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Toyota Prius v to Offer Entune Multimedia System

TORRANCE, CA - Toyota announced that the all-new 2012 Prius v, the first in a new line of Prius vehicles, will be the automaker's first vehicle to offer the Toyota Entune multimedia system.

Tesla Plans Electric SUV

PALO ALTO, CA - Electric vehicle maker Tesla plans to introduce a small electric SUV in 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported. The vehicle is called Model X.

Milbank, AeroVironment Reach EV Charger Deal

SAN DIEGO, CA - Milbank Manufacturing Co. of Kansas City, Mo., said it has selected AeroVironment of Monrovia, Calif., to provide electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to its customers through Milbank's nationwide distribution network. The partnership enhances Milbank's PowerGen line of renewable power solutions and furthers the expansion of EV charging infrastructure throughout the United States.

ECOtality's Blink Network Integrates with Cisco Controller

SAN FRANCISCO - ECOtality Inc., a major provider of electric vehicle charging products, said it has developed a way to integrate the Blink Network charger interface with the Cisco Home Energy Management Solution (HEMS).

Nissan EV Battery Plant Under Construction

SMYRNA, TN - Construction is progressing on Nissan's manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn., which will produce lithium-ion batteries to power the all-electric Nissan Leaf vehicle. The Leaf will be produced at the facility beginning in late 2012.

Auto, Energy Groups Collaborate on Smart Grid Standard

SAN RAMON, CA - The ZigBee Alliance, a group of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, is collaborating with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to develop the ZigBee Smart Energy standard. The aim is to develop technology that supports plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and enables vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communication and power capabilities.

GM Investment Aimed at Lowering EV Battery Costs

DETROIT - General Motors Ventures LLC has invested $7 million in Newark, Calif.-based Envia Systems to provide GM's battery engineering team with access to advanced lithium-ion cathode technology that delivers higher cell energy density and lower cost. In a separate agreement, GM has secured the right to use Envia's advanced cathode material for future GM electrically driven vehicles.

Public EV Charging Station Comes to Conn.

MIAMI BEACH, FL - Car Charging Group Inc., a provider of electric vehicle charging services, and the Norwalk Parking Authority on Jan. 31 celebrated the opening of an EV charging station in a municipal parking area in Fairfield County, Conn.

Bay City Cracks Down on Vehicle Idling

BAY CITY, MI - The Bay City Commission approved a new policy Jan. 24 aimed at stopping city employees from wasting fuel.

Tacoma to Buy 91 EVs and Hybrids

TACOMA, WA - Tacoma City Council approved the purchase of (10) 2011 Nissan LEAF electric vehicles, (70) Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor vehicles, and (11) Ford Fusion Hybrid detective vehicles.

2011 Chevrolet Volt

Chevy Promises Volt Nationwide by End of 2011

"We're accelerating our launch plan to have Volts in all participating Chevrolet dealerships in every single state in the union by the end of this year," said Rick Scheidt, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet marketing.

Mitsubishi Plans to Introduce Eight Electric-Powered Vehicles by 2015

The company has not released model details, but plans to launch the i-Miev in North America by 2012, as well as plug-in hybrid vehicles for the U.S., Japan and Europe.

CNG Refuse Trucks to Save Richmond $1M

RICHMOND, VA - McNeilus Companies, Inc. is supplying the City with its first 25 CNG-powered refuse vehicles, along with a complete maintenance program for the vehicles.

Tennessee Welcomes SMART Charging Station for EVs

KNOXVILLE, TN - The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Electric Power Research Institute on Jan. 25 unveiled an electric vehicle charging station that can also make electricity from sunlight, store electricity and put electricity back in the power grid when needed.

Yellow Cab Chicago Adding CNG-Powered Ford Transit Connects

DEARBORN, MI - Ford Transit Connect Taxis will begin winding through the streets of the Windy City in March when a fleet of the alternative-fuel vehicles joins Yellow Cab Chicago.

Mitsubishi to Introduce 8 Electric-Powered Vehicles by 2015

TOKYO - As part of its new Mitsubishi Motors Environment Initiative Program 2015, the automaker plans to introduce eight electric-powered vehicles for the global market by 2015, an interim goal in its Motors Group Environmental Vision 2020 plan and a core aspect of its Jump 2013 mid-term business plan.

Richmond, Va., Adding 25 CNG Refuse Trucks

DODGE CENTER, MN - McNeilus Companies Inc., part of the Oshkosh Corp., said it is supplying Richmond, Va., with the city's first 25 compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered refuse vehicles.

Plug-In Vehicle Conference Set for July

RALEIGH, NC - The Plug-In 2011 Conference & Exposition is set for July 18-21 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The event will address the present and future of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles.

Two Alabama Stations Add E85 Fuel

BAINBRIDGE, GA - Southwest Georgia Oil Co., which operates under the trade name Inland Food Stores, has begun offering fleets and consumers E85 fuel at the company's SunValley Market stores in Enterprise and Dotham, Ala., according to CSP Daily News.

Mercedes-Benz will begin  F-Cell World Drive on Jan. 30.

Mercedes-Benz to Showcase Fuel-Cell EV in Global Tour

DETROIT - Mercedes-Benz will commence its "F-Cell World Drive" on Jan. 30, showcasing its B-Class F-Cell vehicles and demonstrating the company's fuel-cell technology. The F-Cell World Drive will last 125 days, crossing four continents and the widest variety of climate zones.

EPA, DOT, and California Align Timeframe for Proposing Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Standards

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of California have announced that they will work on a single timeframe, with a deadline of Sept. 1, 2011, for proposing fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2017-2025 cars and light-duty trucks.

Coda Appoints Former GM Exec Murtaugh as CEO

SANTA MONICA, CA - Coda Holdings, a California-based developer of advanced lithium-ion power battery systems and all-electric vehicles, has named Philip Murtaugh the company's new CEO. Murtaugh was also appointed a member of Coda's board of directors.

Columbus Dept. of Public Utilities to Track Fleet Vehicles

COLUMBUS, OH - The City of Columbus expects to significantly reduce operating costs and improve efficiency in its utilities department by implementing GPS tracking solutions.

EPA Grants E15 Waiver for MY 2001-2006 Cars, Light Trucks

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Jan. 21 waived a limitation on selling gasoline that contains more than 10 percent ethanol for model year (MY) 2001 through 2006 passenger vehicles, including cars, SUVs and light pickup trucks. The waiver applies to fuel that contains up to 15-percent ethanol, known as E15.

The E-Ride EXV2 electric vehicle in use at Wisconsin State Parks' facilities.

Wisconsin State Parks Using Electric Vehicles for Routine Maintenance

PRINCETON, MN - Wisconsin State Parks has purchased 15 EXV2 electric utility vehicles from E-Ride Industries, which is based in Princeton, Minn. Park services are using them for regular maintenance and cleaning of park facilities.

 
 

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