Government Fleet News

Texas Considers Fees for Electric Cars

Texas lawmakers are considering an increased registration fee for owners of electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, according to the Texas Tribune. The idea behind the fee is that EV drivers don’t pay the gas tax used to support road infrastructure.

Pictured is one of the trucks equipped with a diesel particulate filter. Photo courtesy of the City of Santa Ana.

Grant Allows Santa Ana to Install Emission Reduction Devices & Purchase Propane Autogas Vehicles

The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) awarded a total of $265,000 in Clean Transportation Funding to the City of Santa Ana, Calif.; $55,000 was allotted for the installation of emission control devices, while the remaining $210,000 is reserved for the purchase of seven propane autogas-powered trucks.

BAF Receives EPA & CARB Approvals for 2013 CNG Lineup

BAF, a Clean Energy Company, announced it has received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approvals and California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Orders for its 2013 vehicle lineup.

Hall County to Consider Refurbishing Patrol Cars

Hall County (Ga.) Sheriff Gerald Couch is proposing having a dealership refurbish patrol vehicles, which would cost about half the price of replacement, according to the Gainesville Times.

ALI Releases 2013 Vehicle Lifting Points Manual

The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI) announced the availability of the 2013 edition of ALI’s “Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts.”

Graph courtesy Stertil-Koni.

Study Finds Safety and Controlling Costs as Key Focuses of Fleet Maintenance Operations

A new study conducted by automotive lift company Stertil-Koni found that the top areas cited as “very important” to fleet maintenance operations in the U.S. and Canada are safety, the top choice of 97% of respondents; controlling costs, at 91%; and minimizing downtime, at 88%.

Raleigh to Build New Facility to House Fleet Maintenance

The City of Raleigh, N.C., is moving ahead with a project to build a new remote operations facility, which will house the City’s Vehicle Fleet Services division, among a wide range of other City departments.

Board members and staff for 2013 are (l-r): Craig Crowder, City of Beverly Hills, treasurer; Katie Mishler, Cerritos College, association coordinator; Rick Longobart, City of Santa Ana, president; Paul Condran, City of Culver City, vice president; Jannet Malig, Cerritos College, secretary; and Dean Tedtaotao, Los Angeles County, sergeant at arms.

MEMA Votes on New Board Membership

Southern California's Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held its first bimonthly meeting of the year, which focused on natural gas and included a vote for board membership.

Cape Coral Fleet Review Recommends Creation of Fleet Administrator Position

The review, conducted by major end users and the respective labor units at the City of Cape Coral, Fla., also recommended various short- and long-term objectives for fleet management to improve efficiency.

Pew Study Finds 61 Cities' Retirement Systems Face $217 Billion Gap

Pew Charitable trusts found 61 key cities across America had a gap of more than $217 billion between what they had promised their workers in pensions and retiree health care and what they had saved to pay that bill.

Colorado State University to Retrofit Two Medium-Duty Trucks With Hydraulic Hybrid Systems

Colorado State University plans to retrofit two 2012-MY GMC medium-duty trucks with hydraulic hybrid systems.

U.S. EPA Selects Motor Pool Management System for Its Region 7 Fleet

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected a new motor pool management system to better manage its fleet at its Region 7 office.

C.J. Driscoll & Associates Releases 2013 Fleet Operator’s Guide to GPS Fleet Management Systems

The report is designed to assist fleet operators in identifying GPS fleet management solution providers that are best suited to meet their requirements.

Holden Industries is the parent company of Vac-Con, Inc., which is a  manufacturer and distributor of truck-mounted and skid-mounted vacuum sewer cleaning equipment, hydro-excavation equipment, and related products. Photo courtesy of Holden Industries.

Holden Industries Acquires Vector Technologies

Holden Industries, Inc., the parent company of Vac-Con, Inc., announced its acquisition of Vector Technologies, Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of industrial vacuum cleaner and cleaning systems.

The Ford Atlas Concept is designed to show new technologies the automaker is developing for use in its pickup truck products.

Ford’s Atlas Concept Pickup Truck Shows Future Direction of Automaker’s Products

The Atlas Concept features a mix of technologies designed to enhance fuel economy and the vehicle’s overall functionality.

GPS Insight Adds an Hours of Service Solution to Its GPS Tracking Platform

GPS Insight announced its new GPS Insight Hours of Service Solution as an addition to its GPS Tracking software intended for fleets that need both electronic driver logs and GPS tracking combined.

UC San Diego Receives Grant for EV Infrastructure Expansion

The California Energy Commission approved funding of $220,554 to expand the University of California, San Diego's charging network for plug-in electric vehicles.

The 2013 Nissan Leaf.

Nissan Details Updates to 2013 Leaf, Including New Entry Level "S" Grade and MSRP

Nissan is updating its Leaf electric vehicle for model-year 2013 with a number of enhancements, including improved aerodynamics, energy management, a wider range of regenerative braking, a new on-board charger, and a new, lower priced entry-level Leaf grade.

Connecticut Awards $360K to Municipalities for New Diesel Vehicle Purchases

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced grants of $360,000 to seven Connecticut municipalities that will use the funds to replace older diesel trucks with new vehicles that burn fuel cleaner and more efficiently.

Boston Launches ‘Mobile City Hall’ Truck

The City of Boston in launched a “City Hall To Go” truck, inspired by the popularity of food trucks. The truck works as a mobile City Hall, offering a menu of services.

Pennsylvania Reduces State Fleet by 16 Percent in 2012

The Sharon Herald reported that the State of Pennsylvania has reduced the size of its vehicle fleet by more than 16% but that it hasn’t been able to reduce the amount of gas purchased for business travel.

North Florida Transportation Planning Organization Offering CNG Conversion Funding

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The TPO said it's working with the Florida Department of Transportation to be able to offer these additional Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.

Carroll County (Ga.) Sheriff&#39;s Office has converted 36 vehicles to run on propane autogas.<br />

Georgia Sheriff’s Fleet Expects $135K Fuel Cost Savings by Using Propane Autogas

CARROLLTON, GA – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office near Atlanta is saving an estimated $135,000 annually in fuel costs running 36 Ford Crown Victorias on propane autogas through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP).

NY Gov. Cuomo Proposes $50M Investment in EV Charging Infrastructure

ALBANY, NY - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2013 State of the State address on Jan. 9, outlining an agenda for the State. He proposed investing $50 million in an extensive electric vehicle charging network and using the State fleet to demonstrate the benefits of plug-in electric (PEV) technologies.

The City of Napa has received four Chevrolet Caprice PPVs so far.

Napa Switching to Chevrolet Caprice PPV for Patrol Car

NAPA, CA – The City of Napa, Calif., is switching its patrol cars from the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor to the Chevrolet Caprice PPV and has received four of the new vehicles so far.

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