Government Fleet News

Natural Gas Trucks to Replace Diesel Models at Long Beach & Los Angeles Ports

SEAL BEACH, CA - The new trucks are expected to use approximately 3.6 million gasoline gallon equivalents of natural gas fuel per year once fully deployed.

City of Chattanooga Decides Against Take-Home Fees

CHATTANOOGA, TN - In what has been an ongoing battle for the past few weeks, the Chattanooga City Council has decided to drop fees on take-home vehicles for city employees.

New Fuel Economy & GHG Emission Standards Proposed

WASHINGTON - Instead of three standards, the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency worked with state agencies to propose clearer standards for all automakers, beginning with the 2012 model-year.

Ford will launch the all-new, 7-seat C-MAX in North America in late 2011 as a "whitespace" vehicle.

Ford to Launch 7-Seat C-Max in U.S. by 2011

DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Company's new 7-seat C-MAX introduced Sept. 15 at the Frankfurt Motor Show will arrive in North America beginning late 2011.

Free Safety Webinar Series Available for Fleets

TORRANCE, CA - Topics will cover at-fault accidents, distracted driving, and brakes.

City of Chattanooga Wants to Drop Take-Home Fees

CHATTANOOGA, TN - In a Sept. 11 meeting, the Chattanooga City Council made a decision to come up with the $400,000 required to restore take-home privileges for free to all city employees.

HEVs Used By Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield

FORT STEWART, GA - Of the nearly 500 hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) already delivered to Army installations, seventeen are now part of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's general dispatch fleet or maintenance vehicles.

Sonoma County Improves Fuel Efficiency with GPS

SAN DIEGO - The County of Sonoma, Calif., has completed its pilot phase of Networkfleet's diagnostic and GPS tracking system to reduce fuel costs and lower greenhouse emissions for the county's fleet of 1,000 vehicles.

Nassau County to Purchase 40 CNG Dump Trucks

MINEOLA, NY - Nassau County has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the purchase of forty environmentally-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) dump trucks for the Department of Public Works.

Ohio Technical College Celebrates 40 Years of Automotive Training

CLEVELAND - This milestone anniversary marks the transformation of the technical school from a single, second-floor building location to an 800,000-square-foot campus in two Ohio cities.

Platte River Power to Save Costs with New Oil Filter

VALHALLA, NY - Platte River Power Authority has converted about half of its fleet of hybrid and non-hybrid service vehicles to an oil filter designed to cut down on operating costs.

FirstGroup America Celebrates Ten Years of North American Operations

CINCINNATI - FirstGroup America celebrates its tenth business anniversary Sept. 13.

City of Natchez Take-Home Vehicles in Question

NATCHEZ, MS - Supplied to employees as a job perk, for after-hour calls, or business errands, elected officials began questioning take-home car assignments last week during budget interviews with department heads.

Wisconsin Utilities Purchase Plug-In Hybrid Utility Trucks

Marshfield and Plymouth Utilities, headquartered in Wisconsin, are the first utilities in the state to own and add a plug-in hybrid utility truck to their fleets.

Clackamas County Four-Day Week Cuts Fleet Costs

PORTLAND, OR - County commissioners agreed to continue indefinitely with the one-year pilot program after a series of surveys and a study by Portland State University found the program saved money and was popular with the public and employees.

Canyon County to Use Grant Money to Green Fleet

CALDWELL, ID - Fleet will purchase hybrid vehicles and a nitrogen generator to increase fuel efficiency and reduce maintenance costs.

U.S. Military Orders More Electric Trucks

SANTA ROSA, CA - Based on an initial trial order placed in June, the new order includes eleven Zaptruck XLs as well as five 220-volt fast charging stations.

Michigan State Police to Test 2010 Patrol Vehicles

CHELSEA, MI - The vehicles are evaluated in categories such as acceleration, top speed, braking, ergonomics, communications, and fuel economy.

2010 GFX Conference to be Held in Texas

AUSTIN, TX - The 2010 Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) is scheduled for June 21-23 at the Austin Convention Center in Texas.

PECO Expands Green Fleet

PHILADELPHIA - PECO has expanded its utility fleet of vehicles with more compressed natural gas and hybrid vehicles.

Avista Service Trucks to Use Biodiesel

SPOKANE, WA - Avista began testing the use of the B-20 blend of biodiesel in two flatbeds, a line truck, and a bucket truck in August.

Kit Now Available to 'Roboticize' Bobcat SJC Loaders

McLEAN, VA - QinetiQ North America's Technology Solutions Group has developed a kit that can be installed in about 15 minutes on any of 17 models of Bobcat skid-steer, all-wheel steer, or compact track loaders that are equipped with the Selectable Joystick Controls (SJC) option.

Green Fleet Conference Discount Ends Sept. 25

CHICAGO - The 2009 Green Fleet Conference, set for Oct. 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, is designed to help public and commercial fleet professionals find truly green, truly practical, and truly affordable solutions.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Ends Outsourced Maintenance

SPARTANBURG, SC - After using an outside vendor five years, the vehicles have been returned to the county's fleet maintenance department for service and repairs.

Buncombe County Tightens Up Police Vehicle Policy

ASHEVILLE, NC - The Buncombe County Sheriff's Department has ended a long-standing policy of allowing deputies in county-owned cruisers to drop their children off at local schools while on their way to work.

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