Government Fleet News

Two Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids will operate as part of the San Francisco City fleet in order to demonstrate the viability of plug-in hybrid technology.

San Francisco Tests New Plug-In Hybrids

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced August 25 a partnership between the City and Toyota to pilot the company’s Prius plug-in hybrid demonstration program vehicles.

Georgia Ports Study Shows Benefits of Diesel Additive

SAVANNAH, GA - The Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced earlier this month that its diesel additive study yielded a 5-percent reduction in fuel consumption as well as drastically decreased emissions.

City of Seattle and Ford Prepare City for Electric Vehicles

SEATTLE - The City of Seattle and Ford Motor Company announced August 26 a partnership to help prepare the City for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and the City of Seattle will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles.

The City of Santa Monica, Calif., uses one of two all-electric, medium-duty trucks manufactured by Southern Calif.-based ZeroTruck.

Santa Monica’s All-Electric Truck Displayed at NAFA Chapter Meeting

CERRITOS, CA - Attendees at the Aug. 24 NAFA Pacific Southwest Chapter meeting in Cerritos, Calif., had the opportunity to take a ride in the City of Santa Monica, Calif.’s all-electric medium-duty truck, manufactured by Southern Calif.-based ZeroTruck.

Chrysler Unveils 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit

AUBURN HILLS, MI - Chrysler has released some details about its upcoming 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol vehicle with suspension designed for better handling and an electronic stability control system calibrated for better control during high-speed chases.

Lexington County Plans Idling Reduction Policy

LEXINGTON, SC - A plan outlined August 24 to the Lexington County, S.C., Council would limit vehicle idling to 10 minutes for its fleet of 667 cars and trucks, with exceptions for emergencies and library bookmobiles.

City of Hattiesburg Likely to Replace Emergency Vehicles

HATTIESBURG, MS - City of Hattiesburg, Miss., police and fire departments are both looking to replace vehicles in the next fiscal year. Despite a tight budget, officials say both departments likely will have their requests granted.

City Council Appropriates $4M for Fleet Vehicle Purchases

PORTSMOUTH, VA - The City of Portsmouth, Va., City Council agreed on August 24 to begin replacing an aging fleet of fire trucks, police cars, and other city vehicles after a two-year pause.

NAFA's Sunshine State Chapter and FLAGFA Team Up For Fall Conference

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NAFA's Sunshine State Chapter and the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) announced they will combine resources to present a conference for fleet managers September 15-17, 2010 at the Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Fla.

City Departments Request $17M to Build Maintenance Facility

HILLSBORO, OR - Three City of Hillsboro, Ore., departments are asking city councilors to green-light a $17 million plan to build a new maintenance facility for the city’s vehicle fleet.

FleetCards TrendWatch on Diesel

ATLANTA - FleetCards USA, a fleet card industry expert that acts as a trusted advisor in matching fleet fuel cards to small and medium sized businesses, shares tips from their trends advisory council — FleetCards TrendWatch — regarding fuel efficiencies and diesel fuel.

3M Traffic Safety Systems Introduces New Driver Feedback Sign for Highways

ST. PAUL, MN - 3M Traffic Safety Systems, a leader in the transportation safety and vehicle registration markets, introduces the new 3M Driver Feedback Sign for highway speed applications. The Driver Feedback Sign from 3M advises drivers of their speed and encourages speed limit compliance.

City of Bellevue Adds 31 Hybrids to its Fleet

BELLEVUE, WA - Thirty-one fuel-efficient vehicles have rolled into the City of Bellevue’s fleet, including Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry hybrids. Also as part of its Environmental Stewardship Initiative, the City will acquire 60 more hybrid and electric vehicles next year, to make 35 percent of its light-duty vehicles fuel-efficient models.

City of Midland Debates Take-Home Cars

MIDLAND, TEXAS - A proposed property tax hike in the City of Midland, Texas, has some residents saying the city should find other ways to balance their budget. One of their suggestions is getting rid of city take-home cars, but Midland law enforcement says they're essential to protecting the community.

Parked Police Cars Stir Debate

GREENVILLE, NC - Complaints and questions about City of Greenville, N.C., Police Department patrol cars parked at local businesses were addressed by City Council member Calvin Mercer. He informed his constituents that most take-home vehicles cannot be driven home if the home is outside city limits, and are instead parked at businesses to increase police visibility.

Awards to Recognize ‘Green’ Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine wants to honor fleet managers with its second annual "Fleet Environmental Leadership" Awards. "Greening" a fleet will improve its impact on the environment by reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

Kettering University Debuts Biomethane Fuel Truck

FLINT, MI - Kettering University, officials from Swedish Biogas International, the City of Flint, Mich., and others, unveiled Flint's first biomethane fuel truck during a ceremony on the university campus Aug. 19.

Longobart to Share Green Strategies

SAN DIEGO - Rick Longobart, facility, fleet, and central stores manager for the City of Santa Ana, Calif., will share strategies of how two cities (Inglewood, Calif. and Santa Ana, Calif.) overcame the obstacles of economic disparity by changing the paradigms of non-conventional thinking at the Green Fleet Conference.

City Enacts Cell Phone Ban on Police Vehicles

BLACKFOOT, IDAHO - Members of the City of Blackfoot Police Department will no longer text, e-mail, or send instant messages on a hand-held device while operating a city vehicle while the vehicle is in motion.

County Fleet Faces Outsourcing

BROOKSVILLE, FL - Hernando County commissioners on August 17 made several moves designed to reduce its budget deficit, including outsourcing fleet maintenance and halting all vehicle purchases.

NYPD Hybrid Patrol Cars Hit the Streets

NEW YORK - A fleet of new, alternative-fuel patrol cars hit New York City on August 18. The New York Police Department outfitted 30 Ford Fusion hybrids as patrol cars, raising the department’s number of alternative-fuel police vehicles to more than 400.

City of Austin Buys Energy-Saving Generators for Fleet

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Thirty-one City of Austin vehicles will soon be outfitted with energy-saving power generators, thanks to a $198,090 grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Lee County Beta-Tests Appointment Scheduler

FORT MYERS, FL - Lee County fleet management is currently beta testing an online appointment scheduler. The scheduler will allow other departments’ fleet liaisons to schedule preventive maintenance services for County equipment online using their email log-in.

City Considers Adding Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations

LAWRENCE, KS - City of Lawrence commissioners at a recent meeting were asked to apply for up to $250,000 in federal stimulus funds that would create new fueling stations for electric-hybrid cars and also allow the City and Douglas County to add four new electric vehicles to their fleet.

Telogis Launches New Field Management Co-Location Report for Telogis Fleet

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Telogis, Inc., the platform for location intelligence, introduces the newest feature for its Telogis Fleet vehicle management application: the Field Management Co-Location Report. This new report breaks down the daily routine of field supervisors, including time spent at a jobsite, time spent driving, vehicle miles and time spent at other locations.

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