Government Fleet News

Fayetteville to Shift 300 City Vehicles to Use Biodiesel

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – The City of Fayetteville is preparing to use a blend of biodiesel in some city vehicles.

Indiana University Contracts With Enterprise Rent-A-Car

BLOOMINGTON, IN – Indiana University President Adam Herbert said Feb. 2 the school will contract with Enterprise Rent-A-Car for the daily rental fleet that employees use for university-related travel.

Manteca Pushes to Have Police Vehicles Painted Black-and-White

MANTECA, CA – Manteca police officers want to trade in their nearly all-white patrol cars for black and white.

Bobit Business Media's Fleet Central Presents First Web Seminar in Series, Selecting the Best Lease Option, Sponsored by Merchants Leasing

NEW YORK – Fleet Central, the number one resource for Fleet Management, Vehicle Remarketing, and Auto Rental Professionals, have announced their first Web seminar in an educational series focusing on Selecting the Best Lease Option.

North Dakota's De-icing Practice Under Fire

BISMARCK, ND – For about 40 years, state workers have been dumping saltwater left over from oil production on some North Dakota roads.

Wahpeton, N.D., Sells Fire Truck on eBay

WAHPETON, ND – Wahpeton Fire Department sold its 1973 ladder truck on eBay to a man in North Carolina for $4,550. Roland Gilliam bought the truck for his own private use and plans to loan it to the local fire department for training.

Colorado's Castle Rock Wins Fleet Award From APWA

CASTLE ROCK, CO – The Town of Castle Rock's Public Works Department captured two 2006 awards from the Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for Medium Communities (population 20,000 to100,000).

Nevada's Public Safety Chief Asks to Replace 300 Highway Patrol Vehicles

RENO, NE – Nevada's new public safety chief detailed his department's $453.1 million budget to lawmakers, including plans to hire 60 new state troopers and replace a fleet of more than 300 Highway Patrol vehicles.

City of Waynesboro Police Fleet Manager Honored

WAYNESBORO, VA– Chief Douglas Davis of the Waynesboro Police Department presented awards to eight department members and one resident during the department's quarterly awards ceremony on Jan. 31.

City of Oxford Upgrades Vehicle Fleet

OXFORD, OH – The City of Oxford will soon add a hybrid car, several trucks, and a state-of-the-art van for robotically repairing water pipelines to its fleet.

EPA Says All New Clean Diesels Are Certified for Full Production

WASHINGTON - The Diesel Technology Forum announced that all major heavy-duty truck and engine manufacturers have met new Environmental Protection Agency standards for emissions cuts and have been certified by EPA for full production.

Kubota Introduces Grand L40 Tractor Series

TORRANCE, CA – Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) has introduced its Grand L40-series that offers three types of advanced transmissions, powerful Kubota diesel engines, and redesigned operator-station features.

Military Gives Police Free Equipment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Defense Department is giving away free equipment the military no longer needs to state and local police, including a doublewide trailer in Virginia.

EPA Kicks Off Midwest Clean Diesel Leadership Program

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 recently hosted the first meeting of its Midwest Clean Diesel Leadership Group in Chicago.

U.S. Military Awards $1.7 Billion Contract to Michelin

COLUMBUS, OH – The Defense Supply Center (DSC-C) has awarded Michelin Americas Truck Tires a 10-year $1.7 billion contract to provide ground tires for every type of wheeled vehicle for all United States military branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) around the world.

Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference Program Announced

VEGAS, NVThe Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi) announces concurrent sessions that will be offered as part of the Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference and Expo.

Ford to Deliver Demonstration Fleet of Ethanol Fueled Hybrids to Six States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ford Motor Company is producing 20 demonstration Escape Hybrid E-85 vehicles for use in fleets in six different states. Deliveries will begin this spring.

CSA America Offers Certified CNG Cylinder Inspector Program

CLEVELAND, OH – CSA America offers a program to qualify Compressed Natural Gas Cylinder Inspectors for the visual inspection of vehicles that operate using CNG for power.

Florida Bill Would Ban Retreaded Truck Tires From Public Roads and Highways

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Proposed legislation that would prohibit the use of retreaded truck tires on Florida highways is being opposed by the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB).

Biodiesel Fuel to Propel UMDNJ Vehicles

NEWARK, NJ – The Logistical Services group of the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (UMDNJ), in concert with Physical Plant and FP&C, is in the process of converting a 10,000 gallon Underground Storage Tank (UST) from gasoline to Biodiesel fuel.

DaimlerChrysler Builds First Fuel Cell-powered Fire Fighter Vehicle

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District in California has debuted what is believed to be the first-ever fuel cell-powered fire response vehicle.

Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Legislation Introduced

PRINCETON, NJ – Senators John Thune (R–SD) and Ken Salazar (D–CO) introduced the Alternative Refueling Systems Act (S.331).

Bush Orders Federal Fleet to Add Hybrids

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Bush ordered the government to purchase hybrid-powered vehicles and reduce the federal fleet's petroleum consumption by two percent each year through 2015.

Alabama State Vehicles Switching to Ethanol

MONTGOMERY, AL– The Alabama state government is switching its fleet of vehicles to ethanol and is trying to make it easier for consumers to find alternative fuels.

Sheboygan Police Department Buying 16 New Squad Cars

SHEBOYGAN, MI – The Sheboygan Police Department will be getting 16 new squad cars, a $308,000 expenditure approved by the Common Council.

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