Government Fleet News

Photo of Police Interceptor sedan courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers Surveillance Mode for Competitor Vehicles

Ford will offer its surveillance mode first introduced on the 2014 Police Interceptor sedan and utility to government fleets for use on competitive vehicles and military applications.

Ram ProMaster: Photo by Vince Taroc.

New Commercial Vans Offer Improved Residual Value

A lineup of new full-size commercial vans from Chrysler/Ram, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz will deliver significantly higher residual value that their counterparts from previous generations, according to ALG’s latest industry projection.

Photo by Tim Crowley.

Ford Transit Offers Significant Fuel Economy Improvement Over E-Series

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size van offers a significant improvement in fuel economy when compared to the outgoing E-Series van it's replacing, according to the company and U.S. EPA.

GreenTech Automotive Completes New Plant

GreenTech Automotive (GTA), a U.S. automotive manufacturer of environmentally friendly, energy-efficient vehicles, announced that construction is complete on its new production facility in Tunica, Miss.

Ohio University Improves Fleet Utilization to Cut Costs

A new Ohio University-based initiative to increase vehicle sharing and dramatically reduce costs will be helped by the FleetCommander Web-based fleet system.

Photo courtesy of Motiv.

Chicago Debuts First All-Electric Refuse Vehicle

The City of Chicago has added what is believed to be the first all-electric garbage truck in North America. The Motiv Electric Refuse Vehicle is being used on different residential refuse and recycling routes of up to 60 miles.

One of the new Ford F-150 trucks. Photo via SMPD

Ga. Police Using Ford F-150s for Patrol

The St. Marys (Ga.) Police Department has purchased five new Ford F-150 pickup trucks for its fleet and says the trucks have "the ability to perform all of the duties of a patrol vehicle."

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Calif. County Hires New Fleet Manager

After 30 years in fleet management in the state of Washington, Peter Bednar joined Ventura County, Calif., on July 21 as its fleet operations manager.

The redesigned Model 320 was introduced in 2014 with an entirely new ProBilt interior that features enhanced fit and finish and numerous updates that improve operator comfort, productivity, and safety. (PHOTO: Peterbilt)

Peterbilt Launches Right-Hand Stand-Up Model 320

As side-loader collection vehicles continue to gain popularity in residential refuse applications, Peterbilt Motors Company announced a new right-hand stand-up configuration of its recently redesigned low-cab forward Model 320.

Photo of Transit cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Offer Pair of Cutaway Van Models Through 2019

Ford will offer cutaway van models of its E-Series as well as its Transit, but doesn't view the move as competing with itself, because the offerings compete in different weight classes.

Knoxville's Fleet Operations Benefits from Budget Surplus

A $4.3-million budget surplus will allow the City of Knoxville (Tenn.) to incorporate its fleet services and operations department into a new Public Works complex.

Photo via City of Lexington

Lexington Fire Dept. Receives $5.3M for Its Emergency Fleet

The Lexington City Council has awarded $5.3 million to its fire department for new ambulances, ladders and engines. The new equipment will be dispersed to 10 out of the 23 stations in the city.

Screenshot via WVIR.

Va. City's Police Fleet Upgrade Shortens Lifecycle

The Charlottesville (Va.) City Council is expected to approve 10 new police vehicles and the needed equipment at a Sept. 15 meeting to allow the police department to remain on its three-year fleet replacement cycle.

One of Boulder Electric Vehicles' models on display in May 2013 during the Southeastern High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Electric Truck Maker Shuts Down Production

One company that made medium-duty electrically powered trucks has ended production, but says it has not gone away entirely.

Hilco to Sell Detroit's Surplus Municipal Vehicles

The City of Detroit has awarded Hilco Industrial a contract to manage the sale of the city’s surplus transportation, rolling stock and public utility maintenance vehicles.

Photo via Wikimedia

Calif. Hits Record Sales for EVs

More than 100,000 zero-emission vehicles now travel the roads of California, according to a survey from the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative.

Capital CNG's bi-fuel configuration of a 2015 GM 2500HD ¾ ton pickup truck, in partnership with IMPCO Automotive. (PHOTO: Capital CNG)

Capital CNG Completes Bi-Fuel GM 2500HD Pickup

Capital CNG, a CNG technology and fuel company, has completed the first ever bi-fuel configuration of a 2015 GM 2500HD ¾ ton pick-up truck outside of the GM manufacturing plant.

Photo by Tim Crowley.

Ford Ships All Transit Van Models

Ford has shipped all models of its 2015 Transit full-size van, including the cargo, passenger, cutaway, and chassis cab models, representatives for the automaker told Automotive Fleet.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Calif. City Acquires Police SUVs After Delivery Error

The City of Hemet (Calif.) was able to acquire eight Ford Police Interceptor Utility SUVs for a lower price than expected after an ordering error involving a local dealership.

Altec Recalls Digger Derrick Trucks for Winch Drum

The recall, set to begin this month, affects 67 2010-2012 model-year D2000 and D3000 boom tip winch digger derrick trucks.

The proposal is considering Zipcar as one car sharing company. Photo via Zipcar

San Francisco Considers Car Sharing to Replace Fleet Vehicles

San Francisco could replace its underutilized fleet vehicles with car sharing services under a new proposal to the city.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Express van courtesy of GM.

Used Vehicle Depreciation Stabilizes in August

Overall depreciation for used vehicles from the past five model years improved slightly from July as the average value fell 1.3 percent in the month compared to 1.5 percent in July, according to Black Book's monthly report.

Pa. Awards 33 Air Quality Grants to Fleets

Bimbo Bakeries, UPS, FedEx and Skytop received grants to convert their fleet vehicles to operate on alternative fuels such as CNG or propane autogas.

Photo of Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of Chrysler.

2015 Ram Chassis Cab Adds Max Speed Limiter

The Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks add several fleet-friendly options for the 2015 model-year, including a maximum speed limiter to help fleet managers reduce excessive speeding, according to Ram Truck.

Photo of Dodge Charger Pursuit bu Paul Clinton.

Government Fleet Sales Rise 17.7% in August

Sales of cars, trucks, and SUVs to government fleets rose 17.7% in August compared to a year ago, as vehicle manufacturers continue to increase fleet market share through the first eight months of 2014, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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