Government Fleet News

The 2012-MY Ram Cargo van coming off the assembly line at Chrysler's Windsor, Canada, plant.

First Ram Cargo Van Rolls Out of Assembly Plant

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Earlier this week the first 2012-MY Ram Cargo Van (C/V) rolled out of the company’s Windsor, Canada, assembly plant.

Kansas City to Showcase Alt-Fuel Vehicle Program at National League of Cities Event

KANSAS CITY, MO - Kansas City has converted its vehicles to a range of alternative fuels and power sources, including compressed natural gas, biodiesel, and electricity.

Chevin Fleet Solutions Celebrates 21 Years

DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND - Chevin Fleet Solutions celebrates 21 years in business on Sept. 1. Since the company was founded in 1990, Chevin has grown to maintain more 1.3 million vehicles across the globe.

South Carolina Forestry Commission Says State Needs New Fire Equipment

COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina’s Forestry Commission said it doesn’t have enough fire equipment to cope with an above-average year of forest fires.

El Paso Adds 45 Hybrids and 25 Propane-Fueled Vans

EL PASO, TEXAS – The City of El Paso has purchased a number of hybrids for its fleet within the last two years, increasing the total from 2 prior to 2010 to 47 in 2011.

Sacramento Clean Cities to Hold Advanced Technology Forum

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento Clean Cities will hold the Advanced Technology Forum on Sept. 13 at the California Automobile Museum.

Santa Ana's Permagard-treated fire truck.

City of Santa Ana Installs 'Green' Paint Protector

SANTA ANA, CA - The City of Santa Ana is applying Permagard products to 50 of its new fleet vehicles. The clear, protective treatment creates a permanent barrier between the vehicle's paint and environmental contaminants.

Clean Cities Offers Tool to Help Fleets Analyze Natural Gas Options

WASHINGTON - The new tool allows users to enter specific data into an Excel spreadsheet to determine whether the costs of using natural gas will work in their respective operations.

Wisconsin DNR to Cut Fleet Costs as Part of Restructuring Effort

MADISON, WI –Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now the State’s first “Enterprise Agency” pilot, giving it increased operating flexibility but requiring it cut to fleet-related costs.

Workforce Central Florida Asked to Pay Back $39K for ‘Unallowable’ Vehicle Leases

A investigation found 20 of Workforce Central Florida's (WCF) fleet vehicles were improperly purchased, leased, and sold.

Beaverton PD Unveils New Patrol Car Design on Charger and Tahoe

BEAVERTON, OR -The department said the design features black and white as background colors, a change from the previous blue and white color scheme.

2011 RMFMA Conference & Expo to be Held in Scottsdale, Ariz

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) will hold its 2011 RMFMA Conference & Expo on Oct. 4-7 at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort in Scottsdale.

Collective Data Releases Core Update to Fleet Management Software

Collective Data Inc., a provider of fleet management software solutions, has released a software update to improve performance and add additional functionality to its suite of software applications.

Earthquake in U.S. Southeast Affects Virginia DOT Operations

RICHMOND, VA - The 5.9 earthquake in Virginia rattled fleets in the area but caused relatively little damage, though it did temporarily slow down operations at the Virginia Department of Transportation's shop facilities.

Dona Ana County to Build New Maintenance Facility

LAS CRUCES, NM - The County currently has two facilities, one for the Sheriff's Office and one for all other vehicles. The new facility will replace the general maintenance facility.

The Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority (ANGDA) tested the propane-fueled F-250 in temperatures lower than 50 degrees below zero.

Alaska Public Sector Fleets Test Propane-Fueled F-250 Pickup Trucks

ANCHORAGE, AK – Alaska’s Natural Gas Development Authority tested a propane-fueled F-250 pickup trucks for nine months to see how they operate in cold-weather conditions

The City of Sacramento, Calif., will purchase 53 more LNG refuse trucks for its fleet.

City of Sacramento to Purchase 53 LNG Refuse Trucks for $15.8M

SACRAMENTO, CA - The trucks will replace refuse trucks kept far past their normal replacement cycles, re-establishing a seven-year vehicle replacement program.

The Round Rock police department's new patrol car look will only apply to  future vehicles and 15 recently purchased models.

New Round Rock PD Patrol Cars to Feature Updated Look

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS – The City of Round Rock's police department announced its patrol car fleet of 153 vehicles is undergoing its first restyling in 12 years.

The 2012-MY Camry SE model.

Toyota Unveils 2012-MY Camry and Camry Hybrid

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Toyota debuted the six model grades of the MY-2012 Camry and Camry Hybrid. The four-cylinder Camry boasts an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city/35 mpg highway, the V6 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway, and the Hybrid 43 mpg city/39 mpg highway/41 mpg combined.

Mayors of Tulsa, Okla., and Arlington, Texas, to Speak at the 2011 Green Fleet Conference

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media announced that at the 2011 Green Fleet Conference, the Mayor of Tulsa, Okla., will deliver the Welcome Opening Address on Monday, Oct. 3, and the Mayor of Arlington, Texas, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Winder

In Memoriam – Steve Winder, 1959 - 2011

LOS ANGELES - Steve Winder, senior stores supervisor at the University of California, Los Angeles' Fleet Maintenance unit, passed away suddenly on August 11. He was 52.

Cherokee County Cuts Fleet and Take-Home Vehicles to Combat Fuel Costs

CANTON, GA - Cherokee County is facing a 30-percent increase in fuel costs when compared with the previous fiscal year.

El Paso County Deploys Mobile Communications Gateway

EL PASO, TX - El Paso County Enhanced 911 Emergency Communications District is deploying In Motion Technology's onBoard Mobile Gateway communications platform in 530 of the County's vehicles.

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales Will Reach 5.2 Million by 2017

BOULDER, CO - According to a report from Pike Research, electrified vehicles will capture 4.9 percent of the total light-duty vehicle market in 2017.

Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, (left) and Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota executive vice president, Research & Development, sign a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on a new rear-wheel-drive hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs, and to collaborate on development of next-generation standards for in-car telematics.

Ford and Toyota to Jointly Develop Hybrid System for Light Trucks and SUVs

DEARBORN, MI - Ford and Toyota stated that although they will jointly develop this new hybrid system, they will integrate it separately on their respective vehicles.

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