Government Fleet News

From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank

SANTA CRUZ, CA – The City of Santa Cruz is thinking of becoming a biofuel producer. Ron Pomerantz, a longtime Santa Cruz resident and member of the city Public Works Commission, would like to see the city scoop up old oil from local restaurants and convert it into biodiesel for the city’s diesel fleet.

City of Long Branch Focuses on Leaner and Greener Fleet

LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider Energy Review Committee met recently for a brain-storming session on how to create a more environmentally friendly city. Reducing police car idling and installing alternate refueling stations for the city’s fleet.

City of Florence Explores Alternative Fuels for Fleet

FLORENCE, AL – City vehicles and equipment that use diesel fuel may soon smell more like home cooking as Florence explores an initiative to take residential cooking oil away from clogging the city’s sewers and recycle it into biodiesel.

Portia Volunteer Fire Department Adds Truck to Fleet

PORTIA, AR – The Portia Volunteer Fire Department is able to serve the community better thanks to the addition of a third pumper truck to the fleet, which will serve as the new main engine.

Hydrogen Fuel Station Opens in White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - With a history of using alternative-fuel vehicles long before it became chic, White Plains now is the Northeast hub — and one of three cities nationwide — for a model program designed to put hydrogen-powered cars in consumers’ hands.

SoundOff Signal Announces New Product

HUDSONVILLE, MI - SoundOff Signal has taken their powerful little LED3 Mini Light and made it into a versatile line of interior windshield lights available in 4, 8 or 12 LED3 module lengths, called UltraLite Windshield lights.

10 Reasons to Attend the Government Fleet Expo & Conference

SAN DIEGO, CA – The Government Fleet Expo & Conference 2008 will be held Jun. 8-10, 2008, at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

Bruce County Works to Go Green

BRUCE COUNTY, ONTARIO – Bruce County is working toward going green. The county is looking into fleet management policies that would encourage hybrids and reduce idling.

Madison County Ethanol Plant to Open in April

MADISON COUNTY, IN – On Apr. 17, POET will host a grand opening event for POET Biorefining – Alexandria. The $115 million ethanol production facility in Alexandria, Ind., will be the 23rd POET production facility.

Fresno’s Saving Money Using Natural Gas

FRESNO, CA – Filling more garbage trucks with super cooled liquid natural gas is paying off in a big way for the City of Fresno. With the price of diesel fuel skyrocketing, so far this year the City has been forced to pay out $400,000 dollars more to fuel its fleet than budgeted.

Meeting on New Maintenance Facility Will Be Open to Public

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA - A new maintenance facility for Council Bluff’s fleet is needed in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

New ZAP Electric Truck Offers More Payload Capacity

SANTA ROSA, CA – Electric car pioneer ZAP is introducing a new electric truck for fleets with a greater payload rating. A prototype of the ZAP XL Truck has been completed and production models are expected for delivery to customers by the fall of this year.

Chandler Trains Techs to Service Honda Fleet

CHANDLER, AZ –When Chandler Police Department began replacing its old Kawasaki motorcycles with new Hondas in 2006 it caused a bit of a problem for the city’s Fleet Services Department.

Fort Payne City Council Considers Biofuel for Fleet

FORT PAYNE, AL – The Fort Payne City Council has began discussions on the potential for turning cooking oil into biodiesel that would fuel the city’s diesel fleet.

City of Pittsburgh Adds New Vehicles to its Fleet

PITTSBURGH – The city of Pittsburgh’s 1,000-vehicle fleet will get a big tune-up this year with the purchase of 151 new cars and trucks, under a buying plan unveiled by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and approved by City Council.

Centerville Orders New Patrol Cars With a Fresh Look

CENTERVILLE, GA - Citizens of Houston County’s smallest city should be seeing new police cars patrolling soon. The Centerville City Council has approved a lease agreement that will give the city five new patrol cars and five new command cars.

Greening the City of Seattle Vehicles

SEATTLE– Mayor Greg Nickels’ has announced that he wants to require all taxi drivers to use cars that get at least 30 miles per gallon by 2013. The city currently has diesel, compressed natural gas, electric, and hybrid vehicles, as well as 2,180 that run on gas,

Decatur County to Upgrade Emergency Fleet

BAINBRIDGE, GA Decatur County Commissioners have agreed to upgrade aging vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office and Fire and Rescue to save money and provide better emergency response vehicles.

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FLD Welcomes Dubey as Director of Government Sales

DELRAY BEACH, FL – FLD, Inc., one of the largest privately held automobile remarketing companies in the United States, has hired Raj Dubey as director of government sales.

City of Denver Launches Pilot Program

DENVER – Driving Change, a vehicular greenhouse gas (GHG) management and reduction pilot program, was just launched at an event led by Denver Mayor John W. Hickenlooper and Driving Change developers, stakeholders, and participants.

Fayetteville Fleet Moving Forward With Acquisitions

FAYETTEVILLE, AR– Recently the Fayetteville, Ark. City Council less than 15 minutes to spend $1.5 million, even though the city just got through a tough budget session. But David Bragg, fleet operations supervisor for the city, said the 16 vehicles proposed for purchase all make sense.

Bradley County Sheriff’s Department Puts New Fleet Into Service

CLEVELAND, TN – Eleven new vehicles are being added to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office fleet. Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble said the new Ford Interceptors will replace cars currently in the fleet, which have 200,000-plus miles on them.

Athens Police Get Back-Up in Green Fleet Debate

ATHENS, OHIO – Athens Police wanted to put off a possible switch to greener vehicles, recently gained some support from Mayor Paul Wiel and Paula Horan Moseley, service-safety director.

Allen County Sheriff's Sporty Fleet Gets Larger

FORT WAYNE, IN – The Allen County Sheriff’s Department will continue testing a new type of police car by adding a few more Dodge Chargers to its fleet.

Staffordshire Council Chooses GreenRoad For Teen Driver Safety Program

LONDON, UK– GreenRoad Technologies (www.greenroadtech.com), an innovative leader in driver safety technologies, recently announced that Staffordshire County Council (www.staffordshire.gov.uk) is the first UK council to deploy GreenRoad Safety Center to improve teen driving.

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