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Chrysler, ZeaChem Team to Speed Cellulosic Ethanol Use

LAKEWOOD, CO -- Chrysler Group LLC and ZeaChem Inc., a biofuels and chemicals company, announced they have agreed to form a strategic alliance to accelerate development and market adoption of advanced cellulosic ethanol.

UQM Draws $3M Grant for Electric Motor Development

LONGMONT, CO - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $3 million to UQM Technologies Inc. for the development of non-rare-earth magnet electric motors for use in electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

Ford to Offer Solar Power System to EV Buyers

DEARBORN, MI -- Ford said it has teamed up with SunPower Corp. to offer customers a rooftop solar power system that will provide Focus Electric owners with enough clean, renewable energy to offset the electricity used to charge the vehicle.

Rebates Available for Leaf SL Buyers in Tenn.

NASHVILLE, TN -- ECOtality Inc. announced that $2,500 rebates are still available for the first 1,000 EV Project participants in Tennessee who purchase a Nissan Leaf SL model with DC fast-charge capabilities.

Toyota Selects Leviton to Provide EV Chargers

TORRANCE, CA - Leviton’s support includes program management of a certified installation team and a customer service center.

GM battery engineering teams have tested and validated the A123 battery chemistry at the automaker’s Global Battery Systems lab in Warren, Mich.

GM Awards A123 Systems Contract for Future Batteries

DETROIT - GM plans to use these batteries in future GM electric vehicles planned for sale in specific global markets.

Call for Sustainability All Star Nominations

TORRANCE, CAGreen Fleet magazine is looking for nominations of individuals who have made significant contributions to environmental sustainability in the fleet industry.

White House Sets Fuel-Economy Targets for Heavy-Duty Vehicles

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration announced new fuel-economy and emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses, heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans, and vocational vehicles.

Natural Gas Vehicle Seminar Set for Little Rock, Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Clean Cities Coalition and the Arkansas Energy Office are holding a natural gas vehicle seminar for fleet operators on Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Clinton Library’s Great Hall in Little Rock.

Arkansas Launches Rebate Program for CNG Fleet Conversions

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Energy Office on Aug. 5 announced the launch of the Compressed Natural Gas Conversion Rebate Program, which provides an incentive for fleets to purchase or convert their Arkansas-licensed vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG).

CODA Holdings Appoints Jones as CFO

SANTA MONICA, CA – CODA Holdings said it has appointed Byron Jones to the position of chief financial officer.

Unicell Gears Up for Electric Truck Body Manufacturing in N.Y.

ALBANY, NY – New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Unicell, a company that makes bodies for commercial trucks and vans, will invest $3.46 million to expand its Buffalo, N.Y., facilities to enable body assembly for an electric truck.

IKEA Partners With ECOtality for EV Chargers

CIONSHOHOCKEN, PA – Furniture retailer IKEA announced a partnership with ECOtality Inc. to host Blink electric vehicle charging stations at select IKEA stores in the Western United States.

PG&E Fleet to Test ALTe Plug-in Electric Hybrid Powertrain

AUBURN HILLS, MI – ALTe, which developed a range-extended electric powertrain used to repower light commercial vehicles, announced a collaborative effort with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) to help validate the company’s powertrain for the fleet industry.

Chevrolet Dealerships to Add Solar-Powered EV Chargers

DETROIT – Chevrolet announced plans to install solar-powered electric charging stations for its Volts at dealerships in North America.

Va. Legislation Sparks CNG Infrastructure Investment

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Infrastructure Developments Corp. (IDVC) said it plans to expand its compressed natural gas business into Virginia as the state bolsters efforts to convert public vehicles to CNG fuel.

Toyota, Tesla to Build RAV4 EV in Canada

WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO, CANADA -- Toyota and Tesla Motors confirmed that their jointly developed RAV4 electric vehicle will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC) in Woodstock, Ontario, beginning in 2012.

Johnson Controls Renovates Battery Technology Center

MILWAUKEE, WI -- Johnson Controls Inc. on July 26 opened its newly renovated battery technology center and battery test facility at its Power Solutions headquarters in Glendale, Wis.

Fresh & Easy Leases Natural Gas Trucks From Ryder

MIAMI -- Ryder System Inc. said it has finalized an agreement to lease 25 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, a leading grocery retailer.

Propel Fuels Expands B20 Biodiesel Availability in Northern Calif.

REDWOOD CITY, CA - Propel Fuels has begun selling B20 (20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent low-sulfur diesel) at three of its stations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Honor Local Green Fleets

LOS ANGELES – Clean Truck Coalition, Ability/Tri-Modal Transportation Services Inc. and Yusen Terminals Inc. are this year’s truck fleet recipients of Clean Air Action Plan Air Quality Awards.

BMW to Study Landfill Gas-to-Hydrogen Conversion

SPARTANBURG, SC – BMW Manufacturing said it has launched the first phase of a program exploring the economic and technical feasibility of converting landfill gas into hydrogen.

Expected trade-in values in Aug.

NADA: Prices of Fuel-Efficient Used Cars Still High in August

McLEAN, VA – Although used car prices likely peaked in June, average trade-in values of many popular, fuel-efficient small cars for the 2006-2009 model years are still expected to be 10 to 30 percent higher in August 2011 than they were at the beginning of the year, said Jonathan Banks, senior analyst with the NADA Used Car Guide.

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ROUSH CleanTech Expands Fleet Sales Team

LIVONIA, MI — ROUSH CleanTech, a leader in propane autogas vehicle technology, recently promoted Melissa Cox and added Brad Beauchamp to the company’s sales team.

Ford, Azure to Add Hybrid Systems to F-Series Super-Duty Trucks

OAK PARK, MI – Azure Dynamics Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have formed an agreement calling for Azure to integrate its proprietary plug-in hybrid technology into the Ford F-Series Super Duty product line.


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