Government Fleet News

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NASA Fleet Reduced Petroleum Fuel Use by 62%

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has replaced two-thirds of its fleet with vehicles that run on cleaner fuels, including biofuels and electricity, and is now working on further expanding electrification.

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Calif. Sheriff's Office Installs Gun Vaults in Personal Cars

Santa Clara County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office purchased 750 gun vaults for its deputies to use while off duty. The department is installing the gun vaults in deputies' personal cars as well as unmarked patrol cars.

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DC Water Uses Biodiesel to Fuel its Fleet

DC Water now uses biodiesel fuel to fuel all 230 of its diesel vehicles, including sewer trucks, utility and dump trucks, crane trucks, and crew cabs. The agency uses a B-20 blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel.

Graphic of the Electrovan, the first hydrogen-powered vehicle, courtesy of General Motors.

Army to Test New GM Fuel Cell Vehicle

GM revealed its latest fuel cell demo, the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting and exhibition in Washington, D.C.

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Mass. Reduces Take Home Fleet After Employee Abuse

The State of Massachusetts is reducing its take home fleet, Governor Charlie Baker announced days after a state employee resigned over misuse of a state-owned vehicle.

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Calif. Proposes New Autonomous Car Rules

In response to recently released federal guidelines, the state DMV softens its stance on future testing of driverless cars.

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Ky. City Outsources Fleet Management

The City of Somerset (Ky.) Council passed a resolution allowing Enterprise Fleet Management to purchase 25 vehicles on the city’s behalf, remarket its surplus vehicles, and maintain all of the city’s vehicles for one year.

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Updated F-150 3.5L, New 10-Speed Improves Fuel Economy

Ford’s F-150 is now being offered with a new 3.5-L EcoBoost V-6 engine mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission for MY-16 and MY-17 models that offers an improved EPA over the previous generation engine.

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Ohio City Slashes Take-Home Fleet

The City of Toledo, Ohio, has reduced the number of take-home vehicles from 82 to 49 in an effort to save $84,000 a year.

Continental Invests in Zonar

Continental has acquired a majority stake in Zonar, the fleet management technology provider.

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Humvees Top GovPlanet Sales

GovPlanet released its top five sellers since the marketplace’s launch in November 2014. Humvees are the top-selling items by value and type, and the company has sold nearly 5,000 Humvees for more than $40 million in gross merchandise value.

Mayor Jim Kenney is pictured at a news conference wih one of the plug-in hybrid vehicles. Photo courtesy of City of Philadelphia

Philly Purchases Plug-in Hybrids for Police

The City of Philadelphia, Pa., is adding plug-in hybrid vehicles to its Police Department for community outreach. By January, the city will have 17 plug-in hybrids across multiple departments.

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Gasoline Inches Higher to $2.22 Per Gallon

The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has reached $2.22 per gallon—two cents more than one week ago, AAA reported.

Safety Tip: Diverging Diamond Interchanges

More states are adding this interchange configuration, but it's still rare enough to leave some drivers a little confused. This tip will help familiarize fleet drivers with how DDIs work.

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Ford Police Interceptor Utility Debuts Rear Spoiler Lights

Ford is debuting rear spoiler traffic warning lights to complement the “no-profile” front interior visor light bar on its Police Interceptor Utility. The options allow law enforcement agencies to go into full stealth mode.

Zonar Rolls Out Connect Tablet, Software for Fleets

LAS VEGAS – The fleet management technology company Zonar introduced what it says is the next generation tablet and software allowing commercial fleets to take greater control of their operations.

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Ga. County Begins Replacing Aging Patrol Fleet

The Henry County, Ga., Police Department received approval to purchase 30 Dodge Chargers for $700,000 to replace vehicles with more than 150,000 miles on them.

The road inspector's truck runs on gasoline and CNG. Photo courtesy of Deschutes County

Ore. County Tests In-Vehicle CNG Compressor

For the past year, the Deschutes County (Ore.) Road Department has been testing a new way to green its fleet. The fleet has partnered with a local technology company to install an in-vehicle natural gas compressor.

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GM Redesigns Duramax 6.6L for 2017 Silverado, Sierra

GM has announced that a newly redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel will be offered on the 2017 Silverado HD and Sierra HD. The engine features a new air intake system and an enhanced oiling circuit.

San Francisco Hiring Fleet Business Manager

The City & County of San Francisco, Calif., is hiring a fleet business manager to join its Fleet Management – Central Shops Department.

San Francisco Hiring Sr. Fleet Analyst

The City & County of San Francisco, Calif., is hiring a senior administrative analyst to join its Fleet Management – Central Shops Department. The analyst plans, organizes, leads and/or participates in analytical work related to fleet management.

Dane County's compressed natural gas (CNG) snowplow. Photo courtesy of Dane County

Wis. County Accelerates CNG Transition

Dane County, Wis., is accelerating the conversion of its fleet to renewable compressed natural gas (CNG) and expects 75 vehicles running on renewable CNG by the end of next year.

Spireon Launches Solar-Powered Trailer Tracking Product

Spireon Inc. announced its first solar-powered trailer and asset telematics solution, providing customers with a new way to gain location information and rich data around their trailers and assets.

OPFMA board members. Photo courtesy of OFPMA

Okla. Assn. Names New Board Members

The Oklahoma Public Fleet Management Association (OPFMA) announced its new board members at the group’s third annual convention in Muskogee, Okla., on Sept. 16.

Photo of the new F-150 Raptor courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Reveals F-150 Raptor Updates

Ford Motor Co. revealed details for the 2017 F-150 Raptor, highlighting its 450 hp and 510 lb.-ft. of torque.

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