Government Fleet News

One of Miami-Dade County's Autocar E3 hydraulic hybrid refuse trucks.

Miami-Dade County Buys 29 Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Trucks

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County has ordered 29 Autocar E3 hydraulic hybrid refuse trucks. The County used EPA funds to purchase 15 of the vehicles.

Stertil-Koni Launches Major Initiative to Spur Certified Lift Inspector Program Participation

STEVENSVILLE, MD – Heavy-duty lift provider Stertil-Koni initiated a new program among its distributor network to boost enrollment and participation in the recently launched Lift Inspector Certification Program, designed and run by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI).

Alternative Fueling Stations Surpass 10,000-Mark

WASHINGTON - The number of publicly accessible alternative fueling stations recently surpassed 10,000, as documented by the Alternative Fueling Station Locator. Fleet managers can use the online tool to see where, how many, and which types of alternative fueling stations are in their area.

Chevin Unveils Management Reporting Suite

CANNES, FRANCE - Chevin Fleet Solutions' new Management Reporting Suite (MRS) was designed to distil operational data collated by Chevin’s fleet management system into high level, standardized information.

ROUSH CleanTech Hires Executive Director for Transit Fleet Sales

LIVONIA, MI - ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader in propane autogas vehicle technology, announces the appointment of Randy Veenhoven as executive director of sales for public transit.

Recognize Your Staff With Government Fleet’s Technician of the Month Program

TORRANCE, CA - Each month Government Fleet will feature a technician on Government Fleet’s website, and in our enewsletter.

How-to Video 3: Combining and Separating Data Fields in Excel

TEMPE, AZ – Video 3 of Aaron Alvarado’s how-to video series on presenting fleet data details how to combine and separate data fields in Excel using the concatenate/de-concatenate function.

Jersey City Loses More Than 30 Vehicles in Hurricane Sandy

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The City is estimating more than $600,000 in repair or replacement costs for the damaged vehicles.

One of Chrysler's Ram 2500 CNG pickup trucks rolling off the assembly line.

Oklahoma DOT Adds 160 CNG Vehicles to Fleet

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - ODOT already has four Honda Civic Natural Gas models and expects to receive 156 three-quarter ton Ram pickups in January.

The Texas National Guard has installed Energy Xtreme's mobile power system on six Ford Explorers.

Texas National Guard Using Mobile Electric Power System on Ford Explorers

AUSTIN, TX - These civil emergency response vehicles are in two of the Texas National Guard’s departments, Homeland Response Force and Civil Support.

Report Explains How Minnesota's DOT Cut Snow Removal Costs in 2010 – 2011 Despite Record Snowfall

WASHINGTON – A new report found that the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation was able to significantly cut its snow removal costs during the 2010 and 2011 winter season, saving an estimated $2.2 million in salt costs.

Report Says LA Fire Department Should Add GPS to More of Fleet to Improve Response Times

LOS ANGELES – A report from the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) recommends that the organization add automatic vehicle locating systems (AVL) to all of its fleet vehicles, rather than some of them, in order to help improve response times.

DOE Releases Updated Fleet Footprint Calculator Tool

WASHINGTON – Version 2012 of the GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator contains various updates and can be used to examine transportation fuels and technologies on a well-to-wheels basis.


Bonansinga Steps Up as NCSFA President

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Barbara Bonansinga, a fleet manager with the State of Illinois, is now president of the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA). Bonansinga completes the term vacated by former President Jeannie Wilson as she steps down due to work commitments.

GPS Insight Ranked No. 282 on Deloitte’s 2012 Technology Fast500

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - GPS Insight had a four year growth of 268%, and was ranked the No. 3 fastest growing Arizona company in the Technology Fast 500. This is GPS Insight’s second consecutive year to make the ranking.

Calif. Air Resources Board Accepts Federal Fuel Economy Standards

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved an amendment that acknowledges that the federal vehicle standard for greenhouse gas emissions regulations for MY-2017-2025 passenger vehicles satisfies California’s requirements.

A preview of what the trucks will look like from Motiv.

Chicago to Buy 20 Electric Refuse Trucks

CHICAGO - The City of Chicago plans to purchase 20 electric refuse trucks from Motiv Power Systems for $13.4 million. Each vehicle is a Class 8 truck with a range of 60 miles.

N.J. Senate Passes Bill to Establish State Fleet Reduction Task Force

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey state senate has passed a bill, S2269, which would establish a task force to evaluate the State’s fleet size to determine whether reducing its size would benefit the State financially.

How-to Video 2: Embedding An Excel Graph Into Powerpoint

TEMPE, AZ – Aaron Alvarado shows viewers how to embed an Excel graph into a Powerpoint presentation for final viewing, which allows users to easily adjust the data later.


J. J. Keller Hires Director of Government Markets

NEENAH, WI – Colleen Morton is responsible for building and leading all aspects of the new Government Markets Department at J. J. Keller & Associates and will work with the company’s business units to develop customized product and service solutions for the government sector.

Texas DOT Launches Natural Gas Pilot Fleet Program

AUSTIN, TX - TxDOT said the program will begin with the purchase of four CNG-fueled Ford F-250 pickup trucks.

City of Santa Ana Reduces Costs by Launching Shared Motor Pool

SANTA ANA, CA – The City of Santa Ana Finance Department’s Facilities-Fleet Maintenance-Central Stores (FMCS) division recently launched a shared motor pool system to reduce the size of its 700-unit fleet and lower fleet maintenance and replacement costs.

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.


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.

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