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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.

GE, Nissan Sign R&D Agreement to Fast-Track EV Adoption

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI -- GE and Nissan have signed a two-year research collaboration to speed up the development of a reliable, robust smart charging infrastructure to fuel mass-market adoption of electric cars like the Nissan Leaf.

Dow, Argonne National Laboratory Team on New Battery Materials

MIDLAND, MI – The Dow Chemical Co. and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have signed an agreement for a multi-year research collaboration to jointly develop the next generation of materials for advanced battery technologies.

GE Energy Partners with Inovateus Solar for Carport Charging Stations

TORONTO -- GE Energy Industrial Solutions said it has reached a partnership agreement to work with Inovateus Solar, a U.S. solar-power distribution and integration company, to build new solar carports with electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

Propane Autogas Fleet Webinar Set for Oct. 20

TORRANCE, CA – A free webinar, “Propane Autogas: The Zero Compromise Alternative Fuel Solution,” will be held at 11 a.m. PDT on Oct. 20. Panelists include Todd Mouw of ROUSH CleanTech, Tony Dale of Ferrellgas, Michael Baessler of American Residential Services, and Tom Armstrong of ThyssenKrupp Elevator.

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UL Certification Issued for Ford Focus Electric Charging Station

MELVILLE, NY – Electrical device manufacturer Leviton and Ford Motor Co. said the new Ford Electric Vehicle (EV) Home Charging Station has drawn UL certification for UL 2231, UL 2251 and UL 2594. The new Level 2 EV charging device, designed exclusively for Ford, is also compatible with all additional industry safety standards and recommended practices, including SAE J1772 and NEC 625.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Market Projected to Reach $16.9 Billion by 2020

BOULDER, CO – According to a recent report from Pike Research, cumulative commercial sales of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) will surpass 1 million by the end of this decade, generating $16.9 billion in annual revenue by 2020.

Schwan's Home Service, ThyssenKrupp Partner with Clean Cities

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program announced that Schwan's Home Delivery and ThyssenKrupp Elevator have joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership.

 
 

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