Government Fleet News

Clay Chandler.

Chandler Resigns From Fleet Management Position With State of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV - Clay Chandler resigned from his position as executive director of West Virginia’s Fleet Management Office on August 10.

ASE Extends Testing Registration Deadline Through August 24

LEESBURG, VA - For fleet managers whose employees are interested in taking these exams, ASE stated that testing ends August 31 and that those interested can register any time through August 24 at www.myASE.com.

OEMs Talk Green Truck Products & Technologies

TORRANCE, CA – What can fleet managers expect from the next generation of light- and medium-duty trucks? Find out at the truck OEM panel discussion on Oct. 2 at the Green Fleet Conference.

GM Launches All-New Fleet & Commercial Website

DETROIT – General Motors has launched an all-new website at www.gmfleet.com for GM Fleet & Commercial Operations. The new site features improved navigation and the latest GM Fleet & Commercial news and contact information in addition to new video content.

Note: GAO analysis included civilian (except Postal Service) and non-tactical military vehicles. The Y-axis shows the number of vehicles (in thousands).

Percentage of Alt-Fuel Vehicles in Federal Fleet Grew to 33% From 2005 to 2011

WASHINGTON - Some federal agencies had notable increases, according to a Government Accountability Office report, including the Dept. of the Interior and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Raleigh PD Saves on Fuel Costs With Idle Reduction System & Propane Vehicles

RALEIGH, NC - The Raleigh Police Department has saved more than $22,000 through the use of propane autogas in 20 vehicles, and it expects savings of $63,000 through the use of Energy Xtreme Battery Systems anti-idling devices on 29 vehicles.

Photo courtesy Jose Ybarra.

Kawasaki Suspends Shipments of Concours 14P Motorcycle

SANTA ANA, CA - Kawasaki Motors Corp. has suspended shipments of its Concours 14P police motorcycle program, after determining that dealer modifications were causing a blown main fuse, increasing the risk of a crash.

Jeffery Jeter.

Jeter Named Director of Chesterfield County Fleet Management Division

CHESTERFIELD, VA - Prior to this move, Jeffery Jeter was director of fleet services for Spotsylvania County Public Schools in Spotsylvania, Va.

GM Recalls Chevrolet Impala Patrol Cars

WASHINGTON - General Motors is recalling more than 38,000 Chevrolet Impala patrol cars in North America. The recall affects Impala police vehicles from model years 2008 to 2012, including 36,413 in the United States and 1,713 in Canada.

Altec Recalling 141 Aerial-Device Utility Trucks

WASHINGTON – Altec Industries is recalling 141 2012 model-year aerial device vehicles built on the Navistar TerraStar chassis, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.

Can Biodiesel Work for Your Fleet?

TORRANCE, CA – Biodiesel may be one potential solution for fleets looking to go greener. Several fleets that have been successful in using biodiesel will be sharing their strategies at the 2012 Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Icom North America Earns 17 New EPA Certifications For GM Vehicles

LYON TOWNSHIP, MI – Icom North America, a developer and manufacturer of liquid-injection propane (autogas) systems, has received 17 new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifications for its JTG II Propane Liquid Injection bi-fuel systems.

Projected fuel prices for transportation fuels (Graphic: Business Wire)

Report Recommends Feds Use Alt-Fuel Freight Shipment Carriers

WASHINGTON - The report, by the non-profit American Clean Skies Foundation, says a switch of 20% of the U.S. government’s business to freight and package carriers using alternative fuels would lead to savings of approximately $25 billion by 2025.

Rand Johnson

Stertil-Koni Names Rand Johnson Sales Manager, GSA and U.S Military

STEVENSENVILLE, MD - Stertil-Koni, the provider of heavy vehicle lifts, announced that Rand D. Johnson has joined the company as sales manager for GSA and U.S Military customers.

Douglas County, Ore., Sheriff’s Dept. Testing Fuel-Saving Device

ROSEBURG, OR – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department is testing a device called a Smart Emissions Reducer on its vehicles in order to save money on fuel and cut emissions.

Richard Weston.

Weston Retires from Thurston County

OLYMPIA, WA - Richard Weston, CEM, CPFP, retired May 31, as fleet manager for Thurston County, Wash. He joined Thurston County in January 1989.

West Virginia Seeks Bids for Natural Gas Vehicles

CHARLESTON, WV – Bids for the 2013 model-year West Virginia statewide motor vehicle contract will include compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled vehicles.

Study Finds Eco-Driving Improves Fuel Economy Nearly 14% in Waste-Hauling Fleets

SAN DIEGO – Findings from a recent Waste-Hauling Fleet Fuel Efficiency Study from SmartDrive show waste-hauling fleets can reduce fuel consumption by up to 13.8%, saving more than $2,600 per vehicle annually, by engaging in eco-driving best practices.

Chattanooga’s New Energy Policy Mandates Alt-Fuel Vehicle Purchases

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield's Executive Order No. 2012-01 states that by 2015, at least 25% of new light-duty vehicles acquired by City agencies must be alternative-fuel vehicles, one of various mandates to reduce energy use.

Mario Guzman, fleet administrator for the City of Boynton Beach, Fla.

Guzman Named Fleet Administrator for City of Boynton Beach, Fla.

BOYNTON BEACH, FL - Mario Guzman, CAFM, has been named fleet administrator for the City of Boynton Beach, Fla., under the direction of Christine Roberts, assistant public works director.

GM Says Sales to State and Local Governments Increased 115% in July

DETROIT – General Motors reported that its fleet sales to state and local police agencies drove a 115% increase in sales to government entities.

Charles Davenport, Maintenance Technician IV with the City of Roanoke, Va.,’s Fleet Management Department.

Charles Davenport Named 'Technician of the Month' for July

TORRANCE, CA - Charles Davenport is employed as a maintenance technician IV with the City of Roanoke, Va.,’s Fleet Management Department. He has more than 30 years of experience, is ASE certified, and has spent the last seven years with the City.

U.S. Air Force Right-Sizes Non-Combat Ground Fleet

WASHINGTON – A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed that the U.S. Air Force has worked to right-size its fleet since 2005, reducing its total size by 7%.

Chicago O'Hare Adds Hybrid Pickup Trucks to Ground Fleet

CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has expanded its fleet of hybrid vehicles with three Chevrolet Silverado hybrid pickup trucks.

Calif. Fleet Reduced Petroleum Fuel Use by 13% Since 2003

SACRAMENTO, CA – A recently released report from the State's Department of General Services shows California is on target to meet the 2020 goal of a 20-percent overall reduction in petroleum fuel use from 2003 consumption levels.

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