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Pictured is a Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Impala with the new gray graphics. Photo courtesy of Washtenaw County.

Washtenaw County Tests Patrol Vehicles, Anti-Idling Technology

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is updating its police fleet with new vehicle testing, graphics, in-car technology, and fuel cost savings technology.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District Implements New Motor Pool Management System

SACRAMENTO, CA - The system went live during the first week of June. Over the coming months, SMUD will evaluate how employees are adapting to the new FleetCommander system.

Louisiana Considering Bill Requiring State Agencies to Buy Natural Gas Vehicles

BATON ROUGE, LA - Louisiana's HB 1213 would also provide funding for natural gas or bi-fuel vehicle purchases by State agencies. If passed as-is, it would go into effect Oct. 1.

New York State Awards $1.9M for Charging Stations to Municipalities & Public Entities

ALBANY, NY – New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the State awarded $1.9 million to the City of Rochester, the New York Port Authority, and the New York Power Authority to install electric vehicle charging stations.

instaVIN Selected by Copart to Provide Vehicle History Reports

SAN DIEGO – instaVIN, a provider of vehicle history reports, and Copart, an online auction company of used, salvage and clean title vehicles, announced the availability of instaVIN Vehicle History & Title Reports through Copart’s online vehicle listings.

Westport, Caterpillar Agree to Develop Natural Gas Technology for Off-Road Equipment

VANCOUVER, BC – Caterpillar and Westport will combine technologies and expertise, including Westport High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) technology and Caterpillar’s off-road engine and machine product technology, to develop the natural gas fuel system.

Federal GSA’s EV Pilot Program Expects to Save $116K in Fuel Costs

WASHINGTON – The federal General Services Administration expects to save 29,900 gallons of gas annually, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 266 metric tons, and save almost $116,000 in fuel cost through the deployment of 116 plug-in electric vehicles.

Grant Funds Available for Texas Fleets to Purchase Natural Gas Vehicles

AUSTIN, TX – The Railroad Commission of Texas expanded a propane-fuel vehicle grant to include natural gas vehicles. The Commission has about $700,000 available in grants to help public fleets purchase natural gas vehicles.

Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection Launches Website on Natural Gas Fleet Conversions

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced a new section of its website that’s designed to help municipal (and commercial) fleets make decisions about converting their fleets to natural gas.

City of Alexandria Partners With Property Room to Handle Fleet Auctions

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The City of Alexandria, Va., has formed an agreement with Property Room to conduct online auctions of the City’s found or surplus property and fleet and impounded vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Johnson County.

Johnson County Dedicates ‘Green’ Fleet Facility

OLATHE, KS – Johnson County officials dedicated two new buildings, including a 22,250-square-foot, eight-bay fleet maintenance building expected to be LEED Gold-certified.

Harrison County Looking to Convert to Natural Gas Vehicles

MARSHALL, TX – Harrison County in Texas is looking to purchase compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles after learning that a natural gas company plans to build a station near the County’s base of operations, according to the News-Journal.

Utah's Governor Signs Executive Order That Prohibits Idling of State-owned Vehicles

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert signed an executive order in late May that requires drivers of State agencies’ 7,300 vehicles to turn off a vehicle's engine when the driver must idle a vehicle for more than 30 seconds.

Ford's Police Interceptor Utility. Photo courtesy: California Highway Parol.

California Highway Patrol Shifting to Ford P.I. Utility for Patrol

SACRAMENTO, CA - The P.I. Utility was the only vehicle that met the agency's specifications for payload capacity and provides versatility in handling a variety of missions including traffic enforcement, event security, and facility protection, state officials said.

Calif. Mandates State Agencies Use Reconditioned Parts & Order Solar-Reflective Colored Vehicles

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of General Services (DGS) recently issued management memos mandating steps that State agencies must take the reduce fleet costs and protect the environment.

Johnson County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle with City of Edgerton logo Photo via Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Johnson County Sheriff’s Contracted Patrol Cars Get City Logos

OLATHE, KS – Johnson County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicles contracted to provide services to the cities of De Soto and Edgerton are getting the cities' logos added to the vehicles.

New York City DCAS Partners With Copart and Property Room to Auction Fleet Vehicles

NEW YORK - New York City's Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) formally announced a partnership with two online auction companies, Property and Copart, in order to move their city fleet vehicle auctions online.

Houston PD to Outfit 1,800 Vehicles with Getac B300 Rugged Notebooks

HOUSTON – The Houston City Council has approved a contract with PCS Mobile to outfit the city's 1,800 police cruisers with Getac B300 rugged notebook computers along with in-vehicle docks and mounts.

Oklahoma Passes Bill Requiring Use of 'Trip Optimizer' System to Determine Reimbursement Rates

OKLAHOMA CITY – The State of Oklahoma’s legislature has passed a bill, HB 2647, which would require State agencies to use the Oklahoma Department of Central Services’ Trip Optimizer system when computing the most cost-effective method for State employees.

Ohio’s Auditor Says State Agencies Should Stop Using Biodiesel for Fleets

COLUMBUS, OH - By using regular diesel fuel over biodiesel, the report states, Ohio's Department of Transportation would save roughly $800,000 per year going forward.

Milwaukee to Convert Refuse Trucks to CNG and Sell Natural Gas Fuel to the Public

MILWAUKEE - The City of Milwaukee passed a resolution approving the conversion of 20 refuse trucks to CNG. The City also passed a resolution that would allow the City to sell CNG fuel to the public.

Thurston County, Wash., Fire Departments Pool Fleet Maintenance Resources

OLYMPIA, WA - The Olympia Fire Department, the Tumwater Fire Department, the Lacey Fire Department, and the North Olympia Fire Department are all coordinating fire fleet maintenance at a new facility in Lacey, according to the Bellingham Herald.

Colorado Springs Fleet Employee Helps PD Catch Copper Wire Thieves

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – A City of Colorado Springs fleet parts specialist helped police catch and arrest three men in the midst of steeling copper wire from light poles. Copper wire theft has cost the City $1 million over the last three years.

Government Fleet to Announce First ‘Technician of the Month’ in June

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet magazine will announce the first Technician of the Month honoree in June from the submissions we’ve received so far via Fleet Toolbox.

Shown is a refurbished garbage truck from the City of Phoenix. Photo via YouTube

Phoenix Refurbishes 10 Garbage Trucks for $1M Savings

PHOENIX - The City of Phoenix is refurbishing 10 side loader refuse trucks for an estimated savings of more than $1 million over purchasing new trucks.

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