Government Fleet News

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Mass. City Considers GPS for Fleet

Officials from the City of Somerville, Mass., are considering leasing GPS units for all city vehicles after a successful pilot program on patrol cars, but employees and unions are skeptical about the rollout.

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2015 GMC Canyon Set for Jan. Debut

Following the launch of the 2015 Colorado mid-size pickup at the Los Angeles Auto Show, General Motors is turning its attention to the January launch of the 2015 Canyon, its GMC cousin.

Pictured are vehicles from the Mesa Solid Waste Management Department. The department will transition in CNG refuse vehicles. Photo via City of Mesa.

Ariz. City Converts Refuse Fleet to CNG

The City of Mesa, Ariz., will convert some of its fleet vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) and plans to build a CNG fueling station that it will open to other local fleets.


Delaware Fleet Administrator to Retire in Feb.

Terry Barton, fleet administrator for the State of Delaware, will be retiring in February 2014, ending a 44-year career in government. Barton was instrumental in centralizing vehicle ownership and changing the fleet organization into a model similar to a commercial leasing operation.

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EcoV Electric Readies $12K Low-Speed EV

Detroit-based EcoV Electric has completed a production prototype of its EcoV low-speed electric vehicle it plans to sell in a base model for $11,999, the company announced on its website.

Photo courtesy of VIA Motors.

VIA Begins Electric Conversions of OEM Vans, Trucks

VIA Motors has begun producing all-electric conversions of full-size OEM pickup trucks and vans, the Utah-based company announced at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Ford Police Sedan Gets EPA-Best 24 MPG

Ford's Special Service Police Interceptor sedan is now the most fuel-efficient police car sold in the United States, following official ratings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Rotary Lift's Shockwave Technology Speeds Up Repairs

Rotary Lift’s Shockwave technology is now available for the first time on a 12,000-lb. capacity lift, making it possible to service pick-ups, work trucks, and vans faster than ever.

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NY County Adds Grant-Funded Paratransit Vehicles to Fleet

Rockland County, N.Y., added five MV-1 mobility vehicles to the Dept. of Public Transportation’s TRIPS paratransit fleet, bought entirely with funding from the state.

Clean Transportation Triange (CCT) grants provide funding for natural gas fueling stations in 63 eligible Texas counties.

Texas Offers Grants for Alt-Fuel Infrastructure Projects

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that up to $7.6 million in grants are available to eligible entities to continue the development of a network of alternative-fuel and/or natural gas fueling stations.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

Philly PD Gets 100 Ford Police Interceptor Sedans

The City of Philadelphia has begun replacing its aging marked police vehicles with Ford Police Interceptor sedans, including an order of 100 that will begin arriving this week.

Photo via Flickr/Jerry Huddleston.

JFK's Limo Remained In Service After Assassination

President John F. Kennedy's midnight blue Lincoln Continental limousine remained in the Presidential motorcade for another 13 years, after his assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

Car2go Brings Car Sharing to Ohio State Univ.

Daimler North America is expanding its Car2go car-sharing network to include Ohio State University, the company has announced.

Genie Wins Association of Washington Business Innovation Award

The Association of Washington Business (AWB) recently recognized Terex Aerial Work Platforms’ Genie brand with its Manufacturing Excellence Award for innovation.

The Gainesville consolidated fleet maintenance building is 44,000 square feet and has 30 bays.

Fla. City Opens $10M Fleet Facility

The City of Gainesville, Fla., has completed construction of its centralized fleet maintenance facility. The new building has 44,000 square feet and 30 bays and cost less than $10.7 million.

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EPA Grants Target Heavy Equipment Diesels

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new $2 million rebate program to help construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel engines.

About 1,000 Class 1-3 vehicles fall are included in the City of Chicago's preventive maintenance outsourcing contract.

Chicago's Preventive Maintenance Goes to Reverse Auction

The City of Chicago is soliciting bids for scheduled preventive maintenance (PM) services for its non-emergency Class 1-3 vehicles in an effort to reduce PM costs and vehicle downtime. The contract will not affect the jobs of fleet technicians.

Ark. Fleet Managers Launch Website

The Arkansas Public Fleet Managers Association (APFMA) today launched a user-friendly website allowing public fleet professionals and industry service-related providers to join the organization and register for the annual conference.

SambaSafety’s DriverScore Identifies Unsafe Driver Behavior

This newly introduced score incorporates multiple-state motor vehicle record data.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

Video: L.A. County Sheriff Completes Police Vehicle Tests

This year, the sheriff evaluated 21 pursuit-rated vehicles — nine sedans, nine motorcycles, and three SUVs — in various categories including acceleration, dynamic handling, braking, and ergonomics.

Ga. County Hiring Fleet Shop Supervisor

The Cobb County Fleet Management Department in Marietta, Ga., is seeking a fleet shop supervisor. The ideal candidate will possess six or more years of supervisory experience in a heavy truck and equipment repair and maintenance.

S.C. County Buys Two Ambulances, Retrofits Two

Beaufort County, S.C., will spend more than $500,000 to purchase two ambulances, update two others, and hire new paramedics to staff the vehicles.

Baltimore County Gets 50 Ford Police Interceptors

The Baltimore County Police Department will begin replacing its aging fleet of patrol vehicles with Ford Police Interceptor sedans in December when 50 new vehicles hit the streets.

Chevrolet has unveiled the 2015-MY Colorado mid-size pickup.

Chevrolet Unveils All-New 2015 Colorado Mid-Size Pickup

Chevrolet has reentered the mid-size truck market in the U.S. with debut of the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. The new Colorado will feature a 2.5L I-4 engine as standard.

Photo courtesy of Carbon Motors.

Carbon Motors' Failed Police Prototype Goes to Auction

Carbon Motors will auction its working prototype high-tech patrol car to help pay off creditors of the failed venture. Carbon Motors shut down its Connorsville, Ind., plant in May.


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