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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.

Ford Plant to Build Range of Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Co.'s Michigan Assembly Plant, which once churned out large SUVs, has completed a $550 million transformation that will allow it to build not only fuel-efficient gas-powered cars, but also three production versions of electrified vehicles including battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars.

Clean Energy Fuels to Acquire Northstar

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has entered into a securities purchase agreement to acquire Wyoming Northstar Inc. and its affiliates for approximately $10.9 million in cash.

Clean Energy, Hertz Adding CNG Station in L.A.

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has signed an agreement with the Hertz Corp. to build and operate a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on Hertz-owned property adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

CARB Amends Diesel Engine Rules

SACRAMENTO, CA - In light of the state's struggling economy, the California Air Resources Board on Dec. 17 voted to ease some impending restrictions on diesel engine emissions. However, CARB's amended rules are still the strictest in the U.S. and will cost the trucking and construction industries an estimated $3.8 billion, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Indiana Fleet Adds THINK EVs

INDIANAPOLIS - Electric vehicle maker THINK has delivered the company's first U.S.-built cars to the state of Indiana for use in its government fleet. The 15 vehicles were shipped from THINK's manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Ind.

Legislation Extends Alt-Fuel Incentives

WASHINGTON - The Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 (HR 4853), passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 17, includes extensions of two key incentives for natural gas vehicles. In addition, the law extends the ethanol tax credit through 2011, and retroactively extends the biodiesel tax incentive and the renewable diesel incentive through 2011.

Nissan Delivers First LEAFs to Washington, California, Arizona & Oregon

FRANKLIN, TN - Nissan North America Inc. (NNA) recently brought sustainable mobility to several states with the arrival of the first all-electric Nissan LEAF vehicles to customers in Washington, California, Arizona, and Oregon.

Stoffel Retiring from UPS After 35 Years

ATLANTA - Robert "Bob" Stoffel, current senior vice president for supply chain, strategy, engineering and sustainability for UPS, announced he would retire Jan. 1 after 35 years with the company. Under his leadership, UPS has announced target goals for improving the miles per gallon performance of its vehicle fleet.

Vance Van Petten is part of a select group of participants in a Mercedes-Benz lease program for the B-Class F-CELL Hydrogen car.

Mercedes-Benz USA Delivers First Customer Zero-Emission F-CELL Vehicle

LOS ANGELES - The keys to the very first Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL vehicle available to U.S. customers was presented during an official hand-over at the newly renovated dealership of Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz in Newport Beach, Calif.

Icom North America Wins EPA Approval for Bi-Fuel Propane Engines

NEW HUDSON, MI - Icom North America, a developer and manufacturer of liquid injection propane systems for commercial and consumer vehicles, has attained the first U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for its Liquid Injection Propane bi-fuel systems for the Ford 6.8L engines, produced for Ford Econoline vans.

Nissan Delivers Seattle's First 100% Electric Nissan LEAF

SEATTLE - Nissan North America Inc. delivered the State of Washington's first all-electric Nissan LEAF late last week, following deliveries earlier in the week in Northern and Southern California, Arizona, and Oregon.

City of Clearwater to Build Natural Gas Fueling Station

CLEARWATER, FL - Clearwater City Council voted last week to build the Tampa Bay area's first natural gas fueling station. The station's first users will be City garbage trucks that will be converted to run on natural gas, although the station will be open to the public.

City of Nashua to Purchase 9 CNG Trucks

NASHUA, NH - The city of Nashua plans buy a fleet of trash trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of diesel. Aldermen approved two measures last week that allowed for the purchase of nine vehicles for the City's trash fleet.

National Park’s Alt-Fuel Fleet to be Highlighted on MotorWeek

GATLINBURG, TN - Clean Cities announced that Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be the next clean fleet featured by MotorWeek starting Dec. 25. The park has incorporated alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles into its fleets to help preserve the landscape and has a new biodiesel filling station.

BAE Systems Announces Development of HybriDrive Parallel Propulsion System for Trucks

JOHNSON CITY, NEW YORK - 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. The parallel system is the latest version of the company's HybriDrive green propulsion system.

Fleet Sales Support Chevrolet Clean Energy Initiative

DETROIT - By purchasing Chevrolet vehicles during the next year, fleet customers will be contributing to the automaker's $40M clean-energy investment project.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura unveiled Honda's plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (far left) and the Fit EV prototype.

Honda Launches Electric Vehicle Program

TORRANCE, CA - Honda launched the electric vehicle demonstration program with Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura conducting the first public test drive of a Fit EV prototype and an Accord Sedan test vehicle outfitted with a new two-motor plug-in hybrid system.


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