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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.

San Francisco to Offer Free EV Charging

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee has directed the city to offer free electric vehicle (EV) charging at all city-owned charging stations located on publicly accessible city properties through 2013.

Ryder's new natural gas vehicle maintenance facility in Rancho Dominguez, Calif.

Ryder Opens Natural Gas Vehicle Maintenance Facility

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CA - Ryder System Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its first natural gas vehicle maintenance facility and took an initial delivery of natural gas vehicles in Southern California on May 4.

Report: Hybrid Sales to Fleets to Reach 7.4% by 2015

BOULDER, CO - A new report from Pike Research forecasts sales of light-duty hybrid vehicles to U.S. fleets to reach 7.4 percent of total fleet sales by 2015.

Report: Cost of Corn Hindering Ethanol Blending Plans

WASHINGTON – A new report from the Energy Policy Research Foundation concludes that one of the major obstacles to rapid increases of corn ethanol into the U.S. gasoline pool is the rising cost of ethanol's principal feedstock -- corn.

Tesla Model S

Revenues, Net Loss Both Climb for Tesla

PALO ALTO, CA – Tesla Motors Inc. released preliminary financial results for 2011’s first quarter, highlighting revenues of $49 million -- a 35-percent increase from the $36.3 million reported in the prior quarter. However, net loss for the quarter was $48.9 million, as compared to $51.4 million in the previous quarter.

This Shell demonstration station will serve local fuel-cell vehicles.

Pipeline-Fed Hydrogen Station Opens in Calif.

TORRANCE, CA - A new Shell hydrogen fueling station opened for business in Torrance, Calif., on May 10 -- the first in the U.S. that's fed directly from an active industrial hydrogen pipeline.

Ford Teams With Festival to Spark Green Innovation

DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Co. and the Green Festival have teamed up to find and fund innovative projects aimed at improving the environment.

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.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

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.

GEM's e2 model

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.

 

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