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GM Signs Climate Declaration

General Motors is the first automaker, out of a group of 40 U.S. companies, to sign a “Climate Declaration” calls for policymakers to address climate change by promoting the use of clean energy, improving efficiency, and limiting CO2 emissions.

Sylvania Lighting Services to Sell ChargePoint EV Charging Stations

Sylvania Lighting Services, a subsidiary of Osram Sylvania, announced a reseller agreement with ChargePoint to sell the company’s commercial and public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the U.S. Sylvania has already installed 33 EV charging stations in the city of Austin, Texas.

Clean Energy and Mansfield Partner to Provide Natural Gas Fueling Solution

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Mansfield Energy Corp. have partnered to sell Clean Energy’s natural gas fueling station construction and operational services to their respective customers.

LG Chem Michigan Plans to Start EV Battery Production in July

The company said the plant will build batteries for the Chevrolet Volt and that it expects volume to increase as the electric vehicle market grows and the company secures more contracts.

American Lung Association Report Finds U.S. Air Quality Improving

The American Lung Association’s 2013 State of the Air report found that air quality across the U.S. is improving despite the cities with the worst air quality having more days of high ozone and short-term particle pollution than in the organization’s 2012 report.

University of Wyoming Researchers Discover Potential New U.S. Lithium Source

Researchers from the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute (CMI) have discovered a new potentially large source of lithium near Rock Springs, Wyo., while working on a CO2 storage site project. According to the university, the U.S. currently imports more than 80% of its lithium used domestically from China.

GM said the Spark EV will go on sale in California and Oregon this summer. Photo courtesy GM.

GM Says 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV to Get EPA-Estimated 119 MPGe

General Motors said its upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV will have a range of 82 miles when fully charged and will get an EPA-estimated combined city/highway 119 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).

EV Company Coda Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Coda Holdings has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The company is exiting the automotive marketplace and plans to restructure to focus on the energy storage business.

Gibson and Minton Join VNG.CO

Bill Gibson and Rob Minton have joined natural gas fueling infrastructure company VNG.CO. Gibson has joined the company as its vice president of fleet sales, and Minton’s new role is as director of sales.

Venchurs offers a new price point for its CNG conversion systems for 6.2L Ford F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks.

Venchurs Announces New Price Point for 6.2L F-250 and F-350 CNG Conversions

Venchurs Vehicle Systems, a Qualified Vehicle Modifier of CNG conversions for Ford Motor Company, announced a new price point for its CNG conversion system (bi-fuel and dedicated) for 6.2L F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks.

Allegheny County, Pa., Buys CNG Pickup Trucks

Allegheny County, Pa., has purchased two compressed natural gas (CNG) Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD pickup trucks. The County unveiled them on April 22, Earth Day, at a press conference.

One of the six new Nissan LEAF taxis in service in New York City. Photo courtesy Nissan.

Nissan LEAF Taxi Pilot Program Launches in New York City

New York City has launched an electric vehicle taxi pilot program that will use the Nissan LEAF. Six LEAF vehicles will go into service this spring as part of the program.

Earth Day 2013: Strategies to Keep Fleets Driving Green

From a fleet standpoint, eco-friendly driving not only provides many environmental benefits, it can also significantly reduce your expenses and otherwise contribute to a well-run fleet. The following tips recommended by Wheels are a few simple tips to pass along to drivers.

FTC Amends Alt-Fuel Vehicle Label Rule to Ease Compliance

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has amended the Alternative Fuels Rule, which consolidates the labels required on alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) with the EPA’s labels.

Toyota & Lexus Brands in U.S. Make Up Nearly 2 Million of Automaker’s Total 5 Million Global Hybrid Sales

Nearly 2 million (1,951,243) Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles have been sold in the United States — making up close to 40 percent of the total 5 million hybrid vehicles sold globally under the Toyota umbrella.

ChargePoint & City of Sacramento Celebrate 100th EV Charging Station Milestone

Many of the 100 installed electric vehicle charging stations were made possible by a state and federal grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative.

Report Finds More Natural Gas Vehicles Would Not Raise Natural Gas Prices

A new study from the American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF) finds that a transition to natural gas-fueled heavy- and light-duty vehicles over the next decade will have a minimal impact on natural gas prices.

Energy Commission Awards Nearly $700,000 to School District and GreenKraft Inc.

The California Energy Commission approved $678,889 to projects that will boost the number of alternative-fuel vehicles on the state’s roadways. The awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

Report Forecasts Nearly 22 Million Electric Vehicles Will Be Sold from 2012 to 2020

A total of 21.9 million electric vehicles (EVs) will be sold worldwide during the period from 2012 to 2020, according to a recent report from Navigant Research.

Altech-Eco Lowers CNG System Prices for Ford CNG F-250/350 and CNG Transit Connect

Altech-Eco Corporation, a Ford QVM gaseous fuel developer and installer, has announced it has reduced the price of its CNG bi-fuel and dedicated systems for both the 2013 Ford CNG F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup truck models and 2013 Ford CNG Transit Connects.

Earth Day on April 22

Green Fleet is interested to learn about what members of the fleet community will be doing to celebrate environmental protection.

Ford Launches New 1.5L EcoBoost Engine

With the launch of this newest fuel-efficient engine, Ford now has capacity to build 1.6 million EcoBoost engines annually. By the end of 2013, six plants across Europe, Asia, and North America will be producing EcoBoost engines, according to the automaker.

$12 Million Available for Hybrid/Electric Vehicles through California’s HVIP Program

Several of the nation’s largest fleets, including Frito-Lay/PepsiCo and UPS, have taken advantage of the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) program.

Spark EV Electric Motor Manufacturing Begins in Baltimore

The Spark EV electric motor will produce 130 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque to deliver acceleration of less than 8 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. It will be sold in California and Oregon this summer.

ROUSH Production of Ford F-650 Propane Autogas Systems Starts in October

ROUSH CleanTech is now taking orders for the new multipurpose Ford F-650 propane autogas fuel system. Offered in two tank size configurations, the systems help fill the growing demand for heavier duty platforms.



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