Government Fleet News

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Fleet Interest in Idle Management Tech Rising

A new study from the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) has found increasing interest among fleets in idle management and electrification technologies.

Photo of two of the Kansas City Fire Department's Pierce apparatus courtesy of Pierce.

Kansas City Finances 48 Custom Fire Apparatus

The Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD) in Missouri has ordered 48 custom fire and emergency vehicles from Pierce Manufacturing Inc.

The Contra Costa County Public Works, Fleet Services Division earned its ASE Blue Seal of Excellence this year. Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County

Calif. County Earns ASE Blue Seal

California’s Contra Costa County Public Works, Fleet Services Division has recently earned the Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Sacramento is switching its LNG fleet to CNG vehicles and will have 45 CNG units by the end of the year. Photo courtesy of Sacramento Clean Cities

Sacramento County Opens New CNG Station

Sacramento County, Calif., opened its new $1.9 million compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on Aug. 5, helping the county fleet transition to CNG from liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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2016 F-150 Gets Sport Mode From Mustang

Ford is adding a sport mode to its 2016 F-150 that has been borrowed from the 2016 Mustang, the automaker announced. Ford is offering sport mode as a standard feature across the F-150 lineup.

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Senator: Hike Fuel Tax 4 Cents a Year for 4 Years

Sen. Tom Carper contends all that’s needed to restore the Highway Trust Fund is to raise federal fuel taxes by four cents a year for four years and then index the rates to inflation from then on.

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Wash. City Rolling Out CNG Garbage Trucks

The City of Spokane, Wash., has unveiled its first four compressed natural gas (CNG) powered garbage trucks, and plans to have 20 CNG trucks by the end of the year.

Fleetmatics Enhances User Experience with REVEAL App

Fleetmatics has launched its REVEAL field app, the latest enhancement to its REVEAL platform. The software application is designed to keep dispatchers, managers, and drivers on the same page by delivering important information right to the driver's mobile device and improving the experience of the mobile worker.

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Fleet Sales Fall 7% in July

Sales of vehicles by nine manufacturers to government fleets slipped 7.8% to 21,243 units in July compared to the same month a year ago, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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EVs Facing Heavier Depreciation Than Gasoline Counterparts

Mainstream electric vehicles (EV) are depreciating much faster than their gas sister models, according to new data from Black Book.

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Detroit Invests Nearly $22M in Fire Fleet

The City of Detroit has been investing heavily to upgrade its fire department's fleet with nearly $22 million over the past two fiscal years for new trucks and a $1.8-million allocation for maintenance.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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