Government Fleet News

Grant Funding Helps Santa Fe Acquire 8 CNG Vehicles

SANTA FE, NM – The City of Santa Fe Council approved the grant awards and purchase of eight compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for the City’s fleet. Four of these are refuse trucks, and four are Honda Civic sedans.

Gas Prices Still Predicted to Drop in November Following Hurricane Sandy

WASHINGTON - AAA stated that the northeast is a major consumer of gasoline, not a major producer, and lower demand due to the storm will likely keep fuel prices on a downward trajectory.

Pima County Increases Alt-Fuel Vehicles in Sheriff's Fleet to 53%

TUCSON, AZ – A fourth-year progress report on Pima County's Sustainable Action Plan stated that the County had increased the number of flex-fuel and hybrid vehicles in the Sheriff’s Department to 53%, but had not yet met its overall fleet sustainability goals.

Corey Lane, Mechanic II with the City of Loveland, Colo.'s, fleet management department.

Lane Named Technician of the Month for October

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet magazine has named Corey Lane, Mechanic II with the City of Loveland, Colo.’s fleet management department, its Technician of the Month for October.


Chandler Named Fleet Supervisor at Chesapeake Energy

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Clay Chandler has been named supervisor of Fleet Administration for Chesapeake Energy. Previously, he was executive director of the Fleet Management Office at the State of West Virginia.

Terex AWP & Terex MH & PS Combine to Create Terex Services North America

REDMOND, WA – The change to the new service provider, Terex Services North America, will be effective December 2012 and will be aligned under the Terex Aerial Work Platform (AWP) business segment.

The Ram 2500 CNG pickup truck.

Chrysler Begins Production of Ram 2500 CNG Pickup Truck

SALTILLO, MEXICO – Chrysler announced that the first Ram 2500 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pickup trucks began coming off the assembly line at the company’s Satillo, Mexico, assembly plant, on Oct. 29.

Dave Head.

Head Announces Plans to Retire From County of Sonoma, Capping 25-Year Career

SANTA ROSA, CA - David Head, fleet manager for the County of Sonoma in California, announced that he will retire effective April 15, 2013. He has worked for the County of Sonoma for 25 years – the past 22 years as fleet manager.

Resources for Updates On Hurricane Sandy

TORRANCE, CA - With hurricane Sandy barreling down onto states along the eastern seaboard of the U.S., many news outlets are providing regular updates and reports on affected areas. We provide a short list of resources for those of you following the storm's progress.

Kenneth Yoakum, the executive director of the State of West Va.'s fleet management office.

State of West Va. Hires Yoakum to Manage Fleet

CHARLESTOWN, W. VA – West Virginia’s Department of Administration (DAS) has hired Kenneth Yoakum as its new executive director of the State’s fleet management office, effective Oct. 29.

Interim Fleet Report Says Carroll County Should Keep Maintenance In-House

WESTMINSTER, MD - An interim fleet report for Carroll County, Md., Bureau of Fleet Management found the fleet was performing on par or better than neighboring areas, recommending that it keep vehicle maintenance and management in-house.

Lincoln PD Converts Ford Fusion to CNG

LINCOLN, NE - The City plans to use the CNG Fusion for parking enforcement. The City of Lincoln worked with two local companies and Black Hills Energy, a local natural gas utility company, on the project.

Windell Mitchell.

In Memoriam: Windell Mitchell, 1941-2012

BELLEVUE, WA – Windell Mitchell, retired director of fleet administration for King County, Wash., Department of Transportation, passed away Oct. 23, 2012. He was 71.

Report Says New Orleans Needs to Improve Driver Safety to Reduce Accident Costs

NEW ORLEANS - A report from New Orleans' inspector general found that the City needs to improve its contracting practices, provide driver training for employees, and create a vehicle use policy modeled after a State of Louisiana program, among other recommendations.

Santa Monica Awards Bid for Lubricants to Rosemead Oil Products

SANTA MONICA, CA – The City of Santa Monica has awarded a bid for the purchase and delivery of new and recycled motor oil, automatic transmission fluid, and other vehicle lubricants to Rosemead Oil Products.

Fleet Managers Eye Hurricane Sandy as She Marches up the East Coast

CHANTILLY, VA - Losing valuable fleet data or finding missing vehicles won't be one challenge fleet managers will have to struggle with during Hurricaine Sandy. Solutions such as Agile Access Control, Inc.'s FleetCommander fleet and motor pool software are hosted in a secure, fault-tolerant facility far from the wind and rain.

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Raytheon Provides LA County Sheriff's Dept. Motorcycle Fleet with Laptops

LOS ANGELES - Raytheon Company has begun equipping the motorcycle fleet of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) with computers. Approximately 100 motorcycles will carry the computers in saddle bags by this fall.

Richmond, Va., City Council Approves Purchase of New Fleet Facility

RICHMOND, VA – Richmond City Council on Oct. 22 approved the purchase of land to house a new Department of Public Works’ Division of Fleet Management maintenance facility, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Austin-Travis County EMS Tests Anti-Idling System on Ambulance

AUSTIN, TX - An Austin-Travis County EMS ambulance is testing out an Energy Xtreme battery pack to help reduce vehicle idling, according to KXAN. The system will allow vehicle operators to keep the air conditioning, heater, refrigerator, and radios running for more than an hour without burning fuel.

Hanson Moves to State of Minnesota Fleet

BISMARCK, ND – Paul Hanson, CAFM, director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) State Fleet Services, announced his retirement from his position as of Oct. 31. He will be joining the State of Minnesota Department of Administration as its Fleet and Surplus Services director.

Michigan State Police Releases 2013-MY Police Motorcycle Preliminary Test Results

LANSING, MI – Michigan State Police released its preliminary test results of 2013-MY police motorcycles. The police agency tested four models, including the BMW R 1200 RTP, the Harley Davidson Road King FLHP, the Harley Davidson Electra Glide FLHTP, and the Victory Commander I.

Peterbilt Reaches Record Production Levels for Model 320

DENTON, TX – Peterbilt Motors Company has set a company production record for their popular Model 320. The low-cab-forward vehicle, ideally suited for vocational markets including refuse, construction, tanker and fire service applications.

Westport Lowers WiNG Power System Price

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Starting with the 2013 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup truck models, the Westport WiNG bi-fuel CNG and gasoline System will be priced at $9,500, down from $9,750.

Prova Systems Launches Cloud-based Fleet Management Application

CARBONDALE, PA - Prova Systems announced it launched its new cloud-based Fleet Genius PRO fleet management.

The CNG fuel truck is paid for partially by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC).

City of Riverside Takes Delivery of CNG Mobile Fueling Truck

RIVERSIDE, CA – The City of Riverside, Calif., No. 1 Government Green Fleet for 2012, took delivery of a new compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered multi-compartment mobile refueling truck, replacing a 1989 diesel-powered fuel truck.

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