Government Fleet News

Ark. City Replacing 'Death Traps' in Patrol Fleet

The City of Little Rock (Ark.) has delayed rolling out new patrol cars that will replace aging vehicles because the city has experienced delays in receiving equipment such as lights, sirens, and radios.

Kan. County's Jail Funding Helps Secure Pickups

Labette County (Kan.) commissioners approved the purchase of six pickups for the sheriff's department with various funding including jail housing proceeds.

GSA Seeking EV Charging Infrastructure

The General Services Administration has extended a request for information for electric vehicle charging station equipment to Jan. 8 so it can receive additional contractor input.

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AT&T's 4G LTE to Connect 10M Ford Vehicles by 2020

Ford and AT&T will bring high-speed connectivity to more than 10 million vehicles via Ford's new connected-vehicle technology SYNC Connect in the next five years.

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Ford Pairs Drone Delivery System With F-150

Ford has developed a drone delivery system that could be deployed from the rear of an F-150 truck that could be used for emergency response or commercial uses in agriculture, forestry, construction, bridge inspection or other surveying work.

Photo of Chevrolet Bolt EV concept vehicle courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Bolt EV to Debut at CES

General Motors will unveil its 2017 Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric vehicle on Jan. 6 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company announced.

Video Safety Tip: Don’t Crowd the Plow

The North Dakota Department of Transportation offers advice on how to share the road safely with snow plow trucks.

Apply Now for the 2016 Leading Fleets Award

The Leading Fleets award, open to government fleets, recognizes operations that are performing at a high level in fleet innovation and leadership. The last day to apply is March 4.

Diesel Prices Fall to End the Year

The price of on-highway diesel fuel and regular gasoline dropped slightly in the last week of 2015, capping off a year marked by falling energy prices.

Tucson Police Department Grounds Aircraft After Audit

The Tucson PD's airborne unit was only 58% in compliance with ALEA standards, placing it at high operational risk.

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Toyota, Ford Challenge Apple-Google Car Screens

Toyota has adopted Ford's SmartDeviceLink (SDL) platform that provides an alternative to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to integrate smartphones with their vehicles.

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San Fransico's Renewable Diesel Detailed

Neste's NEXBTL renewable diesel is produced from renewable raw materials including vegetable oils and animal waste and offers a chemical composition comparable to fossil fuel, according to the company.

Ga. Sheriff Adds Autism Awareness Car

The Muscogee County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office has deployed a community relations vehicle to raise awareness about autism.

Ford's 2015 F-150 was the top-selling pickup truck, photo courtesy of Vince Taroc.

U.S. Auto Sales to Reach 17.5M in 2015

New vehicle sales, including fleet deliveries, are projected to reach approximately 1.7 million units, a 12.8% increase from a year ago, according to a report by True Car.

Heavy rains and flooding have closed more than 225 roads in Missouri. Image via MoDOT

Flooding Closes Over 200 Roads in Missouri

Massive flooding caused by heavy rains in Northeastern Missouri has closed more than 225 roads in the state as the Mississippi River overruns its banks and threatens to break levees in several areas.

Fla. City Investing $3.9M on Fleet Upgrade

The City of Boynton Beach (Fla.) will invest $3.9 million from its replacement reserve fund to buy 56 vehicles for its police, fire and solid waste departments.

Calif. Police Agency Adds Electric Motorcycle

The Hollister (Calif.) Police Department has added an electric motorcycle to its patrol fleet with the help of a $19,256 grant from the Monterey Bay Air Pollution Control District.

(Clockwise from top left) Gasoline-powered vehicle, bright ideas, Ford's Police Interceptor Utility, Heil's Odyssey Freedom Front Loader

Top 10 Articles in 2015

The gasoline-versus-diesel debate tops the most-read list for 2015, while other popular topics ranged from fleet improvement to pay incentives.

Lamerato Retires from Troy Fleet

Sam Lamerato, CPFP, is retiring as fleet superintendent from the City of Troy, Mich. His last day is Dec. 31.

Diesel 98 Cents Cheaper Than a Year Ago

For the seventh straight week, the average price of diesel fuel decreased. Gasoline saw a slight increase.

Video Safety Tip: When Your Vehicle Is Stuck in Snow

Consumer Reports and AAA offer advice on what steps drivers can take when a vehicle gets stuck in the snow and won't move.

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San Diego Sets Green Fleet Targets

The San Diego City Council has approved the mayor's climate plan that calls for the city to eventually convert a majority of its fleet vehicles to electrified powertrains, and cycle out diesel-powered refuse trucks for cleaner-burning fuels over the next several decades.

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Altec Recalls Brush Chippers for Welds

Some Altec DC610 and DSC6 Brush Chippers may have improper or missing welds, posing a safety risk.

Photo of Ford Explorer courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Explorers, Police Interceptors

The recall, which covers 868 2013-MY vehicles, also includes Flex, Police Interceptor Utility, Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT vehicles at risk for fuel leaks.

Lee County now operates two earlier-model AStars like the one shown here. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters

Fla. Sheriff Adds Helicopter to Air Fleet

Lee County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office has taken delivery of an Airbus H125 AStar helicopter. This addition will increase the Lee County AStar fleet from two to three helicopters.

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