Government Fleet News

Phillips 66 Consolidates Lubricants Brands

To strengthen strategic relationships and drive growth, Phillips 66 Lubricants will consolidate its Lubricant’s portfolio into two brands, Phillips 66 and Kendall Motor Oil.

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Mild Hybrid Silverado, Sierra Trucks to Arrive for 2016

General Motors will offer about 700 eAssist hybrid versions of its 2016 model year Silverado and Sierra pickups through California dealers, GM has announced.

Chevin Fleet Solutions Releases Fleet Data Mastermind Guide

Chevin Fleet Solutions has released its "How to Become a Fleet Data Mastermind" — the first in a series of informative white papers created by the company.

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Tri-Fuel System Installed on Ford Truck

Niyato Industries Inc. has developed a tri-fuel system that can support the use of gasoline, compressed natural gas, or propane and installed it on a Ford F-350 4x4 pickup.

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Fla. City to Build CNG Fueling Facility

The City of Panama City, Fla., has awarded a contract to Zeit Energy to build a $2.19 million compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for fleet vehicles that will also be publicly accessible.

Report Details Mass. City's Aging Fire Fleet

The Pittsfield (Mass.) Fire Department's fleet "is not well suited" to respond to several types of incidents due to its age, and the city doesn't have a plan in place to replace the vehicles, according to a report prepared by a consultant.

N.M. County Bans Outsourcing

The Doña Ana County (N.M.) manager has banned departments from using outside vendors to perform vehicle repairs, as a cost-containment strategy partly aimed at the county sheriff's department.

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Texas Town Considers Luxury Patrol Cars

The Town of Addison (Texas) Police Department is considering replacing its fleet of 14 patrol cars with luxury vehicles. These include the Volvo XC90, BMW X5, and Audi Q7 in addition to the Ford Police Interceptor Utility and Chevrolet Tahoe.

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Facebook Helps Fla. Police Arrest Fleet Burglar

The Lake City (Fla.) Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with the burglary at the city’s fleet maintenance facility. The suspect entered the fenced-in facility and took personal property of Public Works employees located in vehicles.

Mich. City Acquires Armored Military Vehicle

The Saginaw (Mich.) Police Department has acquired a Mine-Resistant Ambush Proof (MRAP) vehicle from the U.S. Department of Defense less than three months after turning over a military vehicle after an order from President Obama.

NAFTC Launches Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training

On Feb. 24, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) will launch the newly developed Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training.

STEMCO to Provide Tire and Mileage Monitoring for Untethered Trailers

TrackPoint Systems TrIPS solar-powered monitoring technology will now allow fleet managers to track tire pressures and mileage for untethered trailers.

Diesel Prices See Very Slight Uptick

For the first time this year, the average price of diesel fuel increased slightly, driven by a rebound in crude oil prices on the stock market.

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Video Tip: Crosswalk Safety

Here's some advice from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to help drivers improve crosswalk safety.

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Ford E-Series Recall to Fix Trailer Braking

Already under way, the recall affects just 75 E-350 and E-450 vehicles equipped with a 6.8L engine and an optional trailer brake controller.

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Low Fuel Prices Help Reduce Fleet Costs

Around the country, government agencies are benefiting from low gas prices. Savings in fuel costs can be used to fund vehicle purchases, supply the general fund, or benefit user departments.

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Terex Recalls Aerial Devices for Injury Risk

Set to begin this month, the recall affects 73 SCM48, SCM50 and SCM55 aerial devices in the 2011-2015 model years.

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DOE Cuts Clean Cities, Boosts SuperTruck

U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) proposed 2017 budget would sharply cut funding to the Clean Cities program and add new funding to an initiative seeking to improve the fuel efficiency of Class 7 and Class 8 trucks.

IronPlanet Sells $93.8M in Assets at Equipment Auction

IronPlanet sold more than 2,350 items for $93.8 million in gross merchandise volume (GMV) at its Cat Auction Services unreserved public auction in Kissimmee, Fla., last week.

Pa. Offers $7M in Incentives for Alt-Fuels

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering $7 million in grants to commercial and government fleets to increase use of alternative fuels, the agency announced.

Head Featured in Knowledge Sharing Video

In Government Fleet's Knowledge Sharing video series, Dave Head of Head Fleet Management discusses the challenges of a modern fleet manager, stricter environmental regulations, and questioning a police officer’s claim of a brake problem.

Lytx Acquired By Private Equity Firm

Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR is acquiring video-based telematics supplier Lytx, Inc. for more than $500 million in an all-cash transaction, according to a release.

Super Duty insiders go through the frame review process. Photo: Ford

Ford Gives Super Duty to Professional Users for Testing

Ford recently gave five F-Series Super Duty professional users a first-hand look at the torture testing engineers put the pickup through during the development process.

According to the National Safety Council, 2015 was likely the deadliest driving year since 2008. Screen shot courtesy of LoudLabs News/YouTube.

Road Deaths Rise by Largest Percent in 50 Years

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council show an 8% increase in 2015 compared to 2014.

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Wyo. County to Build CNG Station

Laramie County, Wyo., has approved a contract for the construction of a $520,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for its fleet.

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