Government Fleet News

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City of Orlando Gains Nine Hybrid Refuse Trucks

The City of Orlando has added nine hydraulic hybrid refuse trucks to its fleet, bringing the city’s total to 18 hybrids.

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Ohio Drops Biofuel Mandate for State Fleet

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's $7 billion state transportation budget drops long-running requirements for the use of biodiesel and ethanol in the the state's vehicle fleet.

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Police Fleet Mobile Computers Match Vehicle Lifecycles

New mobile data centers (MDCs) for its emergency response vehicles have allowed the City of Oceanside, Calif., to match computer lifecycle to police vehicles’ six-year lifecycles.

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Tampa Fleet Hosts Propane Fuel Event

On Feb. 4, the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition (TBCCC) held Tampa Bay’s first ever propane fuel event. It was hosted by the City of Tampa fleet maintenance facility.

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Vans Lead March Depreciation in Tax Buying Season

Used vehicles in the 2009-2013 model years fell 0.7 percent in value in March in a market bolstered by tax buying season and strong residual values of full-size vans, according to Black Book.

Terex Recalls Aerial Devices, General Digger Derricks

Defective bolts in 2014-2015 models may result in the boom falling, posing a safety risk.  

Mich. County Adds Tandem-Axle Plow Trucks

Hillsdale County, Mich., will purchase four fully-equipped tandem axle snowplow trucks for a price tag of $788,000 following approval by the county road commission, reports Hillsdale Daily News.

Bill Encourages Fed Fleet to Use Remanufactured Parts

Two Michigan federal elected leaders have introduced a bill requiring federal agencies to prioritize re-manufactured parts for federal fleet vehicles.

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Ford Details 2015 F-150 Weight Reduction

Ford has given additional details about how it achieved an approximately 700-pound weight reduction on its 2015 F-150 truck beyond its use of military-grade aluminum in the body panels.

Diesel Price Falls to Lowest Level in 5+ Years

On-highway diesel prices are continuing with their recent round of declines with the national average falling again over the past week and hitting its lowest level since February 2010.

Refurbished Ambulances Halve City’s Vehicle Replacement Costs

The West Valley City (Utah) Fire Department is refurbishing its ambulances rather than replacing them in order to save money, KSL.com reported.

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Mass. State Drivers Had 900 Crashes in 3 Years

Massachusetts state employees were involved in 931 crashes over a three year period that caused 187 injuries, according to a report by the Boston Herald.

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IronPlanet Merges with CAT Auction Services

IronPlanet and CAT Auction Services announced the completion of the merger of the two companies working in the heavy equipment and truck auction industry.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driving in Windy Conditions

In recent days, high winds have created dangerous driving conditions in a number of cities. Here are some tips, provided by the Nevada Department of Transportation and Idaho State Police, about how to compensate for windy conditions.

The 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan is due to hit U.S. roads in the fall. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Website Offers Fuel Cell Emergency Training

The Hydrogen Emergency Response Training Resource website is designed to eliminate duplicative efforts among various government and private training groups.

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New Vehicle Fuel Economy Improves to 25.4 MPG

The average fuel economy for new vehicles increased 0.2 mpg to 25.4 mpg in March, according to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

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Ga. County PD Takes Delivery of Electric Motorcycles

Cobb County, Ga., has added two Zero electric motorcycles to its police fleet for high-visibility patrol and high profile events. The DSP models replace two 2004 Yamaha dirt bikes and were delivered March 27.

Photo of 2015 F-150 Lariat by Vince Taroc.

Fleet Sales Fall 4.7% in March

Sales from nine car and truck manufacturers to government fleets slowed in March, falling 4.7% to 17,832 vehicles after a 12% growth spurt in February, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Altec Recalls Aerial Devices for Faulty Valves

The counterbalance valves might crack and permit hydraulic fluid to leak, which can lead to unintended boom movement.

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2016 Malibu Update Includes 47 MPG Hybrid

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu received a facelift from the previous model year to offer improved fuel efficiency on a lighter and longer frame. A new hybrid model is expected to offer a combined 47 mpg.

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City Taps State Grants for Hybrids, CNG Pickups

The City of Aurora, Colo., is adding 17 alternative-fuel vehicles to its fleet this year with grant funding to help defray the cost. The vehicles include 10 plug-in hybrids and seven CNG pickups.

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Miami-Dade PD Launches $13.2M Vehicle Financing Plan

The Miami-Dade Police Department has purchased 642 Ford vehicles for $13.2 million and will finance the purchase over five years as part of a new vehicle replacement plan.

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Vactor Pairs HydroExcavator With Peterbilt 567 Chassis

Vactor Manufacturing, manufacturer of vacuum excavators, has introduced the Peterbilt 567 Class 8 truck model chassis option for the company’s HXX HydroExcavator.

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CEI Urges Drivers to Take Distracted Driving Pledge

The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) is urging fleets to recognize April as Distracted Driving Awareness month by asking fleet drivers to sign a nationwide pledge to avoid distracted driving.

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Automakers Surpass Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards Again

For the second year in a row, light-duty vehicle manufacturers have surpassed national greenhouse gas emissions standards, according to a March 26 report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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