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Toyota's Jim Lentz speaks to journalists about the automaker's plans at a meeting of the Motor Press Guild in Los Angeles.

Toyota’s Lentz Discusses Vehicle Plans and Alternative-Fuel Technologies Through 2012 MY

LOS ANGELES - On Tuesday, Jan. 18., Jim Lentz, president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. said the company plans to introduce 11 new/updated hybrids globally by the end of 2012, which include the new Prius models (the larger Prius V and compact Prius C) and the Lexus CT hybrid.

Pike Research Predicts Natural Gas Vehicle Sales to Grow 25.4 Percent During Next 6 Years

BOULDER, CO - Market research and consulting firm Pike Research predicts natural gas vehicle (NGV) sales, which include light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles, to reach 32,619 units in the U.S. marketplace in 2016, according to a new report. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2010 and 2016 of 25.4 percent.

Chrysler and EPA Partner to Bring Hydraulic Hybrid Technology to Light-Duty Vehicles

WASHINGTON - The U.S. EPA and Chrysler have signed an agreement to develop and adapt hydraulic hybrid technology for large passenger cars and other light-duty vehicles. The automaker’s and the EPA’s goal is to design a Chrysler Town & Country minivan as a demonstration vehicle, using the patented technology developed by the EPA, and test the vehicle in 2012.

The all-new Ford Focus Electric is a zero-CO2-emissions, gasoline-free version of Ford's popular small car and is the flagship of the company's growing fleet of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric

Ford Focus Electric Offers Eco-Friendly Features

The vehicle has soy-based seat cushions and uses post-consumer plastics in the carpets, roof lining and replacement bumpers.

Compressed Natural Gas Prices Plummet

Fuel prices for CNG are well below $1 per gallon in some areas.

Emergence of Battery-Electric Delivery Trucks a Top Story in 2010

The growth of mild hybrid plug-in electric power take-off (EPTO) class 7 and 8 heavy-duty trucks was another top story to emerge last year, according to Pike Research.

A group of vehicles from the Knoxville Utilities Board's fleet, which includes more than 500 vehicles fueled by biodiesel (B5), hybrid electric technology, CNG, and ethanol (E-10 and E-85).

Knoxville Utilities Board Fleet to be Recognized on MotorWeek TV Show

KNOXVILLE, TN - The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB), a municipal utility serving Knoxville and parts of seven adjacent counties, announced that the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCFC) recommended KUB as a candidate for the television show MotorWeek. MotorWeek will cover KUB's fleet in a one-minute segment that will highlight its use of alternative-fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles.

GreenMan Subsidiary Signs Agreement with Casella Waste Systems Inc. to Test CNG/Diesel Dual Fuel Upgrade on Refuse Trucks

CARLISLE, IOWA - American Power Group Inc., has signed an EPA Test Vehicle Agreement with Casella Waste Systems Inc., to convert one of its refuse trucks to APG's dual fuel system and begin on-the-road test trials and emission compliance approval.

Chrysler Group GEM Launches 2011 Electric Car Models

FARGO, ND - Chrysler Group Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, recently launched the 2011 model year GEM line of battery-electric, low-speed vehicles.

IBM Study Examines Factors in EV Purchases

ARMONK, NY - Based on a new IBM survey of motorist attitudes and a recent study of auto industry executives, IBM researchers have concluded that automakers still need to address driver expectations about electric vehicle performance, recharging and convenience. What's more, the researchers recommend that automakers initially focus on EV sales to both consumers and commercial fleets.

Saint Paul Mayor Christopher Coleman unveiled the City’s all-electric Ford Transit Connect on Jan. 18. The vehicle will be used in the Parks and Recreation department.

Saint Paul Adds Electric Transit Connect to Fleet

SAINT PAUL, MN - Mayor Christopher Coleman unveiled the newest addition to Saint Paul's vehicle fleet, the all-electric Ford Transit Connect, on Jan 18. The vehicle will be used in the Parks and Recreation department.

Genovation Cars Progressing on G2 EV Development

ROCKVILLE, MD - Genovation Inc., a Maryland designer and custom builder of environmentally friendly automobiles, said it has completed the first phase of its development of the G2 electric car model.

Studies Raise Concerns About EV Electricity Costs, Biofuel Infrastructure

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - A Purdue University economist has released two separate studies -- one on electricity costs for California electric vehicle owners, another on infrastructure requirements for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. The studies, both overseen by agricultural economist Wally Tyner, underscore issues that could hinder plans to expand use of these alternative fuels for vehicles.

Ford Focus Electric charging unit for business and home use.

Ford Focus Electric to Offer Leviton Charger

DEARBORN, MI - The Ford Focus Electric offers a charging station that Ford developed jointly with Leviton, a leading North American producer of electrical devices. The unit simply plugs into a 240-volt outlet, instead of being hard-wired into the electrical breaker box. As a result, removal and replacement of the unit is simple, should the owner decide to change locations.

Casella Waste Systems to Test Truck Dual-Fuel Upgrade

CARLISLE, IA - American Power Group (APA) has signed an EPA test vehicle agreement with Casella Waste Systems Inc. to convert one of its refuse trucks to an APA dual-fuel system and begin on-the-road test trials and emission-compliance approval.

Free Alternative Fuel Workshop in Seattle for Fleet Managers

SEATTLE, WA - The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has scheduled a free workshop for fleet managers that will address alternative fuel quality, infrastructure, available vehicles, safety, new technologies, and the environmental impact of propane autogas, ethanol, biodiesel, and compressed natural gas.

Boulder EV's Electric Delivery Truck.

Boulder Electric Vehicle Announces Trucks Now CARB Zero Emissions Certified

LAFAYETTE, CO - Boulder Electric Vehicle announced that CARB has certified its 11,500-pound GVWR trucks as Zero Emissions Vehicles. The company said these models include a medium duty delivery van, a passenger shuttle van, a flat-bed work truck, a parks-and-recreation service truck, and a service body build-out.

One of the THINK City vehicles at Duke Energy.

THINK Delivers Electric Cars to Indiana Utilities’ Fleets

INDIANAPOLIS – Electric vehicle maker THINK delivered 17 of its THINK City cars to the private utilities Duke Energy and Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) for each company’s respective fleet.

Ford Unveils New C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid Products at NAIAS

The two vehicles are based on the new Ford C-MAX five-passenger multi-activity vehicle, and each will offer high mileage and low emissions as well as distinctive body design and a flexible interior.

4th Annual Green Fleet Conference Set for Oct. 3-4 in Grapevine, Texas

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media has announced the dates for the 4th Annual Green Gleet Conference. The event will take place Oct. 3-4, 2011 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.

Chicago Mayoral Candidate Promises Smaller, Greener Fleet

CHICAGO - Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel wants to reduce the City fleet, purchase more fuel-efficient cars, and perform a detailed inventory of all City vehicles to save $5 million in fleet expenses.

Sacramento Hosts Clean Diesel Tech Workshop

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD in cooperation with the Yolo-Solano AQMD and the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition will host a workshop to present new clean diesel technologies on Friday, April 22.

Austin Fleet to be Featured on MotorWeek

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The City of Austin, Texas, will be highlighted as this week's Clean Cities Success Story on the MotorWeek television program.

'Man Caves' Vehicle Fueled by Propane Autogas Showcased at International Builder's Show

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MI - ROUSHCleanTech's liquid propane-autogas-powered Ford E-350 cutaway van, featured on the DIY Network television show "Man Caves," will be showcased as Ford's presentation vehicle at the National Association of Home Builder's International Builders Show.

CODA Raises More Capital for EV Production

SANTA MONICA, CA - CODA Holdings, a developer of lithium-ion advanced battery systems and all-electric vehicles, announced the initial closing of a Series D preferred investment round totaling $76 million. This brings the company's total invested capital to more than $200 million.

 
 

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