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Dane County already has 16 vehicles that run on CNG. Photo via Dane County's website.

Wisconsin Grant Enables Dane County’s Purchase of Bio-CNG Station

MADISON, WI - A $150,000 grant from Wisconsin's State Energy Office will allow Dane County to upgrade and purchase the filling station that has been converting methane from a landfill into compressed natural gas (CNG) for county vehicles.

The new facility has nine light-duty repair bays.

Smithsonian Institution Moves to New Vehicle Repair Facility

SUITLAND, MD - The Smithsonian Institution's fleet division moved into a brand-new 17,000 sq. ft. building just outside Washington D.C. The $4.2 million facility replaces and consolidates the federal agency's previous three maintenance facilities.

Verizon’s Sustainable Fleet Program Manager to Discuss Routing Technologies

TORRANCE, CA - Ken McKenney, sustainable fleet program manager with Verizon, will be discussing and answering questions about how the latest routing technologies can help fleets improve operations.

Cape Girardeau Reuses Motor Oil for Heating

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Waste oil from fleet vehicles at the City of Cape Girardeau is being filtered and burned to heat the fleet maintenance area and the recycling processing facility.

Midwest City, Okla., to Build Biofuel Refueling Station

MIDWEST CITY, OK - The new fueling station will replace two 20-year-old underground storage tanks. The City awarded the project to Petroleum Marketers, Inc., and expects project completion in 45 days.

Thurston County to Save on Fuel Costs After Upgrading Emergency Response Vehicles

OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State Department of Ecology is providing $250,000 to install exhaust emission controls on 83 vehicles, plus $390,000 for idle-reduction technology for 40 vehicle engines.

Carbon Motors took over a former Ford manufacturing plant in Connersville, Ind. Photo courtesy Carbon Motors.

Carbon Motors Denied Federal Loan to Build New Patrol Car

CONNERSVILLE, IN - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) won't provide $310 million in loans to Carbon Motors Corp. to produce the purpose-built E7 patrol car, the company announced.

Caterpillar Forest Products to Expand Prentice Self-Loader Line Through Collaboration with Epsilon

PEORIA, IL - Caterpillar Forest Products has entered into a marketing agreement with Palfinger Inc. to distribute, a line of knuckle boom self-loaders produced by Epsilon Kran GmbH under the brand name Prentice/Epsilon.

New Orleans Inspector General Report Says Fleet Recommendations Not Implemented

NEW ORLEANS - A 2008 report recommended that the City of New Orleans purchase a new fleet management software system, study vehicle utilization, and change how it files quarterly reports.

Graphic: Business Wire

Wright Express Launches Fuel Site Locator Mobile App

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME - Wright Express Corporation's "Octane" is free mobile app that includes the industry's first fuel site locator with up-to-date transaction-based fuel prices and text-to-speech capabilities.

The 2012-MY Chevrolet Caprice PPV. Photo courtesy General Motors.

Washington County, Ore., Running Chevrolet Caprice PPV and Tahoe Pilot Program

HILLSBORO, OR - Government Fleet magazine spoke with Tom Baylis, fleet manager for the County, about the pilot and how the County is making the switch from the Ford Crown Victoria to the new police vehicles on the market.

‘Green’ Funding Available to Fleets in Southern Calif.

DIAMOND BAR, CA - The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee's (MSRC) 2011-2012 Work Program has more than $26 million in funding available for four program categories.

State of Utah Purchases Hybrids to Replace Part of its Fleet

SALT LAKE CITY – The State of Utah is planning to purchase 73 hybrid vehicles in 2012, along with four CNG-fueled vehicles.

NJPA Awards Contract to CST Fleet Services

STAPLES, MN - In response to a national competitive bid, the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) announced that CST Fleet Services has been awarded the contract for fleet Professional Consulting Services.

The new Dodge Chargers (right) have a new look -- they&#39;re silver instead of black. Photo courtesy of Orangeburg County Sheriff&#39;s Office.<br />

Orangeburg County Sheriff Adds Chargers to Fleet

ORANGEBURG, SC - The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department is replacing its Crown Vic fleet with an initial purchase of 20 Dodge Chargers.

Simi Valley Dedicates New LEED-Certified Maintenance Facility

SIMI VALLEY, CA - According to the City, the $2.4 million Simi Valley Transit Maintenance Facility project earned a GOLD LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council.

The 2013 bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado includes a compressed natural gas (CNG) capable engine that seamlessly transitions between CNG and gas fuel systems. The bi-fuel Silverado will be covered by General Motors&#39; extensive warranty, and will meet all EPA and CARB emission certification requirements. (Photo by James Fassinger for Chevrolet)

2013 GMC and Chevrolet Bi-Fuel Pickups Unveiled

DETROIT - Chevrolet and GMC announced details March 5 of General Motors' bi-fuel 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD extended cab pickup trucks. Fleet and retail consumers can place orders beginning this April.

Pictured is a John Deere engine with integrated emissions control system.

John Deere Announces Final Tier 4/Stage IV Engine Technology Path

WATERLOO, IA - John Deere announces continuation of its planned building-block approach to meet United States Final Tier 4 and European Union Stage IV emissions regulations.

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Lindsey Named Anaheim Fleet Superintendent

ANAHEIM, CA - Ron Lindsey was recently chosen as the new operations superintendent for Fleet Services for the City of Anaheim, Calif. Lindsey comes from the County of San Bernardino, Calif.

D.C. Acquires 10 Alt-Fuel Vehicles for Dept. of Public Works

WASHINGTON – The District of Columbia has acquired 10 new alternative-fuel vehicles that the Department of Public Works (DPW) plans to use for trash collection, street sweeping, snow removal, and other services.

MaineDOT Ends State-Run Vanpool

AUGUSTA, ME – The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) plans to end its “GO MAINE” vanpool program on May 1, 2012, due to a lack of available funding to replace vehicles and for related expenses.

NAFA Launches 'Beyond Fleet' Program to Boost Awareness of Fleet Management Profession

PRINCETON, NJ - According to a statement from NAFA, “Beyond Fleet aims to elevate the status of fleet managers beyond the fleet management community into the mainstream business world where, oftentimes, few understand the true value of your position.”

GSA Expands Alt-Fuel Vehicle Availability

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) expanded the list of alternative-fuel vehicles that can be purchased through AutoChoice, the agency's online ordering tool.

Plug-in Electric Vehicles Eligible for Calif. Rebate

SACRAMENTO - California fleets purchasing or leasing the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid or the 2012 Chevrolet Volt with Low Emissions Package can apply for $1,500 rebates through the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP).

Siemens Receives GSA Contract to Supply EV Charging Stations to Federal Government

WASHINGTON - Siemens announced that it is one of the first companies awarded a General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 56 contract to provide Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations to the U.S. Government.



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CNG is made by compressing natural gas (which is mainly composed of methane to less than 1% of the volume it occupies at standard atmospheric pressure). It is stored and distributed in hard containers.

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