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Second Edition of ‘Road to Natural Gas’ Lists More Fleets Switching to CNG & LNG

SEAL BEACH, CA – More truck companies, refuse haulers, fleet operators, airports, municipalities, and other organizations are making the switch to natural gas with transportation fuel, station construction, and services provided by Clean Energy.

The bi-fuel pickup truck uses natural gas as its primary fuel and will automatically switch to gasoline when the CNG tanks are empty.

Chrysler Begins Production of Ram 2500 CNG Pickup Truck

SALTILLO, MEXICO – The first Ram 2500 compressed natural gas (CNG) pickup trucks came off the assembly line at the company’s Saltillo, Mexico, assembly plant.

Hybrids Show Improvement in Order-to-Delivery Times in 2012

TORRANCE, CA –The 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2012 Toyota Prius were among the vehicles showing the most improved order-to-delivery times compared to last year, according to the results of Automotive Fleet’s 13th annual order-to-delivery (OTD) study.

Alliance AutoGas Adds First Michigan-based Partner to Alt-Fuel Network

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Crystal Flash is the first Alliance partner based in Michigan. The company has been delivering gasoline, diesel, and propane to businesses, farms, municipalities, and homes since 1932.

Diesel-to-CNG Package Approved for Diesel International DT 466 Series Engine

ALEXANDRIA, VA & NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The availability of the DT 466 series engine is an important landmark due to its popularity in the school/transit bus and delivery truck market, according to the companies.

2012 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference Set for Nov. 15

HOUSTON – Presenters will include Kenneth Hoglund, director of fleet management for the City of Houston, and Mark Swackhamer, senior manager of fleet operations at Houston Independent School District.

Ford and Toyota Predicted to Lead U.S. Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales Through 2020

BOULDER, CO – The two automakers will lead the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market in terms of total vehicles sold in the U.S. from 2012 to 2020, according to a Pike Research study.

Charging Stations for EVs to be $1.2 Billion Market by 2020

BOSTON - The charging station market will grow in unit sales from around 120,000 in 2012 to 1.3 million units in 2020, rising from $140 million in 2012 to $1.15 billion in 2020, according to Lux Research.

List of LNG Production Facilities Available Online

WASHINGTON – NGVAmerica and Zeus Intelligence have announced a new information service for anyone interested in access to trailer loads of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Let Your Voice be Heard About Your Fleet Management Career

TORRANCE, CA – Automotive Fleet magazine wants to hear about your career as a fleet manager!

Venchurs will be stopping at dealerships and CNG stations across the country, showing off its Ford conversions and the custom-built Jeep.

Venchurs CNG F-350 to Tow Upfitted Jeep from Detroit to Las Vegas

ADRIAN, MI – The road trip will cover nearly 2,000 miles over the course of four days and is designed to address two of the biggest concerns surrounding CNG-powered vehicles — infrastructure and loss of power.

Downeast Transportation’s Shuttle Buses Powered by Propane

BAR HARBOR, ME – Downeast Transportation’s Island Explorer fleet of propane autogas-powered shuttle buses were recently showcased on the MotorWeek program as a Clean Cities Success Story.

Richard Battersby (center), East Bay Clean Cities Coalition executive director and director of fleet services at the University of California at Davis, was inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fa

UC Davis Fleet Manager Inducted into Clean Cities Hall of Fame

ESTES PARK, CO – The U.S. Department of Energy honored Richard Battersby, East Bay Clean Cities Coalition executive director and director of fleet services at the University of California at Davis, for his dedication and outstanding accomplishments in reducing the Bay Area’s dependence on petroleum in transportation.

Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid Qualifies for Solo Carpool Lane Access

SACRAMENTO, CA – Drivers traveling alone in the Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid can now avail of high-occupancy vehicle lane (HOV) access in California, as well as federal and state incentives up to $5,250.

New Green Vehicles to Debut at 2012 LA Auto Show

LOS ANGELES – Two dozen all-electric and plug-in electric models, more than a dozen clean-diesel vehicles, and nearly 20 vehicles achieving 40-plus mpg with advanced four-cylinder gasoline engines will be making their way to the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

Westport Lowers Price of CNG Bi-Fuel Conversion System to $9,500

VANCOUVER, BC – Starting with the 2013 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup truck models, the Westport WiNG System will be priced at $9,500 (down from $9,750).

The bi-fuel conversion will allow the van to run on both CNG and unleaded gasoline, with a driving range in excess of more than 600 miles.

Rear-Entry Wheelchair Minivan Converted to Run on CNG

AKRON, OH – MobilityWorks Commercial, a manufacturer of commercial wheelchair accessible vehicles, is partnering with NatGasCar, LLC, a natural gas vehicle converter, to create a compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel rear-entry wheelchair minivan.

SAE International Releases New Fast-Charging Standard for PHEVs and EVs

WARRENDALE, PA - SAE International's "J1772: SAE Electric Vehicle and Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Conductive Charge Couple" enables charging time to be reduced from as long as eight hours to as short as 20 minutes.

The 2013 Honda Insight is one of several hybrid models offered by the automaker. The Insight, in particular, is helping to drive sales in the U.S.

Honda Sells More Than 1 Million Hybrids

TOKYO – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that cumulative worldwide sales of its hybrid vehicles surpassed 1 million units at the end of September 2012.

Green Fleet Conference attendees watched as two technicians converted an F-150 to run on gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG).

Go Natural Installs Bi-Fuel CNG Kit on F-150 in 2 Hours and 15 Minutes

WOODS CROSS, UTAH – Two technicians converted a 2010 5.4L F150 XLT pickup truck to run on CNG and gasoline (bi-fuel) in front of approximately 850 attendees during the 2012 Green Fleet Conference & Expo.

Approximately 90 iQ EVs will be available for fleet and car-sharing applications.

Scion Launches iQ EV in U.S.

DENVER – Production for the battery-electric four-seater began in September. The vehicle is expected to travel up to 50 miles on a full charge, according to the automaker.

ChargePoint 4.0 Goes Live, Free 7-Day Trial Available

CAMPBELL, CA – ChargePoint 4.0 is a free upgrade for all ChargePoint account holders. Organizations considering offering EV charging services can also try a free seven-day trial through the “ChargePoint Test Drive.”

The company's four 15-passenger ROUSH CleanTech propane-autogas-powered Ford E-350 vans have been serving Vail resorts during the past year. (Photo: ROUSH CleanTech)

Colorado Mountain Express Saving $18K with Each New Propane Shuttle Van

VAIL, CO – Each of the shuttle vans fueled by propane autogas is saving Colorado Mountain Express more than $18,600 at the pump and emitting 42,689 less lbs. of carbon dioxide during the 160,000-mile life expectancy of each van, according to the company.

A123 Systems to Sell Assets to Johnson Controls for $125 Million

WALTHAM, MA – Johnson Controls plans to acquire A123’s automotive business assets, including all of its automotive technology, products and customer contracts; its facilities in Livonia and Romulus, Mich.; and its cathode powder manufacturing facilities in China.

More Than $20 Million Awarded to Boost Green Vehicles & Vehicle Batteries

SACRAMENTO, CA – A total of $20,093,718 is being awarded through the California Energy Commission to help put more electric and alt-fuel vehicles on the road and boost the development of battery vehicles.

 

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