Government Fleet News

DOE Offers $10M in Grants for Electric Cargo Vehicle Demos

WASHINGTON - Agencies in the Los Angeles South Coast Air basin nonattainment area and the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria nonattainment area are eligible for funding to deploy electric transportation technologies for cargo vehicles, such as trucks and forklifts.

The Dodge Durango Special Service comes with a 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine as standard.

Chrysler Now Offering Dodge Durango Special Service

Chrysler said the new Durango Special Service will be built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.

Ford's Police Interceptor Utility and Police Interceptor.

Ford Police Interceptor Gets Official EPA Fuel Economy Numbers

DEARBORN, MI - Ford said that compared to its predecessor, the Crown Victoria, the new Interceptor gets 4 mpg better in city driving, and 5 mpg better on the highway. In addition, Ford said the engine produces 38 more horsepower.

Indianapolis’ Williams Moves to Parks & Rec

INDIANAPOLIS - John Williams, deputy director of Fleet and Solid Waste Services for the City of Indianapolis, was appointed director of the City's Department of Parks and Recreation. He starts in his new position on March 19.

Santa Ana, Calif., Disbands Fire Department, Transfers Fire Apparatus to County

SANTA ANA, CA - Government Fleet magazine contacted Santa Ana’s Facilities, Fleet, and Stores Manager Rick Longobart about the impact this change in City services will have on the division he manages.

About 30 fleet professionals attended the MEMA meeting March 15.

MEMA Members Discuss Fleet Challenges, Fuel Management

ORANGE, CA - At a March 15 meeting of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA), 30 fleet professionals gathered to discuss their challenges and to learn about fuel management.

Networkfleet eBook and Webinar Focus on Managing Risk, Reducing Accidents

SAN DIEGO - The Networkfleet eBook and webinar will include specific actions fleet managers can take to analyze fleet operations and implement a successful risk management strategy.

U.S. Dept. of Energy Looking for Feedback on Federal Fleet Fuel Plans

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy is looking for comments on its plans for reducing gasoline use in federal agencies’ fleets and increasing use of alternative fuels. The proposal was published in the federal register on March 12, 2012.

Year-Long Minneapolis Green Fleet Policy Cuts Fleet Size, Pollution

MINNEAPOLIS - Government Fleet spoke to the City of Minneapolis' Fleet Services one year after its green fleet policy implementation. Fleet Services reports a decrease in fleet size and potential savings in reduced fuel consumption.

Screencapture via Zonar.

Zonar Releases Fuel-Based GPS Tracking Technology

SEATTLE, WA - Zonar, provider of electronic fleet inspection, tracking, and operations systems, announced the availability of a new patent-pending technology that adds fuel as a fifth dimension to the firm's HD-GPS reporting.

Michigan Chapter of APWA Hosts Fleet Trade Show

BOYNE FALLS, MI - The Michigan Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) will hold its annual product and equipment trade show May 22-24.

Alt-Fuel Fleet Vehicle Event in Waldorf, Md., Set for March 21

WALDORF, MD - The Charles County Technology Council (CCTC), in partnership with Waldorf Fleet Services and Ecotality, is having an event focusing on fleets using alternative-fuel vehicles.

Telogis Driver Scorecard reports on activities critical to driver safety: hard braking, hard acceleration, excessive speeding, speeding vs. posted speed limit, after-hours use, and seatbelt use.

Telogis Adds 'Driver Scorecard' Driver Behavior Management Feature to Telogis Fleet Platform

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Telogis Inc., further enhances its driver safety capabilities with the introduction of Telogis Driver Scorecard — part of the Telogis Fleet Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) fleet management system — to more easily manage and communicate the behaviors that directly influence driver and asset safety.

Dane County already has 16 vehicles that run on CNG. Photo via Dane County's website.

Wisconsin Grant Enables Dane County’s Purchase of Bio-CNG Station

MADISON, WI - A $150,000 grant from Wisconsin's State Energy Office will allow Dane County to upgrade and purchase the filling station that has been converting methane from a landfill into compressed natural gas (CNG) for county vehicles.

The new facility has nine light-duty repair bays.

Smithsonian Institution Moves to New Vehicle Repair Facility

SUITLAND, MD - The Smithsonian Institution's fleet division moved into a brand-new 17,000 sq. ft. building just outside Washington D.C. The $4.2 million facility replaces and consolidates the federal agency's previous three maintenance facilities.

Verizon’s Sustainable Fleet Program Manager to Discuss Routing Technologies

TORRANCE, CA - Ken McKenney, sustainable fleet program manager with Verizon, will be discussing and answering questions about how the latest routing technologies can help fleets improve operations.

Cape Girardeau Reuses Motor Oil for Heating

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Waste oil from fleet vehicles at the City of Cape Girardeau is being filtered and burned to heat the fleet maintenance area and the recycling processing facility.

Midwest City, Okla., to Build Biofuel Refueling Station

MIDWEST CITY, OK - The new fueling station will replace two 20-year-old underground storage tanks. The City awarded the project to Petroleum Marketers, Inc., and expects project completion in 45 days.

Thurston County to Save on Fuel Costs After Upgrading Emergency Response Vehicles

OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State Department of Ecology is providing $250,000 to install exhaust emission controls on 83 vehicles, plus $390,000 for idle-reduction technology for 40 vehicle engines.

Carbon Motors took over a former Ford manufacturing plant in Connersville, Ind. Photo courtesy Carbon Motors.

Carbon Motors Denied Federal Loan to Build New Patrol Car

CONNERSVILLE, IN - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) won't provide $310 million in loans to Carbon Motors Corp. to produce the purpose-built E7 patrol car, the company announced.

Caterpillar Forest Products to Expand Prentice Self-Loader Line Through Collaboration with Epsilon

PEORIA, IL - Caterpillar Forest Products has entered into a marketing agreement with Palfinger Inc. to distribute, a line of knuckle boom self-loaders produced by Epsilon Kran GmbH under the brand name Prentice/Epsilon.

New Orleans Inspector General Report Says Fleet Recommendations Not Implemented

NEW ORLEANS - A 2008 report recommended that the City of New Orleans purchase a new fleet management software system, study vehicle utilization, and change how it files quarterly reports.

Graphic: Business Wire

Wright Express Launches Fuel Site Locator Mobile App

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME - Wright Express Corporation's "Octane" is free mobile app that includes the industry's first fuel site locator with up-to-date transaction-based fuel prices and text-to-speech capabilities.

The 2012-MY Chevrolet Caprice PPV. Photo courtesy General Motors.

Washington County, Ore., Running Chevrolet Caprice PPV and Tahoe Pilot Program

HILLSBORO, OR - Government Fleet magazine spoke with Tom Baylis, fleet manager for the County, about the pilot and how the County is making the switch from the Ford Crown Victoria to the new police vehicles on the market.

‘Green’ Funding Available to Fleets in Southern Calif.

DIAMOND BAR, CA - The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee's (MSRC) 2011-2012 Work Program has more than $26 million in funding available for four program categories.

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Bob Graham joined ARI – Automotive Resources International in 1973. He began in the new-vehicle ordering area, moved to the maintenance management department, then to vehicle remarketing where he became manager, director, and then vice president in 2010.

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