Government Fleet News

Nine Orlando City Vehicles Burglarized

ORLANDO, FL - The Orlando Sentinel reported that nine city vehicles were burglarized over the weekend of Jan. 29-30. A Parks and Special Facilities Bureau supervisor discovered the burglary.

City of San Diego Fleet Functions Out for Bid

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego City Council approved a plan Feb. 1 to bid out the functions of its Fleet Services Department. The City intends to acquire the services of a provider to service its Fleet Services operational needs through a managed competition process.

Alamo Clean Cities Helps Build Electric Dune Buggy

KERRVILLE, TEXAS - The Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition will be featured on this week's MotorWeek program. The coalition helped raise funds to build a dune buggy as part of the American Cancer Society's Camp Discovery.

Attendees at NAFA's NorCal-Nevada meeting on Jan. 28.

NAFA NorCal-Northern Nevada Meeting to Feature Plug-in & EV Showcase

NAPA, CA - The NAFA NorCal-Northern Nevada chapter held its first meeting of 2011 in Napa, Calif.on Friday, Jan. 28. At the meeting the chapter announced that the February 2011 meeting will be a special event, the 2011 Plug-in and Electric Vehicle Showcase, and will display a number of vehicles from a range of manufacturers.

Public EV Charging Station Comes to Conn.

MIAMI BEACH, FL - Car Charging Group Inc., a provider of electric vehicle charging services, and the Norwalk Parking Authority on Jan. 31 celebrated the opening of an EV charging station in a municipal parking area in Fairfield County, Conn.

Calif. to Halve Passenger Vehicle Fleet

SACRAMENTO, CA - Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order on Jan. 28 ordering an immediate halt to non-emergency new car purchases and turn-in of fleet cars not essential to state business. The governor plans to cut California's 11,000-unit passenger vehicle fleet in half.

Albuquerque Reinstates Take-Home Patrol Vehicles

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The Albuquerque Police Officers Association sued the City for a policy that limited the take-home car program to police officers who live within the City. The mayor’s office reached an agreement with the APOA that reinstates take-home vehicles for all current officers and that is expected to save taxpayers $1 million.

1 Week Left to Nominate Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 11.

Bay City Cracks Down on Vehicle Idling

BAY CITY, MI - The Bay City Commission approved a new policy Jan. 24 aimed at stopping city employees from wasting fuel.

Tacoma to Buy 91 EVs and Hybrids

TACOMA, WA - Tacoma City Council approved the purchase of (10) 2011 Nissan LEAF electric vehicles, (70) Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor vehicles, and (11) Ford Fusion Hybrid detective vehicles.

Alt-Fuel Workshop Covers CNG Incentives & Resources

GREELEY, CO - Fleet managers, vehicle technicians, fuel and technology providers, government officials, and the general public attended a workshop on compressed natural gas (CNG) technology, including fuel savings and fueling infrastructure, in Colorado on Jan. 24.

Grand Jury Praises Fresno County Sheriff’s Fleet Management

FRESNO, CA - A Fresno County Grand Jury report released Jan. 21 stated that the grand jury was impressed with the overall management of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office (FSO) vehicles. The report also recommended FSO implement a pilot maintenance program with County Fleet Services.

Sacramento Reduces Fuel Costs & Improves Productivity with Telematics

SACRAMENTO, CA - The City of Sacramento's recent implementation of vehicle telematics has led to significant reductions in fleet fuel consumption and operating costs. The City equipped more than 400 vehicles with electronic fleet management products.

Calif. Legislators Turn Down State Vehicles

SACRAMENTO, CA - Eighteen of 31 first-year California state legislators have decided not to order a new state-subsidized fleet vehicle, a symbolic gesture in closing the state's $25.4 billion budget gap.

Trumbull County Votes to Add GPS to 32 Vehicles

WARREN, OH - The Trumbull County, Ohio Commissioner’s Office voted Jan. 26 to add GPS to 32 vehicles, according to representatives from the Commissioner’s Office. The county decided to add GPS because it wants to keep track of the whereabouts of employees using its vehicles during work hours.

CNG Refuse Trucks to Save Richmond $1M

RICHMOND, VA - McNeilus Companies, Inc. is supplying the City with its first 25 CNG-powered refuse vehicles, along with a complete maintenance program for the vehicles.

Columbus Dept. of Public Utilities to Track Fleet Vehicles

COLUMBUS, OH - The City of Columbus expects to significantly reduce operating costs and improve efficiency in its utilities department by implementing GPS tracking solutions.

The E-Ride EXV2 electric vehicle in use at Wisconsin State Parks' facilities.

Wisconsin State Parks Using Electric Vehicles for Routine Maintenance

PRINCETON, MN - Wisconsin State Parks has purchased 15 EXV2 electric utility vehicles from E-Ride Industries, which is based in Princeton, Minn. Park services are using them for regular maintenance and cleaning of park facilities.

City of Greenwood Deploys Fleet Tracking System

GREENWOOD, MS - The City of Greenwood announced Jan. 24 that it will deploy GPS tracking systems on more than 100 of its fleet vehicles. By installing the FleetMatics GPS tracking system, City department heads will gain the ability to closely monitor fleet vehicles and make operational adjustments to optimize fleet performance.

(L-R) Peter Gunnerman, co-founder of Advanced Refining Concepts, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, and David Johnson, manager of Clark County's Automotive Division, kicked off the new clean diesel program on Jan. 20.

Clark County Purchases Clean & Local Diesel

LAS VEGAS - Almost half of the Clark County, Nev., vehicle fleet is being fueled with a new low-emission diesel fuel being produced in Nevada after the County signed a one-year clean diesel contract.

The 12,000-gallon biodiesel tank was fully paid for by federal Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds.

Chula Vista Heavy-Duty Fleet Goes Green with Biodiesel Tank

CHULA VISTA, CA - Using federal stimulus funds, the City of Chula Vista installed a 12,000-gallon biodiesel tank at its Public Works Corp Yard, used to fuel the City's 125 heavy-duty fleet vehicles that include fire engines, dump trucks, and excavators.

New Orleans Municipal Court May Lose Take-Home Vehicles

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux recommends the City review the assignment of take-home vehicles to the Municipal Court's judges and clerk, stating they do not meet the employee criteria listed in the City policy.

A group of vehicles from the Knoxville Utilities Board's fleet, which includes more than 500 vehicles fueled by biodiesel (B5), hybrid electric technology, CNG, and ethanol (E-10 and E-85).

Knoxville Utilities Board Fleet to be Recognized on MotorWeek TV Show

KNOXVILLE, TN - The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB), a municipal utility serving Knoxville and parts of seven adjacent counties, announced that the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCFC) recommended KUB as a candidate for the television show MotorWeek. MotorWeek will cover KUB's fleet in a one-minute segment that will highlight its use of alternative-fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Detroit First Responders Get EV Safety Training

DETROIT - Detroit is the final stop on a nationwide tour that has trained more than 1,600 fire and emergency service leaders on how to deal with emergency situations involving electric vehicles.

Port of Long Beach Extends Contract for Telematics Services

LONG BEACH, CA - The Port of Long Beach, Calif., has extended its three-year contract with WebTech Wireless Inc., a provider of vehicle fleet location-based services and telematics technology, for its Quadrant fleet management solution.

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