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Emergence of Battery-Electric Delivery Trucks a Top Story in 2010

The growth of mild hybrid plug-in electric power take-off (EPTO) class 7 and 8 heavy-duty trucks was another top story to emerge last year, according to Pike Research.

A group of vehicles from the Knoxville Utilities Board's fleet, which includes more than 500 vehicles fueled by biodiesel (B5), hybrid electric technology, CNG, and ethanol (E-10 and E-85).

Knoxville Utilities Board Fleet to be Recognized on MotorWeek TV Show

KNOXVILLE, TN - The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB), a municipal utility serving Knoxville and parts of seven adjacent counties, announced that the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCFC) recommended KUB as a candidate for the television show MotorWeek. MotorWeek will cover KUB's fleet in a one-minute segment that will highlight its use of alternative-fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles.

GreenMan Subsidiary Signs Agreement with Casella Waste Systems Inc. to Test CNG/Diesel Dual Fuel Upgrade on Refuse Trucks

CARLISLE, IOWA - American Power Group Inc., has signed an EPA Test Vehicle Agreement with Casella Waste Systems Inc., to convert one of its refuse trucks to APG's dual fuel system and begin on-the-road test trials and emission compliance approval.

Chrysler Group GEM Launches 2011 Electric Car Models

FARGO, ND - Chrysler Group Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, recently launched the 2011 model year GEM line of battery-electric, low-speed vehicles.

IBM Study Examines Factors in EV Purchases

ARMONK, NY - Based on a new IBM survey of motorist attitudes and a recent study of auto industry executives, IBM researchers have concluded that automakers still need to address driver expectations about electric vehicle performance, recharging and convenience. What's more, the researchers recommend that automakers initially focus on EV sales to both consumers and commercial fleets.

Saint Paul Mayor Christopher Coleman unveiled the City’s all-electric Ford Transit Connect on Jan. 18. The vehicle will be used in the Parks and Recreation department.

Saint Paul Adds Electric Transit Connect to Fleet

SAINT PAUL, MN - Mayor Christopher Coleman unveiled the newest addition to Saint Paul's vehicle fleet, the all-electric Ford Transit Connect, on Jan 18. The vehicle will be used in the Parks and Recreation department.

Genovation Cars Progressing on G2 EV Development

ROCKVILLE, MD - Genovation Inc., a Maryland designer and custom builder of environmentally friendly automobiles, said it has completed the first phase of its development of the G2 electric car model.

Studies Raise Concerns About EV Electricity Costs, Biofuel Infrastructure

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - A Purdue University economist has released two separate studies -- one on electricity costs for California electric vehicle owners, another on infrastructure requirements for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. The studies, both overseen by agricultural economist Wally Tyner, underscore issues that could hinder plans to expand use of these alternative fuels for vehicles.

Ford Focus Electric charging unit for business and home use.

Ford Focus Electric to Offer Leviton Charger

DEARBORN, MI - The Ford Focus Electric offers a charging station that Ford developed jointly with Leviton, a leading North American producer of electrical devices. The unit simply plugs into a 240-volt outlet, instead of being hard-wired into the electrical breaker box. As a result, removal and replacement of the unit is simple, should the owner decide to change locations.

Casella Waste Systems to Test Truck Dual-Fuel Upgrade

CARLISLE, IA - American Power Group (APA) has signed an EPA test vehicle agreement with Casella Waste Systems Inc. to convert one of its refuse trucks to an APA dual-fuel system and begin on-the-road test trials and emission-compliance approval.

Free Alternative Fuel Workshop in Seattle for Fleet Managers

SEATTLE, WA - The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has scheduled a free workshop for fleet managers that will address alternative fuel quality, infrastructure, available vehicles, safety, new technologies, and the environmental impact of propane autogas, ethanol, biodiesel, and compressed natural gas.

Boulder EV's Electric Delivery Truck.

Boulder Electric Vehicle Announces Trucks Now CARB Zero Emissions Certified

LAFAYETTE, CO - Boulder Electric Vehicle announced that CARB has certified its 11,500-pound GVWR trucks as Zero Emissions Vehicles. The company said these models include a medium duty delivery van, a passenger shuttle van, a flat-bed work truck, a parks-and-recreation service truck, and a service body build-out.

One of the THINK City vehicles at Duke Energy.

THINK Delivers Electric Cars to Indiana Utilities’ Fleets

INDIANAPOLIS – Electric vehicle maker THINK delivered 17 of its THINK City cars to the private utilities Duke Energy and Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) for each company’s respective fleet.

Ford Unveils New C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid Products at NAIAS

The two vehicles are based on the new Ford C-MAX five-passenger multi-activity vehicle, and each will offer high mileage and low emissions as well as distinctive body design and a flexible interior.

4th Annual Green Fleet Conference Set for Oct. 3-4 in Grapevine, Texas

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media has announced the dates for the 4th Annual Green Gleet Conference. The event will take place Oct. 3-4, 2011 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.

Chicago Mayoral Candidate Promises Smaller, Greener Fleet

CHICAGO - Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel wants to reduce the City fleet, purchase more fuel-efficient cars, and perform a detailed inventory of all City vehicles to save $5 million in fleet expenses.

Sacramento Hosts Clean Diesel Tech Workshop

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD in cooperation with the Yolo-Solano AQMD and the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition will host a workshop to present new clean diesel technologies on Friday, April 22.

Austin Fleet to be Featured on MotorWeek

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The City of Austin, Texas, will be highlighted as this week's Clean Cities Success Story on the MotorWeek television program.

'Man Caves' Vehicle Fueled by Propane Autogas Showcased at International Builder's Show

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MI - ROUSHCleanTech's liquid propane-autogas-powered Ford E-350 cutaway van, featured on the DIY Network television show "Man Caves," will be showcased as Ford's presentation vehicle at the National Association of Home Builder's International Builders Show.

CODA Raises More Capital for EV Production

SANTA MONICA, CA - CODA Holdings, a developer of lithium-ion advanced battery systems and all-electric vehicles, announced the initial closing of a Series D preferred investment round totaling $76 million. This brings the company's total invested capital to more than $200 million.

Alt-Fuels Station Coming to Davidson County, N.C.

LEXINGTON, NC - Fleets and the general public in Davidson County, N.C., will have easy access to ethanol and biodiesel blends beginning in April, when a new service station opens at Sparky's Marketplace in Lexington, N.C., according to the Dispatch.

The Volvo C30 Electric underwent a successful crash test at Volvo's labs in Sweden in December 2010.

Volvo C30 Electric Undergoes Successful Crash Test

DETROIT – Volvo and Ener1 announced that the companies have achieved a milestone in their two-year development relationship with Volvo by unveiling a crash-tested C30 Electric that uses Ener1’s EnerDel battery. The company said that this is the first time that a crash-tested electric car has been displayed in public.

Volt Named 2011 North American Car of the Year

DETROIT - The Chevrolet Volt has been named the 2011 North American Car of the Year. The North American Car of the Year is selected by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States, representing newspapers, magazines, Web sites, television and radio shows.

Ford Focus Electric Debuts at CES

DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Co. unveiled its all-new Focus Electric -- the company's first all-electric passenger car -- at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 7.

Enterprise to Begin Volt Rentals

ST. LOUIS - Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced plans to offer Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles for daily and weekly rentals later this month. The Volt, named the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year, will be available at the Mark Christopher Auto Center in Ontario, Calif., along with a new charging station.


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