Government Fleet News

Vehicles are lined up for the acceleration test, pitting calibrated vehicles with uncalibrated ones. Photo by Andy Lundin

Derive Efficiency Hosts Track Day

On March 3, Derive Efficiency hosted a track day for public and private fleets and the media, showing the differences in performance between a stock vehicle and one calibrated for optimum efficiency.

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Intel Acquires Self-Driving Tech Firm Mobileye

Intel will acquire Israeli autonomous driving technology provider Mobileye for $15 billion under an agreement announced March 13 that brings the Silicon Valley chipmaker into the emerging autonomous-driving sector.

W.Va. County Considers GPS Purchase

Fayette County (W.Va.) is considering purchasing GPS systems in its fleet vehicles shortly after the Sheriff’s Department added GPS and WiFi services to 20 of its vehicles.

Traffic in New York City Photo: U.S. DOT

House Committee to Eye State/Local Rollout of FAST Act

For its first hearing of the 115th Congress, the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will delve into how the most recent highway bill — the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act— is being implemented on the state and local level.

Photo of 2018 6500XD Low Cab Forward truck courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet to Offer Class 6 Cabover

Chevrolet is expanding its lineup of cabover trucks for 2018, by adding the 6500XD Class 6 Low Cab Forward truck to a lineup that already includes Class 3, 4, and 5 cabovers, Chevrolet has announced.

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Civil Engineers Issue Harsh Report on State of Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers has once again assigned a barely passing grade of “D+” to the nation’s overall infrastructure and an even more parsimonious “D” to our road network. Bridges, though, fared a bit better— scoring a “C+.”

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Efficient Drivetrains Unveils Plug-In Frieghtliner Utility Truck

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., has completed the integration of its EDI PowerDrive technology into the Freightliner platform.

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Fla. PD Upgrades Equipment After Critical Audit

The City of Fort Myers, Fla., City Council approved vehicle equipment upgrades for the Fort Myers Police Department after a recent audit criticized the agency's lack of resources.

Propane Autogas Vehicle Sales Increase 8%

Sales of propane autogas-fueled vehicles increased 8% to 14,000 in 2016 compared to the year before, according to data from the Propane Education and Research Council.

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Calif. Sheriff's Office Seeks Snowmobiles

The Butte County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office hopes to purchase snowmobiles to improve patrol during winter. With snowmobiles, the Sheriff's Office would be able to respond to emergencies year-round.

IronPlanet Sets Online Bidding for Auctions America's Fla. Event

Online bidding for Auctions America’s annual Fort Lauderdale, Fla. event will be available via IronPlanet.com, the company has announced.

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Honda Debuting PHEV, EV Clarity Cars

Honda will add battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars to its Clarity nameplate, and plans to show the new vehicles at the New York auto show in April.

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N.C. Sheriff Reduces Fuel Costs with Propane Autogas

Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina has converted 60 of its vehicles to bi-fuel propane autogas cars, saving enough in fuel costs to allow the Sheriff’s Office to fund other programs.

Photo of 2015 Ram ProMaster City compact van courtesy of FCA.

Used Vehicles See Lighter Depreciation in February

Two- to six-year old vehicles depreciated 0.8% in February, with trucks and vans showing relative strength, while luxury and sporty cars again fell hardest, especially when compared to year-ago values, according to Black Book.

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Fleets Look to Leasing to Cut Costs

Fleets across the country are looking into leasing contracts for some or all of their fleet vehicles in an effort to reduce fuel and maintenance costs and improve service.

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GPS Insight Wins Customer Service Awards

GPS Insight won the People’s Choice Stevie Award for Favorite Customer Service, Bronze for Customer Service Department of the Year, and Bronze for Font-Line Customer Service Team of the Year.

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Workhorse Receives 2,000-Plus Letters of Intent

Workhorse Group Inc. announced it has received Letters of Intent from fleets totaling 2,150 of the Workhorse W-15 electric pickup trucks, from such companies as Duke Energy, Portland General Electric, the City of Orlando, Southern California Public Power Authority, and Clean Fuels Ohio.

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Federal Grants Fund Green Tech Despite Uncertain Future

While U.S. Department of Energy grants are still funding electric vehicle and alternative fuel technologies, it is uncertain how the Trump administration could affect this funding in the future.

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7 Steps to Boost Vehicle Lift Safety

Following a detailed review of bus and truck maintenance facilities across North America, vehicle lift manufacturer Stertil-Koni has identified seven key steps to improving safety for technicians working on the shop floor.

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D.C. Ambulances Test Vehicle-Mounted Radiation Detectors

The U.S. Department of Defense concluded its biggest and longest test deployment of vehicle-mounted radiation detectors in Washington, D.C., on the district's fire trucks and ambulances.

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Kenworth Offers All-Wheel Drive T880

Kenworth’s flagship construction truck, the T880, is now available in an all-wheel drive configuration installed at the factory to speed delivery time and reduce costs.

Telogis Launches Telematics Technology for John Deere Equipment

John Deere Construction equipment's built-in connectivity, combined with the Telogis Mobile Resource Management software platform, enables customers to access a richer, proprietary data set that will help eliminate manual data entry and generate deeper operational insights.

The Cypress-Fairbanks (Cy-Fair) Volunteer Fire Department will take delivery of 10 Pierce Quantum apparatus beginning in summer 2017. Shown here is the department’s Pierce Quantum heavy-duty rescue. Photo courtesy of Pierce

Texas Fire Dept. Standardizes Fleet with 10-Vehicle Purchase

The Harris County (Texas) Emergency Services District No. 9 has purchased 10 Pierce Quantum apparatus. The purchase includes six pumpers, two 105-foot heavy-duty aerial ladders, and two 100-foot aerial platforms.

Diesel Prices Inch Higher

Diesel prices in the U.S. have continued to move upward with a minor increase last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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W.Va. Division of Natural Resources Cuts Fleet by 14%

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced a 14% reduction of its fleet. Cost savings is expected at nearly $500,000 along with $150,000 annual savings in fuel, maintenance, and insurance costs.

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