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Fisker Automotive Confirms Karma EPA Certification

ANAHEIM, CA - With this announcement, Fisker said its dealers will be able to start selling the vehicle to customers in most states.

Study: End of Hybrid Access to Carpool Lanes Slows Traffic Overall

BERKELEY, CA — When California terminated a program that gave carpool lane access to hybrid car drivers traveling alone, the state created an unintentional consequence: slowed traffic in all lanes, according to transportation engineers at the University of California, Berkeley.

Pittsburgh Clean Cities, Townships Conducting Fleet Conversion Study

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities is working with three local municipalities – Peters, Upper St. Clair and North Strabane – to conduct a study into the feasibility of converting public fleet vehicles to alternative fuels.

Westport Innovations Acquires NG Fuel Systems Supplier

VANCOUVER, CANADA -- Westport Innovations Inc., a major manufacturer of natural gas engines, said it has acquired Alternative Fuel Vehicle Sweden AB (AFV) of Gothenburg, Sweden, for approximately SEK 51 million (approximately US$7.6 million). AFV is the sole supplier of natural gas fuel systems to Volvo Car Co.

Container Recycler UBCR Converting Fleet to Natural Gas

MIAMI – Beverage container recycler UBCR LLC is partnering with Ryder System Inc. in a Michigan natural gas fleet project that includes 16 heavy-duty natural gas vehicles, upgrades to two maintenance facilities, and the construction of two new natural gas fueling stations.

EPA Awards $50 Million for Clean Diesel Projects

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $50 million for clean diesel projects. These efforts will replace, retrofit or repower more than 8,000 older school buses, trucks, locomotives, vessels and other diesel-powered machines, the EPA said.

Encana Opens CNG Stations in Alberta and Wyoming

STRATHMORE, ALBERTA, CANADA – Encana Natural Gas Inc., a subsidiary of Encana Corp., recently opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) station in southern Alberta.

The EV charging app pilot program teams IBM Research with EKZ.

IBM, Swiss Utility Collaborate on EV Charging Mobile App Pilot

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND -- IBM Research said it has teamed with EKZ, the electricity utility provider of the Canton of Zurich in Switzerland, on a new pilot project that will allow consumers to use smart phones and other mobile devices to charge electric vehicles and monitor energy costs.

Clean Energy Contracts with Saddle Creek Transportation to Build CNG Station

SEAL BEACH, CA — Clean Energy Fuels Corp. signed a 10-year contract with third-party logistics provider Saddle Creek Transportation Inc. to build, operate and maintain a new compressed natural gas (CNG) truck fueling station at Saddle Creek’s headquarters in Lakeland, Fla.

Pittsburgh Mayor Proposes Adding 4 CNG-Powered Refuse Trucks

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced plans to introduce legislation to the Pittsburgh City Council to make city refuse trucks “greener,” thanks to a pilot partnership with EQT Corp. and the receipt of a $500,000 grant.

PERC Promotes Propane Autogas at Va. Energy Conference

WASHINGTON -- Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) President and CEO Roy Willis addressed the second annual Governor’s Conference on Energy in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 18, asserting that propane is expanding economic development and creating jobs in Virginia and beyond.

Verizon Adds 13 CNG Vans to Florida Fleet

CLEARWATER, FL -- Verizon has added to its Florida fleet 13 Ford cargo vans converted to run on compressed natural gas, as part of the company's goal to have 7.5 percent of its national fleet run on alternative energy by the end of 2011.

Go Natural CNG to Open New Location in Tulsa

WOODS CROSS, UT -- Go Natural CNG announced plans to open an additional sales and installation facility in Tulsa, Okla. To usher in the new 7,000-square-foot location, a grand opening is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 25.

Republic Services Invests in Natural Gas-Powered Fleet

INDIANAPOLIS – Republic Services Inc. announced plans to build a natural gas fueling station in Indianapolis and add 60 natural gas vehicles to its fleet there in 2012.

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Panasonic Enters into Battery Cell Supply Agreement With Tesla

PALO ALTO, CA -- Panasonic Corp. and Tesla Motors have finalized a supply agreement for automotive-grade lithium-ion battery cells that will be used in Tesla's Model S.

XL Hybrids Offering Hybrid Conversion Systems to Fleets

BOSTON - The company said tests will begin with the GM 2500 Series vans, including the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans.

Nissan Reduces Pricing for Nissan Leaf Home Charging System

FRANKLIN, TN -- Nissan North America Inc. announced that the AeroVironment-developed home charging system for the Leaf electric vehicle, including both hardware and installation services, now carries a price of $1,818 for a typical home installation.

Ford to Demonstrate Smart Electrification Technology

DEARBORN, MI -- Ford Motor Co. said that as part of its continuing research into how cloud-based technology can make vehicles smarter, the company will publicly demonstrate the technology during the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems this week in Orlando.

Greenkraft to Offer CNG Conversion System Plus EPA/CARB Certification

SANTA ANA, CA - GreenKraft Inc. announced it can provide a CNG system for all fleet operators that have 50 or more vehicles in their fleet.

GM to Produce Chevrolet Spark All-Electric Vehicle

DETROIT – General Motors’ Chevrolet division announced it will produce an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark mini-car, the Spark EV. It will be sold in limited quantities in select U.S. and global markets starting in 2013, including California, according to GM.

GreenRoad Expands Management Team with Four New Senior Executives

REDWOOD CITY, CA - Dixie Baker joins the company as senior vice president of North American sales. Karen White joins as vice president of product marketing. Amir Oz joins as vice president of systems engineering and operations, and Bill Wathen joins as chief financial officer.

Seven Automakers Agree on Fast-Charging System for Electric Vehicles

DEARBORN, MI – Seven automakers have agreed on a combined charging system as an international approach to charging electric vehicles in the U.S. and Europe. The automakers include Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche, and Volkswagen.

Blog Post – Welcome to EV Rider!

Green Fleet is in the process of launching a number of blogs on our site. The first post we have is for a new blog called EV Rider, which focuses on electric vehicles.

ANGA to Hold Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Fleet Symposium

WASHINGTON – America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) is holding a complimentary symposium about heavy-duty natural gas fleet operations Oct. 18-19 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

ECOtality Awarded $26.4M for Advanced Vehicle Testing & Evaluation

SAN FRANCISCO – ECOtality Inc. announced that its subsidiary, ECOtality North America, has been awarded a $26.4 million contract by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct the DOE’s Advanced Vehicle Testing and Evaluation (AVTE) project.


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