Government Fleet News

Mercedes said the redesigned 2014-MY Sprinter van will come with a four-cylinder diesel engine as standard. Photo courtesy Mercedes.

Mercedes Says 2014 Sprinter Van to Come Standard With Four-Cylinder Diesel Engine

Mercedes Benz unveiled its new 2014-MY Sprinter Van, which the automaker said has a new design, is more economical, and more environmentally friendly. The company said this redesign comes after seven years of the current-generation Sprinter.

ESW Group Acquires Cleaire

ESW Group acquired the assets and product line of Cleaire Advanced Emissions Controls LLC (Cleaire) on April 18. Cleaire, which designed, developed, and manufactured retrofit emission control systems for diesel engines, ceased operations on Jan.18.

Carbon Motors Shuts Down

A year after the Obama administration denied Carbon Motors a loan to produce its specialty patrol car, the company has shut down the program and left its Indiana facility.

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Selects Motor Pool Management System

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has selected a new fleet and motor pool management software system to manage 35 sedans, minivans, cargo vans, and club cars.

Spartan Chassis' new CMP300, which features a polyprene body. Spartan worked with Fouts Bros. and Polybilt to build the vehicle.

Spartan Unveils Custom Pumper Truck With Polyprene Body and Tank

Spartan Chassis worked with Fouts Bros. and PolyBilt to create the new CMP 300, a custom pumper truck with a polyprene body and tank, which Spartan said is a first for the emergency response marketplace.


WVU Center Develops Electric Drive & Alt-Fuel Vehicle Phone App for First Responders

West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) has developed a smartphone app and full training programs for emergency responders being called to help with highway accidents involving specific electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles.

(L-R) Battersby, Condran, and Griffiths

3 Finalists Named for Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Government Fleet magazine announces its three finalists for the 2013 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The award recognizes fleet manager accomplishments from the prior year. The award is sponsored by Fleet Counselor Services.

Pictured is the NCSFA executive committee at the 2013 NAFA I&E (l-r): Matt Wade, Sam Lee, Amanda Wilson, Stan Perkins, Cindy Dixon, Teresa Davis, Barb Bonansinga, Chris Hoffman, and Robert Ellingsworth.

NCSFA Adopts Updated Bylaws at Annual Business Meeting

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) held its annual business meeting on April 22. The group added three new members to its executive committee and adopted updates to its bylaws.

NAFA Announces Winners of 2013 Fleet Excellence Awards

At the first ever Fleet Excellence Awards Night at the NAFA Fleet Management Association Institute & Expo (I&E) on April 23, NAFA presented industry awards to fleet professionals in the categories of safety, sustainability, overall achievement, and leadership.

Chevin Fleet Solutions Launches FleetWave 2.1

FleetWave, the 2.1 version will see a host of enhancements and additional functionality including a more sophisticated report writing tool, which will enable faster and more efficient access to specific data during the reporting process, according to Chevin.

Colorado's Governor Signs Bill Requiring Agencies to Buy Alt-Fuel Fleet Vehicles

Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper has signed a bill into law that would require state agencies to purchase alternative-fuel fleet vehicles, with an emphasis on those fueled by natural gas.

The Spartan ERV MPA 65' multi-function pumper aerial fire apparatus. Image courtesy Spartan ERV.

Spartan ERV Introduces New MPA 65' Multi-Function Pumper Aerial Apparatus

Spartan ERV, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. has introduced its new MPA 65’, a multi-function pumper aerial apparatus. The company said the vehicle offers all the features of a QUINT.

EV Company Coda Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Coda Holdings has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The company is exiting the automotive marketplace and plans to restructure to focus on the energy storage business.


Kobliska to Retire from TSA

Martha Kobliska, branch chief/fleet manager, Fleet and Transportation Services, Transportation Services Agency (TSA), announced she will retire May 31. Barbara Lockhart, senior fleet specialist, will be appointed the acting branch chief/fleet manager until a permanent selection is made.

NAFA Announces 2012-2013 CAFM & CAFS Graduates

The NAFA Fleet Management Association announced the full class of 2012-2013 CAFM and CAFS graduates at the NAFA Institute & Expo. Of the 36 total CAFM graduates, 22 work for public-sector fleets.

Chevin USA Relocates to Facilitate Future Expansion Plans

After more than a decade in business in the U.S., Chevin Fleet Solutions has relocated this month to new and expanded offices to facilitate its continued expansion and growth across the North American marketplace.

Kentucky Takes Delivery of Chevrolet Volts for State Fleet

The State has purchased four new Chevrolet Volts and installed two charging stations, which are installed outside the State’s Department for Environmental Protection headquarters.

Beloit, Wis., to Develop Fleet Petroleum Use Reduction Plan

The City of Beloit is conducting a study in order to create a plan to reduce the City’s petroleum usage, fleet-related costs, and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Series 75 Aerial cab and chassis from Spartan Chassis.

Spartan Chassis Launches Series 75 Aerial Ladder Truck

Spartan Chassis has expanded its product offerings with its new Series 75 Aerial. The Series 75 consists of a cab and chassis with a mounted 75-ft. aerial ladder.

Amerit Fleet to Unveil Mobile Service Centers

A virtual “rolling garage,” each Mobile Service Center (MSC) is customized to meet the preventative maintenance and repair needs of all fleet vehicles, especially those in remote locations not easily serviced by a dedicated garage.

Allegheny County, Pa., Buys CNG Pickup Trucks

Allegheny County, Pa., has purchased two compressed natural gas (CNG) Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD pickup trucks and unveiled them on April 22, Earth Day.

Montgomery County to Enforce Take-Home Vehicle Policy

Montgomery County in Maryland will crack down on take-home vehicle abuse by retraining County departments about vehicle use rules, according to the Washington Examiner.

Sterling Heights, Mich., Testing Corrosion-Protection Product on Public Works Fleet

The City of Sterling Heights’ Department of Public Works is working with VSE Corp. to run a pilot program where the City will use VSE’s corrosion-protection product, called VSeal, on the department’s fleet vehicles.

Vincentric Names Vehicles On 2013 'Best Fleet Value in America' List

According to Vincentric, General Motors, Ford, and Toyota achieved the largest number of awards, with GM receiving nine, and Ford and Toyota receiving eight awards each.

GSA Launches Hybrid Fleet Vehicle Consolidation Initiative for Federal Agencies

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has launched an initiative where it will fund the total incremental cost to replace an existing federal agency's fleet vehicle with a hybrid model.


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