Government Fleet News

Photo of Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of Chrysler.

2015 Ram Chassis Cab Adds Max Speed Limiter

The Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks add several fleet-friendly options for the 2015 model-year, including a maximum speed limiter to help fleet managers reduce excessive speeding, according to Ram Truck.

Photo of Dodge Charger Pursuit bu Paul Clinton.

Government Fleet Sales Rise 17.7% in August

Sales of cars, trucks, and SUVs to government fleets rose 17.7% in August compared to a year ago, as vehicle manufacturers continue to increase fleet market share through the first eight months of 2014, according to Automotive Fleet data.

N.C. Offers $1.3M in Emission-Reduction Grants

The North Carolina Clean Technology Center (NCCETC) is requesting proposals for $1.3 million in federal funding for emission-reducing transportation projects.

Photo of San Mateo PD electric motorcycle courtesy of Zero Motorycles.

Calif. Agencies Beefing Up Electric Motorcycle Use

Eckhaus Fleet has supplied 30 to 40 Zero Motorcycles products to local police departments throughout Central California. Another 70 motorcycles have been ordered. The Ceres Police Department has taken delivery of three Zero cycles.

The recalled axle seals are installed on 1999-2013 Chevrolet and GMC full-size vans, pickup trucks and SUVs. Photo courtesy of General Motors.

Supplier Recalling Axle Seals in GM Vans, Trucks, SUVs

The recall affects 82,509 SKF axle seals that may allow differential gear oil to leak onto rear brakes.

Utilities were a popular application for the Eaton diesel-electric hybrid.

Eaton Discontinues Diesel-Electric Hybrid Trucks

Eaton has confirmed that it's out of the diesel-electric hybrid business in North America, after government incentives and stabilizing diesel prices contributed to a market largely drying up.

CARB Fines L.A. County Public Works Over Diesel Inspections

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) fined the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works $256,375 for failure to comply with the state’s air quality regulations.

Propane Vehicle Rebate Offered in N.Y.

New York Propane Gas Association (NYPGA) is offering New York state residents including fleet users a $5,000 rebate to purchase a propane autogas vehicle or add a propane system to an existing vehicle.

Photo of 2015 ProMaster City via Chrysler.

Chrysler Launches 13-City Compact Van Tour

Chrysler is bringing its 2015 Ram ProMaster City compact van to 13 U.S. cities to give prospective fleet buyers an opportunity for hands-on research of the new vehicle.

Photo of 2015 GMC Canyon SLE extended cab courtesy of GM.

EPA: 2015 Colorado, Canyon Provide 20 MPG Combined

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will provide at least 20 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, the U.S. EPA has announced.

Ala. City Rolls Out New Police Cars, Downsizes Fleet

The City of Mobile (Ala.) has begun adding new police vehicles to its patrol ranks in plan to add 103 new vehicles as it downsizes its fleet to 609 cars from 644.

Photo of 2015 F-450 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 F-450 to Meet Towing Standard

Ford's 2015 F-450 Super Duty pickup truck will meet the Society of Automotive Engineers' J2807 towing standard with a capability of hauling 31,200 pounds, Ford has announced.

GFMA Awards City of Houston Money for CFMO Certification

The Government Fleet Management Alliance (GFMA) awarded the City of Houston $20,000 for its fleet department to start the Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification program.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Resisting Driver Distractions

One of the best ways to educate motorists about distracted driving is to let them hear the personal stories of those who have been most affected by the problem. These two videos include such personal stories as well as advice on how to prevent distracted driving.

2015 Ford F-150

Video: Army Engineer Tests 2015 F-150

Ford released its first ‘You Test’ video giving customers a chance to test the 2015 F-150. The first video featured Brian Schober, a systems engineer for military vehicle testing in Yuma, Ariz.

From L to R: Bruce Kilmer, Jennifer Walls, Gloria Esparza, Gerry Calk, Julie Boring, John Christofferson, Homer Bradshaw and Irvin Schmidt

City of Austin Attains Fleet Certification

The City of Austin’s Fleet Services Department is the most recent fleet to receive the Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification this August.

Parker Hannifin Hybrid System Qualifies for Texas Clean Fleet Program

The Texas Clean Fleet Program provides incentives for the purchasing of an alternative fuel or hybrid vehicle to owners of municipal fleets to replace diesel-powered vehicles.

S.C. County to Replace One-Third of Fire Fleet

Horry County (S.C.) Fire/Rescue is replacing one-third of its fire fleet by purchasing $7.7 million worth of pumpers, ladders trucks, and tankers.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan accepts CMAQ Grant check. Photo via Clarksville Online

$27M in Air Quality Grants Given to Tenn.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will distribute $27 million in federal grant money to local public agencies to reduce congestion and improve air quality, Commissioner John Schroer has announced.

Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

Group Warns Fleets to Prep CNG Trucks for Winter

The Clean Vehicle Education Foundation (CVEF) has issued a warning addressing potential hazards for CNG dispensers with winter temperatures.

N.Y. Municipality to Outsource Ambulance Service

The City of Lockport, N.Y., will sell off its two ambulances and reduce fire department staffing, while handing over ambulance service to a private company in a cost-cutting move.

New rules say the blue-capped DEF tank can be replenished more often, allowing trucks to carry less fluid. Thus tanks could become smaller.

DEF Tanks May Get Smaller Under New EPA Rules

Under new rules approved by the EPA, vehicles could get smaller DEF tanks than now, because the special fluid is widely available and not as much of it must be carried aboard the vehicle.

2015-MY Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban (PHOTO: General Motors)

2015 Tahoe, Suburban Add LTE Connectivity

General Motors is adding OnStar 4G LTE with a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless phone charging capability, and a hands-free lift-gate to the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban starting in October.

Photo via Propel Fuels

Biodiesel Producers Say Delay in Biofuel Mandate Harms Industry

After running nine months behind schedule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency submitted its final rule for the 2014 renewable fuel standard to the White House.

Veeder-Root Acquires FuelQuest

Veeder-Root's acquisition of FuelQuest allows the company to provide an end-to-end solution for fuel management.

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