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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.

More Than 100 Seattle & Portland Public School Buses to Run on Propane

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – First Student Inc. received a grant of $890,000 toward the purchase of 89 buses placed in service for Portland Public Schools and $450,000 for 45 buses to be used in Seattle.

The EV refuse trucks Chicago is acquiring will use the electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) system featured in Motiv’s bus pilot vehicle, but will feature a larger motor and 10 battery p

Chicago to Buy 20 Electric Refuse Trucks

CHICAGO - The City of Chicago plans to purchase 20 electric refuse trucks from Motiv Power Systems for $13.4 million. Each vehicle is a Class 8 truck with a range of 60 miles.

Ryder’s Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 6 Million Miles

MIAMI – Since deploying its natural gas truck program in 2011, the vehicles have replaced approximately 923,000 gallons of diesel fuel with natural gas and reduced emissions by more than 2,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.

The all-electric Fiat 500e is scheduled to go on sale in California in 2013.

Chrysler Reveals Sneak Peek of All-New Fiat 500e Electric Vehicle

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Chrysler released two images of its Fiat 500e all-electric vehicle, which it plans to debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show.

With the addition of the new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids, GE's alternative-fuel fleet will grow to more than 5,000.

GE to Buy 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrids for Fleet

FAIRFIELD, CT - GE plans to buy 2,000 new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids for its fleet as part of its goal to convert more than half its global fleet to alternative-fuel vehicles.

Spotsylvania County Converts Police Cruisers and School District Trucks to Propane Autogas

SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE, VA – The County converted 20 sheriff’s department police cruisers and four school district trucks and expects to save approximately $70,000 in fuel costs annually and displace more than 60 tons of greenhouse gases.

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NREL and DOE Launch New Online Alternative Fuel Tools for Fleet Managers

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched a new online tool, and redesigned the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center Web site, to allow fleet managers to determine the best alternative-fuel vehicle strategies.



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