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A Smith Newton all-electric truck in the Frito-Lay fleet

Smith Electric Vehicles to Open New York Plant in 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO – Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in the state of New York in 2012 to build the Smith Newton all-electric medium-duty vehicle.

Biodiesel Conference Set for San Francisco in January

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Conference is scheduled for Jan. 16, 2012 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

Freightliner, Enova Introduce Green Fleet Purchase Program

GAFFNEY, SC – Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) and Enova have launched a program aimed at making commercial electric vehicles more accessible and affordable to fleets.

Clemson University's Biodiesel Program Honored

CLEMSON, SC — The biodiesel program at Clemson University has been named Energy Project of the Year by the Association of South Carolina Energy Managers.

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NHTSA Probing Fire Risk in Post-Collision Chevrolet Volts

WASHINGTON -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Nov. 25 that the agency is opening a formal safety defect investigation to assess fire risk in Chevrolet Volts that have been involved in a serious crash.

BMW i3 Concept

BMW Showcases i3 Concept EV

LOS ANGELES – During the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW showcased the fully electric BMW i3 concept. Due for release in 2013, the electric car can seat four and travel an estimated 80 miles on a single charge.

Lincoln Energy Solutions Expands Biofuel Delivery Service Area

GREENVILLE, SC – Biofuels provider Lincoln Energy Solutions said it will double its fleet size by early 2012 in order to expand the company’s delivery service throughout the Southeast.

GreenMan Technologies Subsidiary Draws $60,000 Dual-Fuel Order

LYNNFIELD, MA -- GreenMan Technologies Inc. announced that its APG International subsidiary has received a follow-on order from ODIZIM/CNG Technologies Ltd., its local distributor in Africa, for the continued conversion of an existing customer's local delivery truck fleet.

2012 Volt Moves into California’s HOV Fast Lane

LOS ANGELES – A low-emissions package that qualifies the model-year 2012 Chevrolet Volt to access California’s high-occupancy vehicle traffic lanes will be standard on all models sold in the Golden State early next year, Chevrolet announced.

South Carolina Capital to Tap Used Turkey Cooking Oil for Biodiesel

COLUMBIA, SC – City officials in Columbia, S.C., are asking local residents who plan to deep-fry their Thanksgiving turkey to save the used cooking oil and drop it off later at the city’s Public Works facility. Midlands Biofuels will use that used oil to make biodiesel that will help fuel the city’s fleet.

Icom Earns More EPA Certifications for Ford Bi-Fuel Propane Engines

NEW HUDSON, MI – Icom North America, which makes liquid injection propane systems for vehicles, has earned eight additional U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifications for Ford vehicle bi-fuel propane engines. The certifications pertain to the company's patented JTG II Propane Liquid Injection bi-fuel systems for model-year 2009-2012 Ford light-duty trucks equipped with 5.4- and 4.6-liter engines.

Poet Targets 10% GHG Reduction in Ethanol Production

MIAMI BEACH -- At the NASCAR Green Summit last week, Poet LLC announced plans to decrease the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of ethanol production 10 percent this decade and produce 500 million pounds of bio-based products by 2015.

Southern Calif. Gas Co. Fleet to Add 1,000 Natural Gas Trucks

LOS ANGELES -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced it plans to add about 1,000 new natural gas-powered trucks to its fleet over the next five years. The trucks are part of the utility's green fleet replacement program.

2011 Ford Transit Connect Electric

Ford and Azure Dynamics Introduce Transit Connect Electric Wagon

DEARBORN, MI – Ford Motor Co. and Azure Dynamics Corp. have introduced the Ford Transit Connect Electric Wagon. The companies first introduced an electrified Transit Connect cargo van in December 2010.

MY 2013 Honda Fit EV

Honda Fit EV Makes World Debut at L.A. Auto Show

LOS ANGELES – Honda on Nov. 16 unveiled the all-new 2013 Fit EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show and announced plans to begin leasing the battery-electric commuter vehicle to U.S. customers in the summer of 2012.

Nissan Teams With Coulomb for EV Infrastructure Support

FRANKLIN, TN -- Nissan North America Inc. said it has selected Coulomb Technologies' ChargePoint Network to provide electric vehicle public charging infrastructure locations for Nissan Leaf drivers.

Mitsubishi i

Mitsubishi i, Nissan Leaf Top DOE List of Most Fuel-Efficient 2012 Vehicles

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) have released the 2012 Fuel Economy Guide along with the Top 10 EPA-Rated Fuel Sippers list. The all-electric Mitsubishi i and Nissan Leaf top the Top 10 fuel sippers list, which includes electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles.

Honda Civic Natural Gas Named 2012 Green Car of the Year

LOS ANGELES -- The all-new 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas – the only factory-built, CNG-powered car produced in America – was named 2012 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 17. The annual award, presented by the editors of Green Car Journal, recognizes outstanding environmental performance.

Obama Administration Publishes Proposed Fuel Economy Standards

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) on Nov. 16 formally unveiled their joint proposal to set stronger fuel economy and greenhouse gas pollution standards for model-year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light trucks.

Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEVII plug-in hybrid SUV

Mitsubishi to Unveil Concept PX-MiEVII Plug-in Hybrid SUV

TOKYO, JAPAN – Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said it will be showing 15 vehicles at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, including the Concept PX-MiEVII plug-in hybrid SUV, the Minicab-MiEV light commercial truck due for release in the Japanese market next month, and the i-MiEV that will be released in the U.S. market in early 2012.

Saddle Creek Corp. Adds CNG Tractors to For-Hire Fleet

PORTLAND, OR – Freightliner Trucks announced that Saddle Creek Corp. recently ordered 40 Freightliner Business Class M2 112 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors as part of the logistics company’s commitment to sustainability.

GO Riteway Now Operating 21 Propane Autogas-Fueled Vans at Wisconsin Airport

OAK CREEK, WI - GO Riteway’s President, Ronald Bast, announced during a ceremony on Nov. 8 that the company is moving toward a more environmentally-friendly business model through the use of domestically produced propane autogas, which now fuels 40 percent of their fleet.

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EV Wireless Charging Trial Planned for London

LONDON, ENGLAND – Wireless-technology company Qualcomm Inc. announced plans for a wireless electric vehicle charging trial in London. Qualcomm is collaborating with the United Kingdom government, as well as the London mayor’s office and Transport for London (TfL) on the project.

 
 

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