Government Fleet News

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.

Texas to Provide $37.8M in Natural Gas Vehicle Grants

The Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program provides grants to encourage fleets that operate heavy-duty or medium-duty motor vehicles to repower them with a natural gas engine or replace them with a natural gas vehicle.

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Auditor Questions Fla. County’s Labor, Parts Rates

The Lake County, Fla., fleet management division has been charging too much for labor costs and too little for parts costs, according to an audit from the county’s inspector general’s office that analyzed Oct. 1, 2013 to April 30.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford F-650 and F-750 Trucks Recalled for Brakes

The recall, which covers 167 2016 model-year trucks in the U.S., will allow dealers to install a rear air brake chamber replacement.

Photo courtesy of Vision Fleet

Indianapolis EVs Saved 90K Gallons of Gasoline

The City of Indianapolis’ 212 plug-in electric vehicles leased from Vision Fleet have saved the city more than 90,000 gallons of gasoline since they were deployed in early 2014, according to new data from Vision Fleet.

(Clockwise from top left): Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, Ford Police Interceptor Utility, Public Fleet Hall of Fame, Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Top 10 News on in 2015

Police vehicle updates remains among of the most popular news stories in 2015 on, followed by fleet recognition programs and fleet professionals not following policies or laws.

Photo courtesy of IMPCO.

IMPCO to Offer Bi-Fuel CNG Ford F-150

IMPCO Automotive has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce a bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2016 Ford F-150 pick-up powered by a 5.0L TI-VCT V-8 engine.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford F-150 SuperCrew Trucks Recalled for Seat Belts

The action covers 2,590 2015 model-year trucks in the U.S.

MY-2016 Nissan Titan XD. Photo: Nissan

Nissan's 2016 Titan XD Starts at $41,485

Nissan has announced pricing for the all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD Crew Cab. The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel-equipped TITAN XD has a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $40,290 for the S 4x2.

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Transit Vans for Axle Shafts

The action covers 1,170 2015 model-year Ford Transit dual-rear-wheel vans in the U.S.

Photo via Flickr/Scott Lowe.

Ohio County Begins Construction of CNG Fueling Station

The Montgomery County (Ohio) Solid Waste District is building a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The district will complete the process of replacing its aging fleet with CNG vehicles over the next 12 months.

The 2016 NV Cargo Van, photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's 2016 NV Cargo Van Starts at $27,735

Nissan has increased the retail price of its base model NV Cargo van with a standard roof and 4.0L V-6 engine by $500 to $27,735 for the 2016 model year, Nissan has announced.

Crude Oil Free Fall Keeps Diesel Prices Down

Average diesel fuel prices at the pump decreased for the sixth week in a row, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo: Jim Park

State DOTs Tracking El Niño to Prepare Roads for Winter

As much as 70% of state Departments of Transportation are tracking El Niño to make preparations for the unusual winter weather ahead, including increasing stocks of salt and de-icing chemicals, according to a new survey.

Texas City Approves $198K Telematics Purchase

The City of San Angelo's (Texas) council has approved a $198,000 fleet telematics purchase, which includes initial hardware costs and an annual subscription of more than $131,000.

Video Safety Tip: Installing Snow Chains and the Oregon Department of Transportation offer advice on installing snow chains.

Photo courtesy of the Oregon State Police.

National Safety Council Expects High Death Toll for Holiday

The National Safety Council is predicting the most deaths and injuries in traffic crashes during the three-day Christmas holiday period since 2009.

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U.S. Congress Passes Natural Gas Tax Credit Legislation

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 will extend federal tax credits for alternative fuels that expired in 2014 and make some subsidies permanent.

NC Clean Energy Technology Center Transportation Team (l to r): Matt Abele, Anne Tazewell, Heather Brutz, Rick Sapienza, and Mike Terreri

N.C. State's $4.4M Grant to Develop Fleet Management Training

The Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project aims in part to develop a professional Smart Fleet management training program that will provide tools and information to increase fleet efficiency through the use of low carbon fuels, technologies, practices, and policies.

Dodge B2500 is back in the fleet customer's hands after Cenergy outfitted the van with an ANG tank. It still has its original CNG tanks. Photo courtesy of Cenergy Solutions.

Adsorbent Natural Gas Tank Applied to First Fleet Vehicle

Cenergy Solutions has been testing an adsorbent natural gas (ANG) tank on a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 van. ANG tanks can extend a vehicle’s range and lower the cost of gas because it needn’t be pumped to high pressures.


40+ Vehicle Debuts Set for Detroit

More than 40 new vehicles will get their global or North American debut at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Attendees at the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference learn about Shell's comprehensive safety program from Mike Watson, Shell's global road safety manager. Photo: Chris Wolski

Save the Date: 2016 Fleet Safety Conference

When planning ahead for 2016, make sure to circle July 18-20. That’s when the 2016 edition of the not-to-be-missed Fleet Safety Conference will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Kan. Municipality to Spend $1.7M to Replace Aging Fleet

The City of Lawrence (Kan.) has purchased $1.75 million worth of vehicles this month to replace its aging fleet out of a reserve replacement fund so the monies wouldn't be lost in the 2016 budget.

*Fiscal 2016 spending is based on states’ enacted budgets. **Aggregate spending levels would need to total $789 billion in fiscal 2015 to be equivalent with real 2008 spending levels. Graph from the Fall 2015 Fiscal Survey of States

State Spending to Grow Moderately in 2016

State budgets continue to grow at a moderate pace after several years of a slow recovery from the recession. General fund spending is expected to grow 4.1% in fiscal-year 2016, according to the Fall 2015 Fiscal Survey of States.

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