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Using Chevin's new motor pool module, a driver can book an vehicle online and enter a code to access the key control locker.

Chevin Adds Online Motor Pool Module

Chevin Fleet Solutions added a new motor pool and key control module to its fleet management information system, FleetWave. The module allows drivers to book a vehicle or piece of equipment through an online portal.

Photo via Autocar.

Autocar Introduces CNG Refuse Truck

Autocar Industries introduced a natural gas version of its Class 7 cabover Xpert refuse truck at a alternative-fuel symposium in late November. The "baby 8" Xpert ACMD is now available with the Cummins Westport CNG/LNG engine.

Photo via BDA Global.

D.C. Fire Audit: Hire Civilian Fleet Director

An audit of District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS) fleet recommended the FEMS hire a professional civilian fleet director to oversee assets, change the overall structure of fleet operations, and to outsource some or most fleet work.

The Ram ProMaster City will bring familiar Ram Truck styling cues to the Fiat Doblo. Photo via Fiat.

Ram to Offer Compact Cargo Van

The 2015 Ram ProMaster City, which will be available for order in late 2014, will compete with the Ford Transit Connect and the Nissan NV200.

Take the GF Financial Trends Survey

Government Fleet magazine is conducting a survey to determine financial trends among public-sector fleets. The 15-minute survey closes at 5 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 4.

Feds Offer Flex-Fuel Compliance Training Online

The 15-minute online course for drivers and fleet managers helps participants identify flex-fuel vehicles and locate alternative-fuel stations.

Screenshot via WTVF.

Tenn. Police Chief Prefers Prius

The White Bluff, Tenn., Police Department has become the first law enforcement agency in the state to roll out an entire fleet of Toyota Prius cars.

Photo via City of Somerville Police Department.

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.

Photo via Creative Commons.

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.

Photo via EcoV.

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.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

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.

Photo courtesy of Rotary Lift

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.

Photo via Mobility Ventures

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.

Photo via Flickr/veggiefrog.

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.


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