Government Fleet News

EPA Finalizes 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2011 percentage standards for the four categories of fuel under the agency's renewable fuel standard program, known as RFS2.

Cooking Grease Converted to Vehicle Biodiesel

WASHINGTON - Some Clean Cities coalitions, supported by the Vehicle Technologies Program in the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), have worked with their local governments to convert used cooking oil to biodiesel.

South Carolina Opens EV Fueling Network

COLUMBIA, SC - More than 80 charging stations are being deployed in South Carolina cities: Columbia, Spartanburg, Greenville, Rock Hill, Union, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Blythewood, and Charleston. The electric vehicle charging network opened Dec. 8.

City of Rochester to Examine Take-Home Policy

ROCHESTER, MN - The City of Rochester will examine its take-home vehicle policy to determine whether the City can save money through mileage reimbursement

City of Riverside Upgrades Fleet Management Solution

RIVERSIDE, CA - The City of Riverside, Calif., has contracted to upgrade to the browser-based version of FleetFocus from AssetWorks, the company announced today.

DTE Energy Signs Deal with AMP Electric Vehicles to Electrify Fleet Vehicles

CINCINNATI - AMP Holding Inc., and DTE Energy, the Detroit-headquartered diversified energy company providing gas and electric services to Michigan homes and businesses, jointly announced the signing of an agreement for Amp to "electrify" three of DTE Energy's fleet vehicles.

Northern Lights Energy Commits to Purchase 1,000 AMP Electric Vehicles

CINCINNATI - AMP Holding Inc., a company engaged in the emission-free electrification of OEM vehicles, announced it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Northern Lights Energy (NLE) to introduce all-electric SUVs to Iceland as part of its national electric vehicle (EV) project.

Matt Harjama was named Director of Business Development at FLD, Inc. and its sister company,

FLD Names Harjama Director of Business Development

DELRAY BEACH, FL - Matt Harjama was named director of business development at FLD, Inc. and its sister company, Harjama assumed the position in September.

Institutional Venture Partners & Investcorp Lead FleetMatics' $68 Million Investment to Fuel Global Growth and Innovation

BOSTON - FleetMatics, a market leader of GPS tracking applications for commercial fleets, announced that it has closed a $68 million growth equity financing.

Electrification Coalition Releases 'Fleet Electrification Roadmap'

WASHINGTON - The Electrification Coalition released a new report, titled Fleet Electrification Roadmap, which analyzes the benefits and challenges of electric vehicle deployment. The study recommends policies aimed at accelerating conversion of the 16 million government and commercial fleet vehicles on the road in the U.S.

Forty-four fleet management professionals were present to discuss and learn about alternative fuel technologies.

MEMA Meeting Focuses on Alternative Fuels

CULVER CITY, CA - The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held a meeting at the City of Culver City, Calif., on Dec. 2. Forty-four fleet management professionals were present to discuss and learn about alternative fuel technologies.

Yoshi Inaba, president and COO of Toyota Motor North America (center), hands the keys to a Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (left) and Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (right), at a ceremony at City Hall in New York City. (Photo courtesy Toyota)

New York City to Demo Prius Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

NEW YORK - New York City will soon be operating five new Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicles (PHVs) on city streets as part of Toyota's partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Cambria County Adds GPS Tracking to Vehicles

EBENSBURG, PA - Cambria County commissioners approved an agreement to equip County vehicles with GPS monitoring systems in an effort to produce efficiencies and increase safety.

Oneida County Take-Home Vehicles Scrutinized

UTICA, NY - The Oneida County Board of Legislators created a special committee last month to review the process the County uses to assign take-home vehicles.

Dow Kokam and PVI Partner in Deployment of First Fully Electric Refuse Trucks

LYON, FRANCE - Dow Kokam and PVI announced Dec. 3 an agreement to supply advanced lithium polymer battery systems to power the first-ever fully electric refuse trucks. The 26-ton, zero-emission truck will eliminate 130 tons of CO2 per truck per year.

DOT Rule Prompts Mandatory Backup Cameras in All New Vehicles

WASHINGTON - A new regulation designed to prevent drivers from backing over pedestrians may require all new vehicles to be equipped with rear-mounted video camera and in-vehicle displays by 2014.

John Alley

Alley to Join King County Metro-Transit in Seattle

SAN DIEGO - John Alley, CAFM, has been hired as assistant vehicle maintenance manager for King County Metro-Transit in Seattle. Prior to this, Alley was deputy director - Fleet Services Division of the General Services Dept. for the City of San Diego.

Tom Lubas

NY/NJ Port Authority Appoints Operations Services Director

NEW YORK - Tom Lubas was named director of the operations services department for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Lubas has worked for more than 38 years with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

City of Vallejo Plans to Exit Bankruptcy

VALLEJO, CA - The City council of Vallejo approved a financial plan last week to exit its landmark bankruptcy, which the City declared two years ago.

Town Reinstates Take-Home Vehicles for Officers

MARANA, AZ - After take-home vehicles were halted earlier this year, the Town of Marana Police Department first-line officers who live within the town limits were allowed to resume taking their police vehicles home in mid-November.

On the right stands one of three Eaton Pow-R-Station Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations donated by Eaton Corporation to the City of Raleigh, N.C. (Photo: Business Wire)

City of Raleigh to Install 25-30 EV Charging Stations

RALEIGH, NC - The City of Raleigh was awarded a $125,000 grant to install 25-30 public charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles, accepted by City council in mid-November. In addition, Eaton Corporation has donated to the City three high-speed electric vehicle charging stations that can recharge a vehicle in just four to six hours.

NYSDOT Reminds Motorists to Drive Carefully in Winter Weather Events

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) issued a release reminding travelers to drive safely in winter weather conditions and to use caution near department snowfighting equipment.

Collective Data Releases Extended Asset Management Module

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - Collective Data, Inc. a provider of fleet management software systems, recently released the Extended Asset Module, a product designed to help fleets manage assets beyond the fleet.

Russ Lucas

Webb Transit Hires Severe Duty Fleet Manager

CULLMAN, AL - Russ Lucas has been hired to fill the new position of Severe Duty Fleet Manager for Webb Wheel Products, Inc. - Transit Business Unit. His core responsibilities will be to identify, develop, and expand fleet sales within the severe duty markets.

ROUSH CleanTech Announces Thompson, Mouw as Company Leaders

LIVONIA, MI - ROUSH Enterprises presents a winning line-up with the announcement of Joe Thompson and Todd Mouw leading the company's newest venture, ROUSH CleanTech , a product-based alternative fuel-powered engine company destined to change the way fleets do business.

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