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GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is home to the Chevrolet Volt.

Chevrolet Volt Plant Prepares for Production Boost

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.

Extreme Biodiesel to Produce Fuel for 2 Major Supermarkets

CORONA, CA – Alt-fuel and recycling company BookMerge Technology said its subsidiary Extreme Biodiesel has been selected to produce biodiesel for two major supermarkets.

Westport, Caterpillar to Collaborate on Natural Gas Fuel System

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.

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Prius v Still on Track for Fall Delivery

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.

GE Capital Fleet Services Launches Alt-Fuel Vehicle Website

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- GE Capital Fleet Services has launched a new interactive eco website that’s dedicated to alternative-fuel vehicles and services.

Transportation Sec. LaHood tours Nissan battery plant construction site.

LaHood Tours Future Nissan EV Battery Plant

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.

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BMW Group Selects EV Charging Solution

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.

GreenRoad Hires Jim Heeger as CEO and Raises $13 Million

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.

ECOtality Installs 1,000 Residential EV Charging Stations

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.

Quantum Develops Plug-In Hybrid Version of Ford F-150

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.

Iowa Gov. Branstad Considering Biodiesel Incentives Bill

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.

GM to Open Electric Motors Plant in 2013

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.

Alt-Fuel Workshop Set for N.J. in June

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.

FedEx Corporate Services Signs Agreement for Renewable Diesel

PASADENA, TX -- KiOR Inc., a renewable fuels company, said it has signed a ground fuel supply agreement with FedEx Corporate Services Inc.

Pike: Global Fuel Cell Shipments Doubled Between 2008 and 2010

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 Gas Light Plans CNG Vehicle Fueling Stations

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.

National NGV Fleet Forum Forms

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.

Elementary school students paint the "Green Eco School Bus."

Ford, Georgia Tech Partner on Hydraulic Hybrid Bus

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.

DOE, USDA Award $47 Million in Biomass Research Grants

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.

Solar Field to Power Chevrolet Volt Assembly

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.

U.S. Energy Secretary Says 1,800 Plus EV Chargers Installed To Date

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.

A123 Systems to Supply Battery Modules for Smith Newton Truck

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.

Chevrolet Volt Drawing New Customers to Dealers

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.

Ford to Use Google Prediction API to Improve Fuel Efficiency

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.

New CNG Fueling Stations Slated for 4 Airports

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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