Government Fleet News

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New Orleans' 100 New Police Vehicles Arriving

The New Orleans Police Department began issuing the first batch of new patrol vehicles to officers in four years, after the City Council provided vehicle replacement funds.

Photo via Flickr/Will Merydith

Utah City Reconsiders Outsourced Snow Removal

The City of Cottonwood Heights in Utah is reconsidering its contract with a private snow removal company after the company failed to adequately provide services after the city's first major snowfall last week.

Photo courtesy of City of Wasilla.

Sarah Palin's Former City Vehicle Auctioned

The 1999 Ford Expedition driven by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin while she was mayor has been sold on eBay by the City of Wasilla, Alaska.

Lytx to Give Fleet Safety Awards

Lytx, Inc. (formerly DriveCam, Inc.) is calling for entries for its first "Driver of the Year" and "Coach of the Year" awards honoring drivers and coaches from across 500 organizations currently using the DriveCam Program to improve overall fleet performance.

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Feds Release Fuel Economy Guide for 2014-MY Vehicles

The 2014 Fuel Economy Guide helps car buyers identify vehicles that are the most fuel efficient and emit the lowest amount of greenhouse gases.

Conn. City Limits Take-Home Cars

The City of Hartford council agreed to limit the number of employee take-home cars to the mayor, police chief, fire chief, and anyone who has a take-home car as part of a collective bargaining agreement.

Manufacturers and distributors brought equipment to display. The Scag Power Equipment STT61V-25CHLP propane mower uses liquid withdrawl.

Public Fleet Summit Connects Fleet Managers in Texas

Public fleet professionals interacted with peers and learned about new technologies at the Public Fleet Summit, a two-day November fleet event in Austin.

Pictured l-r are: Derek Whaley, Don Manfredi, Joe Rudolph, and Steve Whaley. Photos courtesy of Roush.

ROUSH CleanTech Doubles Sales Team for Propane Autogas Vehicles

Five recently hired business development executives increase ROUSH CleanTech’s staff to 80, up from six in 2010.

Photo via 92Carpenter29/YouTube.

Sutphen Recalls Fire Trucks for Ladder Glitch

Sutphen Corp. is recalling four models of fire trucks from various model years after determining that the extending ladders could unexpectedly retract.

Mich. Commissioners Deny Sheriff Full Vehicle Funding

Lenawee County, Mich., commissioners authorized $120,000 for four new patrol vehicles rather than the $500,000 the sheriff requested to replace additional units.

The City of Richmond's fleet consists of 2,622 units. Photo courtesy of City of Richmond.

Va. Public Works Director Pushes Fleet Replacement Initiative

The public works department of the City of Richmond, Va., has begun a comprehensive fleet study to analyze asset utilization and lifecycle planning for its vehicles.

Photo by Thi Dao.

Calif. Rolling Out $200M for Hydrogen Vehicle Infrastructure

The California Energy Commission is seeking proposals to spend $200 million starting in 2015 to build out fueling stations and other infrastructure to support hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Using Chevin's new motor pool module, a driver can book an vehicle online and enter a code to access the key control locker.

Chevin Adds Online Motor Pool Module

Chevin Fleet Solutions added a new motor pool and key control module to its fleet management information system, FleetWave. The module allows drivers to book a vehicle or piece of equipment through an online portal.

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Autocar Introduces CNG Refuse Truck

Autocar Industries introduced a natural gas version of its Class 7 cabover Xpert refuse truck at a alternative-fuel symposium in late November. The "baby 8" Xpert ACMD is now available with the Cummins Westport CNG/LNG engine.

Photo via BDA Global.

D.C. Fire Audit: Hire Civilian Fleet Director

An audit of District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS) fleet recommended the FEMS hire a professional civilian fleet director to oversee assets, change the overall structure of fleet operations, and to outsource some or most fleet work.

The Ram ProMaster City will bring familiar Ram Truck styling cues to the Fiat Doblo. Photo via Fiat.

Ram to Offer Compact Cargo Van

The 2015 Ram ProMaster City, which will be available for order in late 2014, will compete with the Ford Transit Connect and the Nissan NV200.

Take the GF Financial Trends Survey

Government Fleet magazine is conducting a survey to determine financial trends among public-sector fleets. The 15-minute survey closes at 5 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 4.

Feds Offer Flex-Fuel Compliance Training Online

The 15-minute online course for drivers and fleet managers helps participants identify flex-fuel vehicles and locate alternative-fuel stations.

Screenshot via WTVF.

Tenn. Police Chief Prefers Prius

The White Bluff, Tenn., Police Department has become the first law enforcement agency in the state to roll out an entire fleet of Toyota Prius cars.

Photo via City of Somerville Police Department.

Mass. City Considers GPS for Fleet

Officials from the City of Somerville, Mass., are considering leasing GPS units for all city vehicles after a successful pilot program on patrol cars, but employees and unions are skeptical about the rollout.

Photo via Creative Commons.

2015 GMC Canyon Set for Jan. Debut

Following the launch of the 2015 Colorado mid-size pickup at the Los Angeles Auto Show, General Motors is turning its attention to the January launch of the 2015 Canyon, its GMC cousin.

Pictured are vehicles from the Mesa Solid Waste Management Department. The department will transition in CNG refuse vehicles. Photo via City of Mesa.

Ariz. City Converts Refuse Fleet to CNG

The City of Mesa, Ariz., will convert some of its fleet vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) and plans to build a CNG fueling station that it will open to other local fleets.

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Delaware Fleet Administrator to Retire in Feb.

Terry Barton, fleet administrator for the State of Delaware, will be retiring in February 2014, ending a 44-year career in government. Barton was instrumental in centralizing vehicle ownership and changing the fleet organization into a model similar to a commercial leasing operation.

Photo via EcoV.

EcoV Electric Readies $12K Low-Speed EV

Detroit-based EcoV Electric has completed a production prototype of its EcoV low-speed electric vehicle it plans to sell in a base model for $11,999, the company announced on its website.

Photo courtesy of VIA Motors.

VIA Begins Electric Conversions of OEM Vans, Trucks

VIA Motors has begun producing all-electric conversions of full-size OEM pickup trucks and vans, the Utah-based company announced at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Universal fleet cards offer fleets optimized fuel data management and give broad station access. A universal fuel card usually is used only for fuel; however, in recent years, controls have been added to allow use at repair shops for a limited number of repairs or limited dollar amount.

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