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The system uses transponder RFID technology to control narrow-aisle lift trucks within the aisles of a warehouse. Photo by MCFA.

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Introduces Jungheinrich Warehouse Navigation System Technology for North America

HOUSTON – The system uses transponder radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to control guided Jungheinrich very narrow-aisle lift trucks within the aisles of a warehouse.

City of Altoona Financial Recovery Plan Calls for Fleet Consolidation

ALTOONA, PA – An Act 47 financial recovery plan for the City of Altoona, Pa., recommends 150 initiatives for changes to city government, including a consolidation of municipal fleet maintenance with the school district, water authority, and county.

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NREL and DOE Launch Online Alternative Fuel Tools for Fleet Managers

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched a new online tool, and redesigned the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center Web site, to allow fleet managers to determine the best alternative-fuel vehicle strategies.

Spotsylvania County Converts Police Cruisers and School District Trucks to Propane Autogas

SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE, VA – The County converted 20 sheriff’s department police cruisers and four school district trucks.

Altec Recalls CFD 1217 Wood Chippers

WASHINGTON – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Altec is recalling 205 model-year CFD 127 wood chippers, manufactured between May 2011 and September 2012.

GPS Insight Named Finalist for 2012 Red Herring 100 Global Award

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Red Herring editorial team selected companies demonstrating the most innovative technologies and business models originating from over 1000 companies from over 40 nations.

City of Edmonds to Save $60K by Using Propane Autogas

EDMONDS, WA – The City of Edmonds, Wash., is in the process of converting 17 of its fleet vehicles to run on propane autogas. Of these, 16 are Crown Victoria police vehicles and one is a Public Works truck.

GF Launches How-To Video Series on Presenting Benchmarking Data

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet has launched a five-part how-to video series on data use and presenting fleet benchmarking information. Aaron Alvarado, fleet manager for the City of Tempe, Ariz., shows viewers how to use exported data from any fleet system and put the data into an understandable, eye-appealing format.

One of two new Nissan Leaf electric vehicles that Oklahoma City is running as part of a pilot program.

Oklahoma City Adds Nissan Leaf EVs to Fleet for Pilot Program

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Oklahoma City purchased the cars and charging stations with $36,200 in federal grant funds allocated through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) and $40,600 in City funds.

Baltimore Buys 80 Chevrolet Caprice Patrol Cars

BALTIMORE – The City of Baltimore has purchased 80 new 2013-MY Chevrolet Caprice PPV police cruisers for use by officers in the City’s Northeast District.

GM Begins GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado Bi-Fuel Pickup Production

DETROIT - GM stated these pickups are available for order by fleet and retail customers through Chevrolet and GMC dealers.

Iredell County Sheriff's Propane Cruisers Cut Fuel & Emissions in Half

STATESVILLE, NC – A new report from the North Carolina Solar Center found that the Iredell County Sheriff’s fleet in North Carolina is reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 52% and will ultimately displace 296,400 gallons of gasoline with its 13 propane autogas cruisers.

Pete Bednar.

Bednar Joins Thurston County, Wash., as Fleet Manager

OLYMPIA, WA - Bednar worked for the City of Bellevue for more than eight years, where he supervised up to 25 employees.

Sparks, Nev., Snow Removal Fleet to Use Brine System

SPARKS, NV - The City of Sparks is using a brine system on its snow-removal fleet. The City used an air quality grant to purchase the systems needed to produce and apply the brine.

Report Details State and Municipal Fleet Driver Behaviors That Lead to Accidents

SAN DIEGO - This report on unsafe driving behaviors from DriveCam cites following too closely, being distracted by a communications device, and simply not paying enough attention to traffic conditions contributed most to accidents.

Chicago Transit Authority Orders 54 Stertil-Koni Heavy-Duty Vehicle Lifts

CHICAGO – Following a competitive bid, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) awarded Stertil-Koni a contract to produce and install 54 in-ground vehicle lifts for the CTA's regular and articulated buses.

Public Fleet Managers Lean Republican, According to GF Survey

TORRANCE, CA – The results of a Government Fleet readership survey showed 63% would vote for Mitt Romney, but fleet managers across different parties agreed that getting Congress to work together is one of their key concerns. 48% do not believe in man-made global warming, and 61% believe government entities are too regulated.

Thief Steals Parts & Fuel From Forsyth County Vehicles

CUMMING, GA – A thief entered the Forsyth County fleet maintenance facility and stole wheels, tires, doors, and gas from various vehicles, according to NorthFulton.com.

Fort Hood Equips Military Police Vehicles With Idle Reduction Systems

KILLEEN, TX – Fort Hood is equipping 25 of its on-base military police vehicles with Energy Xtreme's mobile electric power idle reduction systems. According to the company, fuel savings are projected at more than $110,000 annually.

Mohave County Brings in $273,337 From Successful Fleet Auction

KINGMAN, AZ – Mohave County has auctioned 83 vehicles and 13 pallets, bringing in $273,337.84. The County began the auction on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and it ran for a week.

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.

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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.



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