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ODOT Fleet Services

Mission and General Information

The Mission of the Fleet Services Section, Support Services Branch, is to establish efficient and effective delivery of fleet services by providing ODOT with safe, reliable, economical equipment and related support services that are responsive to the needs of customer departments, conserve vehicle value and optimize equipment investment.

Fleet Services is responsible for the acquisition, maintenance, repair and disposal of over 5,500 vehicles and equipment; building signs for Oregon’s highways; disposing of ODOT’s surplus goods and equipment; transporting goods and equipment statewide; and warehousing and distributing supplies for the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Fuel Use

ODOT biodiesel ODOT is actively working to increase the use of alternative and low carbon fuels in its fleet.

  • By the end of 2010 ODOT was using 31% of B-20 biodiesel equivalent in its fleet, surpassing the short-term goal of 25% by 2010.
  • ODOT used 13% E-85 equivalent in 2010 (through October), surpassing its short-term goal of 10%.
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Idle Reduction

Extended idle reduction capabilities in all new and some older 10-yard, 5-yard and 1-ton trucks.

Crew members are installing:

  • Engine coolant cab heaters that work by drawing heat from the engine’s coolant system after the engine is shut off, preventing freeze ups during breaks and reducing idling time and fuel use.
  • LED lights and warning lights instead of incandescent or halogen lamps, allowing the vehicle’s battery to power the lights for an extended time without the engine running.
  • LED character and full matrix variable message and arrow board signs (VMS) instead of incandescent or halogen lamp signs, allowing the battery to power these VMS for an extended time without the engine running.
  • Low battery warning systems that will sound an alarm or start the engine before the battery reaches a point where it won’t start the engine.
  • Retrofit existing off road equipment with particulate filters to reduce air quality concerns.

ODOT purchased its first diesel electric hybrid bucket truck. It includes a battery pack that allows for using the man-lift for 30 minutes before automatically re-starting the engine for 8 minutes, then turning off again. This means the truck does not have to be at full idle while man-lift bucket is operating, saving gas and reducing emissions.

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ODOT's Fleet Services are minimizing the materials they contribute to the waste stream.

  • Sign aluminum is cleaned and recycled into new signs.
  • Recycles 100% of anti-freeze product.
  • Recycling 100% of used oils.
  • In July 2010; 502,440 pounds of mixed steel from the ODOT Sign Shop and ODOT surplus program was recycled and sold to Cherry City Metals.
  • The Fleet surplus property program has recycled 96.5 tons of electronic waste since 2008.
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Other Sustainability Accomplishments

Nissan Leaf ODOT's Fleet Unit continues its significant contributions to transportation sustainability, showcasing the department's ability to take an environmentally responsible approach to solving transportation challenges.

  • ODOT currently owns 59 E-85 vehicles and 12 Hybrid or Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs).
  • Fleet is deploying a diesel hybrid electric truck.
  • ODOT SSB Fleet is purchasing five Nissan Electric Vehicles (Nissan Leafs) to be stationed at various ODOT buildings. Read about ODOT's completed charging stations and electric vehicles.
  • Scheduled ongoing presentations to internal staff on peak oil, new technology, use of alternative fuels, idle reduction efforts, and proper tire inflation.
  • Updated policy and fleet manual on proper tire inflation and maintenance to reduce tire wear and fuel consumption and improve safety.
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