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Save the Date: 2016 Fleet Technology Expo

The Fleet Technology Expo will take place from Oct. 17-19, 2016 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

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Geotab Acquires Its Largest Telematics Reseller

Geotab has acquired Strategic Telecom Solutions, the largest reseller of its telematics products, in a deal announced Oct. 5.

Truck and Van News: Ford Recalls, Silverado Updates, and Metris Van Upfitting

Recent headlines include Ford recalls, Silverado Updates and Peterbilt pre-owned truck program.

Peterbilt Showcases Vocational Truck Lineup

Peterbilt Motors Company hosted a three-day vocational event in Texas, where it showcased the versatility of its product lineup, demonstrated new technologies, and discussed market outlooks and trends.

Video Tip: When Flash Floods Strike

AAA offers driver safety tips for emergency lash-flooding conditions.

Photo of 2016 Metris cargo van by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz Revamps Van Upfitting Program

Mercedes-Benz has reformatted its van upfitting program ahead of the launch of the 2016 Metris mid-size van, which has begun arriving at dealer lots.

Fatality rate from road crashes per population, 2013. Source: UMTRI.

Study Compares State Crash Fatality Rates

Montana, Mississippi and North Dakota have the highest fatality rates from road crashes per 100,000 people, researchers found.

Photo courtesy of Waste Management.

Waste Management Opens CNG Facility in Louisiana

Waste Management has opened its new compressed natural gas (CNG) fleet facility in Walker, La., the company announced. The new CNG facility will fuel trucks servicing the greater Baton Rouge, La., area.

30 Entities Form Clean Fuels Michigan

Nearly 30 companies and organizations in Michigan have announced the formation of Clean Fuels Michigan. The nonprofit coalition seeks to advance policies for alternative-fuel vehicles, such as electric, natural gas, propane, and hydrogen fuel cell models.

Photo courtesy of Orange EV.

Orange EV Expands Operations

Orange EV will expand its operations to meet growing demand for its electric vehicles, the terminal truck manufacturer announced.

Graph courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Driver Work-Related Deaths Escalate

Driver and sales workers experienced the highest fatal work injury rates in 2014, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Coca-Cola hybrid delivery van, photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo Expand Fleet Efficiency Efforts

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo continue to find new ways to reduce their reliance on high-carbon fuels, improve their fleets' fuel efficiency, and maintain a level of transparency with the reporting of this information.

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PG&E's Calif. EV Charger Plan Rejected

The California Public Utilities Commission has turned down Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) $654-million proposal to construct 25,100 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Northern and Central California, reported the San Jose Mercury News.

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-150 Pickups for Unexpected Braking

The recall, covering 33,481 pickups in the U.S., will address a potential braking problem tied to the adaptive cruise control radar.

The jointly engineered Class 4/5 trucks will be built in Navistar's Springfield, OH, assembly plant, starting in 2018. Photo: Dept. of Labor

Navistar Details Medium-Duty Deal with GM

The Class 4/5 trucks that will be jointly developed by Navistar and General Motors will provide opportunities for both OEMs “to gain share in markets that we have not participated in for a number of years,” said Navistar's Bill Kozek.

The Chevrolet Kodiak (and similar GMC TopKick) was produced from 1980 to 2009. Photo by Ildar Sagdejev, licensed under GFDL via Commons

GM, Navistar Collaborate on Class 4/5 Trucks

General Motors is back in the medium-duty commercial truck market with a just-announced long-term agreement with Navistar.

Amazon Flex Program is Like Uber for Last-Mile Delivery

Amazon has unveiled what some are calling Uber for last-mile delivery, after the fast-growing service that replaces traditional taxis with an app that links riders and drivers.

Photo courtesy of CarterEnergy.

Public CNG Station Opens in Kansas City

CarterEnergy has opened its first public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Kansas City, Kan., the fuel supplier announced.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

USPS Should Use Mass-Market Vehicles, Report Says

The USPS could save as much as $1.9 billion by using modified, off-the-shelf mass-market vehicles and upgrading its fleet at least once in the next 20-25 years, according to a report from the organization Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE).

Photo of ProMaster van courtesy of FCA US.

USPS Purchasing 9,000+ Ram ProMaster Cargo Vans

The U.S. Postal Service is purchasing 9,113 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans for daily mail delivery, FCA US has announced.

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Terex Announces New Sales Team Additions

Justin Pinkalla has been appointed as the strategic account manager for the northern sales territory while Dennis Nelson and Tyler Walford are joining as territory account managers for the western and southern sales regions respectively, according to Terex.

Photo: Jim Park

Diesel Price Drops Again for Third Week

The price of diesel fuel fell again for the third straight week, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Energy Department.

World of Speed Museum, Wilsonville, Ore., (Photo: Lauren Fletcher)

Pacific Northwest NAFA Holds Meeting at World of Speed

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of The NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) held its chapter meeting September 10 at the World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville, Ore.

Video Tip: Yielding to Emergency Vehicles

Here's some advice about yielding to ambulances, fire trucks and police cars. You may want to pass this along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Heavy-Duty Bucket Truck Operating Costs Increasing

This utility fleet benchmarking study from Utilimarc looks at heavy-duty bucket truck trends including average purchase price by year, operating costs, average miles driven, MPG, maintenance, and average age.

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