Government Fleet News

El Paso Updates Police Vehicles' Color Scheme

The City of El Paso, Texas, has added 29 new Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol cars and three Dodge sport utility vehicles with a new color scheme to replace aging Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors.

Conn. City Sets Labor Rate for Outsourced Work

The City of Shelton, Conn., has reached agreements with several local repair garages on a set labor rate of $60 for outsourced work.

Calif. Sanitation District Fleet Manager to Retire

Chuck Forman, rebuild and fleet services manager for the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD), has announced he is retiring on Dec. 12.

U.S. Bank Voyager Network Adds Fla. Locations

The U.S. Bank Voyager Network is adding 35 new locations in Florida, following Network merchant Monro Muffler Brake’s acquisition of The Tire Choice.

Photo courtesy of Parker Hannifin

Miami Dade Orders More Hybrid Refuse Trucks

Miami-Dade County, Fla., has placed its third order for Autocar E3 hybrid refuse trucks. This purchase of 29 vehicles brings the total hybrid refuse fleet to 64.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Wet Weather Driving

With rain forecast this week for many areas, this is a good time for fleet drivers to review safety measures for wet weather driving.

Screenshot of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio's anti-idling announcement.

Fla. City Bans Idling by Utility Vehicles

The City of West Palm Beach (Fla.) has a new policy banning idling of city utility vehicles for more than five minutes. The new rule takes effect immediately.

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 courtesy of Ram Truck.

Ram 1500 Wins Motor Trend Truck Test

Of the three top-selling full-size pickup truck contenders, Ram has won the Motor Trend 2015 half-ton truck shootout, Ram has announced.

Robert Brown, Great Lakes regional sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presents the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year Award to Fritz Ahadi, general manager of commercial and government operations for Ford Motor Co. Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.

2015 Ford F-150 Named Fleet Truck of the Year

Ford's redesigned 2015 F-150 pickup truck was named the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year by fleet managers from across all industries and fleet sizes.

Bob Brown Jr., Great Lakes sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presented the 2014 Fleet Car of the Year Award to Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for fleet and commercial sales for GM. Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Named Fleet Car of the Year

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze captured the most votes among 48 cars selected for this year's competition. This is the first time the Cruze has received the annual award.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

2015 Ford F-150 Raises Fuel Efficiency 29 Percent

Ford has increased the fuel efficiency of its 2015 F-150 by up to 29 percent with a lighter-weight aluminum body, pushing highway mpg for a gasoline-powered pickup to 26 mpg.

THE SWACO landfill “gas to energy” facility generates natural gas for the pipeline. Photo courtesy of MEMA

MEMA Ohio Tours Renewable Nat. Gas Facility

The Solid Waste Authority of Ohio (SWACO) hosted the final member meeting in 2014 for the Ohio chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA-OH) on Nov. 20.

Mahindra Utility Vehicles to Arrive in 2015

Mahindra USA and Intimidator Inc. will introduce a line of utility vehicles early next year.

Photo by Becky May

Chevrolet Introduces Off-Road Colorado ZR2 Concept

Chevrolet introduced the Colorado ZR2 concept for off-road use, which included the new 2.8L Duramax diesel engine that will arrive in the Colorado lineup later next year.

Chris Wolski, senior editor of Automotive Fleet and Green Fleet magazines (center), presented The Green Fleet Truck of the Year award to Mark Oldenburg, national fleet marketing, mobility, and strategic planning manager (right) and the Green Fleet Car of the Year award to Jim Michon, commercial business manager for Ford. (PHOTO: Becky May)

Ford and Toyota Score First Green Fleet Car and Truck of the Year Awards

Bobit Business Media, publisher of "Automotive Fleet" and "Green Fleet" magazines, awarded its inaugural Green Fleet Car and Green Fleet Truck of the Year awards to the Ford Fusion Energi and Toyota Highlander Hybrid during a ceremony November 20 at the L.A. Auto Show.

Charge port with indicator light for dark conditions: Photo via Chevrolet.

Next-Gen Volt Gains User-Friendly Charging Features

Chevrolet has added a series of user-friendly features to the charging system of the next-generation Volt that will allow owners to pre-set charging levels based on location and departure times.

Photo of 2016 Explorer by Paul Clinton.

Ford Adds EcoBoost Engine to 2016 Explorer

For 2016, Ford has updated the Explorer mid-size SUV by giving it a more rugged look than the previous model and adding a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to replace the former base 2.0-liter engine.

APWA Announces Certified Public Fleet Professionals

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

Snap-on Adds Customer Care Web Portal

This new section serves as an additional channel for customers to get helpful information and answers so they can get the most out of their diagnostic tools.

The Buckeye fleet team consists of: (front row l-r) Teri Qualls, fleet coordinator; David Dydasco, fleet general technician; Filiberto Chavira, fleet supervisor; and (back row l-r) Mike DePaulo, fleet manager; Garrett Griffin, master emergency vehicle technician; Chris Evans, fleet intern; and Pat Buchanan, fleet general technician. Photo courtesy of City of Buckeye

Ariz. City Transforms Fleet for Improved Accountability

The City of Buckeye, Ariz., recently obtained its Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification following a multi-year transformation that allowed the division to become more accountable.

Photo via City of Redlands website.

Calif. City Expands CNG Fueling Station

The City of Redlands, Calif., has expanded its alternative fueling station at its corporate yard with the addition of new compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel dispensers. The expansion cost $222,604.

Photo via facebook/DC Fire and EMS

D.C. Gets 6 New Fire Trucks

The District of Columbia took delivery of six new pumper engines this month as part of $34 million investment to improve its emergency response fleet. Four additional pumpers are expected be delivered this year.

Photo: U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force Launches All-Electric Vehicle Fleet

The 42-vehicle fleet is the Department of Defense’s first non-tactical vehicle fleet composed entirely of plug-in electric vehicles.

Photo of the Class 5 Hino 195 cabover with a stake body courtesy of Hino.

Class 5 Youngest, Fastest Growing Truck Segment

The average age of commercial truck fleets is shifting, and Class 5 trucks now make up the youngest commercial trucks on the road in a segment that's one of the fastest growing, sources told Work Truck magazine.

Toro Completes Acquisition of BOSS

The Toro Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of the BOSS professional snow and ice management business for approximately $227 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.

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