Government Fleet News

Texas City's PD Spends $1.4M on Police Units

The City of Killeen, Texas, has purchased 20 Chevrolet Tahoe police cars and an armored vehicle for a total cost of $1.4 million.

N.Y. Municipality May Short-Cycle Vehicles

The City of Rome, N.Y., is considering short-cycling its vehicles in an effort to update its aging fleet. Motivated by neighboring cities and towns already using this strategy, officials are working with an auction company to see if the plan is possible.

2015 Ram ProMaster City. Photo credit: Chrysler.

2015 Ram ProMaster City Details Announced

The 2015 ProMaster City will be the first van to offer a 9-speed automatic transmission. It will compete against the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200 and the 2015 Chevrolet City Express.

Ga. Sheriff Denied Fuel Funding

After the Barrow County commission denied the sheriff's request for an additional $547,000 for fuel, fleet maintenance, and overtime, the sheriff said he wouldn’t have money to fuel patrol vehicles.

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Kan. City Adds 10 Fire Trucks

The Wichita Fire Department in Kansas recently put into service 10 new fire apparatus: nine Pierce fire engines and a ladder truck. The vehicles cost approximately $6.5 million.

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GFX Video Provides Show Recap

Government Fleet has released a video of the 2014 Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX), giving the industry a peek at some of the events and activities at the show.

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Toyota's Fuel Cell Sedan to Cost $70K

Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell sedan will retail for about $70,000 when the automaker introduces it in Japan in April, before rolling it out in the U.S. and Europe during the summer of 2015.

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Ford Recalls More F-150 Trucks for Steering Issue

The expanded recall, which addresses a potential problem affecting the electronic power-assist steering gears, now involves nearly 5,700 2014-MY trucks globally.

Photo of 2012 Chevrolet Volt courtesy of General Motors.

GM Issues Service Bulletin for Volt Battery Issue

The service campaign will address a problem that can affect the charging system in certain 2012 and 2013 model-year Chevrolet Volts.

A high-roof Ford Transit has been loaded into a modified rail car. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Rail Industry Modified Cars to Ship Ford Transit

Ford worked closely with railroads and railcar manufacturers to develop the modified car to accommodate Transit vans that reach 110.1 inches tall for the high-roof version.

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Report: USPS Can't Afford to Replace Aging Fleet

During fiscal year 2012, the USPS spent more than $906 million on maintenance for its fleet of nearly 212,000 vehicles that is one of the largest in the country.

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Santa Ana Changes Parts Vendor

The Santa Ana City Council has approved a contract with Warren Distributing to supply parts to the city's vehicle fleet, replacing a former parts vendor that became embroiled in a corruption probe.

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Van Pool Provider vRide Adds 1,700 Chevrolet Vans, SUVs

The nation's largest commuter van pool, vRide, has ordered 900 Chevrolet Traverse SUVs and 800 Chevrolet Express vans to add to its fleet of more than 6,500 vehicles.

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Clyde Launches Medium-Duty CNG Truck Line

New York-based Clyde Trucks is now offering a line of Class 4 and 5 CNG-powered, cab forward, medium-duty trucks.

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2015 Silverado and Sierra 1500 Tow Ratings Announced

Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups will maintain a 12,000-lb. maximum available trailer weight rating as they transition to new ratings for 2015 based on SAE J2807 Recommended Practices.

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Nissan Extends Commercial Van Warranty

Nissan's van warranty now covers its vehicles for five years and 100,000 miles, a significant bump from the prior warranty that covered the vehicles for three years and 36,000 miles.

Photo of Mary Barra courtesy of GM.

Congress Questions GM CEO Over Recall Handling

Members of a congressional subcommittee criticized General Motors' approach to recalling older vehicles for a faulty ignition switch, as CEO Mary Barra appeared before the committee on Wednesday.

6 Indiana Cities Commit to Fleet Greening

South Shore Clean Cities is leading an effort with six communities in northwest Indiana to “green” their municipal fleets. The program aims to lessen the barriers to alt-fuel adoption.

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J.D. Power Releases 2014 Initial Quality Study

Overall new-vehicle quality declined slightly among vehicles sold in 2013 as automakers dealt with challenges caused by integrating more sophisticated technologies into their vehicles, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study.

Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

GM Claims Highest Power Ratings for Colorado/Canyon

Horsepower and torque ratings announced this morning by General Motors will make its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups the most powerful in the midsized truck segment, the company claims.

LAPD Sgt. Ron Alberca ready to ride the Zero MMX. Photo courtesy of Zero.

LAPD Adds Electric Motorcycle to Fleet

The Los Angeles Police Department has purchased the Zero MMX battery-electric motorcycle to use for stealth enforcement, the company has announced.

Texas PD Proposes Take-Home Cars for Officers

The Odessa (Texas) Police Department has proposed allowing its officers to take home their patrol vehicles to increase police presence in the community.

CEO Mary Barra addresses the media at GM's June 10 annual stockholders meeting. Photo courtesy of GM.

GM CEO Heads to Congress for Recall Update

General Motors' CEO Mary Barra will tell a congressional subcommittee she won't accept "business as usual at GM" and update the committee on the automaker's progress in dealing with the ignition switch recall.

Kan. City Council Non-Committal on Fleet Upgrade Plan

The City of Topeka, Kan., will likely continue using a lease-purchase arrangement to acquire new police vehicles, as the city grapples with ways to finance a nearly $9 million upgrade to its fleet.

The legislation makes it easier for the State of Minnesota to purchase electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and neighborhood electric vehicles. The state's Dept. of Administration fleet has two plug-in hybrids. Photo courtesy of GM.

Minnesota Law Paves Way for Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Minnesota's Gov. Mark Dayton has signed into law a bill making it easier for the state's fleet manager to purchase alternative-fuel vehicles by allowing purchasing decisions based on total operating costs rather than initial cost.

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