Government Fleet News

Longview, Texas, Considering Purchase of New Refuse Trucks

The City’s plan would replace its current fleet of refuse trucks with vehicles capable of side-arm cart collection.

The 2015-MY Chevrolet City Express. Photo courtesy GM.

2015 Chevrolet City Express Van: GM's Mattman Details Project's Development

Automotive Fleet wanted to learn more about GM’s strategy for the 2015 Chevrolet City Express in the fleet marketplace and what will differentiate it from the existing NV200. Automotive Fleet spoke with Joyce Mattman, General Motors’ director of commercial products, to find out.

Terex' June 2013 service school

Terex Utilities Hosts its Annual Service School in Watertown, S.D.

To keep mechanics and service technicians up-to-date on the latest Terex equipment technologies and equipment advancements, Terex Utilities hosted its annual Service School on June 4-7.

Motion Launches In-Vehicle Computing Solution

Motion Computing's Motion Solution includes a range of docks, mounts, integrated features and computing accessories designed to work with Motion Tablet PCs.

Pictured in this photo (l-r) are Jeff Browne of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Larry Campbell from the City of Fort Wayne, Ind., Sam Lamerato from the City of Troy, Mich., Mike Antich of Bobit Business Media, and Bruce Halliday of the City of Rochester Hills, Mich.

A Night Out During Ford’s Fleet Preview

In addition to learning about Ford’s new products, fleet professionals got a chance to unwind at a night out during the 2014 Ford Fleet preview in June.

The Nissan LEAF battery protecion program will ensure that the battery can maintain a set level of charge. Photo courtesy Nissan.

Nissan to Offer LEAF Battery Coverage Program

Nissan announced a new battery replacement program for its U.S. LEAF customers who want additional coverage for their original equipment lithium-ion battery packs in case they experience issues with them.

Sarasota County has a fleet of approximately 3,000 units. Pictured is a new Ford F-250. Photo courtesy of Sarasota County

Sarasota County, Fla. Outsources Fleet Accident Management Services

The contract, initiated by Sarasota County Risk Management, calls for CEI to manage collision repairs for the county’s entire fleet of 3,000 vehicles, including vehicles in its sheriff, fire, transit, and fleet departments.

Rhode Island Transitioning to EV & Hybrid Fleet

Rhode Island will require new State vehicle purchases be electric or hybrids whenever possible. State agencies will use Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars to pay for the differential cost.

Jersey City Cutting Down on Take-Home Cars

Jersey City, N.J., mayor-elect Steve Fulop announced a new policy that restricts take-home vehicles to emergency responders, reducing the take-home fleet by 58 cars, according to The Hudson Reporter.

Elk City, Okla., Accepts $20K Donation for CNG Trucks

Apache Corporation, an oil and gas company, presented a $20,000 donation to Elk City, Okla., that will be used to help purchase two new natural gas-powered Ford pickup trucks.

APFMA Approves New Officers at Annual Conference

The Arkansas Public Fleet Managers Association (APFMA) voted in new officers at its annual conference in Little Rock, Ark., in May.

Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore (left) and Little Rock Employee of the Year Robert Kelly (right) pose with Kelly's plaque.

Little Rock Fleet Technician Named Employee of the Year

The City of Little Rock, Ark., named Robert Kelly, automotive technician II in the Fleet Services Department, its 2013 Employee of the Year. The City chose Kelly for this honor among 2,500 full- and part-time staff members in 14 departments.

ARB Transfers Cleaire Longview Verification to ESW CleanTech

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has transferred the verification of the Cleaire Longview diesel particulate filter system to ESW CleanTech. ESW CleanTech will sell new systems as well as provide support for existing Cleaire customers.

Steuben County to Study Switching to Natural Gas Vehicles

The study would look at the cost-effectiveness of retrofitting vehicles and putting up natural gas fueling stations for Steuben County, N.Y., fleet vehicles, according to the Star Gazette.

LAPD Sgt. Joel Miller poses next to an LAPD Dodge Charger Pursuit. Photo by Blake Bobit.

LAPD Purchases 188 Dodge & Ford Patrol Vehicles

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Police Department ordered 100 Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol cars, 50 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, and 38 Ford P.I. sedans.

Suffolk County Public Works Installs Vehicle Tracking Systems

Under the terms of a five-year agreement, Vehicle Tracking Solutions (VTS) will provide onboard GPS devices for Suffolk County DPW vehicles along with access to a Web-based system that will enable the County to monitor real-time locations of its entire fleet.

Houston Fleet in the Process of Consolidation

Houston Fleet Management Director Ken Hoglund is proposing integrating maintenance of the Public Works & Engineering Department vehicles into the Fleet Management Department in fiscal-year 2014, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The City of Livonia has three ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-250 trucks that run on propane-autogas.

City of Livonia to Save on Fuel Costs with Investment in Propane-Autogas Fueling Station

The City expects to save more than $1 per gallon of fuel for its propane-autogas vehicles with the installation of its own propane-autogas fueling station. This savings will come from no longer having to pay for drop shipments of propane.

Chrysler Introduces AWD Police Charger for 2014

Chrysler will introduce an all-wheel drive version of its Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol car for model-year 2014 that will compete with Ford's all-wheel Police Interceptor vehicles.

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GFX 2013: New Product Spotlights

Several new products and services were spotlighted on the exhibit floor. Here's information on each.

2013 GFX hit a record number of registered attendees. Thank you to everyone for coming and to all our sponsors and exhibitors.

GFX 2013: A Quick Review of Our Biggest Show Yet

From inspirational keynote speakers to collaborating on solutions and learning about new products and vehicle options, the 2013 Government Fleet Expo & Conference saw its biggest show so far. Here are some of the highlights.

Audience members shared their own experiences, in what became a discussion on the challenges faced when implementing a policy. William Griffiths, division chief, Fleet Management Services in Montgomery County, Md., suggested that mileage logs should be required to help enforce take-home policies.

GFX 2013: How to Implement a Take-Home Vehicle Policy

At the 2013 Government Fleet Expo, John Webster of Salt Lake County, UT, and other attendees, went over real-world examples of how to implement a policy for take-home vehicles. What's your criteria?

GFX 2013: How to Avoid Audits & What to Do When Audited

Tony Yankovich, senior manager for the Mercury Associates Inc., presented a session at GFX on Tuesday, June 11 about fleet audits and reviews.

GFX 2013: ‘The Rookie’ Tells Attendees to Follow Their Dreams

Jim Morris, keynote speaker for GFX on Tuesday, June 11, inspired conference attendees during his speech on following dreams. Morris, whose life story was made into a movie, “The Rookie."

GFX 2013: Eugene Water & Electric Board Becomes CLEANFleet Certified

Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) in Oregon has achieved Tier 5 CLEANFleet Certification (CFC) from the Coalition for Green Fleet Management (CGFM). Gary Lentsch, fleet services supervisor, accepted a crystal award at GFX on June 12 on behalf of the utility.

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