Government Fleet News

The Napa Unified School District's hybrid buses were delivered painted with green stripes.

Napa School District Calls for Hybrid Bus Rail Color Exemption

NAPA, CA – The Napa Unified School District hopes to have green rub rails on its seven new hybrid school buses for easier identification and safety purposes. However, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has refused an exemption for the green stripes.

Sandy Springs Converts 25 Patrol Cars to Propane Autogas

SANDY SPRINGS, GA - According to Alliance Autogas, this will save the department more than $11,000 in fuel costs and will displace nearly 10 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over a period of three months.

Green Fleet Conference Panel to Discuss Challenges of EV Charging Infrastructure

TORRANCE, CA – Learn about the challenges of establishing EV charging infrastructure based on actual fleet experience at the Green Fleet Conference, in the “EV Charging Infrastructure Needs for Fleet Use” session.

One of the LAUSD's trucks that the school district is using in its advertising program. Jennie-O is running an ad campaign as part of this program.

LAUSD Fleet Advertising Program to Bring in $4M Over Five Years

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has started an advertising program on its non-school bus fleet of vehicles to bring in additional revenue.

Columbus to Track On-Road City Vehicles

COLUMBUS, OH – The City of Columbus has partnered with AssetWorks to track its on-road city vehicles using a GPS tracking and vehicle monitoring system. Fleet staff will install the hardware.

Photo courtesy of John Deere.

New JDLink iPhone/iPad and Android Apps Monitor John Deere Machines on the Go

MOLINE, IL - The free JDLink mobile application allows fleet managers to access John Deere’s system to keep tabs on machine location and alerts via their iPhone, iPad, or Android devices.

Audit Recommends Syracuse Reduce Police Take-Home Cars

SYRACUSE, NY – An audit of the City of Syracuse Police Department's take-home vehicles concluded that the PD should consider implementing GPS tracking to monitor daily usage of its vehicles and reduce its take-home fleet.

GF Survey Says 37% of Fleet Managers’ Salaries Increased in 2011

TORRANCE, CA – Thirty-seven percent of fleet managers reported increased salaries between 2010 and 2011, while 12% reported a decrease, according to results from a survey conducted by Government Fleet.

Sheriff Steve Michek said the conversion will save on fuel costs and overall maintenance costs. He is pictured (left) with a deputy.

Iowa County Sheriff’s Office Converts Cruiser to Autogas for Fuel Savings

DODGEVILLE, WI – The Iowa County (Wis.) Sheriff’s Office expects to save between $5,000 and $5,400 annually on fuel costs after converting one cruiser to run on propane autogas.

GPS Insight, Ranks No. 3,003 on the 2012 Inc. 5000

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Inc. magazine ranked GPS Insight number 3,003 with three-year sales growth of 73% on its sixth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

Pennsylvania Auctions 510 Fleet Vehicles as Part of Rightsizing Effort

HARRISBURG, PA - The State’s General Services Secretary Sheri Phillips said this auction was one of the largest the State has conducted.

A Nissan Leaf charging in Houston's Tranquility Park garage.

Houston Partners With Zipcar on Municipal Car Sharing Program and Fleet Software

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Through the partnership with Zipcar, 50 existing City-owned fleet vehicles, including 25 Nissan Leaf models, will be equipped with Zipcar’s FastFleet vehicle sharing technology.

Clay Chandler.

Chandler Resigns From Fleet Management Position With State of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV - Clay Chandler resigned from his position as executive director of West Virginia’s Fleet Management Office on August 10.

ASE Extends Testing Registration Deadline Through August 24

LEESBURG, VA - For fleet managers whose employees are interested in taking these exams, ASE stated that testing ends August 31 and that those interested can register any time through August 24 at www.myASE.com.

OEMs Talk Green Truck Products & Technologies

TORRANCE, CA – What can fleet managers expect from the next generation of light- and medium-duty trucks? Find out at the truck OEM panel discussion on Oct. 2 at the Green Fleet Conference.

GM Launches All-New Fleet & Commercial Website

DETROIT – General Motors has launched an all-new website at www.gmfleet.com for GM Fleet & Commercial Operations. The new site features improved navigation and the latest GM Fleet & Commercial news and contact information in addition to new video content.

Note: GAO analysis included civilian (except Postal Service) and non-tactical military vehicles. The Y-axis shows the number of vehicles (in thousands).

Percentage of Alt-Fuel Vehicles in Federal Fleet Grew to 33% From 2005 to 2011

WASHINGTON - Some federal agencies had notable increases, according to a Government Accountability Office report, including the Dept. of the Interior and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Raleigh PD Saves on Fuel Costs With Idle Reduction System & Propane Vehicles

RALEIGH, NC - The Raleigh Police Department has saved more than $22,000 through the use of propane autogas in 20 vehicles, and it expects savings of $63,000 through the use of Energy Xtreme Battery Systems anti-idling devices on 29 vehicles.

Photo courtesy Jose Ybarra.

Kawasaki Suspends Shipments of Concours 14P Motorcycle

SANTA ANA, CA - Kawasaki Motors Corp. has suspended shipments of its Concours 14P police motorcycle program, after determining that dealer modifications were causing a blown main fuse, increasing the risk of a crash.

Jeffery Jeter.

Jeter Named Director of Chesterfield County Fleet Management Division

CHESTERFIELD, VA - Prior to this move, Jeffery Jeter was director of fleet services for Spotsylvania County Public Schools in Spotsylvania, Va.

GM Recalls Chevrolet Impala Patrol Cars

WASHINGTON - General Motors is recalling more than 38,000 Chevrolet Impala patrol cars in North America. The recall affects Impala police vehicles from model years 2008 to 2012, including 36,413 in the United States and 1,713 in Canada.

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.

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