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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.

RMFMA Opens Membership to Individual Fleet Members

FORT COLLINS, CO – The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) launched a new membership category, called Individual Fleet Membership. Groups within this category are: Fleet Mentors, Fleet Apprentices, Fleet Educators, and Fleet Colleagues.

ASE Test Preparation Webinar Recording Available for Viewing

LEESBURG, VA – On Dec. 18, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) hosted a webinar for technicians preparing for ASE tests. For those unable to attend the webinar, a recorded version is available for viewing.

New York City Upgrades Fleet Management Software System

NEW YORK CITY – New York City has selected AssetWorks’s fleet management software system to manage its fleet of 27,000 vehicles. AssetWorks’ platform will replace the City’s existing fleet management solution.

California Sets Procedures for Fleet Card Use

SACRAMENTO, CA – The State of California Department of General Services (DGS) issued a memo mandating policies and procedures that must be implemented by all State departments that participate in the State Fleet Card Program. The purpose is to prevent abusive fleet card practices.

Government Fleet’s Top 10 News Stories From 2012

TORRANCE, CA – Each year, Government Fleet takes a look back at the top news stories of the year. This year, news about police vehicles dominated the top 10 list.

St. Louis County Police Dept. Acquires Special Equipment for Major Incidents

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis County Police Department has acquired a new armored vehicle, a tactical vehicle, and a helicopter for use during major disasters, criminal incidents, and possible acts of terrorism.

Avon Lake Considers Propane Conversion

AVON LAKE, OH – The City of Avon Lake is considering installing a propane fueling station and converting its fleet vehicles to dual-fuel propane/gasoline, according to the Morning Journal.

The 2013-MY Chevrolet Impala. Photo courtesy of GM.

GM To Offer 'Limited' Police Chevrolet Impala Version In 2014

TORRANCE, CA - Despite rumors to the contrary, General Motors will continue producing its existing Chevrolet Impala patrol car for law enforcement fleets in 2014 even though the automaker is introducing a redesigned non-police version of the Impala.

Report Says State Finances Recovering in FY- 2013 But Still Show Uneven Progress

WASHINGTON – A new report from the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) and the National Governors Association (NGA) found that the fiscal situation in states in 2013 is recovering along with the U.S. economy.

Syracuse, N.Y., Developing Plan to Reduce Fuel Use and Emissions by 10% by 2020

SYRACUSE, NY – The City of Syracuse, N.Y. updated its sustainability plans in the fall, part of which calls for long-term reductions in its fleet’s fuel use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The full-size sedan model achieves 124 MPGe city / 105 MPGe highway in hybrid mode, and 47 MPG city / 46 MPG  highway in standard (gas only) mode.

2014 Honda Accord PHEV is 1st to Meet California’s New Strict Standard

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has approved the first car for sale in California that meets ARB’s most stringent smog-emission standard to date, the SULEV20 standard.

Lancaster County Waste Authority to Purchase 14 CNG Trucks

LANCASTER, PA – Lancaster County (Pa.) Solid Waste Management Authority on Dec. 21 approved a $2.5 million plan to purchase 14 new compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and build a CNG fueling station, according to Lancaster Online.

Residents can charge their electric vehicles at one of the City of Dublin's two new Level 2 charging stations.

City of Dublin Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

DUBLIN, OH – The City of Dublin has recently installed two Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations for residents. The stations were made possible through a 50% matching grant from Clean Fuels Ohio.

Chicago Receives First Group of New Ford Police Interceptors

CHICAGO - The Chicago Police Department has taken delivery of 51 new Ford Police Interceptor Utility and sedan vehicles from its initial order of 500 patrol vehicles built within city limits.

DGS Employee Rebecca Kirk plugs in a new state electric vehicle at a public state garage in downtown Sacramento. Photo courtesy of California DGS.

California Debuts 10 Nissan Leafs & 24 EV Charging Stations

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of General Services (DGS) took delivery of 10 new Nissan Leaf zero-emission vehicles, which will replace 10 existing vehicles in the DGS daily rental fleet. In March, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered an increase in zero-emission vehicles in the State fleet.

Los Angeles Controller Audit Says City Overpaid Reimbursements for Mileage

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles’ City Controller Wendy Greuel released a new audit that says the City wasted more than $325,000 in mileage reimbursements due to overpayment and lack of oversight between fiscal years 2009 and 2012.

Fleets may be able to obtain DERA (Diesel Emission Reduction Act) funding for Webasto's fuel-operated heater and ESW Group's diesel particulate filter (DPF).

Webasto and ESW Group Form Strategic Partnership

FENTON, MI – Webasto is a manufacturer of fuel-operated heaters that eliminate the need to idle for engine pre-heat and interior cab comfort. ESW Group makes DPF (diesel particulate filter) systems. Fleets may be able to obtain DERA (Diesel Emission Reduction Act) funding for emission control and idle reduction equipment.

North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has 384 total vehicles in its fleet. Average mileage of assigned vehicles is 92,238, and average mileage of utility vehicles is 91,813. Photo via North Carolina Program Evaluation Division.

Evaluation of NC Bureau of Investigation Fleet Recommends Stronger Reporting & Management

RALEIGH, NC – An evaluation of vehicles operated by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) in the North Carolina Department of Justice (DOJ) stated that the SBI’s vehicle management generally followed best practices, but there is room for improvement.

Ford’s Test for Hybrid Batteries Simulates 10-Year Use in 10 Months

DEARBORN, MI – Ford is putting the equivalent of 10 years and 150,000 miles of wear and tear on lithium-ion hybrid vehicle batteries using a new lab test that takes less than one year to complete.



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