Fleet Acquisition

Vehicle & Equipment Inventory

In a time of rightsized vehicle inventory and extended replacement cycles, what does the average fleet consist of and how long is it keeping its vehicles and equipment? GF examines fleet unit breakdown, unit age, replacement cycles, and federal and state unit totals.

September 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

by Staff

From passenger sedans to street sweepers to alternative-fueled units, GF breaks down the average fleet. 1/2-ton pickup trucks are the most common type of units reported, averaging 18 percent of fleet totals. Off-road equipment are the oldest units (9.7 years), and have the longest replacement cycle (13.6 years).

More than 6 percent of units are reported to run on alternative fuels, nearly one-third of which are administrative vehicles. Data shows that not only are most small alt-fuel vehicles older than conventional small fleet vehicles, but their replacement cycles are also longer.

For a PDF of this article click here.


  1. 1. Pat Jameson [ January 23, 2012 @ 08:56AM ]

    We are an engineering firm called JGD Associates in Avon Lake, OH. We are doing research on vehicles and fueling. Do you have approximate numbers on how many government fleet vehicles there are in the State of Ohio?

    Thanks for your help.
    Pat Jameson

  2. 2. Thi Dao [ January 23, 2012 @ 09:21AM ]

    Hi Pat,

    The second page of the PDF will tell you how many state vehicles Ohio reported. We do not have the total of all government (including city and county) vehicles in the state.

    Thi Dao, Government Fleet magazine

  3. 3. John Crowley [ February 06, 2012 @ 05:54PM ]

    Can anyone tell me what the national average for vehicle replacement is for Police Vehicles? Either a best practices or rule of thumb. Could anyone tell me where I can get that information for a presentation to city officials.
    Thanks for your help
    John Crowley

  4. 4. Kevin Skender [ May 28, 2014 @ 11:58AM ]

    I am having issues accessing the 2011 & 2012 fleet fact books, can someone please direct me to the location of these?

    Thank you,
    Kevin Skender

  5. 5. Irene Brand [ May 30, 2014 @ 01:00PM ]

    I am looking for best practices on what index/inflation rates to use when forecasting vehicle and equipment replacement, especially fire pumpers and ladder trucks and automated side loader refuse trucks.


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