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SAIC, GM Sign Agreement for EV Development

SHANGHAI, CHINA -- SAIC Motor Corp. Chairman Hu Maoyuan and General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson have signed an agreement in Shanghai for joint development of a new electric vehicle architecture in China.

Alpha Coal West Converting 3 Trucks to LNG

WESTON, FL -- GFS Corp., which provides alternative fuel solutions for heavy-duty diesel engines, said it has entered into an agreement with Alpha Coal West Inc. to convert three Caterpillar 793 (240 MT) trucks to liquid natural gas (LNG) operation.

Honda Recalling CR-Z Cars

WASHINGTON– American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 5,626 model-year 2011 CR-Z vehicles with manual transmission, the NHTSA said, because of a potential problem involving the electric motor of the hybrid system.

ROUSH to Recall 286 Autogas Fuel System Kits

WASHINGTON -- Roush Industries Inc. is recalling 286 aftermarket Roush CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system kits used for installation on Ford trucks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. The recalled fuel system kits were installed on model-year 2009-2011 Ford E-150, E-250, E-350 and E-450 cutaways.

CODA Acquires Battery Management Systems Maker EnergyCS

LOS ANGELES -- CODA Holdings announced it has acquired EnergyCS, a leading developer of battery management systems (BMS).

350Green, Walgreens Bringing More EV Charging Stations to L.A.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Electric vehicle charging station developer 350Green and drugstore chain Walgreens announced plans to bring more than 100 public charging stations, including 35 DC fast chargers, to the greater Los Angeles area.

Waste Management Converting 55-Truck Fleet in Columbus to CNG

COLUMBUS, OH -- Waste Management said it plans to convert its refuse and recycling fleet in Columbus, Ohio, to trucks running on compressed natural gas (CNG). This will be Waste Management’s first fleet of CNG trucks in Ohio.

Clean Cities' Resource/Tool Tip of the Week

If you’re considering compressed natural gas (CNG) as a fuel for your fleet, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program can help you assess the economics. Many fleets find CNG to be a cost-effective, clean alternative to gasoline or diesel.

Las Vegas Adds Chevrolet Volt to Fleet

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas city officials said they have purchased a Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car as part of a program to test new environmentally friendly vehicles for use in the city’s fleet.

Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop Set for Sept. 22 in Oakland

OAKLAND, CA – A one-day workshop, titled “The Compelling Case for Natural Gas Vehicles,” is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Hilton Oakland Airport.

Green Fleet Certification Info Session to be Held at 2011 Green Fleet Conference

TORRANCE, CA - The certification program contains five levels of certification, allowing any fleet, regardless of size and budget limitations, to become certified and get recognized for their achievements.

California Energy Commission Prioritizes Alt-Fuel Funding Goals

The California Energy Commission last week unanimously adopted the state's third annual transportation energy investment plan. The latest investment plan for the Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program prioritizes $100 million in state funds to leverage funding and investments from federal agencies, research institutions, private investors, auto manufacturers and other stakeholders.

An EV station from GRIDbot.

City of Houston Launches Major EV Initiative

HOUSTON -- The city of Houston on Sept. 8 launched “Houston Drives Electric,” a major electric vehicle deployment initiative involving widespread installation of EV stations and the acquisition of a city-owned EV/plug-in hybrid fleet.

Midwest City, Okla., Attracts Grant for Biofuels Station

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments has awarded Midwest City, Okla., a $147,190 grant to fund construction and installation of a biofuels fueling island for use by city fleet vehicles.

Indiana Offering Grants to Fleets for Alt-Fuel Conversions

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced that funds are being made available to the public and private sectors to help pay for conversion of fleet vehicles to alternative fuels.

The CEOs of Chesapeake Energy and U.S. Steel help launch a new CNG station. Photo/U.S. Steel

New Pennsylvania Station to Service U.S. Steel CNG Fleet

WEST MIFFLIN, PA – U.S. Steel Corp. on Sept. 7 opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the company’s Irvine Plant in West Mifflin, Pa., to service company fleet vehicles that run on CNG.

DOE Awards $8.5M to EV Deployment Projects

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy announced on Sept. 8 the department will fund 16 projects aimed at supporting community planning for plug-in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The projects will receive $8.5 million.

NRG Energy Unveils eVgo Network EV Station in Houston

HOUSTON – NRG Energy’s eVgo electric vehicle (EV) charging network on Sept. 8 welcomed a new station, equipped with Level 2 and DC chargers, at Buffalo Speedway and Bissonnet in Houston.

Pacer Adds LNG Trucks to Southern California Operations

DUBLIN, OH -- Pacer International Inc., a major North American freight transportation and global logistics services provider, said it is adding a number of liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered trucks to its Southern California cartage fleet.

A medium-duty hybrid truck from Hino Trucks.

Study: Commercial Hybrid Truck Sales to Surpass 100,000 Annually by 2017

BOULDER, CO – As technology costs fall and diesel prices increase, the value proposition for hybrid trucks is strong. In fact, a new report from Pike Research forecasts that sales will surpass 100,000 vehicles annually by 2017.

The Hyundai FCEV Tucson stops to fuel up during Drive 4 Hope.

Hyundai Fights Cancer While Also Promoting Fuel Cell EVs

SAN FRANCISCO – Hyundai Motor America has launched the Hyundai Drive 4 Hope, a cross-country journey aimed at demonstrating the environmental advantages and performance of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) while also contributing to the national fight against pediatric cancer.

Staples Fleet Operations to Add 10 of Ryder’s CNG Tractors

MIAMI -- Ryder System Inc. and office supply retailer Staples have agreed to add 10 heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors to Ryder's dedicated fleet now servicing Staples.

Shell Ups Investment in LNG Transportation Fuel Market

ALBERTA, CANADA – Energy industry giant Shell said it plans to have liquefied natural gas (LNG) available for heavy-duty fleet customers beginning in 2012 at select Shell Flying J truck stops in Alberta, Canada.

CNG Ford Transit Connect Taxis Begin Servicing Greater L.A. Area

DEARBORN, MI – California’s first compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Ford Transit Connect Taxis hit the greater Los Angeles area on Sept. 8, when California Yellow Cab of Orange County put its first 10 Transit Connect Taxis into service.

SoCalGas, Oberon Team on Alt-Fuel R&D Project

LOS ANGELES – Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego-based Oberon Fuels announced a joint research and development project aimed at building a commercial facility for the production of dimethyl ether (DME) from natural gas for use as a transportation fuel.


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