Federal Highway Administration unveils national ‘alternative fuel and electric charging’

With the increasing support of alternatively fueled cars playing a more increasing role in transportation. The U.S.’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has designated 35 states to be used as an alternative fuel corridors. With the increase of alternative fueling stations across the country the “Fix America’s Surface Transportation Act” will hopefully achieve success in one of the major directives of the law. New signage similar to the ones already deployed will be added to help drivers find these alternative fueling places. Electric vehicle charging, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fuels are among the new stations to be built.

Key Takeaways:

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced 55 routes that will serve as the basis for a national network of “alternative fuel” corridors spanning 35 states.
  • The designation of these corridors fulfills a directive in the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” (FAST) Act.
  • By supporting lower-emission vehicles, alternative fuel corridors will help to reduce transportation emissions, the leading source of U.S. GHG emissions.

“By supporting lower-emission vehicles, alternative fuel corridors will help to reduce transportation emissions, the leading source of U.S. GHG emissions.”

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.vehicleservicepros.com/industry-news/government-regulations/press-release/20841134/us-department-of-transportation-federal-highway-administration-unveils-national-alternative-fuel-and-electric-charging-network&ct=ga&cd=CAIyHGVmMDJlZjVhMWQ2YTBkNzI6Y29tOmVuOlVTOlI&usg=AFQjCNESP7QT6yKGR844DS-3-bkIqHANHw

BMW’s Hybrid Tech to Power Workhorse Delivery Trucks

Workhorse Truck Company has agreed to a multi-year deal with BMW. The typical Workhorse E-Gen parcel trucks will now receive an upgrade thanks to BMW’s range extender (REx) units. BMW’s REx units will use Li-Ion battery packs in conjunction with BMW’s 2 cylinder gas engine to extended the normal range of travel by up 60 miles.

BMW’s Hybrid Tech to Power Workhorse Delivery Trucks

Aon Transportation & Logistics to Affiliate with Trucking Alliance

The Alliance for Driver Safety and Security is looking to bring a new member into The Trucking Alliance. Established in 1987 The Transportation & Logistics Practice of AON Risk Solution has been invited to join the Trucking Alliance. The CEO of the Practice Mark Brockinton has accepted the offer and thinks the partnership will be greatly beneficial for the Trucking Industry.

Aon Transportation & Logistics to Affiliate with Trucking Alliance

Medium-Duty Orders Fall 10% in October

At the beginning of the final financial quarter, of the year one particular market has already recorded a 10% decrease in sales. Medium-Duty trucks classes 5 to 7 commercial vehicles has fallen drastically in October. The fall in sales from last year at this time is down 18% according to ACT research. Usually, October has been a strong month for the purchasing of Medium-Duty Trucks.

Key Takeaways:

  • Orders of classes 5 to 7 vehicles declined 10% in October, while heavy duty orders were flat, according to ACT Research.
  • Orders were down 18% from October of 2015
  • October is typically a strong order month for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

“The preliminary data shows an month that reversed trend of stronger medium-duty and weaker heavy-duty orders. ACT will post final numbers by the middle of the month.”

http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/operations/news/story/2016/11/medium-duty-orders-fall-10-in-october.aspx

TransCanada Wants to Give Keystone XL Pipeline Another Try

The TransCanada Pipeline Project, that has been denied the mandatory presidential permit from the U.S. State Department for 7 years now, has it hopes renewed. The company, TransCanada, never gave up on the project and now that Trump has been elected the president they hope to convince him to allow the project finally.

Key Takeaways:

  • TransCanada said it hopes to persuade the new Trump administration to revive the controversial Keystone XL crude oil pipeline that President Obama rejected in 2015.
  • The Washington Post writes that Calgary-based TransCanada said it is “evaluating ways to convince the new administration on the benefits.
  • the jobs and the tax revenues this project brings to the table.” Trump has said if elected, he would allow the Keystone project to move forward.

“The Washington Post writes that Calgary-based TransCanada said it is “evaluating ways to convince the new administration on the benefits.”

http://www.constructionequipment.com/transcanada-wants-give-keystone-xl-pipeline-another-try?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+constructionequipment%2Fnews+%28Construction+Equipment+%7C+Breaking+News%29

NY authorities seek $872 mln fine on UPS for cigarette shipments

While everyone – or everyone should, anyway – knows that it isn’t legal to ship some things and that you’re breaking the law by doing so, it seems like people think they won’t get caught and go ahead and do it anyway. In New York, authorities are trying to stop and deter people from mailing out cigarettes, as detailed in “NY authorities seek $872 mln fine on UPS for cigarette shipments.”

NY authorities seek $872 mln fine on UPS for cigarette shipments

Fire Destroys Entire County Plow Fleet

This short article gets into two opposites: fire and snow. While snow plows don’t seem like they would be destroyed so easily, it seems that metal doesn’t beat fire. In “Fire Destroys Entire County Plow Fleet”, this short article details the fire that caused the destruction of over 13 plows and a variety of other machinery that ultimately will end up costing the county over one and a half million dollars.

Fire Destroys Entire County Plow Fleet

Tech Tips: Employing and maintaining video-based fleet safety equipment

This article outlines three tips for using and maintaining video-based fleet safety equipment, focusing on using SmartDrive required standard equipment and procedures. The first tip is to use the SmartDrive monitoring report for equipment health, view, connectivity. Second is to notify manager or company maintenance group of de-adhesion/mounting separation so authorized replacement kit can be utilized. Third tip is to report issues with harnesses or camera connection and to use SmartDrive approved connection components and methods.

Key Takeaways:

  • Clients should utilize the SmartDrive provided monitoring reports for camera health, proper field of view, obstructed views, connectivity and event off load status. When necessary, clients should contact the company’s 24/7 Customer Service group for assistance on any issues.
  • Vehicle operators should be responsible for notifying their manager or company maintenance group should any issue arise when message indicator lights are not displaying correctly, or if cameras suffer any de-adhesion or mounting separation.
  • Any visible issue with harnesses or camera cables should be reported by the operator to maintenance, and should be checked at every opportunity during scheduled maintenance or repair.

“When necessary, clients should contact the company’s 24/7 Customer Service group for assistance on any issues.”

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.vehicleservicepros.com/on-the-vehicle/in-vehicle/cab-body/article/20838825/tech-tips-employing-and-maintaining-videobased-fleet-safety-equipment&ct=ga&cd=CAIyHGVmMDJlZjVhMWQ2YTBkNzI6Y29tOmVuOlVTOlI&usg=AFQjCNHl2myEXUsTvWgp7Ar4AKStAsdXjw

IronPlanet to Hold Humvee Auction

Ironplanet.com and govplanet.com is hosting an auction of US Army and US Marine Corps Humvee vehicles on Nov 15. These Humvees have been used for cargo or troop transportations and may have good mileage. They have strong engine, and improved steering, brakes and bumpers for heavy duty. The proceedings of the auction will go to veterans funds for hosting family of sick veterans and scholarships for veteran familys, to celebrate Veterans Day.

Key Takeaways:

  • The producer of military Humvee’s are making them available to the non-military public for purchase
  • Part of the proceeds of the sales of these humvee’s will go to charity, Fisher House Foundation
  • They will also offer the Humvee buyers the opportunity to acquire a Form SF97

“To celebrate Veterans Day, IronPlanet has again partnered with Fisher House Foundation for this All-Humvee sale. A portion of the proceeds from the online auction will be donated to Fisher House Foundation, a charity that primarily supports a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.”

http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/remarketing/news/story/2016/11/ironplanet-holds-all-humvee-auction.aspx

GM Recalls Vans for Missing Mirrors

It seems like there is a lot more recalls than there has been in the past, but that might just be because of how prominent some of these recalls are. And a lot of them seem like they’re closer to the general public than just a few of them — how many people do you know with vans? And how many people of those few got their vans from GM? In “GM Recalls Vans for Missing Mirrors”, people discuss the recall.

GM Recalls Vans for Missing Mirrors

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