Government Fleet News

Photo courtesy of Alameda County.

Two Calif. Counties Make the Switch to Renewable Diesel

Alameda and San Joaquin Counties in California have both begun using renewable diesel to fuel their fleets.

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris mid-size van courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz Expands Van Offerings, Adds Ship-Thru

Mercedes-Benz Vans is introducing a turnkey “ship-thru” upfitting program for its Metris mid-size van and for Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner full-size Sprinter vans. The OEM is also rolling out a value-priced Metris Worker model, as well as expanding its Worker lineup for the Sprinter.

Like all new SuperDuty pickups, this F-450 SuperCrew has an aluminum cab, front fenders, hood and cargo bed. Photos by Tom Berg.

2017 Ford Super Duty Pickups to Use F-150 Aluminum Cabs

The change to high-volume F-150 cabins cuts costs and weight, and adds interior room for SuperCab and SuperCrew buyers.

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Former La. Parish Officer Allegedly Stole Gas 50 Times

A former East Baton Rouge Parish (La.) police officer is accused of using his department-issued fuel card about 50 times after he had resigned.

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Volkswagen Receives U.S. Preliminary Approval of Diesel Settlement

Volkswagen has been granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement to owners and lessees of diesel vehicles found to violate clean-air laws.

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Investing $1.49B Toward Ram Production

FCA US will invest $1.48 billion to retool its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Detroit, MI to build the next generation Ram 1500 after the plant ceases production of the Chrysler 200 in December.

Photo courtesy of Forest Preserves of Cook County

Ill. Agency's Propane Autogas Mowers Reduce Fuel Costs

Since 2013, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Ill., has converted 32 mowers to run on propane autogas and plans to convert 19 more, pending approval of a grant application.

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White House Urges Fleets to Expand EV Use

The Obama administration calls for state, county, and municipal governments to work with the federal government to expand their electric vehicle use.

The Sonoma Raceway event brought together about 160 fleet professionals. Photo by Tom Fung

Racetrack Event Brings Together Northern Calif. Fleet Group

The Northern California chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held its second annual event at the Sonoma Raceway on July 12.

NM County Cuts Down on Take-Home Fleet

So far, Bernalillo County, N.M., has taken back 22 cars, saving a total of $17,000 for the budget year. The county hopes to take back the keys for another 10 to 15 vehicles this year.

Photo via Sacramento County

Grant Helps Calif. County Expand CNG Fleet

Sacramento County, Calif., was recently awarded $600,000 in grant money and plans to expand its fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for three departments.

Video Safety Tip: When Power Lines Fall

Here's advice on what to do if your vehicle comes in contact with downed power lines during a storm or collision.

Ark. County Fleet Clerk Accused of $250K Insurance Fraud

A former Pulaski County, Ark., fleets record clerk is accused of pocketing $250,000 from fraudulent insurance claims she filed for fleet vehicle damages.

How Future CAFE Standards Could Affect Fleet Purchasing

Three federal agencies on Monday dropped the 54.5 mpg corporate fuel economy target for 2025, which would ease the burden on car and truck manufacturers to produce a vehicle mix that reaches that level.

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

CHP Orders 580 Chargers

The California Highway Patrol will add 580 Dodge Charger Pursuit sedans to replace aging sedans and utility vehicles with higher mileage over the next two years, FCA US has announced.

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Lansing to End Outsourced Parts Contract

The City of Lansing, Mich., will terminate its business relationship with NAPA for the supply and management of vehicle parts at the city’s central garage facility, the city announced.

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Idaho City Approves Take-Home Police Vehicles

The City of Sandpoint, Idaho, has approved a new police vehicle take-home program, eliminating the need to build a new garage to house the fleet.

Photo courtesy of Goodyear.

GM Offers Off-Road Options for Silverado SSV

General Motors has begun offering an off-road package for its Chevrolet Silverado special service truck for first responders.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training Offered for Okla. First Responders

First responder trainers in Oklahoma will have an opportunity to learn safety procedures and best practices about alternative fuel vehicles on Aug. 24 and 25 at Oklahoma City Community College's Professional Development Institute.

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John Deere Awarded National Purchasing Partners Government Contract

John Deere was the only original equipment manufacturer recently awarded a three-year construction equipment contract by the National Purchasing Partners Government Division (NPPGov).

Feds Nix 54.5-MPG Target for 2025

Improving gasoline fuel economy and strong demand for trucks and SUVs has led federal regulators to eliminate the 54.5 mpg corporate fuel economy target for 2025.

Average Diesel Prices Drop to $2.40

The average price of diesel fuel fell again last week, continuing a streak of very slight declines in the past month, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Video Safety Tip: Understanding the Zipper Merge

The transportation departments for Minnesota, Washington, Kansas, and Missouri have championed use of the zipper merge near work zones during heavy traffic. So what is the zipper merge?

Photo by Vince Taroc

N.Y. County's Lease Deal Reduces Maintenance Costs

Franklin County, N.Y., will replace more than two dozen aging vehicles with 2017 models leased from Enterprise Fleet Management.

Calif. City Investigating Fleet Theft

The City of Palm Springs, Calif., is conducting an investigation of its Fleet Maintenance Division, focusing on alleged inappropriate vehicle repairs, parts procurement, and theft and recovery of a surplus tractor.

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