Government Fleet News

Pittsburg State University Adds Hybrids to Motor Pool Fleet

PITTSBURG, KS - The university’s vehicle maintenance supervisor Kurt Kasjaka said the vehicles will help reduce the fleet’s carbon footprint and save fuel.

Town Of Oyster Bay Joins Nassau County’s Natural Gas Contract

OYSTER BAY, NY – By piggybacking off Nassau County’s natural gas contract, the Town of Oyster Bay expects to save 15-20% on its natural gas purchases. The natural gas will be used to power the Town’s sanitation fleet and to heat facilities.

Honolulu Replaces 31 Refuse Trucks

HONOLULU – The City of Honolulu has placed 20 new refuse collection trucks into service throughout the island of Oahu, and 11 more have been ordered. In late 2011, a large number of older refuse side-loaders experienced various mechanical problems.

Pictured is one of 13 vehicles the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, nearby, has converted to run on CNG at the grand opening facility. Photo via Facebook/Time-It Lube.

Public CNG Fueling Facility Opens in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, LA - A new public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility opened in the City of Shreveport, which the City will use to fuel its CNG vehicles.

Bergen County Saved $649K by Reducing Fleet

HACKENSACK, NJ - Bergen County (N.J.) Executive Kathleen Donovan delivered a State of the County address that detailed savings as a result of changes to the fleet, including reducing fleet size and beginning a bidding process for vehicle procurement.

Webtech Wireless Announces Expansion of InterFleet Service Offerings

VANCOUVER - The InterFleet division of Webtech Wireless Inc., is expanding its service offerings and capabilities with the establishment of a Project Management Office (PMO) consistent with the structure of its Quadrant division PMO.

Cape Coral City Council Approves Purchase of 40 Dodge Charger Patrol Cars

CAPE CORAL, FL – In mid-March, 2012, the City of Cape Coral, Fla., approved the purchase of 40 patrol cars to replace a number of existing vehicles, all of which have more than 100,000 miles on them.

Mississippi Senate Approves One-Year Moratorium on State Fleet Purchases

JACKSON, MS – The Mississippi State Senate passed a one-year moratorium on the purchase, lease, or acquisition of vehicles by State agencies, as well as a requirement for State agencies to reduce the total number of vehicles they manage.

City of Newark, Del., Buys Hybrids for Fleet

NEWARK, DE - The City used money from the 2012 Capital Program Equipment Replacement fund and $25,500 from a Delaware greenhouse gas grant for the purchase.

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.

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