Government Fleet News

Athens-Clarke County PD Using Hybrids as Marked Patrol Cars

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department in Georgia plans to deploy at least four hybrid vehicles – Toyota Priuses and Ford Fusions – as marked patrol cars for an estimated fuel cost savings of $2,500 per car per year, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Scott County, Minn., Adopts Online Motor Pool Management Software

The County’s Troy Beam said this software will help reduce the costs associated with mileage reimbursement for business use of personal vehicles by County employees.

Nokia Adds Real-Time Traffic to Esri Mapping Software

HERE, a Nokia business, announced that it is bringing its real-time traffic information to Esri, a market leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping software used by enterprise and government fleet management companies around the world.

Zachary, La., Adopts Four-Day Work Week, Cites Reduced Fleet Costs as Benefit

The statement from the City cites a number of costs related to the City’s fleet that will fall as a result of this shift, including fuel consumption by City-owned vehicles and equipment, plus maintenance costs.

GFX 2013 Photo Gallery Now Online

Did you miss the 2013 Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX), or just want to relive the memories? Our photo gallery is online!

Image courtesy of Purple Wave

Tulsa Testing Online Auctions

The City of Tulsa, Okla., is beginning its online auction test with Purple Wave and will conduct at least one more test this summer before comparing results with those of the City’s traditional auctions.

NCSFA to Host State Fleet Managers Workshop in Utah

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) will host a three-day intensive workshop for government fleet management professionals. The event will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11.

Newark, N.J. Investing in CNG for Sanitation Trucks and Street Sweepers

The City of Newark, N.J. is purchasing five new sanitation trucks fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) as part of its goal to convert its entire sanitation truck fleet to this alternative fuel.

Yonkers, N.Y. Buys Mix of New Vehicles for Police Fleet

The City of Yonkers, N.Y., has purchased new patrol cars for the Yonkers Police Department (YPD), which includes a mix of Chevrolet Caprice patrol cars (23 of them) and Ford Interceptor Utility vehicles (nine of these), plus a new Emergency Service Unit Patrol Truck.

The electric vehicles were on display at the June 27 press conference. Photo courtesy of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative.

4 Northern Calif. Fleets Collaborate to Deploy 50 EVs

The Cities of San Jose, Campbell, and Mill Valley, and the Town of Los Gatos secured the i-MiEVs under highly favorable lease terms, removing the up-front cost barrier and risk of traditional vehicle procurement.

New Hours-of-Service Regulations Began July 1

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that new federal regulations designed to improve safety for the motoring public by reducing truck driver fatigue took full effect on July 1, 2013.

DOE Launches 'eGallon' Electric Vehicle Charge Cost Calculator

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created a new online calculator called the “eGallon” that’s designed to give users a simple way to compare the cost of charging an electric vehicle with the cost of a gallon of gasoline.

The 2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty pickup truck. Photo courtesy Chrysler.

2014 Ram Heavy Duty to Feature All-New V-8 Engine and New Rear Suspension System

For MY-2014, Chrysler offers an all-new gasoline V-8 engine for the Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck along with a range of other features, including a new gooseneck/fifth wheel capability, a new dual alternator system, and a new rear suspension system on the Ram 2500.

Pierce received an order for five Pierce Arrow XT custom pumpers from the Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo courtesy Pierce Manufacturing.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue Orders New Pumper Engines

Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service in Birmingham, Ala., has ordered five Pierce Arrow XT custom pumpers. This is a follow-on order from Birmingham Fire & Rescue, according to Pierce.

Chrysler Adds 6.4L Engine for its 2014-MY Ram Chassis Cabs

The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab 3500, 4500 and 5500 come standard with the new 6.4-HEMI V-8 gasoline engine — the first implementation of a gasoline engine for the Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab models, according to the automaker.

The 2014 Ram 1500. Photo courtesy Chrysler.

Chrysler to Offer New EcoDiesel V-6 Engine for 2014 Ram 1500

Chrysler announced it will offer a new 3.0L EcoDiesel engine for its 2014-MY Ram 1500 pickup truck. The automaker said this engine will be matched with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

USPS' Fuel Use Increased in 2012 Due to Growth in Number of Delivery Routes

In 2012, the USPS found its fleet fuel use increased 4.6% from FY-2011 to FY-2012, primarily due to the addition of 690,000 city and rural delivery points.

Connecticut Awards Clean Fuel Program Funds to Regional Government Entities

The fund total for this round is $925,776 and comes from the Federal Highway Administration through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program.

GSA Begins ‘How’s My Driving?’ Program to Promote Safety

The agency’s 1,050 fleet vehicles will have a decal on them that directs the public to report inappropriate use of the vehicle to the agency at driving.gsa.gov.

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Rehborg Named NDDOT Fleet Director

Robin Rehborg, CAFM, was appointed director the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) State Fleet Services on Dec. 1, 2012. State Fleet Services oversees 3,000 light-duty vehicles and 600 heavy-duty trucks and specialty units.

Calif. ARB Offers Free Courses on Diesel Vehicle Regulations for July, August

These courses will help diesel vehicle owners and operators, maintenance personnel, and fleet managers understand requirements and technologies for complying with California's diesel vehicle regulations.

Thermo King Pays $213,200 Penalty for DPF Sales

According to the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the company sold diesel particulate filters after the conditional verification had expired in 2011. Thermo King has since received full verification.

The National Park Service celebrated the propane mowers' first use on June 24. Photo by Amanda Voisard

National Mall Gets Donation of 6 Propane-Powered Mowers

The National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA), a unit of the National Park Service, received a donation of six propane-fueled Exmark Lazer Z S-Series lawn mowers from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).

Winston-Salem, N.C. to Install Automatic Vehicle Locators on Fleet Assets

The City of Winston-Salem, N.C., plans to purchase automatic vehicle locators (AVLs) for 1,200 vehicles in its fleet. The City noted this plan in a news release regarding the passage of its FY-2013/2014 budget.

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Atchison Named Fleet Manager for City of Winter Garden

Todd Atchison, CPM, began a new position as fleet management division manager for the City of Winter Garden, Fla., on June 17. Atchison oversees five employees and manages approximately 400 units.

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