Government Fleet News

California Groups to Host Alternative Fuel Expo & Conference

The second annual AltCar Expo and Conference Sacramento takes place Wednesday, April 19, at the Sacramento State Capitol.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

Used Vans, Cars Bolster March Depreciation

Used cars outperformed trucks in March, as full-size pickups, compact vans, compact cars, and sporty cars increased in value, while as overall used vehicles depreciated 0.6%, according to Black Book.

From left to right: David Sutton, KCC; City of Grapevine Mayor William Tate; Governor Greg Abbott; Masatoshi Kimata, president and representative director, Kubota Corporation Japan; Masato Yoshikawa, president and CEO, KTC; Teruo Amano, consulate-general of Japan; and Joseph Szymaszek, Grapevine Chamber of Commerce chairman. (Photo: Business Wire)

Kubota Opens Texas Headquarters

Kubota Tractor Corporation unveiled its new North American headquarters building in Grapevine, Texas, completing its move from Torrance, Calif.

Photo via Flickr/Tony Hisgett

New York State Fleet Prepares for Flooding

Under direction from Governor Andrew Cuomo, the State of New York began preparing its fleet Thursday for heavy rain and flooding, expected to continue through Friday.

Announcing the 2017 Leading Fleets

Government Fleet magazine and the American Public Works Association (APWA) have announced the Leading Fleets for 2017.

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Ala. City Officials Rethink Take-Home Policy

The City of Northport, Ala., is revising its vehicle use policy to adhere to federal guidelines, specifically, defining take-home vehicles as a fringe benefit that employees declare as taxable income.

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National Park Runs Biodiesel Year-Round

Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota runs biodiesel blends of up to B-20 year-round, despite temperatures that fall to an average low of minus 7 degrees. A proper winter additive prevents problems.

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Public Works

Grants Help Los Angeles County Pay for CNG Vehicles

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works recently purchased nine heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks as part of its ongoing effort to reduce pollution and improve air quality.

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Toro Awarded National IPA Contract

The Toro Company has been awarded a new cooperative purchasing contract from the City of Mesa, Ariz., for use by all municipal agencies and other authorized users.

Geotab Opens Platform To Third-Party Telematics Devices

Geotab has launched its Third-Party Device plan, which allows customers to bring a third-party telematics device and enjoy the advanced notifications, reporting, dashboards, and data analytics offered by the MyGeotab software, according to the company.

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DOJ Adds Telematics to Prisoner Transport Buses

The telematics solution will provide vehicle position and performance data, route and trip management, customized maintenance reporting, and two-way communication with drivers.

Photo of 2018 F-150 SSV courtesy of Ford

Ford Unveils 2018 F-150 and Expedition Special Service Vehicles

Both models feature high-strength aluminum-alloy bodies, vinyl seats, and 10-speed column-mounted shifters.

Knapheide will begin XLP PHEV upfits on Ford F-150’s in its Kansas City, Mo., facility starting in fourth quarter 2017. (Photo courtesy of XL Hybrid)

XL Hybrids Names Knapheide Ship-Thru Installer of PHEV Pickups

XL Hybrids, Inc. announced that The Knapheide Manufacturing Company will become a ship-thru installer of XL Hybrids’ XLP plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) upfits on Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

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Calif. City Reduces Fuel Use With Vehicle Calibration

In a successful pilot of anti-idling software across a variety of its vehicles, the City of Ontario, Calif., saw a fuel use reduction of 16%, prompting its fleet manager to call for expanded use.

Photo courtesy of City of St. George

Utah City Opens New Fleet Facility

The City of St. George, Utah, has opened a new fleet facility for repair and maintenance of larger vehicles and heavy equipment.

IronPlanet to Host Heavy Equipment Auction in Iowa

IronPlanet, an online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets, will host a Cat Auction Services Unreserved Public Auction that will include over 200 pieces of used equipment.

Photo via Flickr/Greg Goebel

Ill. City Chooses Purchase Over Lease of Police Motorcycles

After years of leasing police motorcycles, the City of Evanston, Ill., is choosing to buy the vehicles instead after calculating that this move will save money.

Photo via Flickr/Paul Sableman

Private Funding Helps N.J. City Upgrade Police Fleet

The City of Newark, N.J., announced it will upgrade its public safety fleet with 51 new patrol cars and a foam-dispensing fire truck. The patrol cars were partially funded by private companies.

Photo courtesy of Georgia Department of Transportation

Georgia DOT Responds to Highway Collapse

Georgia Department of Transportation crews have been at work since a highway collapsed late last week.

Photo of Ford F-250 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-250 for Unintended Movement

The safety compliance recall covers more than 48,000 2017-model year pickup trucks in the U.S.

(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500

Fleet Sales Decline 13% in March

Sales of vehicles to commercial, daily rental, and government fleets declined 13.1% to 279,063 in March and remain negative for the first quarter in the three segments, according to Automotive Fleet data and the Detroit Three.

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N.Y. Mechanic Pleads Guilty to Personal Use of Fleet Funds

A former New York state employee has pleaded guilty of using a government-issued credit card to buy parts for his personal vehicle.

Diesel Prices Increase to Start the Month

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased for the first time in a month, ending a streak of three straight weeks of price drops, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department

Safety Tip: Staying Focused on the Road

The National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Here are some tips from AAA to help drivers avoid distraction and stay focused on the road.

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo.

EPA Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG Medium-Duty Ford Trucks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Landi's Renzo's dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of six medium-duty Ford trucks from the 2017 model year.

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