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October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Delivery Company Named Top Propane Green Fleet

<p>Alpha Baking received this year's Propane Autogas Fleet award. Photo courtesy of PERC.</p>

Alpha Baking, a national bakery products distributor, was given the Propane Autogas Fleet award at this year’s Green Fleet Conference & Expo. With the help of ROUSH CleanTech, the delivery company now has 22 Ford E-450 propane autogas-powered delivery vans.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Propane Autogas, Propane Education & Research Council, Delivery Fleet

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Vincentric: Hybrids Losing Their Competitive Edge

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2014.5 Camry Hybrid courtesy of Toyota.</strong></em></p>

Gasoline-electric hybrids are losing their competitive edge over ther gasoline counterparts due to falling fuel prices and more efficient internal combustion engines, according to a five-year owner cost analysis by Vincentric.

Tags: Vincentric, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, TCO

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Focuses on Alternative Fuels

<p><em><strong>Photo by Becky May.</strong></em></p>

Fleet managers, vendors and alternative-fuel experts gathered in Schaumburg, Ill., for the annual Green Fleet Conference & Expo to share ideas about more efficient ways to run operation.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Department of Energy, Fleet Events

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Refreshing Explorer for 2016 as Global SUV

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

The 2016 Explorer will reach showrooms next year with a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology, according to Ford.

Tags: Ford Explorer, Ford, L.A. Auto Show, Mid-Size SUVs, 2016-MY

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech Shelves Propane Autogas Transit

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

ROUSH CleanTech has indefinitely halted production of its propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van after hearing concerns from fleet owners.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Sprinter Gets Small Diesel, ‘Crosswind Assist'

<p><strong>Electronic controls send power to three grounded wheels while the fourth hangs in the air.</strong> <em>Photo: Tom Berg</em></p>

A smaller and more economical diesel powertrain, new styling and safety features, and optional on-demand four-wheel drive are among features of 2015 Sprinter models.

Tags: Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Cargo Vans, Daimler, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Class 3 Ford Transit Vans Improve Payload, Towing

<p><em><strong>Photo of long wheelbase Transit 350HD courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size cargo van with a Class 3 chassis expands the payload and towing capability of the van without the need for a cutaway or chassis cab model.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Diesel Engines

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Next-Gen Volt Powered By Higher-Efficiency Engine

<p><em><strong>Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt drivetrain courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p>

General Motors is improving the efficiency of its next-generation Chevrolet Volt by adding a new 1.5L, four-cylinder engine that should deliver 20 percent more electric acceleration.

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, General Motors, Engines, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2016-MY

October 28, 2014 - Product News

Geotab Introduces GO7 Telematics Device

<p><em><strong>Photo of GO7 courtesy of Geotab.</strong></em></p>

Geotab has introduced its GO7 telematics device that gathers vehicle data from the engine, drivetrain, instrument cluster, and other relevant subsystems for delivery to fleet management software including MyGeotab.

Tags: Geotab, Telematics Hardware, Vehicle Tracking

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Falls to $3.05 Per Gallon

<p><em><strong>Photo via Wikipedia.</strong></em></p>

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has fallen 6.4 cents to $3.056 per gallon for the week ending Oct. 27, according to federal data.

Tags: AAA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Mazda to Introduce CX-3 Compact SUV

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Mazda.</strong></em></p>

Mazda is entering the compact SUV segment with the CX-3, which it will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month, the automaker announced.

Tags: Mazda, L.A. Auto Show, Compact SUVs

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Packing a Winter Emergency Kit

It's that time of year when you need to remind fleet drivers to make sure they have a vehicle emergency kit that's fit for winter weather. Here's advice on what to include.

Tags: Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Distracted Driving Focus Should Include More Than Cell-Phone Use

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Virginia Tech released new research examining crash risks associated with driver cell phone use and the relationship to other distracting behaviors. Some study conclusions have generated controversy.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Driving Safety

October 24, 2014 - Press Release

PERC Offers Mobile Cost Calculators

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released a trio of cost calculator tools in three of the propane autogas industry's fastest-growing markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, and on road fleets.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Online Tool

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

VW's e-Golf Now Most Efficient Compact EV

<p><em><strong>Photo of e-Golf's electric motor courtesy of VW.</strong></em></p>

Volkswagen's 2015 e-Golf battery-electric compact car now rates at the most fuel efficient compact EV after the Environmental Protection Agency released fuel economy data for the automaker's for U.S. EV.

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Golf, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Volkswagen e-Golf, Fuel Economy

October 24, 2014 - Product News

Kenworth Adds Anti-Theft System to T880

<p><em><strong>Photo of T880 dump truck via Kenworth.</strong></em></p>

Kenworth has added an anti-theft system to its T880 that integrates with the vehicle and engine functions of the vocational truck.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, Vocational Trucks, Kenworth T880, Dump Trucks

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Offer 'Pre-Collision' System

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Ford will offer a new driver-assist system that will reduce the severity or eliminate some frontal collisions between its vehicles and pedestrians, the company announced.

Tags: Safety Technology, Pedestrian Safety, Ford, Ford Mondeo

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Chevrolet City Express Ships to Dealers

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p>

General Motors has begun shipping its 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact cargo van to dealers as it enters one of the most active commercial vehicle segments with a product that's sourced from Nissan's NV200.

Tags: Chevrolet City Express, 2015-MY, Compact Vans, Ship-Thru, Business Choice, General Motors, Class 1

October 22, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Introducing 10 Hybrid Cars By 2017

<p><em><strong>Photo of B-Class Electric Drive courtesy of MBUSA.</strong></em></p>

Daimler has sold the remaining shares of its investment in Tesla Motors, as it plans a broad roll-out of 10 new plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz cars by 2017, Daimler has announced.

Tags: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth Adds New Features to Medium-Duty Cabovers

<p><strong>Kenworth 270 cabover</strong> (Photo: Kenworth)</p>

Kenworth also introduced Allison 3000 HS and RDS 5-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions for its cabovers.

Tags: Kenworth K270, Kenworth, Cabovers, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 6

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler to Build Next-Gen Sprinter in North America

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of Daimler.</strong></em></p>

Daimler will produce the next generation of its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter full-size van in the U.S., a move that will improve order-to-delivery times for the vehicle, Daimler has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans, Daimler Trucks North America

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Fall to $3.12 Per Gallon

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.</strong></em></p>

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has fallen to a level not seen in almost four years, as it now costs an average of $3.12 per gallon, according to federal data.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, AAA, U.S. Department of Energy, Fuel Costs

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Study Highlights Safety Benefits of Adaptive Headlights

New research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concludes these headlights improve drivers’ peripheral vision on winding roads.

Tags: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Headlights

October 19, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sniffing Out Brake Trouble

Fleet drivers are your first line of defense for unscheduled maintenance needs. Here's some advice to help them identify brake problems that require servicing.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Brakes

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Paratransit Fleet's Switch to Propane Autogas Pays Off

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Blue Star Gas.</strong></em></p>

An Oregon paratransit fleet is reporting savings of $60,000 per year in fuel costs after converting 14 of its vehicles to run on propane autogas.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Fuel Costs, Paratransit

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