Government Fleet News

The Chevrolet City Express will be produced by Nissan for the U.S. and Canadian markets.

GM to Source Small Cargo Van from Nissan to U.S. & Canada

General Motors Co. (GM) and Nissan announced the companies have signed an agreement for Nissan to produce a small cargo vehicle that GM will sell in the United States and Canada.

Illinois Senate Passes Bill to Reduce State Fleet Size

The State of Illinois plans to sell vehicles with 7,000 miles or less on them as surplus by Jan. 1, 2014, according to the text of a bill that has passed Illinois' House and Senate.

GFX 2013: Join Us at the Largest GFX Ever

Public-sector fleet employee registrations for the 2013 Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) are higher than they've ever been in the history of GFX. As of May 14, full conference pass registration is up 45% compared to the same time last year.

Temple, Texas to Build CNG Station and Convert Solid Waste Fleet to Natural Gas

According to the City, the new station will fuel 14 CNG solid waste fleet vehicles and will be publicly accessible.

Pennsylvania Awards $6.7 Million in Natural Gas Fleet Conversion Grant Funds

From the initial round of Act 13 grant funds, $5 million went to local transportation organizations, including Centre County, the Rose Tree Media School District, the Eerie Metropolitan Transport Authority, the Borough of Chambersburg, and the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority.

City of Miami to Save 19K Gallons of Diesel Annually with Hybrid Refuse Trucks

The City of Miami’s purchase of four hybrid refuse trucks is expected to result in significant fuel savings – the trucks consume on average 51% less diesel fuel than a non-hybrid truck.

Workers driving Garfield County vehicles now must turn off their engines if they are stopped for more than 30 seconds. Photo via Garfield County.

Garfield County Adopts New Anti-idling Policy

Garfield County in Colorado has a new vehicle idling policy that requires County fleet vehicle drivers to turn their engines off when they are stopped for more than 30 seconds.

Sarpy County, Neb., Implements New Fleet Policies to Prevent Future Theft

Sarpy County, Neb., has implemented new fleet services department policies designed to prevent theft in the wake of last year’s theft of fuel by the County’s former fleet manager Patrick Clarke.

T3 Motion Launches Trade-in Program for Segway Owners

T3 Motion, Inc. launched a new Segway trade-in program. The program will provide up to a $3,000 credit for the purchase of a T3 Patroller Series vehicle, or up to $2,000 credit for the purchase of a T3 Vision Series vehicle.

Mobile, Ala., Uses Penny Tax Increase to Buy New Police Vehicles and Fleet Equipment

The City of Mobile, Ala., has used the funds from a penny sales tax increase to fund the purchase of a number of replacement fleet vehicles, including 75 police cars for $2.25 million.

Snap-on Acquires Challenger Lifts

Snap-on Incorporated announced that it has acquired Challenger Lifts, Inc. for approximately $38 million in cash. Challenger designs, manufactures, and distributes a comprehensive line of vehicle lifts and repair accessories.

The 2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van is slated to go on sale in fall 2014. Photo courtesy GM.

GM Details 2015 Chevrolet City Express Powertrain and Features

General Motors provided more details on its upcoming 2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van, which the automaker is sourcing from Nissan. The vehicle will come in two trim levels, LS and LT, according to GM, and feature a 2.0L four-cylinder DOHC engine.

Killeen Releases Details of Fleet Property Theft Investigation

The City of Killeen recently released a report documenting Police Department’s investigation into the alleged theft of fleet property by fleet employees. In December 2012, following the investigation, Killeen’s fleet director retired, a technician resigned, and another technician was fired.

County Executive Mike Hein stands with Wawarsing Town Supervisor Scott Carlsen, Wawarsing Highway Superintendent Tony Paes, and Wawarsing Department of Public Works employees Randy VanKleeck and Cindy Najdzion.

Ulster County, N.Y., Uses Grant Funds to Install AVLs in Area Municipal Fleet Vehicles

Ulster County has installed 141 AVLs in its own vehicles, 38 AVLs in the Town of Wawarsing’s fleet vehicles, and 11 AVLs in the Village of Ellenville’s vehicles.

A CNG-fueled Ford F-650 the automaker brought to the ATD show in Las Vegas.

Ford Says Gasoline-Equipped F-650 Offers Affordability and Flexibility

Ford Motor Co. brought a CNG-fueled dump truck version of F-650 medium-duty truck to the 2013 ATD show in Orlando and the automaker's Todd Kaufman, marketing manager, explained how this particular project came about.

ASE Offering Free Webinar on New Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Certification

The new certification level is designed to test technicians’ knowledge of the most common maintenance and light repair tasks.

Pictured are John Scharffbillig (with beard) with Jon Hunter, Kelly Marczak and Lisa Thurstin of the American Lung Association in Minnesota Outdoor Air Division.

Minneapolis Fleet Honored For Reducing Emissions & Gasoline Use

John Scharffbillig, director of Public Works Fleet Services for the City of Minneapolis, was recently honored with the Community Lung Health Champion Award by the American Lung Association in Minnesota.

Indiana House and Senate Pass Bill to Increase Natural Gas Vehicles, Fueling Stations

By increasing the amount State agencies can pay for alternative-fuel vehicles, HB 1324 would drive demand for natural-gas fueling stations throughout Indiana.

Mohawk Lifts Launches Mobile Website

Mohawk Lifts, manufacturer of above-ground vehicle lifts ranging from 6,000 to 240,000 lbs., has just launched a mobile version of the Mohawk Lifts website.

Seattle's Mayor Mike McGinn announced the City's goal of reducing petroleum fuel use by 1 million gallons by 2020. Photo courtesy City of Seattle.

Seattle Sets Goal to Reduce Fleet Petroleum Fuel Use by 1 Million Gallons by 2020

This goal would require a 42% reduction in petroleum-based fuel use when using the amount of fuel the City’s fleet used in 2012 as the baseline.

North Texas Tollway Authority Selects Asset Management System

The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) has contracted to purchase AssetWorks Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software to manage all aspects of its roadway network, infrastructure, and fleet.

Colorado Energy Office Launches Alt-Fuel Outreach Program for Fleets

The Colorado Energy Office and Garfield Clean Energy have partnered to launch Refuel Colorado Fleets, which is a pilot project designed to provide education to fleets interested in incorporating alternative-fuel vehicles into their operations.

Miami PD Purchases 9 Electric Stand-up Vehicles

The Miami Police Department has purchased and placed into service a fleet of nine electric stand-up vehicles (ESVs) from T3 Motion Inc. The Patroller vehicles will be used to patrol high-density, high-traffic areas, including downtown Miami.

Mercedes said the redesigned 2014-MY Sprinter van will come with a four-cylinder diesel engine as standard. Photo courtesy Mercedes.

Mercedes Says 2014 Sprinter Van to Come Standard With Four-Cylinder Diesel Engine

Mercedes Benz unveiled its new 2014-MY Sprinter Van, which the automaker said has a new design, is more economical, and more environmentally friendly. The company said this redesign comes after seven years of the current-generation Sprinter.

ESW Group Acquires Cleaire

ESW Group acquired the assets and product line of Cleaire Advanced Emissions Controls LLC (Cleaire) on April 18. Cleaire, which designed, developed, and manufactured retrofit emission control systems for diesel engines, ceased operations on Jan.18.

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