Government Fleet News

Redlands, Calif., Takes Delivery of New LNG Heavy-Duty Side Loaders and Plans to Purchase More

The City of Redlands, Calif., took delivery of two new heavy-duty side loaders that run on liquefied natural gas in August. This vehicle joins another heavy-duty front loader the City acquired in April.

Houston Expands Car Sharing Motor Pool Program

The City of Houston is expanding its car-sharing program for its employees, created through a partnership with ZipCar, to a second location.

Mecklenburg County, N.C., Receives Award for Diesel Emissions Reduction Efforts

At the Southeast Diesel Collaborative’s (SEDC) 8th Annual Partners Meeting in Atlanta, Ga., Mecklenburg County, N.C., received SEDC Visionary Champion Leadership Award for its diesel emissions reduction efforts, including completing 176 retrofit and replacement projects.

Buffalo, N.Y., Receives 10 New Firefighting Vehicles

The City of Buffalo, N.Y., has purchased 10 new firefighting vehicles, including a rehab/mass casualty incident vehicle, one EMS response vehicle, five command response vehicles, an urban search and rescue vehicle, and two Segways.

Ford now offers a non-pursuit-rated sedan based on its Taurus platform for police agencies. Photo courtesy Ford.

Ford Introduces Taurus-Based, Non-Pursuit Special Service Police Sedan

The new special service police sedan features a 2.0L EcoBoost engine that Ford expects will achieve 30 highway mpg.

Fleets can rent Rotary Lift's MCH418 mobile column lifts as part of the company's new rental program.

Rotary Lift Introduces Mobile Column Lift Rental Program

Rotary Lift announced the industry’s first mobile column lift rental program, allowing fleets to rent select lifts for six to 30 months.

A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems Opens Elkhart, Ind., Facility

A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems announced its expansion to Elkhart, Ind., as part of its national growth strategy. The alternative fuel conversion company, based in Fresno, Calif., can install CNG, LNG, and LPG systems on most EPA & CARB certified vehicles.

San Mateo County Issues RFP for Telematics

San Mateo County in California issued a request for proposal (RFP) for an automated fleet monitoring system. With the system, the County hopes to reduce the cost of managing and maintaining the fleet, optimize fleet use, and “right-size” the fleet.

Fleetcon: Las Vegas Valley Water District Obtains 5th Consecutive CFMO Certification

The Las Vegas Valley Water District recently obtained its fifth consecutive Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification. James Morwood, fleet services manager, accepted a crystal award at fleetcon on Sept. 12 in Reno, Nev.

DOE, EPA Release Online Tool for Creating Printable Used-Vehicle Fuel Economy Labels

The U.S. Dept. of Energy and the EPA now offer an online tool that allows users to create digital and print fuel economy labels, for example for use when selling a used vehicle.

Marion, Iowa, to Use Biogas From Waste Recycling Facility for Fleet Vehicles

The City of Marion, Iowa, has given a company called Fiberight LLC permission to build a solid waste recycling facility that will provide biogas for the City’s fleet, according to The Gazette.

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Higgs to Retire From City of Conroe

Tom Higgs, ACFM, fleet manager, City of Conroe, Texas, will retire from the City on Sept. 26. He will join Faster Asset Solutions as a senior fleet consultant on Oct. 1.

California Passes Bill That Continues Funding State Clean Transportation Programs

The State of California’s Assembly has passed AB 8 on a 29-6 bipartisan vote, which extends the State’s clean transportation incentive programs through 2023, according to non-profit group CALSTART.

Fleetcon: RMFMA Awards Members & Announces New Leadership

The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) announced its national awards recipients and also recognized various industry awards honorees at its awards banquet at fleetcon.

Rick Longobart, fleet, facilities, and central stores manager for the City of Santa Ana, Calif.

Fleetcon: GPS is Not About ‘Big Brother,’ Fleet Managers Say

GPS units on public fleet vehicles are not about “big brother,” but about savings, fleet professionals said in a panel on “Fleet Manager Perspectives on GPS.”

Up to $75,000 Available for Medium-Duty Battery-Electric Trucks in California

The total funding fleets may be eligible to receive includes approximately $75,000 per electric truck, as well as $4,000 per unit for installation of charging infrastructure for trucks operating in certain areas of the South Coast Air Basin in California.

Long Beach, Calif., Auditor Finds Harbor Department Fleet Has Effective Fuel System Controls

The City of Long Beach, Calif.’s auditor conducted an audit of the City Harbor Department’s fuel expenditures, finding that 97 percent of the Harbor Dept.’s fuel transactions have adequate controls.

Toledo, Ohio, Revamping Police Dept. Fleet With $3.5 Million in New Vehicles

The City authorized the purchase of the marked and unmarked vehicles from its capital-improvements fund earlier this year. The vehicles were unveiled this week and several have been issued to patrol officers, Sgt. Joe Heffernan told Government Fleet magazine.

Athens, Ala., Opens New Fast-Fill CNG Fueling Station

The City of Athens, Ala., is opening a new fast-fill CNG station that will serve natural gas vehicles in the City’s fleet and is open to the public. The City currently has 12 natural gas-fueled vehicles in its fleet.

Test Drive Alt-Fuel Vehicles from 21 OEMs at the Green Fleet Conference

On Oct. 1 at the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo, at least 21 manufacturers will offer test drive vehicles at the Ride & Drive Street Fair. The Ride & Drive is free for fleets, public-policy makers, and fleet industry association members to participate.

GSA Awards Blanket Purchase Agreement for FleetCommander Motor Pool Solution

According to the GSA, the BPA enables agencies to immediately implement car sharing in numerous ways, incorporating their processes and rules, in the way that they manage their fleets.


NCSFA Announces Executive Committee Changes

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) announced a change in its executive committee. Sam Lee from the State of Utah will now serve as vice president, and Denise Baumgart from WEX will serve as corporate-liaison-elect.

Government Fleet Magazine Announces 2013-2015 Advisory Board Members

Government Fleet's Advisory Board was created to help guide GF strategy and content. The Board consists of industry leaders across the country representing diverse fleets as well as industry suppliers. Members are asked to serve two-year terms.

Snoqualmie, Wash., City Vehicles Included in Safe Place Network for Youth

The City of Snoqualmie, Wash.'s facilities and vehicles from select departments have been designated as part of the “Safe Place” network, which allows young people ages 12 -17 to ask for help at these locations.

Clean Energy to Build 3 Fueling Stations in Missouri for Local Fleets

Clean Energy will build and operate public-access CNG fueling stations for the City of Kansas City, the City of Columbia, and Lee's Summit School District, all in Missouri.

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Jim Frank is current president of Wheels, Inc.  and the son of Wheels, Inc. co-founder Zollie Frank.

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