Government Fleet News

National Parks Initiative Expands Clean Vehicle Use in 5 Parks

Five new National Parks Initiative projects mostly focus on shifting park vehicles to run on alternative fuels, such as propane, biodiesel, and electricity. These projects build on the success of other programs in 2011 and 2012.

GM Details 2014 Silverado and Sierra Fuel Economy and MSRP

General Motors has released official EPA fuel economy results for its all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The 2WD Silverado and Sierra models equipped with the 5.3L V-8 can achieve up to 23 mpg highway, according to GM.

Carlsbad, NM, to Install GPS in Vehicles

The City of Carlsbad, N.M., Council approved on March 26 the purchase of a $50,000 GPS vehicle tracking system for its fleet units, according to the Carlsbad Current-Argus.

The all-new Reading Ready Van SL comes enhanced organizational, safety, and security features, according to Reading Truck Body.

Reading Launches Its New Ready Van SL

Reading Truck Body has launched its all-new Reading Ready Van SL, a service van that offers an enclosed interior work space and outside compartments designed with added convenience and security in mind.

The Mayor and Council stand with the Town of Normal's Mitsubishi iMiEV cars. Photo courtesy of Town of Normal.

Normal, Ill., Becomes EV Town

The Town of Normal, Ill., celebrated its commitment to electric vehicles and infrastructure. Normal has 50 charging stations, most of which are publicly available, and 12 electric vehicles.

Some of the 11 new smart cars that will be used by the City of Norfolk, Va.,'s Department of Parking.

Norfolk, Va., Using Smart Cars for Parking Enforcement

The City of Norfolk, Va.’s Department of Parking is replacing 11 older vehicles with 11 smart cars during the first week of April. The vehicles cost $141,000, according to the City and were paid for via the City’s parking fund.

EPA Proposes New Tier 3 Emissions Standards That Would Start in 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new Tier 3 tailpipe and fuel standards that are designed to reduce emissions and the sulfur content in gasoline.

Wild Rose Owner Seton Montgomerie, in black, is shown shaking hands with Commander Raul Alvizo from Delano PD on the day the first reburbished vehicle was delivered. Photo courtesy of Wild Rose

Delano Police Refurbishes Patrol Cars

The Delano Police Department in California is refurbishing its oldest police cars -- 2000 and 2001 model-year Ford Crown Victoria police interceptors. The PD has already taken delivery of one police car and has three more currently in the shop for refurbishment.

Curtis Donaldson, founder and CEO of CleanFUEL USA, presents ARRA funds to Ashley Williams, the City of Temple’s Sustainability and Grant Manager, and Sam Weed, Superintendent of Fleet Services. Photo courtesy CleanFUEL USA.

City of Temple, Texas, Transitioning Fleet to Propane Autogas

The City of Temple, Texas, is converting 11 vehicles to operate on propane autogas. Last year, the City converted five vehicles to operate on this fuel and added an on-site fueling station.

State of Kentucky Auctions Nearly 175 Vehicles

The State of Kentucky has auctioned close to 175 vehicles, including more than 60 cargo and passenger vans, from the State’s motor pool.

Eastern Municipal Water District Gets ROI for GPS in 2.5 Months

The water district in Southern California had anticipated a six-month return on investment (ROI) when it began installing the Networkfleet GPS units in 300 of its 350 fleet vehicles.


Ivy Retires From Denver

Ernie Ivy, previously fleet management division director, City and County of Denver, retired Feb. 1. Felix Espinoza, previously Manager 1 in the Operations side of the Fleet division, is serving as interim fleet manager.

Report Recommends DC Fire & EMS Review Reserve Fleet & Investigate Alleged Employee Tampering

A report by the District of Columbia Inspector General identifies concerns about the condition, operability, and readiness of the Fire & Emergency Medical Service reserve fleet, as well as deficiencies in repair operations.

Stertil-Koni and Vehicle Service Group (VSG) Agree to Licensing Agreements

Lift manufacturers Stertil-Koni USA Inc. and Vehicle Service Group (VSG) have agreed to license patented heavy-duty vehicle lift technology to each other. The mutual licensing agreements resolve patent infringement lawsuits the companies filed against each other last year.

The Kenworth T880 will be available summer 2013.

Kenworth Launches New T880 Vocational Truck

The new Kenworth T880 is designed for vocational applications, including dump, mixer, refuse, and heavy haul. It comes standard with a 12.9L PACCAR MX-13 engine.

Clean Cities Releases 2013 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide

Clean Cities has released its 2013 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide, providing a comprehensive list of this year’s light-duty hybrid-electric vehicles and vehicles that run on propane, compressed natural gas (CNG), electricity, E-85, and biodiesel.

California Extends Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project has been extended with a $10.5 million infusion. Under the rebate program, government entities and others can get up to a $2,500 state rebate for purchasing plug-in hybrid electric and zero-emission vehicles.

Police vehicles from Chrysler, Ford, and GM, that will be paid for by donations from a number of U.S. corporations.

Corporations Donate $8 Million to Detroit for New Fire and Police Vehicles

Eight corporations are donating a total of $8 million to the City of Detroit so it can acquire new public safety vehicles, according to an announcement from the City.

An image of the fuel card that employees of the State of Maine will use as part of the State's fuel card program with WEX Inc.

Maine Awards Fuel Card Program Contract to WEX Inc.

Government Fleet spoke with WEX Inc.’s Bernie Kavanagh and the State of Maine’s Kevin Scheirer to find out how this contract will help the State reduce its fuel costs.

Alabama's Governor Signs Order Creating State Office of Fleet Management

Alabama’s Governor Robert J. Bentley signed an executive order in March that establishes an Office of Fleet Management, and a fleet manager position, within the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Utah Division of Air Quality Awards CNG Vehicle Funds to Area Government Organizations

Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has awarded grant and loan funds for the purchase of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled vehicles to Salt Lake City and the Utah Transit Authority.

Ann Arbor, Mich., Planning to Add EVs to Fleet and Build Charging Stations

Ann Arbor, Mich.,’s city council approved a resolution in early March that directs the municipality’s city administrator to review upcoming fleet purchases in order to potentially add more electric vehicles (EVs), according to City documents.

Oklahoma Awards Contract for Fleet Assessment

CST Fleet Services will evaluate and assess the operations and maintenance of the approximately 10,200 vehicles and equipment the State of Oklahoma operates and maintains.

Baltimore Mayor Proposes Lease Financing Vehicles to Free Up Fleet Replacement Funds

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake proposed a 2014 fiscal-year budget that aims to close a $30 million budget shortfall by shifting funding from City’s Mobile Equipment Fund and changing the City’s vehicle purchasing method to a lease finance model.

New EPA Report Cites Significant Gains in Fuel Economy for 2012

Between 2007 and 2012, fuel economy values increased by 16% while carbon dioxide emissions have decreased by 13%, and in 2012 alone, miles per gallon for cars and trucks improved 1.4 mpg, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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