Government Fleet News

Photo of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid courtesy of FCA.

FCA-Google Deal Must Overcome Acceptance, Legal Hurdles

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' agreement with Google to test self-driving technology in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan may pave the way for greater acceptance of autonomous driving if the companies can get past legal barriers, fleet industry sources said.

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Ohio Group Hosts Technician Training Event

The City of Columbus, Ohio, hosted a training session for more than 60 technicians across the state on April 28. The training session focused on Vac Con sewer cleaning machines.

Photo of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid courtesy of FCA.

Google to Test Self-Driving Chrysler Pacifica Minivans

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' engineers will integrate Google's self-driving technology into the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan under a new partnership between the automaker and tech giant.

Source: EIA

Diesel Fuel Prices Increase 7 Cents in a Week

The price of a gallon of diesel fuel rose by nearly 7 cents last week, continuing a streak of rising prices since the beginning of the year.

Photo of 10-speed transmission and 3.5L EcoBoost engine courtesy of Ford.

Ford Updates F-150's 3.5L Turbo, Adds 10-Speed

The 2017 F-150 will arrive with a more powerful twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed transmission to deliver improved acceleration and performance than the prior model, Ford has announced.

Photo of 2016 F-150 CNG courtesy of Ford.

Fleet Sales Increase 37.8% in April

Sales of vehicles from nine manufacturers to government agencies increased 37.8% to 21,714 vehicles in April compared to the same period a year ago, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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Veriflo Dispenser Receives ANSI Certification

Parker Hannifin Corp., the global leader in motion and control technologies, announced the XF70 Fast Fill Commercial and Fleet Dispenser is now certified by CSA Group to ANSI/IAS NGV 4.1-99/CSA 12.5-M99 (R2014) - NGV Dispensing Systems.

Photo of CPF25 courtesy of ChargePoint.

ChargePoint Offers Fleet Card for EVs

ChargePoint will begin offering a Fleet Card that provides fleets that sign up access to the company's EV charging network for their drivers, the company has announced.

Kasich's Aircraft Sits Idle in Ohio

The two airplanes purchased by the state of Ohio to transport Gov. John Kasich and other top state officials to events have mostly sat idle since Kasich began running for president in July.

Ga. County Approves Outsourcing Agreement

The Barrow County (Ga.) Board of Commissioners has approved a contract to outsource maintenance and management of vehicles to a Ford dealership. Commissioners voted 4-2 in favor of the plan.

Screenshot via St. George News.

Utah City Spends $1.6M to Lease Patrol Vehicles

The St. George (Utah) Police Department is spending $1.6 million to lease 35 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles over a four-year term to replace its fleet of aging patrol cruisers.

Safety Tip: Looking Out for Motorcycles

In recognition of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, here's some safety advice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Photo courtesy of City of Tucson.

Tucson Opens CNG Fueling Facility

The City of Tucson (Ariz.) has opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility to serve the city’s Environmental Services Department, transit agency, and Fleet Services.

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Ford Offers Strobe Warning Light for F-150

Ford will offer a strobe warning LED light kit for its F-150 to fleet customers for the first time on 2016 model-year trucks. The package has been available for Super Duty trucks.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet 4500 Low-Cab Forward truck courtesy of General Motors.

Chevrolet Low-Cab Forward Pricing Starting at $40K

The new trucks are offered in regular- and crew-cab body styles, with either a 6.0L V-8 gas engine, 3.0L turbo-diesel engine, or 5.2L turbo-diesel engine, all with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

Endurance gasoline V-8s are made in Tennessee and Titans are assembled in Mississippi.

Nissan's Gasoline Titan XD Goes On Sale

Nissan's 2016 Titan XD Crew Cab pickups powered by an advanced 5.6L Endurance V-8 gasoline engine went on sale April 15. The Titan XD Gas pickup joins the XD with the Cummins 5.0L Turbo Diesel V-8 released last December.

Photo courtesy of Ford

Recycled F-150 Aluminum Can Produce 30K Bodies

Ford recycles as much as 20 million pounds of aluminum stamping scrap per month, which could produce the equivalent of 30,000 F-150 bodies each month, according to Ford.

Photo of Bridgestone DriveGuard courtesy of Bridgestone.

Bridgestone Expands DriveGuard Tire Line

Bridgestone is adding seven new sizes of its DriveGuard tires designed for minivans and compact SUVs that will be available May 1. The tire line was already available in 36 run-flat sizes for sedans.

Photo of Ford Explorer courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility for Suspension Part

The safety recall covers 75,364 2014-2015 model-year Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles in the U.S.

Ga. Mayor Wants to Lease Refuse Trucks

Revenue from a $2-per-month hike in garbage collection fees could fund lease payments on 33 new garbage trucks and significantly reduce annual maintenance costs on aging vehicles for the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Ga., under a new proposal from Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.

NexTraq Integrates Data With Fleetio's PM Calendar

Telematics provider NexTraq will integrate its data with Fleetio's preventative maintenance calendar under a new partnership between the companies, NexTraq has announced.

Clackamas Fire District No. 1 in Oregon has ordered 15 Pierce fire and emergency vehicles. Photo courtesy of Pierce.

Ore. Fire Agency Adds 15 Apparatus

The Clackamas Fire District No. 1 in Oregon has purchased 15 fire and emergency apparatus designed by Pierce Manufacturing. The purchase includes six custom pumpers, two aerial tillers, three tankers, two wildland apparatus, and two heavy-duty rescues.

Superwinch Expands Sales Team

Superwinch has hired two associates to expand its global sales team, including Steve Smith as industrial sales manager for the U.S. and Canada and Al Cruz as industrial sales manager for Latin America and Southern Pacific Region.

Nissan Titan, photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Used Truck, Full-Size Van Prices Weaken

Black Book has new data that shows truck segments may be feeling additional pricing pressure, resulting in many trucks not holding their values as well as in previous years.

Photo of self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

Ford, Google Form Autonomous Vehicle Advocacy Group

Google, Ford, Volvo, Uber and Lyft form the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets to push for federal standards for self-driving vehicles.

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