Government Fleet News

Additional Southeast Fleets Convert to Propane Autogas

HARRISONBURG, VA - Virginia Clean Cities announced an additional nine fleets are converting more than 160 vehicles to propane autogas. Of these, seven are public sector fleets.

U.S. Bureau of Prisons Plans to Equip Fleet Vehicles With Tracking System

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department’s Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has selected telematics company Fleet Management Solutions to provide its fleet with a vehicle tracking system.

The DC quick charger can charge plug-in vehicles from 0-80 percent charged in less than 30 minutes. Photo courtesy WSDOT.

Quick Charger Opens Washington State DOT Fleet to EVs

OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State DOT unveiled the a DC quick charger for electric vehicles, available for use by business visitor vehicles, employee commuter vehicles, and future WSDOT plug-in vehicles.

Glendale’s Green Fleet Plan Calls for Hybrids, EVs, and Right-Sizing

GLENDALE, CA - The plan establishes a number of “green” objectives for the City’s fleet, including establishing a formal green fleet policy by 2012, increasing fleet fuel efficiency, reducing fleet use of fossil fuels, and increasing employee rideshare participation.

Illinois Fleet Audit Finds State Vehicles Are Underutilized

SPRINGFIELD, IL - The audit report recommended a wide range of process improvements and better information sharing among State agencies to increase vehicle utilization and improve vehicle use reporting.

DOE Awards Recognize Federal Sustainability Efforts

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy announced the 31 winners of the 2011 Department of Energy (DOE) Sustainability Awards. Two fleets and one individual were commended for their fleet sustainability achievements.

State Report Says New Jersey Should Revise and Implement Alt-Fuel Vehicle Policies

TRENTON, NJ – The State of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan recommends the State implement a range of new policies to add alternative-fuel vehicles to the State’s fleet and to change its fleet management practices.

Toro Launches New Website for Government and Public Agencies

BLOOMINGTON, MN - Toro has launched its new government-focused website at www.torogov.com.

Plant City, Fla., officers on patrol on Victory Commander motorcycles. Photo courtesy Victory Police Motorcycles.

Plant City Police Purchases Victory Motorcycles

PLANT CITY, FL - The Plant City, Fla., police department recently rolled out four Commander I Victory Police motorcycles for its traffic management unit, replacing Harley-Davidsons.

North Dakota DOT Tests Volts in State Motor Pool

BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota DOT State Fleet Services is purchasing 10 Chevrolet Volts for its motor pools. It will evaluate user feedback to determine if the vehicles are a good fit for the fleet.

Cape Coral, Fla., to Purchase Fleet and Fuel Management Software

CAPE CORAL, FL – The City of Cape Coral’s city council has voted to waive the bid process to purchase fleet and fuel management software.

Spartan Chassis Recalls 799 Fire Rescue Vehicles

WASHINGTON – Spartan Chassis is recalling a number of 2007 to 2012 model-year fire rescue vehicles, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA).

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Maxon Announces New Additions to Its Sales Team

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA - Shauna Schneider is covering the Los Angeles market, and Mark Johnson is covering the northern Texas area.

Erik Gustafson, fleet manager for the City of Chico, helped reduce the City's fleet replacement budget by $1.6 million, nearly half of which was from taking a reserve fire ladder truck out of the replacement budget.

Chico Realizes Savings Through Fleet Optimization & Revised Vehicle Use Policy

CHICO, CA - The City of Chico's Central Garage was able to save the replacement fund $1.6 million and saved $85,234 in reduced fuel consumption in the past three years.

San Juan Capistrano Joins Calif. State Fuel Card Contract

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA - The City of San Juan Capistrano joined the State of California's contract for a fleet fuel card in order save on rising fuel costs, which is expected to result in up to $4,000 of savings each year.

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ROUSH CleanTech Hires Eastern Region Fleet Sales Manager

LIVONIA, MI - Chelsea Jenkins, now Roush CleanTech's eastern region fleet sales manager, was previously executive director of Virginia Clean Cities.

Bankrupt Harrisburg Plans to Consolidate Fleet & Facility Maintenance

HARRISBURG, PA - After being declared in fiscal emergency, Harrisburg is moving forward with the financial recovery process, which includes a consolidation of fleet and facility maintenance and hiring a manager.

Ford Dealers to Offer Natural Gas Engine on F-Series Super Duty Pickups

VANCOUVER, BC - Westport Innovations Inc.'s new natural gas Westport WiNG Power System will be available in Ford F-250 and F-350 super-duty pickup trucks sold and serviced through authorized Ford dealers.

CARB Approves $15,000 Incentive for Transit Connect Electric

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Air Resources Board has approved a $15,000 incentive for the first Transit Connect Electric purchased by a commercial fleet for deployment in the state of California.

Smith Electric’s New eTrans All-Electric School Bus Offers 120-Mile Range

CINCINNATI — Industry professionals got their first in-person look at Trans Tech Bus’ all-electric school bus, the eTrans, during a special event at the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Summit.

Wright Express Awarded National Joint Powers Alliance Fleet Card Contract

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME - The Wright Express fleet card program will now be available through the NJPA, allowing government fleets to join the contract without issuing an RFP.

AARA funding through the Clean Energy Coalitiion helped defray the cost of Ann Arbor's hydraulic hybrid recycling trucks.

Ann Arbor Saves with Hydraulic Hybrid Recycling Trucks

ANN ARBOR, MI - The City of Ann Arbor's deployment of four hydraulic-hybrid recycling trucks in its fleet last year improved fuel economy by 15 percent and increased brake lifespan.

Two Lee County, Fla. Fleet Employees Charged in Bomb Hoax

FORT MYERS, FL – In Lee County, Fla., two employees of the County’s fleet shop were arrested earlier this month for allegedly placing a briefcase at a County fueling station as a prank on Sept. 8.

U.S. DOE Launches Vehicle Lifetime Operating Costs Calculator

WASHINGTON – The tool allows users to compare emissions and the lifetime operating costs of different conventional vehicles and those running on alternative fuels and powertrains.

Missoula to Install GPS Units on Fleet Vehicles

MISSOULA, MT – The City of Missoula, Mont.’s city council voted to approve the purchase and installation of GPS units and an automated vehicle locator system for vehicles in the City’s fleet.

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