Government Fleet News

House Passes Highway Trust Fund Patch, Bill Heads to Senate

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation on Tuesday afternoon providing enough money for the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015.

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Energy Dept. Enhances Alt-Fuel Laws & Incentives Website

The Alternative Fuels Data Center, a resource of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, has enhanced the Laws and Incentives page on its website, making it easier to find the laws, incentives, and programs applicable to specific fleets.

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Gasoline Falls to $3.63 Per Gallon

The national average price of gasoline fell 4.3 cents to $3.635 per gallon for the week ending July 14, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Nissan Adds Enhancements to 2015 Vans

Nissan has announced several updates and availability for its NV cargo, NV passenger, NV200, and NV200 Taxi for the 2015 model year.

Nominations Open for Sustainability All Stars

Nominations have opened for the 2014 Sustainability All Stars, which recognize fleet professionals who have made significant contributions to fleet environmental sustainability.

The recalled propane conversion kits are designed for installation on Ford E-Series vehicles. E-Series photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

ROUSH CleanTech Recalling Propane Conversion Kits

The recall, involving 845 propane conversion kits, will address potential fuel leaks that pose a fire risk.

Dashboard image courtesy of CalAmp.

N.C. County to Deploy GPS on 1,100 Assets

Mecklenburg County in North Carolina will be deploying GPS tracking devices across 1,100 assets. The devices will be used to track, monitor, and manage the county’s fleet of service vehicles and non-motorized assets.

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Texas Offers $7.7M in Grants to Replace Diesel Vehicles

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering $7.7 million in grants to replace older diesel vehicles with new alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles.

Ill. City Considers Alternative Fuels

The City of Des Plaines, Ill., has contracted with a company to conduct a fleet greening study in an effort to reduce fuel costs.

Photo courtesy of Elio Motors.

Elio Motors Launches Fleet Sales Division

Elio Motors has developed a fleet sales division to capitalize on growing interest from rental companies, businesses and municipalities. The company plans to launch an enclosed, three-wheeled vehicle that will retail for $6,800 and get 84 miles per gallon in 2015.

Bobit Business Media CEO Ty Bobit delivers a eulogy celebrating Ed, his father and company founder. Photo by Kelly Bracken.

Ed Bobit Remembered As 'Force of Nature'

Family, friends, and colleagues paid their respects to Ed Bobit at a memorial service, honoring the Bobit Business Media founder and chairman as a publishing force known for his tough-but-fair approach to business and family.

Officials and agency employees gathered for the announcement of the rollout on June 8. Photo courtesy of Alameda County

Calif. Agencies Roll Out 90 All-Electric Vehicles

Ten government agencies in the Bay Area of Northern California will be adding 90 all-electric vehicles into their fleets, which is one of the largest government fleet deployments of electric vehicles in the U.S.

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Pink Md. Fire Vehicles Bring Breast Cancer Awareness

Prince George's County firefighters added a pink ambulance to their fleet to raise awareness for breast cancer this month, and have asked the public to help name the vehicle via Twitter.

Chevin User Group Meets in Chicago

Ninety five percent of delegates who attended the 2014 User Group meeting of fleet management software provider Chevin Fleet Solutions said they would recommend the event to a colleague, according to the company.

Photo of 2014 Ford Flex courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls 101K Vehicles

The automaker issues six separate recalls involving models such as the Edge, Flex, Police Interceptor and Lincoln MKS.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Signal Intersection Rules

While traveling through intersections, drivers must be fully attentive. This is where many collisions occur. Here are some tips from the California DMV you can pass along to fleet drivers.

Photo of 2015 Altima courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Announces 2015-MY Fleet Incentives

Nissan has announced fleet incentives for its 2015 model-year cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

Ariz. County Builds Consolidated Fleet Facility

Pima County in Ariz., is constructing a new fleet facility that will replace three existing vehicle maintenance sites. The facility costs $18 million.

A recent Telogis study shows that by measuring vehicle idle activity and providing driver feedback, fleets can reduce idle time by as much as 50%. Graph courtesy of Telogis

Driver Efficiency Tips to Lower Fuel Costs

Telogis, a telematics provider, has identified five key areas that make affect fuel costs: excessive speeding, idling, vehicle maintenance, delivery schedules, and fuel slippage. The company provides two tips drivers and fleet managers can use to reduce fuel costs.

Take Government Fleet's Annual Industry Survey

Participate now in Government Fleet's annual industry survey, following trends in the public fleet management profession, including budgeting, outsourced services, salaries, and succession planning. The deadline is Tuesday, July 15.

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Fleet Embraces Minnesota's Biodiesel Mandate

Minnesota began requiring all diesel fuel in the state to contain 10% biodiesel on July 1. The state's Department of Natural Resources, which has 1,200 diesel vehicles, has been experimenting with B-20 and doesn't anticipate any problems with the move to B-10.

Video: MoDOT Fleet Safety Feature Might Have Saved Lives

A June 25 collision on I-470 in Lee’s Summit, Mo., underscores the value of truck mount attenuators during roadwork involving either government fleets or contracted construction/engineering fleets.

Photo via NoPetro.

Fla. County Adds CNG Fueling for Fleet, Public

Florida's St. John's County has entered a partnership with a natural gas fueling developer to transition its fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG). The station will be open to the public, and some proceeds from these sales will go to the county.

Photo courtesy of Polaris.

Polaris Adds Equipment-Powering to Ranger UTV

Polaris Industries Inc., has engineered a Polaris RANGER Crew Diesel side-by-side utility vehicle with an integrated multi-power syste­m that allows operators to power hydraulic, pneumatic, electric, and welding equipment directly from the vehicle’s diesel engine.

Photo of 2015 Chrysler 200 courtesy of Chrysler.

Chrysler Announces 2015-MY Fleet Incentives

Chrysler has announced fleet incentives for its 2015 model-year vehicles for the Chrysler, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram Truck brands.

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