Government Fleet News

Photo of 2016 Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford.

EPA Certifies Propane Autogas Ford P.I. Utility

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified Icom North America's bi-fuel and dedicated liquid-injection propane autogas systems for Ford police vehicles with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine, the vehicle modifier announced.

Photos of crash-testing of the crew cab (left) and extended cab models of the 2015 F-150 courtesy of IIHS.

Ford Upgrading Crashworthiness of 2016 F-150

The 2016 Ford F-150 will offer increased driver crash protection from the 2015 model, after the extended-cab model didn't earn the top safety rating in an insurance industry crash test, a spokesman told Automotive Fleet.

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New-Vehicle Fuel Economy Flat in July

The average fuel economy for light-duty vehicles sold in July remained at 25.4 mpg, which was unchanged from June levels, according to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

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N.Y. Troopers Complain About High-Mileage Cruisers

The New York State Police plan to remove higher-mileage patrol vehicles as a response to a complaint filed by the agency's troopers that the vehicles continuously break down.

Source: EIA

Diesel Prices Drop Again in 10-Week Slide

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down again for the 10th consecutive week, according to the latest weekly numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

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Colo. County Fleet to Move to Former Automotive Center

Pueblo County, Colo., will spend $700,000 to purchase a former automotive center to use as its new fleet offices and maintenance shop.

Photo courtesy of GPS Insight.

GPS Insight, WEX to Provide Joint Fuel Card

GPS Insight has released the GPS Insight Fleet Card powered by WEX to simplify management of fuel purchases and reduce fuel fraud, according to the company.

Video Tip: Managing Driving Space

Here are some safety tips from AAA on how to manage your driving space to avoid collisions. You may want to pass along the advice to fleet drivers.

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N.M. County Fleet Employee Arrested for Embezzlement

The Santa Fe County (N.M.) Sheriff’s Office has arrested the Santa Fe County Public Works Department fleet service manager after he confessed to stealing tires from the county and selling the stolen merchandise.

Neb. University Considering Anti-Hacking Fleet Plan

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's fleet manager has begun discussing measures to thwart vehicle hackers and has floated a policy that could be implemented when technology becomes available.

The Mohawk four-post TR-50 can be purchased under the NJPA contract. Photo courtesy of Mohawk Lifts

NJPA Awards 5-Year Contract to Mohawk Lifts

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) recently re-awarded Mohawk Lifts a nationwide five-year contract to supply government agencies across the U.S. with Mohawk vehicle lifts and other garage equipment.

Screenshot via WLKY.

Louisville Rolls Out GPS Tracking to City Fleet

The City of Louisville, Ky., is installing GPS units in 481 cars and trucks to reduce idling time and improve maintenance by more quickly identifying vehicles that need service.

Photo courtesy of NYPD.

NYPD Prohibits Pursuits With Smart Cars

The New York Police Department has told officers driving its new Smart Cars not to use them to pursue a suspect, even though they can reach speeds of up to 90 mph and are more maneuverable than larger police vehicles

Fleet management staff stand with the 16 Nissan Leafs. Photo courtesy of Cobb County.

Ga. County Expects to Save $246K with Leased EVs

Cobb County, Ga., has leased 16 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles (EVs), a move that is expected to save the county approximately $246,000 compared to the gas-powered vehicles currently in use in the fleet.

Screenshot via Samy Kamkar/YouTube.

GM's OnStar Hacked, Volt Engine Started

A hacker has found a security vulnerability in General Motors' OnStar mobile app that allowed him to locate a Chevrolet Volt, unlock the vehicle, and start its engine.

Photo courtesy of City of Boston.

East Coast Agencies Add More Hybrid Vans

Both the City of Boston, Mass., and Montgomery County, Md., have commissioned additional XL Hybrid conversions to supplement the existing XL Hybrids in their fleets. Boston will have an additional 16 hybrid vans, while Montgomery County will have 10.

Senate Approves House’s 3-Month Highway Bill

The Senate passed its massive and contentious long-term highway bill and then approved the three-month extension of federal highway funding passed earlier by the House. The $8 billion patch, which runs out on October 29, has been sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.

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Aluminum F-150 Named IIHS Top Pick

Ford's 2015 F-150 crew cab model has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while the extended cab model was rated as good by the group.

Club Car Offers Sales Program With Carryall Utility Vehicles

Club Car has introduced its Corporate Solution Program to help fleets plan, manage and maintain a fleet of utility vehicles.

House Passes Short-Term Highway Extension

The House late Wednesday passed a short-term extension to keep federal highway funding going until October 29, right before members left on August recess, leaving the Senate to deal with before the looming Friday deadline.

Fla. County Mandates CNG Refuse Trucks

Orange County, Fla., has approved a new refuse collection program that mandates haulers to begin using compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

Rendering courtesy of San Diego County.

San Diego County Moving to New Fleet Facility

San Diego County's fleet unit will be moving to a new $22-million service garage to make way for a new crime lab at its existing location, its fleet manager told Government Fleet.

Mo. City's Sales Tax Could Fund Garage Upgrade

The City of Columbia (Mo.) has budgeted $4.5 million in revenue from an upcoming sales tax initiative that would be earmarked to fund upgrades to an antiquated vehicle service garage if voters approve the measure.

House, Senate to Move on Short-Term Highway Bill

It looks like Congress is going to kick the can down the road again when it comes to highway funding after what looked like a game of "chicken" in recent days.

Photo courtesy of Rear View Safety.

Ford Transit Backup Camera System Released

Rear View Safety has released its Ford Third Brake Light backup camera system for the 2015 Transit van that comes with features designed to protect pedestrians as well as drivers.

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