Government Fleet News

Fuel Ambassadors field questions from Richard Battersby. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Green Fleet Conference Panel Debunks Alt-Fuel Misconceptions

Dirty diesel? Dangerous natural gas? Expensive propane stations? Some myths and misconceptions about alternative fuels were debunked in a fun late-night talk show format Wednesday at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Refreshing Explorer for 2016 as Global SUV

The 2016 Explorer will reach showrooms next year with a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology, according to Ford.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech Shelves Propane Autogas Transit

ROUSH CleanTech has indefinitely halted production of its propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van after hearing concerns from fleet owners.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

NYC Releases City Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Data

The New York Police Department is responsible for more than 40 percent of the personal injury claims filed against New York City for injuries and deaths involving city vehicles, according to a new report from Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

Photo of Ram 2500 courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Chrysler Recalls Ram Pickups, Dodge and Jeep SUVs

Two separate global recalls will address problems in such popular fleet vehicles as Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees.

Electronic controls send power to three grounded wheels while the fourth hangs in the air. Photo: Tom Berg

2015 Sprinter Gets Small Diesel, ‘Crosswind Assist'

A smaller and more economical diesel powertrain, new styling and safety features, and optional on-demand four-wheel drive are among features of 2015 Sprinter models.

Photo from 2013-MY testing courtesy of MSP.

2015-MY Mich. Police Motorcycle Test Results Released

A three-wheeled motorcycle joined the carryover models during the Michigan State Police's annual testing of cycles offered to law enforcement agencies. Troopers from the agency's Precision Driving Unit tested the Can-AM Spyder RTP.

Photo of long wheelbase Transit 350HD courtesy of Ford.

Class 3 Ford Transit Vans Improve Payload, Towing

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size cargo van with a Class 3 chassis expands the payload and towing capability of the van without the need for a cutaway or chassis cab model.

Photo courtesy of Ford/Telogis.

Ford Telematics System Tracks Officers' Driving Behavior

Ford and Telogis will offer a factory telematics system to law enforcement agencies that's designed to reduce hazardous driving by officers, the companies said while announcing the product at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference.

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt drivetrain courtesy of GM.

Next-Gen Volt Powered By Higher-Efficiency Engine

General Motors is improving the efficiency of its next-generation Chevrolet Volt by adding a new 1.5L, four-cylinder engine that should deliver 20 percent more electric acceleration.

Photo via dHybrid Systems.

Worthington Buys Controlling Interest in CNG System Company

Worthington Industries, which manufactures pressure tanks for CNG and LNG storage among other things, acquired a majority interest in dHybrid Systems, a designer of CNG fuel systems.

Photo of GO7 courtesy of Geotab.

Geotab Introduces GO7 Telematics Device

Geotab has introduced its GO7 telematics device that gathers vehicle data from the engine, drivetrain, instrument cluster, and other relevant subsystems for delivery to fleet management software including MyGeotab.

The new consolidated fleet facility has 20 bays. Photo courtesy of city of Springfield.

Ill. City Moves Out of ‘Prehistoric’ Garages

The City of Springfield, Ill., has moved into a $1.2 million consolidated fleet facility that replaced five separate, older maintenance repair shops to improve operational efficiency.

Fire Burns Ala. City's Sanitation Trucks

A fire at the City of Huntsville, Ala., fleet management building on Sunday morning burned three sanitation trucks parked at the facility.

Photo courtesy of Hilco Industrial.

Detroit Auctions Vehicles to Decrease Debt

The City of Detroit is selling off more than 450 surplus vehicles through a two day auction in November.

Halcore Group Recalls Horton Ambulances

In 29 ambulances equipped with aftermarket suspension kits, the fluid tank might separate from the vehicle chassis.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Packing a Winter Emergency Kit

It's that time of year when you need to remind fleet drivers to make sure they have a vehicle emergency kit that's fit for winter weather. Here's advice on what to include.

Photo of Tahoe PPV courtesy of MSP.

2015-MY Mich. Police Vehicle Testing Results Released

The Michigan State Police has released preliminary results of its performance tests of 2015-MY patrol vehicles in a field with an increasing number of SUVs for law enforcement agencies.

Dave Head serves as chair of MEMA NorCal.

MEMA Expands to Northern Calif.

The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association, based in Southern California, announced it has expanded to Northern California with a new region, MEMA NorCal. Dave Head serves as chapter chair.

Calif. Vehicle Auction Brings in $1.1M

The State of California’s Oct. 8 vehicle auction brought in $1.14 million for 428 units. Revenue from vehicle auction sales are returned to vehicle-owning agencies.

PERC Offers Mobile Cost Calculators

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released a trio of cost calculator tools in three of the propane autogas industry's fastest-growing markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, and on road fleets.

Photo courtesy of GM.

GM Completing Safety Tech Testing Area

General Motors is putting the finishing touches on one of the largest automotive safety testing areas in North America. GM has invested $12 million in the 52-acre project that will be fully functional by December.

Texas Equipment & Tech Show Set for Nov. 7

The Texas Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) will host its fourth annual Texas Equipment and Technology Show at the Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 7.

Photo of T880 dump truck via Kenworth.

Kenworth Adds Anti-Theft System to T880

Kenworth has added an anti-theft system to its T880 that integrates with the vehicle and engine functions of the vocational truck.

Photo of 2015 Dodge Charger courtesy of Chrysler.

2015 Dodge Charger Starts at $27,995

Chrysler has released pricing for its 2015 Dodge Charger models, which will start at $28,990 for the SE base model and go up to $64,990 for the SRT Hellcat.

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