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U.S. Dept. of Defense Reveals Plans for PEV Program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Defense has developed a pilot plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) program that will help it learn more about the models for implementation within non-tactical fleets.

U.S. House Panel Approves Bill to Block Use of E15

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology approved a bill that requires the EPA to further study gasoline blends with 15% ethanol (E15) before approving it for consumer use.

Green Energy Oilfield Services to Get LNG Station

FAIRFIELD, TEXAS – Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has signed a 10-year agreement with Green Energy Oilfield Services, a major Texas truck transport provider, to build, supply, and maintain a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station at Green Energy's headquarters in Fairfield, Texas.

Ford Uses Plant Material Inside Doors in the 2013-MY Escape

DEARBORN, MI – Ford is using material from kenaf, a tropical plant similar to bamboo but related to cotton, in the door bolsters in the all-new 2013-MY Ford Escape.

CNG Fueling Station Coming to Wisconsin’s Green Bay Area

GREEN BAY, WI — TrilliumHD, a joint venture between Integrys Transportation Fuels and trucking company Paper Transport, announced plans to build the greater Green Bay area's first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station.

US Foods’ Oklahoma City Division Adds 5 CNG Trucks to Fleet

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – US Foods, a major food service distributor, announced that its Oklahoma City division has begun using five new trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Nissan LEAF battery

Nissan Partners With Tech Companies to Explore LEAF Battery Reuse Options

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Nissan North America Inc. has partnered with three technology companies – ABB, 4R Energy and Sumitomo Corp. of America – to evaluate the reuse of lithium-ion battery packs that power the Nissan LEAF.

CODA Sedan

CODA Hopes to Launch All-Electric Sedan Next Month

WASHINGTON – CODA Automotive expects to launch its CODA Sedan before the end of February, but the electric vehicle maker is still awaiting final Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) certifications that are required before sales can begin, the Detroit News reported.

Tesla Motors Slated to Provide Sneak Peek at Model X Crossover on Feb. 9

PALO ALTO, CA – Tesla Motors plans to unveil its Model X electric vehicle, which is built on the Model S platform but features SUV design elements, on Feb. 9 at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., according to a Mercury News report.

At the IMPCO plant in Union City, Ind., Darren Weatherly (left) and Robert Williams install CNG tanks on a Chevrolet Express cargo van being outfitted to operate on CNG.

AT&T Orders 1,200 CNG-Powered Chevrolet Express Vans

DETROIT – AT&T plans to take delivery of 1,200 Chevrolet Express compressed natural gas (CNG) dedicated cargo vans that will be deployed to AT&T service centers nationwide. This is the largest-ever order of CNG vehicles from General Motors, the automaker said.

CARB Passes New Rules Mandating More Zero-Emission & Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

LOS ANGELES -- The California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Jan. 27 unanimously approved a package of new emissions rules for 2017-2025 model-year cars and light trucks. The rules require that by 2025, zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles will account for one in seven new cars sold in California – approximately 15.4 percent of new vehicles sales in that year.

A pre-production vehicle arising from the Green for Free initiative.

Enova and Freightliner Displaying ‘Green for Free’ Vehicle in Portland

TORRANCE, CA – Electric drive system developer Enova Systems Inc. said a pre-production vehicle -- resulting from the company’s “Green for Free” initiative with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. -- will be on display at the Portland International Auto Show Jan. 26-29.

$4.5M in Grants Available for Natural Gas Vehicle Infrastructure in Texas

AUSTIN, TX -- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced that up to $4.5 million in grants is being made available to support development of a network of natural gas vehicle fueling stations in the state.

The CODA sedan

Former GM Exec Dougherty Named CODA Senior V.P. of Operations

LOS ANGELES -- CODA Holdings, a developer of all-electric vehicles and advanced battery systems, has appointed automotive veteran Dennis G. Dougherty the company’s senior vice president of operations.

AT&T Deploys 5,000th Alt-Fuel Vehicle in Fleet

DALLAS – AT&T said it recently deployed the 5,000th alternative-fuel vehicle in the company's fleet – a compressed natural gas-fueled van in Palmdale, Calif. The company has made considerable progress since embarking on a 10-year plan to spend up to $565 million to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles through 2018.

Northern Colorado Clean Cities to Meet Jan. 25 in Greely

GREELY, CO – Northern Colorado Clean Cities (NCCC) will hold a stakeholder meeting from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, Colo.

FedEx, Hertz & Navistar Among Members of New Electrification Leadership Council

LISLE, IL – A group of transportation and utility industry leaders this month formed the Electrification Leadership Council (ELC) – a new group dedicated to overcoming barriers to broad-scale electric vehicle deployment.

BMW ActiveE electric vehicle

BMW Accepting Applications to Lease ActiveE EV for Field Trial

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – BMW announced it is now taking applications to lease the BMW ActiveE all-electric vehicle in the test markets of Boston, Hartford, New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco.

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF Undergoes Freezing-Temperature Test Drives in Japan

SHIBETSU, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN -- Auto journalists put the all-electric Nissan LEAF through its paces on three snow-covered test courses in Shibetsu, Hokkaido, last week, in the freezing temperatures of northern Japan.

OnStar Using Chevrolet Volts in Google’s 'Gfleet' to Demonstrate Technology

DETROIT – Chevrolet Volt owners could soon charge their car with renewable energy using new technology from OnStar. OnStar and Google are working together to demonstrate the technology on the 17 Chevrolet Volts in Google’s “Gfleet” based at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Greenkraft CNG System Draws CARB Certification for GM 6.0L Engines

SANTA ANA, CA -- The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued an executive order that certifies Greenkraft Inc.’s 2012 dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system for use on General Motors 14,000 and above GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) trucks with 6.0L 8-cylinder engines.

2012 Chevrolet Volt

NHTSA Deems Chevrolet Volt Safe, Closes Fire Risk Investigation

WASHINGTON – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it has closed its safety investigation into the potential fire risk in Chevrolet Volts that have been involved in a major crash. The agency found “no discernible defect trend” and concluded that General Motors’ newly developed modifications “reduce the potential for battery intrusion resulting from side impacts.”

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Accelerating LNG Infrastructure Plans

SEAL BEACH, CA — Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has unveiled the route plan for the first phase of 150 new LNG fueling stations.

Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop Set for Feb. 16 in West Virginia

MOUNT AIRY, MD – The Clean Vehicle Education Foundation has scheduled one of its “Compelling Case for Natural Gas Vehicles” all-day workshops for Thursday, Feb. 16, in Charleston, W.V.

GO Group Airport Shuttles Transitioning to CNG and Propane

CHICAGO -- The GO Group, a major airport shuttle provider, is seeing more and more of its member fleets go green.

 
 

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