Government Fleet News

Columbus Dept. of Public Utilities to Track Fleet Vehicles

COLUMBUS, OH - The City of Columbus expects to significantly reduce operating costs and improve efficiency in its utilities department by implementing GPS tracking solutions.

The E-Ride EXV2 electric vehicle in use at Wisconsin State Parks' facilities.

Wisconsin State Parks Using Electric Vehicles for Routine Maintenance

PRINCETON, MN - Wisconsin State Parks has purchased 15 EXV2 electric utility vehicles from E-Ride Industries, which is based in Princeton, Minn. Park services are using them for regular maintenance and cleaning of park facilities.

City of Greenwood Deploys Fleet Tracking System

GREENWOOD, MS - The City of Greenwood announced Jan. 24 that it will deploy GPS tracking systems on more than 100 of its fleet vehicles. By installing the FleetMatics GPS tracking system, City department heads will gain the ability to closely monitor fleet vehicles and make operational adjustments to optimize fleet performance.

(L-R) Peter Gunnerman, co-founder of Advanced Refining Concepts, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, and David Johnson, manager of Clark County's Automotive Division, kicked off the new clean diesel program on Jan. 20.

Clark County Purchases Clean & Local Diesel

LAS VEGAS - Almost half of the Clark County, Nev., vehicle fleet is being fueled with a new low-emission diesel fuel being produced in Nevada after the County signed a one-year clean diesel contract.

The 12,000-gallon biodiesel tank was fully paid for by federal Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds.

Chula Vista Heavy-Duty Fleet Goes Green with Biodiesel Tank

CHULA VISTA, CA - Using federal stimulus funds, the City of Chula Vista installed a 12,000-gallon biodiesel tank at its Public Works Corp Yard, used to fuel the City's 125 heavy-duty fleet vehicles that include fire engines, dump trucks, and excavators.

New Orleans Municipal Court May Lose Take-Home Vehicles

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux recommends the City review the assignment of take-home vehicles to the Municipal Court's judges and clerk, stating they do not meet the employee criteria listed in the City policy.

A group of vehicles from the Knoxville Utilities Board's fleet, which includes more than 500 vehicles fueled by biodiesel (B5), hybrid electric technology, CNG, and ethanol (E-10 and E-85).

Knoxville Utilities Board Fleet to be Recognized on MotorWeek TV Show

KNOXVILLE, TN - The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB), a municipal utility serving Knoxville and parts of seven adjacent counties, announced that the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCFC) recommended KUB as a candidate for the television show MotorWeek. MotorWeek will cover KUB's fleet in a one-minute segment that will highlight its use of alternative-fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Detroit First Responders Get EV Safety Training

DETROIT - Detroit is the final stop on a nationwide tour that has trained more than 1,600 fire and emergency service leaders on how to deal with emergency situations involving electric vehicles.

Port of Long Beach Extends Contract for Telematics Services

LONG BEACH, CA - The Port of Long Beach, Calif., has extended its three-year contract with WebTech Wireless Inc., a provider of vehicle fleet location-based services and telematics technology, for its Quadrant fleet management solution.

GreenMan Subsidiary Signs Agreement with Casella Waste Systems Inc. to Test CNG/Diesel Dual Fuel Upgrade on Refuse Trucks

CARLISLE, IOWA - American Power Group Inc., has signed an EPA Test Vehicle Agreement with Casella Waste Systems Inc., to convert one of its refuse trucks to APG's dual fuel system and begin on-the-road test trials and emission compliance approval.

Saint Paul Mayor Christopher Coleman unveiled the City’s all-electric Ford Transit Connect on Jan. 18. The vehicle will be used in the Parks and Recreation department.

Saint Paul Adds Electric Transit Connect to Fleet

SAINT PAUL, MN - Mayor Christopher Coleman unveiled the newest addition to Saint Paul's vehicle fleet, the all-electric Ford Transit Connect, on Jan 18. The vehicle will be used in the Parks and Recreation department.

Lake County Installs GPS on Snow Plows

WAUKEGAN, IL - The Lake County Division of Transportation (DOT) installed global positioning systems (GPS) on 32 snow plows and other DOT vehicles. These provide real-time vehicle tracking, as well as tracking of salt and de-ice material application.

Riverside County to Buy 359 Crown Victorias

RIVERSIDE, CA - Riverside County supervisors approved Jan. 11 the Sheriff's department request to purchase 359 Ford Crown Victoria Interceptors, vehicles in their last year of production.

Michigan State Police Investigating Alleged Gov’t Fleet Scam

CHEBOYGAN, MI - The Michigan State Police (MSP) Cheboygan Post recently arrested a man posing as the new vendor for state and federal government vehicle fleet contracts.

New Mexico Gov. Questions Fleet Vehicle Use

SANTA FE, NM - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is asking departments to look into how many cars they operate and what their uses are. She has already announced a moratorium on the purchase of new state vehicles, with the exception of law enforcement vehicles.

Boulder EV's Electric Delivery Truck.

Boulder Electric Vehicle Announces Trucks Now CARB Zero Emissions Certified

LAFAYETTE, CO - Boulder Electric Vehicle announced that CARB has certified its 11,500-pound GVWR trucks as Zero Emissions Vehicles. The company said these models include a medium duty delivery van, a passenger shuttle van, a flat-bed work truck, a parks-and-recreation service truck, and a service body build-out.

John Hamilton (front center), heavy equipment mechanic, is joined by team mates for a group photo with the 2010 Employee of the Year award. (Photo:

Fremont County Equipment Mechanic Named Employee of the Year

FREMONT, CO - John Hamilton, a 10-year employee in the Fremont County Department of Transportation (DOT), was honored in late December by the Board of County Commissioners as the 2010 Employee of the Year.

4th Annual Green Fleet Conference Set for Oct. 3-4 in Grapevine, Texas

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media has announced the dates for the 4th Annual Green Gleet Conference. The event will take place Oct. 3-4, 2011 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.

Chicago Mayoral Candidate Promises Smaller, Greener Fleet

CHICAGO - Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel wants to reduce the City fleet, purchase more fuel-efficient cars, and perform a detailed inventory of all City vehicles to save $5 million in fleet expenses.

Sacramento Hosts Clean Diesel Tech Workshop

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD in cooperation with the Yolo-Solano AQMD and the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition will host a workshop to present new clean diesel technologies on Friday, April 22.

Iowa Fleet to Save $7M by Rightsizing & Online Auctions

DES MOINES, IA - By changing its vehicle turn-in policy, extending replacement cycles, and switching to online auctions, the State of Iowa fleet expects to save between $6-7 million.

Neu Retires from Napa Sanitation District After 24 Years

NAPA, CA - Howard Neu, safety, training and fleet officer for the Napa Sanitation District, recently retired after 24 years with the District.

Austin Fleet to be Featured on MotorWeek

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The City of Austin, Texas, will be highlighted as this week's Clean Cities Success Story on the MotorWeek television program.

Puradyn Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

BOYNTON BEACH, FL - Puradyn Filter Technologies Incorporated (OTCBB: PFTI) announced it has received certification for ISO 9001:2008, validating its Quality Management Standards process for "design, manufacture, sales, and distribution of bypass oil filtration systems and replacement filters for various industries."

Last Chance! - Nominate 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Candidates

TORRANCE, CA - Friday, Feb. 11 is your last chance to nominate individuals for Government Fleet's 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award.

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