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Altec Recalling 141 Aerial-Device Utility Trucks

WASHINGTON – Altec Industries is recalling 141 2012 model-year aerial device vehicles built on the Navistar TerraStar chassis, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.

Can Biodiesel Work for Your Fleet?

TORRANCE, CA – Biodiesel may be one potential solution for fleets looking to go greener. Several fleets that have been successful in using biodiesel will be sharing their strategies at the 2012 Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Icom North America Earns 17 New EPA Certifications For GM Vehicles

LYON TOWNSHIP, MI – Icom North America, a developer and manufacturer of liquid-injection propane (autogas) systems, has received 17 new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifications for its JTG II Propane Liquid Injection bi-fuel systems.

Projected fuel prices for transportation fuels (Graphic: Business Wire)

Report Recommends Feds Use Alt-Fuel Freight Shipment Carriers

WASHINGTON - The report, by the non-profit American Clean Skies Foundation, says a switch of 20% of the U.S. government’s business to freight and package carriers using alternative fuels would lead to savings of approximately $25 billion by 2025.

Rand Johnson

Stertil-Koni Names Rand Johnson Sales Manager, GSA and U.S Military

STEVENSENVILLE, MD - Stertil-Koni, the provider of heavy vehicle lifts, announced that Rand D. Johnson has joined the company as sales manager for GSA and U.S Military customers.

Douglas County, Ore., Sheriff’s Dept. Testing Fuel-Saving Device

ROSEBURG, OR – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department is testing a device called a Smart Emissions Reducer on its vehicles in order to save money on fuel and cut emissions.

Richard Weston.

Weston Retires from Thurston County

OLYMPIA, WA - Richard Weston, CEM, CPFP, retired May 31, as fleet manager for Thurston County, Wash. He joined Thurston County in January 1989.

West Virginia Seeks Bids for Natural Gas Vehicles

CHARLESTON, WV – Bids for the 2013 model-year West Virginia statewide motor vehicle contract will include compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled vehicles.

Study Finds Eco-Driving Improves Fuel Economy Nearly 14% in Waste-Hauling Fleets

SAN DIEGO – Findings from a recent Waste-Hauling Fleet Fuel Efficiency Study from SmartDrive show waste-hauling fleets can reduce fuel consumption by up to 13.8%, saving more than $2,600 per vehicle annually, by engaging in eco-driving best practices.

Chattanooga’s New Energy Policy Mandates Alt-Fuel Vehicle Purchases

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield's Executive Order No. 2012-01 states that by 2015, at least 25% of new light-duty vehicles acquired by City agencies must be alternative-fuel vehicles, one of various mandates to reduce energy use.

Mario Guzman, fleet administrator for the City of Boynton Beach, Fla.

Guzman Named Fleet Administrator for City of Boynton Beach, Fla.

BOYNTON BEACH, FL - Mario Guzman, CAFM, has been named fleet administrator for the City of Boynton Beach, Fla., under the direction of Christine Roberts, assistant public works director.

GM Says Sales to State and Local Governments Increased 115% in July

DETROIT – General Motors reported that its fleet sales to state and local police agencies drove a 115% increase in sales to government entities.

Charles Davenport, Maintenance Technician IV with the City of Roanoke, Va.,’s Fleet Management Department.

Charles Davenport Named 'Technician of the Month' for July

TORRANCE, CA - Charles Davenport is employed as a maintenance technician IV with the City of Roanoke, Va.,’s Fleet Management Department. He has more than 30 years of experience, is ASE certified, and has spent the last seven years with the City.

U.S. Air Force Right-Sizes Non-Combat Ground Fleet

WASHINGTON – A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed that the U.S. Air Force has worked to right-size its fleet since 2005, reducing its total size by 7%.

Chicago O'Hare Adds Hybrid Pickup Trucks to Ground Fleet

CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has expanded its fleet of hybrid vehicles with three Chevrolet Silverado hybrid pickup trucks.

Calif. Fleet Reduced Petroleum Fuel Use by 13% Since 2003

SACRAMENTO, CA – A recently released report from the State's Department of General Services shows California is on target to meet the 2020 goal of a 20-percent overall reduction in petroleum fuel use from 2003 consumption levels.

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USPS Sustainability Scorecard Shows Reduced Fleet, Increased Petroleum Use

WASHINGTON – The United States Postal Service’s Sustainability and Energy Scorecard for 2011 shows that the agency has met its goals for greenhouse emission reduction, energy intensity reduction, and potable water intensity reduction, but has not met its goal to reduce fleet petroleum use.

Green Fleet Conference Panel Focuses on the Future of Car Sharing

TORRANCE, CA – Find out how changes in car sharing will impact the fleet industry in a government-specific panel at the Green Fleet Conference.

GAO Report Says 7% Growth in Federal Fleet Size Masks Right-sizing in Several Agencies

WASHINGTON - One-third of the 24 agencies, those with the largest number of vehicles, covered in the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reduced their fleet size by 2% during this period.

Mike Grace is pictured here during his retirement luncheon in July.

Grace Retires From St. Johns County

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - Michael Grace III, fleet manager for St. Johns County, Fla., retired on August 3. He is immediate past president of the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA).

Vermont Man Destroys Rural Sheriff’s Dept. Police Vehicles With Tractor

DERBY, VT – A man in Vermont allegedly climbed into a tractor and destroyed seven of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Dept. police vehicles, according to the Union Leader’s website and NBCnews.com.

City of Hazard Replaces Police Fleet With Dodge Chargers

HAZARD, KY - The Hazard (Ky.) Police Department is replacing its Ford Crown Victoria fleet with Dodge Chargers, beginning with the purchase of five vehicles, according to the Hazard Herald.

Connecticut Pilots GPS on Select Fleet Vehicles

WATERBURY, CT - The State of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families will be piloting GPS on eight to 10 of its fleet vehicles. Sprint, the vendor on the state contract, will provide the GPS services.

The City purchased the two CNG trucks with grant funding. Photo courtesy of the City of Greensboro.

Fuel Cost Savings Justify Greensboro’s Investment in CNG

GREENSBORO, NC - The City of Greensboro, N.C., celebrated the opening of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station and unveiled two City-owned CNG recycling trucks purchased with ARRA funding.

Fleet Managers’ Solutions to Today’s Industry Challenges – Video Series Part 3

TORRANCE, CA - This is the third part of our video series featuring fleet management professionals. Topics discussed include choosing the right law enforcement vehicle and dealing with staff member retirement.



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