Government Fleet News

EV Safety Training Tour Begins

AUBURN HILLS, MI - The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) kicked off the first in a series of electric vehicle safety training sessions that will take place this fall in cities across the country, in a joint effort with Chevrolet and OnStar.

The City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County law enforcement departments were each presented two custom-made with Jetta SportWagen TDI vehicles.

Chattanooga Area Law Enforcement Receives 4 Vehicle Donations

CHATTANOOGA, TN - The City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County law enforcement departments were each presented with two custom-made Jetta SportWagen TDI vehicles by Volkswagen of America, Inc.

New Webinar to Address Motor Oil and Hybrid Vehicle Concerns

TORRANCE, CA - Sponsored by Midas and Automotive Resources International (ARI), Government Fleet will present a webinar to address information on the latest motor oil technologies, highlighting the latest API specification and new vehicle manufacturer requirements.

Two Weeks Left for Car & Truck of the Year Voting

TORRANCE, CA - Online voting for Automotive Fleet's annual Fleet Car and Truck of the Year ends Friday, Oct. 22. Chevrolet took home both awards last year, making 2009 the fifth win for the Chevrolet Malibu and the third consecutive win for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Arkansas Gov. Replaces 20-Year-Old Fleet Policy

LITTLE ROCK, AR - In response to the completion of an Arkansas state vehicle review for the Department of Finance and Administration (DF&A) on Oct. 5, Governor Mike Beebe issued a new executive order regarding state vehicles, replacing a policy more than 20 years old.

Program participants included members of industry associations such as MEMA, NAFA, and the APWA.

City of Santa Monica Hosts Fleet Conference at AltCar Expo

SANTA MONICA, CA - At the 5th annual AltCar Expo & Conference, hosted by the City of Santa Monica, Calif., fleet professionals had the opportunity to participate in a fleet-focused program addressing alternative vehicle funding, technology and availability, and infrastructure.

City of Lansing Seeks New Fleet Facility

LANSING, MI - The City of Lansing city council voted to issue $3.2 million in federal stimulus bonds to create a consolidated garage to manage an approximately 1,150-unit fleet.

Maricopa County Upgrades Fuel Management System

PHOENIX - Maricopa County, Ariz., will be upgrading 1,900 of its fleet vehicles and 11 fueling sites with the AIM2 fuel monitoring system from FuelMaster.

City of Stamford Addresses Fleet Safety

STAMFORD, CT - The City of Stamford, Conn., is taking a proactive approach to address driver safety among its employees, including a revised fleet safety policy and a "How's my Driving" bumper-sticker program.

Free ePaper Offers Tips to Reduce Fleet Size

SAN DIEGO - As public fleets face vehicle reductions, Networkfleet, Inc., offers a new ePaper, "Meeting Government Mandates to Reduce Fleet Size," which provides details on how wireless fleet management can help governments exceed fleet optimization goals.

Coulomb Technologies Achieves New UL Listings from Underwriter Laboratories

CAMPBELL, CA - Coulomb Technologies announced Oct. 6 that its ChargePoint CT500 and CT2000 charging stations have been certified to Underwriters Laboratories’ new requirements UL Subject 2594.

Golf Outing Oct. 20 for NAFA PSW Chapter

TUSTIN, CA - The NAFA Pacific Southwest Chapter will hold its annual Outing & Management Meeting Oct. 20 at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club. Reservations are due no later than Oct. 14.

City Limits Residential Parking for Company Vehicles

McHENRY, IL - A new ordinance recently passed by City Council now allows commercial vehicle parking in driveways, but limits the number of vehicles to one.

Illinois Becomes Latest State to Ban Lead Weights

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Illinois has become the latest state to ban the use of lead wheel weights, following New York's decision to ban them this past July.

Indiana DOT Builds 115 Autogas Fueling Stations

INDIANAPOLIS - As part of the state's alternative fuel vehicle conversion project, Indiana Department of Transportation is installing 115 propane autogas fueling stations. The $3.2 million contract was awarded to Alliance AutoGas.

City Relocates Storage Garage, Ends Joint Contract with Neighboring City

HOBOKEN, NJ - The City of Hoboken, N.J., on September 26 relocated its garage housing municipal vehicles back to its original Public Works Municipal Garage. The move corresponded with the expiration of a 60-day agreement with neighboring City of Weehawken to share a city vehicle storage location.

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.

Georgetown University Tests Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University will be loaned two Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHV) as part of a demonstration program launched Sept. 29.

U.S. Army Receives Prototype Plug-In Hybrid Conversion

WARREN, MI - The U.S. Army has been delivered a prototype electrified vehicle from Bright Automotive for review and testing.

Telogis Introduces New Fuel Card Reconciliation Report for Telogis Fleet

ALISO VIEJO, CA - This new feature compares data that matches fuel card transactions and GPS-provided vehicle locations to verify authorized use of the card in one easy-to-read report. If a card is used without an approved vehicle within a specified range, that information is called out on the report to the fleet manager.

Audit Finds Nevada Motor Pool Can Save $1.6 Million

CARSON CITY, NV - An audit of the Motor Pool Division of the Nevada Department of Administration found the Motor Pool can save $1.6 million by delaying new vehicle purchases and reducing its fleet by 73 low-use vehicles assigned to state agencies.

Kawasaki's Concours 14 ABS P will become the primary enforcement motorcycle of the California Highway Patrol. Photo courtesy of Beaudry Motorsports.

CHP Adopts Kawasaki's Concours 14 P Motorcycle

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Highway Patrol is adopting the Kawasaki Concors 14 ABS P as its primary enforcement motorcycle, following the state's awarding of a contact to Beaudry Motorsports Inc., to supply the bikes.

Study Finds Cape Coral Police Take-Home Policy Cheaper than Car Pool

CAPE CORAL, FL - A study of City of Cape Coral, Fla., police department vehicle policy found that its current take-home program is cheaper than switching to a pooled vehicle program.

Photo from Richard Battersby

UC Davis Tests Biodiesel Sedans

DAVIS, CA - University of California, Davis Fleet Services has begun a pilot project to test the use of biodiesel in passenger sedans. Two 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI sedans have been placed into Fleet Services short-term Motor Pool.

The Micro Bird G5 Roush liquid propane-powered E-450 uses the Ford 6.8L, V-10 engine which runs on the ROUSH liquid propane injection fuel system.

Propane Vehicles Showcased at BusCon

CHICAGO - Roush Performance and CleanFuel USA at BusCon Sept. 28-29 showcased propane autogas-fueled shuttle buses that cut carbon and particulate emissions and lower fuel costs while delivering the horsepower and torque of a diesel-powered bus.

Southern California City Fleets Go Green with Reusable Filters

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - The City of Culver City and the City of Westminster in California have been using Pure Power! oil filters in an effort to reduce waste and maintenance expenses.

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