Government Fleet News

Philadelphia Pilots Car Sharing and Tracking Technology in City Vehicles

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a Department of Human Services (DHS) pilot program to install vehicle sharing and tracking technology in 25 City-owned vehicles used by DHS social workers.

Pictured are: (l-r first row) Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser, Deputy Commissioner Kathleen Kirleis, Jim Fazekas of Waterous, (top row) BFD Director of Transportation Shawn Herlihy, and Jeff Mazza of Bulldog Fire Apparatus.

Boston Fire Dept. Pump Purchases Allow for Quick Vehicle Repair

BOSTON - The Boston Fire Department has designated the Waterous Company of South Saint Paul, Minn., as the exclusive manufacturer of fire pumps for its current and future purchases of fire apparatus.

Nissan Delivers Seattle's First 100% Electric Nissan LEAF

SEATTLE - Nissan North America Inc. delivered the State of Washington's first all-electric Nissan LEAF late last week, following deliveries earlier in the week in Northern and Southern California, Arizona, and Oregon.

City of Clearwater to Build Natural Gas Fueling Station

CLEARWATER, FL - Clearwater City Council voted last week to build the Tampa Bay area's first natural gas fueling station. The station's first users will be City garbage trucks that will be converted to run on natural gas, although the station will be open to the public.

City of Nashua to Purchase 9 CNG Trucks

NASHUA, NH - The city of Nashua plans buy a fleet of trash trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of diesel. Aldermen approved two measures last week that allowed for the purchase of nine vehicles for the City's trash fleet.

National Park’s Alt-Fuel Fleet to be Highlighted on MotorWeek

GATLINBURG, TN - Clean Cities announced that Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be the next clean fleet featured by MotorWeek starting Dec. 25. The park has incorporated alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles into its fleets to help preserve the landscape and has a new biodiesel filling station.

BAE Systems Announces Development of HybriDrive Parallel Propulsion System for Trucks

JOHNSON CITY, NEW YORK - BAE Systems, a developer and producer of hybrid electric technologies, is developing a parallel hybrid propulsion system designed for medium and heavy duty truck applications. The parallel system is the latest version of the company's HybriDrive green propulsion system.

Miller’s new 2011 Full-Line Catalog showcases the company’s full line of welders, plasma cutters, generators, workstations, and Arc Armor welding protection.

Miller 2011 Full-Line Catalog Now Available

APPLETON, WI - Miller Electric Mfg. Co. today announced that a free copy of its 2011 Full-Line Catalog of welding and cutting equipment can be requested or downloaded by going to the literature request page via

Fleet Sales Support Chevrolet Clean Energy Initiative

DETROIT - By purchasing Chevrolet vehicles during the next year, fleet customers will be contributing to the automaker's $40M clean-energy investment project.

San Diego Begins Managed Competition

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego City Council approved Dec. 7 its first managed competition process for publishing services, with fleet management soon to follow. Mayor Jerry Sanders announced in September that publishing services and fleet maintenance would be the first two City services to be put out to bid.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels drives the THINK City car during a vehicle presentation Dec. 16 at Fort Harrison State Park outside of Indianapolis.

Indiana Takes Delivery of 15 THINK Electric Cars

INDIANAPOLIS - The State of Indiana on Wednesday took delivery of 15 THINK City electric passenger cars for use principally by the Department of Resources in the State's park system.

City of McKinney to Install EV Charging Stations & Convert Vehicles

McKINNEY, TEXAS - The City of McKinney will receive rebates from TXU Energy to install four electric vehicle charging stations and convert several city vehicles to electric hybrid vehicles under the TXU Energy EV Accelerator Program.

Pictured are Micheal Austin, vice president of BYD America; Rudolf Montiel, HACLA president and CEO; and David Esparza of the City of Los Angeles, with BYD fleet vehicles. (Photo: Business Wire)

Los Angeles Agency Launches EV Testing Program

LOS ANGELES - The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) is testing 10 BYD F3DM dual-mode electric sedans at its offices. HACLA expects each vehicle will significantly reduce fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by almost 37 lbs. annually.

Ford Motor Company is using one new Ford Focus and a dozen other modern vehicles to help train first responders.

2012 Ford Focus Used to Train First Responders

DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Company is using one new Ford Focus and a dozen other modern vehicles to help train first responders. The new 2012 Focus is the latest teaching tool to educate members of the Dearborn Fire Department on how best to use their new extrication equipment in rescue situations.

Randy White (left), who headed up the Lawn Mower Exchange Program, presented a plaque  to Scott Stolberg, president and CEO of AAEQ Manufacturers and Recyclers.

AAEQ Manufacturers & Recyclers Honored For Role in Clark County Lawn Mower Exchange Program

LAS VEGAS - AAEQ Manufacturers and Recyclers, a Las Vegas-based scrap metal recycling company, was recognized by the Clark County Department of Air Quality & Environmental Management (DAQEM) for its work with the department's Lawn Mower Exchange Program (LMEP).

FLD Launches, an Online Marketplace for “One-Stop-Selling” of Surplus Inventory

DELRAY BEACH, FL - FLD, Inc., an automotive remarketing leader for 30 years, announced the launch of, an online marketplace for asset managers and commercial and municipal fleet managers to sell surplus inventory.

Networkfleet State Mileage Report Simplifies Fuel Tax Reporting

SAN DIEGO - Networkfleet announced Dec. 16 the availability of new online State Mileage Reports to simplify fuel tax reporting required by commercial fleets. Fleet managers can now log on to Networkfleet's online fleet management system and generate reports showing the number of miles traveled for each vehicle by state.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura unveiled Honda's plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (far left) and the Fit EV prototype.

City of Torrance Test Drives Honda’s New EV & PHEV

TORRANCE, CA - Honda launched the electric vehicle demonstration program with Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura conducting the first public test drive of a Fit EV prototype and an Accord Sedan test vehicle outfitted with a new two-motor plug-in hybrid system.

CARB Approves THINK City Vehicle

DEARBORN, MI - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved the THINK City as a zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV), paving the way for THINK to sell the all-electric THINK City in California, 12 other states, and the District of Columbia that have adopted California's ZEV requirements.

Milwaukee County Uses Kenworth T470 Snowplows to Clear Roads

Milwaukee County operates 35 Kenworth T470 trucks, used as snowplows during Milwaukee's snow season and as dump trucks in the spring and summer.

US Marine Corps Adds All-Electric Trucks to Fleet

KANSAS CITY, MO -The United States Marine Corps was the first military organization to order two all-electric Smith Newton Electric trucks off the Government Services Administration (GSA) schedule.

San Bernardino County Releases Fleet Management Reports

SAN BERNARDINO, CA - San Bernardino County can save more than $1 million annually through increased centralization of fleet operations, according to a countywide fleet operations review conducted by Mercury Associates Inc., and released earlier this month.

Cincinnati Park Board Receives 8 Propane Trucks

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Park Board has received an award of eight new propane-powered vehicles, thanks to a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities grant obtained in partnership with the City of Cincinnati Department of Public Services, Fleet Management Division.

Mohave County to Recycle Metal Waste

KINGMAN, AZ - Mohave County is looking for bids for a company to remove and recycle scrap metal the County normally throws out. These include metal items from County public works departments such as fleet services, traffic control, and water works.

Castro Retires from Tacoma after 30 Years, Accepts New Fleet Position

TACOMA, WA - Frank Castro retired from City of Tacoma /Tacoma Public Utilities Fleet Services after a 30-year career. Upon retirement, Castro was named transportation manager position for Snohomish County Public Utility District in Everett, Wash.

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