Government Fleet News

Photo by Stephane Babcock.

Ford Transit’s KC Plant Running Full Steam Ahead

Ford's Kansas City assembly plant is moving at full capacity to meet the demand for its Transit full-size van that begins arriving at dealers this summer.

Colorado Springs Police Switch Vehicle Paint Colors

The Colorado Springs Police Department has flip flopped the color scheme on its black-and-white enforcement vehicles, as it adds new vehicles to its fleet.

Photo of 2012 E Series wagon courtesy of Ford.

Van Value Strong As Used Vehicle Resale Softens

Used full-size vans recorded a stout May at auctions, as used vehicle retention value slipped 0.4 percent, following several months of resale strength, according to Black Book's monthly report.

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

Ga. County Saved $563K in Fuel Costs With Propane Autogas

DeKalb County, Ga., has saved $563,000 over the past six years by using propane autogas for 75 Ford F-Series trucks and some off-road equipment.

Toyota also donated a RAV4 to Yellowstone National Park.

Used Toyota Hybrid Batteries to Power National Park Campus

A field campus at Yellowstone National Park will be powered by a stationary distributed energy system that features 208 used Camry Hybrid nickel-metal hydride battery packs.

GM CEO Mary Barra provides an update on the ignition switch recall investigation on June 5. Steve Fecht photo courtesy of General Motors.

GM Fires 15 Employees Linked to Ignition Switch Recall Failures

CEO Mary Barra calls the findings of a company investigation ‘deeply troubling’ and pledges to take action on all of the report's recommendations.

Ten fleet leaders were inducted into the Public Fleet Hall of Fame. Photo by Vince Taroc.

Inaugural Public Fleet Hall of Fame Inductees Recognized

Ten public sector fleet icons joined the first class of the peer-nominated Public Fleet Hall of Fame announced June 4 at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference in San Diego.

Fleet managers of the 2014 Elite Fleets are pictured here with GF Managing Editor Thi Dao at GFX. Pcitred l-r are: Sam Lamerato, City of Troy; Paul Condran, City of Culver City; and John Hunt, City of Portland.

Elite Fleets Honored at GFX

Government Fleet staff honored the 2014 Elite Fleets today at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX). The Elite Fleets are: City of Culver City, Calif.; City of Portland, Ore.; City of Seattle; and City of Troy, Mich.

Representatives from the three cities pose after accepting the award with Jim Wright. Photo by Vince Taro.

Trio of City Fleets Honored for CFMO Certifications

The Government Fleet Management Alliance presented the cities of Anaheim, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Mesa, Ariz.; with crystal awards for their recent completion of the Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) program.

Paul Condran (second on left) won the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year. Photo by Vince Taroc.

Condran Named Fleet Manager of the Year

Paul Condran, fleet services manager for the City of Culver City, Calif., was named the 2014 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference today during an awards ceremony.

Pete Scarafiotti represented the City of Mesa. Photo by Vince Taroc.

City of Mesa, Ariz., Named Top Leading Fleet

The City of Mesa, Ariz., Fleet Services Department was named the No. 1 fleet among the Leading Fleets. Top small and medium fleets also earned recognition.

Sam Lamerato won the Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo by Vince Taroc.

Lamerato Receives Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award

Sam Lamerato, CPFP, fleet superintendent for the City of Troy, Mich., received the 2014 Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award today at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX).

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Announces Transit's MPG, Gas Engine Torque

MY-2015 Ford Transit low- and medium-roof regular-wheelbase wagons with available 3.5L EcoBoost boast a 46-percent improvement over Ford E-Series EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating.

David Worthington of the County of Sonoma, Calif., discusses top fleet management mistakes. Photo by Vince Taroc.

Outlining the Top 10 Fleet Management Mistakes

A trio of veteran fleet managers explained 10 key mistakes in the hopes that their peers would avoid these pitfalls at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference in San Diego.

John Webster discussus the benefits and disadvantages of outsourcing at GFX. Photo by Vince Taroc.

Salt Lake County's Outsourcing of the Parts Room

Outsourcing of government fleet services has lost its one-time stigma and has become more normalized, Salt Lake County's fleet director told his peers at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference in San Diego.

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

City of Santa Ana Adds Propane Autogas Ford F-550 Trucks

The new ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-550 trucks will reduce carbon emissions, lower fuel, and maintenance costs, and decrease reliance on imported oil.

Kelly Reagan (right) speaks with a fleet manager after his CNG session. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Ohio City Fleet Administrator Makes the Case for CNG

The City of Columbus, Ohio, saved $430,000 in fuel costs by using compressed natural gas vehicles, the city's fleet administrator told an audience at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference in San Diego.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Baseball All-Star Stresses Teamwork in GFX Keynote

Baseball iron man Steve Garvey credited his streak of 1,207 consecutive games played to passion, hard work, and "being a good teammate" during the Tuesday morning keynote speech at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference in San Diego.

Photo courtesy of E-One.

E-One Recalling Fire Trucks for Electrical Problems

E-One Inc. is recalling 112 2013-2014 model-year Emergency One Typhoon, Cyclone II and Quest firefighting chassis because of the potential for electrical system problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Photo courtesy of Westward Industries.

Westward Industries Recalling 80 Go-4 Cars

Westward Industries Ltd. is recalling 80 2013 model-year Go-4 vehicles because of a problem that might affect braking performance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Photo of 2015-MY Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Westport.

Westport Offers CNG Transit Connect Models

Westport is expanding its 2015 lineup to offer two compressed natural gas fuel systems for the Ford Transit Connect, including a dedicated and bi-fuel option.

GFX Opens Today with Biggest Attendance Ever

The Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) begins today at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif., with the highest attendance numbers in its history.

Washington DC Enters $21.5M Financing Agreement

The District of Columbia Government entered into a 5-year, $21.5 million lease financing agreement with Grant Capital Management for vehicles, buses, trucks, and IT equipment for various DC government agencies.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Brake Failure

In this video, AAA’s driving expert Bill Van Tassel offers advice on how to cope with sudden brake failure.

Photo courtesy of BMW.

8 States Release Zero-Emission Vehicle Plan

Eight states released an 11-point action plan they say will help them reach 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEV) on their roadways by 2025.


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