Government Fleet News

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Z71 crew cab courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Updated for 2016

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will offer expanded safety technologies, expanded use of 8-speed transmissions, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto when it arrives for the 2016 model year, General Motors has announced.

Pa. County Shifts to Leasing to Lower Costs

Lebanon County, Pa., commissioners have shifted toward a fleet leasing strategy to reduce maintenance costs when replacing aging fleet vehicles.

Ford's 2017 Super Duty Photo: Ford

Ford Unveils New Super Duty With Aluminum Body

Ford introduced the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty with a number of enhancements including a lighter weight aluminum-alloy body.

Photo courtesy of Spartan Motors.

Spartan Recalls Emergency Vehicles

The recall affects 141 Gladiator and Metro Star vehicles in the 2012 and 2013 model years.

Fla. Senator Proposes State Fleet Centralization

The State of Florida’s Senate Transportation Committee chair has filed legislation to centralize fleet management for the state’s 25,000 vehicles.

Baltimore Testing EVs, Fast Charging

The City of Baltimore has leased four battery-electric cars as part of testing program that could bring the first EVs into the city fleet as a way to lower refueling costs.

GPS Insight Adds Hybrid Tracking Capability

Government fleets can now track alternative vehicles with hardware or plug-and-play tracking devices from GPS Insight. Alternative vehicles include hybrids, all-electric cars, and natural gas vehicles.

Government Fleet Announces 2015-2017 Advisory Board

Government Fleet magazine has finalized its 2015-2017 Advisory Board. The board consists of industry leaders across the country representing diverse fleets as well as industry suppliers.

City’s Higher Taxes Will Fund Fleet Replacement

The City of Melbourne, Fla., increased its property tax rate 10% to help fund the first year of a multi-year replacement plan for public safety vehicles.

Photo via NBPD/Facebook.

Texas Police Add Seized Corvette Z06

The New Braunfels (Texas) Police Department has added a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to its fleet, after the federal government awarded the vehicle to the agency in a bust of a large drug distribution ring in the area, reports Yahoo Autos.

The UltraShift Plus automated manual transmission. Photo: Eaton

Eaton Adds Low-Speed Enhancements to Transmissions

Eaton has added two optional features to the company’s UltraShift Plus and Fuller Advantage automated manual transmissions designed to enhance low-speed maneuverability.

Screen capture courtesy of McNeilus via YouTube.

McNeilus, Oshkosh Recall CNG Trucks for Fire Risk

The McNeilus recall affects 365 refuse and concrete mixer trucks, and the Oshkosh recall covers 33 S-Series concrete mixers.

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SambaSafety Hires VP of Fleet Channels

SambaSafety has hired Matthew Betz as vice president of fleet channels, where he will lead business development and partnerships between the company and fleet management companies.

Photo: Jim Park

Diesel Prices Decline Further

The prices of diesel and gasoline fuel dropped further for the week amid a volatile crude oil market, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Photo via Flickr/Can Pac Swire

Ark. State Police Vehicles Stolen

Thieves stole four decommissioned Arkansas State Police vehicles from a locked auto storage lot. Police investigators have recovered two of the vehicles.

DOE Awards $55M to Boost PHEVs, Fuel Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded nearly $55 million for 24 projects to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies for improving fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, along with making plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) more affordable.

Video Tip: Battling Distracted Driving

This week's safety tip features the latest video installment in AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign.

Photo via flickr.com/Mike Mozart

State Fuel Program Expands County’s Options

Pitt County, N.C., commissioners approved joining the state’s fleet program to purchase gas for its 325 vehicles. It provides the county with more gas stations as well as roadside assistance.

Photo courtesy of Placer County.

Calif. County Demonstrates RNG Tech

A number of project partners demonstrated a new technology for converting forest waste into renewable natural gas (RNG) in Placer County, Calif.

IronPlanet Holds End-of-Quarter Auctions

IronPlanet, an online marketplace for buying and selling used heavy equipment and trucks, will hold its end-of-quarter auctions across its online marketplaces from September 22-25, 2015.

Daimler says its $30 million SuperTruck does not meet EPA's Phase 2 GHG reduction demands. Photo by Jim Park

GHG Phase 2 Proposal More Stringent than Originally Believed

Daimler Trucks says meeting EPA's Phase 2 GHG reduction requirements, as they currently stand in the proposal stage, may not be possible under the current timeline.

The defective ignition switches were installed in several GM models, including the Pontiac G5. Photo courtesy of GM.

GM Settles Criminal, Civil Ignition-Switch Cases

The criminal case settlement with federal prosecutors requires payment of $900 million and the hiring of an independent monitor to oversee the company’s safety practices.

WEX Adds 200 Pacific Northwest Fueling Stations

WEX Inc. has signed an agreement with BP to accept WEX fleet card payments at 200 BP-supplied ARCO fuel stations in Washington and Oregon, the company has announced.

NYC Receives $20M for Connected-Vehicle Project

Together, New York City, Tampa and Wyoming will receive up to $42 million to pilot next-generation safety technology in vehicles and infrastructure.

Audit Questions USDA's Vehicle, Fuel Card Use

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can save $6.2 million by reducing its underutilized vehicles and should better monitor use of its fleet cards, according to a recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General.

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