Government Fleet News

Three Mississippi Municipalities Begin Converting Vehicles to Natural Gas

Three municipalities in Mississippi — Flowood, Pontotoc, and Quitman — are in various stages of converting City-owned vehicles to operate on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Baltimore Purchases 4 Fire Engines

The Baltimore City Fire Department (Md.) is purchasing four new pumping engines for $2,151,604. The Pierce DASH engines are purchased through a cooperative purchasing contract with fire departments in other states, according to the Baltimore Brew.

Dane County’s BioCNG Fueling Station Turns Trash Into Gas

The Dane County, Wis., fueling station, located at a landfill, will help generate 250 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) of compressed natural gas (CNG) per day. This CNG fuel will be used for County vehicles.

Fargo, N.D. Receives Grant to Study CNG for Fleet

The City of Fargo, N.D. has received a $50,000 grant from the North Dakota State Energy Program to study the feasibility of using compressed natural gas (CNG) to operate City vehicles.

Camden County, N.J., Police Fleet Manager Accused of Posing as Officer & Robbing Pedestrian

Camden County, N.J. Police Department Fleet Manager Richard Dayton allegedly used a police badge and radio to pose as a police officer and rob a pedestrian. Dayton retired from active duty police work in 2005 and later joined the County's Police Department as its fleet manager.

Detroit Receives First Group of Emergency Response Vehicles Purchased With $8M Corporate Donation

The City of Detroit has received 10 new ambulances and 15 new police vehicles as part of the first group of vehicles, out of a total 123 paid for by an $8 million donation from the local business community.

Washington County, Minn., Wants to Shift Fleet Focus to Preventive Maintenance

The Washington County, Minn., Public Works Department wants to shift its fleet from a “bust-n-fix” operation to a preventive maintenance (PM) operation in 2014.

Temple, Texas, Receives Grants to Fund CNG Refuse Truck Purchases

The City of Temple, Texas, is using grant funds it obtained from various state agencies and programs to offset the cost of 14 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled refuse trucks.

U.S. DOD Should Eliminate 511 Non-Tactical Vehicles and Review Vehicle Mileage, Report Says

A new report from the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) says the federal agency should eliminate 511 out of a total of 774 non-tactical vehicles in the department’s fleet.

2014 GEM light utility vehices. Click image for gallery of all vehicles

Polaris GEM Introduces 2014 Models

The 2014 line of Polaris GEM low-speed electric transport and light-utility vehicles feature a 7-hp motor and a new rear drum brake system.

Chevron’s Delo Truck, an 80-foot interactive experience, will be on display in the 70,000 sq.-ft. exhibit hall at the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo.

Chevron’s Delo to Bring Educational Truck to Green Fleet Conference

With the exhibit hall filling up fast for the 2013 Green Fleet Conference Oct. 1-2 in Phoenix, the Chevron company Delo will bring its 80-foot, rolling education center for attendees to check out its premium performance engine oils, lubricants and coolants.

Ford plans to offer the EcoBoost V-6, used in the F-150, for its Police Interceptor Utility. Photo courtesy Ford.

Ford to Offer 365 Hp EcoBoost V-6 for Police Interceptor Utility

Ford plans to offer its 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 engine for its Police Interceptor Utility. This engine can deliver 365 hp and produce 350 lb.-ft. of torque, Ford stated. Ford’s Police Advisory Board identified this engine as their “No. 1 want,” said Ford’s Gerry Koss, fleet marketing manager for the automaker.

Longmont Borrowing From Fleet Fund to Pay for Auditorium

The City of Longmont, Colo., will borrow $470,000 from the City’s Fleet Fund to pay for the Longmont Museum’s auditorium expansion, the Longmont Times-Call reported. The loan will be paid back with interest by January 2018.

Arkansas State Police assigned two "low-profile" vehicles to each of the State Police Troops. Photo courtesy Arkansas State Police.

Arkansas State Police Deploy 24 'Low-Profile' Police Cars

The Arkansas State Police has assigned 24 “low-profile” police cars to the State Police Highway Patrol Division in order to allow the vehicles to blend in with regular traffic so officers can witness more violations.

Projected Savings in CNG Will Pay for Spokane's Fleet Facility Construction

The City of Spokane, Wash., is constructing a fleet facility that will consolidate the maintenance and repair of the City’s vehicles. This is currently performed at three separate locations. Conversion of Solid Waste vehicles to run on CNG will help pay for the $12 million project.

Spartan Says New MPA 65-ft. Emergency Response Apparatus Now Available

Spartan ERV said that although it previewed the vehicle in April, the MPA 65’ has undergone more development based on input and feedback, in addition to more testing and certification.

Officials from the City of Columbus and others break ground at the site of will be the City's second publicly accessible compressed natural gas fueling station. Photo courtesy City of Columbus.

Columbus, Ohio, to Build Second Publicly Accessible CNG Fueling Station

The new station will service the City’s northern refuse fleet operation, which has more than 65 vehicles, its Planning & Operations Division, which has more than 45 vehicles, and other City divisions.

Forest Preserve District of Dupage County Begins Online Auctions

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Ill., is moving its auctions of surplus equipment online. Beginning Aug. 22, bidders at will be able to purchase pickup trucks, SUVs, mowers, chainsaws, blowers, a generator, and a golf cart.

Michelin to Donate Tires to Yellowstone National Park’s Fleet Through 2016

According to Michelin, the company has donated more than 1,400 tires to the park’s fleet of 800 vehicles, including tires for patrol cars, refuse trucks, rotary snow plows, and tractor-trailers.

Jersey City, N.J., Using GPS Devices to Track City Vehicles

The City’s Mayor Steven Fulop said the City is installing the devices to improve accountability, reduce fuel use, and eliminate personal use of City-owned vehicles by employees.

The DC Fire Fighters L36 association posted this picture of an ambulance on fire in an emergency room parking lot. Photo via Twitter/@IAFF36.

DC Ambulances Catch on Fire

The District of Columbia fire and emergency fleet, which has in recent months been under investigation for its emergency vehicle availability and the state of its aging fleet, had two ambulances catch on fire on August 13.

GAO Report Says Federal Agencies Should Adopt Better Fleet Management Policies

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report in July that found that select federal agencies are only partially using fleet management best practices.

‘Ocean's 16’ Lottery Winners Each Receiving $3.87M

The 16 Ocean County, N.J., fleet employees who won the Powerball drawing this month, named “Ocean’s 16,” have verified their winning ticket. The net prize after federal and state taxes is $61,959,135. Each fleet employee will receive a check for $3,872,445.94.

Why Re-refined Motor Oil Could Work for Your Fleet

At the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo you’ll hear about two fleet case studies that delve into re-refined motor oil and how it lowered their maintenance costs and furthered their sustainability goals.

On August 9, Dearborn's Mayor Jack O’Reilly was joined by Tom Wither, founder of the Adopt a Watt program; Mike Tinskey, director of Ford Motor Company’s Global Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure; Jennifer Mefford, director, New Business Development, Powering Michigan’s Future, NECA/IBEW (Local 58); and representatives for Sen. Carl Levin, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Congressman John Dingell.

Dearborn, Mich., Participation in Adopt-A-Watt Project Results in Second New EV Charging Station

The City of Dearborn, Mich., participated in the national Adopt-A-Watt program, which resulted in the installation of an electric vehicle charging station and 25 high-efficiency lights at the Henry Ford Centennial Library parking lot.


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