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Choptank Electric Cooperative's plug-in hybrid work truck.

Maryland’s Choptank Electric Takes Delivery of Hybrid Work Truck

DENTON, MD - Choptank Electric Cooperative in Maryland is the first electric cooperative in the U.S. to take delivery of a work truck featuring the new Odyne Systems, LLC advanced plug-in hybrid propulsion system.

Odyne to Showcase Plug-In Hybrid System for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks at NTEA Show

WAUKESHA, WI - Odyne Systems, LLC is showcasing its new advanced hybrid propulsion system in booth 5360 at the NTEA (National Truck Equipment Association) show March 6-8 in Indianapolis.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Chicago to Purchase 500 Ford Police Interceptors

CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Emanuel announced that the City's Department of Fleet and Facilities Management (2FM) will make an initial purchase of 100 Ford Interceptor sedans and SUVs for the City's law enforcement fleet, with plans to purchase a total of 500 vehicles.

The fleet of 16 General Motors fuel cell vehicles is funded by the Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center (TARDEC), Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL), and Office of Naval Research and Air Force Research Laboratories (ONR). Photo by Marco Garcia for General Motors.

Military Tests GM Fuel Cell Vehicles in Hawaii

HONOLULU - The U.S. Army, Pacific, will evaluate16 General Motors hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles in real-world use.

Humboldt County is located in the upper western portion of California, 200 miles north of San Francisco Photo courtesy of Agile.

Humboldt County Office of Education Chooses Fleet & Motor Pool Software

EUREKA, CA - The Humboldt County, Calif., Office of Education selected FleetCommander fleet and motor pool software to automate its vehicle management.

New York State to Sell Excess Vehicles Via eBay Platform

ALBANY, NY - The Office of General Services will launch "NYSStore," a new eBay-based online platform to sell excess state vehicles and other assets. Nearly 500 passenger vehicles will be offered in the initial sale.

City of Newberry Installs Mobile Networking System in City Vehicles

NEWBERRY, SC - The City of Newberry, S.C, is installing an in-vehicle mobile communications system to improve the ability of City employees to communicate on the move. The fleet garage is installing the technology and will maintain it.

Pictured is a Dodge charger during 2010 Los Angeles Sheriff's Department testing. Photo courtesy of Police Magazine.

LA County Sheriff Tests 2012-13 Patrol Vehicles

FONTANA, CA - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has released its annual vehicle evaluation, which includes fuel-economy test results as well as acceleration and braking.

City of Springfield Advised to Centralize Fleet

SPRINGFIELD, IL - A report of fiscal sustainability conducted by a consulting company for the City of Springfield recommended the City centralize its four fleets into one and hire a fleet manager.

With the Ford Crown Victoria propane-autogas conversion, the City will potentially save $5,000 in fuel costs annually with one propane vehicle on the road.

City of Marinette Converts Police Cruiser to Run on Propane Autogas

MARINETTE, WI - The City of Marinette Police Department converted a Ford Crown Victoria to run on propane autogas. The conversion is expected to save up to $5,000 in fuel costs annually.

The Web-based software application provides real-time updates for global position and vehicle tracking indicators along with tire pressures and temperatures.

Doran and Safetytrax Integration Provides Website to Help Fleets Reduce Tire Repair and Maintenance Costs

CINCINNATI - Doran teamed up with SafetyTrax AVL to provide fleets with a Web-based software application that provides real-time updates for global position and vehicle tracking indicators along with tire pressures and temperatures.

City of Gardena Purchases 5 Leafs

GARDENA, CA - The City of Gardena purchased five 2012 Nissan Leafs to be used by four city departments, according to the Daily Breeze.

Dona Ana County Adds to Hazmat Fleet and Builds New Facility

LAS CRUCES, NM – Doña Ana County is slowly growing its new hazmat fleet, which will be housed at the new Doña Ana County Emergency and Hazmat Response Station in Santa Teresa.

Photo courtesy NJCU.

New Jersey City Univ. Adds Prius to Patrol Fleet

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Following the catastrophic transmission failure of a New Jersey City University (NJCU) Public Safety patrol vehicle, the Facilities Department proposed re-purposing its Toyota Prius Hybrid car as a patrol vehicle.

Agencies Release ‘EV Charging for Persons with Disabilities’ Report

HARRISBURG, VA - The report, released by Clean Fuels Ohio and Virginia Clean Cities, provides information about access to EV charging stations for persons with disabilities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Damage to the fleet facility. Photo courtesy Kent County Sheriff's Department.

Crane Collapse Damages Kent County Fleet Facility

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A crane being used to construct an addition to the Kent County Correctional Facility collapsed Feb. 10, resulting in damages to the building and the nearby fleet facility.

U.S. DOT Issues New Distracted Driving Guidelines for In-vehicle Technologies

WASHINGTON – NHTSA and the DOT proposed new guidelines designed to encourage automakers to limit the risk of driver distraction when using communications, navigation, and entertainment technologies built into vehicles.

Photo: Jeffrey Sauger/Chevrolet.

GM Provides Update on Chevrolet Caprice PPV OTD Times

DETROIT – General Motors provided Government Fleet with an update on the order-to-delivery times for its rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Caprice PPV, acknowledging a longer order-to-delivery time than its other fleet vehicles.

GPS Insight to Host GPS Webinar for Utility Fleets

COTTSDALE, AZ - The webinar will include presentations by two fleet managers who use GPS tracking to deploy resources more efficiently, cut costs, and improve customer satisfaction.

New Albany, Ohio, Approves Resolution to Share Fleet Maintenance

NEW ALBANY, OH - At the beginning of January, a number of central Ohio municipalities signed a non-binding agreement to share various services, including fleet maintenance and repair.

CEI Adopts New Branding Strategy, Logo & Communications Thrust

TREVOSE, PA - The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) announced the adoption of a new corporate logo as one part of new brand strategy.

NJPA Awards National Contracts for Cars, Trucks & Related Accessories

STAPLES, MN - National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) contracts were awarded under the category of “Passenger Cars, Light Duty, Medium Duty, and Heavy Duty Trucks with Related Accessories.”

State employees are already asking when the Chevrolet Volts will be available in the motor pool. Photo courtesy NDDOT.

North Dakota DOT Holds Volt Ride & Drive for Motor Pool Clients

BISMARCK, ND - The ride-and-drive took place Feb. 9 and approximately 35 employees came out to test drive the seven Chevrolet Volts made available that day.

Chrysler Recalls 2011-2012-MY Dodge Charger Police Vehicles

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Chrysler said it’s conducting a voluntary safety recall of approximately 9,688 2011-2012 model-year Dodge Charger Police vehicles to change and relocate the ABS/ESC fuse and replace the headlamp jumper harness.

Pictured from left to right at the Public Fleet Supervisors Association (PFSA) are: Thomas Abear, fleet manager of Monterey County; Doug Bond, transportation services manager of Alameda County; David Del Grande, operations director of central shops of the City and County of San Francisco; Olof Hansen, U.S. EPA; Patrick Langsjoen, environmental specialist with USPS; and Tom Fung, fleet director for the City and County of San Francisco.

EPA Awards 5 Calif. Fleets for Eliminating Lead Wheel Weights

LIVERMORE, CA - The City of Tracy, the City and County of San Francisco, Monterey County, Contra Costa County, and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), were honored for eliminating lead wheel weights from fleet vehicles.

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