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10 States and Washington D.C. Form Northeast Electric Vehicle Network

WASHINGTON – Officials from 10 states and the District of Columbia announced the formation of the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network, a group dedicated to promoting electric vehicle use and establishing an EV infrastructure.

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Chinese EV Maker BYD Opens L.A. Office

LOS ANGELES – Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD last week opened its North American headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.

CSA Opens New Lab to Test Components for Hydrogen Vehicles

CLEVELAND – CSA International, a testing and certification organization, has unveiled a new laboratory within its Cleveland facility to offer third-party testing of appliances and components for hydrogen vehicles and fueling stations.

Delphi's new power inverter for EVs and hybrids

Delphi Introduces New Power Inverter for EVs and Hybrids

MUNICH, GERMANY — Delphi Automotive is launching a new power inverter for electric motors in hybrid and electric vehicles. The power inverter is designed to increase fuel economy, reduce emissions and cut costs.

Mitsubishi Unveils 2 New Fuel-Saving Technologies

TOKYO, JAPAN -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said it has developed two new fuel-saving technologies: the 4J10 lightweight and compact 1.8-liter gasoline engine incorporating a new version of the company's MIVEC variable valve timing system and the latest version of the company's Auto Stop & Go (AS&G) idle-stop technology.

Green Car Journal Announces '2012 Green Car of the Year' Finalists

LOS ANGELES - This award, which will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17, honors environmental leadership in the automotive field.

Nissan to Sell New Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - The company said that in addition to the new vehicle, it plans to improve fuel economy, by 35 percent on a corporate average compared with 2005, on all of its vehicles sold in the U.S., Japan, China, and Europe.

E85 Station Comes to Navy Base in Pensacola

PENSACOLA, FL – The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), in partnership with Protec Fuel, has opened its sixth E85 station on a U.S. Navy base at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

The 2012 Fisker Karma.

Fisker Automotive Confirms Karma EPA Certification

ANAHEIM, CA - With this announcement, Fisker said its dealers will be able to start selling the vehicle to customers in most states.

Study: End of Hybrid Access to Carpool Lanes Slows Traffic Overall

BERKELEY, CA — When California terminated a program that gave carpool lane access to hybrid car drivers traveling alone, the state created an unintentional consequence: slowed traffic in all lanes, according to transportation engineers at the University of California, Berkeley.

Pittsburgh Clean Cities, Townships Conducting Fleet Conversion Study

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities is working with three local municipalities – Peters, Upper St. Clair and North Strabane – to conduct a study into the feasibility of converting public fleet vehicles to alternative fuels.

Westport Innovations Acquires NG Fuel Systems Supplier

VANCOUVER, CANADA -- Westport Innovations Inc., a major manufacturer of natural gas engines, said it has acquired Alternative Fuel Vehicle Sweden AB (AFV) of Gothenburg, Sweden, for approximately SEK 51 million (approximately US$7.6 million). AFV is the sole supplier of natural gas fuel systems to Volvo Car Co.

Container Recycler UBCR Converting Fleet to Natural Gas

MIAMI – Beverage container recycler UBCR LLC is partnering with Ryder System Inc. in a Michigan natural gas fleet project that includes 16 heavy-duty natural gas vehicles, upgrades to two maintenance facilities, and the construction of two new natural gas fueling stations.

EPA Awards $50 Million for Clean Diesel Projects

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $50 million for clean diesel projects. These efforts will replace, retrofit or repower more than 8,000 older school buses, trucks, locomotives, vessels and other diesel-powered machines, the EPA said.

Encana Opens CNG Stations in Alberta and Wyoming

STRATHMORE, ALBERTA, CANADA – Encana Natural Gas Inc., a subsidiary of Encana Corp., recently opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) station in southern Alberta.

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.

 

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