Government Fleet News

Ga. City Departments Failed to Bring in Vehicles for Maintenance

A study of the City of Augusta, Ga., fleet management operations shows that city departments inconsistently followed service intervals.

GM Fleet Partners with Spireon on Telematics Solution

Using General Motors’ OnStar hardware, Spireon will offer a customized version of its FleetLocate fleet management system to GM fleet customers starting in May 2017.

Photo courtesy of Workhorse.

Clean Fuels Ohio to Help Deploy 500 Workhorse Electric Pickup Trucks

Workhorse Group has received a letter of intent from Clean Fuels Ohio to partner with Workhorse to help deploy 500 W-15 plug-in electric pickup trucks throughout the state of Ohio.

Photo via Flickr/KOMUNews

Fla. City Opens Public Access CNG Station

The City of Panama City, Fla., has opened its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for fleet and public use. The city’s solid waste division is in the process of swapping its current diesel vehicles to CNG.

Photo by Vince Taroc

Audit Prompts Ohio Sewer District to Reduce Fleet

A state audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) resulted in a fleet reduction of 23 vehicles and creation of a motor pool.

Initially launched in November 2015, the incentive program had only been available to propane retailers, but expanded for fleets looking to replace their current refueling technology until the end of June 2017. (Photo: CleanFuels USA)

PERC Expands Nozzle Incentive

Effective immediately, private fleets and public refueling stations are eligible to apply for the incentive program, which will now provide $100 per tank-side connector and $1,000 per hose-end connector.

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Andre Malone

DC Fire Improves Services with 46 New Vehicles

The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services reported improved service following the addition of 46 fleet vehicles, hiring more than 100 employees, and partially contracting out ambulance services.

Audit: NYC Sanitation Kept 500 Recalled Vehicles In Operation

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) failed to track how employees paid for toll road access and continued to operate 509 vehicles with an open recall, according to a report from the Comptroller's Office.

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Launches Wireless Software Updates

Mack Trucks has launched Over The Air, which lets customers update software wirelessly to minimize scheduling disruptions and increase efficiency and uptime. The company is also offering a 30-day trial of Mack Fleet Management services with Telogis Fleet.

Time's Running Out! Nominate the 2017 Fleet Manager of the Year

Don't miss out on the opportunity to recognize fleet managers who have gone above and beyond this year. The last day to submit a nomination is Monday, March 6.

Calif. County Purchases EV Charging Efficiency Solution

Cyber Switching's EV Master Controller (EVMC) technology allows the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Public Works Department to charge four electric vehicles using the electrical capacity of one charging station.

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids Chooses F-150 for PHEV Powertrain

XL Hybrids, Inc. has decided to pair its XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain with Ford's F-150 pickup, the vehicle modifier has announced. The vehicle will be available in the fourth quarter.

Photo of Warren Truck Assembly in Michgan that produces the Ram 1500 quad and crew cabs courtesy of FCA.

FCA Sets 2018-MY Order Dates

Fiat Chrysler has set the dates for when it will begin taking orders for 2018 model year vehicles, which will begin in May and run through September for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram models.

Diesel Prices Creep Upward for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices in the U.S. crept upward last week, continuing a three-week streak of modest increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Chart courtesy of Black Book.

Vehicle Depreciation to Reach 17.8% in 2017

The vehicle depreciation rate will reach 17.8% in 2017 on 17 million new-vehicle sales, slightly higher than the 17.3% mark recorded in 2016, according to latest forecast from Black Book and Fitch Ratings. Prior to the Great recession, annual depreciation trended between 16% and 18%.

Screencapture courtesy of SnapOn

Snap-on Diagnostic Quick Tips Training Videos Available

Snap-on has recently added three new Diagnostic Quick Tips training videos to its website and YouTube channel to help professional technicians speed up their diagnostic capabilities.

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Technician Quits Following Pay Dispute with Elected Official

A Mesa County, Colo., fleet technician stopped going to work after writing e-mails to a county commissioner alleging she spread misinformation about employees receiving raises.

Photo via Flickr/Taber Andrew Bain

Md. County Proposes Reserve Fleet for Volunteer Fire Depts.

Washington County, Md., may create a reserve fleet of fire trucks and ambulances to support volunteer fire and EMS companies.

Spireon Grows Profit 150% in 2nd Half of 2016

During the second half of 2016, Spireon Inc. experienced solid revenue growth while increasing profitability by 150%, the company announced.

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Burnam Replaces Weichman at Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County, Fla., has promoted Sara Burnam, CAFM, assistant director, fleet management, to director. She was promoted as of Feb. 9, taking over for Doug Weichman.

Waymo self-driving car prototype. Photo via Waymo.com

Waymo Sues Uber, Otto, Alleging Stolen Autonomous Technology

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo is suing Uber and its Otto autonomous trucking subsidiary for stealing the company’s autonomous vehicle sensor technology. Alphabet is also the parent company of Google.

Photo by Famartin via Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Exiting the Freeway

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice on how to exit a freeway safely.

John Deere, LHP Telematics Collaborate to Simplify Data Management

John Deere and LHP Telematics have partnered to allow customers to access data from all machines in a fleet from one location.

Photo of Warren Truck Assembly Plant courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Announces 2017-MY Order Cutoff Dates

Fiat Chrysler has set dates for when it will stop taking orders for 2017 model year vehicles and has set order-cutoff dates for its lineup of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles through August.

Screenshot via Clean Fuels Ohio.

Midwest Fleets Testing Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Clean Fuels Ohio's Midwest Drives initiative has allowed 35 public and private fleets to test drive various alternative-fuel vehicles in three states and logged 2,000 miles in the first year of the program, according to the group.

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