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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.

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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.

Versalift Celebrates 50 Years

Since its inception in 1965, Versalift has grown to become a global name and a leader in aerial vehicle manufacturing.

October Auctions in Kentucky, Texas, Illinois, and Massachusetts

More than 950 pieces of utility and construction equipment and vehicles will be sold off at JJ Kane Auctions in Louisville, Dallas, South Beloit, and Worcester in the month of October. The auctions will be held Oct. 1, 15, 24, and 31.

Altec Relocates Massachusetts Service Center

The service center provides a complete range of repair and maintenance work as well as Altec’s fully comprehensive preventative maintenance inspections.

NJ Natural Gas Opens Public-Access CNG Station

New Jersey Natural Gas announced the opening of Ocean County, New Jersey’s first public-access CNG fueling station at the Waste Management facility in Toms River, NJ.

Image: California State Transportation Agency

CARB Tightens Fuel Emission Rules

The California Air Resources Board has opted to “readopt” a Low Carbon Fuel Standard that requires a 10 percent reduction in the “carbon intensity of transportation fuels” by 2020.

Photo courtesy of VNG.

Colorado Provides $30M in Alternative Fuel Grants

The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) will open the application period for its upcoming round of funding under the Alt Fuels Colorado grant program on Oct. 1, the organization announced.

Photo of 2015 Golf TDI engine courtesy of VW.

EPA Broadens Diesel Emissions Testing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will implement additional testing of diesel vehicles designed to uncover potential software algorithms used to evade federal emissions standards, the agency announced Sept. 25.

Goodyear Sets New Service Call Record

In August, Goodyear-Fleet HQ 24/7 Emergency Roadside Service – which is offered through the Goodyear-Fleet HQ suite of business solutions – helped 15,375 trucks return to service, a record for the program.

SoCalGas Opens Public CNG Station in Calif.

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has completed a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for the City of Monterey Park, Calif., the energy provider announced.

Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A. at the Texas State Fair in front of the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD. (PHOTO: Nissan)

Nissan Shows 2016 Titan XD at Texas State Fair

Nissan kicked off its biggest presence ever at the world famous State Fair of Texas with a special showing of the all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup.

Model-Years: 2007-2013, Volume Weighted Wholesale Average Values, Weekly Change from 9/11/15 to 9/18/15 (SOURCE: Black Book)

Trucks See Highest Depreciation in Year

The average depreciation change last week for trucks fell 0.46 percent, the largest drop for trucks in nearly a year, indicating that the fall price declines might finally be in full gear.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Spark equipped with Android Auto courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Adds Android Auto to 2016 Models

Chevrolet will offer Android Auto compatibility via a software update on certain 2016 model year vehicles equipped with a MyLink infotainment system and 8-inch touch screen. Chevrolet dealers will provide the update in March.

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