Government Fleet News

University of Minnesota Studying the Driveability of Vehicles Using Experimental E-20

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN – The University of Minnesota (U of M) is in the early stages of a 14-month-long study of E-20, an experimental biofuel that contains 20 percent ethanol.

City of Prescott Adopts New Police Car Design

PRESCOTT, AZ – Beginning in spring 2007, the Prescott, Ariz., Police Department plans to change the design of its cars to a more universally accepted black-and-white color scheme.

Strom Named Deputy Director Fleet & Travel Management for South Dakota

PIERRE, SD - David Strom, CAFM, has been named deputy director fleet and travel management for the State of South Dakota.

U.S. Postal Service Deploys Carrier Route Optimization Solution

CHICAGO, IL – RouteSmart Technologies' Carrier Optimal Routing (COR) solution, has selected NAVTEQ as their map data provider.

Biodiesel Forum and Technology Roundtable to Be Held Nov. 7

DIAMOND BAR, CA – The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) will host the Biodiesel Forum and Technology Roundtable at the AQMD headquarters in Diamond Bar, Calif., on Nov. 7.

HDC Inc. P.O.P. Locks Offers ABumper

AUSTIN, TX – HDC Inc. P.O.P. Locks now offers the ABumper, a cellular rubber pad designed to absorb energy during an impact and significantly reduce or eliminate collateral damage.

Rhino Linings and HIT Creates New Protective Lining for U.S. Military Forces

SAN DIEGO, CA – Rhino Linings USA, Inc. has joined forces with High Impact Technologies (HIT) in creating a revolutionary new protective lining for U.S. military forces.

Webasto's BlueHeat Provides In-Cab Heating and Engine Pre-Heating

FENTON, MI – Webasto's BlueHeat Coolant Heater provides on-demand, in-cab heating, and engine pre-heating — without having to idle a vehicle's engine — by heating the engine's coolant and pumping it through the engine block and HVAC system.

Air Pollutants Might Be Causing Serious Damage to Chattanooga Fleet Cars

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Hundreds of cars and trucks in the East Chattanooga and Amnicola Highway areas in Tennessee are being eaten up by rust.

Maricopa County Fleet Awarded Environmental Excellence Award

PHOENIX, AZ – On Oct. 13, Maricopa County was awarded the Valley Forward's Environmental Excellence Award, (Environmental Technologies; Public Sector) for their B-20 biodiesel initiative (Preserving the Future With Biodiesel).

N.Y. Town Switches Trash Trucks to Natural Gas

SMITHTOWN, NY – Community leaders in Smithtown, N.Y., have decided that by January, all city trash-collection trucks will run on natural gas instead of diesel fuel.

Save the Date for 2007 NCSFA Conference

WEST JORDAN, UT – The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) has set its next annual conference from Sept 10-14, 2007, in Hershey Pennsylvania at the Hershey resort.

Monroe County in New York Invests in Ethanol Fleet

HENRIETTA, NY – Monroe County in New York is going to spend up to $400,000 to acquire 28 vehicles in their fleet that take E-85 fuel, and will start supplying county pumping stations with the E-85 fuel, which is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline.

CCG/FASTER Acquires First Customer in North Dakota

NORFOLK, VA – CCG Systems, Inc., producer of the FASTER fleet management system, has acquired its first customer in North Dakota.

The City of St. Cloud, Minn., Deploys FleetWave to Gain Control Over Rising Fleet Costs

ST. CLOUD, MN – The City St. Cloud, Minn., has implemented Chevin Fleet Solutions' FleetWave enterprise fleet management information system to gain control over rising fleet running costs while allowing real-time remote access to the City's dispersed agencies.

Kingston Mayor Putting Vehicle Take-Home Approvals in Writing

KINGSTON, NY – Kingston, N.Y., Mayor James Sottile has stuck to his pledge to give written permission to employees who take home vehicles, an act he says was required under a rule adopted by the Common Council more than 30 years ago.

Chambers Assumes State of Utah Fleet Responsibilities

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Margaret Chambers has been named Division Director, Fleet and Surplus Property for the State of Utah.

Shelby County Switches to B-20 Biodiesel

MEMPHIS, TN – All diesel-run vehicles in Shelby County's General Services Division could be operating on a percentage of biodiesel by the end of the year.

City of Ukiah Plans to Buy GPS System to Clear Roads in Emergencies

UKIAH, CA – On Oct. 19, the Ukiah City Council signed off on the purchase of a traffic pre-emption system for fire department vehicles, directing staff to bring back the item for final approval at the Nov. 1 council meeting.

Garbage Trucks as Rolling Billboards

MOLINE, IL -- While the City of Moline went live with its five new automated garbage trucks this summer, city fleet manager J.D. Schulte said they'll be going live again, this time wrapped in advertising by local cable company MediaCom.

LA County Citizens Say Most Outrageous Lawsuit of the Year Is “Man Sues Himself”

AGOURA, CA – The case of a man who sued himself was the overwhelming choice of citizens throughout Los Angeles County who recently voted in the L.A. Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA).

CCG/FASTER Acquires First Customer in Alaska

NORFOLK, VA – CCG Systems, Inc., producer of the FASTER fleet management system used by top fleets in the nation, acquires its first customer in the State of Alaska.

Burnett Named Public Works Director for City of Macomb, Ill.

MACOMB, ILLINOIS. Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead has named Walter J. Burnett, CAFM as Public Works Director, to oversee all divisions within the department.

Nassau and Suffolk Counties Join Anti-Diesel Plan

NEW YORK CITY– Nassau and Suffolk counties are part of a comprehensive agreement organized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce diesel emissions.

City of Oneonta Switches Fleet Vehicles to B-20

ONEONTA, NY – The City of Oneonta, N.Y., is running most of its fleet vehicles on B-20 biodiesel.

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