Government Fleet News

University Students Build Biodiesel Extended-Range EV

SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors challenged university engineering students from across North America to re-engineer a GM-donated vehicle to minimize the vehicle's fuel consumption and emissions, while maintaining its utility, safety, and performance.

Janesville’s Police Fleet Turns Black to Save Money

JANESVILLE, WI - The City of Janesville's police fleet is changing its color scheme to black vehicles as a way to save money, according to

Desert Hot Springs Fills Tires with Nitrogen

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - Desert Hot Springs is the first city in the Coachella Valley to begin filling all city vehicle tires with nitrogen, according to The Desert Sun.

The battery-electric sub-compact vehicle seats four adults and can be recharged from a standard wall-socket, according to the manufacturer.

State of Calif. Fleet Tests Mitsubishi i-MiEVs

LOS ANGELES - During a recent press event, Governor Schwarzenegger sat in the i-MiEV and later spoke to a panel of reporters about the battery electric vehicle being representative of the technology necessary to tackle the sustainable transportation challenges facing California.

Larimer, Weld Counties to Resume Roadside Vehicle Emissions Testing

DENVER - Beginning June 1, roadside emissions testing units called RapidScreen will begin rotating among 22 pre-approved locations throughout the expanded vehicle emissions testing area in Larimer and Weld counties.

Rocklin Fleet Manager Accused of Gambling on City Time

ROCKLIN, CA - The City of Rocklin launched an internal investigation late last month after the city fleet manager was seen at a casino during normal working hours, according to The Placer Herald.

Westchester County to Hold Fleet & Equipment Demo Day

WHITE PLAINS, NY - Taking place June 2, the event is designed as a shared county service to keep local municipalities informed about vehicle safety, green and new technology, the latest equipment, and important operational and maintenance issues.

Santa Barbara County Honored for Clean Air Initiative

SANTA BARBARA, CA - Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its commitment to clean air by encouraging car-free travel in Santa Barbara.


Fulton County Adopts Anti-Idling Policy

ATLANTA - Vendors making deliveries to Fulton County facilities will also be asked to turn off their vehicles while at the county's loading docks.

400+ Law Enforcement Agencies Reserve E7 Vehicle

CONNERSVILLE, IN - Carbon Motors announced it has surpassed 14,000 production slot reservations for the Carbon E7.

Louisville Plans to Consolidate Vehicle Repair Shops

LOUISVILLE, KY - Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson recently announced plans to consolidate repair and maintenance operations for the city's fleet of 3,700 vehicles in the center of the community.

City of Macon Uses $6M for New Vehicles

MACON, GA - Among the new fleet additions are two new fire engines, police cruisers, and trucks for the Public Works department.

Vehicle Policy Amended for Non-City Employee

TEAGUE, TX - The Teague City Council voted to amend the city policy, which doesn't allow police officers who live 15 miles or more to keep their assigned city vehicles at all times.

Hoboken Disables Prepaid Parking Passes for City Vehicles

HOBOKEN, NJ - The City of Hoboken, N.J., disabled all 160 of its prepaid parking transponders after the results of an audit found they were not being used by city vehicles.

New York Dept. of Sanitation Runs First Hino Hybrid in U.S.

NEW YORK - As part of its initiative to reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions, the department has elected to run a Hino diesel hybrid cab-over for parts delivery.

Monroe County Cuts Emissions with Ethanol

ROCHESTER, NY - Testing conducted on Monroe County's fleet has shown E-20 use reduces tailpipe emissions of hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide and shows "no discernible impact to vehicle drivability or the need for additional maintenance."

Newport Beach Opens New CNG Station

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - Located in the City's General Services Corporation Yard, the station will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve public fleets and private vehicles.


Santa Maria Fleet Supervisor Earns City Honors

SANTA MARIA, CA - The City of Santa Maria recently recognized Fleet Services Supervisor Robert "Bob" Mathews of the Department of Public Works as a recipient of its "Going the Extra Mile" (GEM) Award.

Genesee County Toughens Accident Policy

FLINT, MI - Genesee County Road Commission has toughened its policy for reporting accidents in county vehicles, an action taken in response to an official damaging his take-home car and waiting six days to report it.

City of Olean Considers Vehicle Replacement Options

City of Olean officials recently discussed several proposals to allocate funds and establish protocols to replace many city vehicles.

Mobile County Commissioner Charged $3,500+ on County Fuel Card

MOBILE, AL - Fuel records show Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine put more miles on his government-issued pickup truck than the other two commissioners combined, according to The Press-Register.

Tulare County Updates Reimbursement Policy

VISALIA, CA - Under the new policy, members of the Board of Supervisors will continue to receive mileage reimbursements in addition to their monthly car allowances.

Washington Endorses Steel Wheel Weights

OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State Department of Ecology recently endorsed steel wheel weights over other lead alternatives.

Archie Retires from City of Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, TX - James Archie, fleet manager for the City of Huntsville , announced his retirement. Archie has worked for the City for more than 30 years in four different positions.

NYPD Plans to Add 200 Hybrids to Fleet

NEW YORK - The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint with plans to buy 200 hybrid vehicles in 2010.

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