Government Fleet News

Grease Thefts Up as Biodiesel Gains Traction in Northern California Restaurants

MONTEREY, CA – Hidden behind many Northern California restaurants, tanks of used deep-fryer grease have become like pots of gold for thieves looking to cash in on a spike in demand for biodiesel.

APWA Certified Public Fleet Professional Exam Offered at CCG/FASTER Annual Conference

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The next APWA’s Certified Public Fleet Professional program examination is scheduled for Oct. 19 in Virginia Beach, Va., in conjunction with the CCG/FASTER Annual Conference.

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City of Jacksonville, N.C. Awarded ASE Blue Seal Certification

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – The City of Jacksonville Fleet Maintenance division, part of the Finance Department, was recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for meeting all requirements to become ASE Blue Seal Certified.

GFX 2009 Location Announced

TORRANCE, CA - With the success of Government Fleet magazine's first-ever Government Fleet Conference and Expo, back by popular demand, the 2009 GFX location is announced.

Fort Smith Asked to Curb Take-Home Vehicle Use

FORT SMITH, AR – The Fort Smith Board of Directors have been asked to dramatically reduce a perk that allows city employees to drive home 88 city-owned vehicles.

Get a Sneak Peak of Green Fleet Vehicles in the Near Future

TORRANCE, CA - The first-ever Green Fleet Conference in Chicago Sept.15-16 will open with a keynote speech on fuel-efficient and emissions-reducing models to come in 2009-2011.

Columbus Adds 7 Custom Pumpers to Ferrara Fire Apparatus Contract

HOLDEN, LA – Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., a custom fire apparatus manufacturer, was awarded an additional seven custom pumpers as a continuing part of its three-year contract with Columbus (Ohio) Division of Fire.

GSA Fleet Under Scrutiny

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Government owns 642,233 vehicles. Operating those vehicles — maintenance, leases, and fuel — cost $3.4 billion last year.

USPS Accelerating Shift to Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

WASHINGTON – Reflecting rising gas prices and environmental concerns, the U.S. Postal Service are new testing alternative-fuel vehicles.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Purchases FASTER

NORFOLK, VA – The Citrus County Sheriff’s office in Inverness, Fla., has purchased CCG Systems, Inc.’s FASTER fleet management system through GSA.

Oakland International Airport to Purchase 26 New CNG-Powered Shuttle Buses for AirBART and Rental Car Services

OAKLAND, CA – The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners recently authorized the purchase of 26 new CNG-powered AirBART and rental car shuttle buses that will be deployed at Oakland International Airport (OAK) beginning in 2009.

Moline Wants to Install a 10,000-Gallon E-85 Fuel Tank

MOLINE, IL – City officials hope to save Moline money by having its owns 10,000-gallon E-85 tank.

City of Ferndale Forms Agreement With Enterprise Fleet Management

FERNDALE, MI – The City of Ferndale, Mich., has entered into an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management to reduce the cost of operating the city’s 51 fleet vehicles.

Polk County Full Speed Ahead on Ways to Save on Gas

POLK COUNTY, FL – High fuel prices have driven Polk County agencies to find ways to save.

State of Connecticut Seeking More Fuel-Efficient Fleet

HARTFORD, CT – The state of Connecticut wants to add more hybrids and traditional high-mileage, gasoline-powered compact cars to its vehicle fleet in order to bump up fuel efficiency.

High Fuel Prices Drive the City of Jacksonville to Downsize Vehicle Fleet

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Jacksonville officials, facing an $11.4 million jump in fuel costs, are downsizing the city’s vehicle fleet

Nonprofit Aims to Help Towns Make Switch to Biodiesel

PORTSMOUTH, NH – New Hampshire has created Green Start, a new statewide nonprofit organization based in Portsmouth that is working to make biodiesel for vehicles so commonplace in New Hampshire that it will be found at the local gas station

Raser Developing 100 MPG Plug-in Hybrid Light Truck for Initial Release to Utility and Government Fleets

PROVO, UT – Raser Technologies is developing a 100 mile per gallon (mpg) light truck in addition to a 100 mpg SUV.

GM Announces Partnership With Nationwide Utilities

DETROIT – General Motors Corp. will join 30 utility companies nationwide to accelerate research on electric vehicles.

CHEP Joins U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

ORLANDO, FL – CHEP, the global provider of pallet and container pooling services leasing, has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

Nissan and Tennessee Form Electric Vehicle Partnership

FRANKLIN, TN - Nissan Motor Co., planning to offer electric cars in the U.S. as early as 2010, said Tennessee and its main electric utility may set up charging stations to promote use of non-polluting vehicles.

Mayor Wants to Cut Take-Home Vehicles for Rochester Employees

ROCHESTER, NY – Mayor Robert Duffy recently turned in his city-issued Chevy Trailblazer and said he plans to cut the remaining fleet of employee take-home vehicles by up to 90 percent.

Frostburg State University Adds Hybrids to Vehicle Fleet

FROSTBURG, MD – Frostburg State University's vehicle’s fleet now includes five hybrids to replace less-efficient vehicles.

Growing Camelina Could Bring $80 Million to Colorado's Economy

GOLDEN, CO – In a step toward U.S. energy independence, Blue Sun Biodiesel has earned an ACRE grant from the state of Colorado to commercialize a non-food energy crop, camelina, for use in biodiesel.

Petro Vend C/OPT Fuel Control System Now Available

HODGKINS, IL– OPW Fuel Management Systems, a business unit of OPW Fueling Components, has made available its Petro Vend C/OPT Fuel Control System with a FSC3000 fuel site controller built directly inside the fuel island terminal.

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