Government Fleet News

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.

Chemung County Trucks to Run on Propane

ELMIRA, NY - Chemung County is using Federal stimulus money to help convert some county vans and trucks to run on liquid propane.

NAFA’s Florida Chapter and FLAGFA Team Up For Fall Conference

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NAFA's Sunshine State Chapter and the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) will combine to present a conference for fleet managers Sept. 16-18 at the Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Fla.

DMV Fees Up 25% in New York

ALBANY, NY - Because commercial vehicles vary by weight, the increase in registration fees will range from $3 to $52.

Gilbarco Ships First Encore S DEF Dispensers

GREENSBORO, NC - Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispensers will be required for many heavy transport trucks equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to reduce emissions beginning in January 2010.

EV Autos of Texas Awarded Texas Term Contract for Miles Electric Vehicles

AUSTIN, TX - EV Autos of Texas has been awarded the Texas Term Contract for Miles Electric Vehicles. Clients include San Antonio Water Systems, University of Houston, City of McAllen, and the University of North Texas.

Bobcat to Consolidate Operations in North Dakota

WEST FARGO, ND - Bobcat Company announced it is transferring all North American machinery production to its original manufacturing facility in Gwinner, N.D. This will result in discontinuing production at Bobcat's Bismarck, N.D., plant by the end of 2009.

City of Chattanooga Implements Take-Home Fees

CHATTANOOGA, TN - Under a recent mayoral executive order, any City of Chattanooga employee who uses a city car for take-home purposes must now pay $50 every two weeks.

$20.4 Million Grants Available to ‘Green’ CA Fleets

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board is helping to accelerate the deployment of approximately 800 new hybrid medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by providing vouchers for the purchase of new hybrid trucks and buses.

Denver Fleet Surplus Auction Raises $1.2 Million

DENVER - The highest bid was $64,000 for a 1988 Caterpillar 966E front loader with a 5-yard bucket that had logged 18,323 hours of service.

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