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Report: Fleet Natural Gas Vehicle Adoption Slow

Commercial fleets have been slow to add natural gas vehicles to their fleets globally due to the significant upfront purchase cost and relatively high cost of conversion, according to a new research report.

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Brazilian Delivery Fleet Testing Renault's Electric Vehicles

Brazil Post is testing Renault's Kangoo ZE electric vehicle for its suitability for deliveries, according to a report in Post & Parcel. The four-month trial could be extended to a full year.

Memorial Service Set for Ed Bobit

A memorial service for Ed Bobit has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on July 9 in Rancho Palos Verdes to allow family, friends, and colleagues to pay tribute to the founder of Automotive Fleet Magazine and Bobit Business Media. A viewing has been scheduled for 10 a.m.

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Toyota i-Road Test French Roads in EV-Sharing Program

This October, 70 Toyota i-ROAD and approximately 30 charging stations will be open for service in Grenoble, a city in southeastern France, as part of a local car-sharing program.

Minnesota Ups Biodiesel Mandate to 10 Percent

Starting Tuesday, Minnesota, the first state to require biodiesel be blended with diesel sold in the state, will require all diesel fuel in the state to contain 10% biodiesel. An exception will be made in the winter, when the requirement will be 5%.

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VNG Adds CNG Fueling Station in Pa.

VNG.CO is installing a compressed natural gas fueling station in Philadelphia that would serve commercial fleets as well as retail customers.

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Toyota Sets Fuel Cell Sedan Price

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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GM Adds Solar Arrays to Michigan Facilities

General Motors recently installed 150-kilowatt ground-mount solar arrays to its processing center in Swartz Creek and engine plant in Flint.

Photo of 2012 Chevrolet Volt courtesy of General Motors.

GM Issues Service Bulletin for Volt Battery Issue

General Motors has issued a service bulletin directing dealers to provide a no-cost remedy for certain 2012 and 2013 model-year Chevrolet Volt cars that have insufficient battery coolant levels.

Photo of 2015 A3 courtesy of Audi.

Audi Announces 2015 A3 TDI Pricing

Audi of America has announced pricing for three 2015 models including the A3 TDI sedan, A3 Cabriolet, and S3 performance sedan.

Photo of 2015 Sonata Eco courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai's 2015 Sonata Gets 'Eco' Powertrain

Hyundai has added a third, more fuel efficient powertrain to its 2015 Sonata mid-size sedan that's expected to deliver 38 miles per gallon highway

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Clyde Launches Class 4 and 5 Medium-Duty CNG Truck Line

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

6 Indiana Cities Commit to Fleet Greening

South Shore Clean Cities Inc. is leading an effort with six communities in northwest Indiana to "green" their municipal fleets.

Photo of 2.4-liter 2015 ILX courtesy of Acura.

Acura Drops ILX Hybrid Sedan for 2015

The Acura ILX entry-level luxury sedan will no longer be available as a gasoline-electric hybrid starting with the 2015 model year.

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.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Volt 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.

Could Coffee Run Your Fleet Vehicles?

Researchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Bath have discovered a way to turn used coffee grounds into an alternative fuel to power your vehicles.

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Fla. County Agency Moves to Hybrid Fleet

The Hillsborough County (Fla.) Property Appraiser's office is switching the majority of its fleet to Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles in an effort to save taxpayer dollars.

3M and Xperion Developing Next-Gen CNG Tanks

3M and Xperion have announced an agreement to develop a new line of 3M-branded compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks for use in the heavy-duty transportation industry.

The Tesla wall of patents before it was deconstructed following Elon Musk's announcement that company will open patents to all interested parties. Photo courtesy of Steve Jurvetson.</

Tesla Opens Patents to Accelerate EV Development

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company has made its technology available to other vehicle manufacturers in hopes that it will spur the development of electric vehicles (EV).

Photo of 2014 Fiesta SFE courtesy of Ford.

Ford Restates Fuel Ratings for Six Vehicles

Ford Motor Co. lowered the fuel economy ratings for six 2013 and 2014 model-year vehicles, including the Fiesta subcompact car that has been widely added to fleets.

Photo of 2015 Mirage ES courtesy of Mitsubishi.

EPA Rates Mitsubishi Mirage At 44 MPG Highway

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact car has achieved an EPA window sticker rating of 44 miles per gallon highway and 37 mpg city.

Photo of 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell courtesy of Hyundai.

First Mass Market Hydrogen Car Rolls Onto U.S. Roads

Hyundai handed the keys of a hydrogen-fueled Tucson SUV to the first customer during a June 10 ceremony in Tustin, Calif.

Ford Considers Tomato Fiber for Vehicles

Ford has begun a collaboration with H.J. Heinz to explore the use of tomato fiber as a possible sustainable bio-plastic material for vehicles, the automaker announced.

Graphic courtesy of U.S. EIA.

Report Touts Propane Autogas Benefits for Fleets

The study, which was conducted by the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University, cited propane autogas as offering a lower cost, domestically sourced fuel that is widely available.



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