Government Fleet News

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.

Eugene P.D. Switching to Ford Police Interceptor Utility

The City of Eugene, Ore.’s police department is switching to the Ford Police Interceptor Utility and is planning to purchase 23 new SUVs. After replacing the vehicles, the City’s PD expects to save more than $150,000 in fuel costs each year.

NY Launches Truck Voucher Incentive Program for Electric Vehicles

State and local government entities in New York can apply for vouchers of up to $60,000 for the purchase of Class 3-8 battery-electric trucks. These vouchers are offered in 30 counties that did not meet federal clean air standards.

Ocean County, N.J., Fleet Employees Hit $86M Jackpot

Sixteen Ocean County, N.J., fleet employees share a winning lottery ticket, one of three winning tickets for the $448 million Powerball jackpot, according to the Press of Atlantic City. If taken in a lump sum, each ticket is worth $86 million before taxes.

Alameda County, Calif.'s Sheriff’s Department Using Idle-Reduction Systems on Patrol Vehicles

Alameda County, Calif., has installed idle-reduction systems on eight of its patrol vehicles, including five Dodge Chargers, two Ford Police Interceptor sedans, and a Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, the County’s Transportation Services Manager, General Services Agency, Doug Bond told Government Fleet magazine.

Pictured is one of Manatee County's eight fuel sites.

Florida’s Manatee County Fleet Services Upgrades Fuel Management System

Manatee County Fleet Services in Florida plans to have 1,200 vehicles installed with the AIM2 fuel monitoring system from FuelMaster by 2014.

Ccertifications such as the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence and the fleet’s recognition as one of the 100 Best Fleets show deputies the efforts fleet staff goes through to stay current on training and provide the best services possible.

Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Fleet Obtains ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

Eighteen Palm Beach (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office fleet technicians have an ASE certification, and five have a Master certification.

What Will Obama’s Second Term Mean for Alt-Fuels?

At the 2013 Green Fleet Conference, the breakfast keynote speaker Kipp Coddington will provide an overview of how the Obama Administration’s policies will impact environmental and energy initiatives.

Las Cruces PD Arrests City Fleet Management Section Employees

The City of Las Cruces, N.M.’s police department arrested three current employees from the City’s fleet management section, and one former employee, for allegedly falsifying fleet management documents.

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt. Photo courtesy GM.

GM Reduces MSRP of Chevrolet Volt by $5,000 for 2014

General Motors has dropped the retail price of its Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle by $5,000 for the 2014 model-year, to $34,995 (including an $810 destination fee).

Goodyear Manager Confesses to Creating False Purchase Orders for Polk County Sheriff’s Vehicles

Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office Fleet Services received an invoice from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for items the PCSO did not purchase. Following the investigation, the store manager confessed to creating false purchase orders to boost his sales statistics.

Stanton Announces Retirement from City of San Antonio

Long-time fleet manager Bob Stanton announced his retirement from the City of San Antonio effective July. At the City of San Antonio, Stanton was the assistant director - building and equipment services – Fleet.

Richard Battersby to Deliver Closing Keynote at Green Fleet Conference

Richard Battersby, CAFM, CPFP, 2013 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year, will deliver the closing keynote address at the 2013 Green Fleet Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

View Recordings of ASE Webinars about Testing

The two webinars discuss tests from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). One details how tests are developed and the other provides test-takers with tips on how to make the most of their time during an exam.

ARB Says Renewable Diesel Should Be Treated the Same as Conventional Diesel

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the State Water Resources Control Board, the agencies state that renewable diesel should be treated the same as conventional ARB diesel for all purposes, including storage in underground storage tanks (USTs).

Clean Energy Coalition Conducting Alt-Fuel Studies With Michigan Fleets

The non-profit organization Clean Energy Coalition (CEC) is working with a number of fleets in Michigan to conduct studies that will help the organization present a business case, for each fleet, for operating alternative-fuel vehicles.

Ford is offering a CNG/LPG prep package on the 2014-MY F-150.

Ford to Offer CNG/LPG Prep Package for 2014 F-150

The 2014 Ford F-150 with the 3.7L V-6 engine will be available this fall with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package so it can operate on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, a.k.a. propane), or gasoline through separate fuel systems.

Albuquerque Saves More Than $1.4M With Fuel Hedging Program

The City of Albuquerque, N.M. has saved more than $1.4 million dollars in fleet fuel costs via a hedging program that began in 2011. GF spoke City officials about the program and how the City set it up.

Government Attendees Get Special Hotel Rate and Sessions at Green Fleet Conference

In Phoenix on Oct. 1-2, government attendees at the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo can access a per diem hotel rate of $105 per night before Sept. 6, and will also find several conference sessions geared toward government fleets.

Mitchell to Retire from Arlington County, Virginia

Allen Mitchell, equipment bureau chief for Arlington County, Va., announced he will retire effective Nov. 1, 2013. His responsibilities at Arlington County include managing the County fleet of 1,500 assets.

Participate in Our Annual Industry Survey

Government Fleet is conducting its annual industry survey to learn more about public fleets and to track changes to the industry. The deadline has been extended to this Friday, August 2.

The Chevrolet Express 2500. Photo courtesy GM.

GM Adds Five-Passenger Cargo Van Model to 2014 Chevrolet Express Lineup

Called the “Crew Cargo Van,” this model features a three-passenger rear bench seat, and a bulkhead behind the seat separates the cargo area from the passenger area.

Report Recommends Centralization of North Carolina Public Safety Fleet

The report focuses on Department of Public Safety law enforcement vehicles managed by three sections: 2,209 by State Highway Patrol, 178 by Alcohol Law Enforcement, and 11 by State Capitol Police.


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