Government Fleet News

Detroit Diesel Approves EcoPower Heavy-Duty Diesel 10W-30 CJ-4/SM

Safety-Kleen Systems announced Feb. 11 that Detroit Diesel has approved EcoPower Heavy-Duty Diesel 10W-30 CJ-4/SM for use in Detroit Diesel engines.

The City of Columbus will have a total of 64 CNG units in service in total by year-end 2013. Out of that number, 18 will be CNG automated side loaders.

Columbus to Place 18 CNG Automated Side Loaders Into Service by End of 2013

The City of Columbus, Ohio, plans to place an additional 44 dedicated CNG units into service by the end of 2013. Columbus is also currently building a second CNG fueling site located on the north side of the city.

Santa Barbara PD Gets New In-Vehicle Cameras

Twenty-eight patrol vehicles in the City of Santa Barbara (Calif.) Police Department fleet are getting video cameras installed in an effort to protect the department from liability, according to Noozhawk.

Pictured is a Kenworth T270 hybrid bucket truck used by NYC's Dept. of Transportation. Photo courtesy Kenworth.

New York City's DOT Buys New Hybrid Bucket Truck for Use on Rail Tracks

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has purchased an additional Kenworth T370 hybrid bucket truck, which it plans to put into service to help maintain bridges over railroads. The vehicle is currently on order.

Submit Your Nominations for 2013 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2013 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, March 18.

Lafayette, La., Opens CNG Station for City Fleet Vehicles and the Public

The City of Lafayette, La., is building a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the Lafayette Consolidated Government's public works department.

Detroit's new hybrid refuse trucks could reduce fuel costs by up to 25% in comparison to conventional refuse trucks. Photo courtesy of the Clean Energy Coalition.

Detroit’s New Hybrid Refuse Trucks Now on the Road

The City of Detroit took delivery of eight new hybrid refuse trucks with funding assistance from the Clean Energy Coalitions (CEC). CEC provided funding to cover the incremental cost of the hybrid system.

GPS Insight's new mobile app for Android smartphones.

GPS Insight Mobile App for Android is Now Available for Customers

With GPS Insight Mobile for Android, fleet managers don’t need to be at their desk in order to stay up to date with fleet activity. The Android app allows you to quickly view vehicle location, status, driver, odometer, and more features to come.

The Ram ProMaster will be available during the third quarter of 2013. Photo courtesy Chrysler Group.

Chrysler Reveals 2014 Ram ProMaster Full-Size Van in Chicago

The 2014-MY Ram ProMaster will come in two roof heights, three wheelbases, and four body lengths, plus a cutaway model, for a total of 13 different configurations. The all-new vehicle will be available during the third quarter of 2013, according to the automaker.

Mersen Releases Quiz About Semiconductor Protection Technology

Mersen recently published a new Protection Intelligence Quotient (PIQ) Quiz on semiconductor protection. This is the latest quiz in an ongoing program that challenges participants to see if they’re up to speed on the best practices in electrical safety and reliability.

Collective Data Sees 21% Growth for 2012

Collective Data, Inc., a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, provider of fleet management software systems, announced today a year-over-year growth of 21% for 2012. The company attributes its continued success to the ability to offer unique solutions tailored to the needs of its clients.

Franklin County, Kan. EMS Adopts New Fleet Tracking and Managment Systems

The County agency is using Prova Systems’ Fleet Manager-in-a-Box system and the Fleetio web-based fleet management system.

Louisiana Requires State Agencies to Purchase Bi-Fuel Vehicles

The new law says State agencies are not allowed to purchase or lease any vehicle unless it is capable of bi-fuel operation, with fuels including natural gas or propane and gasoline or diesel.

City of Elgin to Lease Police Cruisers & Motorcycles

The City of Elgin, S.C., is the most recent jurisdiction to join Sparta Commercial Services’ Municipal Lease Program for the acquisition of its essential equipment, particularly the updating of police vehicles.

The new CNG station could save the City of Beverly Hills up to $250,000 each year in estimated fuel costs. Photo courtesy City of Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills Opens CNG Fueling Station and Replaces Four Refuse Trucks With CNG Models

The City of Beverly Hills, Calif., recently opened its new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The new station will fuel the City’s growing fleet of CNG vehicles, which now includes four new refuse trucks.

Web Poll Results: Vehicle Replacements Not Yet Back to Normal

Government Fleet's online poll shows that 12% of respondents are not replacing vehicles this fiscal year; 49% will be able to replace some vehicles, but they're are are not back on track with replacements.

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Seattle Piloting Patrol Vehicles

The City of Seattle is conducting a Police Patrol Car Pilot Project, where 180 officers are testing out six models: Chevrolet Caprice, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Tahoe, Dodge Charger, Ford Police Interceptor sedan, and Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle.

Denver Taking Delivery of Ford Police Interceptors

The Denver Police Department will be receiving five new Ford Police Interceptors each week out of a total 49 vehicles ordered last year, according to the Denver Post.

Red Bus near the Wild Goose Island Overlook on St. Mary Lake. Photo courtesy David Restivo, NPS.

Glacier National Park to Rehabilitate Aging Fleet of 1930s Red Buses

A modified prospectus clarifies how Glacier National Park in Montana will have to maintain and rehabilitate the red buses, which have 1930s-era bodies adapted to modern chassis and require expensive custom rehabilitation work to keep them operational.

North Carolina State Agencies Displaced 5.2M Gallons of Petroleum Fuels in FY 2011-2012

According to the report from North Carolina State University’s North Carolina Solar Center, 36 State agencies were able to exceed the State’s goal through a mix of alternative-fuel vehicle use and fuel-efficiency and conservation measures.

The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is using the FireFly ESV for parking enforcement.

Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority Operating Firefly EV for Parking Enforcement

CARTA in Tennessee has a long history of using electric vehicles in its transit fleet. When it got the opportunity to try out another type of electric vehicle for parking enforcement, the organization made the decision to purchase a Firefly.

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Boynton Beach Approves $3.2M for Fleet Replacement After Extending Lifecycles

The City of Boynton Beach, Fla., commission approved the replacement of 50 vehicles for approximately $3.2 million after two years of delaying vehicle replacements.

Spireon Wins Best Business Intelligence Platform

Spireon announced its win of the prestigious M2M Evolution award for “Best Business Intelligence Platform” at this year’s Battle of the Platforms hosted by TMC.

Major DPF Manufacturer Cleaire Closes

Cleaire Advanced Emissions Controls, a major manufacturer of diesel particulate filters (DPFs), ceased operations on Jan. 18. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) said that this “will likely have an effect on the warranties and parts availability of Cleaire filters."

California's DGS Updates State Agency Fleet Acquisition and Management Policies

The State of California's Department of General Services' Office of Fleet Management issued a memo that updates the procedures California State departments must follow to acquire new fleet assets.

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