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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy announced more than $7 million to fund four projects in California, Washington and Oregon to advance hydrogen storage technologies to be used in fuel-cell electric vehicles.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The fleet division for the city of Norman, Okla., and convenience store operator OnCue Express last week both won 2011 Zach D. Taylor Jr. Clean Cities Vision Awards for Regional Alternative Fuel Leadership.
DALLAS – BAF Technologies said it has received California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification – in the form of an executive order -- for the 2012 model-year dedicated Ford Transit Connect CNG.
VESTAVIA HILLS, AL -- The city of Vestavia Hills, Ala., on Dec. 8 officially unveiled its propane-fueled police vehicles and fueling station, the Birmingham News reported.
ROLLE, SWITZERLAND -- FedEx Express and Nissan are launching a two-month trial to evaluate how a NV200 electric vehicle (EV) prototype copes with the rigors of daily delivery duties on the streets of London.
BOULDER, CO – According to a new report from Pike Research, hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) combined will represent 3.1 percent of worldwide auto sales by 2017. And because of higher penetration rates in the United States, the study projects, HEVs and PEVs will account for 5.1 percent of total U.S. vehicle sales in 2017.
BERLIN, GERMANY – Daimler AG said it will soon test wireless inductive charging on a modified Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL. The electric car will be fitted with a special charging coil that can be positioned over a charging coil in the ground to start the charging process automatically, with no need for cable contact.
FRANKLIN, TN – Nissan North America said it is expanding availability of the 2012 model-year Nissan Leaf, and the automaker is now taking orders from the general public in Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma City’s fleet maintenance complex has added a new fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The city has 89 CNG vehicles.
SACRAMENTO, CA -- The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has posted a package of staff-proposed Advanced Clean Car regulations, which the board will consider for adoption on Jan. 26, 2012.
KINGSTON, PA – The Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) in Pennsylvania is in discussions with UGI Penn Natural Gas to build a compressed natural gas refueling station in Forty Fort to fuel a fleet of about 60 CNG vans, the Times Leader reported.
WYTHEVILLE, VA -- Evatran, a developer of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles, announced it has signed contracts with six high-profile commercial participants to outfit their Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf models with pre-production Plugless Power wireless charging systems.
TOKYO, JAPAN – Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW Group said they have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on green technologies, including next-generation lithium-ion battery development.
SEATTLE – Fleet managers test-drove bi-fuel autogas vehicles and heard presentations outlining alt-fuel options during a Nov. 30 workshop at McKinstry Innovation Center in Seattle. EnterpriseSeattle and the Washington Clean Technology Alliance sponsored the event.
CYPRESS, CA – Mitsubishi Motors North America said it will make its first delivery of a 2012 model-year Mitsubishi i electric vehicle to a fleet customer on Thursday, Dec. 8. The customer is City CarShare, a San Francisco Bay-area nonprofit car-sharing group.
ARLINGTON, VA -- 350Green, a developer of electric vehicle charging station networks, and Simon Property Group, a retail real estate developer, officially launched 350Green's public EV charging network in Baltimore and the D.C. metro area.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Infrastructure Developments Corp. announced that it has begun compressed natural gas (CNG) generator conversion operations in Thailand and that its partner has entered into letters of intent to stage CNG vehicle conversion operation in Arizona.
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TOKYO, JAPAN -- Nismo, the motorsports arm of Nissan Motor Co., at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show revealed its second road car concept– a sportier version of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle.
GREEN BAY, WI – Paper Transport Inc., a Wisconsin-headquartered truckload carrier, said it has put into service two tractors with 12-liter prototype CNG engines produced by Cummins.
HOUSTON – The Natural Gas Vehicle Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for Jan. 24-25 in Houston.
CHICAGO -- I-GO Car Sharing, a nonprofit car-sharing organization in Chicago, has launched a $2.5 million electric vehicle project that will add 36 all-electric vehicles to its fleet and 18 solar charging stations that will be publicly accessible.
POTSDAM, GERMANY – Volkswagen Group Research recently unveiled its electric-powered eT! concept vehicle at the Design Center in Potsdam, Germany.
PORTLAND, ME – Champagne’s Energy Inc., which provides propane autogas vehicle conversions and fueling to fleets in Maine, has become a new Alliance AutoGas partner.
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