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Ford has announced that the F-150 will be electrified by 2020. Pictured is a gasoline powered 2017 F-150 XLT courtesy of Ford.

Ford Looking to Electrify F-150, Transit Custom Van by 2020

Ford announced seven global electrified vehicles that it plans to introduce in the next five years, which includes hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van.

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Raybestos Unveils New Website

Raybestos launched a new website at www.raybestos.com. The new website outlines the complete Raybestos product line offering and features the latest news

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Worldwide Annual Electric Truck Sales May Reach 332,000 by 2026

Global annual electrified powertrain medium- and heavy-duty truck sales are expected to grow from about 31,000 vehicles in 2016 to nearly 332,000 by 2026.

Two Weeks Left to Vote for Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Cast your ballot today for Work Truck's 2017 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, time is running out! There are fewer than two weeks left to be sure your vote is included for this prestigious award.

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LeasePlan's Pitcher Announces Retirement

LeasePlan USA President and CEO Mike Pitcher has announced that he is retiring from the fleet management company (FMC).

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SoCalGas Completes More Than 700,000 Safety Inspections

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has conducted more than 700,000 comprehensive safety inspection of meter set assemblies, which connect a natural gas pipeline from the street to the customer's gas line.

Safety Tip: Lane Markings Translated

Here's a quick review on what some common lane markings mean, provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Hawaii Utilities Hope to Boost EV Adoption

Eight key organizations have agreed to collaborate on electrification of ground transportation in Hawaii as an essential part of achieving the state’s clean energy goals.

Greensboro's Transition to Electric Buses Gets $450,000 Boost from Duke Energy

A $450,000 grant from Duke Energy will help Greensboro's Department of Transportation (GDOT) install an electric charging station for the future influx of all-electric buses in the city.

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Utility Replaces Bucket Trucks with Drones

Westar Energy is deploying unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, to improve the way it conducts inspections. The Kansas-based utility is replacing bucket trucks to prevent major outages before they happen and cut costs.

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FirstEnergy Fleet Prepares for Winter

With winter comes storms, and utilities across the country are preparing for snow. Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy completed maintenance on its equipment and infrastructure before the beginning of winter.

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Is Amazon Planning a Flying Warehouse?

An Amazon patent filing surfaced on Dec. 28 describing an airborne fulfillment center for the company’s drone delivery system, according to a report by CNBC.

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Ford Powers Heaviest Rose Parade Float with Lucy Pet Products

The record-breaking float, powered by a 6.8L V-10 engine, is more than 125 feet long and 137,000 pounds.

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PacLease Opens 10 New Locations in North America

PacLease expanded in 2016 by adding 10 new locations in the U.S. and Canada, offering the full line of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks.

Work Truck's Top 10 Articles in 2016

The 2016 calendar-year brought about more new-vehicle launches, an increased interest in upfitting and truck spec'ing, continued concerns about controlling fuel costs, and new technology and features on trucks than ever before.

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Utility Employees Found Using Fleet Vehicles for Personal Use

Several San Diego utility workers used fleet vehicles for personal use, according to a new report from the City Auditor's office. The investigation began after the Office of the City Auditor received two anonymous reports that a Public Utilities Department employee was using a city vehicle for personal purposes.

Average Diesel Prices Increase 1.3 Cents

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. climbed again last week, continuing a month-long streak of increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

ACT Research Doubles Down on Natural Gas Analysis

Based on recent analysis, ACT Research believes that the natural gas and alternative fuel industries in the U.S. are “alive and kicking,” and suggests that fleets should consider which solution best fits their needs.

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Auto Truck Group Names Dondlinger President

Pete Dondlinger is replacing Jim Dondlinger as president of the Auto Truck Group, the upfitter has announced.

Photo by the Oregon Department of Transportation via Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Not Choosing the Road Less Traveled

Here's seasonal advice on when to override instructions from a navigation system or app, and what to do if you're stranded in the snow.

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Pacific Gas and Electric Names Senior Manager, Fleet Engineering

Keshav Sondhi was named senior manager - fleet engineering for Pacific Gas and Electric Company in Davis, Calif.

LoadTrek, Fleetilla Announce Strategic Alliance

North American Dispatch Systems, the manufacturer of the LoadTrek, and Fleetilla LLC announced a strategic alliance to leverage each other’s capabilities to provide end-to-end solutions for a wide range of fleet management operations.

Photos on the top (L-R) are the Chevrolet Low Cab Forward and the Isuzu FTR. Photos on the bottom are the Ram Chassis Cab and GM Cutaway Van (Photos from news items)

Work Truck's Top 10 News Items in 2016

In the 2016 calendar-year, the top news was all about vehicles. From new-vehicle launches to changes and enhancements, even autonomous truck deliveries, this year was about innovation.

Photo of American Natural Gas station courtesy of ANG.

American Natural Gas Acquires Questar Fueling Company

American Natural Gas (ANG) announced that it has acquired Questar Fueling Company, including its 11 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in Arizona, Kansas, Texas, Utah, California, and Colorado.

NATSO Training Course Focuses on Aiding Drivers in Distress

The NATSO Foundation truckstop trade association has launched an online course designed to promote highway safety by teaching truckstop owners, operators, and employees how to help drivers in physical, emotional, or financial distress.

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