Government Fleet News

Minn. Offers $270K in Clean Diesel Grants

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will offer grants to help owners of heavy diesel-powered equipment in the state replace or retrofit their old engines.

Photo of 2012 testing courtesy of MSP.

2016-MY Mich. Police Vehicle Testing Results Released

The Michigan State Police has released preliminary testing results for 15 cars and SUVs Detroit automakers will offer to law enforcement agencies for the 2016 model year, including a model tested for the first time.

Pictured above is a Back to the Future inspired version of the Toyota Mirai. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Shows 'Back to the Future'-Inspired Mirai

To promote the selling of its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, Toyota showed a version of the vehicle inspired by the "Back to the Future" movies that used Oct. 21, 2015 as the date where its 1980s lead character travels into the future.

Pictured is one of the city's newer fire apparatus. Photo via Facebook/Schertz Fire Rescue.

Texas City's $1M Bonds Finance Fire Trucks

The City of Schertz, Texas, council approved $1 million in certificates of obligation to finance two fire engine purchases.

The City of Rock Hill, S.C., earned the Jan Smoak award for quality fleet management, having saved $40,000 in electronic equipment installation. Gene Jordan (in blue polo) and Steven Austin receive the award from SGFMA Awards Committee Chair Charlie McNair of Robeson County, N.C.

Southeast Conference Unites Area Fleets

The annual conference of the Southeast Governmental Fleet Management Association (SGFMA) brought together nearly 500 fleet professionals in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Oct. 11-14.

Photo of infotainment screen in Chevrolet Bolt EV concept courtesy of GM.

GM Details Bolt EV Components

General Motors is partnering with LG Electronics on its battery-electric Chevrolet Bolt by including an array of components from the supplier, including the electric motor, battery pack, and infotainment system.

Cooper Tire's Gary Schroeder by the Roadmaster display at the ATA's Management Conference and Exhibition. Photo: David Cullen

Cooper Announces Roadmaster Fleet Service Network

Cooper Tire and Rubber announced its Roadmaster Fleet Service Network that offers 24/7 emergency roadside tire replacement and repair for eligible commercial trucking fleets.

Rep. Bill Shuster addressing ATA meeting in Philadelphia on Oct. 19. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Shuster Maps Passage of Highway Bill

The Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure laid out the long and winding road ahead for passage of a multi-year highway bill by both chambers of Congress.

WEX to Acquire Fuel Card Provider

WEX Inc. is moving to acquire Electronic Funds Source LLC (EFS) for $1.1 billion and 4 million shares of common stock that will be issued to investment funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus, EFS’ current owner.

Weekly Diesel Prices Fall Once Again

After rising for two weeks in a row, the average price of diesel fuel dropped again, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo of 2015-MY Chevrolet Tahoe by A.J. George.

L.A. Sheriff Sets 2016-MY Testing

The 41st annual testing event has been scheduled for Oct. 22 in Fontana, and will include presentations from the three Detroit automakers as well as Federal Signal Corp., which produces lightbars and other vehicle accessories.

Video Tip: 5 Driving Mistakes to Avoid

Driving expert William Van Tassel of AAA identifies five common mistakes drivers make and how these errors can be avoided.

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Wash. City Moves to Higher Biodiesel Blend

The City of Bellevue, Wash., will begin using B-20 biodiesel for its fleet vehicles, which is expected to reduce emissions and fuel costs, the city announced Oct. 12.

DOT Considers Mandating Crash Mitigation on Class 3-8 Trucks

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said it will consider requiring new trucks to be equipped with forward-collision-mitigation systems that incorporate automatic emergency braking.

On Oct. 5, the City of Oakland filled its first truck with renewable diesel. Pictured from left are: Richard Battersby, equipment services manager, City of Oakland; Pat O'Keefe, president/CEO of Nexgen Fuels; and Neville Fernandes, general manager, Neste USA. Photo courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Golden Gate Petroleum

Oakland Moves to Renewable Diesel for City Fleet

The City of Oakland, Calif., is the third Northern California municipality to announce its move to fuel diesel-powered fleet vehicles with renewable diesel.

Horsefly drone teams with E-Gen van, but roof support equipment can be installed on any walk-in van, Workhorse says. Photo: Workhorse Group

FAA Approves Testing of Workhorse Drone Delivery System

Workhorse Group says it has obtained permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test its Horsefly delivery drone, an eight-motor, eight-rotor “octocopter” designed to work with a specially equipped E-Gen electric walk-in van.

Trimble Adds Asset Tracking to Fleet Management Suite

Trimble has launched Trimble Asset Tracking, a flexible solution that offers complete visibility into the location and utilization of portable assets from a convenient portal, according to the company.

Rep. Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee File Photo

House to Mark Up Highway Bill — At Last

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has finally scheduled a hearing to mark up its version of a long-term highway funding bill for Oct. 22 – seven days before the current short-term patch authorizing spending on transportation runs out.

Photo courtesy of Telogis.

GM, Telogis Ramping Up Factory Telematics Offering

Fleets have increasingly been opting for a factory-installed Telogis solution when purchasing General Motors vehicles, especially Chevrolet Silverado trucks, which will enter the 2016 model year with additional connectivity.

Photo courtesy of PERC.

Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Isuzu Cabover Shown

The Propane Education and Research Council showed a propane autogas-powered Isuzu NPR-HD cabover equipped with a Campbell-Parnell bi-fuel system at an industry trade show, the council has announced.

Photo of Mirai courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Sets On-Sale Date for Mirai

Toyota will begin selling its Mirai fuel-cell vehicle on Oct. 21 in California in a clever tie-in with Back to the Future in which Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly sets that date for his time travels.

Fleetio Featured in Zubie App Store

Fleetio has launched an integration with Zubie, a connected-car platform and service provider, that enables business customers to increase the efficiency of fleet operations and reduce costs through automated odometer updates and other features, according to the company.

Photo: Lytx

Lytx ActiveVision Addresses Drowsy and Distracted Drivers

Lytx says its new driver safety solution ActiveVision is designed to help detect, analyze and address distracted and drowsy driving.

Tenn. PD With Diesel Passats in Holding Pattern

Police Chieft Tim Christol told WRCB that his department made a major investment in purchasing seven Passat TDIs and that it could not afford to take them off the road immediately.

Photo via Center for American Progress.

National Parks Should Cut Emissions By 40%, Group Says

The National Parks Service can significantly reduce carbon emissions by replacing a fleet of gasoline-powered pickup trucks with electric vehicles, doubling the number of EV charging stations, and expanding its partnership with Clean Cities, according to the Center for American Progress.

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