Government Fleet News

California DGS Details Zero Emissions Fleet Plan Requirements for State Agencies

The California Department of General Services' directions outline the three-year implementation plan that State agencies must submit to DGS’ Office of Fleet and Asset Management (OFAM) when those agencies want to purchase new fleet vehicles.

Cook County and Zipcar Launch Shared Fleet Program

Cook County, Ill., and Zipcar Inc. are launching a new sharing program called “Shared Fleet” that brings existing County fleet vehicles into a car sharing network and gives County employees discounts when accessing Zipcar vehicles in the Chicago area.

GF Congratulates Newest CAFM Graduates

Twenty-eight fleet professionals have already earned their CAFM certification during the first half of the year. Of these, 17 work in the public sector.

The 2013 Ram 1500. Chrysler's Ram Truck brand plans to offer a 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel engine on the 2014-MY version of the Ram 1500. Photo courtesy Chrysler.

Ram Truck to Offer Diesel Engine for 2014 Ram 1500

Chrysler’s Ram Truck brand plans to offer a small-displacement diesel engine for its 2014 model-year Ram 1500 pickup truck. The automaker said the engine will be a new 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel.

Little Rock to Refurbish Fire Truck

The City of Little Rock, Ark., Fleet Services and Fire departments have decided to refurbish a reserve aerial fire apparatus. The cost of refurbishing the unit is $250,000; a new unit would cost between $850,000 and $1 million.

Germantown, Tenn., Constructing New Fleet Services Facility

The City of Germantown, Tenn., broke ground on a new fleet maintenance facility on Jan. 23. The new facility is east of the City’s existing public services complex. The City stated construction should be complete by October.

Rochester to Install AVL System in Public Works Vehicles

Government Fleet spoke with Michael Quattrone, assistant director for the City’s Bureau of Operations & Parks, about the new system and how it will help the City better manage its fleet.

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Alvarado Moves to Tacoma Public Utilities

Aaron Alvarado, previously fleet manager at the City of Tempe, Ariz., is now fleet manager at Tacoma (Wash.) Public Utilities. He began his new position Feb. 11.

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Thomson to Retire from City of Salem, Ore.

Don Thomson, CAFM, will retire from the City of Salem, Ore., March 31. He is the City’s fleet/warehouse superintendent and is responsible for providing and maintaining all fleet equipment used by City departments.

Detroit Diesel Approves EcoPower Heavy-Duty Diesel 10W-30 CJ-4/SM

Safety-Kleen Systems announced Feb. 11 that Detroit Diesel has approved EcoPower Heavy-Duty Diesel 10W-30 CJ-4/SM for use in Detroit Diesel engines.

The City of Columbus will have a total of 64 CNG units in service in total by year-end 2013. Out of that number, 18 will be CNG automated side loaders.

Columbus to Place 18 CNG Automated Side Loaders Into Service by End of 2013

The City of Columbus, Ohio, plans to place an additional 44 dedicated CNG units into service by the end of 2013. Columbus is also currently building a second CNG fueling site located on the north side of the city.

Santa Barbara PD Gets New In-Vehicle Cameras

Twenty-eight patrol vehicles in the City of Santa Barbara (Calif.) Police Department fleet are getting video cameras installed in an effort to protect the department from liability, according to Noozhawk.

Pictured is a Kenworth T270 hybrid bucket truck used by NYC's Dept. of Transportation. Photo courtesy Kenworth.

New York City's DOT Buys New Hybrid Bucket Truck for Use on Rail Tracks

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has purchased an additional Kenworth T370 hybrid bucket truck, which it plans to put into service to help maintain bridges over railroads. The vehicle is currently on order.

Submit Your Nominations for 2013 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2013 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, March 18.

Lafayette, La., Opens CNG Station for City Fleet Vehicles and the Public

The City of Lafayette, La., is building a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the Lafayette Consolidated Government's public works department.

Detroit's new hybrid refuse trucks could reduce fuel costs by up to 25% in comparison to conventional refuse trucks. Photo courtesy of the Clean Energy Coalition.

Detroit’s New Hybrid Refuse Trucks Now on the Road

The City of Detroit took delivery of eight new hybrid refuse trucks with funding assistance from the Clean Energy Coalitions (CEC). CEC provided funding to cover the incremental cost of the hybrid system.

GPS Insight's new mobile app for Android smartphones.

GPS Insight Mobile App for Android is Now Available for Customers

With GPS Insight Mobile for Android, fleet managers don’t need to be at their desk in order to stay up to date with fleet activity. The Android app allows you to quickly view vehicle location, status, driver, odometer, and more features to come.

The Ram ProMaster will be available during the third quarter of 2013. Photo courtesy Chrysler Group.

Chrysler Reveals 2014 Ram ProMaster Full-Size Van in Chicago

The 2014-MY Ram ProMaster will come in two roof heights, three wheelbases, and four body lengths, plus a cutaway model, for a total of 13 different configurations. The all-new vehicle will be available during the third quarter of 2013, according to the automaker.

Mersen Releases Quiz About Semiconductor Protection Technology

Mersen recently published a new Protection Intelligence Quotient (PIQ) Quiz on semiconductor protection. This is the latest quiz in an ongoing program that challenges participants to see if they’re up to speed on the best practices in electrical safety and reliability.

Collective Data Sees 21% Growth for 2012

Collective Data, Inc., a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, provider of fleet management software systems, announced today a year-over-year growth of 21% for 2012. The company attributes its continued success to the ability to offer unique solutions tailored to the needs of its clients.

Franklin County, Kan. EMS Adopts New Fleet Tracking and Managment Systems

The County agency is using Prova Systems’ Fleet Manager-in-a-Box system and the Fleetio web-based fleet management system.

Louisiana Requires State Agencies to Purchase Bi-Fuel Vehicles

The new law says State agencies are not allowed to purchase or lease any vehicle unless it is capable of bi-fuel operation, with fuels including natural gas or propane and gasoline or diesel.

City of Elgin to Lease Police Cruisers & Motorcycles

The City of Elgin, S.C., is the most recent jurisdiction to join Sparta Commercial Services’ Municipal Lease Program for the acquisition of its essential equipment, particularly the updating of police vehicles.

The new CNG station could save the City of Beverly Hills up to $250,000 each year in estimated fuel costs. Photo courtesy City of Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills Opens CNG Fueling Station and Replaces Four Refuse Trucks With CNG Models

The City of Beverly Hills, Calif., recently opened its new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The new station will fuel the City’s growing fleet of CNG vehicles, which now includes four new refuse trucks.

Web Poll Results: Vehicle Replacements Not Yet Back to Normal

Government Fleet's online poll shows that 12% of respondents are not replacing vehicles this fiscal year; 49% will be able to replace some vehicles, but they're are are not back on track with replacements.

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