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NY Judge Blocks Costly Mandate to Retrofit Diesel Trucks

NEW YORK - A New York Supreme Court judge recently blocked a Department of Environmental Conservation mandate requiring the owners of heavy-duty diesel vehicles to retrofit their fleets with costly new equipment.

BAE Developing Hybrid Propulsion System for Trucks

JOHNSON CITY, NY - BAE Systems, a leading developer and producer of hybrid electric technologies, is developing a parallel hybrid propulsion system designed for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications. The parallel system is the latest version of the company's HybriDrive green propulsion system.

APG Duel-Fuel System Moves Closer to Market

CARLISLE, IA - GreenMan Technologies' American Power Group (APG) subsidiary recently drew a series of exceptions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the testing and verification of a dual-fuel system for aftermarket diesel truck and tractor engines. APG's dual-fuel system displaces 40 to 70 percent of the normal diesel fuel consumption with CNG, LNG or bio-methane.

Biodiesel Plant Planned for Nebraska

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, NE - City officials in South Sioux City, Neb., have approved plans to issue $25 million in revenue bonds to help fund a proposed biodiesel plant, the Sioux City Journal reported.

Kansas Welcomes Public EV Charging Station

ROELAND PARK, KS - Kansas Governor-Elect Sam Brownback was among those in attendance Dec. 20 at Roeland Park City Hall to celebrate the installation of Kansas' first public electric vehicle charging station.

Va. Clean Cities Schedules Hydrogen Seminar

HARRISONBURG, VA - Virginia Clean Cities has scheduled a hydrogen energy seminar for Feb. 25 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. In addition, a similar program is set for Jan. 20 at the University of Maryland.

Calif. EV Rebate Program May Run Out of Funds

SACRAMENTO, CA - California's $5,000 rebate offered for the purchase of a qualifying electric car may turn out to be a short-lived incentive, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Stock in EV Maker Drops 15%

NEW YORK - Electric car maker Tesla Motors saw its stock drop 15 percent Monday, Dec. 27, after an IPO "lock-up" period expired, the Los Angeles Times reported.

GM: Volt Builds on Earlier Electrification Efforts

WARREN, MI - The Chevrolet Volts now being delivered to retail customers would not have been possible without the lessons learned from previous General Motors electrification efforts, according to the automaker.

More Vehicles to Feature Ford's Auto Start-Stop

DEARBORN, MI - Ford's fuel-saving technology that automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop - a feature found today on the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Escape Hybrid and some Ford cars in Europe - will soon be added to conventional cars, crossovers and SUVs in North America.

Study: 2011 Will Test EV Commercial Viability

BOULDER, CO - 2011 will serve as an important test of commercial viability for the new electric vehicles (EVs) coming to market, according to a new white paper from Pike Research.

Fleets Save 4 Million Gallons of Fuel Using Hybrid Systems

KALAMAZOO, MI - Fleet customers have collectively accumulated more than 100 million miles of service, reducing fuel consumption by 4 million gallons of diesel fuel and harmful emissions by 40,000 metric tons, by using Eaton Corporation's hybrid power systems.

Toyota to Reveal Prius Family of Vehicles at NAIAS

TORRANCE, CA - In addition to the current third-generation Prius and Prius Plug-in vehicle (PHV), the first all-new addition to the Prius Family will debut along with a Prius concept vehicle at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

AFDC Makes Charging Easier for EV Drivers

WASHINGTON - The Alternative Fueling Station Locator, an online mapping tool of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC), now provides a new way to search for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, making it easier for drivers to plug in.

FTA Awards Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges $27M for Alternative Transportation

WASHINGTON - The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that 47 projects in national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges across the United States will share in $27 million from its Paul S. Sarbanes Transit In Parks program to improve public and alternative transportation within the grounds.

Oregon Universities Testing Electric Trucks

ASHLAND, OR - The Southern Oregon University (SOU) Facilities Department and the Oregon Institute of Technology are collaborating with Ambiente Motors, a local electric vehicle venture, on an electric truck pilot project.

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Lands Top Product Design Award from Global Green USA

DEARBORN, MI - The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid adds another distinction to its list of attributes as a winner of Global Green USA's award for design innovation.

Last Chance to Save $200 on GFX Registration

TORRANCE, CA - Register for the Government Fleet Expo & Conference 2011 by Dec. 31 to save up to $200. GFX will take place at the San Diego Convention Center June 6-8, 2011.

City of Oxnard Fleet Facility Designated ‘Green Shop’

OXNARD, CA - The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has recognized the City of Oxnard with a second designation as a California "Green Shop." This recognition as a "Model Pollution Prevention (P2) Auto Repair Shop" by the state is for exceptional efforts to reduce hazardous waste, water, and air emissions.

Navy Takes Delivery of GM Fuel Cell Vehicle

HONOLULU - The U.S. Navy is among the first customers to take delivery of a GM fuel cell vehicle as part of the Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative, which aims to integrate hydrogen as an essential building block for a sustainable energy ecosystem in the Aloha State.

U.S. House Approves Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)

WASHINGTON - Update: President Obama signed The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) into law on Jan. 4, 2011. DERA was reauthorized for five more years after the President's signature, according to the Diesel Technology Forum.

Report: Hybrid Truck Market to Grow

According to a Pike Research report, the hybrid truck sector will increase from just 9,000 vehicles sold in 2010 to more than 100,000 vehicles annually in 2015, driven by regulatory compliance, improving payback periods.

BAE Systems Announces Development of HybriDrive Parallel Propulsion System for Trucks

JOHNSON CITY, NY - BAE Systems, a developer and producer of hybrid electric technologies, is developing a parallel hybrid propulsion system designed for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications.

Commercial Trucks Will Be Among the Fastest-Growing Markets for Hybrid Drivetrain

BOULDER, CO - In the face of rising fuel costs and stricter emissions regulations in many parts of the world, fleet operators are increasingly looking to hybrid drivetrain designs to help make their medium- and heavy-duty trucks cleaner and more fuel efficient.

Chevrolet Volt Takes Advantage of Creative Recycling

DETROIT - Oil-soaked plastic boom material used to clean up oil in the Gulf of Mexico is finding new life as auto parts in the Chevrolet Volt.


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