Government Fleet News

Photo courtesy of City of Boston.

Boston Converts Vans to Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

The City of Boston has added XL Hybrids' XL3 gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain to four of its vans and is converting a fifth vehicle.

Photo of hydrogen station in Torrance, Calif., by Thi Dao.

First Northern Calif. Hydro Refueling Station Opens

The first hydrogen refueling station in Northern California has opened in West Sacramento, marking the 10th such station in a state with aggressive plans to support fuel cell vehicles.

Kansas Seeks to Block EPA Ethanol Regulations

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked that a federal appeals court reject new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations mandating states to adopt conclusions about ethanol emissions, stating that the regulations are based on scientifically flawed methodology.

Pierce has placed four Pierce Impel pumpers on duty with the Scottsdale Fire Department (SFD) in Arizona. Photo via Business Wire

Ariz. City Adds 6 Pumpers to Fire Fleet

The City of Scottsdale, Ariz., has placed four Pierce Impel pumpers on duty and purchased two more that will be delivered in April 2015.

Photo of 2014 Tacoma courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Redesigning Mid-Size Tacoma for 2016

Toyota will introduce its redesigned 2016 Tacoma at the Detroit auto show in January into a more competitive mid-size pickup market that now features the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tire

Ford F-150 Equipped with Goodyear Tires

Goodyear announced that the 2015 Ford F150 will be equipped with the Goodyear Wrangler tires.

Veteran Tenn. Fleet Supervisor Investigated

A veteran supervisor at the Knoxville, Tenn., Fleet Services division has been placed on administrative leave without pay while the city's police department investigates possible misappropriation of city equipment.

Ala. Agency's Grant Funds Police Fleet Upgrade

The Madison, Ala., Police Department has used a $320,000 grant from a local foundation to purchase eight new fully equipped police vehicles.


Calif. City Fleet Manager to Retire

Martin Bowman, fleet operations manager for the City of Riverside, Calif., will retire on Dec. 26. Garrett Reynolds, fleet manager for the City of Corona, Calif., and a former City of Riverside employee, will take over his position.

Photo of Kokomo Transmission Plant courtesy of Chrysler.

Chrysler Eyeing 8-Speed Transmission Expansion

The Chrysler Group is hoping to invest $266 million to boost production of its 8-speed transmissions in Kokomo, Ind., and has gained a tentative approval from the town's council for a 10-year property tax abatement on new equipment.

Government Fleet Launches Knowledge Sharing Video Series

Government Fleet has launched the Knowledge Sharing video series featuring veteran fleet managers sharing advice and tips for new fleet managers as well as knowledge they have acquired throughout their careers.

Auto Driveaway Acquired by CEO-Led Investor Group

Vehicle transportation provider Auto Driveaway Franchise Systems has been acquired by an investor group led by Rodney Ruth, its current president and chief executive.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driving in Icy Conditions

Here is some driving advice, provided by the Michigan State Police, on how to recover from loss of traction when the road surface is covered in ice.

GFX Registration Is Now Open

Fleet managers with remaining 2014 training dollars can put that money toward attending GFX 2015. Register by Dec. 31 to get $200 off a full conference pass.

Chevrolet Silverado photo courtesy of GM.

GM Replacing Keys for Certain Trucks, SUVs

A technical service bulletin issued to dealers addresses a potential problem in which the ignition key can get bumped out of position while the vehicle is stopped and the driver is shifting gears.

The Tweel SSL is designe for use on skid steer loaders. Photo courtesy of Michelin.

Michelin Developing Airless Tire/Wheel Called 'Tweel'

The Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial Tire is a non-pneumatic tire for commercial vehicles that connects the tire and wheel with a rigid hub connected to a shear beam made of flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes.

CPFP Program Has New Eligibility Requirements

The American Public Works Association announced new eligibility requirements for the CPFP program, allowing private fleet management experience to count toward the work experience requirement.

Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of General Motors.

GM Recalls Mid-Size Pickups for Air Bags

The recall affects 2,283 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks from the 2015 model year.

EPA fuel economy sticker via Wikipedia.

November New-Vehicle Fuel Economy Ratings Flat

Fuel economy for new vehicles sold in November averaged 25.3 mpg for the third straight month, according to a study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Bosch Redesigns Parts Website

A new, responsive design now makes it easier for users to search for, select, and purchase Bosch products.

U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

Photo of 2014 Transit Connect van courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Transit Connect Vans for Door Panels

The action affects 19,825 2014-MY cargo vans that may have a problem with a loosening exterior plastic panel on the sliding door.

Photo of 2013 Corolla courtesy of Toyota.

November Used Vehicle Depreciation Reaches 1.9 Percent

The average price of a used vehicle fell 1.9 percent in November from the prior month led by steeper-than-expected declines by full-size pickups, according to Black Book.

Kubota to Open Parts Distribution Center in Kansas

Kubota Tractor Corporation announced that it will open a 450,000 square foot Parts Distribution Center in Edgerton, Kan.

Photo of Passat HyMotion courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Ramps up Fuel Cell Development

Volkswagen has begun testing a hydrogen fuel cell version of its Passat sedan on the streets of California and has developed a fuel cell model of the Golf SportWagen for research.

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Stephen Levine was the fleet manager for Pfizer for 22 years, director of U.S. Fleet, and the 1999 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year.

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