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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FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
The Data on Data

By Thi Dao
With fleet management becoming more technology-­driven and automated, there is an increasing amount of data available.

How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
The Efficiency of the CHP's Vehicle Assembly Line

By Paul Clinton
The California Highway Patrol uses an assembly line similar to one found in an automaker's factory to add auxiliary equipment to about 1,000 vehicles per year.

How FCA Views the Police Market

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels brings the gas station to your vehicles for the same price as a gas station. Its team members will fill up vehicles overnight or at a requested time and bill weekly. This could be a solution for fleets with old, expensive fueling infrastructure.

Rethinking Utilization: Using the Energy in Parked EVs

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton
Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now.

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

By Sherb Brown

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