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$1 Million Fund Available to Help Fleets Find Alt-Fuel Options

ATLANTA – American Fueling Systems (AFS), an alternative fuels development and consulting company, has announced it is setting aside $1 million to fund a Cooperative Agreement (CA) with fleet companies to provide answers related to using alternative fuels.

Dillion Transport Expands LNG Use

SEVILLE, OH – A new liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station has opened in Seville, Ohio, to support the expanding fleet of LNG trucks deployed by major contract freight carrier Dillon Transport, a liquid and dry bulk carrier serving Owens Corning.

MIT Study Says Electric Trucks Can Save Fleets Money

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The study shows that electric vehicles are not just environmentally friendly, but also have a potential economic upside for many kinds of businesses.

Waste Pro USA Receives Its First CNG Truck

ATLANTA – The vehicle, an E-Z Pack Hercules Front Loader body built on a 2012 Mack chassis, arrived in the Atlanta area Feb. 3 and is anticipated to be in operation later this month.

Hertz to Trial Wireless EV Recharging

PARK RIDGE, NJ - The Hertz Corp. and Hertz Global EV are implementing the first wireless charging system for electric vehicles (EVs) in the car rental industry.

Is Your Fleet a Top 50 Green Fleet?

TORRANCE, CA - Automotive Fleet is updating its annual listing of the Top 50 Green fleets. If you have more than 400 alternative-fuel vehicles in your fleet, take a moment to update your information today.

OnStar Creates API for Utility Companies That Want to Integrate EVs Into the Smart Grid

DETROIT – OnStar has created an application programming interface (API) for energy and technology companies interested in developing Smart Grid solutions for the Chevrolet Volt.

Iredell County vehicles fueled by propane autogas.

Winston-Salem Clean Transportation Meeting Focuses on Propane Autogas

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem Regional Clean Transportation Meeting focused on propane autogas last week. Steve Whaley, from the national Alliance AutoGas network, shared his insights on this alternative fuel.

The 2012-MY Ford Transit Connect Electric.

Fleets and Dealers Purchase 45 Transit Connect Electric Vans

OAK PARK, MI – Azure Dynamics Corp. announced the sale of 45 Ford Transit Connect Electric commercial vans to 25 customers in the U.S. and 25 customers in Europe.

EVI Establishes Michigan Office and Expands California Manufacturing Operations

STOCKTON, CA and SOUTHFIELD, MI – Electric Vehicles International (EVI) has opened a new office in Southfield, Mich. The company said its new office will primarily support EVI’s national sales and marketing efforts.

Hino Honored for Enabling Biodiesel Use in Its Trucks

NOVI, MI – The National Biodiesel Board recognized Hino Trucks with the 2012 “Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award” at the National Biodiesel Conference in Orlando.

U.S. Dept. of Defense Reveals Plans for PEV Program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Defense has developed a pilot plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) program that will help it learn more about the models for implementation within non-tactical fleets.

U.S. House Panel Approves Bill to Block Use of E15

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology approved a bill that requires the EPA to further study gasoline blends with 15% ethanol (E15) before approving it for consumer use.

Green Energy Oilfield Services to Get LNG Station

FAIRFIELD, TEXAS – Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has signed a 10-year agreement with Green Energy Oilfield Services, a major Texas truck transport provider, to build, supply, and maintain a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station at Green Energy's headquarters in Fairfield, Texas.

Ford Uses Plant Material Inside Doors in the 2013-MY Escape

DEARBORN, MI – Ford is using material from kenaf, a tropical plant similar to bamboo but related to cotton, in the door bolsters in the all-new 2013-MY Ford Escape.

CNG Fueling Station Coming to Wisconsin’s Green Bay Area

GREEN BAY, WI — TrilliumHD, a joint venture between Integrys Transportation Fuels and trucking company Paper Transport, announced plans to build the greater Green Bay area's first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station.

US Foods’ Oklahoma City Division Adds 5 CNG Trucks to Fleet

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – US Foods, a major food service distributor, announced that its Oklahoma City division has begun using five new trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Nissan LEAF battery

Nissan Partners With Tech Companies to Explore LEAF Battery Reuse Options

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Nissan North America Inc. has partnered with three technology companies – ABB, 4R Energy and Sumitomo Corp. of America – to evaluate the reuse of lithium-ion battery packs that power the Nissan LEAF.

CODA Sedan

CODA Hopes to Launch All-Electric Sedan Next Month

WASHINGTON – CODA Automotive expects to launch its CODA Sedan before the end of February, but the electric vehicle maker is still awaiting final Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) certifications that are required before sales can begin, the Detroit News reported.

Tesla Motors Slated to Provide Sneak Peek at Model X Crossover on Feb. 9

PALO ALTO, CA – Tesla Motors plans to unveil its Model X electric vehicle, which is built on the Model S platform but features SUV design elements, on Feb. 9 at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., according to a Mercury News report.

At the IMPCO plant in Union City, Ind., Darren Weatherly (left) and Robert Williams install CNG tanks on a Chevrolet Express cargo van being outfitted to operate on CNG.

AT&T Orders 1,200 CNG-Powered Chevrolet Express Vans

DETROIT – AT&T plans to take delivery of 1,200 Chevrolet Express compressed natural gas (CNG) dedicated cargo vans that will be deployed to AT&T service centers nationwide. This is the largest-ever order of CNG vehicles from General Motors, the automaker said.

CARB Passes New Rules Mandating More Zero-Emission & Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

LOS ANGELES -- The California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Jan. 27 unanimously approved a package of new emissions rules for 2017-2025 model-year cars and light trucks. The rules require that by 2025, zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles will account for one in seven new cars sold in California – approximately 15.4 percent of new vehicles sales in that year.

A pre-production vehicle arising from the Green for Free initiative.

Enova and Freightliner Displaying ‘Green for Free’ Vehicle in Portland

TORRANCE, CA – Electric drive system developer Enova Systems Inc. said a pre-production vehicle -- resulting from the company’s “Green for Free” initiative with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. -- will be on display at the Portland International Auto Show Jan. 26-29.

$4.5M in Grants Available for Natural Gas Vehicle Infrastructure in Texas

AUSTIN, TX -- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced that up to $4.5 million in grants is being made available to support development of a network of natural gas vehicle fueling stations in the state.

The CODA sedan

Former GM Exec Dougherty Named CODA Senior V.P. of Operations

LOS ANGELES -- CODA Holdings, a developer of all-electric vehicles and advanced battery systems, has appointed automotive veteran Dennis G. Dougherty the company’s senior vice president of operations.

 

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