Government Fleet News

Ga. County Looking at Fleet to Close Budget Gap

Floyd County (Ga.) commissioners are looking toward their fleet department to close a $1.4-million budget deficit, and have discussed a utilization study and use of alternative-fuel vehicles to achieve the goal.

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Calif. and Pa. Offer Alternative-Fuel Grants

State regulators in Pennsylvania and California have introduced new assistance programs to create wider adoption of alternative fuel vehicles and technology, the states announced separately.

Heavy Equipment Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Jack Church (left) and Light Equipment Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Cortner (right) were instrumental in achieving the fleet's latest Green Business Certifications. Photo courtesy of Sonoma County

Sonoma County Fleet Earns Green Business Certification

The Sonoma County (Calif.) General Services Fleet Operations Division was presented with two California Green Business Certifications from the Sonoma Green Business Program.

Nissan's advanced 5.6-liter Endurance gasoline V-8 is being built in southern Tennessee.

Nissan to Offer Gasoline-Powered V-8 for Titan XD

Nissan's new engine features four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, and is rated at 390 hp at 5,800 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.

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Feds Offer $35M to Advance Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tech

The DOE hopes to speed up the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technologies by supporting research and development, early market deployments, and domestic manufacturing.

Texas School District Adds 'In God We Trust' to Patrol Vehicles

The Cleveland Independent School District has added "In God We Trust" to its patrol vehicles. The Houston-area district received the stickers as a gift from a local business.

Wash. County Lowers Car Allowance for Officials

The Snohomish County Council has lowered the monthly car allowance for officials by 7% in the wake of a whistle-blower complaint by an analyst claiming he was pressured to inflate the numbers.

Diesel Prices Down for 5th Straight Week

For the fifth straight week, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel decreased according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Illinois State Police Vehicle Replacements Stall

An aggressive replacement plan to update the Illinois State Police's aging patrol vehicles has stalled following Gov. Bruce Rauner's moratorium on vehicle purchases to stem a budget crisis.

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San Francisco's Renewable Diesel Halves Diesel Emissions

The City & County of San Francisco has ended its use of petroleum diesel and completed the switch to renewable diesel for the city fleet. The change will reduce fleet diesel greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and is cost neutral.

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Wash. to Purchase 20% EVs by 2017

The Washington State Electric Fleets Initiative aims to ensure at least 20% of all new state passenger vehicle purchases are electric vehicles by 2017.

Video Safety Tip: Averting Vehicle-Deer Crashes

Here's some advice, provided by the Insurance Information Institute, aimed at helping drivers avoid a collision with a deer.

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Colo. County Creates Fleet Management Department

Montezuma County, Colo., has appointed a new fleet manager and started the process of setting up a fleet management division to improve efficiency while consolidating vehicle and equipment costs.

Photo of 2015 F-450 courtesy of Ford.

Classes 3, 8 Leading Strong Used Truck Market

Heavy and certain light and medium trucks make up the largest share of transactions for first three quarters of 2015, says IHS Automotive.

GSA Awards AT&T Contract for Telematics

AT&T was awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement (BPA) from the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Fleet Management to offer telematics to federal agencies.

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Alliance AutoGas Pursuing CARB Certification for 2016 Ford Transit

Alliance AutoGas has announced the pursuit of CARB certification for the 2016 Ford Transit, which it is currently taking orders in 49 states for.

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Ford's $4.5B to Fund 13 New EVs by 2020

Ford is investing an additional $4.5 billion in 13 new electrified vehicles by 2020, one of which will be a new Focus Electric.

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HorseFly Drone Gets Commercial Waiver from FAA

The HorseFly octocopter works with a modified WorkHorse walk-in electric van, which acts as a mobile base for the aircraft, to deliver packages.

Photo of 2010-MY Dodge Dakota via IIHS.

Heavier Depreciation Pushes Values Lower in November

Used vehicles depreciated 2.8% in November during a month that typically sees higher depreciation as vehicles lose greater value toward the end of the year, reports Black Book.

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Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Starts at $28,645

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid LT will retail for at least $28,645 when it goes on sale this spring as the first green Malibu, General Motors has announced.

Iowa DOT Selects AssetWorks Enterprise Asset Management System

The Iowa State Department of Transportation has selected AssetWorks integrated enterprise asset management (EAM) software and fleet management software solutions to manage its warehouse and inventory operations, fleet, and facilities.

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Forecast to Remain Low into Next Year

Expectations for diesel and gasoline prices for next year have been revised lower, according to the latest Short Term Energy Outlook issued this week by the U.S. Energy Department.

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Calif. Mandates Renewable Diesel Purchases for State Agencies

The California Department of General Services is now requiring state agencies to buy renewable diesel when making bulk fuel purchases for diesel-powered vehicles and equipment, the agency has announced.

Ky. County Testing Leasing as Funding Option

Carter County, Ky., has agreed to test out leasing beginning with vehicles for the detention center as a test bed for the rest of the fleet, reports the Journal-Times.

AFV First Responder Safety Training Available in Tulsa

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), in partnership with the Tulsa Area Clean Cities (TACC), launched three newly developed alternative-fuel vehicle first responder safety training classes at Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma.

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