Government Fleet News

Last Day to Nominate 2016 Fleet Manager of the Year

Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The last day to submit a nomination is end of day March 7.

Video Safety Tip: Tire Blowout Response

Here are tips from AAA and Travelers Insurance on how to respond to a tire blowout.

Alliance Autogas technicians (l to r) Stephen Holland and Stacey Snyder. Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Alliance AutoGas Converts F-150 in Record Time

Alliance AutoGas' technicians converted a Ford F-150 truck to run on propane autogas in one hour and 32 minutes. The company set the record for the fastest recorded alternative fuel conversion.

Used Class 3-8 Vehicle Values End 2015 Strong

Used commercial vehicle transactions of GVW 3-8 vehicles were just over 176,000 units during the last quarter of the 2015 calendar year, up 14.3 percent from the same time period in 2014 calendar year.

The City of Orlando already has compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse trucks in its fleet. Photo courtesy of City of Orlando

8 Cities Launch Alt-Fuel Municipal Fleet Initiative

Eight cities have banded together to launch the Energy Secure Cities Coalition (ESCC), a group dedicated to transitioning their municipal fleets from petroleum-fueled vehicles to vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

Fla. County Hiring Fleet Director

Pasco County, Fla., is hiring a new fleet management director.

Photo by Lauren Fletcher.

Sortimo Van Partition, Shelving Lineup Expanded

Sortimo by Knapheide has added several van partitions and shelving products to its Exxpand lineup, the partnership announced at the Work Truck Show.

Photo of Ford P.I. Utility courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Fleet Sales Spike 38% in February

Sales of fleet vehicles to government agencies from nine manufacturers increased 38.2% to 21,682 units from a year ago on the strength of trucks, vans, and SUVs, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Photo by Lauren Fletcher.

Ranger Design Introduces Van Partition

Ranger Design has launched its new Max View Clear Top Composite safety partition to separate cargo from the passenger cabin in vans such as the Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Metris, and Ram ProMaster City.

Ventura County, Calif., Featured in Knowledge Sharing Video

In Government Fleet's Knowledge Sharing video series, Pete Bednar, fleet operations manager for Ventura County, Calif., talks about searching for technicians who must now maintain more complicated vehicles, how the fleet manager wears multiple hats, and caving in to political pressure regarding green fleet adoption.

EPA Certifies IMPCO's Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas F-150

IMPCO Automotive has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its 2016 Ford F-150 propane autogas bi-fuel pickup truck with the 5.0L TI-VCT V-8 engine.

Photo: Lauren Fletcher

Ram Truck Models Receive More PTO Options

Ram Commercial has announced a new power take-off option for the Ram Chassis Cab — a left side PTO rated at 60 horsepower of output available in gas and diesel 4x4 models.

Photo: International

Collision Mitigation Added to International DuraStar

International announced that the collision mitigation technology, Bendix Wingman Fusion would now be offered on its medium-duty DuraStar models. It has also added the Cummins ISL9 engine as an option for the WorkStar and DuraStar.

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Adds Automated Manual Transmissions for Vocational Use

Mack Trucks released 13- and 14-speed versions of its Mack mDrive HD automated manual transmission to better suit certain vocational and on-highway applications.

Ariz. Official Repays State $12K for Vehicle Use

The Arizona State House Speaker has reimbursed the state more than $12,000 for travel expenses. Nearly $10,000 of this was for mileage reimbursements received when he was using a state vehicle.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

GM to Offer Diesel-Powered Express Van

General Motors will offer a 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine with its 2017 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo and passenger vans, the company announced at the Work Truck Show.

Photo of F-550 chassis cab with aerial courtesy of Ford.

Ford Boosts Diesel Super Duty Chassis Cabs

Ford has increased towing and payload capability for its 2017 Super Duty F-350, F-450, and F-550 chassis cabs with new frames and a next-generation 6.7L V-8 PowerStroke diesel with more horsepower and torque, Ford has announced at the Work Truck Show.

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Updates 2017 Van Lineup

Ford has updated its 2017 model-year van lineup to include ergonomic updates for the Transit, new technology for the Transit Connect, and a new engine offering for the E-Series stripped chassis and cutaway.

Photo by Chris Brown.

Cummins Powers Up Medium-Duty Engines

Cummins has updated its B and L series medium-duty engines for 2017, increasing power output options and fuel efficiency.

Photo of 2016 F-650 dump truck courtesy of Ford.

Ford Extends F-650/F-750 V-8 Diesel's Range

Ford will offer a new 6.7L Powerstroke V-8 diesel with its the 2017 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks that can travel 500,000 miles without a major service visit, Ford announced at the Work Truck Show.

Michelin's Auto Tire Inflation Tech Maintains Pressure

Michelin Auto Inflate will use automatic tire inflation technology developed by Aperia Technologies called Halo to maintain the pressure on drive and trailer tires.

Photo of Matthew Godlewski of NGVAmerica by Mike Antich.

Natural Gas Use, Vehicle Sales Decline

Natural Gas vehicle production and sales declined in 2015 compared to 2014. This was primarily due to the reduced cost of petroleum, according to Matthew Godlewski, president of NGVAmerica.

Fuel Prices Increase for Second Straight Week

The price of diesel fuel at the pump increased for the second straight week, jumping a few tenths of a cent nationally.

Photo courtesy of City of Dublin

Dublin Public Works Earns APWA Accreditation

The Dublin Public Works department has earned accreditation through the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Photo courtesy of Google.

Google Self-Driving Car Strikes Bus

An autonomous Google car struck a municipal bus in a crash that appears to place fault with Google's autonomous Lexus RX450.

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