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Heckmann Water Resources Shifting Fleet to LNG

PALM DESERT, CA - Heckmann Water Resources, part of Heckmann Corp., said it is transitioning its truck fleet from traditional diesel to natural gas.

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Clean Diesel Option Available for 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

NEW YORK – The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle – the third generation of the iconic car – will be available with the option of a turbo-charged TDI Clean Diesel engine, Volkswagen said. The new Beetle recently debuted in Shanghai, Berlin and New York.

Villanova Students Make Biodiesel Production Even Greener

VILLANOVA, PA. – Villanova University engineering students have been converting used cooking oil from dining services into biodiesel fuel for university grounds keeping vehicles and equipment for several years now. This year the students wanted to take their green efforts one step further, so they took the leftover glycerin from the oil-to-fuel conversion and produced sustainable soap.

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Polaris to Acquire GEM from Chrysler

MINNEAPOLIS – Off-road vehicle manufacturer Polaris Industries Inc. said it has agreed to acquire Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC and a manufacturer of electric-powered vehicles.

Dallas Transit Agency to Add 4 CNG Fuel Stations

SEAL BEACH, CA - Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has awarded Clean Energy Fuels Corp. a $40-million contract to design and build four new compressed natural gas (CNG) stations. The stations will support the transition of DART’s fixed route and paratransit bus fleet to 100-percent CNG power.

PERC to Hold Propane Workshop in Calif.

WASHINGTON - The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will highlight vehicles fueled by propane autogas at events May 3-6 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Florida Sen. Mike Bennett Promotes Biodiesel Mandate Bill

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Sen. Mike Bennett (R.) has proposed a bill that would mandate minimum biodiesel usage in all diesel fuels sold by dealers or wholesalers in Florida.

Koppy’s Propane Joins Alliance AutoGas

Koppy’s Propane and Alliance AutoGas partner to provide propane fuel to the Pennsylvania marketplace.

USDA Promotes Renewable Fuel in Minn.

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on April 20 highlighted renewable energy contributions to the Minnesota economy while touring CHS Inc., the nation's largest agricultural cooperative and one of the nation's largest suppliers of ethanol fuel. Later, Vilsack led a renewable fuel stakeholders meeting.

Fleets to Participate in Green Driver Challenge

DES PLAINES, IL – NovoNordisk and SimplexGrinnell have signed up to participate in Wheels Inc.’s EcoWheels Green Driver Challenge, in which corporate fleet drivers and employees will learn about and pledge to adopt sustainable practices that minimize the environmental impact of their driving.

Chevrolet VP of U.S. Marketing Rick Scheidt holds the 2011 World Green Car of the Year award.

Chevrolet Volt Named 2011 World Green Car of the Year

NEW YORK – The 2011 Chevrolet Volt was named 2011 World Green Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show on April 21.

Researchers Investigate Secondary Uses for EV Batteries

GOLDEN, CO - The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is teaming with industry and academia to give batteries from electric drive vehicles (EV) a “second life.” NREL’s partner is an industry-academia team led by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE).

Training Program to Launch for EV Charger Installers

PALATINE, IL – Schneider Electric, a specialist in energy management, is launching a EcoXpert certification program that includes training for electric vehicle charger installation.

NAFA Michigan Chapter Holds Alternative Fuel Conference

LIVONIA, MI - On March 24 the National Association of Fleet Administrator’s (NAFA) Michigan Chapter held its first ever Alternative Fuel Conference. The group held the conference at the Roush Museum in Livonia, in partnership with Michigan’s Clean Cities Coalitions.

Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf Earn Top Crash Test Ratings

ARLINGTON, VA - The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf have earned the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the first-ever U.S. crash test evaluations of plug-in electric cars.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf Named 2011 World Car of the Year

NEW YORK – The all-electric, zero-emission Nissan Leaf was named 2011 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show, edging out the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A8 for the top spot.

Hybrid, Clean Diesel Car Sales Rise Sharply

WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI - High gas prices and a recovering economy led to a 46- percent increase in hybrid and clean diesel sales in March compared to the same month of last year. This jump was about three times higher than the increase in the overall car market last month, according to auto analyst firm Baum and Associates.

Wheego LiFe

Wheego Delivers First LiFe EV

ATLANTA – U.S. automaker Wheego Electric Cars delivered its first Wheego LiFe -- a highway-speed, all-electric car -- on Earth Day, April 22.

Chrysler Developing CNG Vehicle Technology

DETROIT – Chrysler is actively working on compressed natural gas vehicle technology and expects to begin selling CNG-fueled vehicles by 2017, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Earth Day Promotion Gives Access to ChargePoint Network

CAMPBELL, CA - In honor of Earth Day, April 22, Coulomb Technologies said it will send free ChargePass cards to any new electric vehicle owner through the remainder of April 2011.

Nissan to Fix Leaf Software Glitch

NEW YORK – Nissan Motor Co. is asking Nissan Leaf electric vehicle owners to bring their cars back to their dealers so that a software glitch can be fixed. The problem has resulted in engine restarting problems in a small number of Leafs, the automaker said.

Toyota Launches Registration Web Site for Prius Plug-In Hybrid

TORRANCE, CA - Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. introduced a new online order system that will launch later this year for the all-new Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Sales Projected to Cross 1 Million Mark in 2020

BOULDER, CO – Commercial sales of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) will likely reach the key milestone of 1 million vehicles by 2020, with a cumulative 1.2 million vehicles sold by the end of that year, according to a new report from Pike Research.

Ford Pushes for EV Readiness Across U.S.

DEARBORN, MI – While Ford is gearing up to launch the all-new Focus Electric later this year and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid in 2012, cities around the country also are preparing for the arrival of new electric vehicles.

Oakland Plant to Launch Biodiesel Retail Sales

OAKLAND, CA – Sirona Fuels, which owns a commercial-scale biodiesel production facility in the San Francisco Bay Area, announced that its biodiesel fuel will be available for purchase at the Blue Sky Bio-Fuels facility in Oakland beginning on Earth Day, April 22.

 
 

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