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City’s vehicle fleet receives national recognition

Released on Monday, July 20, 2020
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The City of Fort Collins was named the No. 1 fleet among the Leading Fleets at the Government Fleet Virtual Honors Celebration in June.

The award, which is co-produced by Government Fleet and the American Public Works Association, recognizes public-sector fleets for their leadership, efficiency and vision.

"It's not always easy shifting habits and introducing alternative fuel vehicles to our customers,” said Tracy Ochsner, the City’s Operation Services assistant director. “The City’s leadership has set a vision and established policies that have given us the opportunity to try new things, which has helped us become a leader in many fleet-related initiatives.”

Fort Collins was chosen for its commitment to training and environmental initiatives. The City has been using alternative fuel vehicles since the early 1980s; today, the City’s fleet includes 40 all-electric vehicles and 191 compressed natural gas vehicles.

“Having alternative fuel vehicles in our fleet means we are showcasing how it can be done for other organizations with fleets. This is part of our EV Readiness Roadmap and in alignment with our Climate Action Plan goals,” said the City’s Interim Climate Program Manager Michelle Finchum.

The City’s Fleet Services division manages more than 1,400 vehicles, including Transfort buses, police cruisers, snowplows, construction equipment, field crew trucks, and more, according to Ken Mannon, the City’s Operation Services director. Fleet Services also includes four maintenance facilities and nine fuel sites.

Fort Collins is also currently ranked 7th in the 100 Best Fleets and 8th in the Government Green Fleet awards.