Government Fleet News

2014-MY Sprinter 2500 passenger van. Photo by Vince Taroc.

Mercedes-Benz Gives Details on 2015 Sprinter, Compact Van Plan for U.S.

Mercedes-Benz is strongly considering offering a compact van in the U.S. and will add a new standard safety feature to the 2015 Sprinter van, executives said during a March 25 visit to Bobit Business Media.

Pictured are the Sustainability All Stars present at the Green Fleet Conference.

2014 Sustainability All-Stars Announced

Fifteen government fleet managers who made their fleets more environmentally friendly earned Green Fleet magazine's Sustainability All-Star award.

Photo of 2014.5 Camry Hybrid courtesy of Toyota.

Vincentric: Hybrids Losing Their Competitive Edge

Gasoline-electric hybrids are losing their competitive edge over ther gasoline counterparts due to falling fuel prices and more efficient internal combustion engines, according to a five-year owner cost analysis by Vincentric.

Photo by Becky May.

Green Fleet Conference Focuses on Alternative Fuels

Fleet managers, vendors and alternative-fuel experts gathered in Schaumburg, Ill., for the annual Green Fleet Conference & Expo to share ideas about more efficient ways to run operation.

Fuel Ambassadors field questions from Richard Battersby. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Green Fleet Conference Panel Debunks Alt-Fuel Misconceptions

Dirty diesel? Dangerous natural gas? Expensive propane stations? Some myths and misconceptions about alternative fuels were debunked in a fun late-night talk show format Wednesday at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Refreshing Explorer for 2016 as Global SUV

The 2016 Explorer will reach showrooms next year with a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology, according to Ford.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech Shelves Propane Autogas Transit

ROUSH CleanTech has indefinitely halted production of its propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van after hearing concerns from fleet owners.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

NYC Releases City Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Data

The New York Police Department is responsible for more than 40 percent of the personal injury claims filed against New York City for injuries and deaths involving city vehicles, according to a new report from Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

Photo of Ram 2500 courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Chrysler Recalls Ram Pickups, Dodge and Jeep SUVs

Two separate global recalls will address problems in such popular fleet vehicles as Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees.

Electronic controls send power to three grounded wheels while the fourth hangs in the air. Photo: Tom Berg

2015 Sprinter Gets Small Diesel, ‘Crosswind Assist'

A smaller and more economical diesel powertrain, new styling and safety features, and optional on-demand four-wheel drive are among features of 2015 Sprinter models.

Photo from 2013-MY testing courtesy of MSP.

2015-MY Mich. Police Motorcycle Test Results Released

A three-wheeled motorcycle joined the carryover models during the Michigan State Police's annual testing of cycles offered to law enforcement agencies. Troopers from the agency's Precision Driving Unit tested the Can-AM Spyder RTP.

Photo of long wheelbase Transit 350HD courtesy of Ford.

Class 3 Ford Transit Vans Improve Payload, Towing

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size cargo van with a Class 3 chassis expands the payload and towing capability of the van without the need for a cutaway or chassis cab model.

Photo courtesy of Ford/Telogis.

Ford Telematics System Tracks Officers' Driving Behavior

Ford and Telogis will offer a factory telematics system to law enforcement agencies that's designed to reduce hazardous driving by officers, the companies said while announcing the product at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference.

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt drivetrain courtesy of GM.

Next-Gen Volt Powered By Higher-Efficiency Engine

General Motors is improving the efficiency of its next-generation Chevrolet Volt by adding a new 1.5L, four-cylinder engine that should deliver 20 percent more electric acceleration.

Photo via dHybrid Systems.

Worthington Buys Controlling Interest in CNG System Company

Worthington Industries, which manufactures pressure tanks for CNG and LNG storage among other things, acquired a majority interest in dHybrid Systems, a designer of CNG fuel systems.

Photo of GO7 courtesy of Geotab.

Geotab Introduces GO7 Telematics Device

Geotab has introduced its GO7 telematics device that gathers vehicle data from the engine, drivetrain, instrument cluster, and other relevant subsystems for delivery to fleet management software including MyGeotab.

The new consolidated fleet facility has 20 bays. Photo courtesy of city of Springfield.

Ill. City Moves Out of ‘Prehistoric’ Garages

The City of Springfield, Ill., has moved into a $1.2 million consolidated fleet facility that replaced five separate, older maintenance repair shops to improve operational efficiency.

Fire Burns Ala. City's Sanitation Trucks

A fire at the City of Huntsville, Ala., fleet management building on Sunday morning burned three sanitation trucks parked at the facility.

Photo courtesy of Hilco Industrial.

Detroit Auctions Vehicles to Decrease Debt

The City of Detroit is selling off more than 450 surplus vehicles through a two day auction in November.

Halcore Group Recalls Horton Ambulances

In 29 ambulances equipped with aftermarket suspension kits, the fluid tank might separate from the vehicle chassis.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Packing a Winter Emergency Kit

It's that time of year when you need to remind fleet drivers to make sure they have a vehicle emergency kit that's fit for winter weather. Here's advice on what to include.

Photo of Tahoe PPV courtesy of MSP.

2015-MY Mich. Police Vehicle Testing Results Released

The Michigan State Police has released preliminary results of its performance tests of 2015-MY patrol vehicles in a field with an increasing number of SUVs for law enforcement agencies.

Dave Head serves as chair of MEMA NorCal.

MEMA Expands to Northern Calif.

The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association, based in Southern California, announced it has expanded to Northern California with a new region, MEMA NorCal. Dave Head serves as chapter chair.

Calif. Vehicle Auction Brings in $1.1M

The State of California’s Oct. 8 vehicle auction brought in $1.14 million for 428 units. Revenue from vehicle auction sales are returned to vehicle-owning agencies.

PERC Offers Mobile Cost Calculators

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released a trio of cost calculator tools in three of the propane autogas industry's fastest-growing markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, and on road fleets.

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