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GM battery engineering teams have tested and validated the A123 battery chemistry at the automaker’s Global Battery Systems lab in Warren, Mich.

GM Awards A123 Systems Contract for Future Batteries

DETROIT - GM plans to use these batteries in future GM electric vehicles planned for sale in specific global markets.

Call for Sustainability All Star Nominations

TORRANCE, CAGreen Fleet magazine is looking for nominations of individuals who have made significant contributions to environmental sustainability in the fleet industry.

White House Sets Fuel-Economy Targets for Heavy-Duty Vehicles

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration announced new fuel-economy and emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses, heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans, and vocational vehicles.

Natural Gas Vehicle Seminar Set for Little Rock, Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Clean Cities Coalition and the Arkansas Energy Office are holding a natural gas vehicle seminar for fleet operators on Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Clinton Library’s Great Hall in Little Rock.

Arkansas Launches Rebate Program for CNG Fleet Conversions

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Energy Office on Aug. 5 announced the launch of the Compressed Natural Gas Conversion Rebate Program, which provides an incentive for fleets to purchase or convert their Arkansas-licensed vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG).

CODA Holdings Appoints Jones as CFO

SANTA MONICA, CA – CODA Holdings said it has appointed Byron Jones to the position of chief financial officer.

Unicell Gears Up for Electric Truck Body Manufacturing in N.Y.

ALBANY, NY – New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Unicell, a company that makes bodies for commercial trucks and vans, will invest $3.46 million to expand its Buffalo, N.Y., facilities to enable body assembly for an electric truck.

IKEA Partners With ECOtality for EV Chargers

CIONSHOHOCKEN, PA – Furniture retailer IKEA announced a partnership with ECOtality Inc. to host Blink electric vehicle charging stations at select IKEA stores in the Western United States.

PG&E Fleet to Test ALTe Plug-in Electric Hybrid Powertrain

AUBURN HILLS, MI – ALTe, which developed a range-extended electric powertrain used to repower light commercial vehicles, announced a collaborative effort with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) to help validate the company’s powertrain for the fleet industry.

Chevrolet Dealerships to Add Solar-Powered EV Chargers

DETROIT – Chevrolet announced plans to install solar-powered electric charging stations for its Volts at dealerships in North America.

Va. Legislation Sparks CNG Infrastructure Investment

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Infrastructure Developments Corp. (IDVC) said it plans to expand its compressed natural gas business into Virginia as the state bolsters efforts to convert public vehicles to CNG fuel.

Toyota, Tesla to Build RAV4 EV in Canada

WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO, CANADA -- Toyota and Tesla Motors confirmed that their jointly developed RAV4 electric vehicle will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC) in Woodstock, Ontario, beginning in 2012.

Johnson Controls Renovates Battery Technology Center

MILWAUKEE, WI -- Johnson Controls Inc. on July 26 opened its newly renovated battery technology center and battery test facility at its Power Solutions headquarters in Glendale, Wis.

Fresh & Easy Leases Natural Gas Trucks From Ryder

MIAMI -- Ryder System Inc. said it has finalized an agreement to lease 25 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, a leading grocery retailer.

Propel Fuels Expands B20 Biodiesel Availability in Northern Calif.

REDWOOD CITY, CA - Propel Fuels has begun selling B20 (20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent low-sulfur diesel) at three of its stations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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.

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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.

 

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