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Photo of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of MBUSA.

Knapheide Adds Ship-Thru Capabilities for Mercedes-Benz Vans

Knapheide announced its ability to now provide van and cutaway based upfit solutions for the Mercedes Sprinter and Metris along with ship-thru capabilities to service regional and national fleet customers and fleet management companies.

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Verizon to Acquire Fleetmatics

Verizon Communications will acquire leading telematics provider Fleetmatics Group for $2.4 billion in a cash deal that will create a powerhouse telematics provider.

The DD5 installed in a Freightliner M102 box truck. Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Daimler Enters Medium-Duty Engine Market with DD5

Daimler Trucks North America's new Detroit DD5 engine will begin production in October. The four-cylinder engine offers several benefits over competitive medium-duty engines, including maintenance intervals, fuel economy and durability.

Heavy electric delivery truck's range is 200 kilometers (124 miles) and its batteries can be recharged in as little as two hours. Photos: Daimler Trucks

M-B Class 8 Electric Truck to be Tested in Urban Delivery Service

Heavy-duty Urban eTruck for “short radius” use in Germany and elsewhere could be in production by 2020 or soon thereafter, Daimler says.

Lee Ann Riccardi, professor of art history and interim director of the college's Center for Global Engagement, plugs in her 2014 Chevy Volt. Photo Courtesy of PSE&G

College of New Jersey, PSE&G Unveil New EV Charging System

The College of New Jersey and Public Service Electric and Gas Corporation have opened a five-station electric vehicle charging system at the college.

FCA US LLC’s high-volume Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station, designed and built by TruStar Energy. The station, powered by six Ariel compressors and capable of dispensing nearly 40 gasoline-gallon equivalent (GGE) per minute, is owned and maintained by TruStar Energy and represents the largest private fast-fill CNG fueling station in North America. Photo Courtesy of Trustar Energy

TruStar Energy Nominated for Qualitas Vendor Awards by FCA US

TruStar Energy, a developer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, was nominated for three awards during the FCA US LLC Qualitas 2016 Annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards Ceremony.

Accepting the American Gas Association's Safety Achievement Award on behalf of Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company, from left: Bill Hermstedt, Operations Project Coordinator; Nick Bishop, Project Engineer; Mark Parker, Engineer Manager; Marianne Coker, Gas Control Manager; and Solomon McCloskey, Senior Manager, Gas Pipeline Operations. Photo Courtesy of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Earns National Safety Awards

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has earned two Safety Achievement Awards from the American Gas Association.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (right) presents a gift to Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. Photo: Paul Clinton

Mercedes-Benz Breaks Ground on $500M Van Plant

Mercedes-Benz will shift production of vans it sells in the U.S. and Canada to North Charleston, S.C., by the end of the decade with a plant that nearly triples its existing manufacturing footprint.

Isuzu's new Center of Excellence facility. Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

New Isuzu Facility Aims to Serve Dealers and Customers

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has opened a new complex that it is calling the Center of Excellence, comprised of a parts distribution center, training and technical assistance facility.

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Low Cab Forward Trucks Headed to Dealers

Chevrolet’s new Low Cab Forward trucks are now shipping to Chevrolet dealers across the country, marking Chevrolet’s return to the medium-duty market.

Beginning in August of 2016, Avista will install and maintain 200 Level 2 chargers across different locations as part of a two-year pilot with Greenlots. (PHOTO: Greenlots)

Greenlots Chooses Avista Utilities for EV Charging Pilot

Greenlots was selected by Avista Utilities for a grid-integrated electric vehicle charging pilot that enables the utility to own and operate EV infrastructure.

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris mid-size van courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz Expands Van Offerings, Adds Ship-Thru

Mercedes-Benz Vans is introducing a turnkey “ship-thru” upfitting program for its Metris mid-size van and for Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner full-size Sprinter vans. The OEM is also rolling out a value-priced Metris Worker model, as well as expanding its Worker lineup for the Sprinter.

Like all new SuperDuty pickups, this F-450 SuperCrew has an aluminum cab, front fenders, hood and cargo bed. Photos by Tom Berg.

2017 Ford Super Duty Pickups to Use F-150 Aluminum Cabs

The change to high-volume F-150 cabins cuts costs and weight, and adds interior room for SuperCab and SuperCrew buyers.

Photo courtesy of The Reading Group.

Reading Group Offers Online Inventory Access

Work Truck Solutions has partnered with The Reading Group to provide up-to-date bailment pool inventory online.

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Investing $1.49B Toward Ram Production

FCA US will invest $1.48 billion to retool its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Detroit, MI to build the next generation Ram 1500 after the plant ceases production of the Chrysler 200 in December.

(PHOTO: Omni Holdings)

Omni Holdings, LLC Purchases Flatbed Assets of Tennant Truck Lines

OMNI Holdings, LLC, parent of Omni Specialized, LLC, announced it is in full operation after acquiring the flatbed assets of Tennant Truck Lines.

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Drop

The average price of diesel fuel fell again last week, continuing a steady decline in prices that began over a month ago.

Screenshot via Mack Trucks

Mack Uses Virtual Reality to Show Off Vehicles, Technologies

Mack Trucks is offering customers a 360-degree virtual reality tour of its trucks to show what it is like to sit in the cab and ride in a vehicle while on the job.

Photo of Titan SV and Titan XD S courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Adds Single Cab Titan for 2017

Nissan is rolling out standard cab models of its Titan and Titan XD pickups for the 2017 model year that provide a more affordable entry point for commercial and fleet users, Nissan has announced.

Video Safety Tip: When Power Lines Fall

Here's advice on what to do if your vehicle comes in contact with downed power lines during a storm or collision.

X15 diesels showed quick throttle response and strong acceleration on the TRC's tracks. Engine brakes were impressively strong, even at low rpm's.

Cummins: New X15 Engine Offers High Performance, Economy, Reliability

Cummins officials say their next-generation X15 heavy-duty diesel series will offer new value through economy, performance, reliability and support when it replaces existing ISX15 models in January 2017. A year later, a new X12 will supersede the current ISX12.

Photo of Elon Musk in 2013 via Dan Taylor/Flickr.

Tesla's Master Plan Includes Commercial Trucks

Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk plans to build a battery-electric pickup truck, heavy-duty truck, and a bus that would turn the driver into a "fleet manager," according to his Master Plan, Part Deux.

Photo courtesy of Kenworth.

Proper Spec'ing Helps Septic Service Improve Productivity

McNel Septic Services in Ravensdale, Wash., has doubled productivity on a route by properly spec'ing a Kenworth T880 to maximize payload while still being nimble enough to maneuver in residential neighborhoods, according to Kenworth.

The number of inspections with tire violations shows the increased enforcement activity during Roadcheck. Graph: Vigillo

Tread Depth Violations Highlight Tire-Focused Roadcheck

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Roadcheck inspection blitz this year focused on tires, and an analysis of inspection data shows that tread depth was by far the most common violation cited.

How Future CAFE Standards Could Affect Fleet Purchasing

Three federal agencies on Monday dropped the 54.5 mpg corporate fuel economy target for 2025, which would ease the burden on car and truck manufacturers to produce a vehicle mix that reaches that level.

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