Government Fleet News

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N.Y. County Requires 35 MPG for Fleet Purchases

Elected officials in Westchester County, N.Y., have approved legislation mandating that new vehicle purchases must be high-mileage vehicles, electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, or alternative-fuel vehicles.

LAPD Reviewing Helicopter Use for Non-Agency Events

The LAPD has begun reviewing the use of its helicopters for charitable and community events, after a sergeant scheduled a flyover at a school where his child was a student.

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Ram ProMaster City MPG, Pricing Announced

Ram Truck has announced the pricing and fuel economy for its first vehicle in the small commercial van segment, the 2015 Ram ProMaster City.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Express 2500 cargo van courtesy of General Motors.

Depreciation Reaches Yearly High in October

Domestic cars lost the most in value at 3.2 percent among vehicles from the 2009-2013 model-years, while domestic trucks lost 2.1 percent. Compact pickups and full-size passenger vans and full-size cargo vans showed the most strength.

Fla. City Keeps CEI for Accident Management

The City of Gainesville, Fla., has signed a contract with the CEI Group to continue to provide it with fleet accident management services.

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NGVAmerica Launches Natural Gas Station Mapping Tool

NGVAmerica has launched an online tool that helps fleet drivers locate the nation's natural gas fueling stations.

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Marines Indicted for Fraud Involving Presidential Helicopters

A federal grand jury has indicted three current and former Marine Corps officers for fraud in connection with a bid proposal to perform maintenance on helicopters that transport the President.

Photo of F-150 courtesy of Ford.

First Aluminum F-150 Rolls off Assembly Line

Ford has built its first aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup truck, and production of the vehicle is now underway at the 100-year-old Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich., an event marked by the appearance of Bill Ford and other dignitaries.

Pa. County Executive Accused of Misusing Fleet Vehicle

The Allegheny County (Penn.) controller has accused County Executive Richard Fitzgerald of improper use of his county vehicle, potentially totaling $13,125.

2015 Chevrolet Sonic via GM.

EPA Certifies CNG Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic

Vehicle modifier Crazy Diamond Performance has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce compressed natural gas versions of the Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Sonic compact sedans.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Changing Windshield Wiper Blades

Here's a video explaining how to replace wiper blades. Manufacturers typically recommend they're changed two or three times a year to keep windshield visibility optimal.

Ohio City Criticized for Buying Non-U.S.-Built Vehicles

A municipal union president is criticizing City of Mansfield, Ohio, officials for purchasing three Nissan NV200 vans instead of buying its usual General Motors vehicles, the Mansfield News Journal reported.

Video: Air Bag Supplier Facing Criminal Probe

The U.S. Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation of Takata Corp., the Japanese automotive safety equipment supplier whose defective air bag inflators have led to the recall of about 11 million vehicles in the U.S.

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N.J. County Online Auction Nets $94K

The Monmouth County (N.J.) surplus auction this fall generated $94,815, bringing the combined total of the county’s online surplus property auctions to $2,781,023.

Calif. Changes CNG/LNG Tax Measurement

At the start of 2015, the state will begin taxing compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) based on a per-pound rather than per-foot rate.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Express by Vince Taroc.

GM Details 2015 Express/Savana Vans

General Motors has added several new enhancements to its Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana for the 2015 model year, as its 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact van replaces the 1500-level full-size model that has been discontinued.

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Montana DOT Adds Tow Plows for Winter Work

The Montana Department of Transportation has added new steerable trailer-mounted plows in eight areas to allow snowplow truck operators to move snow more efficiently and safely, according to the agency.

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EPA, DOE Release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide

Automakers have increased the number of fuel-efficient car models and classes available to fleet buyers for the 2015 model year, according to the the annual fuel economy guide from the U.S. EPA and DOE.

Photo of 2015 Civic Natural Gas courtesy of Honda.

Honda Announces 2015 Civic CNG Pricing

Honda's Civic Natural Gas returns for the 2015 model year with a starting price of $27,530 for the base model, the automaker has announced.

Photo of Miami-Dade PD Ford P.I. Utility courtesy of the agency.

Government Fleet Sales Rise 16.3%

Sales of fleet vehicles to government agencies strengthened in October, and are now 9.5% higher through 10 months of 2014 when compared to a year ago.

N.J. Bill Would Cut State Fleet by 20%

A New Jersey assemblywoman has introduced a bill to reduce the number of passenger vehicles owned by the State of New Jersey fleet by 20% over the course of three years.

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McNeilus Expands CNG Fuel System to More Vehicles

The McNeilus Next Generation Compressed Natural Gas system, already available for refuse and concrete mixers, is now available on more vehicle types, including construction, delivery, over-the-road, and other severe-duty fleets.

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Half of Ford's Class 3-5 Chassis Cab Buyers Choose Gasoline

Commercial buyers of Ford Super Duty trucks now opt for a gasoline-powered Class 3-5 truck as often as they choose a diesel-powered model to avoid higher up-front costs and increased maintenance work, Ford told

The Toro Company to Acquire BOSS

The Toro Company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the BOSS professional snow and ice management business of privately-held Northern Star Industries, Inc.

Photo of 2014 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls 7 Models Including 2014 F-150

The automaker issues five separate recalls affecting more than 202,000 vehicles in North America.

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