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Chrysler Updates 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service Vehicle

The 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service SUV comes standard with eight-speed transmission that Chrysler says will deliver up to a 15% improvement in fuel economy.

Orlando Fleet Dedicated to Staff Training

The City of Orlando’s Fleet Management administration team developed an aggressive training curriculum approximately two years ago; the results are ASE Blue Seal certification and becoming a warranty provider for the Detroit automakers.

Terex to Upgrade Its Oklahoma Manufacturing Facility

Terex Corporation has initiated a capital improvement plan to upgrade and re-purpose its Oklahoma City manufacturing facility. The plan follows the sale of several roadbuilding equipment product lines that were, up until now, manufactured at the facility.

The 2015 bi-fuel CNG Chevrolet Impala  is expected to go on sale next summer. Click on the photo to vew interior and trunk photos. Copyright General Motors.

GM to Produce Bi-Fuel CNG Impala

General Motors will build a Chevrolet Impala sedan that operates on either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). The bi-fuel sedan is expected to go on sale next summer as a 2015 model.

Blytheville Police Considers Fuel Card System to Reduce Costs

The City of Blytheville, Ark., is having supply problems with its fuel distributor, leading police officers to purchase gasoline at local gas stations, according to the Blytheville Courier News.

Mayor of Bankrupt San Bernardino Wants to Consider Outsourcing City Services

City of San Bernardino, Calif., Mayor Patrick Morris wants to contract out City services, including police, fire, public works, community development, and parks and rec. This would reduce the workforce by 80% and reduce the number of replacement vehicles the City needs to buy.

City of South Jordan Replacing Vehicles After 5 Years of Deferment

The City of South Jordan, Utah, council has agreed to replace one third of its vehicles and will borrow $1.2 million to partially pay for the fleet purchases, the South Valley Journal reported.

Green Fleet Conference Photo Gallery Recap

A photo gallery of this year's Green Fleet Conference in Phoenix, which was held October 1-2 at the Phoenix Convention Center, is now available.

Photo of the 2013 model-year testing courtesy of MSP.

Michigan 2014 Motorcycle Testing Results Released

Michigan troopers tested seven motorcycles from the 2014 model-year. This year, the BMW F800 reached the top speed among the cycles, peaking at 139 mph.

Donald (Troy) Smith, heavy equipment technician, stands beside one truck with a modified auxiliary fuel tank. Photo courtesy of Sarasota County.

Sarasota County’s Auxiliary Fuel Tank Modification Solves Water Contamination Problem

A Sarasota County, Fla., fleet technician has solved the problem of water contamination in auxiliary diesel fuel tanks. Some of the County's off-road assets, fueled by the auxiliary fuel tanks, were losing power and risked engine failure as a result of the water contamination.

City of Covington, Ga. Purchases Bi-fuel CNG Trucks & Expands Police Take-Home Program

The City of Covington, Ga. purchased five gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel Dodge Ram trucks at a steep discount after another city's purchase of the trucks fell through, according to CovNews.com.

The 2012 Equipment Theft Report discovered a 7 percent decrease in thefts over last year.

2012 Equipment Thefts Surpass 10K

According 2012 Equipment Theft Report, a total of 10,925 thefts were reported to law enforcement, a decline of 7% from 2011. Of the stolen equipment, only 2,204 units were recovered.

Iowa DOT Deploying Laptop-Disabling Equipment in Police Cars

The Iowa Department of Transportation is deploying a new technology that will disable motor vehicle enforcement officers' in-vehicle laptops when the vehicles reach 15 mph.

Monroe County converted one F-350 dual rear wheel pickup truck, two F-250 trucks, and an E- 350 van to propane autogas. Photo courtesy of Monroe County.

Monroe County Reduces Fuel Costs After Converting to Propane Autogas

Monroe County (N.Y.) has saved 50% on fuel costs on four vehicles converted to run on propane autogas. The County is adding another 16 propane-autogas vehicles to its fleet.

Toyota Prius models will replace Sacramento County's fleet of light-duty cars that are no longer economical to own. Photo courtesy of Sacramento County General Services Fleet Division.

Sacramento County, Calif., Replacing Light-Duty Fleet with Hybrid Sedans

The Toyota Prius, rated at 50 miles per gallon combined city and highway, is replacing the County’s older gasoline cars that are rated between 20 to 25 miles per gallon combined. The County expects to save $10,000 in fuel per vehicle over 120,000 miles.

Photo courtesy of Brammo.

LAPD Testing Electric Motorcycles

The Los Angeles Police Department has begun testing two electric motorcycles to increase efficiency, decrease its carbon footprint, and cut costs, reports the Associated Press.

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Crowder Promoted to Beverly Hills Fleet Manager

The City of Beverly Hills, Calif., promoted Craig Crowder, previously fleet operations supervisor, to fleet manager, effective Aug. 12. He replaces Rene Biadoma, who retired July 12.

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Michigan 2014 Patrol Vehicle Testing Results Released

Michigan troopers tested 15 four-wheel patrol vehicles from the 2014 model-year. They evaluate patrol vehicles using three basic tests — high-speed performance (acceleration and top speed), braking, and driving dynamics.

Indiana Review Says Gary PD Should Create Vehicle Purchasing Program, Replace Bald Tires

A report of the Gary (Ind.) Police Department recommended that the Gary PD create a vehicle purchase program, improve vehicle safety, and expand in-vehicle technology.

For this year's Ride & Drive, Green Fleet Conference organizers closed down a city street in downtown Phoenix

2013 Green Fleet Conference is a Hit with Attendees

More than 600 fleet managers and fleet stakeholders invested in fleet sustainability took part at this year’s Green Fleet Conference in Phoenix, which was held October 1-2 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

GPS Insight Moves Headquarters to Landmark Building in Scottsdale, Ariz.

GPS Insight, a GPS fleet tracking software provider, moved its headquarters to the top floor of the iconic Henkel Building in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Oct. 1.

Armored Vehicles Joining Police Fleets

In the past month, police departments have been adding armored vehicles to their fleets. These are surplus vehicles from the military, usually obtained at little or no cost to the police departments.

NY Audit Says Town of Amherst Should Consider Fleet Consolidation

In a financial and fleet management audit by the State of New York, auditors said the Town of Amherst should develop a comprehensive fleet management system and consider consolidating its three maintenance facilities.

Photo courtesy of General Motors.

Chevrolet Reveals Silverado Firefighter & Black Ops Concept Trucks

Chevrolet’s specialty Volunteer Firefighter and Black Ops concepts trucks are dedicated to volunteer first responders and emergency situations.

APWA Announces New Certified Public Fleet Professionals

The most recent Certified Public Fleet Professionals are Robert Macpherson, Town of Whitby, Ontario, Canada; Vincent Olsen, Village of Algonquin, Algonquin, Ill.; and Robert Stine, Hillsborough County Fleet Management, Fla.



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