Government Fleet News

Natural Gas Vehicle Institute Recognized as ASE-Certified CASE Training Provider

LAS VEGAS, NV - NGVi is the first and only ASE-certified CASE provider that specializes in training for the natural gas vehicle industry.

Chicago Commits to Electric Vehicles

CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to add 20 electric vehicles to the City fleet in the coming years, including four all-electric Ford Focus hatchbacks, 15 Smith Electric medium-duty trucks, and for now, one Motiv Power Systems all-electric refuse collection truck.

Santa Ana’s Facilities-Fleet Maintenance-Central Stores Department Receives ASE Blue Seal Honor

SANTA ANA, CA - To receive the honor, 75% of the technicians who perform diagnosis and repair with a maintenance operation must be ASE-certified.

Northern Indiana Grants Available for Replacing & Retrofitting Diesel Vehicles

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - South Shore Clean Cities (SSCC) seeks project proposals to be included in a collaborative grant application for the Diesel Emission Reduction Grant Program.

How-to Video 4: Forecast Modeling by Cost Center

TEMPE, AZ – Video 4 of Aaron Alvarado’s how-to video series on presenting fleet data explains forecast modeling by cost center. Periodic forecast modeling will allow fleet managers to see individual cost centers’ ability to stay on budget.

LA Sheriff’s Dept. Releases Police Cruiser and Utility Test Results

TORRANCE, CA – The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) conducted its annual testing of the latest police vehicle models in October, including patrol cars and utility vehicles.

Ram's Commercial Truck lineup. Its new van offerings are covered in the back row.

Chrysler Launches New Ram Commercial Truck Division

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Chrysler’s Ram Truck brand is launching a new division called Ram Commercial Truck, which the automaker said will focus on commercial truck development, sales, and support.

NAFA Urges Action to Restore Federal Tax Credits for Biodiesel & Alternative Fuels

PRINCETON, NJ – The incentives include the $1.00 per gallon tax credit for biodiesel and the $0.50 per gallon alternative fuel tax credit for natural gas and propane.

2013 GFX Call for Papers

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media, publisher of Government Fleet and organizer of the Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX), is accepting submissions for speakers to the 2013 GFX in San Antonio, Texas.

One of the Cincinnati Police Department's 10 new Dodge Chargers used for testing. Photo courtesy of Cincinnati PD.

Cincinnati PD Testing 30 Police Vehicles

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Police Department will test 10 Ford Police Interceptors, 10 Dodge Chargers, and 10 Chevrolet Caprice sedans before making a decision about replacing its Ford Crown Victoria fleet.

Fleet Superintendent Ron Lindsey stands in front of three new Dodge Chargers for the police fleet.

A Closer Look at the Anaheim Fleet

ANAHEIM, CA – City of Anaheim, Calif., Fleet Superintendent Ron Lindsey provided Government Fleet staff with a facility tour, as well as an update on fleet operations.

Loveland, Colo. Purchases Hydraulic Systems for Shuttle Buses

LOVELAND, CO — The City of Loveland, Colo., has retrofitted two 2012 Ford E-450 passenger shuttle buses with hydraulic hybrid systems.

One of Miami-Dade County's Autocar E3 hydraulic hybrid refuse trucks.

Miami-Dade County Buys 29 Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Trucks

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County has ordered 29 Autocar E3 hydraulic hybrid refuse trucks. The County used EPA funds to purchase 15 of the vehicles.

Stertil-Koni Launches Major Initiative to Spur Certified Lift Inspector Program Participation

STEVENSVILLE, MD – Heavy-duty lift provider Stertil-Koni initiated a new program among its distributor network to boost enrollment and participation in the recently launched Lift Inspector Certification Program, designed and run by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI).

Alternative Fueling Stations Surpass 10,000-Mark

WASHINGTON - The number of publicly accessible alternative fueling stations recently surpassed 10,000, as documented by the Alternative Fueling Station Locator. Fleet managers can use the online tool to see where, how many, and which types of alternative fueling stations are in their area.

Chevin Unveils Management Reporting Suite

CANNES, FRANCE - Chevin Fleet Solutions' new Management Reporting Suite (MRS) was designed to distil operational data collated by Chevin’s fleet management system into high level, standardized information.

ROUSH CleanTech Hires Executive Director for Transit Fleet Sales

LIVONIA, MI - ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader in propane autogas vehicle technology, announces the appointment of Randy Veenhoven as executive director of sales for public transit.

Recognize Your Staff With Government Fleet’s Technician of the Month Program

TORRANCE, CA - Each month Government Fleet will feature a technician on Government Fleet’s website, and in our enewsletter.

How-to Video 3: Combining and Separating Data Fields in Excel

TEMPE, AZ – Video 3 of Aaron Alvarado’s how-to video series on presenting fleet data details how to combine and separate data fields in Excel using the concatenate/de-concatenate function.

Jersey City Loses More Than 30 Vehicles in Hurricane Sandy

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The City is estimating more than $600,000 in repair or replacement costs for the damaged vehicles.

One of Chrysler's Ram 2500 CNG pickup trucks rolling off the assembly line.

Oklahoma DOT Adds 160 CNG Vehicles to Fleet

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - ODOT already has four Honda Civic Natural Gas models and expects to receive 156 three-quarter ton Ram pickups in January.

The Texas National Guard has installed Energy Xtreme's mobile power system on six Ford Explorers.

Texas National Guard Using Mobile Electric Power System on Ford Explorers

AUSTIN, TX - These civil emergency response vehicles are in two of the Texas National Guard’s departments, Homeland Response Force and Civil Support.

Report Explains How Minnesota's DOT Cut Snow Removal Costs in 2010 – 2011 Despite Record Snowfall

WASHINGTON – A new report found that the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation was able to significantly cut its snow removal costs during the 2010 and 2011 winter season, saving an estimated $2.2 million in salt costs.

Report Says LA Fire Department Should Add GPS to More of Fleet to Improve Response Times

LOS ANGELES – A report from the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) recommends that the organization add automatic vehicle locating systems (AVL) to all of its fleet vehicles, rather than some of them, in order to help improve response times.

DOE Releases Updated Fleet Footprint Calculator Tool

WASHINGTON – Version 2012 of the GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator contains various updates and can be used to examine transportation fuels and technologies on a well-to-wheels basis.

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