Government Fleet News

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute Industry Excellence Awards Announced

LAS VEGAS – Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi) recognized outstanding leadership in the alternative fuels and vehicles industry as part of the opening day of the 14th Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo 2008.

Aspen Testing Toyota Highlander Hybrid for Police Work

ASPEN, CO – In efforts to go "green", the Aspen Police Department have been testing a hybrid patrol car, the 2008 Toyota Highlander hybrid, as a way to do their part in reducing the city’s carbon footprint and minimize effects on the environment.

Windell Mitchell (center) accepted congratulations on his 2008 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award from (left) Phil Fitzgerald, representing Automotive Resources International, the award sponsor, and Mike Antich, editor, Government Fleet magazine.<br /><br />

Windell Mitchell Chosen 2008 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

SALT LAKE CITY – Capping a career in public service that spanned more than 30 years, Windell Mitchell, fleet manager for King County, Wash., Department of Transportation, was named 2008 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year in an award ceremony at the NAFA 2008 Institute & Expo May 4.

Become a NAFA Certified Automotive Fleet Manager at The Government Fleet Expo

SAN DIEGO – The Government Fleet Expo and Conference will offer the NAFA Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) on June 8. Attendees interested in participating need to register before the May 23 exam application deadline at

Purchase Audit Shows City of Tampa Overspending on Gas

TAMPA, FL – The city of Tampa underwent an internal audit examining gas purchases made with city-issued credit cards.

County Commissioner Not Sweating High Gas Prices

EAGLE COUNTY, CO – Government leaders in Eagle County are not feeling the pinch of high gas prices as much as others. Last year they switched 20 cars in their light fleet to hybrids

Lee County Budgets Take-Home Vehicles

FORT MYERS, FL – Twenty-five Lee County employees have a take-home automobile, a 42-percent decrease from January.

Kindberg Would Like to Lower County’s Vehicle Count

MAYVILLE, NY – The vehicle pool for Chautauqua County government has dropped slightly in the last five years, going from 211 to 207. But even though the number of county vehicles has decreased, Maria Kindberg, D–Jamestown and majority leader, said more can still be done to lower the vehicle count,

St. Joseph County Restricts the Use of Take-Home Vehicles

SOUTH BEND, NJ – St. Joseph County commissioners will vote on a proposal that would reduce the number of County employees that take their cars home.

Gwinnett County Moves Toward Alt-Fuels

ATLANTA – Gwinnett County currently closed bidding on a proposed fuel contract for 1.6 million gallons of E-10 and E-85 ethanol blends.

Montgomery County Gets Creative to Save on Fuel

MONTGOMERY, AL – A year and a half ago the Montgomery County Commission deconstructed the typical five-day work-week schedule and overlayed it with a new, four-day work-week, 10-hour a day routine. The change was a move to save money on fuel.

Atlantic County Takes Pride in its Efforts to ‘Go Green’

ATLANTIC COUNTY, NJ – Kean College has identified Atlantic County as the “Greenest County in the State.” And part of that green initiative includes the County’s fleet

Lindsay’s Police & Fire Fleet Goes Green With Hybrid SUVs

LINDSAY, CA – In 2006, the City of Lindsay began buying 22 Toyota Highlander hybrids, 17 of which were converted to fire department and police patrol vehicles.

Flexco Fleet Services Announces Public Fleet Initiatives

WESTERVILLE, OHIO – Flexco Fleet Services, a provider of vehicle remarketing programs and fleet management solutions, has announced new initiatives to include services for public fleets.

City of Indianapolis Predicts Budget Shortfall Due to Rising Gas Prices

INDIANAPOLIS – Filling up at the pump is more expensive than ever, and it’s not just consumers reeling from the sudden rise. The City of Indianapolis has also been hit hard by mounting fuel costs.

Monroe County Explores Fuel Cell Technology

ROCHESTER, NY – Monroe County is feeling pain at the pump to the tune of almost $1.3 million a year, and that’s why County Executive Maggie Brooks is exploring fuel cell technology

US Postal Service Selects GPS Fleet Solutions for 500 Unit Pilot

TAMPA, FL – GPS Fleet Solutions has made an agreement with the U.S. Postal Service to begin a GPS vehicle tracking project.

Smith Electric Vehicles Launches Another ZEV at CV Show

BIRMINGHAM, UK – On April 15, Smith Electric Vehicles launched Ampere, its latest zero emission vehicle, at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham NEC.

George Baker currently serves as director of central services for Volusia County, Fla. and his fleet was recently ranked No. 1 Fleet in North America by the 100 Best Fleets.

Government Fleet Announces Three Finalists for Public Sector of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA – Government Fleet magazine has announced the three finalists for the 2008 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year. They are: George Baker, Volusia County, Fla.; Windell Mitchell, King County DOT; Wash.; Douglas Weichman, CAFM, Palm Beach County, Fla.

Grant Writing Seminar Offered at Government Fleet Expo

SAN DIEGO – While most fleet managers know the importance of grant writing proposals, the “key” is to write a winning proposal.

California State Vehicle Fleet Irks State Legislators

SACRAMENTO, CA – A senate committee confirmed the appointment of the director of the Department of General Services after an hour-long questioning over stalled efforts to “green” the state vehicle fleet.

$1,500 Rebate for Vectrix Riders in California

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is offering up to $5,000 in rebates to Californians who purchase alternative-fuel and electric vehicles, under the Fueling Alternatives rebate program.

Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo Set for May 11–14

LAS VEGAS – This Friday May 2 is the last day to register to receive a lower registration rate for the Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo, May 11-14, in Las Vegas.

Audit Critical of Washoe County Vehicle Handling

RENO, NV – An audit said that Washoe County could save more than $200,000 a year by reducing its vehicle fleet and contracting for maintenance services.

Miles Electric Vehicles Donates All-Electric Car to Ball State University

SANTA MONICA, CA – Miles Electric Vehicles donated an all-electric, low-speed ZX40S Advanced Design car to Ball State University at its “Earth Day on the Green” celebration on Apr. 22.


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