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Calif. Clean Air Plan Calls for Further NOx, PM Reductions

As part of a broad-reaching clean air program, California has proposed a low-NOx engine standard for heavy trucks. Truck and engine makers have said in the past that striving for low NOx in diesels could conflict with federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing fuel economy.

PHOTO: EUFMC

Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference Update

The annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, to be held June 5-8, features a comprehensive educational program with presentations by fleet executives, industry experts, manufacturers, and other suppliers to utility fleets.

Map of Mopar parts centers in North America courtesy of FCA US.

FCA's Mopar Adding $12.2M Parts Center

FCA has started work on a $12.2-million Mopar parts distribution center in Winchester, Va., to expand parts availability for customers, including fleets, in that area.

Photo of Ram ProMaster drive-away event courtesy of FCA.

Ram Delivers ProMaster City Vans to N.Y. Dealers

FCA provided 50 additional Ram ProMaster City compact vans to New York-area dealers during a May 17 event to boost dealer inventories in that area for smaller fleet buyers, FCA has announced.

Photo of 2012 Ford F-250 SuperCrew via Wikimedia.

Diesel Truck Residual Values Rise With Mileage

Diesel-powered pickup trucks sell for more than 30% of their gasoline counterparts after three years of fleet usage and return greater value with higher odometer readings, according to data from ADESA.

Photo: Vincentric

Vincentric Names 2016 Fleet TCO Winners

Nissan, Ford, General Motors, and Toyota vehicles helped these car and truck makers lead Vincentric's 2016 Best Fleet Value in America awards that were announced today.

Safe Fleet Acquires Rear View Safety

Safe Fleet has acquired Rear View Safety (RVS), which provides back-up camera systems and video-based road safety solutions to fleets. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

The two donut symbols are designed to help identify the new FA-4 and CK-4 diesel engine oils. Image: API

API Debuts Symbols for Identifying New Diesel Oils

The American Petroleum Institute is introducing a special Service Symbol Donut designed to help buyers differentiate between the new API FA-4 and CK-4 service categories for diesel-engine oils.

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Recalls Ram ProMaster Trailer Light Modules

The automaker issues two separate recalls covering 84,252 trailer light modules and 1,576 Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans.

Photo of a CNG-powered Ford Transit van courtesy of Westport.

CARB Certifies Westport's CNG Transit Van

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified Westport Innovations’ compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Westport WiNG Power System that is used in the Ford Transit cargo van and passenger wagon, and the F-150 truck for MY- 2016.

SOURCE: NTEA

Construction Sector Forecast: Positive

According to a recent report from NTEA, the U.S. construction sector performed well in 2015 and is expected to keep growing this year, with housing starts projected to rise to 1.24 million in 2016.

California Utility Injects $7.5M to Inspire Drivers to Go Electric

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced it will invest $7.5 million over the next five years to develop a bold new education campaign to create awareness, expand electric vehicle (EV) ownership, and lead the charge among large cities to electrify the transportation sector.

Startup Says it's Developing Add-On Autonomous Truck Technology

Former employees from Google, Apple and Tesla have jumped into the “self-driving trucks” waters, saying they’ll develop a retrofittable autonomous-driving technology for on-highway commercial heavy trucks.

In the first quarter of 2016, the FreightWatch International Supply Chain Intelligence Center recorded a total of 221 cargo thefts in the United States. During this time, 66 of these incidents occurred in January, 90 in February and 65 happened in March. Graphic: FWI

Truck Cargo Thefts on The Rise

The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. increased in the first quarter of the year but the average value of each heist declined, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Kaufman Trailers Recalled for Loose Lock Nuts

The recall covers 522 Flatbed Equipment and Wedge Car Hauler trailers in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Columbia Gas of Ohio Builds Training Center

Columbia Gas of Ohio has announced that it will build a new state-of-the-art training facility in Gahanna, Ohio.

Customer Service, Technology Top Factors in Truck Rental Survey

Record360’s first truck rental customer survey found that most respondents look for a truck rental company with strong customer service and enhanced vehicle condition reporting.

Another Hike in Diesel Prices, Oil Nears $50 Per Barrel

The average price of diesel fuel increased once again last week continuing a streak of price hikes that began in February.

Video Safety Tip: What Flashing Yellow Arrows Mean

Flashing yellow left-turn arrow signals are becoming more commonplace throughout the U.S., but some drivers are still unfamiliar with them. Here's advice on how to respond.

Screenshot via CumminsFiltration.com

Cummins Filtration Revamps Website Search Tool

Cummins Filtration has launched a new website with a faster search tool to make it easier to find Fleetguard filtration solutions for diesel engines, transmissions and industrial applications.

Source: FTR

Trucking Conditions Falter in Weaker Economic Environment

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index fell by nearly 50% in March as a weak economy during the first quarter of 2016 negatively impacted the freight market.

Photo of 2017 F-350 Super Duty King Ranch 4x4 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Releases 2017 Super Duty Pricing

Ford has begun taking orders for its 2017 Super Duty trucks, which go on sale in the fall following a revamp that lightens the load with aluminum body panels and brings new standard features to the stalwart work trucks.

Chart: ACT Research Co. LLC

ACT: Class 8 Supply Still Running High

The supply of Class 8 trucks continues to rise faster than demand for those trucks, according to the latest ACT For-Hire Trucking Index released by ACT Research Co. LLC.

Western Start Trucks' new Extreme Duty MBT-40 configured as a 70-metric-ton tractor. Photo by Jim Park

Western Star Debuts Extreme Duty Off-Road 'Transformer'

Western Star Trucks has just unveiled an extreme heavy-duty off-road chassis that could make owning multiple single-purpose trucks obsolete. The MBT-40 Transformer can pick up an drop truck bodies the way trash trucks pickup and drop roll-off containers.

Photo courtesy of Republic Services.

Republic's $117K to Fund Boise EV Fleet

Republic Services of Idaho presented the City of Boise, Idaho, with a check for $117,000 to launch the city’s first electric-vehicle fleet.

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