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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.

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.



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