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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.

Melissa Cox

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.

Website Highlights Green Fleet Funding Opportunities in Calif.

SACRAMENTO, CA -- The California Energy Commission has unveiled "Drive," a new website providing industry professionals, fleet managers and consumers with information about greener transportation choices for the 21st century.

President Obama greets Ford CEO Alan Mulally and other auto industry leaders following his CAFE announcement.

CAFE to Increase to 54.5 MPG by 2025

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced an agreement with 13 automakers to increase the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standard to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by model-year 2025.

Odyne to Use Johnson Controls Batteries in Hybrid Systems for Trucks

WAUKESHA, WI - The agreement also designates Johnson Controls-Saft as a “Preferred Supplier” of lithium-ion battery systems for its plug-in hybrid system.

Study: More than 5,200 Hydrogen Fueling Stations by 2020

BOULDER, CO – According to a new report from Pike Research, the key hydrogen fuel-cell applications that are currently seeing traction are light-duty vehicles, forklifts, buses, stationary power and scooters. Because of infrastructure investment, Pike projects, more than 5,200 hydrogen fueling stations for cars, buses and forklifts will be operational worldwide by 2020 -- up from just 200 stations in 2010.

Chesapeake Investment to Help Build LNG Fueling Infrastructure

SEAL BEACH, CA -- Chesapeake Energy Corp., the nation’s second largest natural gas producer, said it is investing $150 million in Clean Energy Fuels Corp., North America’s largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation.

Chesapeake, Va., Converting Refuse Trucks to CNG

CHESAPEAKE, VA - The city of Chesapeake, Va., plans to convert its fleet of solid waste collection trucks from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas (CNG) and to construct a CNG refueling station for use by the fleet and the public, City Manager William Harrell said.

GM and ABB demonstrated an energy storage system.

GM, ABB Pursue Volt Battery Reuse Applications

RALEIGH, NC – General Motors and ABB Group have demonstrated an energy storage system that combines a proven electric vehicle battery technology and a proven grid-tied electric power inverter.

Nantucket Energy Begins Supplying AutoGas to Fleets

NANTUCKET, MA -- Nantucket Energy Corp. has partnered with Alliance AutoGas to supply propane autogas to community fleets on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket.

Gulf Coast Transit Begins Fueling With AutoGas

GULFPORT, MS -- Coast Transit Authority (CTA) of Gulfport, Miss., has partnered with nationwide network Alliance AutoGas to convert a portion of CTA’s public fleet to propane autogas.

Fallbrook, Tomberlin Accelerate EV Development Efforts

SAN DIEGO, CA – Fallbrook Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of transmissions designed to increase battery life and performance of electric vehicles, said it is accelerating joint development efforts with two other companies: EV maker Tomberlin Group and driveline maker TEAM Industries.

Calif. Air Board Approves $40M for Green Vehicles

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Air Resources Board on July 21 approved up to $40 million for the third year of funding to promote the purchase of next-generation clean cars, trucks and off-road equipment. 

Volkswagen Releases 2012-MY Fleet Incentives

TORRANCE, CA – Volkswagen has released its 2012-MY fleet incentives, including those for clean-diesel-fueled vehicles.

B20 Biodiesel Approved for Hino Trucks

NOVI, MI -- Hino Trucks said its complete product line of class 4 and 5 cab-over trucks, as well as class 6 and 7 conventional trucks, are now approved to use up to B20 biodiesel.

Volvo Trucks Adds Factory-Installed NG Option for VNM Daycab

GREENSBORO, NC – Volvo Trucks North America said it recently delivered its first 10 natural gas-powered VNM daycabs to Talon Logistics Inc., the transportation division of Giant Eagle Inc.

Detroit to Host EV Safety Summit

WARRENDALE, PA - The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and SAE International will co-sponsor the 2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit Sept. 27-28 at the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center Hotel in Detroit.

Hybrid Truck Conference Offering Sweepstakes for 25 Free Passes

PASADENA, CA - The 11 annual Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF) National Conference, in Baltimore, Md. has created a sweepstakes offer to help 25 qualifying fleet professionals* to attend HTUF free of charge.

Seraph Energy to Market Diesel-to-NG Conversion Kits

SAN MARCOS, CA -- Omnitek Engineering Corp. said it has appointed Seraph Energy LLC as exclusive marketing agent for the company’s diesel-to-natural gas conversion kits in Pennsylvania.

EV Study Underscores Pivotal Role of ‘Smart Charging’

WASHINGTON -- Simply “plugging in” 1 million electric cars could add $750 million in annual wholesale energy costs unless "smart charging" is adopted, according to a joint study conducted by PJM Interconnection and Better Place.

BASF lab technician Christian Saffert tests various lithium-ion batteries.

BASF Ramps Up EV Battery R&D

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – Chemical giant BASF announced plans to invest a three-digit million euro sum in researching, developing and producing electric vehicle battery materials over the next five years. The investment will include construction of a production plant for advanced cathode materials in Elyria, Ohio.

Long Beach Clean Cities to Host Alt-Fuel Presentation, Ride & Drive

LONG BEACH, CA – The Long Beach Clean Cities Coalition meeting on July 21 will include an alternative fuel vehicle presentation and ride-and-drive segment highlighting offerings from Ford and other automakers.


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