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Penske Awarded $400,000 Grant from DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Penske Truck Leasing a $400,000 grant for the company’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Demonstration and Enhanced Driver Experience Project, to be administered by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Building a Safety Culture at the Fleet Safety Conference

The first day of the Fleet Safety Conference is packed with sessions and panel discussions on creating a positive safety culture within a company at the corporate and fleet level.

Photo: Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission Places Historical Marker at First Site

As part of its centennial activities, Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. announced the dedication of an "Allison Machine Shop" historical marker at the building's location where it still stands on Main Street in Speedway, Ind.

Photo courtesy of Blossman Gas.

Blossman Adds Propane Autogas Ford F-650s

Blossman Gas has purchased three propane autogas Ford F-650 bobtail trucks for fuel delivery, the propane dealer announced.

Fleet Technology Expo Brings Back Largest Green Ride & Drive

This year’s Fleet Technology Expo is bringing back Green Fleet Conference’s Green Ride and Drive Event, offering attendees the chance to get behind the wheel of green vehicles from major manufacturers.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-150 Pickups for Steering

The North American recall affects 12,328 2015 model-year Ford F-150 pickup trucks at risk for steering loss.

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Diesel Prices Climb for Fourth Week Straight

The national average cost of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel rose slightly to $2.878, continuing a four-week streak of price increases. The national average cost of a gallon of gasoline also increased this week, gaining 2.7 cents to $2.691.

Medium-Duty Orders Fell 21 Percent in April

Orders of medium-duty vehicles in classes 5-7 fell 21 percent to 17,300 units in April, reaching their lowest level in almost a year when compared to the same month a year ago, according to ACT Research.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Tornado Response

The past week has seen a number of dangerous tornadoes, some of them deadly. Here are some Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) safety tips you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Digging Deep into Personal Use Policies

In 2014, average monthly personal use charges increased to $123. Fleet managers were working to reevaluate personal-use policies, programs, and charges and educate their drivers on the importance of accurate reporting.

Truck and Van News: F-150, GM Bi-Fuel CNG, Ram Promaster

Several updates regarding Ford’s F-Series models were recently announced, as well as other manufacturer news relating to natural gas models and engines.

Utility Worker Shocked In Southwest Philly; Taken To Hospital

The worker was in a bucket truck when he came in contact with an overhead wire and was shocked while fixing a street light.

The three plug-in hybrid electric bucket trucks use a diesel chassis, but unlike conventional trucks, the new vehicles use an electric power “takeoff unit” to operate the 55-foot boom. (Photo: EPB)

Tenn. Utility Deploys Heavy Vehicle Hybrid Technology

A publicly owned utility in Tennessee is rolling out a pilot program to test hybrid vehicle technology with the goal of reducing pollution and operational costs related to some of its heaviest trucks.

Leggett & Platt Reconfigures Upfitting Facilities

To increase capabilities and continue to meet the needs of fleet customers, Leggett & Platt CVP announced the expansion of its Kansas City facility, opening of a new facility in Baltimore, and closure of the Elyria, Ohio, install facility.

ARI Launches Fleet Consulting Service

ARI has launched ARI SustainableWorks, a consulting service designed to help organizations configure best-in-class fleets supported by clean, efficient and cost-effective fleet solutions, according to the fleet management company.

Utility Service Provider to Implement Trimble Driver Safety Solution

Atlantic Tower Services (ATS), a full-service equipment maintenance, repair and installation service company that specializes in telecommunications infrastructure and electrical power generation, is implementing the Trimble Driver Safety solution across its fleet of vehicles.

Photo courtesy of ampCNG.

Natural Gas Powered ampCNG Fleet Hits 30 Million Miles

Compressed natural gas fueling company ampCNG announced that its fleet of Class 8 CNG trucks has surpassed 30 million miles.

Photo courtesy of CEI.

CEI Releases Training Module on Drowsy Driving

The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) has released a new online fleet training module that educates drivers about ways to avoid the dangers of drowsy driving.

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Utility Service Trucks Analyzed in Benchmarking Study

Utilimarc's benchmarking report for light-duty service trucks uses data from 40 utility fleet clients and includes more than 3,600 vehicles under 20,000 GVWR with a service body without an aerial device.

On May 6, Georgia Power held a special event to roll out its 32 new Chevrolet Volts. (Photo: Georgia Power)

Southeast Utility Rolls Out New Fleet of Chevrolet Volts

The utility held a special event at its headquarters in Atlanta to introduce its 32 new plug-in electric hybrid Chevrolet Volts.

Kenworth now offers the 10-speed Eaton UltraShift Plus VAS transmission for the Kenworth T370, T440 and T470 equipped with the 8.9-liter Paccar PX-9 engine. Image via Kenworth

Kenworth Brings Eaton's 10-Speed UltraShift to Medium-Duty Trucks

Kenworth is offering Eaton's 10-speed UltraShift Plus VAS transmission on selected medium-duty trucks for the first time, including the T370, T440 and T470 equipped with the 8.9-liter Paccar PX-9 engine.

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NHTSA's Requested Budget Boost in Doubt

A House appropriations subcommittee passes a spending bill that includes a modest $6.5 million budget increase for the federal safety agency that's far below what the Obama administration had requested.

Photo of 2015 Jeep Wrangler courtesy of FCA US.

Compact SUVs Bolster April Depreciation

Compact SUVs held the strongest retention value in April, increasing 2.8 percent in a month that saw overall depreciation largely unchanged from March levels, according to Black Book.

Photo courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Adds Bi-Fuel CNG Silverado 3500HD Chassis Cab

Chevrolet will expand its compressed natural gas lineup to include the bi-fuel 2016 Silverado 3500HD Chassis Cab, allowing drivers to operate the vehicle on CNG or gasoline.

Photo courtesy of Blue Star Gas.

HVAC Fleet Saves $120K in Fuel With Propane Autogas

A HVAC service fleet based in Utah has reduced its annual fuel spend by $120,000 and eliminated 62 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions by converting 29 gasoline-powered vehicles to propane autogas, according to its fuel supplier.

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