DETROIT – General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, home of the Chevrolet Volt, will close for four weeks beginning in June for planned upgrades to prepare for a significant increase in the rate of Volt production, along with assembly of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan.
CORONA, CA – Alt-fuel and recycling company BookMerge Technology said its subsidiary Extreme Biodiesel has been selected to produce biodiesel for two major supermarkets.
VANCOUVER, BC – Westport Innovations Inc., which specializes in alternative-fuel technologies, said it has entered into an agreement with Caterpillar Inc. to evaluate direct injection, natural gas fuel system technologies for possible use on Caterpillar’s large engines.
TORRANCE, CA – Following Toyota Motor Corp.’s (TMC) announcement in Japan that delivery of the Prius alpha will be delayed, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A (TMS) announced that the Prius v is still on track for delivery to U.S. customers this fall.
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- GE Capital Fleet Services has launched a new interactive eco website that’s dedicated to alternative-fuel vehicles and services.
FRANKLIN, TN -- U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on May 17 toured the construction site where Nissan is building a facility to manufacture advanced lithium-ion battery packs for the Nissan Leaf electric car.
MONROVIA, CA – The BMW Group has selected AeroVironment as the preferred provider of electric vehicle charging equipment, accessories and installation services supporting the all-electric BMW ActiveE.
REDWOOD CITY, CA - GreenRoad serves First Group, the U.K.’s largest bus and rail operator company, and Ryder. Other customers include: Iron Mountain, Securitas Mobile, Mastec, Arctic Glacier, DuPre Logistics, and Quickway Carriers.
SAN FRANCISCO -- ECOtality Inc., which specializes in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, said it has completed the installation of the first 1,000 Blink electric vehicle (EV) Level 2 residential charging stations for the EV Project.
IRVINE, CA - Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. said it has developed a new plug-in hybrid version of the Ford F-150 pickup truck and will be providing the vehicle directly to fleet customers.
DES MOINES, IA – Iowa’s biodiesel industry is urging Gov. Terry Branstad to sign legislation that would give Iowa one of the most comprehensive biodiesel fuel policies in the U.S.
WHITE MARSH, MD – General Motors said its electric motor plant near Baltimore, set to open in 2013, will be the first by a major U.S. automaker that’s dedicated to making the critical components for vehicle electrification.
WASHINGTON – The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and Alternative Fuels Trade Alliance have scheduled a free training workshop in Trenton, N.J., for transportation professionals interested in learning more about propane autogas and other alternative fuels.
PASADENA, TX -- KiOR Inc., a renewable fuels company, said it has signed a ground fuel supply agreement with FedEx Corporate Services Inc.
BOULDER, CO -- According to a new report from Pike Research, global fuel cell shipments doubled between 2008 and 2010, from approximately 7,500 units to more than 15,000 units annually during that period.
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) has filed a plan with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to build a network of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations over the next five years in the metropolitan Atlanta region and along major transportation corridors in the state.
LONG BEACH, CA – Consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) announced it has formed a new group, the Natural Gas Vehicle Fleet Forum, aimed at advancing the use of natural gas in the U.S. transportation sector.
ATLANTA – The Ford Motor Co. Fund and the Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering on the nation’s first conversion of a traditional school bus to a hydraulic hybrid vehicle that runs on recycled biofuel.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Agriculture announced the awarding of $47 million to fund eight research and development projects that will support the production of biofuels, bioenergy and biobased products from biomass sources.
DETROIT -- The largest photovoltaic solar array in Southeast Michigan will be built at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, turning sunlight into electricity to help power the home of the Chevrolet Volt.
LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act have been used to install more than 1,800 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the country to date.
WALTHAM, MA – A123 Systems, which makes advanced Nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries and systems, announced a production agreement with Smith Electric Vehicles to supply battery modules for Smith's portfolio of zero-emission all-electric commercial vehicles.
DETROIT – The Chevrolet Volt demonstration units are a popular showroom draw for dealers as they let consumers look, touch and drive the electric car with extended-range capabilities. It’s part of the plan to gain exposure for the vehicle and the Chevrolet brand.
SAN FRANCISCO – Ford researchers are harnessing the power of cloud computing, analytics and Google innovation to identify technologies that could make tomorrow’s vehicles smart enough to independently change how they perform to deliver optimal fuel efficiency.
SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has signed long-term agreements with four major airport complexes in four states to design, build, own and operate new compressed natural gas (CNG) stations. The fueling facilities will support ground transport vehicles and off-airport parking shuttles.
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