Government Fleet News

Altech-Eco Receives CARB Certification for F-250/350 CNG Conversion System

Altech-Eco Corporation has obtained certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its compressed natural gas dedicated conversion system for the 2014 Ford 6.2L V-8 F-250/350 pickups.

Photo of 2014 Ram 3500 courtesy of Ram Truck.

Ram Questions Ford's 'Best-in-Class' F-450 Claim

Ram Truck is questioning Ford's claim that its 2015 F-450 holds the "best-in-class" towing rating for heavy-duty pickup trucks announced earlier this month.

Texas County to Install GPS Tracking on Police Vehicles

Tyler County (Texas) Commissioners have approved a new agreement with Synovia Solutions to upfit its Sheriff’s Office vehicles with communications and GPS tracking systems.

Deadline for GF Industry Survey Extended

Government Fleet is conducting its annual survey, following trends in public fleet management, including budgeting, outsourced services, salaries, and succession planning. The survey deadline has been extended to July 31.

Photo of 2015 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Prices Rise for Ford's 2015 F-150, Order Bank Opens

Ford's U.S. dealers began ordering the 2015 F-150 this week after receiving pricing for the light-duty pickup that will increase due to the increased use of aluminum in the body.

Optimus Technologies Receives EPA Approval for Biofuel Conversions

Optimus Technologies announced that it is the first to receive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for a biofuel conversion solution for existing medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Nebraska Joins Mohawk WSCA Contract

Mohawk Lifts announced that Nebraska has been added to the Mohawk Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) contract, which offers discounted government pricing for vehicle lifts and related garage equipment.

Public Works Association Announces New Certified Fleet Managers

The American Public Works Association announced that two public works fleet professionals recently earned the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) credential.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS courtesy of GM.

Cruze CNG Conversion Arriving This Fall

Fleet managers looking for more choice of compact cars powered by natural gas should be able to purchase a dedicated CNG Chevrolet Cruze in the fall.

Photo via Loïc Dupasquier/Flickr.

Mobile Phone Use Triples Crash Risk

Drivers who use a mobile phone or other hand-held device triple their crash risk, according to a recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

Photo via TruckPR/Flickr.

Weights and Measures Council Fails to OK LNG Standard

After regulators failed to agree to a nationally recognized, gallon-equivalent measure for sales of liquefied natural gas, fleets that rely on LNG-fueled vehicles will continue to face a state-by-state patchwork of standards for at least one more year.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 F-150 Sheds 732 Pounds In Weigh In

Ford's extensive use of aluminum shaved 732 pounds from the weight of two comparable trucks the company weighed for the media at an event earlier this week.

Photo: FCCC

Freightliner Starts Production of Propane Autogas S2G

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) has announced it started full production of its propane-autogas S2G medium-duty work truck. The S2G pairs FCCC’s medium-duty S2 chassis with a factory-installed propane-autogas engine and fuel system.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco courtesy of GM.

These Vehicles Have Been Discontinued for 2015

The list of models that have been discontinued for the 2015 model year includes such vehicles as General Motors' Chevrolet Impala ECO eAssist mild hybrid sedan.

Photo of 2015 Sierra HD truck courtesy of General Motors.

GM Recalls 718K More Vehicles

The automaker announces six new recalls involving such models as the Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD, GMC Sierra LD and HD, Buick Regal, and Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The two largest of the six recalls involve seats.

Photo via flickr/Scott Lowe.

Arkansas Energy Office Offers Alt-Fuel Rebates

The Arkansas Energy Office announced that a total of $150,000 in rebates will be awarded through its Clean Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program for fleets to purchase CNG or propane autogas vehicles.

Pa. Agency Saves $750K by Cutting 65% of Fleet

The State of Pennsylvania's Department of the Auditor General has saved more than $750,000 by eliminating 158 cars from its fleet.

Calif. City Hosts Energy Demand Presentation

The City of Santa Ana, Calif., will host an energy demand workshop for public entities on August 12. The workshop is designed to show how public agencies can make money by participating in their utilities’ demand-response programs.

Photo of 2015 F-150 testing at Davis Dam at the Arizona-Nevada border courtesy of Ford.

Ford Releases 2015 F-150 Engine, Towing Specs

Ford has released full engine specifications and towing capabilities for its 2015 F-150 pickup, which will add two new engines and auto stop-start, the automaker announced.

Cummins’ new Ethos 2.8L E85-powered I-4. Photo courtesy of Cummins.

Allison Develops Stop-Start for Medium-Duty Transmission

Allison Transmission has developed stop-start technology with a transmission that could be paired with Cummins' 2.8L ETHOS E-85 medium-duty truck engine, the company announced.

Photo via Wikipedia.

EPA Proposes More Road Testing for MPG Rating

The Environmental Protection Agency will recommend that automakers be required to perform additional road testing to confirm the fuel-economy claims posted on their vehicles, rather than relying on laboratory measurements.

Ford Transit Van (PHOTO: Westport)

Westport to Offer Dedicated CNG Transit Van, Cutaway

Westport is offering the 2015 Ford Transit Van and Cutaway as a dedicated natural gas (CNG) Westport WiNG Power System vehicle. The Transit Cutaway will be offered at 10,000-lbs. GVW and below.

A new investment in CNG refuse trucks has allowed the city to increase its CNG use from 18,000 to 93,000 diesel gallon equivalents in two years. Photo courtesy of City of Scottsdale.

Ariz. City Bumps Up CNG, E-85 Use

The City of Scottsdale, Ariz., has more than tripled its use of compressed natural gas (CNG) and increased its use of E-85 by almost seven fold over the past two fiscal years.

Photo of 2015 F-450 Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

Ford Claims Best-in-Class Towing for 2015 F-450

Ford has increased the towing capability of its largest pickup, the F-450, for the 2015 model-year to a best-in-class 31,200 pounds, Ford announced at a media event in West Virginia.

Photo of 2015 Expedition Platinum courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 Expedition with V-6 EcoBoost Now Available

Ford's 2015 Expedition with new 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 engine is now available after the automaker unveiled it to automotive journalists in West Virginia.

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