Government Fleet News

John Deere Receives EPA Final Tier 4 & CARB Certifications for Off-Highway Engines

John Deere Power Systems announced July 17 that the company’s engine lineup 174 hp and above received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Final Tier 4, European Union (EU) Stage IV, and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions certification.

Yolo-Solano AQMD Awards Clean Air Project Grants

The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (AQMD) in California awarded grants to fund 14 projects that will improve air quality in local communities. Approximately $127,000 of this funding goes toward public-sector fleet purchases and retrofits.

3 Men Charged for Stealing Firearms from Sheriff’s Vehicles Parked at Fleet Compound

Sedgwick County (Kan.) has charged three men with theft of firearms and other items from Sheriff’s vehicles parked in the fleet maintenance compound, according to the Wichita Eagle.

The new Lenco "BombCat" vehicle designed for explosive device disposal. Photo courtesy Lenco Industries.

Lenco Introduces BearCat EOD "BombCat" Armored Response Vehicle

Lenco Industries, Inc. introduces its new BearCat EOD “BombCat” armored response vehicle for explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) and improvised explosive device disposal (IEDD) first responders.

Approximately 90 attendees showed up for the MEMA event.

Leadership Skills, Grants & Vehicles Discussed at MEMA’s Annual Showcase

The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held its annual vehicle and equipment showcase in Culver City, Calif., on July 18. In addition to the showcase, featured speakers discussed leadership management and grant funding.

Ford's new surveillance mode technology makes use of driver assistance systems on the Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility to warn officers of approaching individual(s). Photo courtesy Ford Motor Co.

Ford Offers InterMotive's In-Vehicle Warning System for Officers in Police Interceptors

Ford collaborated with a company called InterMotive Inc. to develop a new technology that the company is calling “surveillance mode,” which is designed to help reduce the risk of individuals approaching a Ford Police Interceptor from behind the vehicle without the officer being aware.

The City of Columbus has invested in CNG by constructing a CNG fueling station and purchasing vehicles, such as this CNG-powered refuse truck.

Ohio’s First Responders to Receive CNG Safety Training

A new program will train first responders on handling emergencies involving compressed natural gas (CNG) stations and vehicles in Columbus, Ohio.

Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Protection

Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder authorized the City of Detroit’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr to seek federal bankruptcy protection for the City. Orr filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection after receiving authorization, according to the governor's office.

Bob Glose, CEI's director of operations. Photo courtesy CEI.

CEI Names Bob Glose Director of Operations

The CEI Group, Inc. has appointed Bob Glose, an 11-year company veteran, as its director of operations, the company announced.

Visalia Purchasing 10 Dodge Chargers for Patrol Fleet

The City of Visalia, Calif., approved the purchase of 10 Dodge Chargers for its patrol fleet at a cost of $522,720. Funding for the purchases comes from the Vehicle Replacement Fund.

Auburn Hills, Mich., Invests in Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Police Patrol Cars

The City decided to purchase alternative-fuel models after the Auburn Hills city council adopted a resolution based on findings in the Fuel Forward Fleet Study conducted by the Ann Arbor-based Clean Energy Coalition (CEC).

Wisconsin Department of Administration Awards Clean Transportation Grants

The entire award from Wisconsin's DOA is $1.3 million, and of that, approximately $167,000 is going to regional government entities.

The MD XUV Motorcades are designed for for high profile individuals, heads of state, and others who need personal protection<br />

New MD XUV Motorcade Combine Protection & Comfort

The Armored Group and McSweeney Designs rolled out the highly specialized armored MD XUV Motorcade for high profile individuals, heads of state, and others who need personal protection.

The new Reading CSV.

Reading Introduces Lighter Weight Aluminum Classic Service Van Body

Reading Truck Body, LLC now offers its next-generation Classic Service Van (CSV), a lightweight, corrosion-resistant aluminum service body.

Chevin’s New FleetWave App Allows for Mobile Data Gathering

The FleetWave Mobile app can gather fleet or operational information using manual input, bar codes, QR codes, or pictures. It does not have to be online to capture data – information can be stored and then uploaded whenever a connection is regained.

A San Jose State University police officer on patrol on one of the new Zero electric motorcycles. Photo courtesy Zero Motorcycles.

San Jose State University Purchases Electric Motorcycles for Police Fleet

San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif., has purchased two new electric motorcycles from a company called Zero Motorcycles for its fleet of police patrol vehicles.

The City of Brookhaven unveiled its new police cars on July 9. Photo courtesy of the City of Brookhaven.

New City of Brookhaven Unveils Its First Fleet of Police Cars

The City of Brookhaven, Ga., unveiled its first fleet of 57 police cars - 46 Ford Police Interceptors, three Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, seven Chevrolet Impalas, and one Chevrolet Caprice. The new city, previously an unincorporated area in DeKalb County, was formed in December 2012.

Long Beach, Calif., Audit Finds City Needs to Update Fuel Management System

City management agreed with the audit’s findings and plans to upgrade the City’s fuel management system, which the City began using in 1997.

Lynn Evans

In Memoriam: Lynn Evans, 1954-2013

Lynn Evans, president of the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) and fleet operations supervisor at Collier County, Fla., passed away unexpectedly on July 9. She was 58.

Chrysler is building the all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van at the company&amp;rsquo;s Saltillo Van Assembly Plant in Coahuilla, Mexico.

Chrysler Begins Ram ProMaster Van Production

Chrysler’s Ram Truck division celebrated the official start of production of its all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster van at the company’s Saltillo Van Assembly Plant in Coahuilla, Mexico.

Altec to Offer Full Line of PM Articulating Cranes

Through a new partnership with PM Group, Altec Industries will now offer a full line of PM articulating cranes in sizes ranging from 1.5 to 100 tonne-meters.

Alabama’s Governor Signs Bill to Improve State Fleet’s Efficiency

Alabama’s Governor Robert Bentley has signed Senate Bill 57, which authorizes the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to review State agency fleets in order to develop a program to save money and improve fleet operational efficiency.

Indianapolis Dept. of Public Safety Study Says City Could Save $8M Per Year With Plug-in Hybrids

The Indianapolis' Department of Public Safety's (DPS') Vehicle Fleet Efficiency Team conducted a study that found that switching the 1,035 vehicles owned by DPS to plug-in hybrids could save close to $8 million over a five-year period.

Registration Open for 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo

You can also view the full schedule of breakout sessions, keynote speakers and more for this year's two-day conference. Green Fleet Conference is tailored for fleet professionals who integrate, or are looking to bring, an environmentally friendly component into their operations.

WEX Fleet One Continues Growth With New Staff

WEX Fleet One, a provider of fuel cards and fleet-related payment solutions, announced some changes and additions to its staff at its Antioch, Tenn., campus, across various business units. The company will focus on its Tennessee location as a Center of Excellence.


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