Government Fleet News

EWEB's renewable diesel fueling station. Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Energy

Renewable Diesel Reduces Ore. Utility's Maintenance Costs

Since switching from biodiesel to renewable diesel, the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) in Oregon has reduced its fleet greenhouse gas emissions as well as maintenance on its diesel vehicles.

Transportation Secretary Foxx announcing autonomous vehicle proposal at auto show in Detroit. Photo: DOT

Obama Aims to Invest $4B in Automated Vehicle Technology

The Obama administration wants to spend nearly $4 billion over ten years to fund pilot to projects aimed at accelerating the development of connected and automated vehicles.

Photo of 2016 Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA US.

Fleet Sales Fall 3.4% in 2015

Sales of fleet vehicles from nine manufacturers to government agencies declined 3.4% to 250,176 units in 2015 as heavily declining passenger car sales pulled down the average and muted growth in sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Cars Depreciate 18.2% in 2015, Trucks Stay Hot

The wholesale used-vehicle market finished 2015 stronger than expected with an average 13.2% depreciation rate for used vehicles two to six years old and trucks retaining their value 9% better than passenger cars on average.

Uniroyal LS24 long-haul steer tire.

Michelin Offers Uniroyal Tires for Commercial Trucks

The Uniroyal tire brand is moving into the commercial tire market with a product line aimed at cost-conscious owner-operators and small fleets, says Michelin.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Tucson FD's Maintenance Costs Rising on Aging Trucks

The Tucson Fire Department is struggling to maintain an up-to-date fleet due to rising maintenance costs for an aging fleet and a growing funding gap for adding new vehicles.

Photo courtesy of NYSDOT.

New York Activates Plow Fleet for Lake Effect Snowstorms

New York has begun shifting resources, including its fleet of plow trucks, to the central and western regions of the state in the face of "lake effect" snowstorms that are expected to hit hard.

Photo courtesy of AGA Systems.

AGA Seeks EPA Certification for Bi-Fuel Propane GM Engines

AGA Systems, LLC has completed testing for certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of its EcoSync DI bi-fuel propane autogas alternative fuel system for 2016 General Motors vehicles including Chevrolet/GMC 1500 trucks, large SUVs, and the Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle.

Calstart Opens Regional Clean Transportation Center

Calstart has opened the San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center, aimed at accelerating the user of clean vehicles and fuels in the region.

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

New York Awards Contract for Handicap Accessible Vans

Under the contract, state agencies, local governments, public school and fire districts, public libraries and other authorized organizations can purchase new Ford Transit vans equipped with wheelchair lifts, AbiliTrax flooring systems and AbiliTrax “Step N Lock” seating systems.

Photo of 2017 Fusion Platinum by Mike Antich.

Ford Adds Two Fusion Sedans, Updates Hybrids

Ford has added two models to its mid-size Fusion sedan lineup for 2017, including the V-6-powered Sport and top-line Premium models, adding twin-turbocharging and all-wheel drive as enhancements.

Photo by Mike Antich.

Honda's Sporty Ridgeline Truck Debuts in Detroit

Honda debuted its second-generation 2017 Ridgeline with a sporty refresh for the mid-size pickup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Diesel Prices Fall in First Week of 2016

The price of on-highway diesel fuel and regular gasoline continued last year’s trend of falling prices with another decrease in the first week of 2016.

Fla. Police Fleet Cuts Fuel Spend by 11%

The Port St. Lucie (Fla.) Police Department has reduced idle fuel consumption by 12% and total spending on fuel by more than 11% by using Derive Efficiency's optimized engine calibration on a portion of their fleet.

Arizona Lottery Rolls Out Vehicle Usage Training

The head of the Arizona State Lottery is implementing a new training program to ensure that employees don’t break the law when using state vehicles, following a complaint that he misused his state-assigned car.

Photo of 2017 Raptor SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2017 F-150 Raptor Gets SuperCrew Model

Ford's 2017 F-150 SVT Raptor will be available in a SuperCrew model that extends the wheelbase 12 inches and includes four full-size doors to provide rear passengers more legroom.

Mo. PD Using Lease-Purchase to Acquire SUVs

The Desloge (Mo.) Police Department is using a lease-purchase funding model to acquire new vehicles to replace aging patrol cars.

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Bolt EV’s Drive Unit, Battery Detailed

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV’s drive system uses a single high capacity electric motor to propel the car that's charged from a lithium-ion battery pack, General Motors has announced at the Detroit auto show.

Photo by Mike Antich.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Reboots FCA Minivan Lineup

The Chrysler Pacifica will be powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V-6, while the Pacifica Hybrid will offer up to 80 miles per gallon equivalent in city driving and 30 miles of driving in EV mode.

Video Safety Tip: Driving in a Downpour

The California Office of Traffic Safety offers advice on what adjustments drivers need to take during rainy conditions.

Photo via Wikipedia.

Global NGV Sales to Grow to 3.9 Million by 2025

Growth in adoption of natural gas vehicles has been slower than previously anticipated, mostly due to drops in oil prices, as well as lower costs and increased capacity of batteries for electrified vehicles.

Photo via Images Money/Flickr.

IRS Drops Mileage Reimbursement Rate

The Internal Revenue Service has lowered the deductible mileage rate to 54 cents per mile for business miles in 2016 down from 57.5 cents in 2015, the agency has announced.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Navy Solicits Lease Deal for EVs

The U.S. Department of the Navy has posted a solicitation to commercially lease between 400 and 600 battery-electric vehicles for use at the Navy and Marine Corps installations in California.

Photo of 2016 Ford F-650 courtesy of Alliance Autogas.

EPA Approves Blossman's LPG-Powered Truck Engines

Alliance Autogas has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce bi-fuel propane-autogas versions of vehicles powered by Ford's 6.8L V-10 and General Motors' 6.0L V-8 spark-ignited engines.

Photo courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Brimming with Tech

General Motors unveiled its tech-oriented 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), providing additional details about its array of connectivity and autonomous driving features.

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