Government Fleet – Issue

January 2010

Cover Story By Grace Lauron
CNG Fuels 'Green' Victory for Culver City

The City of Culver City, Calif.’s use of compressed natural gas (CNG) helped the fleet gain national recognition as a green leader, most recently the title of #1 Government Green Fleet in North America in 2009.

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Features

Best Practices in Fleet Fuel Management

By Lauren Fletcher

Second only to depreciation, fuel is the second-largest public sector fleet expense. Municipal, county, and state fleets share best practices in reducing fuel expenses.

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of Centralizing Fleet

By Kelly Reagan

The City of Columbus, Ohio, fleet organization centralized operations in 2008. The fleet manager’s first-person account relates challenges, pitfalls, and rewards experienced in the process.

Harley Davidson motorcycles were deployed by the Tacoma Police Department in 2006. Tacoma Overhauls its Accident Management Program

By Cheryl Knight

After reinventing its accident management program and moving to automated reporting, the City of Tacoma, Wash., dramatically improved customer service ratings and lowered fleet operating costs.

Pulling the planer, rather than pushing it, will generally produce a smoother finish and minimize ghosting. Plane & Simple: Do’s & Don’ts of Surface Planers

By Dennis Von Ruden

Surface planer operation requires multiple considerations, such as choosing the right equipment, using the correct flail, and plugging into the right power source.

City of Seattle Moves to an All-Green Fleet

By Cheryl Knight

Seattle moves full-force toward a 100-percent advanced technology and alt-fuels fleet. The initiative has resulted in better gas mileage, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and a reduction in annual petroleum fuel use.

Homeland Security Tracks Fleet via Satellite

By Staff

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Detention and Removal Operations employs a “smart GPS” system to track and monitor its far-flung 4,500-unit fleet.

The City of Burbank, Calif., fleet team includes (back row, l-r) Craig Van Item, Rex Richardson, Richard Benson, Richard Powell, Brian Orlowski, Jim Lawson, Johnny Stein, Alfred Johnson, Gary Rand, and Tim Smith; (front row) John Leai, Mike Muravez, Alex Healey, and Art Derakharian. City of Burbank Refuse Fleet Goes 100% CNG

By Shelley Mika

The Southern California city’s solid refuse fleet is now 100-percent CNG-fueled. While the move to CNG required an infrastructure capital investment, the benefits include lower fuel and maintenance costs, and reduced emissions.

Leasing Equipment Can Extend Tight Budgets

By Steve Bennett

With many public sector fleet budgets straining in difficult economic times, leasing construction equipment can provide a financially viable option to purchasing for short-term needs.

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Blog

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
Can EVs Work as Patrol Vehicles?

By Paul Clinton
Adding a fleet of battery-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids to your motor pool is one thing. But giving an electrified sedan to a police officer seems like a trickier proposition.

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara
Goals don’t need to happen next month or right now. I recommend they don’t. In fleet management, things rarely happen overnight. So creating that list of goals might help you keep your eye on the prize.

Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

By Sherb Brown

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao
Whatever your political opinion, there’s no doubt Trump’s agenda on the environment is vastly different from President Obama’s.

How Are Your Customer Interactions?

By Thi Dao

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