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Element Hosts 2015 Fleet Roundtable

Element Fleet Management gathered a record 300 customers and industry leaders to discuss fleet business trends, compliance and cost reduction strategies at the 18th annual Fleet Roundtable event, held Oct. 12-15 in Hunt Valley, Md.

Photo of Class 5 PHEV courtesy of PG&E.

PG&E to Invest $100M in EVs, PHEVs

Pacific Gas & Electric will invest $100 million to purchase battery-electric vehicles and gasoline-electric hybrids over the next five years to reduce fuel costs and lower emissions, the nation's largest utility announced Oct. 15.

Horsefly drone teams with E-Gen van, but roof support equipment can be installed on any walk-in van, Workhorse says. Photo: Workhorse Group

FAA Approves Testing of Workhorse Drone Delivery System

Workhorse Group says it has obtained permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test its Horsefly delivery drone, an eight-motor, eight-rotor “octocopter” designed to work with a specially equipped E-Gen electric walk-in van.

Trimble Adds Asset Tracking to Fleet Management Suite

Trimble has launched Trimble Asset Tracking, a flexible solution that offers complete visibility into the location and utilization of portable assets from a convenient portal, according to the company.

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House to Mark Up Highway Bill — At Last

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has finally scheduled a hearing to mark up its version of a long-term highway funding bill for Oct. 22 – seven days before the current short-term patch authorizing spending on transportation runs out.

Photo courtesy of Telogis.

GM, Telogis Ramping Up Factory Telematics Offering

Fleets have increasingly been opting for a factory-installed Telogis solution when purchasing General Motors vehicles, especially Chevrolet Silverado trucks, which will enter the 2016 model year with additional connectivity.

Photo courtesy of amp Trillium.

Public-Access CNG Station Opens in Jacksonville

Compressed natural gas fuel supplier ampCNG has opened a second public-access fuel station in Jacksonville, Fla., near the Port of Jacksonville at the GATE station along I-295, the company has announced.

Photo courtesy of PERC.

Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Isuzu Cabover Shown

The Propane Education and Research Council showed a propane autogas-powered Isuzu NPR-HD cabover equipped with a Campbell-Parnell bi-fuel system at an industry trade show, the council has announced.

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Lytx ActiveVision Addresses Drowsy and Distracted Drivers

Lytx says its new driver safety solution ActiveVision is designed to help detect, analyze and address distracted and drowsy driving.

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Element Further Explains Growth Trajectory

Element Financial Corp. has provided additional details about strategy for growing its fleet management business with acquisitions, technology investment, and an agreement for additional rail capacity.

Photo of the 2016 Titan XD Pro-4X courtesy of Nissan.

Texas Auto Writers Name Top Trucks, SUVs

The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has named the diesel-powered 2016 Nissan Titan XD as the Truck of Texas, making it the first time a Nissan truck has earned the title.

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Diesel Prices Up for Second Straight Week

The average price of diesel fuel was up for the second straight week following months of downward movement, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Recalls Tacoma Trucks for Air Bags

The recall affects about 310 2016-MY pickups equipped with driver’s knee air bag modules that may loosen over time because of the wrong bolts.

Photo of 2016 Titan XD courtesy of Nissan.

KBB Names Best Buy Nominees for 2016

Three new or expanded truck models hope to topple the F-150 for Kelley Blue Book's Best Buy awards for the 2016 model year in the truck category, the publication has announced.

Photo courtesy of NREL.

Study Touts Hydraulic Hybrids for Refuse Fleets

Initial results from testing have shown that hydraulic hybrid vehicles (HHV) offer significant fuel-saving opportunities compared to similar conventional diesel vehicles in refuse operation, according to a study performed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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AmeriFleet Names VP of Sales, Marketing

AmeriFleet has promoted Ryan Showers to the role of vice president of sales and marketing from his current role of director of North American sales, the vehicle logistics company has announced.

Blossman Acquires Florida Propane Supplier

Blossman Gas, Inc. has acquired Southern Propane of Jacksonville, Fla., as the latest in a series of acquisitions by the fuel and fuel-systems provider.

The RoadMate Commercial RC9496T-LMB, photo courtesy of Magellan.

Magellan Integrates Nav with Position Logic's GPS Tracking

Magellan announced the integration of its RoadMate RC9496T-LMB fleet navigation device with Position Logic's GPS tracking software solution.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Sets Up Transit Van for Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been serving meals to homeless men and women using a donated Ford Transit van that's been equipped as a mobile kitchen for the non-profit group, Ford has announced.

Photo of 2014 Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA US.

September Depreciation Flat, Truck Segments Show Strength

Used vehicles sold at auction declined 1.5% in value in September — a depreciation pace relatively unchanged from August — in a month that saw relative strength in some truck segments and compact cars continue their slide, according to Black Book.

ICUEE 2015 Hits Record Attendance

Registrants came from all 50 states, nine of the 10 Canadian provinces and more than 60 other countries worldwide.

Video Tip: Uncontrolled Intersections

Uncontrolled intersections lack any stop or yield signs or traffic lights – and they can be very dangerous places. Here's some advice you can pass along to fleet drivers.

Fleet Automation Drives Up County’s Vehicle Utilization

The 15-vehicle motor pool at Charles County, Md., Department of Social Services (DSS) is utilized at maximum capacity on most days, often reaching 100%, as a result of implementing the web-based fleet management information system.

Photo courtesy of PGE Currents. The drivers and loaders operated five portable compressors, 32 tankers, and three vaporizers, according to the company.

PG&E Drivers Travel Over 100K Miles to Deliver LNG/CNG

In order to provide uninterrupted service during the several weeks it took to complete pipeline testing, PG&E used trailers to deliver LNG and CNG to the injection sites.

Photo courtesy of Dur-A-Lift.

Dur-A-Lift Updates Van Lift to E-Series Cutaway

Geared toward the utility and telecommunications industries, the DVS-29 is now outfitted on the Ford E-Series cutaway instead of the regular cargo van body.

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