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Pennsylvania Senator Wants State to Conduct Natural Gas Fleet Conversion Study

Pennsylvania State Senator Timothy Solobay has introduced a resolution, SR 38, in the Pennsylvania Senate to direct the State’s Department of General Services to conduct a study that would analyze whether the State can convert its fleet to run on natural gas.

Flagler County, Fla., Consolidates Sheriff’s Office Fleet Maintenance With County

The Flagler County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office has consolidated its fleet maintenance services with the County’s. According to a statement from the sheriff’s department, the change should result in cost savings and more efficient operations.

Doosan Offers Special Limited-Time Warranty to New Owners

Doosan offers customers a special limited-time, factory-sponsored 3-year/5,000 hour driveline warranty for all new interim Tier 4 (iT4) excavators and wheel loaders.

On February 15th, Rick Weeks, DEQ Chief Deputy (second from right), presented Chesterfield County's Fleet Management Division's Jeffrey Jeter (Fleet Manager) and Michele Ervin (EH&S Officer) with their E4 flag and plaque. DEQ's Sharon Baxter (at left) was also present. Photo courtesy Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality.

Chesterfield County, Va. Fleet Division Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

Chesterfield County, Va.’s Fleet Management Division earned an E4 recognition level, the highest achievable, from the Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality. This level recognizes the fleet division has aggressive environmental performance goals, that it engages the local community, and that it's making progress toward its goals.

Lancaster County, Pa., Replacing 14 Diesel Trucks With CNG Models, Installing CNG Fueling Station

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded $174,048 to the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) to help with the cost of replacing 14 heavy-duty, diesel-powered trucks with 14 new compressed natural gas-fueled trucks.

Court Says Stockton, Calif., Can Declare Bankruptcy

A federal judge on April 1 decided that the City of Stockton, Calif., would be able to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The City filed for bankruptcy on June 28, 2012.

Pictured are the engine blocks that will be used to retrofit the golf carts curing a press conference announcing the new technology. Photo courtesy of City of Akron.

Akron to Purchase 20 Natural Gas & Hydrogen-Powered Golf Carts

Akron, Ohio, is purchasing the golf carts from Hydrogen Energy Systems, an Akron start-up company, that developed proprietary technology that addresses the emissions from the small internal combustion engine.

GPS Insight Upgrades to Google Maps

GPS Insight has upgraded its dashboard mapping and browser-based mapping to Google Maps. This upgrade gives users new functionality and faster load times.

Mohawk Lifts Renews U.S. GSA Contract

Mohawk Lifts, manufacturer of two-post, four-post, mobile columns, parallelogram, and in-ground lifts, announces the renewal of its GSA contract for a 5-year basic period.

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.

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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.



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