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Chicago May Privatize Fleet Management

CHICAGO - Mayor Richard M. Daley announced the City of Chicago is planning to issue Requests for Proposal to privatize the management and execution of some City services, including fleet management.

Employees were familiarized with the City of Asheville's green fleet of low- and no-emission vehicles, including bikes, an electric smart vehicle, and a CNG car. (Photo via City of Asheville)

Workshop Teaches City Employees about Green Fleet

ASHEVILLE, NC - City of Asheville, N.C., employees turned out in late August for a green transportation fair entitled “Put on Your Green Shoes.” The event was geared toward familiarizing city employees with the city’s green fleet of low- and no-emission vehicles.

The Prius PHV is capable of running on electricity for approximately 13 miles at speeds up to 62 mph, at which point it operates as a conventional Prius hybrid.

Clean Communities of CNY Receives 6 Prius Plug-In Hybrids

SYRACUSE, NY - Clean Communities of CNY, the central and western New York chapter of the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program, received six Prius plug-in hybrid vehicles as part of Toyota's U.S. plug-in demonstration program.

Nashville Electric Service Deploys New Fleet Management Solution

NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville Electric Service, a publicly owned electric utilities provider, has deployed In Motion Technology’s end-to-end mobile networking and fleet management solution to improve dispatches, communications, and customer service.

The Nissan LEAF, a zero-emission, all-electric vehicle, will be available in Hawaii beginning in January 2011.

Hawaii & Nissan Partner for Electric Vehicle Development

HONOLULU - The State of Hawaii and Nissan North America announced August 31 a partnership to advance zero-emission mobility by promoting the development of electric vehicles and an electric-vehicle charging network throughout the State.

Last Chance to Nominate Green Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine wants to honor fleet managers with its second annual "Fleet Environmental Leadership" Awards. Nominations are due Friday, Sept. 10.

GDiesel Designated Alternative Fuel in Nevada

RENO, NV - The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has designated GDiesel, manufactured by Advanced Refining Concepts, LLC, (ARC), as an alternative fuel in Nevada’s Alternative Fueled Vehicles in Fleets program.

GSA to Upgrade Federal Travel Management Service

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration announced it is shopping for an upgraded E-Gov Travel Service that will maximize taxpayer value for government agencies. The government is looking to increase cost savings in federal travel purchases and improve end-user service for federal travelers.

No Take-Home Vehicles for City Department Heads

MANDEVILLE, LA - City of Mandeville, La., Mayor Donald Villere is doing away with take-home vehicles for department heads. Villere told the City Council August 26 that the mayor, the planning director, and the finance director will no longer be provided with take-home vehicles.

Free Seminar to Help Fleets Cut Fuel & Maintenance Costs

REDLANDS, CA - Esri will be offering a free half-day seminar Sept. 30 on how to help small and midsized fleets reduce fuel use, vehicle wear and tear, and time spent building routes using ArcLogistics vehicle routing and scheduling software.

One Week Left to Nominate 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.

Ford's Police Interceptor utility will deliver at least a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy over the outgoing Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

Ford Debuts Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle

CHICAGO - Ford Motor Company revealed its newest pursuit-rated vehicle – Ford’s first-ever specially designed Police Interceptor utility built for the rigors of police work.

Jeffery Hart Named City of Oceanside Fleet Supervisor

OCEANSIDE, CA - Jeffery Hart has been named fleet supervisor for the City of Oceanside, Calif., after an interim period. He has been with the City for 20 years and was most previously lead automotive technician. Hart started in 1991 as a mechanic for the police department.

Vehicle Repair Dispute Challenges City Immunity Law

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio woman whose SUV was hit by a police vehicle rushing to a call was told that that the City would not pay for damages to her vehicle. The City cited a law that gives cities immunity if one of their employees crashes into someone while responding to an emergency.

Indiana Converts 227 Vehicles to Propane

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation and other agencies are converting at least 227 Ford vans and trucks from gasoline to also run on propane. The State has received federal funding for the conversions and for about 115 propane filling stations statewide.

NFPA, Chevrolet, OnStar to Provide Electric Vehicle Safety Training

CHICAGO - The National Fire Protection Association announced collaboration with Chevrolet and OnStar, stemming from an electric vehicle safety training initiative NFPA is developing to support the growing number of electric vehicles in the United States.

Esri ArcLogistics to Host Webinar about Cloud-based Vehicle Routing Solution

REDLANDS, CA - Esri ArcLogistics, the new vehicle routing and scheduling solution based on cloud services, will host a webinar on Thursday, September 16. Logistics and routing managers and decision makers in government organizations with the responsibility for lowering vehicle and mobile workforce costs are invited to attend.

Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance to Hold Workshop in Denver

DENVER - The next Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance Workshop will take place on September 9 in Denver. The training seminar will cover alternative fuel quality, infrastructure, available vehicles, safety, and environmental impact of propane, ethanol, biodiesel, and compressed natural gas.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

GM Launches 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

The Cruze, which is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships this month, has a starting price of $16,995.

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.



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