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PG&E Preps for Winter Storms

Pacific Gas & Electric (Calif.) is preparing its fleet to better respond to storm damage with more accurate weather predictions, fleet upgrades, and improved communications.

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Okla. Utility Recognized for Green Efforts

Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) was recently recognized for its efforts in going green with two awards. In addition to being the first in the state to launch wind and solar power, the utility began deploying electric vehicles (EVs) in its fleet, and installed EV charging infrastructure in its service area.

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Daycabs, Vocational Trucks Are Priorities for Nikola

A daycab version of Nikola Motor Co.’s hydrogen-electric heavy-duty tractor will probably be the first one to enter production, said the firm’s founder and CEO, Trevor Milton.

An event view captured for saefty analysis and driver coaching. Image: SmartDrive

SmartDrive Enhances Driver-Safety Video Solution

The latest release of SmartDrive’s video-based analytics platform and safety program includes new capabilities for capturing and delivering videos, improving the video-coaching process and driver-performance analytics as well as custom policy configurations.

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FMCSA Approves Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

The long-anticipated final rule to establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers has at last been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The rule goes into effect on January 4, 2017, with a compliance date of January 2020.

Harold and Shelly Swan, owners of Affordable Auto Body and Paint in Loveland, Colo., were presented with the truck at a special ceremony at Sherwin-Williams' Fort Collins Colo., Automotive Finishes Store.

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Celebrates 150 Years

As part of its celebration of 150 years of service, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, in conjunction with vehicle refinish products supplier 3M Repair Solutions, announced and presented the winner of its new Ford F-150 pickup truck giveaway.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD courtesy of GM.

Fleet Sales Fall 5.1% in November

Sales of vehicles from eight manufacturers to commercial fleets declined 5.1% to 48,503 units in November but remain positive for the year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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Older Sprinter Vans Recalled for Brake Warning Light

The recall covers more than 17,000 Dodge and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2003 to 2006 model years.

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Auto Truck Group Offers Section 179 Advice

The Auto Truck Group is urging small businesses to take advantage of the federal Section 179 deduction on equipment that allows a deduction of as much as $500,000 on new and used equipment purchases.

SelecTrucks Brings Back Walk-Away Lease Program

Participating fleets will benefit from monthly payment and zero to low-down payment options, flexible lease terms ranging from 24 to 36 months, reduced ownership risk, and 60-Day Buyer’s Assurance included at no extra cost.

NYPA Awards EV Connect $4M Contract

EV Connect was awarded a $4 million contract from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to install and manage approximately 300 additional Level 2 EV charging stations throughout New York State.

Power Line Rent E-Quip Leasing Bucket Trucks

Power Line Rent E-Quip offers to sell and rent utility vehicles to customers throughout the state of Virginia.

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Workhorse to Present Working Hybrid Pickup Concept

Workhorse Group Inc. will present a working concept truck of the W-15 plug-in hybrid electric pickup truck for fleet usage, at the ACT Expo conference from May 1 to 4 in Long Beach, Calif.

Safety at work zones and streamlined inspections at the Mexican border are involved in the Arizona programs.

Arizona to Test Work Zone Notification, Quicker Safety Inspections

The Arizona Department of Transportation will use federal funding next year to testing technology to improve commercial transportation safety and efficiency.

EPA Retains 2025 Emissions Targets

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed leaving in place its emissions standards for light-duty vehicles through 2025 in a move that's expected to face opposition from automakers.

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GM Adds Southeast, West Fleet Sales Regions

General Motors is expanding its sales and service team for commercial and government fleets by appointing regional directors for the Southeast and West regions.

Since opening this CNG fueling station in Anderson, S.C., last year, Piedmont has reduced the price of its fuel to $1.37 per GGE. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Natural Gas

CNG Supplier Hopes to Spur Adoption in Southeast

Fuel supplier Piedmont Natural Gas hopes to expand compressed natural gas adoption with lowered fuel prices and contracts with government and commercial fleets in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Chart courtesy of EPA.

EPA Approves Modest Renewable Fuel Increase for 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a 6% increase in the level of biofuels that producers must blend with gasoline and diesel in 2017 that falls significantly short of amount required by the Renewable Fuel Standard by 2022.

Tobias Waldeck Photo: Daimler Truck Financial

Daimler Truck Financial Names U.S. VP of Sales, Marketing and Remarketing

Daimler Truck Financial has appointed Tobias Waldeck vice president of sales, marketing, and remarketing, effective immediately.

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Trump Picks Chao to Head DOT

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Elaine Chao to serve as secretary of transportation. She served as secretary of labor throughout President George W. Bush’s two terms and as deputy secretary of transportation under President George H. W. Bush.

Photo of AmeriPride fleet pf Ford F-59 hybrid-electric vehicles courtesy of XL Hybrids.

AmeriPride Adds Hybrid-Electric Ford F-59 Trucks

AmeriPride Services is taking delivery of 21 Ford F-59 trucks featuring XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System by the end of this year.

HDT Launches the Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange

HDT will be hosting the Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange, an intimate event that pairs a select group of innovators in the Class 8 market together with the suppliers, giving them an intimate environment in which to engage in discussions on topics that affect the entire industry.

ACDelco Launches New Technician Training

As part of its ongoing commitment to keeping independent aftermarket technicians abreast of the latest vehicle technologies, ACDelco is launching six new online seminars, with new diesel, collision, and eAssist training.

Diesel Prices Barely Changed Last Week

The average price of diesel fuel in the U.S. was nearly flat during the week of Thanksgiving, according to the latest numbers from the EIA.

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2017 Fleet Safety Conference Seeks Presenters

The Fleet Safety Conference planning committee is looking for presenters for the 2017 show to fill out the conference schedule.

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