Government Fleet News

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.

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.

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Fla. County to Spend $300,000 on Fire Fleet Repairs

Polk County, Fla., will spend about $300,000 due to a structural flaw on all of its fire trucks. Commissioners voted to fix a loose suspension on all 12 of the county's trucks, at a cost of about $25,000 per truck.

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SADA, Collins Introduce Asset Management System for Government Fleets

Atom incorporates Google content, including the cloud-based technology and location services, to give supervisors and dispatchers the tools to make real-time decisions on scheduling, routing, and budget allocation.

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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.

Applications Open for 2017 Leading Fleets Award

Applications for the Leading Fleets award are now open. The award, open to government fleets, recognizes operations that are performing at a high level in fleet innovation and leadership.

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Fleets Fight Heavy Snow in Winter Storms

Winter storms ravaged several parts of the continental U.S. last week, with plenty of organizations having to use their entire snow fleet.

Photo of the 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

First-Ever F-150 Diesel Improves MPG for 2018

The 2018 F-150 will offer optional diesel power for the first time since the introduction of the model in 1975, as Ford will offer a turbo-diesel V-6 engine and updated versions of the gasoline-powered V-6, turbo V-6, and V-8, Ford announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

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Fla. County Purchases $2.4 Million in Fire Rescue Vehicles

Osceola County, Fla., is modernizing its fleet with four new Pierce Fire Engines and two new Braun Rescue ambulances, worth $2.46 million. This purchase is part of the county's efforts to standardize its fleet operation by purchasing vehicles with common parts.

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Va. City Launches Motor Pool

The City of Norfolk, Va., has launched a motor pool to reduce fuel consumption and create a "culture of sharing" within the city. The city plans to eliminate older, underutilized vehicles and turn over the remaining vehicles to its new motor pool.

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Used Vehicle Values Stabilize in December

Depreciation trends stabilized to close out 2016, with depreciation rates for all cars and trucks falling into seasonal patterns.

San Francisco Hiring Fleet Business Manager

The City & County of San Francisco, Calif., is hiring a fleet business manager to join its Fleet Management – Central Shops Department.

Photo of ExxonMobile's Speedpass+ app on a touchscreen courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Offer 4G LTE Hotspot, In-Vehicle Gas Purchasing

Ford will offer a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with 2018 model-year models, offer an app that allows drivers to pay for gas without leaving their car, and roll out an updated SYNC 3 infotainment system that integrates smartphone apps, the automaker has announced.

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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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Tenn. City to Replace Vehicles with $2M Grant

The City of Gallatin, Tenn., plans to replace several vehicles in its aging fleet after being awarded a $2.7 million state grant. The city plans to replace 19 vehicles and equipment, including refuse trucks, dump trucks, knucklebooms, and box vans.

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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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Ford Reviving Ranger Pickup for 2019

Ford will bring the Ranger mid-size pickup truck back to the North American market for the 2019 model year and the Bronco midsize SUV to global markets for the 2020 model year, the OEM announced at the Detroit auto show.

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Mich. County Improves Fleet Visibility with Lights

Midland County, Mich., is installing green lights on its maintenance vehicles to improve visibility. All new and old equipment will be fitted with the green lights in addition to the existing amber lights, including snow plows.

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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.

CNG Workshop Scheduled for Cleveland

The Earth Day Coalition (EDC) has scheduled a compressed natural gas workshop for fleet managers in the Cleveland area on Jan. 27, the group has announced.

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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.

(L-R) Pictured are Pete Moolah, heavy fleet service manager, and Daniel Gasca, auto parts specialist, from the Miami-Dade Internal Services Department fleet. Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Creates Technician Trainee Program

The Miami-Dade County (Fla.) fleet has a new program to help it overcome its heavy equipment technician recruitment problems. Fleet Director Alex Alfonso explains how fleet staff created the program and how it works.

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.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo PD Commissioner Daniel Derenda with the new Chargers. Photo courtesy of City of Buffalo

Buffalo PD Rolls Out Dodge Chargers

The Buffalo (N.Y) Police Department has added 2016 All-Wheel Drive Dodge Chargers to its fleet. The 61 marked and unmarked Chargers cost over $2 million.

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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.

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