Government Fleet News

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.

Visalia Purchasing 10 Dodge Chargers for Patrol Fleet

The City of Visalia, Calif., approved the purchase of 10 Dodge Chargers for its patrol fleet at a cost of $522,720. Funding for the purchases comes from the Vehicle Replacement Fund.

Auburn Hills, Mich., Invests in Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Police Patrol Cars

The City decided to purchase alternative-fuel models after the Auburn Hills city council adopted a resolution based on findings in the Fuel Forward Fleet Study conducted by the Ann Arbor-based Clean Energy Coalition (CEC).

Wisconsin Department of Administration Awards Clean Transportation Grants

The entire award from Wisconsin's DOA is $1.3 million, and of that, approximately $167,000 is going to regional government entities.

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New MD XUV Motorcade Combine Protection & Comfort

The Armored Group and McSweeney Designs rolled out the highly specialized armored MD XUV Motorcade for high profile individuals, heads of state, and others who need personal protection.

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Reading Introduces Lighter Weight Aluminum Classic Service Van Body

Reading Truck Body, LLC now offers its next-generation Classic Service Van (CSV), a lightweight, corrosion-resistant aluminum service body.

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