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City of Austin to Add 330 EVs by 2020

The City of Austin, Texas, plans to add 330 plug-in electric vehicles to its fleet by 2020. This will help bring the city closer to its 2007 goal to make its fleet carbon-neutral by 2020.

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Montgomery County Adds Hybrid Ford Vans

XL Hybrids has installed its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in 15 passenger and cargo vans for Montgomery County, Md. The 15 upfit Ford Transit vans add to the 10 existing Ford Econoline hybrid vans already in use in the county’s fleet.

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Houston Freedom CNG Stations Equipped With Back-Up Power

Freedom CNG natural gas fueling stations in Houston are now equipped with dedicated, on-site back-up power generation at each of its truck-friendly sites to ensure indefinite, 24-hour operation if electricity is interrupted for any reason.

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2017 ROUSH F-150 Ready for Order

ROUSH Performance announced that the 2017 ROUSH F-150 is now available for order from authorized ROUSH dealerships.

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New Smart Electric Drive Charges Faster

The new Smart Fortwo Electric Drive reduces charging time and will go on sale in the spring, Mercedes-Benz has announced.

CharePoint Unveils Charging Station Queue App

ChargePoint revealed a new service that enables drivers to use their mobile phones or RFID card to add themselves to a ChargePoint charging station queue, as a way to streamline the EV charging process.

Washington Gas Exceeds GHG Emission Reduction Goals

Washington Gas announced that it has exceeded its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals four years ahead of schedule. The utility planned on reducing its GHG emissions 70% by 2020, but has already reached a 74% reduction from its fleet and facilities.

Adomani Integrates Two-Speed UQM PowerPhase DT Electric Drivetrain

Adomani Inc., will become one of the first beta partners to leverage the advanced UQM PowerPhase traction motor and integrated Eaton transmission system for its medium- to heavy-duty commercial fleet vehicles.

The Fuso eCanter shown at IAA displays a little more pizazz for the show, including a redesigned interior showcasing connectivity functions. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Daimler: Electric Delivery Trucks, Vans on the Way for U.S.

Daimler plans to introduce two new electric commercial vehicles into the U.S. in the next few years, it announced at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, while also showing off a highly connected and efficient electric concept truck.

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EDI Acquires $15M Financing for PHEVs, EVs

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) has closed initial funds in its Series C financing round toward funding the company's PHEV and EV solutions, and is is forecasted to close in Q4 2016 at $15 million.

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Smart Fortwo Improved for 2017

The smart fortwo has been improved for the 2017 model year and becomes more comfortable to operate by drivers of branded fleets or government parking enforcement units.

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Mercedes-Benz Lowers Price of B250e EV

Mercedes-Benz has lowered the price of its B-Class battery-electric compact car to $39,900 for the 2017 model year, the automaker has announced.

Video: Tesla Firmware Update Addresses Cybersecurity

The update comes in response to a “white hat” hacking report and demonstration by cybersecurity specialists working for a lab in China.

Thermo King Introduces Smarter, Efficient Refrigeration Unit

Thermo King introduced the SLXi platform of single- and multi-temperature trailer refrigeration units, developed with a focus on unit intelligence, communication, fuel consumption and temperature management.

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Cenergy Solutions Unveils Natural Gas Alternative to Propane

Cenergy Solutions has unveiled Adsorbent Natural Gas (ANG) fuel technology as a less expensive and safer alternative to vehicles that run on propane autogas (LNG).

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2017 Toyota Mirai Pricing Announced

The retail price of Toyota's Mirai fuel cell sedan will remain at $58,365 before rebates for the 2017 model year, and the company will also offer the vehicle on a three-year lease.

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show on Tuesday with the debut of its Urban eTruck. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Daimler Shows Off Vision of Future at IAA Show

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany, by focusing on the future of the urban city, with the unveiling of its Urban eTruck.

California, Cummins to Develop Natural Gas Heavy-Duty Engine

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $1 million grant to develop a 12-liter natural gas engine for heavy-duty vehicles that produces near-zero nitrogen oxide tailpipe emissions.

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Chevrolet Confirms Bolt's $37,500 Price

Chevrolet will offer its 2017 Bolt EV for a retail price of at least $37,495, including delivery fees, that shrinks to $29,995 after the federal rebate of $7,500 is applied, the company announced.

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Gasoline Prices Rise Slightly

The average price of a gallon of unleaded fuel moved slightly higher, mostly due to a pipeline disruption in the southeastern U.S., AAA reported.

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New Orleans to Invest in EVs

The City of New Orleans adopted a resolution earlier this month to encourage the use of electrified vehicles. It calls for the installation of EV fast chargers on public property and potentially incorporating EVs into the city fleet.

Hinrich Woebcken discusses the company's approach to diesel engines with Mike Antich. Photo by Paul Clinton.

VW May Cease Sales of Diesel Models

Volkswagen may not resume sales of diesel models in the U.S. and plans to focus on electrified powertrains and SUVs in the coming years, the company's head of North American operations told fleet managers on Sept. 15.

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Toyota Recalls Prius for Air Bags

The recall covers 7,600 2016 model-year gasoline-electric hybrid cars that need new front passenger air bag assemblies.  

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UPS Awarded DOE Funding for Emissions, Electric Vehicle Research

UPS has been awarded two Department of Energy grants that will enable the company to conduct research aimed at reducing emissions and revolutionizing the charging process for electric trucks.

Video: Chevrolet Volt Earns Top Safety Honor

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid car a Top Safety Pick+ award winner.

 

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