Government Fleet News

Chicago Receives First Group of New Ford Police Interceptors

CHICAGO - The Chicago Police Department has taken delivery of 51 new Ford Police Interceptor Utility and sedan vehicles from its initial order of 500 patrol vehicles built within city limits.

DGS Employee Rebecca Kirk plugs in a new state electric vehicle at a public state garage in downtown Sacramento. Photo courtesy of California DGS.

California Debuts 10 Nissan Leafs & 24 EV Charging Stations

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of General Services (DGS) took delivery of 10 new Nissan Leaf zero-emission vehicles, which will replace 10 existing vehicles in the DGS daily rental fleet. In March, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered an increase in zero-emission vehicles in the State fleet.

Los Angeles Controller Audit Says City Overpaid Reimbursements for Mileage

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles’ City Controller Wendy Greuel released a new audit that says the City wasted more than $325,000 in mileage reimbursements due to overpayment and lack of oversight between fiscal years 2009 and 2012.

Fleets may be able to obtain DERA (Diesel Emission Reduction Act) funding for Webasto's fuel-operated heater and ESW Group's diesel particulate filter (DPF).

Webasto and ESW Group Form Strategic Partnership

FENTON, MI – Webasto is a manufacturer of fuel-operated heaters that eliminate the need to idle for engine pre-heat and interior cab comfort. ESW Group makes DPF (diesel particulate filter) systems. Fleets may be able to obtain DERA (Diesel Emission Reduction Act) funding for emission control and idle reduction equipment.

North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has 384 total vehicles in its fleet. Average mileage of assigned vehicles is 92,238, and average mileage of utility vehicles is 91,813. Photo via North Carolina Program Evaluation Division.

Evaluation of NC Bureau of Investigation Fleet Recommends Stronger Reporting & Management

RALEIGH, NC – An evaluation of vehicles operated by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) in the North Carolina Department of Justice (DOJ) stated that the SBI’s vehicle management generally followed best practices, but there is room for improvement.

Ford’s Test for Hybrid Batteries Simulates 10-Year Use in 10 Months

DEARBORN, MI – Ford is putting the equivalent of 10 years and 150,000 miles of wear and tear on lithium-ion hybrid vehicle batteries using a new lab test that takes less than one year to complete.

Audit Recommends Nevada Highway Patrol Reduce Fleet Size

CARSON CITY, NV - The Internal Affairs division said reducing the fleet size could save up to $7.2 million in one-time purchase costs and up to $1.8 million annually.

LASD Releases Police Motorcycle Preliminary Test Results

TORRANCE, CA – The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) conducted testing of the latest police vehicle models in October, including police motorcycles. LASD conducted high-speed, braking, and acceleration tests for these vehicles.

City of Sacramento to Test Wireless EV Charging

SACRAMENTO, CA – The City of Sacramento, Calif., has joined the Evatran Apollo Trial Program to test wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging technology on its own EVs. Trial participants will test the system for three months.

Muskogee Consolidates Fleet & Garages

MUSKOGEE, OK – The City of Muskogee Council approved on Dec. 10 a fleet garage consolidation plan projected to cost $178,900. This follows a fleet consolidation that led to the creation of the Equipment Management Division and the hiring of a division director earlier this year.

CARB Announces Grants for Zero-Emission Off-Road Equipment Demo

SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced Dec. 13 its grant solicitation for the $1 million Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects: Zero-Emission Off-Road Equipment. Applications are due Feb. 7, 2013.

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Implementing GPS Fleet Tracking

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is working to implement a GPS fleet tracking system for its 2,400 State vehicles.

This is the high roof, long wheelbase version of the full-size Transit van.

Ford Details All-New Transit Van Body Styles and Transit Connect Cargo Van Features

Ford released more details about its upcoming 2014-MY full-size Transit van, including information about its available body styles, trim levels, roof heights, and cargo capacity. The automaker also released new information about the cargo van version of its all-new Transit Connect.

Bracken County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Free Military Vehicles

BROOKSVILLE, KY – Bracken County Sheriff’s Office is receiving two free Humvee vehicles and a generator through a federal program that provides surplus military equipment, according to the Ledger Independent.

Killeen Fleet Director Retires Following City Investigation

KILLEEN, TX – On Dec. 12, the City of Killeen announced that its fleet services director retired, a technician resigned, and another fleet employee was terminated following an investigation that found evidence of mismanagement.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado (left) and GMC Sierra (right).

GM Unveils All-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra

DETROIT – General Motors unveiled two all-new trucks on Thursday, its 2014-MY Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The automaker's President of GM North America Mark Reuss presented the new vehicles during a press conference on Thursday. The all-new pickup trucks offer new engines, new exterior styling, and a range of interior features and connectivity choices.

Pictured are six of the 14 propane-powered mowers the City of Columbus purchased.

Columbus Takes Delivery of 14 Propane Mowers

COLUMBUS, OH – The City of Columbus received a rebate from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) in the amount of $14,000 for the purchases, greatly reducing the incremental cost of the alternative-fuel units.

One of nine new buses purchased by the City of Asheville, N.C. Photo courtesy City of Asheville.

Asheville Gets Nine New Buses Including Two Hybrids and Seven Diesels

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville, N.C. has replaced nine buses in its transit fleet with newer vehicles, including two hybrid buses and seven diesels.

Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection Offering $20M in Natural Gas Vehicle Grants

HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection will give up to $20 million during the next three years to pay for incremental purchase or conversion costs for natural gas-fueled heavy-duty fleet vehicles.

Indianapolis to Require Plug-in Hybrid or EV Purchases for Its Non-Police Passenger Vehicle Fleet

INDIANAPOLIS – Beyond plug-in hybrids and EVs, the City’s goal is to have all of its sedans, other light-duty vehicles, its heavy-duty units, and its police vehicles equipped with alternative powertrain types by 2025.

Sixt Governmental Car Rental Discounts Available at U.S. Locations

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Sixt rent a car now offers discounts for the military and government employees in the United States.

How-to Video 5: Present Forecast Modeling Data in a Combination Chart

TEMPE, AZ – The final video of Aaron Alvarado’s how-to video series on presenting fleet data goes through how to present forecast modeling data in an eye-appealing format.

Survey Shows Biggest Public Fleet Concern is Vehicle Replacement Funds

MT. LAUREL, NJ - A recent policy and procedure benchmark study conducted by ARI found the biggest challenge facing government fleet managers today is obtaining capital funds for vehicle replacements, followed by managing fuel spend and ensuring proper maintenance/PM compliance.

LA Auto Show Debuts Push Range of Powertrain Technologies Forward

TORRANCE, CA – At the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show the automakers showed many models that featured downsized and alternative powertrain technologies.

Ohio DOT Adds New Lights to Snowplows and Brine on Bridges to Prep for Winter

DELAWARE and NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is updating its snowplow trucks with green strobe lights to help prevent accidents. ODOT is also prepping its bridges using salt brine as area weather stations predict winter road conditions and frost.

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