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Napa EV Conference Attendance Exceeds Expectations

NAPA, CA - The Plug-in and Electric Vehicle Showcase at the Napa Valley Expo earlier this month drew more than 200 attendees and featured a ride-and-drive event.

DC Officials’ Vehicles Scrutinized

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia will report on vehicles leased and purchased for officials and senior level staff on Feb. 25.

UC Davis Adds Alt-Fuel Vehicles Via Research Program Partnership

DAVIS, CA - UC Davis's Fleet Services division is adding hybrid, PHEV, electric, and CNG vehicles to its fleet this year.

Rocklin's Fleet Operations Division staff are all ASE certified technicians, and the City pays for testing. In the top row (left to right): Russell French, Senior Mechanic; Lenny Bridges, Equipment Mechanic II; Walter Scarboro, Equipment Mechanic II; Clarence Sperling, Equipment Mechanic II. In the bottom row (left to right): Kim Olson, Senior Office Assistant; Kevin Erlandson, Fleet Manager; Shawn Dart, Parts Specialist.

Rocklin, Calif. Wins ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Award

ROCKLIN, CA - The City of Rocklin, Calif.'s Fleet Operations Division provides a collaborative environment for tackling technical problems and encourages continuing training and education.

San Diego Enters Into Leasing Agreement With Chase Equipment Finance

SAN DIEGO The City of San Diego’s city council unanimously approved the proposal to enter into a master lease agreement with Chase Equipment Finance to fund vehicle and equipment purchases during 2011 and 2012.

California DGS Posts Initial Fleet Reduction Plan Details

SACRAMENTO, CA - The update currently provides a brief FAQ section and a list of forms and other resources for state fleet managers to use.

University of Washington Purchases Electric Trucks With Grant

SEATTLE, WA - The University of Washington purchased five new electric mail trucks with a $233,000 grant from the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition.

Glendale Improves Fuel Economy, Miles Driven in Sanitation Trucks via GPS

GLENDALE, AZ – The City of Glendale, Ariz. Added GPS to 68 sanitation trucks.

Columbus Fleet Division Earns Fourth Straight National ASE Blue Seal

COLUMBUS, OH - The City of Columbus' Fleet Division pays for its mechanics training, uses operational goals and metrics to achieve performance targets, and encourages a collaborative work environment.

Gov. Brown Orders Calif. Hiring Freeze

SACRAMENTO – California Governor Jerry Brown issued a hiring freeze across the state government on Feb. 15. The hiring freeze is comprehensive, applying to vacant, seasonal, and full- and part-time positions.

The Rumbler siren was uses in an NYPD pilot program.

NYPD to Install New Siren on 5,000 Patrol Cars

NEW YORK CITY - After running a pilot program since 2009, the New York Police Dept. had decided to install a new kind of siren, the “Rumbler,” on 5,000 patrol cars in the next few years.

Earlier this month, Capt. Bill Peters, commander of the CHP's Fleet Operations Section, successfully placed an order for 329 2011 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors (CVPI) in their final model year.

California Governor Curtails CHP's Purchase of New Patrol Vehicles

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Highway Patrol's fleet commander is lobbying for more than half of an order of about 750 patrol cars for 2011 that has stalled due to the state's economic woes.

CARB Begins Second Year of Fleet Grants for Hybrids

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board on Feb. 15 began the second year of grants totaling $19 million for hybrid vehicle technology that significantly reduces smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Proposed US 2012 Budget Cuts DERA, Fuel Cell Funding, Boosts Electric

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s proposed 2012 budget eliminates or reduces funding for a number of programs, from DERA to fuel cells, and creates a consumer rebate for the purchase of electric vehicles.

A‐Z Bus Sales Becomes First Roush Cleantech Dedicated Bus Dealer

COLTON, CA - A‐Z Bus Sales, Inc. announced a new agreement with ROUSH CleanTech to purchase and install the ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system on newer model-year buses and trucks.

Deadline Extended to Nominate Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine has extended the deadline to accept nominations for the 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award through Friday, Feb. 18.

Chattanooga Retracts Take-Home Fees for Local Officers

CHATTANOOGA, TN - The City of Chattanooga Council approved a resolution to allow officers who live within the City to take home patrol vehicles with no charge.

Connecticut State Police to Add Digital Video Recorders to 400 Vehicles

HARTFORD, CT - Connecticut’s Department of Administrative Services awarded WPCS International Inc. a contract to install 400 in-car digital video systems in Connecticut State Police vehicles over the next three years.

Austin Receives $5 Mil. Grant to Buy Alt-Fuel Vehicles & Service Award

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The City of Austin has earned a $5 million grant to purchase alternative-fuel and/or hybrid vehicles and its Fleet Services Division Centers 1,5, and 6 achieved the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence.

Summit County Outsourcing Fleet Maintenance

FRISCO, CO – Summit County in Frisco, Colorado is outsourcing its fleet maintenance to a private company called First Vehicle Services

NAFA Pacific-Southwest Mar. 1 Chapter Meeting to Discuss Tires

SANTA ANA, CA - Topics include tire construction and retreading, TPMS, tire number and letter meanings, and how to reduce costs and improve safety.

Are 1 Million EVs by 2015 Feasible?

WASHINGTON - An Indiana University report finds President Obama’s goal of one million EVs by 2015 unachievable without additional significant investment.

Bloomfield Township Enters New Lease Agreement for Police Motorcycles

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Township of Bloomfield, N.J. has entered into its third lease agreement with Sparta Commercial Services, Inc.'s Municipal Lease Program to upgrade the town’s police motorcycle fleet.

Multnomah County Reviewing Proposal to Outsource Parts Maintenance

PORTLAND, OR – Multnomah County is considering a proposal to outsource parts maintenance in its fleet services department, which would potentially affect 12 employees.

Barbara Connolly, fleet manager and controller for Weld County, stands with one of the County's CNG-fueled vehicles, a Ford Focus, and the County's CNG fueling station.

Weld County Implements Natural Gas Vehicle Plan

GREELEY, CO - Weld County, Colo., is encouraging the use of natural gas vehicles by building public fueling stations and converting some of its fleet vehicles to CNG.



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