous warranty ended the coverage at 12,000 miles.

Photos courtesy of Aqua America.With 1,150 vehicles in the fleet, Aqua America supplies water and wastewater to 3 million people in nine states.

Aqua America Details Alt-fuel Grant, Pilot Testing

In receiving an alternative fuel grant, Aqua America will deploy new CNG vehicles into fleet. Fleet manager Charlie Stevenson, discusses the grant process as well as other sustainable fleet initiatives such as pilot testing synthetic lubricants and anti-idling software.

Ill. City in Talks Over GPS in Utility Fleet

The City of Springfield, Ill., is planning to max out efficiency in its operations by installing GPS units in vehicles assigned to the power generation and transmission divisions of the city-owned utility company.

Screenshot of AH100 via Altec/YouTube.

Altec Recalling 168 AH-Series Bucket Trucks

Moisture seeping into the control module plug can lead to inadvertent movement of the boom or platform.

Photo via Viridian Motor Corp.

Viridian, Green Automotive to Produce Electric Trucks

Green Automotive Co. (GAC) has invested in Viridian Motor Corp. in a partnership to produce small electric trucks in the U.S., the company announced earlier this month.

Jasper's remanufactured GM 5.3L V-8 engine.

Jasper Offers Remanufactured GM Engines

Jasper Engines & Transmissions is currently offering an extension to its current remanufactured GM gasoline engine line. The late-model General Motors 5.3L V-8 engine is available for a number of 2010-2013 models.

Of Conditioned Air's vehicle fleet, 90 percent are Ford F-150 models.

HVAC Fleet Increases Productivity 15% with Integrated Tracking Solution

With the implementation of an integrated fleet tracking system, Conditioned Air, Inc. said it has increased its overall fleet productivity.

NW Natural Receives Approval on CNG Tariff for NGVs

NW Natural filed the tariff with the OPUC in June after receiving requests from businesses interested in switching to or expanding the number of fleet vehicles fueled by natural gas.

Florida Senator Pushes for Roadside Protection for Utility Workers

In an effort to help protect utility crews that often work during storms and other severe weather, Okaloosa Republican Sen. Greg Evers filed a bill in December that would force drivers to slow down or move over a lane when approaching a utility vehicle on the side of a road.

Geotab Wins Top 20 Logistics Tech Award

Geotab, Inc. has been named one of the "20 most promising logistics technology consulting companies" by CIOReview, the company announced.

ARI, Holman Automotive Raise $29K for Charities

Holman Automotive and ARI raised more than $29,000 through donations and participation in several charitable initiatives in October, November, and December. These initiatives included a variety of charity walks, participation in the global Movember movement and donations to the Food Bank of South Jersey.

Photo courtesy of GM.

Barra Takes Over As GM's CEO

Mary Barra formally took over as General Motors Corp.'s new CEO Wednesday, following her appearance at the Detroit auto show.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

2015 Ford F-150 Engine Optimized for Trucks

The 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost engine arriving in Ford's 2015 aluminum F-150 is a high-output, lightweight powerplant that's designed for the vehicle and provides V-8-level performance with greater efficiency, according to Ford.

Credit: NY Governor's office

Independent Contractor Bill Signed into Law in New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act, drastically changing how the state classifies independent contractors

Inaugural Leading Fleets Award to Recognize Public Fleet Managers

Government and public fleets are encouraged to apply for the award, which will recognize fleets performing at a high level in innovation and leadership. Applications are due March 14 and the winners will be announced at the Government Fleet Expo in June.

Photos courtesy of FirstEnergy Corp.Toledo Edison's $4 million investment in equipment will add 26 new vehicles to the current fleet.

Toledo Edison Invests $4M in 26 New Service Vehicles

Among the new deliveries is a specialized bucket truck that extends to 125 feet for work on high-voltage transmission lines and two mini backyard diggers, which can assist with work in confined locations that standard service trucks cannot access.

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Jasper Engines & Transmissions Announces Leadership Changes

Jasper announces two leadership team changes, including a new division manager.

Photo courtesy of GM.

Silverado Wins Truck of the Year in Detroit

North American journalists have picked the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray as the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year (NATCOY).

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