Government Fleet News

Time's Running Out! Nominate the 2017 Fleet Manager of the Year

Don't miss out on the opportunity to recognize fleet managers who have gone above and beyond this year. The last day to submit a nomination is Monday, March 6.

Calif. County Purchases EV Charging Efficiency Solution

Cyber Switching's EV Master Controller (EVMC) technology allows the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Public Works Department to charge four electric vehicles using the electrical capacity of one charging station.

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids Chooses F-150 for PHEV Powertrain

XL Hybrids, Inc. has decided to pair its XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain with Ford's F-150 pickup, the vehicle modifier has announced. The vehicle will be available in the fourth quarter.

Photo of Warren Truck Assembly in Michgan that produces the Ram 1500 quad and crew cabs courtesy of FCA.

FCA Sets 2018-MY Order Dates

Fiat Chrysler has set the dates for when it will begin taking orders for 2018 model year vehicles, which will begin in May and run through September for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram models.

Diesel Prices Creep Upward for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices in the U.S. crept upward last week, continuing a three-week streak of modest increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Chart courtesy of Black Book.

Vehicle Depreciation to Reach 17.8% in 2017

The vehicle depreciation rate will reach 17.8% in 2017 on 17 million new-vehicle sales, slightly higher than the 17.3% mark recorded in 2016, according to latest forecast from Black Book and Fitch Ratings. Prior to the Great recession, annual depreciation trended between 16% and 18%.

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Snap-on Diagnostic Quick Tips Training Videos Available

Snap-on has recently added three new Diagnostic Quick Tips training videos to its website and YouTube channel to help professional technicians speed up their diagnostic capabilities.

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Technician Quits Following Pay Dispute with Elected Official

A Mesa County, Colo., fleet technician stopped going to work after writing e-mails to a county commissioner alleging she spread misinformation about employees receiving raises.

Photo via Flickr/Taber Andrew Bain

Md. County Proposes Reserve Fleet for Volunteer Fire Depts.

Washington County, Md., may create a reserve fleet of fire trucks and ambulances to support volunteer fire and EMS companies.

Spireon Grows Profit 150% in 2nd Half of 2016

During the second half of 2016, Spireon Inc. experienced solid revenue growth while increasing profitability by 150%, the company announced.

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Burnam Replaces Weichman at Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County, Fla., has promoted Sara Burnam, CAFM, assistant director, fleet management, to director. She was promoted as of Feb. 9, taking over for Doug Weichman.

Waymo self-driving car prototype. Photo via Waymo.com

Waymo Sues Uber, Otto, Alleging Stolen Autonomous Technology

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo is suing Uber and its Otto autonomous trucking subsidiary for stealing the company’s autonomous vehicle sensor technology. Alphabet is also the parent company of Google.

Photo by Famartin via Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Exiting the Freeway

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice on how to exit a freeway safely.

John Deere, LHP Telematics Collaborate to Simplify Data Management

John Deere and LHP Telematics have partnered to allow customers to access data from all machines in a fleet from one location.

Photo of Warren Truck Assembly Plant courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Announces 2017-MY Order Cutoff Dates

Fiat Chrysler has set dates for when it will stop taking orders for 2017 model year vehicles and has set order-cutoff dates for its lineup of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles through August.

Screenshot via Clean Fuels Ohio.

Midwest Fleets Testing Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Clean Fuels Ohio's Midwest Drives initiative has allowed 35 public and private fleets to test drive various alternative-fuel vehicles in three states and logged 2,000 miles in the first year of the program, according to the group.

Photo of 2017 Ioniq Hybrid courtesy of Hyundai.

Ioniq Hybrids Surpass Prius Fuel Economy

Two Hyundai Ioniq hybrid models have achieved fuel economy ratings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that surpass their Toyota Prius counterparts in highway driving as the most fuel efficient in their category.

Photo via Flickr/marlordo59

N.Y. Offers $3M to Municipalities and Utilities for EVs

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $3 million in new funding to help eligible municipalities and rural electric cooperatives purchase electric vehicles for their fleets.

Screenshot from Iron Planet Marketplace Direct website.

IronPlanet Debuts Marketplace Direct Platform

IronPlanet has debuted a new Marketplace Direct platform that offers advanced, self-listing functionality for larger-scale equipment sellers.

International Truck Awarded NJPA Contract

A new contract awarded to International Truck by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) will expand sales opportunities for new International Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members throughout the United States and Canada.

Photo courtesy of NJPA

Two Contracts Awarded in NJPA Vehicles Category

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) announced National Auto Fleet Group (NAFG) and Zenith Motors as recent contract awardees in the category of Vehicles, Cars, Vans, SUVs, and Light Trucks with Related Equipment, Accessories, and Services.

Photo courtesy of Toyota.

California Awards $33M for Hydrogen Stations

The California Energy Commission has awarded $33 million to Shell, FirstElement Fuel, and Air Liquide to construct 16 hydrogen fueling stations in California.

Photo courtesy of Texas DPS

Fleet Install Team Saves Texas Police Nearly $1M

The Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Fleet Operations installation group has helped save the DPS $966,500 through equipment refurbishment and in-house installation on Texas Highway Patrol vehicles.

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Ga. Police Considers Expanding Take-Home Program

The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department (Ga.) may expand its take-home program, allowing more officers to take home their patrol cars, even if they live outside of Chatham County.

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FleetPros Announces New Website Launch

The Board of Directors of the Fleet Professionals Association (FleetPros), formerly the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA), announced the launch of its new website.

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