Government Fleet News

Santa Ana Fleet Manager Retires

Rick Longobart, facilities, fleet, and central stores manager for the City of Santa Ana, Calif., retired on May 1. The city has not announced a replacement.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Responding to a Traffic Break

This driving maneuver, executed by law enforcement officers, is intended to slow down traffic because of an upcoming hazard. Unfortunately, some drivers are caught off-guard, momentarily unsure of what to do.

GFX Discount Available Until May 15

Public fleets can get a discounted fleet full conference pass through May 15, which includes all sessions, keynotes, exhibit hall access, scheduled meals, and networking events.

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States Spent $1.1B Maintaining Roads This Winter

Twenty-three States spent around $1.1 billion from October 2014 to mid-April 2015 to pre-treat, plow, or spread chemicals and other materials on roads to keep them open and safe this winter.

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Ford Adds Gaseous Prep Package to 2016 F-150

Ford is re-introducing a gaseous prep package for its 2016 F-150 to enable bi-fuel or dedicated CNG and propane autogas use. The package was last offered with the 2014-MY F-150.

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Ford Launches 2016 F-650/F-750 Configurator

Ford has unveiled a configurator for its F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks that have been redesigned for the 2016 model year.

EPA Approves Omnitek's Natural Gas Cat C15 Replacement Engine

Omnitek Engineering Corp. has earned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval to produce dedicated natural gas engines for the Caterpillar C15 diesels as a replacement option for heavy equipment and Class 8 trucks in model years 1993 to 2006.

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California Cities Lead Worst Air Pollution List

California cities rank at the top of the list of the areas with the worst air pollution, according to the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report for 2015.

Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Photo: speaker.gov

Paul Ryan: Highway Bill Takes Backseat to Tax Reform

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, has strongly indicated that there’s no way around applying another short-term patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent.

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Ohio Bill Would Set Up Alt-Fuel Incentives

Ohio State Representatives Sean O’Brien and Dave Hall have reintroduced bipartisan legislation to incentivize alternative fuel use in the state, the lawmakers announced.

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Hino Recalling Multiple Medium-Duty Models

In nearly 2,000 trucks, a front axle U-bolt may have been over-torqued – a problem that can eventually lead to steering control loss.

Photo of Lansing Delta Township assembly plant courtesy of GM.

GM Investing $5.4B in Plants to Expand Production

General Motors will invest $5.4 billion over three years to improve its U.S. plants, including spending $783.5 million in three Michigan facilities, GM has announced.

Photo of 2015 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Vincentric Analyzes 2015 F-150 TCO

The jury is still out on total cost of ownership (TCO) for the 2015 F-150; however, fleet owners should not expect a high cost-to-own increase from the 2014 to 2015 F-150 models, according to Vincentric.

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Kum & Go to Offer E-15 Fueling in 7 States

Kum & Go has opened an E-15 fueling station in Windsor Heights, Iowa, and plans to make the ethanol fuel blend available at more than 65 stores in Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Dakota over the next two years, the convenience store chain announced.

IronPlanet Names New VP of Government Solutions

IronPlanet, an online marketplace for buying and selling used heavy equipment and trucks, announced that Jeff Holmes has joined as vice president, Government Solutions.

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Ford Recalls Five Popular Fleet Models for Fuel Pump

Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module in Ford Transit Connect, Focus, Edge, Escape and Fiesta vehicles.

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Culver City Hosts Advanced Vehicle Expo Day

The City of Culver City, Calif., fleet division hosted a Technology, Ride & Drive Advanced Vehicle Expo day to showcase the various types of vehicle technologies that the city has deployed in the fleet.

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NHTSA Wants to Boost Recall Completion Rates

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun an initiative to improve what it calls "unacceptably low" recall completion rates for safety defects on vehicles.

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Tesla Co-Founder Targeting Refuse Trucks

A Tesla Motors co-founder hopes to bring green-vehicle innovation to refuse trucks, which can consume an average of 14,000 gallons of fuel per year, he said at an investor conference in Los Angeles.

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Ky. City, College Partner on Shared Fleet Facility

The City of Covington, Ky., and a local community college are initiating a partnership on a shared fleet maintenance site that could allow students to work on city fleet vehicles.

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Ohio Fleet Managers Suspended for Exercise Equipment Order

The City of Toledo, Ohio has suspended its fleet managers after an elected official discovered purchases of $7,200 worth of unauthorized exercise equipment.

Photo of H & H Sales Company office courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Alliance Adds Propane Conversion Centers to Network

Alliance AutoGas has added H & H Sales Company, Inc. and Ashby’s Inc./Crenshaw Corporation of Richmond, Va. to its propane conversion center network, the company announced.

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Fuel Costs, Financing Drive Car Ownership Costs Lower

The annual cost to own and operate a vehicle has fallen to $8,698, a nearly 2% drop from last year due to declines in gas prices and finance charges, according to AAA.

Colo. City Completes BioCNG Project

The City of Grand Junction, Colo., has finished a $2.8 million compressed natural gas (CNG) project that has been in the works for a decade, the city has announced.

ACDelco Training Help Techs Expand Skills

General Motors will launch the ACDelco Technician Training Excellence Recognition Program this summer with more than 500 hours of available training aligned to the core ASE categories.

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