Government Fleet News

Audit Calls for San Jose to Eliminate 93 Take-Home Vehicles

SAN JOSE, CA - An audit of the City of San Jose fleet found the City could save $630K annually by eliminating 93 take-home vehicles.

City of Dallas Fleet Services Getting an Overhaul

DALLAS - City of Dallas officials are working to overhaul management of the City's Fleet Services Division, which operates a 5,100-unit fleet. Points identified for improvement include reduction of vehicle downtime, better adherence to preventive maintenance schedule, and faster make ready processing of vehicles.

Caterpillar to Buy MWM, Expand its Sustainable Power Generation Solutions

PEORIA, IL - Caterpillar Inc., has signed an agreement to acquire MWM Holding GmbH from 3i. With the acquisition of the global provider of sustainable alternative engines, Caterpillar will expand customer options for sustainable power generation solutions.

(L-R) Eaton's Bill Weber and Kevin McLean, Notre Dame Executive Vice President John F Affleck-Graves and Eaton's Dave Bucklew showcase Eaton's EV Quick Charger (far right). (Photo: Business Wire)

University of Notre Dame Receives EV Charging Stations

NOTRE DAME, IN - The University of Notre Dame will be provided with charging stations from Eaton Corporation to demonstrate the capabilities of utilizing electric vehicles (EV) in the university's fleet.

Phil Fitzgerald Joins PHH Arval to Enhance Government Business

SPARKS, MD - PHH Arval has announced that Phil Fitzgerald has joined the company as National Director of Governmental Sales.

The vans will be covered by GM's three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

GM Showcases CNG Van at Green Fleet Conference

SAN DIEGO - General Motors showcased the industry's only fully integrated, compressed natural gas cargo vans in public for the first time at the 2010 Green Fleet Conference in San Diego.

Summit County Opens New Fleet Maintenance Facility

FRISCO, CO - Summit County officials welcomed the completion of a $14 million fleet maintenance facility at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 18 in Frisco.

Students Gain Fleet Maintenance Experience

WAUSAU, WI - One of the apprenticeships offered to high school students across Northcentral Wisconsin is with the Wausau Department of Public Works automotive maintenance team, where students can learn about repairing vehicles.

Matt Betz moderated the "Sharing Best Practices in Green Fleet Management" panel discussion. Panelists were (l-r): Rick Ferguson, Erin Miller, Dan Steere, and Vernon Helbig.

LeasePlan USA’s Matthew Betz Moderates Best Practice Sharing Panel at Green Fleet Conference

SAN DIEGO - During this year's Green Fleet Conference in San Diego on Oct. 18-19, Matthew Betz, vice president, government fleet services for LeasePlan USA, moderated the panel "Sharing Best Practices in Green Fleet Management."

Palm Springs USD Installs GPS Tracking System

PALM SPRINGS, CA - The Palm Springs Unified School District (USD) selected Networkfleet 4200 GPS fleet tracking system to improve the district's vehicle utilization, reduce fuel costs, and increase safety.

US Department of State Contracts New Fleet Management System

WASHINGTON - To optimize its more than 10,500-unit fleet, the U.S. Department of State has contracted with Chevin Fleet Solutions for a global roll-out of its fleet management information system, FleetWave.

Carbon Motors makes Fortune Magazine ‘Top-Ten’ List

CONNERSVILLE, IN - Carbon Motors continues to make extraordinary progress in the development of its enforcement patrol vehicle, so much so that Fortune Magazine has named Carbon Motors in its latest edition as one of its picks of the 10 brands to watch.

Integrating dynamic weather data into Telogis Fleet 8 allows fleet managers to monitor incoming weather patterns that may affect their crews in the field, or routing of crews to a jobsite.

Telogis Introduces New Advanced, Scalable Fleet Management Platform: Telogis Fleet 8

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Telogis, the platform for location intelligence, introduces Telogis Fleet 8, a reliable and scalable GPS fleet management software.

Minnesota Bolsters E-85 Use

ST. PAUL - Minnesota state government agencies have increased their retail purchases of E-85 nearly 10-fold in five years, according to the state's Department of Administration. In the first nine months of 2010, agencies have purchased nearly 725,000 gallons of E-85, compared to about 73,000 gallons over the same period in 2005.

Last Chance to Vote for Car & Truck of the Year

TORRANCE, CA - Online voting for Automotive Fleet's annual Fleet Car and Truck of the Year, open to all professional fleet managers, will end Friday, Oct. 22.

Diamondback Awarded GSA Contract for Truck Bed Covers

PHILIPSBURG, PA - DiamondBack Truck Covers announced that the company has been awarded a General Services Administration (GSA) contract to offer its line of utility-oriented truck bed covers to pick-up truck drivers across all U.S. government agencies.

Houston Approves Fleet Consolidation Plan to Save $21.8M

HOUSTON - On Oct. 13, Houston City Council approved a fleet consolidation plan to achieve $21.8 million in fleet savings. The plan includes the creation of a Fleet Management Department.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) showcased new electric-drive vehicle models on Oct. 5 for its governmental customers at an electric vehicle workshop and “ride-and-drive” event. (Photo by NYPA)

New York Power Authority Orders Transit Connect Electric Vans

WHITE PLAINS, NY - The New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation's largest state public power organization, was added to the LEAD customer program for the Ford Transit Connect Electric van.

Monroe County to Add Autogas Fueling Center & Convert Vehicles

ROCHESTER, NY - Monroe County, N.Y., received a grant to retrofit four light-duty pickup trucks in the county fleet to run on liquid propane gas (LPG) and install infrastructure for a LPG fuel dispenser at one of its fueling stations.

Culver City Receives 2nd Cycle of CNG Refuse Trucks

CULVER CITY, CA - The City of Culver City announced the delivery of the second cycle of dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered front loading refuse trucks to its fleet.

Portland Metro Selects New Fleet Management Software

PORTLAND, OR - Metro, an elected regional government in Portland, Ore., that manages a fleet of approximately 100 vehicles, has signed a contract to deploy AssetWorks fleet management software FleetFocus.

Cities Install EV Charging Stations

CAMPBELL, CA - Cities are encouraging the use of electric plug-in vehicles by installing electric vehicle charging stations. The City of Hillsboro, Ore., will install a total of 16 faster-charge stations, and cities in Marin County, Calif., will receive eight free EV charging stations.

One Week Left for Car & Truck of the Year Voting

TORRANCE, CA - Friday, Oct. 22, is the last day to vote for Automotive Fleet's annual Fleet Car and Truck of the Year. Last year's winners were the 2010-MY Chevrolet Malibu and Silverado.

CODA Automotive Taps Fleet Industry Experts to Lead Fleet and Commercial Sales

SANTA MONICA, CA - CODA Automotive, a Calif.-based electric car and battery company, announced the hire of Marc Sears, vice president, fleet sales Washington D.C. and Brian Patnoe, vice president, fleet sales Southern California.

NYC Employees Test Car Sharing

NEW YORK - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and others announced Oct. 12 the start of New York City's first-ever car share program for city employees, which allows employees at the Department of Transportation to share use of dedicated Zipcar vehicles for daily official business.

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