Government Fleet News

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.

The 750,000th skid-steer loader manufactured by Bobcat is driven off the line at the manufacturing plant in Gwinner, N.D.

Bobcat Manufactures 750,000th Skid-Steer Loader

WEST FARGO, ND – Bobcat Company has manufactured its 750,000th skid-steer loader, reaching the milestone 50 years after the Melroe and Keller brothers partnered.

West Virginia Reviews State Fleet

CHARLESTON, WV – The Secretary for the Department of Administration says they’re doing what they can do to reign in fuel costs for state employees with gas prices at more than four dollars a gallon in many parts of West Virginia.

City of Victorville Donates Historic Fire Engine

VICTORVILLE, CA – The Victorville Fire Department has donated a historic 1956 International fire truck to train future firefighters.

Nashville Metro Police to Cut Fleet

NASHVILLE, TN – The Metro Police Department has parked 134 vehicles to comply with the mayor’s call to reduce the fleet and save money on gas.

Two More Sites Purchase FASTER Fleet Management System

NORFOLK, VA – Harford County, Md., and the Town of Windsor, Colo., have purchased the FASTER fleet management system for implementation.

Reznor Introduces New Waste Oil Heater

MEMPHIS, TN – Thomas & Betts HVAC Division, Reznor, has added models RA-250 and RAD-250 Waste Oil Heaters to their line of products specifically designed for recycling used oils into free shop heat.

TOMPKINS

Code 3, Inc. Names Tompkins President

ST. LOUIS, MI – Dale Tompkins was named President of Code 3, Inc., a manufacturer of safety equipment, lighting, and electronics for police and fire departments, emergency medical services, and the construction industry.

Shaw Plant Uses Biodiesel From Cooking Oil

DALTON, GA – Shaw Industries Plant 65 in Andalusia, Ala., has announced a facility-wide initiative to collect and use local cooking oil as a source of biodiesel.

City of Grayslake to Begin Using Low-Emissions Fuel for Public Works Vehicles

GRAYSLAKE, IL – Biodiesel fuel will now be used by Grayslake Public Works Department vehicles.

Municipal Departments Looking for Fuel Cost Savings

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Times may have caught up with the tradition of sending municipally- owned vehicles home with employees, as rising fuel bills are forcing communities to eye more efficient vehicles and greater limits on their use.

City of Winter Haven Plugging Hybrids Into Vehicle Fleet

WINTER HAVEN, FL – On the outside, it looks like a regular vehicle, but underneath the hood the city’s new 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid is a going-green environmental machine.

The Chicago PD Buy 165 More SUVs

CHICAGO - The Chicago Police Department will quadruple its fleet of Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs this year, to more than 200.

Stertil-Koni Announces Strategic Acquisition of ALM Corporation and Fleet America

STEVENSVILLE, MD – Stertil-KoniUSA, a provider of heavy-duty lifts to the vehicle maintenance industry, has completed two acquisitions.

Minneapolis Mayor Is Plugged In

MINNEAPOLIS – When Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak decided to convert his gas-electric Toyota Prius to a plug-in, he found that Canada was the closest place to get it done. So Rybak vowed to make a local option available.

The City of Tampa Has No Plans to Change Take-Home Car Policy

TAMPA, FL– With gas prices reaching record highs, the Tampa Police Department said it will have to spend $800,000 more than originally budgeted this year to cover rising fuel costs; however, has no plans to change its take-home vehicle policy.

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