Government Fleet News

EPA Awards $373,750 Grant for Clean Diesel Project to Massachusetts DOT

BOSTON - The EPA is providing $373,750 for diesel particulate filters on heavy-duty wheeled loaders owned and operated by MassDOT.

Vern Helbig

Long Beach, Calif., Superintendent of Maintenance Retires

LONG BEACH, CA - After 30 years the City of Long Beach's Superintendent of Maintenance Vern Helbig is retiring. Helbig spent time specializing in police motorcycle repair and was an advocate for motorcycle safety.

Workforce Central Florida Responds to Investigative Report

Workforce Central Florida disagreed with all findings of a fleet report from the Florida Office of the Inspector General. The report alleged that WCF improperly purchased, leased, and disposed of 20 vehicles.

Dodge Durango Crew all-wheel drive. Photo: Paul Clinton.

Dodge Considers Durango, Ram for Police Fleets

CHELSEA, MI - Chrysler may produce law enforcement versions of its Dodge Durango and Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 if the automaker determines there's a market for the vehicles, according to company executives.

USPS’ 5-Day Delivery Proposal Could Affect Fleet Size

WASHINGTON - President Obama's Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction includes a proposal stating the USPS reduce mail delivery to five days. This plan could affect the number of vehicles in the USPS' 215,000-vehicle fleet.

Fleet buyers discuss police vehicles at the Michigan State Police testing. Photo by Paul Clinton.

2012 Police Vehicles Reach 150 mph at Michigan Tests

CHELSEA, MI - Several law enforcement vehicles reached top speeds exceeding 150 mph during the annual Michigan State Police tests of patrol vehicles available to agencies for the 2012 model-year.

Tennessee Dept. of General Services Outsources Fleet Maintenance

NASHVILLE - Government Fleet spoke with DGS’ Commissioner Steven Cates about why his department decided to outsource fleet maintenance and how DGS will maintain its fleet going forward.

The Electrical Training Institute in Commerce, Calif., hosted the MEMA meeting on Sept. 15, 2011.

MEMA Meeting Spotlights Electrification Efforts

COMMERCE, CA - A Sept. 15 meeting of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) focused on electrification, with presenters speaking about grant funding, charging infrastructure, and EV readiness.

Toyota Reveals 2012-MY Prius Plug-In Hybrid Details and Retail Pricing

RICHMOND, CA – Toyota launched its new Prius Plug-in Hybrid at the Green Drive Expo in Richmond, Calif.

inthinc Adds Verbal In-Vehicle Idling Alerts to Its Fleet Management Solution

SALT LAKE CITY - inthinc Technology Solutions' new technology speaks to drivers when their vehicles are left idling for too long.

Scott County and Johnson County Partner for Fleet Study

DAVENPORT, IOWA - Scott County (Iowa) Board of Supervisors approved Sept. 15 a contract for a study of fleet services. The Johnson County Board is expected to vote on the study this week.

U.S. GSA Announces FY-2012 Vehicle Contracts

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the its FY-2012 vehicle contracts for various vehicle types. Included are eight electric vehicles.

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Chevin Fleet Solutions Releases FleetWave2

FITCHBURG, MA - With its new and improved features, enhanced speed, and sleek user interface, FleetWave2 provides the data fleet managers need to effectively control their fleets.

Aurora, Ill. Receives EPA Award for Eliminating Lead Wheel Weights

AURORA, IL – The City of Aurora has received an award from the EPA for eliminating lead wheel weights in its fleet of approximately 360 vehicles and equipment assets.

Kansas City Police Invests in Alt-Fuel Vehicles

KANSAS CITY, MO - The Kansas City Police Department's first venture into alternative-fuel vehicles begins with 12 CNG sedans and one propane-autogas vehicle.

City of Santa Rosa Signs $5M Fuel Contract

SANTA ROSA, CA – The City of Santa Rosa, Calif. has signed a two-year contract, with three one-year renewal options, for gasoline and diesel fuel.

Public Agencies Purchase Electric Transit Connects

OAK PARK, MI - Azure Dynamics Corporation recently sold eight electric Ford Transit Connects to various municipalities and public agencies in North America.

The average odometer reading for the vehicles was about 30,000 miles.

GSA Program Saves New Bedford $226K on Vehicle Purchases

NEW BEDFORD, MA - The City of New Bedford purchased 13 vehicles from the General Services Administration (GSA) New England Region at discounted prices through the Exchange/Sale Program.

Cat Lift Trucks Launches Lift Truck Cost Calculator Tool

The tool provides real-time cost savings analysis for electric and internal combustion lift trucks.

Calif. Police Agency Equips Fleet with Wi-Fi Video Download Capability

LOS GATOS and MONTE SERENO, CA - The Los Gatos/Monte Sereno (Calif.) Police Department has equipped its cruisers with additional Wi-Fi capability that allows officers to offload video to the main network in the station.

Midwest City, Okla., Attracts Grant for Biofuels Station

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments has awarded Midwest City, Okla., a $147,190 grant to fund construction and installation of a biofuels fueling island for use by city fleet vehicles.

City of Cypress Adds 2 Propane Autogas Trucks to Fleet

CYPRESS, CA - The City of Cypress recently added two ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-250 pickups fueled by propane autogas for use in administering community street work such as asphalt repairs and refuse pick-up.

Madison Cuts Requested Fleet Budget by $5.5M for 2012

MADISON, WI –The Mayor’s proposed budget provides less than half of the amount originally requested for Fleet Services due to the City's current budget situation.

Missoula Police Receives Grant to Update Patrol Car Technology

MISSOULA, MT - The Missoula Police Department is purchasing new patrol car video equipment and computers with a $750,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant.

Jefferson County Approves Construction of New Fleet Facility

HILLSBORO, MO - The new facility, estimated to cost $2.96 million, would replace an old building constructed in 1950. Funding has not yet been approved.

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