Government Fleet News

Portland General Electric Predicts Surge in Hybrid Vehicles, Plans More Plug-Ins

PORTLAND, OR – Portland General Electric has begun leading the charge for mass adoption of plug-in hybrid-electric cars in Oregon. The utility plans to install 12 electric-vehicle charging stations in Portland and Salem by September.

First Vehicle Services Fort Wayne, Ind., Location Earns OSHA VPP Star Status

CINCINNATI – First Vehicle Services’ Fort Wayne, Ind., location has received a Star designation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as part of the agency’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

States Join Multi-State Contract for Lifts and Garage Equipment

PORTLAND, OR – The states of Maine and Arkansas have joined with other states to avail all state government agencies of a multi-state contract that offers discounted prices on vehicle lifts, tire changers, wheel balancers, alignment machines, and brake service equipment.

North Carolina State Senate to Look at State Vehicle Smoking Ban

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina state employees could soon be barred from lighting up in vehicles owned or leased by the state.

Iowa Senator Grassley Gets Riled Over Idling Federal Fleet Vehicles

WASHINGTON – With gas prices climbing toward $5 per gallon nationwide, energy efficiency is all the rage these days. But some government employees just aren’t conserving enough.

Grand Jury Report Scolds Los Angeles County for Luxury Fleet Cars

LOS ANGELES – At a time when many Los Angeles County residents are grappling with the squeeze of an economic downturn, dozens of top county government officials are driving luxury vehicles that cost taxpayers as much as $50,000 per vehicle.

Cochise County Practicing ‘Green’ Fleet Practices Before it Was ‘Right’

BISBEE, AZ – A recent study released by Duke University reports that Americans should take a more realistic look at the actual efficiency of fuel consumption in vehicles.

As Costs Rise, Cities Move to Curb Take-Home Vehicles

BOSTON - With gas at $4 and change, at least five of the North region’s largest municipalities are looking to curb the use of take-home vehicles and other city-owned autos.

Top Massachusetts Communities for Hybrid Vehicles

WORCESTER, MA – Record-high gas prices across the country are fueling the urge for car owners to identify ways to reduce their gas consumption. Citizens of Commonwealth of Massachusetts are considering hybrid vehicles.

City of Houston Gets 500th Hybrid Vehicle

HOUSTON, TEXAS – The City of Houston has welcomed its 500th hybrid vehicle, and more are on the way. The city’s fleet includes 334 Toyota Prius models, 164 Ford Escapes, and two Honda Insights.

WEBSTER

Webster Receives APWA CPFP Certification

NORFOLK, VA – CCG Systems, Inc. congratulates Fleet Management Director John Webster of Salt Lake County, Utah for recently becoming a Certified Public Fleet Professional through the American Public Works Association (APWA).

New Conference Takes Fleet Professionals Behind the Scenes of Going Green

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media, a leading business-to-business media company, recently announced a new two-day conference for fleet professionals, the Green Fleet Conference. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on September 15-16, 2008.

Brookhaven to Cut Back its 780-Vehicle Town Fleet

BROOKHAVEN, NY - Brookhaven’s 780-vehicle fleet will be reduced and better managed, an effort that will save taxpayers more than $1 million in fuel and maintenance costs.

Burlington County Cuts Vehicle Fleet by 10 Percent

PHILADELPHIA – The Burlington County government has trimmed its vehicle fleet by 10 percent, a move that represents about $350,000 in gas, maintenance, and insurance savings, according to the head of the county Board of Freeholders.

Cape Girardeau County Considers Deal With Rental Car Company

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – The Cape Girardeau County Commission was approached by Enterprise Rent-A-Car with a proposal to help cut traveling costs for county officials by renting cars.

GSA Authorized to Help State and Local Governments Purchase Equipment

WASHINGTON– The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has been authorized to help state and local governments purchase homeland security equipment, such as alarm systems, facility management systems, and law enforcement and firefighting equipment.

Town of Greenwich Says Biodiesel ‘Way Too Expensive,’ Shelves Plan for Green Fleet

GREENWICH, CT – High costs have forced the town of Greenwich to abandon plans to run half of its fleet on a soy-based biodiesel fuel.

Buffalo Slashes Number of Employees Eligible for Take-Home Vehicles

BUFFALO, NY – Dozens of Buffalo city employees who have enjoyed take-home car privileges for years will no longer have vehicles for 24/7 use.

City of Richmond Moves to Outsource Vehicle Services

RICHMOND, VA – The City of Richmond is considering turning over its public vehicles to private maintenance and management.

OPW Introduces its New COMMANDO Flexible Connector

CINCINNATI – OPW Fueling Components has announced the global availability of its new COMMANDO Stainless-Steel Flexible Connector.

ConocoPhillips Lubricants Announces Upgraded TO-4 Fluids

HOUSTON, TEXAS – ConocoPhillips Lubricants has upgraded its TO-4 transmission oil products line to meet the increasing demands for higher performance fluids in today’s heavy-duty machinery.

City of Burlington Passes Plan to ‘Green’ Fleet of Vehicles

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO, CANADA – The City of Burlington city council has approved its first-ever plan to green its corporate fleet of vehicles.

GSA to Announce Fleet Card Contractor

DALLAS – The General Services Administration (GSA) is expected to announce which bank it will choose to provide its fleet cards.

Dallas County Fleet Comes Criticized for Operation of Gas Guzzlers

DALLAS – Dallas County’s alternative-fuel vehicle fleet has come under fire.

Nebraska Putting State Money in Ethanol

LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska plans to buy dozens more flex-fuel vehicles that can run on fuel that is 85 percent ethanol.

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