Ford Ups Power, Hauling for 2017 Super Duty Pickups

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July 21, 2016
<p><em>Climatemp Service Group has converted four of its Chevrolet Express service vans to the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. Photo courtesy of Climatemp.</em></p> Service Fleet Improves MPG by 18%

Using a regenerative braking and assist system, this service fleet has seen an approximate 18% mpg improvement on its vans — as well as an increase in productivity with its drivers spending less time at the pump.





<p><em>Photo courtesy of Ford.</em></p> Ford Ups Power, Hauling for 2017 Super Duty Pickups

Ford Motor’s 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickups with aluminum bodies have higher engine output ratings and more towing and hauling capability than ever, while “smart” technologies make backing and monitoring trailers easier.





Feds Nix 54.5-MPG Target for 2025

Improving gasoline fuel economy and strong demand for trucks and SUVs has led federal regulators to eliminate the 54.5 mpg corporate fuel economy target for 2025.





<p><em>Photo of 328d sedan courtesy of BMW.</em></p> BMW's 2017 Diesels Delayed for More EPA Testing

Added scrutiny from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has delayed certification of BMW's diesel-powered 2017 models as a result of the Volkswagen's emission scandal, several media outlets are reporting.


<p><em>Photo via Wikipedia.</em></p> Landscaping Fleets Second Most Productive Service Fleets

Landscaping service vehicles equipped with Fleetmatics telematics systems worked the most hours in West Virginia, increased productivity during the spring and summer, and traveled more than 100 miles per day.


<p><em>Courtesy of WalletHub</em></p> Washington D.C. Ranked Worst City for Driving

According to a WalletHub study that compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities, Washington D.C. was ranked as the worst city for driving while Scottsdale, Ariz., took the top spot for best driving.


Should You Add Pokemon Go to Your Fleet Policy?

Fleet drivers need to be wary of increasing numbers of distracted Pokemon Go players on the streets. But, unless you have this clearly spelled out in your fleet safety policy, your company may be liable for gaming-related incidents involving your drivers.


Video Safety Tip: Understanding the Zipper Merge

The transportation departments for Minnesota, Washington, Kansas, and Missouri have championed use of the zipper merge near work zones during heavy traffic. So what is the zipper merge?





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