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At the IMPCO plant in Union City, Ind., Darren Weatherly (left) and Robert Williams install CNG tanks on a Chevrolet Express cargo van being outfitted to operate on CNG.

AT&T Orders 1,200 CNG-Powered Chevrolet Express Vans

DETROIT – AT&T plans to take delivery of 1,200 Chevrolet Express compressed natural gas (CNG) dedicated cargo vans that will be deployed to AT&T service centers nationwide. This is the largest-ever order of CNG vehicles from General Motors, the automaker said.

CARB Passes New Rules Mandating More Zero-Emission & Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

LOS ANGELES -- The California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Jan. 27 unanimously approved a package of new emissions rules for 2017-2025 model-year cars and light trucks. The rules require that by 2025, zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles will account for one in seven new cars sold in California – approximately 15.4 percent of new vehicles sales in that year.

A pre-production vehicle arising from the Green for Free initiative.

Enova and Freightliner Displaying ‘Green for Free’ Vehicle in Portland

TORRANCE, CA – Electric drive system developer Enova Systems Inc. said a pre-production vehicle -- resulting from the company’s “Green for Free” initiative with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. -- will be on display at the Portland International Auto Show Jan. 26-29.

$4.5M in Grants Available for Natural Gas Vehicle Infrastructure in Texas

AUSTIN, TX -- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced that up to $4.5 million in grants is being made available to support development of a network of natural gas vehicle fueling stations in the state.

The CODA sedan

Former GM Exec Dougherty Named CODA Senior V.P. of Operations

LOS ANGELES -- CODA Holdings, a developer of all-electric vehicles and advanced battery systems, has appointed automotive veteran Dennis G. Dougherty the company’s senior vice president of operations.

AT&T Deploys 5,000th Alt-Fuel Vehicle in Fleet

DALLAS – AT&T said it recently deployed the 5,000th alternative-fuel vehicle in the company's fleet – a compressed natural gas-fueled van in Palmdale, Calif. The company has made considerable progress since embarking on a 10-year plan to spend up to $565 million to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles through 2018.

Northern Colorado Clean Cities to Meet Jan. 25 in Greely

GREELY, CO – Northern Colorado Clean Cities (NCCC) will hold a stakeholder meeting from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, Colo.

FedEx, Hertz & Navistar Among Members of New Electrification Leadership Council

LISLE, IL – A group of transportation and utility industry leaders this month formed the Electrification Leadership Council (ELC) – a new group dedicated to overcoming barriers to broad-scale electric vehicle deployment.

BMW ActiveE electric vehicle

BMW Accepting Applications to Lease ActiveE EV for Field Trial

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – BMW announced it is now taking applications to lease the BMW ActiveE all-electric vehicle in the test markets of Boston, Hartford, New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco.

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF Undergoes Freezing-Temperature Test Drives in Japan

SHIBETSU, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN -- Auto journalists put the all-electric Nissan LEAF through its paces on three snow-covered test courses in Shibetsu, Hokkaido, last week, in the freezing temperatures of northern Japan.

OnStar Using Chevrolet Volts in Google’s 'Gfleet' to Demonstrate Technology

DETROIT – Chevrolet Volt owners could soon charge their car with renewable energy using new technology from OnStar. OnStar and Google are working together to demonstrate the technology on the 17 Chevrolet Volts in Google’s “Gfleet” based at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Greenkraft CNG System Draws CARB Certification for GM 6.0L Engines

SANTA ANA, CA -- The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued an executive order that certifies Greenkraft Inc.’s 2012 dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system for use on General Motors 14,000 and above GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) trucks with 6.0L 8-cylinder engines.

2012 Chevrolet Volt

NHTSA Deems Chevrolet Volt Safe, Closes Fire Risk Investigation

WASHINGTON – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it has closed its safety investigation into the potential fire risk in Chevrolet Volts that have been involved in a major crash. The agency found “no discernible defect trend” and concluded that General Motors’ newly developed modifications “reduce the potential for battery intrusion resulting from side impacts.”

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Accelerating LNG Infrastructure Plans

SEAL BEACH, CA — Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has unveiled the route plan for the first phase of 150 new LNG fueling stations.

Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop Set for Feb. 16 in West Virginia

MOUNT AIRY, MD – The Clean Vehicle Education Foundation has scheduled one of its “Compelling Case for Natural Gas Vehicles” all-day workshops for Thursday, Feb. 16, in Charleston, W.V.

GO Group Airport Shuttles Transitioning to CNG and Propane

CHICAGO -- The GO Group, a major airport shuttle provider, is seeing more and more of its member fleets go green.

2 Natural Gas Fueling Stations Coming to Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE, LA – The city-parish government of Lafayette, La., plans to open a new natural gas fueling station at its public works facility on East University Avenue by next fall. Meanwhile, Apache Corp. is constructing another local natural gas fueling station that’s expected to open next month, the Advocate newspaper reported.

Tesla Model S Signature

Tesla: Model S Rollout Plans Not Affected by Exec Departures

PALO ALTO, CA – Despite the recent departure of two key executives at Tesla Motors, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Jan. 17 that production and sale of the company’s all-electric Model S will remain on schedule.

100 New UPS Electric Vans to Feature UQM Electric Propulsion System

LONGMONT, CO -- UQM Technologies Inc. said Electric Vehicles International (EVI) has ordered 100 additional UQM PowerPhase HD propulsion systems to drive all-electric UPS delivery vans that EVI is building.

BASF Invests $50M to Acquire Equity Ownership in Li-S Battery Developer

ISELIN, NJ -- BASF announced it has invested $50 million to acquire an equity ownership position in privately held Sion Power, an Arizona-based developer of lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries.

Ryder Signs Source Interlink to Flex-to-Green Lease for Natural Gas Trucks

MIAMI -- Ryder System Inc. announced it has signed its first Flex-to-Green lease agreement with media firm Source Interlink Companies Inc. With a Flex-to-Green lease for seven diesel-powered vehicles, Source Interlink will have the option to exchange these vehicles for natural gas-powered vehicles.

Eaton's EV supply equipment was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Eaton, Coulomb Technologies Team to Expand EV Infrastructure

LAS VEGAS -- Eaton Corp. and Coulomb Technologies announced plans to significantly expand the North American footprint of charging stations for electric vehicles. Eaton's Level II and DC quick-charging Pow-R-Station units will now give station owners the option to be part of Coulomb's ChargePoint Network.

Ohio City of Avon Lake Considering Propane and CNG Vehicles

AVON LAKE, OH – The city of Avon Lake, Ohio, is exploring the possibility of integrating compressed natural gas- and propane-powered vehicles into its fleet in order to cut fuel costs, the Morning Journal reported.

Production of VIA’s eREV Pickup Truck is scheduled to begin in 2012.

PG&E Joins VIA Motors in Unveiling Plug-in Hybrid Truck

DETROIT -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) joined VIA Motors at the North American International Auto Show to unveil an extended-range electric pickup truck designed for utilities and other businesses whose field employees need access to a power source.

Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid on the Way

DETROIT – Honda announced that its 2013 Accord lineup will feature the first application of a new two-motor plug-in hybrid system to the Accord Sedan.

 

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