Government Fleet News

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EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

The U.S. EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years.

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Orlando Cuts Fuel Use from Idling

The City of Orlando has saved over 400,000 gallons of fuel in one year through a number of fuel-saving measures, including idle reduction technology in its law enforcement vehicles.

Photo of 2016 Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Release Two Pursuit-Rated Hybrid Vehicles

Ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford announced it will offer two new pursuit-rated hybrid-electric police vehicles by 2020.

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Mass. Strips Emergency Lighting from Fleet Vehicles

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s administration has stripped 30 vehicles of their blue emergency lights after they were deemed unnecessary.

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Conn. City to Upgrade Police Fleet After Vehicle Fire

The City of New Haven, Conn., hopes to update its police fleet after a patrol car caught on fire. In addition to an aging fleet, with most cars over 14 years old, the police department has fewer people to maintain its vehicles.

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CARB Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG E-450

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has certified Landi Renzo to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2017 model year Ford E-450 cutaway van, which now makes it legal to convert the vehicle to CNG in the U.S.

The new CNG pumps will be used for the city's 11 refuse trucks. Photo courtesy of City of Tempe

Ariz. City Adds CNG Station for Refuse Trucks

The City of Tempe, Ariz., has built a compressed natural gas (CNG) station on its Public Works facility for its 11 CNG refuse trucks. Fleet Manager Kevin Devery said the city expects annual savings of $5,000 per truck.

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Houston Municipal Fleet Veteran Retires

Nancy Reingold retired from the City of Houston, Texas, after a 19 ½ year career with the city.

WEX, Enterprise Fleet Enter into Canadian Agreement

WEX Inc., a global provider of corporate payment solutions, has signed a new agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management in Canada. WEX and Enterprise Fleet Management have been working together in the U.S. since 1993.

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Four West Coast Cities Seek to Purchase up to 24,000 EVs

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are seeking feedback from OEMs and upfitters regarding electrified transportation and port equipment.

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Medium-Duty Orders Fall 1.1% in 2016

Orders of classes 5 to 7 vehicles declined 1.1% in 2016 after a strong December finish and have outpaced heavy-duty truck orders in part due to pent-up demand from government fleet purchasers, according to ACT Research.

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Michigan State Police Celebrates 100 Years with Black and Gold Cars

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Michigan State Police deployed 50 special edition black and gold patrol cars. The fully equipped 2016 Dodge Chargers are painted to resemble the department's 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Retails for $34,495

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will retail for at least $34,495 after the federal $7,500 tax credit when it arrives in dealer showrooms by April 1, FCA has announced.

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Ford Reviving Ranger Pickup for 2019

Ford will bring the Ranger mid-size pickup truck back to the North American market for the 2019 model year and the Bronco midsize SUV to global markets for the 2020 model year, the OEM announced at the Detroit auto show.

Diesel Prices Start 2017 With Another Increase

In the first week of the year, diesel prices continued to rise, extending a 6-week streak of increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Fla. County Purchases $2.4 Million in Fire Rescue Vehicles

Osceola County, Fla., is modernizing its fleet with four new Pierce Fire Engines and two new Braun Rescue ambulances, worth $2.46 million. This purchase is part of the county's efforts to standardize its fleet operation by purchasing vehicles with common parts.

Safety Tip: Cooling System Maintenance

When coolant freezes, it expands and poses a danger to your vehicle's engine block. Here's advice from NHTSA on how to protect your cooling system and avoid vehicle breakdowns in frigid temperatures.

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FCA's Jeep Expansion Includes Pickup Truck

Fiat-Chrysler will invest $1 billion in a Jeep expansion initiative that will lead to the production of three new vehicles, including a pickup truck and two larger SUVs, FCA announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

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Former ADP Manager Named N.C. Fleet Manager

William Forsythe, CAFM, was named fleet manager at North Carolina Department of Administration in Raleigh, N.C. He assumed this position in October 2016.

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Traverse courtesy of GM.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Adds Crash-Avoidance Tech

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse enters its second generation after nine model years as a more connected mid-size SUV with additional safety features, such as adaptive crash avoidance, GM announced at the Detroit auto show.

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SADA, Collins Introduce Asset Management System for Government Fleets

Atom incorporates Google content, including the cloud-based technology and location services, to give supervisors and dispatchers the tools to make real-time decisions on scheduling, routing, and budget allocation.

Photo of the 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

First-Ever F-150 Diesel Improves MPG for 2018

The 2018 F-150 will offer optional diesel power for the first time since the introduction of the model in 1975, as Ford will offer a turbo-diesel V-6 engine and updated versions of the gasoline-powered V-6, turbo V-6, and V-8, Ford announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

San Francisco Hiring Fleet Business Manager

The City & County of San Francisco, Calif., is hiring a fleet business manager to join its Fleet Management – Central Shops Department.

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Fleets Fight Heavy Snow in Winter Storms

Winter storms ravaged several parts of the continental U.S. last week, with plenty of organizations having to use their entire snow fleet.

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Automotive Lift Institute Releases Lifting Points Guide

The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. has released the 2017 edition of its “Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts.” This updated guide is a quick-reference single-source manual for lifting point information as recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.

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