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Wash. County Utility Considers Renewable Diesel

The Chelan County (Wash.) Public Utility District is considering making the switch to renewable biodiesel to fuel its fleet.

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Morgan Plans to Build Midwest Truck Body Plant

Medium-duty truck body manufacturer Morgan Corporation has announced plans to expand its manufacturing footprint in the Midwest.

SDG&E Uses Skycrane to Support Fire Fighting

SDG&E and the County of San Diego renewed their joint contract that will ensure the Skycrane will be available through 2022 for regional fire suppression.

 The delegates included 15 representatives of SGCC and one official from the U.S. Embassy in China. (Photo courtesy of Terex)

Terex Hosts U.S., Chinese Electric Company Training

Delegates from the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) recently visited the United States to participate in a two-week training program sponsored by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

Truck and Van News: Ford Super Duty Ships Out, Sprinter Worker Lineup Expanded

Among the top news of the past few weeks, Ram recalls many of its heavy-duty trucks, Ford began shipping 2017 Super Duty Pickups, and Mercedes-Benz announced additional configurations for its Sprinter Worker Lineup.

Used Truck Market Stable, NADA Guide Says

So far in 2016, auction prices have decreased less than 3% per month compared to nearly 5% per month in the second half of 2015.

Photo of Ram 3500 courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Heavy Duty Trucks Recalled for Power Loss

The recall covers 889 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks in the 2016 model year.

Photo of 2017 F-350 STX courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers Appearance Package for 2017 Trucks

Ford will offer the STX appearance package with its 2017 F-150 and Super Duty trucks that will slot between the XL work and XLT mid-level models, Ford has announced.

Power Utilities Taking Advantage of Analytics

Global revenue from utility analytics is expected to grow from $944.8 million in 2016 to $3.6 billion in 2025, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

Truckstop.com and CargoNet Partner to Stop Cargo Theft

Transportation management provider Truckstop.com has partnered with CargoNet to help combat cargo theft in the trucking industry.

Photo of 2017 Super Duty truck courtesy of Ford.

Ford Ships 2017 Super Duty Trucks

Ford has begun shipping all configurations of its redesigned 2017 Super Duty trucks that will arrive with higher-strength frames and lighter-weight bodies, a company spokesman has confirmed.

Ford Transit equipped with an XL3 Hybrid system (Photo courtsey of XL Hybrids)

XL Hybrids Touts Ford Transit MPG Improvement

XL Hybrids announced vehicle testing results that validate a 26% improvement in mpg on the EPA UDDS (Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule) drive cycle for Ford Transit vans upfitted with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems.

Ford F-150 Raptor (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

Video: Ford F-150 Raptor Showcases Shock Absorbers

F-150 Raptor’s front and rear FOX shocks offer 44% more volume and increase overall suspension travel by approximately 15%.

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New Report Sounds Wakeup Call on Dangers of Drowsy Driving

A report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association on the “extreme danger posed by tired drivers” includes a new NHTSA estimate that pegs the annual societal cost of fatigue-related fatal and injury crashes at $109 billion— and that does not include property damage.

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Depreciation in Most Segments Improves in July

Used vehicles from the 2011 to 2015 model years depreciated 1.5% in July, a slight improvement over June's 1.7% depreciation rate, reports Black Book.

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Can Big Trucks be Hacked?

Recent research proves it is possible to take partial control of some truck systems via direct connection to a truck's on-board diagnostic port, or data port. Whether or not remote control is possible remains to be proven.

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Donlen Moves to New HQ

Donlen has moved into a new headquarters located about 7 miles north in Bannockburn, Ill., the fleet management company announced.

Average Diesel Prices Slide, Crude Oil Gains

The average price of diesel fuel in the United States fell again last week, dropping to levels last seen in mid-May, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo: Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold Develops Telematics System for Reefer Units

Carrier Transicold will offer a customized telematics solution for its transport refrigeration units to help fleets manage refrigerated assets remotely.

Safety Tip: Mountain Driving

Here's some mountain driving advice culled from the Colorado Driver Manual and the National Park Service.

Frito-Lay Fleet Reaches CNG Milestone

Frito-Lay's fleet of compressed natural gas-fueled trucks and vans have logged more than 100 million miles in the past five years, the PepsiCo division has announced.

Postal Fleet Services Leases 20 CNG Trucks from Ryder

Postal Fleet Services has signed a Ryder ChoiceLease Full Service agreement for 20 compressed natural gas heavy-duty trucks to support its mail-delivery operations in four states.

Spireon Touts 2016 First Half Growth

Spireon Inc. has achieved its 20th consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth, as the company added over 1 million new connected devices in the past year across its vehicle telematics segments.

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Yokohama Tire Names Senior Director of Commercial Sales

Yokohama Tire Corporation has promoted Dan Funkhouser to senior director of commercial sales. His responsibilities will include all business segments in the commercial division.

Photo of 2016 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Fleet Sales Increase 5.6% in July

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine automakers increased 5.6% to 49,464 in July with truck-based vehicles outpacing passenger cars, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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