Government Fleet News

City officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 25. Screencapture via City of Spokane.

Wash. City Starts Work on Consolidated Fleet Facility

The City of Spokane, Wash., has begun construction on a combined Solid Waste Management and Fleet maintenance facility that will enable the city to convert its solid waste fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG).

Graphic via GAO.

Federal Fleets to Study Telematics Expansion

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) should expand its support for telematics in leased vehicles and change its fuel rate structure to charge agencies for actual fuel use rather than miles traveled, according to a report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

N.C. Fire Truck Overturns, Four Firefighters Injured

Four Charlotte, N.C., firefighters were injured May 8 when their fire truck flipped over on a residential street while responding to a fire.

Texas Attorney Seeks Return of Seized Vehicle

A Dallas attorney representing a woman accused of killing her son filed a motion seeking the return of a vehicle seized by Frisco police during the investigation.

Photo courtesy of Contintental.

Continental's In-Tire Sensors Read Tread Depth

Continental North America has developed an in-tire sensor system that detects changes in pressure for 2017 model-year vehicles equipped with direct tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) from the supplier.

Photo courtesy of Westport.

Westport Debuts WiNG Ford F-150 in California

Westport Innovations is debuting its WiNG natural gas power system for the Ford F-150 at a trade show in California this week, while noting that it is emissions-certified by the state’s Air Resources Board as well as the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Photo of 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan courtesy of Fiat Chrysler.

Compact SUVs, Minivans Lead April Auction Surge

Compact SUVs and cargo minivans paced a strong April for remarketers, as used vehicles from the 2008-2012 model years rose 0.9 percent in value in a month that's typically one of the strongest of the year for auctions.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Okla., Dallas Order 321 Bi-Fuel F-150 Pickups

The State of Oklahoma, its agencies and the City of Dallas have ordered a total of 321 Ford F-150 pickups that can run on compressed natural gas or gasoline, according to Ford Motor Co., which also said that demand for gas is growing strongly.

Off-Duty Projects Pay for NJ Town’s Police Cars

By charging a small fee to private entities to provide police presence for the last 18 months, the Town of West New York, N.J., can afford four new police cars.

Photo of 2014 Ram 1500 courtesy of Fiat Chrysler.

Ram 1500 Refresh Set for 2017

Fiat Chrysler plans a major update to its 1500 pickup truck for the 2017 model year, but hasn't committed to producing a mostly aluminum version to compete with Ford's 2015 F-150.

The February fire destroyed six trucks. Photo via City of Oberlin.<br />

Ohio City's Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Trucks Replace Those Lost in Fire

The City of Oberlin, Ohio, is purchasing three hybrid hydraulic refuse and recycling trucks to replace trucks destroyed in a February fire of the refuse/recycling building.

Washington State Agency Selects New Fleet Management System

The State of Washington Department of Natural Resources (Washington DNR) has selected the AssetWorks integrated fleet management software to manage its 1,600-unit fleet.

Little Rock hosted a grand opening ceremoning for its CNG fueling station on April 29. Photo courtesy of City of Little Rock

Ark. City Opens CNG Fueling Station

The City of Little Rock, Ark., hosted a grand opening of its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on April 29. The station is open to fleets and the public and will also service the city's growing fleet of CNG vehicles.

Graphic courtesy of FCA.

Global Jeep Production to Double By 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has unveiled an ambitious growth plan that calls for the doubling in global Jeep production by 2018 and the expansion of the Fiat brand in Asia and Latin America.

These trucks are powered by the Ford Triton 6.8L V-10, 3-valve engine and equipped with the bi-phase liquid direct injection propane fuel system. (PHOTO: ALKANE)

New Class 7 Propane Autogas Truck Debut

Alkane Truck Company, a new OEM of Class 7-8 Trucks in Myrtle Beach, S.C., has released its propane-autogas-powered cabover Class 7 truck to the U.S. market.

Graphic courtesy of Ford.

Ford F-150's EcoBoost V-6 Continues Its Popularity Surge

The Ford Motor Co. has sold its 500,000th F-150 pickup truck with an EcoBoost V-6 engine, as customers have shifted away from less fuel efficient V-8 engines, according to the automaker.

Washington State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.

Washington State DOT Adds LEAFs to Fleet

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) continues to improve the sustainability of its fleet by leasing a handful of all-electric Nissan LEAF plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) for official state use.

Former N.J. County Employee Charged with Unlawful Vehicle Use

A Morris County (N.J.) agency director allegedly used three county vehicles for personal use on various dates from 2010 to 2012 although she knew she was not permitted to use them.

Photo by Vince Taroc

Government Fleet Announces First Hall of Fame Inductees

Ten fleet professionals have been named to Government Fleet’s Public Fleet Hall of Fame. Honorees are recognized industry leaders and pioneers who have significantly contributed to the public fleet profession.

Photo via Chang&#39;r/Flickr.

Los Angeles Air Named Most Polluted in U.S.

The Los Angeles basin that also includes Long Beach again registered the highest level of air pollution among the largest urban areas in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association's (ALA) 2014 ranking.

Muncie Power Products Recalling Pressure Switches

Oil leaks might result when the switches are used in certain Ford F-Series trucks.

Photos of Alan Mulally (left) and Mark Fields courtesy of Ford.

Ford's CEO Retiring July 1

Ford Motor Co.'s CEO Alan Mulally is retiring July 1 after transforming the automaker during an economic crisis that forced other Detroit automakers to seek federal bailouts.

Md. Offers Alt-Fuel Voucher Program

The Maryland Energy Administration has begun accepting applications for a fleet voucher program that encourages the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles, the department announced.

Photo courtesy of City of Sacramento.

New Parking Enforcement Cars Will Save Calif. City $310K

A switch to a new hybrid parking enforcement vehicle is expected to save the City of Sacramento, Calif., $309,904 over the 10-year lifecycle of the vehicles.

Kan. Public Works Director Denies County Repaired Truck

The public works director for Shawnee County, Kan., has denied claims that county mechanics worked on his personal pickup truck.

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