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Holden Industries is the parent company of Vac-Con, Inc., which is a  manufacturer and distributor of truck-mounted and skid-mounted vacuum sewer cleaning equipment, hydro-excavation equipment, and related products. Photo courtesy of Holden Industries.

Holden Industries Acquires Vector Technologies

Holden Industries, Inc., the parent company of Vac-Con, Inc., announced its acquisition of Vector Technologies, Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of industrial vacuum cleaner and cleaning systems.

The Ford Atlas Concept is designed to show new technologies the automaker is developing for use in its pickup truck products.

Ford’s Atlas Concept Pickup Truck Shows Future Direction of Automaker’s Products

The Atlas Concept features a mix of technologies designed to enhance fuel economy and the vehicle’s overall functionality.

GPS Insight Adds an Hours of Service Solution to Its GPS Tracking Platform

GPS Insight announced its new GPS Insight Hours of Service Solution as an addition to its GPS Tracking software intended for fleets that need both electronic driver logs and GPS tracking combined.

UC San Diego Receives Grant for EV Infrastructure Expansion

The California Energy Commission approved funding of $220,554 to expand the University of California, San Diego's charging network for plug-in electric vehicles.

The 2013 Nissan Leaf.

Nissan Details Updates to 2013 Leaf, Including New Entry Level "S" Grade and MSRP

Nissan is updating its Leaf electric vehicle for model-year 2013 with a number of enhancements, including improved aerodynamics, energy management, a wider range of regenerative braking, a new on-board charger, and a new, lower priced entry-level Leaf grade.

Connecticut Awards $360K to Municipalities for New Diesel Vehicle Purchases

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced grants of $360,000 to seven Connecticut municipalities that will use the funds to replace older diesel trucks with new vehicles that burn fuel cleaner and more efficiently.

Boston Launches ‘Mobile City Hall’ Truck

The City of Boston in launched a “City Hall To Go” truck, inspired by the popularity of food trucks. The truck works as a mobile City Hall, offering a menu of services.

Pennsylvania Reduces State Fleet by 16 Percent in 2012

The Sharon Herald reported that the State of Pennsylvania has reduced the size of its vehicle fleet by more than 16% but that it hasn’t been able to reduce the amount of gas purchased for business travel.

North Florida Transportation Planning Organization Offering CNG Conversion Funding

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The TPO said it's working with the Florida Department of Transportation to be able to offer these additional Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.

Carroll County (Ga.) Sheriff&#39;s Office has converted 36 vehicles to run on propane autogas.<br />

Georgia Sheriff’s Fleet Expects $135K Fuel Cost Savings by Using Propane Autogas

CARROLLTON, GA – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office near Atlanta is saving an estimated $135,000 annually in fuel costs running 36 Ford Crown Victorias on propane autogas through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP).

NY Gov. Cuomo Proposes $50M Investment in EV Charging Infrastructure

ALBANY, NY - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2013 State of the State address on Jan. 9, outlining an agenda for the State. He proposed investing $50 million in an extensive electric vehicle charging network and using the State fleet to demonstrate the benefits of plug-in electric (PEV) technologies.

The City of Napa has received four Chevrolet Caprice PPVs so far.

Napa Switching to Chevrolet Caprice PPV for Patrol Car

NAPA, CA – The City of Napa, Calif., is switching its patrol cars from the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor to the Chevrolet Caprice PPV and has received four of the new vehicles so far.

City of Edmonton, Canada, Hosts Fleet Maintenance Conference

EDMONTON, AB - The City of Edmonton, Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Association of Municipal Fleet Managers (CAMFM), announced the inaugural Fleet Maintenance Leadership and Best Practices Conference. The event takes place May 14-15.

Fleet Toolbox Surpasses 500 Members

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet's Fleet Toolbox features a number of tools and features designed to help fleet professionals benchmark their fleet’s operations against others, share their accomplishments, and network with other fleet professionals.

Albemarle County Police Transitioning to Ford PI Utility

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Albemarle County Police Department has chosen to transition to the Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, replacing its Ford Crown Victoria police sedans, according to NBC29.

Denver International Airport Improving Ground Fleet Management, Utilization, and Record Keeping

DENVER– An audit conducted by the City and County of Denver’s Auditor’s Office recommends that the Denver International Airport (DIA) improve oversight and internal controls for the airport’s fleet of more than 1,800 ground vehicles.

The heavy equipment motor pool consists of 16 pieces of equipment shared among 50 users.

Santa Barbara Expects to Save $61K Through Heavy Equipment Motor Pool

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Through the creation of a heavy-duty motor pool, the City of Santa Barbara, Calif., expects to save $35,800 annually and $25,000 in one-time savings through the reduction of three trucks. The City is using INVERS technology for motor pool management.

San Mateo Transit Launches Vehicle Sharing Program for Area Fleets

SAN MATEO, CA – San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) has launched a new program that will allow member organizations, which can include cities, counties, and other public agencies in the region, to share passenger vehicles.

Fort Bend County Creates Fleet Management Department

RICHMOND, TX – Fort Bend County Commissioners Court voted to create a Fleet Management Department and hire a fleet manager to oversee purchasing and standardization of the County’s three separate fleets.

Corpus Christi Uses Video Segments to Explain Switch to Chevrolet Tahoes for Police

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The City of Corpus Christi explained its switch from Ford Crown Victoria police sedans to Chevrolet Tahoe PPVs via a new City Council TV program. Police Chief Floyd Simpson cited longer lifecycle and warranty as reasons.

Snoqualmie Fleet Division Recognized for Green Efforts

SNOQUALMIE, WA – The Western Washington Clean Cities coalition gave the City’s fleet a three-star rating as part of coalition’s “Evergreen Fleets” recognition system.

Plum Borough, Pa. Implements New Fleet Management Solution

PLUM BOROUGH, PA – The Pittsburgh, Pa., suburb of Plum Borough has implemented a new fleet management solution from Roamworks USA.

Illinois Adopts New State Fleet Vehicle Use and Purchasing Rules

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois' new Vehicle Use Act went into effect on Jan. 1. The Act requires the State and the Department of Central Management Services to develop new rules for fleet vehicle use and acquisition that State agencies must follow.

Congress Extends Alternative Fuel and Infrastructure Tax Credits

WASHINGTON – Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act on Jan. 1, 2013, which provided one-year extensions for several tax credits, including credits for compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and propane, among others.

Government Fleet’s Top 10 Articles From 2012

TORRANCE, CA – For 2012, fuel management system purchasing tips top the most-read articles list, while other popular topics were outsourcing and off-road equipment maintenance.



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