Government Fleet News

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado (left) and GMC Sierra (right).

GM Unveils All-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra

DETROIT – General Motors unveiled two all-new trucks on Thursday, its 2014-MY Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The automaker's President of GM North America Mark Reuss presented the new vehicles during a press conference on Thursday. The all-new pickup trucks offer new engines, new exterior styling, and a range of interior features and connectivity choices.

Pictured are six of the 14 propane-powered mowers the City of Columbus purchased.

Columbus Takes Delivery of 14 Propane Mowers

COLUMBUS, OH – The City of Columbus received a rebate from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) in the amount of $14,000 for the purchases, greatly reducing the incremental cost of the alternative-fuel units.

One of nine new buses purchased by the City of Asheville, N.C. Photo courtesy City of Asheville.

Asheville Gets Nine New Buses Including Two Hybrids and Seven Diesels

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville, N.C. has replaced nine buses in its transit fleet with newer vehicles, including two hybrid buses and seven diesels.

Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection Offering $20M in Natural Gas Vehicle Grants

HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection will give up to $20 million during the next three years to pay for incremental purchase or conversion costs for natural gas-fueled heavy-duty fleet vehicles.

Indianapolis to Require Plug-in Hybrid or EV Purchases for Its Non-Police Passenger Vehicle Fleet

INDIANAPOLIS – Beyond plug-in hybrids and EVs, the City’s goal is to have all of its sedans, other light-duty vehicles, its heavy-duty units, and its police vehicles equipped with alternative powertrain types by 2025.

Sixt Governmental Car Rental Discounts Available at U.S. Locations

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Sixt rent a car now offers discounts for the military and government employees in the United States.

How-to Video 5: Present Forecast Modeling Data in a Combination Chart

TEMPE, AZ – The final video of Aaron Alvarado’s how-to video series on presenting fleet data goes through how to present forecast modeling data in an eye-appealing format.

Survey Shows Biggest Public Fleet Concern is Vehicle Replacement Funds

MT. LAUREL, NJ - A recent policy and procedure benchmark study conducted by ARI found the biggest challenge facing government fleet managers today is obtaining capital funds for vehicle replacements, followed by managing fuel spend and ensuring proper maintenance/PM compliance.

LA Auto Show Debuts Push Range of Powertrain Technologies Forward

TORRANCE, CA – At the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show the automakers showed many models that featured downsized and alternative powertrain technologies.

Ohio DOT Adds New Lights to Snowplows and Brine on Bridges to Prep for Winter

DELAWARE and NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is updating its snowplow trucks with green strobe lights to help prevent accidents. ODOT is also prepping its bridges using salt brine as area weather stations predict winter road conditions and frost.

DOE and EPA Release 2013 Fuel Economy Guide

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have officially released their 2013 Fuel Economy Guide, which provides readers with EPA fuel economy rating information for new vehicles.

Rhode Island Seeks First-Ever EV Bids

PROVIDENCE, RI – The State of Rhode Island is seeking bids for MY-2013 alternative-fuel vehicles. According to ecoRInews, this is the first time the State is including electric vehicles its annual purchase and allowing other government agencies to purchase from the contract.

Melvin Named Technician of the Month for November

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet has named Matt Melvin, Equipment Mechanic II for the City of San Bernadino, Calif., as its Technician of the Month for November 2012.

Tucson Awards Five-Year Equipment Contract

TUCSON, AZ – The City of Tucson has selected Toro as its single awardee for ports field, parks and golf course ground maintenance equipment for five years.

El Paso to Build 3 CNG Fueling Stations

EL PASO, TX – The City of El Paso awarded a contract to Mansfield Energy Corp. for the design, construction, and operations of three compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations to service City-owned and -leased vehicles.

Dept. of Homeland Security Using New Motor Pool Management System

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is using a new motor pool management system to automate reservations for its fleet of vehicles at its 38-acre headquarters in Washington D.C.

GF Webinar Discusses How 'Green' Chemical Products Can Benefit the Bottom Line

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet hosted a webinar on the benefits that “green” vehicle lubricants, degreasers, and cleaners can offer fleet operations.

Natural Gas Vehicle Institute Recognized as ASE-Certified CASE Training Provider

LAS VEGAS, NV - NGVi is the first and only ASE-certified CASE provider that specializes in training for the natural gas vehicle industry.

Chicago Commits to Electric Vehicles

CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to add 20 electric vehicles to the City fleet in the coming years, including four all-electric Ford Focus hatchbacks, 15 Smith Electric medium-duty trucks, and for now, one Motiv Power Systems all-electric refuse collection truck.

Santa Ana’s Facilities-Fleet Maintenance-Central Stores Department Receives ASE Blue Seal Honor

SANTA ANA, CA - To receive the honor, 75% of the technicians who perform diagnosis and repair with a maintenance operation must be ASE-certified.

Northern Indiana Grants Available for Replacing & Retrofitting Diesel Vehicles

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - South Shore Clean Cities (SSCC) seeks project proposals to be included in a collaborative grant application for the Diesel Emission Reduction Grant Program.

How-to Video 4: Forecast Modeling by Cost Center

TEMPE, AZ – Video 4 of Aaron Alvarado’s how-to video series on presenting fleet data explains forecast modeling by cost center. Periodic forecast modeling will allow fleet managers to see individual cost centers’ ability to stay on budget.

LA Sheriff’s Dept. Releases Police Cruiser and Utility Test Results

TORRANCE, CA – The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) conducted its annual testing of the latest police vehicle models in October, including patrol cars and utility vehicles.

Ram's Commercial Truck lineup. Its new van offerings are covered in the back row.

Chrysler Launches New Ram Commercial Truck Division

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Chrysler’s Ram Truck brand is launching a new division called Ram Commercial Truck, which the automaker said will focus on commercial truck development, sales, and support.

NAFA Urges Action to Restore Federal Tax Credits for Biodiesel & Alternative Fuels

PRINCETON, NJ – The incentives include the $1.00 per gallon tax credit for biodiesel and the $0.50 per gallon alternative fuel tax credit for natural gas and propane.

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