Government Fleet News

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J.D. Power Releases 2014 Initial Quality Study

Overall new-vehicle quality declined slightly among vehicles sold in 2013 as automakers dealt with challenges caused by integrating more sophisticated technologies into their vehicles, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study.

Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

GM Claims Highest Power Ratings for Colorado/Canyon

Horsepower and torque ratings announced this morning by General Motors will make its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups the most powerful in the midsized truck segment, the company claims.

LAPD Sgt. Ron Alberca ready to ride the Zero MMX. Photo courtesy of Zero.

LAPD Adds Electric Motorcycle to Fleet

The Los Angeles Police Department has purchased the Zero MMX battery-electric motorcycle to use for stealth enforcement, the company has announced.

Texas PD Proposes Take-Home Cars for Officers

The Odessa (Texas) Police Department has proposed allowing its officers to take home their patrol vehicles to increase police presence in the community.

CEO Mary Barra addresses the media at GM's June 10 annual stockholders meeting. Photo courtesy of GM.

GM CEO Heads to Congress for Recall Update

General Motors' CEO Mary Barra will tell a congressional subcommittee she won't accept "business as usual at GM" and update the committee on the automaker's progress in dealing with the ignition switch recall.

Kan. City Council Non-Committal on Fleet Upgrade Plan

The City of Topeka, Kan., will likely continue using a lease-purchase arrangement to acquire new police vehicles, as the city grapples with ways to finance a nearly $9 million upgrade to its fleet.

The legislation makes it easier for the State of Minnesota to purchase electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and neighborhood electric vehicles. The state's Dept. of Administration fleet has two plug-in hybrids. Photo courtesy of GM.

Minnesota Law Paves Way for Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Minnesota's Gov. Mark Dayton has signed into law a bill making it easier for the state's fleet manager to purchase alternative-fuel vehicles by allowing purchasing decisions based on total operating costs rather than initial cost.

Mich. City's Parts Budget Soars

Facing a ballooning parts budget for its aging fleet of 205 vehicles, Bay City in Michigan is seeking to nearly double its vehicle replacement fund to $1.8 million.

Photo courtesy of Toyota

Fla. County Agency Moves to Hybrid Fleet

The Hillsborough County (Fla.) Property Appraiser’s office is leasing 22 Toyota Prius vehicles for a three-year period and is also looking into a fleet reduction to further reduce costs.

Photo illustration courtesy of Ford.

Univ. of Kansas to Deliver Medical Care With Ford Vans

The University of Kansas is developing a fleet of Ford Transit Connect vans to deliver medical care to non-ambulatory patients in rural areas that will include an initial van donated by the automaker.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Averting Trouble in Parking Lots

Parking lots are often filled with obstacles and hazards. Here's some parking and backing safety advice you can pass along to your fleet drivers.

Photo of 2013 Escape courtesy of Ford.

10 Most Stolen SUVs Named

Three Ford models topped the list of the 10 most stolen sport-utility vehicles according to a report released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

Webster (left) & Nuzman (right)

Utah County Fleet Manager to Retire, Successor Named

John Webster, fleet management director for Salt Lake County, Utah, will retire on July 15. Greg Nuzman, currently associate director, will replace Webster.

NCSFA Launches Benchmarking Initiative

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) launched a comprehensive benchmarking initiative that will take place over the next two months. States, universities, and municipalities were invited to participate.

U of Oklahoma Automates Motor Pool

The University of Oklahoma is automating the management of its fleet vehicles using FleetCommander motor pool solutions in an effort to increase efficiencies, improve customer service, and keep costs down.

Photo of 2014 Fiesta courtesy of Ford.

Ford Lowers Fuel Ratings for Six Vehicles

Ford Motor Co. lowered the fuel economy ratings for six 2013 and 2014 model-year vehicles, including the Fiesta subcompact car that has been widely added to fleets.

Speas

Ark. Fleet Association Announces New Officers

Greg Speas, fleet service director at the City of Hot Springs, Ark., has been named the new president of the Arkansas Public Fleet Managers Association (APFMA).

Photo courtesy of Toyota

Toyota Donates 34 Vehicles to Calif. Lifeguards

Toyota has donated 34 new Toyota trucks and SUVs to the City of San Diego, Calif., for lifeguard rescue and operations. The new vehicles include 15 Tacomas, 12 Tundras, three 4Runners, three Sequoias, and a RAV4.

Photo via futureatlas.com (Flickr).

Ky. City to Sell Gasoline to Public

The City of Somerset, Ky., will soon be selling unleaded gasoline to the public in an effort to stabilize local gasoline prices. It already sells compressed natural gas (CNG) to the public.

Yonkers city employees participate in the city's pilot EcoDriving Training Program. Photo via City of Yonkers.

N.Y. Municipality Teaches Efficient Driving to Its Drivers

The City of Yonkers, N.Y., is conducting a pilot EcoDriving Training Program for city employees in an effort to reduce fuel use. The city spends $1.5 million annually on fuel for fleet vehicles.

2016 F-650 (PHOTO: FORD)

Ford Ends Blue Diamond Venture With Navistar

Ford Motor Company is ending a joint venture with Navistar early next year to produce an in-house version of its F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks for the 2016 model year.

Graphic via U.S. EIA.

Report Touts Propane Autogas Benefits for Fleets

A new report commissioned by the Mississippi Propane Gas Association concludes that propane autogas offers "numerous benefits" to fleets over gasoline and diesel.

Photo by Stephane Babcock.

Ford Transit’s KC Plant Running Full Steam Ahead

Ford's Kansas City assembly plant is moving at full capacity to meet the demand for its Transit full-size van that begins arriving at dealers this summer.

Colorado Springs Police Switch Vehicle Paint Colors

The Colorado Springs Police Department has flip flopped the color scheme on its black-and-white enforcement vehicles, as it adds new vehicles to its fleet.

Photo of 2012 E Series wagon courtesy of Ford.

Van Value Strong As Used Vehicle Resale Softens

Used full-size vans recorded a stout May at auctions, as used vehicle retention value slipped 0.4 percent, following several months of resale strength, according to Black Book's monthly report.

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