Government Fleet News

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Sacramento Switches to Gasoline Ambulances Amid Driver Complaints

The City of Sacramento, Calif., is speeding up its vehicle replacements after receiving complaints about its diesel ambulances. A few weeks ago, the Sacramento Fire Department retied six ambulances after firefighters complained about headaches and dizziness.

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Snap-On Releases New Full-Line Catalog

The new Snap-on full-line catalog showcases its wide range of diagnostic platforms to help customers find the perfect tool for them, whether they are just getting started or are the top technician in the repair shop.

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GM Invests $1B in U.S. Manufacturing

General Motors is investing $1 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations and will move production of axles for its pickup trucks production from Mexico, the company announced on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

Photo of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy via Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr.

EPA Maintains Fuel Economy Standards Through 2025

The EPA expects that automakers will raise fuel economy 10 mpg higher than the current fleet average by model year 2025.

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Louisville to Build Consolidated Public Works Facility

Louisville Metro in Kentucky will soon begin construction on a public works facility that will be used to park and maintain vehicles, store salt and brine, and house other operations.

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Mass. Mandates Higher ZEV Purchases

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts plans to increase its zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) fleet by ensuring that 25% of the passenger vehicle and light-duty pickup trucks it purchases annually will be zero-emission vehicles by 2025.

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DOT Report Reveals $926 Billion Infrastructure Need

The nation’s highway and transit systems need to overcome a nearly trillion-dollar investment backlog, according to a new report on the state of America’s transportation infrastructure commissioned by the Department of Transportation.

Safety Tip: Jump-Starting the Right Way

AAA provides advice on how to safely jump-start a dead vehicle battery.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Caprice PPV courtesy of GM.

GM to Discontinue Chevrolet Caprice PPV

General Motors will cease production of its Chevrolet Caprice PPV after building the rear-wheel drive patrol car for seven model years in Australia.

IronPlanet Real-Time Tech to Streamline Auction

IronPlanet is adding real-time on-site event management and mobile connectivity features to several aspects of an upcoming sale at its Florida Cat Auction Services Unreserved Public Auction.

DME-fueled Pinnacle tractor waited at Mack's Allentown customer center last fall for test to begin. Photos: Tom Berg

New York City's Sanitation Department Begins DME Test

DSNY will run the Mack tractor at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, New York, and evaluate performance and overall drivability of the engine burning Oberon dimethyl ether fuel.

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Ga. City Considers In-House Maintenance

The City of Augusta, Ga., may take on maintenance in-house in an effort to cut costs. Currently, the city outsources fleet maintenance but city commissioners want to know if it would be cheaper bringing maintenance in-house.

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel courtesy of FCA.

EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

The U.S. EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years.

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Orlando Cuts Fuel Use from Idling

The City of Orlando has saved over 400,000 gallons of fuel in one year through a number of fuel-saving measures, including idle reduction technology in its law enforcement vehicles.

Photo of 2016 Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Release Two Pursuit-Rated Hybrid Vehicles

Ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford announced it will offer two new pursuit-rated hybrid-electric police vehicles by 2020.

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Mass. Strips Emergency Lighting from Fleet Vehicles

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s administration has stripped 30 vehicles of their blue emergency lights after they were deemed unnecessary.

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Conn. City to Upgrade Police Fleet After Vehicle Fire

The City of New Haven, Conn., hopes to update its police fleet after a patrol car caught on fire. In addition to an aging fleet, with most cars over 14 years old, the police department has fewer people to maintain its vehicles.

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CARB Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG E-450

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has certified Landi Renzo to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2017 model year Ford E-450 cutaway van, which now makes it legal to convert the vehicle to CNG in the U.S.

The new CNG pumps will be used for the city's 11 refuse trucks. Photo courtesy of City of Tempe

Ariz. City Adds CNG Station for Refuse Trucks

The City of Tempe, Ariz., has built a compressed natural gas (CNG) station on its Public Works facility for its 11 CNG refuse trucks. Fleet Manager Kevin Devery said the city expects annual savings of $5,000 per truck.

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Houston Municipal Fleet Veteran Retires

Nancy Reingold retired from the City of Houston, Texas, after a 19 ½ year career with the city.

WEX, Enterprise Fleet Enter into Canadian Agreement

WEX Inc., a global provider of corporate payment solutions, has signed a new agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management in Canada. WEX and Enterprise Fleet Management have been working together in the U.S. since 1993.

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Four West Coast Cities Seek to Purchase up to 24,000 EVs

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are seeking feedback from OEMs and upfitters regarding electrified transportation and port equipment.

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Medium-Duty Orders Fall 1.1% in 2016

Orders of classes 5 to 7 vehicles declined 1.1% in 2016 after a strong December finish and have outpaced heavy-duty truck orders in part due to pent-up demand from government fleet purchasers, according to ACT Research.

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Michigan State Police Celebrates 100 Years with Black and Gold Cars

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Michigan State Police deployed 50 special edition black and gold patrol cars. The fully equipped 2016 Dodge Chargers are painted to resemble the department's 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Retails for $34,495

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will retail for at least $34,495 after the federal $7,500 tax credit when it arrives in dealer showrooms by April 1, FCA has announced.

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