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Westport to Add CNG Ford F-450 and F-550 in 2013

VANCOUVER, BC – Westport Innovations Inc. announced it will expand its product offerings with the introduction of natural gas-powered versions of the Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks in mid-2013.

A123 Systems Approved to Sell Assets to Wanxiang and Navitas Systems

WALTHAM, MA – A123 Systems received approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to sell substantially all of A123's assets to Wanxiang America Corporation, and to sell its government business to Navitas Systems.

DOE Awards $764K in Grants to Lake Michigan Consortium

WASHINGTON – The Lake Michigan Consortium received a grant award of $764,266 from the U.S. Department of Energy to expand the use of alternative-fueled vehicles in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

Protean’s In-Wheel Electric Drive Named One of ’10 Most Promising Technologies’

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Protean Electric’s advanced in-wheel electric drive has been named one of the 10 Most Promising Technologies for 2013 by Car and Driver magazine.

Clean Energy Announces Completion of First Stage of LNG Fuel Stations

SEAL BEACH, CA − By the end of 2012, Clean Energy will have completed 70 new LNG truck fuel stations along highways that link major U.S. metropolitan areas.

New York Grants HOV Lane Access to Ford C-Max Energi Drivers

NEW YORK – Clean Pass, a New York state-run program promoting reduced greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption, recently ruled Ford C-MAX Energi owners could drive the entire 40-mile stretch of the Long Island Expressway in the carpool lane.

CleanFUEL USA Opening 37 Propane-Autogas Stations in Illinois

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – CleanFUEL USA announced the installation of 37 publicly accessible propane-autogas fueling stations at Menards home improvement stores throughout Illinois.

DOE and EPA Release 2013 Fuel Economy Guide

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have officially released their 2013 Fuel Economy Guide, which provides EPA fuel economy rating information for new vehicles.

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Electric Vehicles Debut at 2012 LA Auto Show

LOS ANGELES – Electric vehicles in particular were highlights of the show, with the Chevrolet Spark EV and the Fiat 500e making their debuts Nov. 28 during the show’s press days.

Baker Hughes Lowering Diesel Up to 65 Percent with Bi-Fuel Pumps

HOUSTON – Baker Hughes has converted a fleet of its Rhino hydraulic fracturing units to bi-fuel pumps as a way to improve operational efficiency, lower costs, and reduce health, safety, and environmental impacts. The new pumps use a mixture of natural gas and diesel.

City of El Paso to Install Three CNG Stations

EL PASO, TEXAS – The City of El Paso, Texas, has awarded Mansfield Energy Corp. a contract for the design, construction, and operations of three compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations to service city-owned and leased vehicles.

Altech-Eco Receives Final EPA Certifications for 2013 F-250/F-350 CNG Conversion Systems

ASHEVILLE, NC – Altech-Eco Corporation has obtained Certificates of Conformity for its CNG bi-fuel and dedicated conversion systems for 2013 Ford 6.2L V-8 F-250/F-350 pickups with Ford-supplied CNG gaseous prepped engine.

FedEx Express and Coca-Cola Plan for More Electric Vehicles

KANSAS CITY, MO – FedEx Express has initiated the deployment of 100 electric vehicles (EVs) in the U.S., and Coca-Cola also plans to deploy additional EVs in 2013.

Smith Electric Vehicles to Open Manufacturing Facility in Chicago

CHICAGO – Smith will open an electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago, marking its third location in the U.S. According to the company, the decision was partly influenced by the Mayor’s recently announced incentive program to replace diesel with electric.

Northern Indiana Grant Opportunity for Clean Diesel Project

CROWN POINT, IN - South Shore Clean Cities is currently seeking project proposals to be included in a collaborative grant application for the Diesel Emission Reduction Grant Program. Proposals due Friday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. CST.

Chicago Mayor Incentivizing Fleets to Replace Diesel with Electric

CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the City will launch an incentive program for electric trucks in spring 2013, designed to encourage private and public fleets in the Chicago area to convert their diesel trucks to electric operations.

DOE Invests $11 Million to Help Fleets Reduce Petroleum Use

WASHINGTON – As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced 20 new projects that will help public and private fleets integrate petroleum-reduction strategies into their operations.

Nissan Unveils Updated LEAF in Japan

TOKYO – Nissan unveiled an updated version of its LEAF electric vehicle in Tokyo, with enhanced features as well as more Japanese sales outlets with quick chargers.

Greenkraft Obtains EPA/CARB Certification for CNG System

SANTA ANA, CA – Greenkraft, Inc. reports California Air Resources Board and EPA certification of its 2013 dedicated-compressed natural (CNG) gas fuel system for 6.0L General Motors engines for 14,000-lb. and above GVRW trucks and custom chassis manufacturers.

Beyond brake energy recovery capabilities and reduced noise levels, the Autocar refuse trucks equipped with RunWise technology can cut fuel costs up to 50 percent, according to the company.

Miami-Dade County Trucks to Save Fuel with Advanced Hybrid Drive System

MIAMI – Miami-Dade used funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to purchase 15 out of 29 Autocar E3 refuse trucks as part of the National Clean Diesel Campaign's Emerging Technologies List.

Oklahoma DOT Adds 160 CNG Vehicles to Fleet

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has added 160 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to its fleet for use in its field division offices.

ROUSH CleanTech Hires Executive Director for Transit Fleet Sales

LIVONIA, MI – As executive director of sales for public transit, Randy Veenhoven will emphasize sustainability solutions for the public transit industry by evaluating their operations to incorporate vehicles fueled by propane autogas.

The Spark EV will feature a more than 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which will have a warranty of eight years/100,000 miles, and is capable of handling multiple DC fast charges daily.

Spark EV Offers Performance-Vehicle Power and Fast-Charge Capability

SAN FRANCISCO – Green Fleet had the chance to drive the pre-production version of the Chevrolet Spark EV during the GM Electrification Experience in Sausalito, Calif.

Venchurs reported that, as expected, there was no noticeable reduction in towing capabilities while running on CNG.

Venchurs’ Bi-Fuel Pickup Completes 4,000-Mile Road Trip from Detroit to Vegas

ADRIAN, MI – Venchurs reported that, as expected, there was no noticeable reduction in towing capabilities while running on CNG. The company said the bi-fuel Ford, which towed a 10,000-plus lb. trailer over 4,000 miles, performed exceptionally well.

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2012 GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator Now Available

WASHINGTON – Version 2012 of the GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator, developed by Argonne, now allows users to examine algae-based biodiesel and compare conventional natural gas to shale gas.



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