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Fla. Utilities Get to Work As Hurricane Matthew Moves North

The National Hurricane Service downgraded the hurricane to a Category 2 storm at 5 p.m. Friday, reporting maximum winds of 110 mph. The Center also discontinued all coastal warnings south of Volusia County, and utilities in Florida have begun restoration efforts.

New York Power Authority, GE Sign Agreement

GE Power announced an agreement with the New York State Power Authority (NYPA) to provide software that will monitor, analyze, and enhance the performance of NYPA electricity generating assets across its 16 generating facilities and electricity transmission network.

Natural Gas Utility Tests Larger Trailers

Fairbanks Natural Gas in Alaska is upgrading to larger trailers to transport liquefied natural gas to its customers. The utility first ran a pilot program using the custom-made trailer last fall, which has a 13,000-gallon capacity and can hold 30% more gas than traditional LNG trailers.

Donlen Online Portal Streamlines Delivery of Fleet Vehicles

Donlen has released an advanced electronic draft portal that provides courtesy delivery dealers with enhanced visibility of vehicles on order through each step of the production phase to improve the driver and dealer experience for fleet customers.

Photo via Flickr/United Soybean Board

DC Water Uses Biodiesel to Fuel its Fleet

DC Water now uses biodiesel fuel to fuel all 230 of its diesel vehicles, including sewer trucks, utility and dump trucks, crane trucks, and crew cabs. The agency uses a B-20 blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel.

Minn. Utility Opens New Facility

Austin Utilities (Minn.) opened its new Service and Operations Center to the public, which combines the utility's three sites into one main facility. Austin Utilities expects to save $2.5 million over the next 10 years with the new center, which solves several safety and regulation issues that the old sites faced.

Construction continues at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County, Fla. (Photo courtesy of FPL)

Fla. Utility Halfway to 1 Million Solar Panels

Florida Power & Light Company, the largest generator of solar power in Florida, has completed the installation of half of the 1 million new solar panels it plans to add by the end of this year to power its customers.

Seattle Electric Utility to Construct $12M Training Facility

Seattle City Light plans to build a new training facility to help expand its workforce. The public utility currently conducts training at various sites, but plans to consolidate all training into a 13,000-sq. ft. facility that is expected to cost $12 million.

Decisiv Powers Kenworth TruckTech+

Decisiv, Inc., a provider of Service Relationship Management (SRM) solutions for commercial assets, announced that its software platform will power the Kenworth TruckTech+ Service Management System.

Photo of the F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Updated F-150 3.5L, New 10-Speed Improves Fuel Economy

Ford’s F-150 is now being offered with a new 3.5-L EcoBoost V-6 engine mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission for MY-16 and MY-17 models that offers an improved EPA over the previous generation engine.

The NHTSA held a conference to introduce its Road to Zero campaign and to address the increase in traffic deaths over the past year. Screenshot via NHTSA

DOT Aims for Zero Traffic Deaths Within 30 Years

Three DOT agencies and the National Safety Council have teamed up to launch a new initiative with the goal of eliminating traffic deaths on U.S. roads within the next 30 years, and truck safety is one of the targeted areas of the effort.

Illustration courtesy of Continental

Continental Buys A Majority Stake in Zonar

The Continental Corporation has acquired a majority stake in Zonar Systems, a company specializing in fleet management solutions for commercial vehicles.

Photo: Nissan

Telogis, Nissan Announce European Connected Vehicle Partnership

Continuing its strategy to partner with OEMs, Telogis, a Verizon company, has announced that it has added another OEM to its partner roster with Nissan Europe to provide connected-vehicle technologies and services to Nissan commercial customers in Europe.

Safety Tip: Diverging Diamond Interchanges

More states are adding this interchange configuration, but it's still rare enough to leave some drivers a little confused. This tip will help familiarize fleet drivers with how DDIs work.

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Ram 1500 Lone Star Silver Edition Unveiled

Ram unveiled new-for-2017 updates to some of its most popular models. Lone Star, Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited models will offer truck buyers an even wider selection of exterior appointments and content. The Ram 1500 Lone Star – the brand’s top-selling truck in Texas – will get a new Silver Edition option.

Peterbilt's new Model 579 Epiq day cab on display at ATA MC&E. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Peterbilt Adds Fuel-Efficient Day Cab

LAS VEGAS — Peterbilt has added a day cab version of its aerodynamic, fuel efficient Model 579 Epiq day cab, aimed at fuel-conscious day-cab fleet customers in regional, tanker and bulk haul applications.

The MX-13 has dropped 50 pounds and now offers up to 510 hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque.

Paccar Adds Drive Axle, Updates Engines

LAS VEGAS — In a step toward more integrated drivetrains in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks, Paccar announced a new 40,000-pound tandem axle that saves weight and improves fuel economy.

Lytx Chairman &amp;amp; CEO Brandon Nixon describes new enhancements to the DriveCam video-based telematics safety program. Photo: Evan Lockridge<br />.

Lytx Releases “Client-Centric” Improvements to DriveCam Safety Program

LAS VEGAS – Lytx announced new enhancements to its DriveCam video-based telematics safety program that Chairman and CEO Brandon Nixon said “will streamline workflow, capture even more unsafe driving behaviors, and make fleet tracking easier for fleet managers on the go.”

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Driving Dynamics Names Manager of Simulation Training Services

The provider of advanced performance driver safety training and risk management services to fleet-based organizations announced that Michael Griffin has joined the company in a newly created position as manager, simulation training services.

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet.

GM Redesigns Duramax 6.6L for 2017 Silverado, Sierra

GM has announced that a newly redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel will be offered on the 2017 Silverado HD and Sierra HD. The engine features a new air intake system and an enhanced oiling circuit.

Illustration courtesy of NHTSA.

Sprinter 2500, 3500 Vans Recalled for Seat Belts

The recall, issued by Daimler Vans USA, covers 271 vehicles.

Fleetmaster Adds Three to Leadership Team

Fleetmaster has added three trucking-industry veterans to its leadership team.

Photo of the new F-150 Raptor courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Reveals F-150 Raptor Updates

Ford Motor Co. revealed details for the 2017 F-150 Raptor, highlighting its 450 hp and 510 lb.-ft. of torque.

Truck Accessories Group Acquires SNUGTOP

Truck Accessories Group, LLC (TAG), announces the acquisition of Custom Fibreglass Manufacturing Co. d/b/a SNUGTOP.

Photo of Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Transit Connects for Sunroofs

In the U.S., the recall covers 887 vehicles in the 2014-model year.





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