Government Fleet News

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.

GSA Purchased One-Fourth of US Hybrid Vehicles

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford and General Motors hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, a drastic increase in federal fleet hybrid purchases.

Grant Money Available for Missouri Diesel Fleets

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has been awarded a federal grant to implement diesel emission reduction projects in the St. Louis, Kansas City, southwest Missouri, and southeast Missouri areas. Public and private fleets in these areas that operate diesel on- and off-road vehicles and equipment can apply for grant funding through local organizations.

Employee Complaints Lead to City Vehicle Policy Review

MARSHFIELD, MO - The City of Marshfield will be reviewing its employee vehicle use policy after City employees voiced their opinions during a Board of Aldermen's meeting.

National Park Takes Delivery of 7 Hybrid Vehicles

GATLINBURG, TN - Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently took delivery of seven Ford Escape Hybrid vehicles that were purchased using a $197,550 grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program.

King County Donates Retired Vans to Nonprofits

SEATTLE - King County in Washington has donated 27 retired Metro vans to help transport residents to medical appointments and field trips. The retired vehicles benefit senior citizens, young adults, community programs, and local governments.

ATR Moves to New Remanufacturing Facility

MUNDELEIN, IL - Authorized Transmission Remanufacturing, Inc., a national supplier of fleet transmissions throughout the U.S. and Canada, is proud to announce that it has moved into its new 100,000 sq. ft. world-class remanufacturing plant located in Mundelein, Ill.

Government Fleet recently had the opportunity to test drive the THINK City at Bobit Business Media headquarters in Torrance, Calif. In the passenger seat is Michael Lock, chief marketing officer for THINK.

THINK City Car Coming to U.S. in 2011

TORRANCE, CA - The THINK City, a modern urban vehicle, will be released in the U.S. as a two-seater model, providing "healthy" cargo space. Fleet editors recently had an opportunity to experience the electric vehicle at Bobit Business Media headquarters.

The Sentinel Police Mobility Vehicle can travel at speeds up to 29 mph.

Denver Airport Police Uses Electric Mobility Vehicles

DENVER - The Denver International Airport is utilizing Sentinel Police Mobility Vehicles from Xtreme Green Products. Officers use the electric vehicles to address the traffic flow of the airport.

City of Marietta Wins Award for Fleet Management Technology Use

MARIETTA, GA - The City of Marietta won a 2010 Excalibur Award from the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) for its successful use mobile resource management technology across its City departments (police, fire, water, and lights).

The NYPD will deploy the T3 Series Electric Stand-up Vehicle by T3 Motion, Inc.

NYPD to Deploy Electric Stand-Up Vehicles

NEW YORK - The New York Police Department will be utilizing six T3 Series Electric Stand-up Vehicles from T3 Motion, Inc., part of a multi-unit purchase order shipped recently. The units will enable the department to increase patrol capabilities, especially in subways and crowded areas.

APWA & Snowfighters Association to Hold Joint Snow Conference

KANSAS CITY, MO - The American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters Association (PNS) will jointly present the APWA North American Snow and Pacific Northwest Snowfighters Conference in April 2011 in Spokane, Wash.

Scottsdale Audit Recommends Consistent Rates & Cost-Cutting Measures

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A City of Scottsdale audit of fleet management rates recommends ensuring consistent vehicle replacement and maintenance and operations rates; developing specific financial policies for the Fleet Management Fund; and obtaining savings through reduction of underutilized, loaner, and take-home vehicles.

Cape Coral Can Save $1M Annually with Proper Fuel Controls

CAPE CORAL, FL - The City of Cape Coral council members ordered an internal audit of City fuel purchases on Nov. 15. This was in response to a report that found annual fleet fuel consumption has nearly doubled to 735,000 gallons in the last five years, in contrast to reductions in fleet size and budget.

Snohomish County Fleet Facility to Reduce Energy Use

EVERETT, WA - Snohomish County has pledged to reduce energy use in County facilities by 10 percent below the 2007-2009 average during the next three years. This includes changes in fleet maintenance facilities and vehicles.

LA County Sheriff Dept. Test Drives Police Vehicles

FONTANA, CA - The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department expanded its evaluation period to four days from one so police drivers could adequately test 21 patrol vehicles for its model-year 2011 evaluation.

The Fit EV will have a top speed of 90 mph and achieve an estimated 100-mile driving range per charge.

Electric Models Debut at LA Auto Show

LOS ANGELES - Several new models were unveiled during press days, Nov. 17-18, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, including a number of electric vehicles and concepts.

Austin Releases Fleet Audit of Internal Control Procedures

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The City of Austin released the results of an external audit of the Fleet Services department's internal control review procedures. Improvements were suggested for internal controls; inventory management; purchasing, billing, and accounts payable and receivable; information technology controls; and general accounting functions.

Polk County Fleet Recognized by Commissioners

BARTOW, FL - Polk County Fleet Management and its technical staff were formally recognized by the County Commission attendees for receiving the 8th consecutive ASE Blue Seal Award for Excellence and for being named as No. 3 of the 100 Best Fleets in North America.

San Francisco City Workers Must Pay Meters

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco city workers on official business are no longer allowed to park for free at meters, as decided on Nov. 16 by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency governing board. Approximately 2,500 vehicles in the City fleet will be affected.

Pennsylvania Agencies Receive Alt-Fuel Incentive Grants

HARRISBURG, PA - Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced $7.9 million in grants to help fund 21 alternative-fuel projects. The investment is through the state's Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Program. Five public agencies and universities were among those that received grants.

UC San Diego Takes Pride in Green Fleet

SAN DIEGO - The University of San Diego takes pride in its green fleet. Through various alt-fuel options and sustainable operations practices, the university's Fleet Services ranked 22nd in the seventh annual Government Green Fleet Awards, announced at the Green Fleet Conference in October.

Carbon E7 Tops 15,825 Reservations at IACP Conference

ORLANDO, FL - Upon completion of its 57th Pure Justice Tour stop in Orlando at the 117th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Exposition, Carbon Motors topped over 15,825 reservations from all 50 U.S. States — an unequivocal showing of strong demand for the Carbon E7.

CALSTART Co-op Lists Available NG Vehicles

PASADENA, CA - CALSTART, a California-based clean transportation consortium, launched a natural gas vehicle cooperative purchasing program that allows public and private fleets in the U.S. to purchase natural gas vehicles through a dealer competitive bidding process. The vehicles are all certified by the California Air Resources Board.

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Polk County Expands Insourcing

BARTOW, FL - On Nov. 1, Polk County Fleet Management took over the management and operation of the City of Ft. Meade, Fla., fleet of 46 units. The County has also been insourcing management of the City of Lake Wales fleet since October 2009 and the City of Auburndale fleet since June 2010.

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