Government Fleet News

Idling Police Cars in Ottawa to Go Under Microscope

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – At a time when its fleet spending is under scrutiny, the Ottawa Police Service has joined a federal research project studying idling cruisers.

Chevron's Lubricants University Introduces New Courses on Automotive and Industrial Greases

SAN RAMON, CA – Chevron's Lubricants University, an educational Web site, is introducing two new courses, “Automotive Grease” and “Industrial Grease,” as part of its course catalog.

Durham Officials to Buy 79 Police Vehicles

DURHAM, NC – Durham officials are preparing to buy 79 new police cars, and say they'll take steps to make sure the new vehicles don't end up parked in a city lot because workers can't equip them fast enough.

Study Indicates Biodiesel Standards Needed

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Two important transport studies have been released in the United States recently — the first gives reasons for introducing and enforcing biodiesel fuel standards, and the other shows massive fuel savings regarding aerodynamic improvements.

Certified Equipment Adds Texas DOT Chassis Inspection

PASADENA, TX – Certified Equipment Sales & Service is adding Texas State Department of Transportation (DOT) chassis inspections to its list of services at its Pasadena, Tex., facility.

Mitch Poe, program operations specialist for the Motor Pool, left of center, and David Carr, Motor Pool manager, right of center, on Monday discuss the process of cleaning out a diesel tank.

University of Washington Motor Pool Is Going Green

SEATTLE, WA – The University of Washington is switching to cleaner fuels and using more hybrid vehicles are part of a larger effort at making more environmentally sound, sustainable choices.

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.

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