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EV Company Coda Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Coda Holdings has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The company is exiting the automotive marketplace and plans to restructure to focus on the energy storage business.

Gibson and Minton Join VNG.CO

Bill Gibson and Rob Minton have joined natural gas fueling infrastructure company VNG.CO. Gibson has joined the company as its vice president of fleet sales, and Minton’s new role is as director of sales.

Venchurs offers a new price point for its CNG conversion systems for 6.2L Ford F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks.

Venchurs Announces New Price Point for 6.2L F-250 and F-350 CNG Conversions

Venchurs Vehicle Systems, a Qualified Vehicle Modifier of CNG conversions for Ford Motor Company, announced a new price point for its CNG conversion system (bi-fuel and dedicated) for 6.2L F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks.

Allegheny County, Pa., Buys CNG Pickup Trucks

Allegheny County, Pa., has purchased two compressed natural gas (CNG) Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD pickup trucks. The County unveiled them on April 22, Earth Day, at a press conference.

One of the six new Nissan LEAF taxis in service in New York City. Photo courtesy Nissan.

Nissan LEAF Taxi Pilot Program Launches in New York City

New York City has launched an electric vehicle taxi pilot program that will use the Nissan LEAF. Six LEAF vehicles will go into service this spring as part of the program.

Earth Day 2013: Strategies to Keep Fleets Driving Green

From a fleet standpoint, eco-friendly driving not only provides many environmental benefits, it can also significantly reduce your expenses and otherwise contribute to a well-run fleet. The following tips recommended by Wheels are a few simple tips to pass along to drivers.

FTC Amends Alt-Fuel Vehicle Label Rule to Ease Compliance

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has amended the Alternative Fuels Rule, which consolidates the labels required on alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) with the EPA’s labels.

Toyota & Lexus Brands in U.S. Make Up Nearly 2 Million of Automaker’s Total 5 Million Global Hybrid Sales

Nearly 2 million (1,951,243) Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles have been sold in the United States — making up close to 40 percent of the total 5 million hybrid vehicles sold globally under the Toyota umbrella.

ChargePoint & City of Sacramento Celebrate 100th EV Charging Station Milestone

Many of the 100 installed electric vehicle charging stations were made possible by a state and federal grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative.

Report Finds More Natural Gas Vehicles Would Not Raise Natural Gas Prices

A new study from the American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF) finds that a transition to natural gas-fueled heavy- and light-duty vehicles over the next decade will have a minimal impact on natural gas prices.

Energy Commission Awards Nearly $700,000 to School District and GreenKraft Inc.

The California Energy Commission approved $678,889 to projects that will boost the number of alternative-fuel vehicles on the state’s roadways. The awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

Report Forecasts Nearly 22 Million Electric Vehicles Will Be Sold from 2012 to 2020

A total of 21.9 million electric vehicles (EVs) will be sold worldwide during the period from 2012 to 2020, according to a recent report from Navigant Research.

Altech-Eco Lowers CNG System Prices for Ford CNG F-250/350 and CNG Transit Connect

Altech-Eco Corporation, a Ford QVM gaseous fuel developer and installer, has announced it has reduced the price of its CNG bi-fuel and dedicated systems for both the 2013 Ford CNG F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup truck models and 2013 Ford CNG Transit Connects.

Earth Day on April 22

Green Fleet is interested to learn about what members of the fleet community will be doing to celebrate environmental protection.

Ford Launches New 1.5L EcoBoost Engine

With the launch of this newest fuel-efficient engine, Ford now has capacity to build 1.6 million EcoBoost engines annually. By the end of 2013, six plants across Europe, Asia, and North America will be producing EcoBoost engines, according to the automaker.

$12 Million Available for Hybrid/Electric Vehicles through California’s HVIP Program

Several of the nation’s largest fleets, including Frito-Lay/PepsiCo and UPS, have taken advantage of the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) program.

Spark EV Electric Motor Manufacturing Begins in Baltimore

The Spark EV electric motor will produce 130 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque to deliver acceleration of less than 8 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. It will be sold in California and Oregon this summer.

ROUSH Production of Ford F-650 Propane Autogas Systems Starts in October

ROUSH CleanTech is now taking orders for the new multipurpose Ford F-650 propane autogas fuel system. Offered in two tank size configurations, the systems help fill the growing demand for heavier duty platforms.

Bi-Fuel CNG System Introduced for Isuzu and GM Delivery Vehicles

Houston-based Nat G CNG Solutions announced that it is introducing its new DuraDrive bi-fuel CNG System from AGA Systems into Texas and Louisiana

GMC and Chevrolet Announce 2014 Crew Cab Bi-Fuel Pickup

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD bi-fuel pickup trucks will be available in the crew cab configuration to fleet and retail customers.

More than 48,000 Public EV Charging Stations Deployed Worldwide

According to a new tracker report from Navigant Research, there are currently 48,705 public charging stations around the world, spread among those operated by manufacturers, utilities, and third-party service providers.

GM Invests $332 Million for New Fuel-Efficient Powertrains

The investments will support production of a new Ecotec small gas engine, a new V-6 engine, 8-speed transmission, and tooling for an existing 6-speed transmission.

C-MAX and Fusion Drive Ford’s Hybrid Sales in Q1 2013

Ford hybrid sales totaled 21,080 vehicles in the first quarter of 2013, marking the first time the automaker has sold more than 20,000 hybrids in a quarter.

Energy Information Administration Releases Annual Alt-Fuel Vehicle Report

Highlights include data from 2011, including a 13-percent increase in overall consumption of alternative transportation fuels, a 52-percent jump in E-85 consumption, and a boost in biodiesel use.

County Fleet in Texas Projects $73,000 Savings with Propane Autogas

Williamson County began converting vehicles to propane autogas in 2009, and now operates 36 clean vehicles across nine departments, including EMS, Williamson County Constables, and the Parks Department.



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