Government Fleet News

Mobile, Ala., Uses Penny Tax Increase to Buy New Police Vehicles and Fleet Equipment

The City of Mobile, Ala., has used the funds from a penny sales tax increase to fund the purchase of a number of replacement fleet vehicles, including 75 police cars for $2.25 million.

Snap-on Acquires Challenger Lifts

Snap-on Incorporated announced that it has acquired Challenger Lifts, Inc. for approximately $38 million in cash. Challenger designs, manufactures, and distributes a comprehensive line of vehicle lifts and repair accessories.

The 2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van is slated to go on sale in fall 2014. Photo courtesy GM.

GM Details 2015 Chevrolet City Express Powertrain and Features

General Motors provided more details on its upcoming 2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van, which the automaker is sourcing from Nissan. The vehicle will come in two trim levels, LS and LT, according to GM, and feature a 2.0L four-cylinder DOHC engine.

Killeen Releases Details of Fleet Property Theft Investigation

The City of Killeen recently released a report documenting Police Department’s investigation into the alleged theft of fleet property by fleet employees. In December 2012, following the investigation, Killeen’s fleet director retired, a technician resigned, and another technician was fired.

County Executive Mike Hein stands with Wawarsing Town Supervisor Scott Carlsen, Wawarsing Highway Superintendent Tony Paes, and Wawarsing Department of Public Works employees Randy VanKleeck and Cindy Najdzion.

Ulster County, N.Y., Uses Grant Funds to Install AVLs in Area Municipal Fleet Vehicles

Ulster County has installed 141 AVLs in its own vehicles, 38 AVLs in the Town of Wawarsing’s fleet vehicles, and 11 AVLs in the Village of Ellenville’s vehicles.

A CNG-fueled Ford F-650 the automaker brought to the ATD show in Las Vegas.

Ford Says Gasoline-Equipped F-650 Offers Affordability and Flexibility

Ford Motor Co. brought a CNG-fueled dump truck version of F-650 medium-duty truck to the 2013 ATD show in Orlando and the automaker's Todd Kaufman, marketing manager, explained how this particular project came about.

ASE Offering Free Webinar on New Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Certification

The new certification level is designed to test technicians’ knowledge of the most common maintenance and light repair tasks.

Pictured are John Scharffbillig (with beard) with Jon Hunter, Kelly Marczak and Lisa Thurstin of the American Lung Association in Minnesota Outdoor Air Division.

Minneapolis Fleet Honored For Reducing Emissions & Gasoline Use

John Scharffbillig, director of Public Works Fleet Services for the City of Minneapolis, was recently honored with the Community Lung Health Champion Award by the American Lung Association in Minnesota.

Indiana House and Senate Pass Bill to Increase Natural Gas Vehicles, Fueling Stations

By increasing the amount State agencies can pay for alternative-fuel vehicles, HB 1324 would drive demand for natural-gas fueling stations throughout Indiana.

Mohawk Lifts Launches Mobile Website

Mohawk Lifts, manufacturer of above-ground vehicle lifts ranging from 6,000 to 240,000 lbs., has just launched a mobile version of the Mohawk Lifts website.

Seattle's Mayor Mike McGinn announced the City's goal of reducing petroleum fuel use by 1 million gallons by 2020. Photo courtesy City of Seattle.

Seattle Sets Goal to Reduce Fleet Petroleum Fuel Use by 1 Million Gallons by 2020

This goal would require a 42% reduction in petroleum-based fuel use when using the amount of fuel the City’s fleet used in 2012 as the baseline.

North Texas Tollway Authority Selects Asset Management System

The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) has contracted to purchase AssetWorks Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software to manage all aspects of its roadway network, infrastructure, and fleet.

Colorado Energy Office Launches Alt-Fuel Outreach Program for Fleets

The Colorado Energy Office and Garfield Clean Energy have partnered to launch Refuel Colorado Fleets, which is a pilot project designed to provide education to fleets interested in incorporating alternative-fuel vehicles into their operations.

Miami PD Purchases 9 Electric Stand-up Vehicles

The Miami Police Department has purchased and placed into service a fleet of nine electric stand-up vehicles (ESVs) from T3 Motion Inc. The Patroller vehicles will be used to patrol high-density, high-traffic areas, including downtown Miami.

Mercedes said the redesigned 2014-MY Sprinter van will come with a four-cylinder diesel engine as standard. Photo courtesy Mercedes.

Mercedes Says 2014 Sprinter Van to Come Standard With Four-Cylinder Diesel Engine

Mercedes Benz unveiled its new 2014-MY Sprinter Van, which the automaker said has a new design, is more economical, and more environmentally friendly. The company said this redesign comes after seven years of the current-generation Sprinter.

ESW Group Acquires Cleaire

ESW Group acquired the assets and product line of Cleaire Advanced Emissions Controls LLC (Cleaire) on April 18. Cleaire, which designed, developed, and manufactured retrofit emission control systems for diesel engines, ceased operations on Jan.18.

Carbon Motors Shuts Down

A year after the Obama administration denied Carbon Motors a loan to produce its specialty patrol car, the company has shut down the program and left its Indiana facility.

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Selects Motor Pool Management System

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has selected a new fleet and motor pool management software system to manage 35 sedans, minivans, cargo vans, and club cars.

Spartan Chassis' new CMP300, which features a polyprene body. Spartan worked with Fouts Bros. and Polybilt to build the vehicle.

Spartan Unveils Custom Pumper Truck With Polyprene Body and Tank

Spartan Chassis worked with Fouts Bros. and PolyBilt to create the new CMP 300, a custom pumper truck with a polyprene body and tank, which Spartan said is a first for the emergency response marketplace.


WVU Center Develops Electric Drive & Alt-Fuel Vehicle Phone App for First Responders

West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) has developed a smartphone app and full training programs for emergency responders being called to help with highway accidents involving specific electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles.

(L-R) Battersby, Condran, and Griffiths

3 Finalists Named for Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Government Fleet magazine announces its three finalists for the 2013 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The award recognizes fleet manager accomplishments from the prior year. The award is sponsored by Fleet Counselor Services.

Pictured is the NCSFA executive committee at the 2013 NAFA I&E (l-r): Matt Wade, Sam Lee, Amanda Wilson, Stan Perkins, Cindy Dixon, Teresa Davis, Barb Bonansinga, Chris Hoffman, and Robert Ellingsworth.

NCSFA Adopts Updated Bylaws at Annual Business Meeting

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) held its annual business meeting on April 22. The group added three new members to its executive committee and adopted updates to its bylaws.

NAFA Announces Winners of 2013 Fleet Excellence Awards

At the first ever Fleet Excellence Awards Night at the NAFA Fleet Management Association Institute & Expo (I&E) on April 23, NAFA presented industry awards to fleet professionals in the categories of safety, sustainability, overall achievement, and leadership.

Chevin Fleet Solutions Launches FleetWave 2.1

FleetWave, the 2.1 version will see a host of enhancements and additional functionality including a more sophisticated report writing tool, which will enable faster and more efficient access to specific data during the reporting process, according to Chevin.

Colorado's Governor Signs Bill Requiring Agencies to Buy Alt-Fuel Fleet Vehicles

Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper has signed a bill into law that would require state agencies to purchase alternative-fuel fleet vehicles, with an emphasis on those fueled by natural gas.

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