Government Fleet News

Nominations for GF's 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year to Begin Dec. 13

TORRANCE, CA – Nominations for Government Fleet magazine's third-annual 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year begin Dec. 13.

Natural Gas Delivers Forum to Be Held in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, CA – The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVI) and Clean Energy Fuels are hosting a forum for truck fleets to be held Jan. 24, 2007, in Long Beach, Calif.

Engine Manufacturers Struggle With B-20 Certification Effort

CHICAGO, IL – The Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) is struggling to carry out a recently unveiled test specification for determining how 20 percent biodiesel blends (B-20) perform in advanced diesel engines, a top official with the group said this week, noting that many technical barriers remain.

Toyota Unveils 8-Series Lift Truck

IRVINE, CA – Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) has unveiled its line of 8-Series lift trucks, which includes 3,000-6,500 lb., internal combustion cushion and pneumatic tire models.

Hand-Me-Down Truck Helps City Fleet

MASCOTTE, FL – The City of Kissimmee, Fla., is selling off one of its older garbage trucks to City of Mascotte, which already has one truck and wants another for a backup.

Indianapolis Salt Trucks Will Be Assisted by Computer on Snow Routes

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – At the Indianapolis DPW garage, they're preparing to fight the same old snow with a new tool.

Northern California Cities Push for Plug-In Hybrid Availability

BERKELEY, CA – City leaders in Berkeley, Calif., announced the city's intent to purchase a fleet of plug-in hybrid vehicles once automakers begin producing these cars commercially.

National Biodiesel Board Warns of Low-Quality Biodiesel

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Recent fuel quality testing results prompted the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) to issue a “winter weather advisory” warning, according to Today's Trucking Online.

Ohio University Adds First Hybrid Car to its Vehicle Fleet

ATHENS, OH – With the purchase of a 2007 Honda Civic hybrid car by Ohio University (OU) Transport and Parking Services, students, staff, and faculty now have a chance to drive in a hybrid car.

Morales Named Fleet Manager for City of Miami, Fla.

MIAMI, FL – Victor Morales was named fleet manager for the City of Miami, Fla.

Myles Named Director of Fleet Management for Sedgwick County

WICHITA, KS – Kevin Myles has been named director of fleet management for Sedgwick County in Wichita, Kan.

Oshkosh Unveils Hybrid Refuse Truck

SAN DIEGO, CA – Oshkosh Truck Corp. presented its proprietary ProPulse hybrid drive technology in a refuse vehicle application at the 2006 Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF) during the 6th National HTUF meeting held in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 14-16, 2006.

Ulster County Creates First-Ever Fleet Position

ULSTER COUNTY, NY – Anthony Gallo, Jr. has been named fleet maintenance coordinator for Ulster County, N.Y.

Las Vegas City Fleet Now 87 Percent Alt-Fuel

LAS VEGAS, NV – Eighty-seven percent of the City of Las Vegas' 1,500 vehicles — from passenger cars to front-end loaders — now use some type of alternative fuel.

Florida Expanding Biodiesel Usage in State Fleet

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson has announced that the Division of Forestry will begin using biodiesel fuel in some of its heavy equipment and maintenance vehicles, including motor graders, tractors, backhoes, and loaders.

Pennsylvania Legislators Test Costs of Leasing vs. Reimbursement

HARRISBURG, PA – Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are experimenting with mileage reimbursement versus leasing through the state after the Senate announced its members would no longer have the option of taxpayer-funded privately leased vehicles.

University of Wisconsin to Offer Fleet Maintenance Management Course in Las Vegas Feb. 20-21, 2007

MADISON, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Professional Development, will offer Fleet Maintenance Management, Course Number J000 on Feb. 20-21, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nev.

EDTA Conference & Exposition 2006 to be Held in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Electronic Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) will hold its 2006 conference — “Achieving Energy Independence Through Electric Drive: Industry & Government, Working Together” — Nov. 28-30, at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C.

International Debuts New Family of MaxxForce Diesel Engines

WARRENVILLE, IL – International Truck and Engine Corporation, a Navistar Company, has revealed its lineup of MaxxForce International diesel power engines for 2008-model-year trucks, and provided specifications and technical details.

City of Marshall, Minn., Division Managers to Track Daily Vehicle Use

MARSHALL, MN — For three months, Marshall City division heads will track daily mileage traveled in their personal vehicles for city business, track if three division heads are gone at the same time in personal vehicles, and other associated items.

New Report Available on NYCT Hybrid and CNG Transit Buses

NEW YORK CITY, NY – The National Renewable Laboratory (NREL) has published a final report: New York City Transit (NYCT) Hybrid (125 Order) and CNG Transit Buses: Final Evaluation Results.

Kubota Approves Use of B-5 Biodiesel Fuels in Specified Diesel-Powered Products

TORRANCE, CA – Kubota Tractor Corporation has approved the use of B-5 biodiesel fuels in specified Kubota diesel-powered products.

International Offers Upgraded, Remanufactured Engines

WARRENVILLE, IL – According to International, truck owners and fleet managers needing to replace their existing engines should consider the benefits of remanufactured engines from the original equipment manufacturer to ensure top-tier performance.

Bridgestone Firestone Expands its Medium Truck Tire Lineup

CHICAGO, IL – Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) has expanded its medium truck tire line-up with three new products, including the M860, which is for severe service applications.

Odyne Corp. Awarded Municipal and Utility Projects

HAUPPAUGE, NY – Odyne Corp. has received two new orders. The customers, KeySpan Energy Delivery Long Island and the Town of Oyster Bay, received partial funding from the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition as part of its Round 7.1 Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) Program.

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