Government Fleet News

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City of Austin to Add 330 EVs by 2020

The City of Austin, Texas, plans to add 330 plug-in electric vehicles to its fleet by 2020. This will help bring the city closer to its 2007 goal to make its fleet carbon-neutral by 2020.

Don’t Wait: FTX Room Discount Ends Friday

Time is running out to take advantage of the hotel room discount for the Fleet Technology Expo (FTX), which will be held October 17-19 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Photo of a Ford Transit Van upfitted with the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System courtesy of XL Hybrids.

Montgomery County Adds Hybrid Ford Vans

XL Hybrids has installed its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in 15 passenger and cargo vans for Montgomery County, Md. The 15 upfit Ford Transit vans add to the 10 existing Ford Econoline hybrid vans already in use in the county’s fleet.

Ill. City Hopes Telematics Will Help Reduce Fleet Size

The City of Evanston, Ill., council has approved the purchase of a telematics system for 167 of its fleet vehicles. These include recycling trucks, street sweepers, and parking enforcement vehicles.

Safety Tip: Avoiding Deer-Vehicle Crashes

This is the time of year when deer increasingly wander onto roads. State Farm offers advice on how to prevent deer-vehicle crashes -- and how to limit damage when a collision is unavoidable.

Photo courtesy of Daimler AG.

NYPD Receives First Shipment of 100 Smart Cars

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) Support Services Bureau has received its first shipment of 100 Smart Fortwo cars, with another 150 ordered.

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Los Angeles Airport to Purchase 150 Police Vehicles

The Los Angeles International Airport will purchase 150 Ford vehicles for its police division over the next three years to replace its aging fleet.

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Equinox courtesy of GM.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Adds Turbo, Diesel Engines

Chevrolet's 2018 Equinox will add a pair of turbo-charged four-cylinder engines and an optional turbo-diesel as the compact SUV enters its third generation.

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N.C. City Lifts Gasoline Restrictions

The City of Winston-Salem, N.C., lifted its gasoline use restrictions for fleet vehicles on Thursday after it received gasoline supplies on Wednesday.

Adomani Integrates Two-Speed UQM PowerPhase DT Electric Drivetrain

Adomani Inc., will become one of the first beta partners to leverage the advanced UQM PowerPhase traction motor and integrated Eaton transmission system for its medium- to heavy-duty commercial fleet vehicles.

Photo of 2017 smart fortwo courtesy of MBUSA.

Smart Fortwo Improved for 2017

The smart fortwo has been improved for the 2017 model year and becomes more comfortable to operate by drivers of branded fleets or government parking enforcement units.

Photo of existing delivery vehicles by Paul Clinton.

USPS Awards $37.4M for Next-Gen Vehicle Prototypes

The U.S. Postal Service has awarded $37.4 million in contracts to six vendors to provide 50 prototypes of a next-generation delivery vehicle that will be tested in various climates and locales.

In addition to educational sessions, attedees were able to view vehicles and equipment. Photo by Thi Dao

Florida Groups Hold Their Largest Fleet Conference

A keynote presentation on liability was one of the hottest topics at a conference of the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) last week.

Aerial view of oil collecting in nearby retention ponds. Photo courtesy of Colonial Pipeline

Colonial Pipeline Spill Affects Fleets Across Southeast

One of the largest pipelines in the country has received approval to restart operations after a leak earlier this month led to gasoline shortages and rising fuel prices across the Southeast.

Photo of 2016 Mirai courtesy of Toyota.

2017 Toyota Mirai Pricing Announced

The retail price of Toyota's Mirai fuel cell sedan will remain at $58,365 before rebates for the 2017 model year, and the company will also offer the vehicle on a three-year lease.

Photo courtesy of Ford

Ford Offers Police Vehicle Driving Event in Texas

Ford will host an exclusive Police Interceptor drive on Sept. 29 in Fort Worth, Texas. Attendees will have the opportunity to drive the Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility, as well as the F-150 SSV and Expedition SSV.

Photo via Flickr/Arthur Caranta

New York City Defends Fleet Safety Initiatives

New York City is defending its fleet safety initiatives in response to a recent New York Post story. In the article, the Post cited an 11% spike in accidents involving city vehicles.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx discusses new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles during a Sept. 20 press conference. Screen shot courtesy of U.S. DOT.

Feds Release Autonomous Vehicle Policy

The new guidelines include a 15-point safety assessment framework that provides vehicle performance standards for manufacturers and developers.

Merchants Fleet Management Creates Opportunities for Workforce

Merchants Fleet Management is accomplishing its goal of building and maintaining a fulfilling and rewarding corporate culture as the company experiences double-digit growth, the fleet management company announced.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Confirms Bolt's $37,500 Price

Chevrolet will offer its 2017 Bolt EV for a retail price of at least $37,495, including delivery fees, that shrinks to $29,995 after the federal rebate of $7,500 is applied, the company announced.

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Average Diesel Prices Fall 1 Cent

The price of diesel fuel fell by a small amount for the fourth straight week, maintaining a downward trending, but nearly-flat pattern for the past month.

GFX 2017 Heads to San Antonio

With its 10th year coming up, Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) will be held in San Antonio, Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on June 12-15, 2017.

N.H. City to Pilot Automated Solid Waste Trucks

The Department of Public Works for the City of Manchester (N.H.) will test out the use of automated solid waste collection.

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

New Orleans to Invest in EVs

The City of New Orleans adopted a resolution earlier this month to encourage the use of electrified vehicles. It calls for the installation of EV fast chargers on public property and potentially incorporating EVs into the city fleet.

Philly Fleet Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Theft

A former fleet supervisor from the City of Philadelphia, Pa., has pleaded guilty to theft and conspiracy related to a $400,000 fraud scam.

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