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Video Safety Tip: Urban Driving

Here's advice, provided by State Farm and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, on how to drive safely in central business districts in major cities.

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Thanksgiving Road Deaths Expected to Rise

The National Safety Council estimates that 421 people could lose their lives in car crashes during the upcoming holiday weekend — a 7% jump over the average.

Tesla chief Elon Musk talks to a crowd during the Semi unveiling. Photo: Tesla

Tesla Unveils All-Electric Class 8 Semi Truck

Tesla says its new, all-electric Class 8 Semi will feature a 500-mile range on a single battery charge, can go from 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds when bobtail, and is actually cheaper to operate per mile than a comparable diesel truck.

Screen shot from Tesla's live feed unveiling its electric semi.

First Look: Tesla's All-Electric Semi Truck

Tesla’s new electric truck is a Class 8 daycab that features a highly aggressive aerodynamic design and all-electric drivetrain, and Elon Musk promises a 500-mile range. "You can go out to the middle of nowhere and come back." HDT's Jack Roberts is at the launch and has this report.

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 3500 courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 3500 Recalled

The recall, which addresses a fuel-level sensor problem, covers nearly 35,300 2011-2015 trucks equipped with dual fuel tanks.

Photo of CEO Mary Barra courtesy of GM.

GM to Start EV Rollout in 2021

General Motors will begin rolling out its next-generation of electric vehicles in 2021, and it seeks to to reach its goal of offering 20 such vehicles by 2023, CEO Mary Barra told investors on Wednesday.

Derek Barrs, Florida’s chief of commercial vehicle enforcement, asked for a show of hands among the state enforcement people in the room if they were ready for the ELD mandate. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

ELD Violations Won't Count Against CSA Scores During Transition Period

Federal officials have taken another step to make the transition to mandatory electronic devices less painful. If drivers are cited at roadside for not complying with the ELD rule come the Dec. 18 deadline, the citation will be a “no points cite” that will not affect the Safety Measurement System that feeds into CSA scores – until April 1.

Photo of Titan XD Midnight Edition courtesy of Nissan Motor Co.

Nissan Adds Midnight Edition Pickups for 2018

Nissan has released pricing for six of the nine Midnight Edition models and expands the lineup to include Frontier, Titan, and Titan XD models.

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High-Mileage Vehicle Depreciation Strengthens

Vehicles over 100,000 aren’t depreciating at the same as they used to due mostly to a tight supply of late-model used vehicles, according to Edmunds’ Q3 Used Vehicle Market Report.

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Gasoline Jumps to $2.56 Per Gallon

The national average price for unleaded gasoline increased 9 cents to $2.56 per gallon for the week ending Nov. 13, according to AAA.

Seat belt use by truck and bus drivers has risen to 86%, compared to 65% in 2007, according to FCMSA survey. Photo: IMMI

Seat Belt Use by Commercial Drivers Hits All-Time High

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 86% truck and bus drivers now regularly use their safety belts while driving.

Graphic courtesy of AAA.

More Vehicles Lacking Spare Tire

AAA research finds that nearly one-third of 2017 model-year vehicles don’t include a spare tire as standard equipment.

Video Safety Tip: Winter Emergency Kits

With temperatures dropping and snowfall forecast for many areas, now is a great time for fleet drivers to make sure their winter emergency kit is fully replenished and onboard.

Photo of 2018 NV cargo vans courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Prices 2018 NV Vans

Nissan's 2018 NV full-size vans will retail for at least $30,025 for the cargo model and $36,345 for the passenger variant, Nissan announced.

Courtesy of Manheim.

Manheim's Used Vehicle Values Rise 6 Straight Months

Wholesale used vehicle prices rose for the sixth month in a row in October, increasing by 1.02%, according to Manheim’s October Used Vehicle Value Index. This brought the index to 136.3, an 8.1% rise from a year ago.

Graphs courtesy CarrierLists

More Than Half of Small Fleets Not ELD Compliant

With less than six weeks until the Dec. 18 deadline for fleets to install mandatory electronic logging devices, it looks like there will still be a lot of smaller fleets who will be at risk for citations and fines – or who will give up on the industry altogether.

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L.A. Auto Show to Feature 60+ Vehicle Debuts

Automakers will announce more than 60 vehicles for the first time globally and in North America at AutoMobilityLA, the Los Angeles Auto Show's trade show preceding the public opening of the event later this month.

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Metris Recalled for Wheel Bearings

The recall, issued to address a wheel detachment risk, covers 109 vans in the 2017 model year.

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Gasoline Demand Reaches Highest October Level in 15 Years

The demand for gasoline in late October was at the highest level since October of 2006, which pushed the nation's average price of a gallon of regular unleaded to $2.53 on Nov. 6, reports AAA.

Photo of Workhorse W-15 by Chris Brown.

Workhorse to Debut Electric Delivery Van at CES

Workhorse Group Inc. will showcase its latest electric delivery van at CES 2018, along with its previously unveiled plug-in hybrid pickup truck and a hybrid electric helicopter.

Video Safety Tip: Driving in Snow

It's that time of year again. A number of areas have already seen the first snowfall of the season. AAA offers advice for driving in wintry conditions.

House Plan Would Eliminate EV Tax Credit

A $7,500 federal tax credit that has fueled sales of plug-in electric vehicles in recent years could be eliminated if House Republicans can include the proposal in the tax cut bill now under discussion, reports Reuters.

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Lightning Systems Offers $4,000 Rebate for Electric Transit Van

Lightning Systems is offering a rebate to fleets that order its battery-electric Ford Transit 350HD passenger wagon, van, cutaway and chassis cab models.

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of manufacturers.

Commercial Fleet Sales Climb 3.7% in October

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 3.7% to 49,801 in October with strong truck sales outweighing a nearly 30% decline in cars, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Photo of 2018 Passat courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen Rolls Out More 2018-MY Fleet Incentives

Volkswagen has added several more fleet incentives to its 2018 model-year lineup to go with two previously-announced incentives for its new Atlas and Tiguan SUVs.

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