Government Fleet News

DOT & EPA Officially Release 2017 - 2025 Proposed Fuel Economy Standards

WASHINGTON - Public hearings on the new fuel-economy standards will take place in January in Detroit, in Philadelphia, and in San Francisco to allow further public input.

2012 GFX Call for Papers

TORRANCE, CA - The 2012 Government Fleet Expo and Conference planning committee invites interested parties to submit papers for consideration for speaking opportunities.

FleetMatics Enhancements Include Industry Benchmarks, Fuel Card

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - The FleetMatics 8.5 GPS vehicle tracking system offers new features such as industry benchmarks, speed limits, and the FleetMatics fuel card.

Smith Electric Opens New York Plant, Governor Announces EV Incentive

KANSAS CITY, MO - Smith Electric Vehicles will open a manufacturing facility in New York City, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the development of a federally-funded, multi-year commercial EV buyer incentive program.

Tulsa Brings In $800,000 From Auction

TULSA, OK - Some of the vehicles sold were identified in the audit conducted by CST Fleet Services, which recommended reducing the fleet’s size by 568 vehicles.

City of Aurora, Colo., Buys 67 Chevrolet Caprice PPVs

AURORA, CO – The City of Aurora’s police department will receive the first delivery of 34 Chevrolet Caprice PPV patrol cars by the end of the year, according to a release from the department.

Bobcat Company Announces Price Increase Effective Dec. 1

WEST FARGO, ND - Models scheduled to become 2012 Interim Tier 4 (iT4) compliant will increase in price by 5.25% on Dec. 1.

NHTSA Says Volt Still Safe After Investigating Battery Fire

DETROIT - NHTSA said it intends to continue to test the lithium-ion battery in the Chevrolet Volt but that based on the available data, the Volt is as safe as a gasoline-powered vehicle.

Greg Morris, CEM, Operations and Maintenance fleet manager for the County, said outsoursing the parts room frees up county monies held in inventory and ensures quicker parts delivery.

Sarasota County’s Outsourced Parts Room Expected to Save $180K Annually

SARASOTA, FL - Sarasota County, Fla., Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Fleet Services recently outsourced its parts room, which had more than $350,000 of inventory monthly with yearly purchases totaling more than $1 million.

Minnesota Offering $350,000 for New Clean Diesel Grants

ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is looking for applicants for its federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant funding.

Miami University Using Anti-Idling Devices in Fleet

OXFORD, OH - With a fleet of more than 500 units, the university initially installed the devices in four vehicles but plans to roll it out to 10 to 20.

Pima County, Ariz., Adding GPS to 1,400 Vehicles

TUCSON, AZ – Pima County, Ariz., is in the middle of rolling out GPS devices across its fleet and expects to see savings from better routing, idle control, and improved safety.

The EV charging station is equipped with five 240V charge outlets for use by County employees and residents. Photo courtesy of Howard County.

Howard County Buys Volt, Unveils EV Charging Station

ELLICOTT CITY, MD - Howard County, Md., unveiled its new electric vehicle charging station for public and county fleet use on Nov. 7. The City recently purchased a Chevrolet Volt.

New Jersey Establishes Vehicle Lift Contract

TRENTON, NJ - All New Jersey governmental agencies, cities, schools, counties, transit authorities, and special units of government are approved to use the lift contract.

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International Bank Equipment Manufacturer Enters Key Control Market

PORTLAND, OR - SafePak Corporation introduces a new line of key control products specifically targeting the auto service industry, fleet management, and dealerships.

Peter Scarafiotti, director & automotive engineer of the Fleet Services Department, said one of the areas he's most proud of is the quality of the fleet staff. Pictured are (l-r) Pat Mann, parts supervisor; Denise Ruther, equipment management system; Scarafiott; John Milhon, fleet maintenance superintendent; Jim Gould, fleet support administrator; Chris Jack, first shift foreman; and Herb Moore, budget analyst.

City of Mesa Saves $550K During CFMO Certification Process

MESA, AZ - The City of Mesa, Ariz., recently designated a Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO), saved $550,000 last year by developing a warranty recovery program.

Wright Express Unveils Pump Shut-Off Feature

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME - Wright Express approves fuel transactions up to the maximum dollar amount the customer has defined for the card in use, and then the pump is closed for that individual transaction.

Tim Ryburn was named fleet/mail administrator for the State of Iowa in April.

Iowa Considers Leasing One-Third of Vehicle Fleet

DES MOINES, IA - The State of Iowa is considering switching to leasing for 1,100 state vehicles. The RFP deadline for both short- and long-term leasing was Nov. 1, and fleet expects to make a decision by March 1, 2012.

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City of DeLand Purchases Chevrolet Volts With Grant

DELAND, FL - Four vehicles will be used for utility meter readings, and one will be used for transporting passengers.

Pennsylvania Cooperating With Colorado, Oklahoma, and Wyoming to Switch Fleets to Natural Gas

HARRISBURG, PA - The memorandum between the four states is designed to spur OEM development of new natural-gas-fueled vehicles by allowing the states to cooperatively purchase vehicles in the future.

Illinois' Central Management Services Responds to Fleet Audit

SPRINGFIELD, IL – In response to an audit of the State of Illinois’ fleet by the inspector general’s office, the State of Illinois’ Central Management Services (CMS) said it’s adopting a number of recommendations. CMS also announced it is implementing a new car sharing program.

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New 2011 Catalog Available From Cadna Automotive

MEMPHIS, TN - The nearly 1,000 page catalog for 1990 and newer passenger cars and light trucks includes more than 500 new part numbers for Cadna's belt and hose product lines.

Energy Xtreme Named as Finalist for Platts 2011 Commercial Technology of the Year

AUSTIN, TX - Energy Xtreme's systems provide power to operate a vehicle's electrical needs without engaging the vehicle's engine. This allows for increased vehicle performance resulting in significant fuel and maintenance savings while reducing emissions.

Northern Nevada GDiesel Refinery Expands, Plans for Las Vegas Refinery Underway

RENO, NV - The expansion, expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2012, will double the plant's capacity to 400,000 gallons of clean-burning GDiesel per day.

Mercury Associates Awarded GSA Contract

GAITHERSBURG, MD - Mercury Associates’ federal GSA contract award positions the firm to help federal agencies comply with fleet management mandates.

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