Government Fleet News

One of the City's fire department trucks fueled by CNG.

Asheville, N.C., Converts Fleet to CNG and Doubles Fueling Station Storage Capacity

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville, N.C., has added 25 new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to its fleet, bringing the total number of CNG vehicles the City operates to 37.

Junction City Brings Public Works & Fleet Maintenance Back In-House

JUNCTION CITY, KS - After nine years of outsourcing Public Works functions, the City of Junction City, Kan., transferred Public Works duties, including fleet maintenance, back in-house. The City still owns most of its Public Works fleet and has entered into a lease-purchase agreement for the rest of the equipment.

'Women in Fleet Management' Group to Hold Webinar July 24

ST. PAUL, MN - The Women in Fleet Management webinar will feature a conversation with Caroyln Woznicki, Johnson Controls' vice president of Global Purchasing & Supply Chain for the Building Efficiency Group. She will discuss reflections on her career in the fleet industry and the advice she would give to women who are entering, or in the middle of, their career today.

BYD GreenCity. Photo: BusinessWire

University of Utah Purchases BYD Electric Bus with Wireless Charging Pad

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah has placed an order for a 40-foot, all-electric transit bus with BYD Company Limited (BYD). The GreenCity bus will be retrofitted with a wireless charging pad.

Los Angeles Agrees to Pay $6.6M to Family of Woman Killed in Collision With Police Car

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Times said this is the largest amount the City has ever paid for a police-related collision.

Yolo-Solano AQMD Approves Grants for Fleet Clean Air Projects

DAVIS, CA – The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (AQMD) approved more than $300,000 in grants for 12 projects, a number of which allow for retrofitting of fleet vehicles, or the purchase of new vehicles, for various municipalities in northern California.

The City of Dublin celebrated the opening of its CNG fueling station on June 28, and 150 people attended the event. Photo courtesy of the City of Dublin.

City of Dublin Opens CNG Fueling Station

DUBLIN, OH - The City of Dublin CNG fast-fill fueling facility will be open to the public, other municipalities, and corporate fleets.

View Photos from GFX

TORRANCE, CA - Photos from the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) are now available for viewing. GFX took place June 18-20 in Denver.

Weld County, Colo., Opens CNG Station and Replaces 11 Vehicles With CNG Models

GREELEY, CO - Weld County has replaced 11 of its fleet vehicles with CNG models. The new SkyBlu CNG fueling station is operated by Mansfield Energy Corporation.

City of Lawrence, Kan., Testing Natural Gas F-150 for Fleet Use

LAWRENCE, KS - The City of Lawrence worked with Black Hills Energy and Fuel Conversion Solutions to convert the vehicle.

Chicago P.D. Uses Reverse Auction to Buy Patrol Vehicles

CHICAGO - The Chicago Police Department used an eBay-style reverse auction earlier this year to award contracts to two Chicago-area car dealers to supply the new Ford patrol vehicles.

City of Moline Recognized for Green Fleet Efforts

MOLINE, IL – The White House identified the City of Moline, Ill., as a sustainable community, inviting its mayor and city administrator to the White House Forum on Sustainable Communities. The City’s green fleet efforts have largely contributed to this recognition.

Report Says 15 Out of 24 Federal Agencies Reduced Fleet Petroleum Use in 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. federal agencies released their reports from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) about whether they met sustainability goals for 2011. Government Fleet magazine analyzed fleet petroleum use for the agencies in the report.

Roush Completes Altoona Testing for Propane Autogas Paratransit Vehicle

LIVONIA, MI — ROUSH CleanTech announced the completion of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) New Model Bus Testing Program (referred to as “Altoona Testing”) on a ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-450 vehicle fueled by propane autogas.

Virginia State Police Transitions to Ford Police Interceptor

NORTH CHESTERFIELD, VA – Virginia State Police is transitioning its Ford Crown Victoria police fleet to Ford Police Interceptors with the order of 144 Police Interceptors, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

City of Tucson Receives New Elkhart Coach Paratransit Vehicles

TUCSON, AZ – The City of Tucson has received 19 new Elkhart Coach paratransit vehicles. The buses each come with a Ford E-350 chassis equipped with a 6.8L gasoline engine.

Granite State Clean Cities Deploys Natural Gas & Biodiesel Vehicles

CONCORD, NH – The Granite State Clean Cities Coalition (GSCCC), administered by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, saved more than 1.3 million gallons of petroleum fuels in 2010.

West Virginia Task Force to Study Converting State Vehicle Fleet to Natural Gas

CHARLESTON, W.VA – The State of West Virginia’s Governor Ray Tomblin has signed an executive order, Order No. 10-12, that establishes a natural gas vehicle “task force" to study the feasibility of converting the State's fleet to run on natural gas.

National Parks to Purchase Fuel-Efficient and Alt-Fuel Vehicles as Part of Clean Cities Program

WASHINGTON – The National Parks Service is partnering with the U.S. Energy Department via the Clean Cities program to deploy fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel vehicles in five national parks across the U.S.

Craig M. Croner, administrative services manager for the City of Boise, Idaho

GFX Coverage: Conference Session Covers Justifying In-House PM to Managers, Stakeholders

DENVER – One of the conference sessions, given by Craig M. Croner, administrative services manager for the City of Boise, Idaho, discussed the topic of how fleet managers can justify providing in-house preventive maintenance (PM) services to managers and other stakeholders in a government organization.

GFX Coverage: 15 New Product Highlights

DENVER – At Government Fleet Expo & Conference 2012 (GFX), a number of companies showed products they had introduced recently or within the last 12 months. Following are descriptions of the products from the 15 companies highlighted as having new products at GFX 2012.

GFX Coverage: Session Covers Ethics in Fleet Management

DENVER – John Hunt, fleet manager, City of Portland, Ore., and Dave Head, fleet manager, County of Sonoma, Calif., gave the presentation, which focused on the high ethical standards fleet management professionals must uphold.

City of Reno, Nev.

GFX Coverage: Fort Lauderdale & Reno Awarded for CFMO Certifications

DENVER, CO – At GFX, the Government Fleet Management Alliance (GFMA) presented the Cities of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Reno, Nev., with the crystal award for their recent completion of the Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) program.

Larry Campbell, fleet management director for the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

GFX Coverage: Campbell Named 2012 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

DENVER – Larry Campbell, CPFP, fleet management director for the City of Fort Wayne, Ind., was named the 2012 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year at GFX. The award is sponsored by Fleet Counselor Services and the Government Fleet Management Alliance (GFMA).

John Amatt. Photo courtesy John Amatt.

GFX Coverage: Tuesday Keynote Focuses on Persevering in the Face of Adversity

DENVER – The Tuesday, June 19, keynote during GFX 2012 featured mountaineer and explorer John Amatt, whose speech focused on the themes of persevering in challenging situations and environments and the importance of teamwork.

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