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May 29, 2015 - Industry News

Former Fleet Director Named City Manager

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Sharon Subadan, formerly the fleet management director for Hillsborough County, Fla., was recently named the city manager for the City of Albany, Ga.

Tags: New Hire, Hillsborough County

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

CALSTART to Manage Alt-Vehicle Incentive Program

The California Air Resources Board has selected the clean transportation consortium CALSTART to continue to administer the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

Tags: CARB, Trucks, California, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Buses, Vouchers, State Grants

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Releases Patents for Electric Vehicle Tech

Photo of 2014 C-MAX Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. has released its electrified vehicle technology patents to its competitors in a bid to spur development of electric vehicles, the automaker announced.

Tags: Ford, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Patents

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

FCA Rolls Back Powertrain Warranty

Photo of 2016 Ram 2500 courtesy of FCA US.

FCA US has reduced its powertrain coverage for 2016 model-year gasoline-powered vehicles. General Motors also made a change to its powertrain warranty earlier this year.

Tags: FCA US, Warranty, Powertrains

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

GM to Offer Fleet-Oriented Malibu Limited

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Malibu courtesy of GM.

General Motors will continue selling the current-generation Chevrolet Malibu as a limited fleet-oriented model for the 2016 model year alongside its next-generation Malibu.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Malibu, General Motors, Mid-Size Sedans, 2016-MY

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

Houston Flood Damages City Vehicles

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Severe weather, tornado, and flooding have affected at least 45 counties in Texas. In Houston, the state's most populous city, flooding has damaged about 66 city fleet vehicles.

Tags: Emergency Response Vehicles, First Responders, Natural Disaster, Flooding, City of Houston

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

Indianapolis' EV Fleet Embroiled in Controversy

Photo courtesy of Vision Fleet.

The City of Indianapolis mayor's bid to roll out the largest municipal fleet of electrified vehicles has become entangled in opposition from city leaders, the threat of a lawsuit to halt it, and complaints from city departments in recent weeks.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, City of Indianapolis, Vision Fleet

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

50 Police Agencies Using Zero's Electric Motorcycles

Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles.

Law enforcement agencies are using the Zero SP, Zero DSP and Zero FXP for patrol, including traffic enforcement. The motorcycles produce no audible sound and can provide a tactical advantage for officers.

Tags: Motorcycles, Zero Motorcycles, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

Ariz. Gov. Wants to Consolidate State's Aircraft Fleet

Arizona's Gov. Doug Ducey is exploring a plan to reduce the number of aircraft in the state's air fleet, following his unsuccessful attempt to halt the sale of a $6-million plane to the Arizona Department of Transportation earlier this year.

Tags: Arizona, Aircraft, Elected Leaders

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Scales Back EV Goal for Fed Fleet

Photo courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov.

Only 7% of the vehicles purchased by the federal government during Obama's presidency were hybrid or battery electric powered, despite President Obama's call for 1 million such vehicles on the road by 2015.

Tags: President Obama, Federal Fleet, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

N.J. State Police Using 'Ghost Car' for Traffic Enforcement

Photo via New Jersey State Police/Facebook.

The New Jersey State Police will begin using a black Chevrolet Caprice with a frosted logo known as a "ghost car" to allow officers to better catch traffic scofflaws without standing out.

Tags: Patrol Cars, Unmarked Police Vehicles, New Jersey State Police

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Patch Bill Sent to President Obama

Photo: David Cullen

With a voice vote on Saturday, the U.S. Senate approved the two-month extension of the highway bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last Tuesday. The legislation now awaits the expected signature of President Obama.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, Legislation

May 25, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Funeral Processions

Here is some driving advice on what to do when encountering a funeral procession.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

May 25, 2015 - Industry News

Hyundai Updates Tucson Fuel Cell SUV for 2016

Photo courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai has added new features and exterior colors to its Tucson Fuel Cell for 2016 as it continues to offer the vehicle with a retail lease with the hope of possibly placing it in the hands of fleet users.

Tags: Hyundai, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Compact SUVs, Hyundai Tucson, 2016-MY

May 25, 2015 - Industry News

Wis. to Improve Fuel Infrastructure Security

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The state of Wisconsin began an initiative to ensure petroleum supplies are available in the event of natural disasters. The state will provide assistance to municipal and county fleet operations to enable their facilities to accept a generator in an emergency.

Tags: State of Wisconsin, Fueling Facility, Natural Disaster

May 25, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Add Biodiesel Quality Requirement to Fuel Contracts

Photo via Flickr/United Soybean Board.

The Defense Logistics Agency recently added a biodiesel fuel quality clause in its procurement contracts that requires certification by biodiesel suppliers.

Tags: Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board, Defense Logistics Agency

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Extends Strict Oversight of GM

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decides to extend for another year its review of General Motors' decisions and communications about potential vehicle safety issues.

Tags: Recalls, General Motors, NHTSA

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

BMW Donates i3 EVs to NYC Parks

Photo of NYC Parks' i3 cars in the Bronx courtesy of BMW.

BMW has donated 20 i3 battery-electric vehicles to NYC Parks for use in its TreesCount! 2015 program, the automaker has announced.

Tags: BMW, New York City, BMW i3, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Video: Ford F-150 Adds Pro Trailer Backup Assist

The technology allows drivers to steer a trailer instinctively by turning a knob left or right to indicate direction, and the truck controls the steering and limits vehicle speed.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Ford, Driver Assistance Systems, 2016-MY

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Curtails Suplus Military Vehicles for Police

President Obama has ordered the federal government to stop providing certain surplus military vehicles to local law enforcement agencies such as tracked armored vehicles.

Tags: Surplus Vehicles, President Obama, Military Surplus

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

NAFA Urges USPS Against Mass Vehicle Purchase

Photo of USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The NAFA Fleet Management Association urged the U.S. Postal Service not to replace 180,000 new vehicles at the same time and implement better fleet management practices at a congressional hearing on May 21.

Tags: NAFA, USPS, U.S. Congress, Lifecycle Costs, Centralizing Fleet

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Conn. Offers $3,000 EV Rebates

Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Connecticut will begin offering cash rebates of up to $3,000 to residents, businesses, and municipalities who purchase or lease eligible battery-electric, fuel cell, and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Connecticut, Emissions Reduction, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Rebates, State Grants

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

Minneapolis Police to Improve Safety of Transport Vans

The City of Minneapolis Police Department is pulling its transport trucks and vans off the streets for safety improvements. Fleet staff will evaluate how passengers are restrained and install cameras in all the vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, City of Minneapolis, Prisoner Transport Vehicles

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

Winter Weather Puts Conn. Fleet $290K Over Budget

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The City of Stamford, Conn., went $290,000 over its fleet maintenance budget of $1.4 million, mostly due to winter weather. About $24,000 was used to pay for tires.

Tags: Operating Costs, Preventive Maintenance, Winter Driving, Fleet Budget

May 20, 2015 - Press Release

Oklahoma Fleet Association Launches Website

Screencapture of www.OPFMA.net

The Oklahoma Public Fleet Management Association (OPFMA) just launched its website, which includes information about the group and its annual conference as well as a membership directory and a member resources area.

Tags: Fleet Associations, OPFMA

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