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PG&E Reaps the Rewards of Fleet Electrification

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) unveiled the environmental benefits and cost-savings from its fleet electrification efforts.

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Acura's 2017 MDX Hybrid Starts at $52,935

Acura's gasoline-electric hybrid 2017 MDX compact SUV will retail for at least $52,935 when it arrives in April, Acura has announced.

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Freightliner to Offer CNG-Equipped Stripped Chassis

Freightliner Custom Chassis, Clean Energy Fuels, and Green Alternative Systems have partnered to provide a compressed natural gas fuel system on FCCC’s CNG MT-45/55 chassis.

Volvo's EV Should Provide 250 Miles of Range

Volvo's first battery-electric vehicle should provide 250 miles of range and cost at least $35,000 when it arrives in 2019, Volvo Car USA's CEO told journalists at the Geneva auto show.

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Alkane to License Assembly Operations in North America

Alkane Truck Company, a South Carolina-based assembler of alternative fuel vehicles, has announced plans to establish more than a dozen assembly facilities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico over the next three years.

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Hyundai Recalls Sonata Cars for Seat Belts

The recall affects more than 977,000 vehicles, including gasoline electric hybrid models, in the 2011 to 2015 model years.

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Kia Recalls Niro for Power Steering

The recall, set to begin April 7, covers 135 2017-model year hybrid crossovers.

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Trump Reverses Obama With Fuel Economy Review

Vowing to end the "assault on the American auto industry," President Donald Trump promised to reopen a federal review of fuel economy standards that was concluded in the waning days of the Obama administration at an event outside of Detroit.

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Pittsburgh Utility Announces EV Purchases

Duquesne Light Company announced its electric vehicles (EV) plan, including fleet conversion, education, and infrastructure.

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Mitsubishi Fuso Bringing Electric eCanter to U.S.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has introduced the eCanter battery-powered Class 4 truck, offering the first 50 units to a select group of customers by the end of the year on a two-year lease.

A BYD all-electric yard truck. The typical yard truck burns 2 to 4 gallons of diesel fuel per hour. Photo: CARB

Electric Trucks Start Arriving at Southern California Freight, Rail Yards

The State of California, San Bernardino Council of Governments. and partners at Daylight Transport and BYD Motors have announced the arrival of the first of 27 zero-emission electric yard and service trucks in three disadvantaged communities in Southern California.

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UPS Invests More Than $90M In Natural Gas

UPS said it will invest more than $90 million in natural gas facilities and vehicles, including fueling stations, compressed natural gas trucks and liquefied natural gas vehicles.

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Gasoline Prices Inch Lower to $2.30

The national average price for unleaded gasoline has fallen for 10 consecutive days to $2.30 per gallon following nearly a month of flat prices, according to AAA.

Stacey Snyder, conversion specialist from Alliance AutoGas, in Asheville, N.C., performing the live conversion. (PHOTO: ALLIANCE AUTOGAS)

Alliance AutoGas Beats Conversion Record

Alliance AutoGas conversion specialists upfitted a 2017 Ford F-250 live, in the record-setting time of 1:21:00, at the recent Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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Tesla Discontinues Base Model S

Tesla will discontinue its entry-level Model S 60 and all-wheel 60D sedans that carry a $68,000 price point, and will sell the 75 and 75D sedans that retail for at least $74,500 as the entry models, the company announced in a letter to owners.

Photo of XL Hybrids E-350 cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford Adds Electrification to Vehicle Modifier Program

Ford has expanded its Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program to include companies that install electrified and hydraulic hybrid systems so those vehicles will retain the factory powertrain warranty.

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Tesla Raises $1.2B to Bolster Model 3

Tesla has sold $1.2 billion in common shares and convertible senior notes to support the roll-out of the Model 3, the Palo Alto company announced.

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Landi Renzo to Offer Ship-Thru on Ford CNG Vehicles

Landi Renzo USA will begin offering a ship-through channel for customers to take delivery of converted compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and vans utilizing Ford's existing distribution network from Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Vehicles are lined up for the acceleration test, pitting calibrated vehicles with uncalibrated ones. Photo by Andy Lundin

Derive Efficiency Hosts Track Day

On March 3, Derive Efficiency hosted a track day for public and private fleets and the media, showing the differences in performance between a stock vehicle and one calibrated for optimum efficiency.

Cost Estimates Overstated for Pollution Standards, Study Finds

Cost estimates for meeting MPG and pollution standards are overstated by as much as 40 percent, according to a study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

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Honda Debuting PHEV, EV Clarity Cars

Honda will add battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars to its Clarity nameplate, and plans to show the new vehicles at the New York auto show in April.

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Efficient Drivetrains Unveils Plug-In Frieghtliner Utility Truck

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., has completed the integration of its EDI PowerDrive technology into the Freightliner platform.

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N.C. Sheriff Reduces Fuel Costs with Propane Autogas

Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina has converted 60 of its vehicles to bi-fuel propane autogas cars, saving enough in fuel costs to allow the Sheriff’s Office to fund other programs.

Onboard Diagnostics Pitched as a Leveler for Natural Gas Trucks

Agility Fuel Solutions has introduced Blue iQ, a proprietary technology developed with Cummins to optimize fuel consumption and uptime through on-board diagnostics.

Propane Autogas Vehicle Sales Increase 8%

Sales of propane autogas-fueled vehicles increased 8% to 14,000 in 2016 compared to the year before, according to data from the Propane Education and Research Council.

 

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