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South Dakota to Purchase Flex-Fuel Vehicles for State Fleet

PIERRE, SD — According to South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, the state Bureau of Administration's Fleet and Travel Management will replace current fleet vehicles with 251 E-85 flex-fuel vehicles (FFV), as reported in the Black Hills Today newspaper.

University of Virginia Fleet Switches to B-20 Biodiesel

RICHMOND, VA — The University of Virginia's Transit System has begun using B-20 biodiesel fuel.

City of Livermore Fleet Services Section Awarded A.S.E Blue Seal of Excellence for 2005-2006

LIVERMORE, CA — The city of Livermore fleet was awarded the A.S.E. Blue Seal of Excellence for having all six of its technicians certified in at least three different A.S.E categories, according to Mike Arnerich, acting maintenance division manager, Maintenance Division for the city of Livermore.

Rotary Offers Free Facility Planning Assistance For Fleets

MADISON, IN — Rotary, a vehicle lift manufacturer, offers free professional facility planning assistance through its assistPRO program, available to fleets, dealers, and independent repair facilities that service any type of vehicle, as well as their architects. Rotary has recently expanded the assist-PRO program to include training courses and a Web portal.

CALSTART 2020 Conference Set for Dec. 1 at L.A. Convention Center

PASADENA, CA — CALSTART's second annual 2005 California's Transportation Energy Future Conference, also known as the “2020” conference, is set for December 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The conference will chart a course toward the year 2020 and a path to a better, more secure transportation energy future in California.

North Carolina and New Mexico to Transition State Fleets to Biodiesel

RALEIGH, NC and ALBUQUERQUE, NM — New Mexico and North Carolina are set to increase the use of alternative fuels. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed an executive order in late-September that requires cabinet-level state agencies, public schools, and institutions of higher education to meet 15 percent of their transportation fuel needs with ethanol or biodiesel by 2010.

Bobit to Publish Vincentric Lifecycle Cost Data

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media and Vincentric, an automotive data compilation and analysis firm, have formed a strategic alliance to provide access to lifecycle cost data to the fleet industry.

U.S. Military Using B-20 Biodiesel to Power Large Transport Vehicles

CAMP PENDLETON, CA — At Camp Pendleton, the semis that haul the Marines' 70-ton M-1 tanks have been running on B-20, a mix of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel, for more than two years.

Collins Named Fleet Manager for City of Forest Park, Ga.

FOREST PARK, GA – William Collins has assumed the role of fleet manager for the city of Forest Park, Ga. He replaces Steve Riley.

Wisconsin State Patrol Going Electronic With Tickets

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin State Patrol is adding printers to its squad cars that will produce tickets with the push of a button.

County of Los Angeles to Replace Old Vehicles With Hybrids

LOS ANGELES — On Nov. 15, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on a motion by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky to adopt the policy of making hybrid vehicles the primary choice when replacing or acquiring sedans and light-duty trucks within the county's fleet of approximately 15,000 vehicles.

Eight Out of 10 Vehicles in State of South Dakota Fleet are E-85 Vehicles

CHANCELLOR, SD — Eight of 10 new vehicles in the state of South Dakota's motor pool this year will be flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). The vehicles are capable of running on a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

Georgia Tech Offers Federal Logistics Certificate Program

ATLANTA — The Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech now offers a Federal Logistics Certificate Program for federal employees. Any federal government or military employee with a valid “.gov” or “.mil” e-mail address is eligible for the courses.

Clearwater to Add Hybrid Sedans to Police Fleet

CLEARWATER, FL — The city of Clearwater will add six more hybrid sedans to the three it already owns.

IRS Certifies Ford and Mercury Hybrid Vehicles for the Clean-Fuel Deduction

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service has certified the 2006-MY Ford Escape Hybrid and the 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid vehicles as being eligible for the clean-burning fuel deduction. This certification means that taxpayers who purchase one of these hybrid vehicles new during calendar year 2005 may claim a tax deduction of up to $2,000 on Form 1040.

State of Indiana Announces Alternative Fuels Grant Program

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Department of Agriculture signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indiana Energy Group to administer the $1.1 million Alternative Fuels Grant Program, formerly known as the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program.

2006 Trade Show Set for Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association

WESTMINSTER, CO — The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association has finalized the following two events during 2006:

San Carlos Police Department Deploys In-Car Digital Video Cameras

SAN CARLOS, CA — The San Carlos Police Department went live with new digital audio/video technology in its patrol fleet.

e-ride Industries Partners With MC Electric Vehicles

SEATTLE — e-ride Industries, a manufacturer of full-sized neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs), has signed a dealer agreement with MC Electric Vehicles of Seattle.

City of Anaheim Puts New CNG Bookmobile Into Service

ANAHEIM, CA – In keeping with the city's commitment to the environment, and to remain pro-active in emissions reductions, the city of Anaheim unveiled a new CNG-powered bookmobile Sept. 30. This new bookmobile is only the second of its kind in the United States.

Collin County to Enact Emissions-Reduction Policies for its Vehicles

MCKINNEY, TEXAS — Collin County Commissioners are expected to adopt a resolution calling for the eventual replacement of its fleet with cleaner vehicles that emit fewer nitrogen oxides.

Missouri Governor Taking Steps to Reduce State Fleet Costs

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt is taking steps to saving the state more than a half million dollars a year in vehicle fleet costs.

Debate Over County Police Cars vs. Subsidized Personal Vehicles for Law Enforcement

HILO, HAWAII — An advisory panel has found that Hawaii County would save $169,485 if police were to switch from unmarked subsidized personal vehicles to a fleet of county-owned marked patrol cars.

Citizen Group Proposes to Run Part of Greenwich Fleet on CNG

GREENWICH, CT – Residents and members of the Greenwich town legislature are pitching a plan to town officials to run part of the town's fleet on natural gas to reduce air pollution.

Putting Newark's Teens to Work at UMDNJ Fleet Operations

LONDON — Company drivers in the United Kingdom are twice as likely as other motorists to become victims of smash-and-grab attacks while sitting in a jam or at traffic lights, according to the 12th annual Autoglass car crime report.



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