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Illinois Utilities Aim to Create More Opportunities for Diverse Suppliers

Illinois utility leaders announced June 11 the formation of the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council designed to grow business opportunities for diverse suppliers through closer collaboration, technical development and sharing of best practices.

Photo of 2016 Explorer courtesy of Ford.

2016 Ford Explorer Goes On Sale

Ford's 2016 Explorer mid-size SUV with the new 2.3-liter inline-4 EcoBoost has begun rolling off the assembly line in Chicago, the automaker has announced.

Graph courtesy of the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

Vehicle Fuel Economy Rises 0.3 MPG in May

The University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute conducted a study of vehicle fuel economy and emissions, from October 2007 to May 2015.

Photo of Toyota's dynamic radar cruise control technology courtesy of Toyota.

NTSB Calls for Mandatory Collision Avoidance Tech

A new report highlights evidence that such systems prevent or mitigate rear-end crashes, and criticizes the slow progress in making the technology widely available.

Photo of Ram 1500 Rebel courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Announces Pricing for 1500 Rebel, Laramie Limited

The 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel and Laramie Limited will retail for $43,985 and $51,870 when they go on sale in late June, Ram Truck has announced.

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Texas CNG, LNG Sales Increase 78 Percent

Sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Texas have increased 78 percent over financial-year 2014 as measured by increases in tax revenue from the alternative fuels, according to the state Comptroller’s office.

Photo courtesy of PERC.

Propane Autogas 2016 F-150 Shown at GFX

A 2016 Ford F-150 powered by propane autogas will be on display at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference in Denver this week, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has announced.

Omnitracs Analytics Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Omnitracs Analytics is celebrating 10 years of providing predictive modeling and big data to road transport, and is offering a six-month no-cost trial of its custom Recruiting Model that helps pinpoint the most suited driver to hire.

Diesel Prices Decrease Slightly for Second Week

The average cost of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel dropped again this week, moving lower for the second time in more than a month.

National Truck Protection Releases New Coverage

National Truck Protection Inc. (NTP) has partnered with of Coconut Grove, Fla., to offer nationwide Commercial Vehicle Roadside Service on select NTP and ATP warranties.

The truck features software that helps prevent unsafe driving practices such as speeding. (Photos: Jason King, PG&E)

'Connected' Bucket Truck Details Released

Developed in partnership with Altec and Telogis, PG&E is combing an ePTO system with telematics and even digital license plate technology for this Class 5 bucket truck.

Tampa Electric Named 2015 Edison Award Winner

The 88th annual Edison Award, recognizing distinguished leadership, innovation and progress in advancing the electric power industry, was presented June 8 during the EEI Annual Convention in New Orleans.

Power2Serve is a 26-foot long truck, equipped with solar and diesel generators and a custom canopy, dispatched to locations in need of support. (Photo courtesy of NRG)

Utility Provides Mobile Power Support for Texas Flood Relief

The Power2Serve truck is set up to provide power and connectivity for a non-profit disaster relief organization of veterans, first responders and civilians coordinating clean-up, debris removal and volunteer management in Hays and Caldwell counties.

The 2014 Fleet Safety Awards ceremony.

Fleet Safety Conference Discount Ends June 12

The conference will be held July 13-15 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Idle Free Recalls Electric Auxiliary Power Units

The recall affects 4,771 units at risk for detaching and creating road hazards, according to federal safety regulators.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: When Hailstorms Threaten

Though scientists are making progress in developing better ways to forecast extreme hailstorms, these destructive weather events can still take drivers by surprise. Here are some safety tips you can pass along to fleet drivers.

Video: NHTSA Shows Car That Detects Alcohol Impairment

A collaboration between the federal safety agency and an industry consortium is making strides in developing technology that can prevent drunk driving.  

Photo courtesy of CACC.

Chicago Fleets Saved 25M Fuel Gallons Last Year

The commercial and government fleet members of the Chicago Area Clean Cities saved more than 25 million gallons of petroleum in 2014, which reduced fuel consumption and improved air quality, according to the group.

Photo courtesy of Mazda.

Takata Recall Adds Mazda B-Series Pickups

More than 27,000 trucks need replacement passenger-side frontal air bags.

Photo of 2016 Transit Connect Wagon's blind spot monitoring system courtesy of Ford.

Ford Upgrades Transit Connect Van for 2016

Ford has added a flexible-fuel option and a perimeter alarm with its 2016 Transit Connect cargo van and several new options on the passenger variant, Ford has announced.

Medium-Duty Orders Up 17 Percent in May

Orders of medium-duty vehicles increased 17 percent to about 19,000 in May to rebound from earlier in the year, according to early estimated from ACT Research.

Odyne Systems Wins 2014 Governor's New Product Award

Odyne Systems has been named a 2014 Governor’s New Product Award winner by the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE).

SMUD Unveils EV Fast-Charge Station in Citrus Heights

The fast-charge station is just the second in the region to accommodate most types of EVs manufactured by foreign and domestic automakers, and it’s one of the first installed in the U.S. by a utility.

SDG&E to Install Up to 550 EV Charging Sites

The pilot program calls for SDG&E to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure at up to 550 sites throughout the utility's service territory.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Fleet Sales Increase 3 Percent in May

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets increased 3 percent to 60,236 in May and continued an upward trend this year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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