Government Fleet News

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.

Reid Promoted to Director of General Services for City of Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, FL – Milton Reid was promoted to director of General Services for the City of Gainesville, Fla.

Horton Named Fleet Acquisition Coordinator for City of Dallas

DALLAS, TX -- Mike Horton has been appointed fleet acquisition coordinator for the City of Dallas.

Duluth Police Department Requests $151,000 for New SWAT Vehicle

DULUTH, MN – The Duluth special weapons and tactics team is awaiting permission from the Duluth City Council to purchase a $151,553 tactical response team vehicle.

Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical Department Updates Fleet

RENCE, KS – For the first time since the 1970s, the Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical department's emergency response units will be the traditional red design.

Former League City Mayor Questions Take-Home Police Vehicle Policy

LEAGUE CITY, TX – A former League City mayor is questioning a city policy that allows most police officers to take their patrol cars home and to extra jobs.

DOT Offers Model for Flexible Private/Public Partnering

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued model legislation designed to give states flexibility in working with the private sector.

Clean Energy Provides Discounts for Fleet Registrations for National Conference

ANAHEIM, CA – Clean Energy Fuels is providing a $200 discount off the regular registration fee for any fleet professionals to attend the Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference + Expo, formerly the Clean Cities Conference & Expo.

Miller Promoted to Public Works Superintendent; McKinney Named Fleet Services Supervisor

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – Bob Miller was named of Public Works superintendent for the City of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Battersby Named Fleet Manager for Contra Costa County

MARTINEZ, CA – Richard Battersby was named fleet manager for Contra Costa County in California.

New York City to Build Garbage Truck Parking Tower in Hudson Square

NEW YORK CITY, NY – The New York City Department of Sanitation wants to build garages on three sites, one of them owned by United Parcel Service, in the Hudson Square neighborhood where six luxury residential towers have risen in the past few years.

Mayor of Columbia, S.C., Goes Green With City's First-Ever Purchase of a Hybrid

COLUMBIA, SC – Columbia, S.C., Mayor Bob Coble will begin driving the first hybrid car the city has ever purchased — a 2007 Ford Escape.

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