Government Fleet News

Photo of 2014 Dodge Charger courtesy of Chrysler.

Dodge Charger Recalled for Faulty Alternator

Chrysler is recalling 435,581 2011-2014 model-year vehicles including the Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Photo of the 2015 F-150's BoxLink cargo management system courtesy of Ford.

Ford Adds Cargo Management System to 2015 F-150

Ford is introducing a cargo management system and LED box lights on its 2015 F-150 pickup, as well as several new options.

Icom Opens Propane Autogas Technology, Training Center

Icom North America LLC has launched its new Icom Technology and Training Center, dedicated to development, integration, upfitting and training for its bi-fuel and mono-fuel liquid propane autogas injection systems.

Photo courtesy of Elgin Police Department.

Ill. City PD Opts Out of Alternative Fuel

The Elgin Police Department considered integrating natural gas vehicles into its fleet, but the lack of infrastructure led them to different vehicles according to Elgin Police Commander Dan O’Shea.

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Caltrans Equips Fleet with Telematics System

Caltrans has begun rolling out a $2.5 million telematics system on its fleet of 7,500 sedans, trucks, snowplows and portable signs in an effort to reduce fuel use and protect against theft.

Photo via Lansing Fire Department.

Mich. City Adds $2M In Fire Vehicles

The City of Lansing (Mich.) Fire Department has spent $2 million for a new fleet of emergency vehicles to replace its older emergency vehicles.

EPA Report Criticizes Agency Fleet Management

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s fleet management program needs more oversight of its law enforcement vehicles, according to a report released by the agency.

The 2014 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo van is one of the vehicles covered under the new Executive Order from CARB. (PHOTO: General Motors)

XL Hybrids Gets CARB Go-Ahead for Van Conversions

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received a CARB Executive Order allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model-year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Savana vans into hybrid-electric vehicles.

Rendering courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

Clean Energy Offers Lower Cost NGV Barrier for Garages

The NGV Easy Bay is a code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain that's more affordable than installing a concrete, masonry, or dry wall barrier in a maintenance garage, according to the company.

The Auto Truck Group's new Kansas City facility will be handling ship thru for Ford's new Transit and the F-150. Photo: Chris Wolski

Auto Truck Group Dedicates KC Facility

The Auto Truck Group dedicated a new 70,000-square-foot facility in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, October 9. The facility will handle both complex specialized vehicle upfits and ship thru for the Ford F-150 and Transit.

Some freeways have added physical barriers, such as poles, to discourage illegal lane changes into HOV/HOT lanes.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Recognizing HOV Lane Hazards

High-occupancy lanes can improve commuter times and encourage car pooling. But they also can pose some unique safety issues.

Photo of 2015 F-150 King Range courtesy of Ford.

Texas Auto Writers Name F-150 'Truck of Texas'

The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has selected the Ford F-150 as the Truck of Texas as part of the group's annual Truck Rodeo honoring 2015 model-year vehicles.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, announced that Ford is adding 850 more jobs in Dearborn. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Adds 850 F-150 Production Jobs

Ford Motor Co. has added 850 jobs to its Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich., to build the 2015 F-150 pickup truck, the company has announced.

Philadelphia to Review Prison Transport Options After Lawsuit

The Philadelphia Police Department launched an investigation of the safety of its police vans following a $490,000 settlement with a man who broke his neck while being transported.

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Nascent Okla. Fleet Group Names Board Members

The Oklahoma Public Fleet Management Association (OPFMA) announced is new board members at the association’s first annual convention in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 22.

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DOE Tool Predicts CNG Stations' Economic Impact

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new software modeling tool for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations.

One of the on-board decontamination systems. Photo courtesy of Winter Park Fire Chief James White.

Fla. City Unveils Ambulances with Decontamination Systems

A central Florida city has added ambulances with on-board decontamination systems to its fleet to prevent the spread of diseases like Ebola.

Photo courtesy of Westport.

Westport Developing 3.8L NatGas, Propane Engine

Westport Innovations is developing a 3.8-liter engine that runs on natural gas or propane autogas for off-road or stationary equipment, the company announced with its quarterly earnings report.

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Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High

Light-duty 2013 model-year vehicles reached an all-time high in fuel economy with an average of 24.1 mpg as a result of technologies such as gasoline direct injection engines, turbochargers, and advanced transmissions, according to the EPA.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Traverse courtesy of GM.

Used-Vehicle Depreciation Peaks in September

Used vehicles sold at auctions logged their highest depreciation this year in September, as 2009-2013 car and truck models fell 1.7 percent in value.

CleanFUEL Recalls Fuel Rails

The fuel delivery tube might leak, increasing the risk for both vehicle stalling and fire.

Maine City Brings Ambulance Service Back In House

The City of Auburn, Maine, is rolling out two new ambulances next week to answer calls, as the city moves away from a private ambulance company that came under fire for delayed responses to emergency calls.

State of Penn. Saved $65M by Reducing Fleet

The State of Pennsylvania has reduced its fleet size by 2,500 passenger vehicles, resulting in a cost avoidance and savings of more than $65 million.

Grant Allows Iowa Sheriff to Install Cameras on Patrol Cars

Using a $42,677 grant, Lyon County, Iowa, Sheriff's Department will install in-car cameras in all its patrol cars.

Florida's NGV Incentive Program Fuels Job Growth

Florida's $4.7 million in rebates to fund construction of natural gas vehicle fueling stations has created 1,820 jobs and $68 million in wages since it went into effect on Jan. 1, according to the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (FNGVC).

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