Government Fleet News

NexTraq Introduces Mobile App for Supervisors

NexTraq has launched NexTraq View, a mobile app that provides supervisors the power of real time productivity and enhances their visibility of fleet assets, the GPS fleet tracking solution provider announced.

Chevin Releases Fuel Cost Control Guide

Chevin Fleet Solutions has released a new, free guide to managing petrol and diesel costs called "Controlling Your Fuel Costs" that provides information on a range of strategies and tools that can be used to minimize fuel use.

Photo courtesy of New York State Police.

N.Y. State Police to Deploy Mobile Command Vehicles

The state has acquired three of these vehicles to enhance communication and coordination between first responders during natural disasters, emergency scenes, and large public events.

Calif. City Soliciting Advertising for Vehicles

Under this proposal, Oceanside city vehicles except police vehicles, fire apparatus, and ambulances, could potentially support advertising.

Cincinnati Patrol Vehicles Begin Replacing Aging Fleet

The Cincinnati (Ohio) Police Department has added 53 new Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles. These allow the city to replace its aging fleet, which has 60% of vehicles past their replacement cycle.

Photo of LAPD i3 courtesy of BMW.

LAPD Details EV Lease Deal

The Los Angeles Police Department is leasing its 100 BMW i3 battery-electric hatchbacks through a local BMW dealership, following a competitive bidding process that didn't include Tesla Motors, even though the department tested the Model S as a possible police vehicle.

Average Diesel Prices Hit $2.43

The average price of both on-highway diesel fuel and regular gasoline continued to rise last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Sarasota County Fleet Manager to Retire

Greg Morris, CEM, fleet manager, Sarasota County, Fla., announced he will retire on Nov. 11 after 11 years at the county. The county is recruiting for his replacement.

Video Safety Tip: Driving After Dark

Here's some nighttime driving advice from the National Safety Council and Drivers Education of America.

Photo of RAV4 Limited Hybrid courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Offers 2017-MY Fleet Incentives

Toyota will offer fleet incentives for 17 of its 2017 model-year cars, trucks, and SUVs to commercial and government fleets.

: McNeilus has announced that it is now the exclusive distributor of Perkins automated containers, offering customers another option for residential front loader collection routes. (PHOTO: McNeilus)

McNeilus Exclusive Distributor of Perkins Automated Containers

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc., is now the exclusive distributor of Perkins automated containers.

IronPlanet Sets Construction Equipment Auction

IronPlanet wil be auctioning equipment from Volvo, Caterpillar, John Deere, Bobcat, Kenworth, Ford, Dodge and more during its Cat Auction Services unreserved public auction this month.

Photo courtesy of Rotary Lift

Rotary Lift Updates Mobile Column Lift Battery Charger

Rotary Lift has updated the battery charger used on its MACH Series mobile column lifts and has relocated it to a more protected area within the lift column for improved durability.

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

Navistar to Build GM's Cutaway Vans

Navistar, Inc. has reached an agreement with General Motors to manufacture GM's Express and Savana cutaway vans at its Springfield, Ohio, plant starting in the first half of 2017.

Photo courtesy of Chesterfield County

Va. County Succeeding With Propane Autogas

Chesterfield County, Va., has saved more than $30,000 in fuel costs and gained more than $35,000 in IRS rebates in less than three years with a fleet greening initiative that has focused on replacing diesel- and gasoline-powered trucks with vehicles that run on propane autogas.

Photo courtesy of City of Los Angeles.

LAPD Adds 100 BMW i3 EVs, Spurns Tesla

The Los Angeles Police Department will lease 100 BMW i3 battery-electric hatchbacks and install DC fast chargers to support the vehicles that the agency will use for community outreach and other police business.

Fuel, Crude Oil Prices Expected to Rise Again

Recent increases in diesel and gasoline prices have translated once again into expectations that costs for both will move even higher the rest of this year and into 2017, according to the Energy Department’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook.

(L-R) Mike Simonds, Brad Northup, and Jessica Sutorus spoke about fleet greening with panel moderator Randy Wilde from the Center for Sustainable Energy.

Fleets Talk Green Procurement at Calif. Vehicle Expo

San Diego County, Calif., is moving toward procuring electric vehicles (EVs) and using renewable diesel, while the City of San Diego is determining which vehicles can be replaced by EVs, fleet professionals said at a recent vehicle expo.

Photo courtesy of Telogis.

Ford Telematics Offers Real-Time Diagnostics

Ford will begin offering the Telogis-powered Maintenance Connect this summer that will allow fleets to connect their vehicles to a Ford service center and provide real-time diagnostics and preventive maintenance information.

LR chassis has a retrofitted Wrightspeed Route turbine-electric system instead of a conventional diesel or natural gas engine and transmission. Photo: Mack Trucks Inc.

Mack to Evaluate Electric Powertrain for Refuse Trucks

Designed as an alternative to conventional piston-engine powertrains, the Wrightspeed Route is a range-extending electric system that propels the truck and helps reduce fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs, the companies said.

Pittsburgh Audit Targets Outsourced Maintenance Costs

The City of Pittsburgh's unexpected fleet maintenance costs have increased and turnaround times for vehicle repairs have fallen to a substandard level, according to an audit of the outsourced contract with First Vehicle Services.

Photo of SFPD patrol car via Wikimedia.

San Francisco Telematics Expansion Exempts Police

The City and County of San Francisco will equip nearly 7,600 fleet vehicles with a telematics system following preliminary approval from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that includes an exemption for police and fire vehicles following union objections.

Photo courtesy of Polaris

Polaris Updates GEM Utility Vehicles

Polaris Industries announced details of the 2016 lineup of GEM electric low-speed vehicles. Changes to the previous vehicles include improved ergonomics, ride, and range, as well as more comfort and safety features.

Photo of 2017 Titan crew cab courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Announces 2017-MY Fleet Incentives

Nissan will offer fleet incentives for 17 of its 2017 model-year cars, trucks, and vans, the company has announced.

Diesel Prices Up 2 Cents for the Week

The average price of diesel fuel has risen by a few cents, continuing a trend toward rising energy costs in the U.S., according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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