Government Fleet News

Albuquerque Saves More Than $1.4M With Fuel Hedging Program

The City of Albuquerque, N.M. has saved more than $1.4 million dollars in fleet fuel costs via a hedging program that began in 2011. GF spoke City officials about the program and how the City set it up.

Government Attendees Get Special Hotel Rate and Sessions at Green Fleet Conference

In Phoenix on Oct. 1-2, government attendees at the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo can access a per diem hotel rate of $105 per night before Sept. 6, and will also find several conference sessions geared toward government fleets.

Mitchell to Retire from Arlington County, Virginia

Allen Mitchell, equipment bureau chief for Arlington County, Va., announced he will retire effective Nov. 1, 2013. His responsibilities at Arlington County include managing the County fleet of 1,500 assets.

Participate in Our Annual Industry Survey

Government Fleet is conducting its annual industry survey to learn more about public fleets and to track changes to the industry. The deadline has been extended to this Friday, August 2.

The Chevrolet Express 2500. Photo courtesy GM.

GM Adds Five-Passenger Cargo Van Model to 2014 Chevrolet Express Lineup

Called the “Crew Cargo Van,” this model features a three-passenger rear bench seat, and a bulkhead behind the seat separates the cargo area from the passenger area.

Report Recommends Centralization of North Carolina Public Safety Fleet

The report focuses on Department of Public Safety law enforcement vehicles managed by three sections: 2,209 by State Highway Patrol, 178 by Alcohol Law Enforcement, and 11 by State Capitol Police.

U.S. Energy Department Updates Average Electric Vehicle Charging Station Price

The U.S. Department of Energy said the price of fueling an electric vehicle rose to $1.18 per eGallon, up from $1.14.

Kennewick, Wash., Purchases 27 New Police Vehicles

The City of Kennewick, Wash., has purchased a number of new Ford Police Interceptor models.

The City of Tampa Fleet Maintenance Division celebrated its third year of achieving ASE Blue Seal recognition. Of the technical staff, 90% are ASE-certified.

Tampa Fleet Achieves 3rd Year of ASE Blue Seal Recognition

The City of Tampa, Fla., Fleet Maintenance Division has earned Blue Seal of Excellence recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Of the fleet's technical staff, 90% have obtained ASE certification.

Photo courtesy of Victory Motorcycles.

Victory’s Stealth Police Motorcycle Helps Patrol Officers Blend In

Victory Motorcycles has introduced a stealth version of its Commander I police motorcycle. The stealth Commander I allows officers to monitor traffic without standing out.

Visalia Purchasing 100 Yamaha Golf Carts

The City of Visalia, Calif., council approved the purchase of 100 Yamaha golf cars to replace its fleet at Valley Oaks Golf Course. The total purchase price is $347,588.

Call for Nominees: 2013 Sustainability All-Star Awards

Green Fleet magazine is looking for nominations of individuals who have made significant contributions to environmental sustainability in the fleet industry.

DC Fire & EMS Hires Consultant to Perform Vehicle Fleet Audit

The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS) has selected BDA Global to perform an audit that will examine the department’s current fleet capacity and management practices.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles Project Starts in 9 Colorado Counties

Refuel Colorado Fleets provides funding for “energy coaches,” where each will be employed by one four community-based nonprofits and help auto dealers, fuel providers, businesses, and local government entities in the nine counties selected get started in or expand use of alternative fuels.

Green Fleet Conference Attendee & Expo Counts Up Over Last Year

With a 70% increase in registrations so far, the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo is poised for big strides. Catered to fleets, the conference focuses on cutting fuel costs, reducing fleet emissions and funding strategies for green projects, as well as how to cost-effectively implement alternative-fuel technologies such as CNG, propane, electric, and biofuels.

Orlando, Fla., to Install 200 Additional Cameras in City Fleet Vehicles

The City of Orlando, Fla.’s city council has approved installation of an additional 200 in-vehicle cameras, as an expansion of its current driver safety program.

John Deere Receives EPA Final Tier 4 & CARB Certifications for Off-Highway Engines

John Deere Power Systems announced July 17 that the company’s engine lineup 174 hp and above received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Final Tier 4, European Union (EU) Stage IV, and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions certification.

Yolo-Solano AQMD Awards Clean Air Project Grants

The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (AQMD) in California awarded grants to fund 14 projects that will improve air quality in local communities. Approximately $127,000 of this funding goes toward public-sector fleet purchases and retrofits.

3 Men Charged for Stealing Firearms from Sheriff’s Vehicles Parked at Fleet Compound

Sedgwick County (Kan.) has charged three men with theft of firearms and other items from Sheriff’s vehicles parked in the fleet maintenance compound, according to the Wichita Eagle.

The new Lenco "BombCat" vehicle designed for explosive device disposal. Photo courtesy Lenco Industries.

Lenco Introduces BearCat EOD "BombCat" Armored Response Vehicle

Lenco Industries, Inc. introduces its new BearCat EOD “BombCat” armored response vehicle for explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) and improvised explosive device disposal (IEDD) first responders.

Approximately 90 attendees showed up for the MEMA event.

Leadership Skills, Grants & Vehicles Discussed at MEMA’s Annual Showcase

The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held its annual vehicle and equipment showcase in Culver City, Calif., on July 18. In addition to the showcase, featured speakers discussed leadership management and grant funding.

Ford's new surveillance mode technology makes use of driver assistance systems on the Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility to warn officers of approaching individual(s). Photo courtesy Ford Motor Co.

Ford Offers InterMotive's In-Vehicle Warning System for Officers in Police Interceptors

Ford collaborated with a company called InterMotive Inc. to develop a new technology that the company is calling “surveillance mode,” which is designed to help reduce the risk of individuals approaching a Ford Police Interceptor from behind the vehicle without the officer being aware.

The City of Columbus has invested in CNG by constructing a CNG fueling station and purchasing vehicles, such as this CNG-powered refuse truck.

Ohio’s First Responders to Receive CNG Safety Training

A new program will train first responders on handling emergencies involving compressed natural gas (CNG) stations and vehicles in Columbus, Ohio.

Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Protection

Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder authorized the City of Detroit’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr to seek federal bankruptcy protection for the City. Orr filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection after receiving authorization, according to the governor's office.

Bob Glose, CEI's director of operations. Photo courtesy CEI.

CEI Names Bob Glose Director of Operations

The CEI Group, Inc. has appointed Bob Glose, an 11-year company veteran, as its director of operations, the company announced.


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