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Ford Selects AeroVironment as Preferred Charging Station Provider

Ford plug-in customers can purchase the Ford-approved 240-volt charger and schedule a turnkey installation by calling AeroVironment and customers will soon have a Web-based option for ordering their home charging package or purchasing their charging station.

U.S. Department of Energy Invests in Hydrogen Fuel Cells

The Energy Department launched H2USA, a public-private partnership focused on increasing hydrogen fuel for transportation infrastructure.

Hybrid Electric Powertrain Manufacturer Focusing on Vans

XL Hybrids, Inc. and the Knapheide Manufacturing Company will join efforts to upfit the 2014 Chevy Express and the GMC Savan vans beginning Aug. 1, 2013.

EarthWorks Using Propane Autogas for Landscaping Equipment

EarthWorks, a commercial landscaping company, is running its commercial lawn equipment on propane autogas, according to the Propane Council of Texas. The company said it has saved $41,600 in fuel costs.

Quantum Agrees to Develop $2.63 Million Natural Gas Storage and Fuel System

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. plans to engineer and develop fuel delivery modules and integrate Quantum's high-capacity ultra-lightweight Q-Lite natural gas vehicle storage systems with ZHRO's natural gas injection/engine conversion system.

Florida Approves Natural Gas Vehicle Incentives

Florida’s House of Representatives passed HB 579, which promotes the use of natural gas fuels in Florida, with a 116 – 2 vote on May 2, 2013. The bill provides a mix of incentives and tax breaks for commercial fleet use of natural gas vehicles and fuel.

BYD Building Electric Bus Manufacturing Facility in California

BYD, a Chinese firm specializing in rechargeable batteries, vehicle manufacturing, and green energy technologies, will build two manufacturing facilities in Lancaster, Calif. One will focus on electric bus manufacturing and the other on iron-phosphate battery manufacturing

GM Signs Climate Declaration

General Motors is the first automaker, out of a group of 40 U.S. companies, to sign a “Climate Declaration” calls for policymakers to address climate change by promoting the use of clean energy, improving efficiency, and limiting CO2 emissions.

Sylvania Lighting Services to Sell ChargePoint EV Charging Stations

Sylvania Lighting Services, a subsidiary of Osram Sylvania, announced a reseller agreement with ChargePoint to sell the company’s commercial and public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the U.S. Sylvania has already installed 33 EV charging stations in the city of Austin, Texas.

Clean Energy and Mansfield Partner to Provide Natural Gas Fueling Solution

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Mansfield Energy Corp. have partnered to sell Clean Energy’s natural gas fueling station construction and operational services to their respective customers.

LG Chem Michigan Plans to Start EV Battery Production in July

The company said the plant will build batteries for the Chevrolet Volt and that it expects volume to increase as the electric vehicle market grows and the company secures more contracts.

American Lung Association Report Finds U.S. Air Quality Improving

The American Lung Association’s 2013 State of the Air report found that air quality across the U.S. is improving despite the cities with the worst air quality having more days of high ozone and short-term particle pollution than in the organization’s 2012 report.

University of Wyoming Researchers Discover Potential New U.S. Lithium Source

Researchers from the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute (CMI) have discovered a new potentially large source of lithium near Rock Springs, Wyo., while working on a CO2 storage site project. According to the university, the U.S. currently imports more than 80% of its lithium used domestically from China.

GM said the Spark EV will go on sale in California and Oregon this summer. Photo courtesy GM.

GM Says 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV to Get EPA-Estimated 119 MPGe

General Motors said its upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV will have a range of 82 miles when fully charged and will get an EPA-estimated combined city/highway 119 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).

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.



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