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Congress to End Green Car Tax Credit

Congress declined to include the credit as part of the $858 billion tax bill approved by the Senate on an 81-19 vote Wednesday. A House vote, without the green-car tax provision, is expected today.

Senate Bill Extends Ethanol Tax Credit, Tariff

The legislation extends through 2011 the 45 cent a gallon ethanol tax credit and a 54-cent tariff on imported ethanol.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels drives the THINK City car during a vehicle presentation Dec. 16 at Fort Harrison State Park outside of Indianapolis.

Indiana Takes Delivery of 15 THINK Electric Cars

INDIANAPOLIS - The State of Indiana on Wednesday took delivery of 15 THINK City electric passenger cars for use principally by the Department of Resources in the State's park system.

City of McKinney to Install EV Charging Stations & Convert Vehicles

McKINNEY, TEXAS - The City of McKinney will receive rebates from TXU Energy to install four electric vehicle charging stations and convert several city vehicles to electric hybrid vehicles under the TXU Energy EV Accelerator Program.

Pictured are Micheal Austin, vice president of BYD America; Rudolf Montiel, HACLA president and CEO; and David Esparza of the City of Los Angeles, with BYD fleet vehicles. (Photo: Business Wire)

Los Angeles Agency Launches EV Testing Program

LOS ANGELES - The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) is testing 10 BYD F3DM dual-mode electric sedans at its offices. HACLA expects each vehicle will significantly reduce fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by almost 37 lbs. annually.

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.

City of Torrance Test Drives Honda’s New EV & PHEV

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.

California Energy Commission Approves Wrightspeed's Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Plant Grant

SAN JOSE, CA - Wrightspeed, Inc., an advanced clean energy transportation company, announced that the California Energy Commission has approved its $1,197,064 grant solicitation for the development of its Digital DriveSystem retrofit kit for medium-duty fleet trucks.

EV Group Recommends More Fleet Incentives

LOS ANGELES - The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative -- comprising a range of state agencies, groups and companies with a stake in the growing EV market -- is calling for more measures to support fleet purchases of the vehicles.

Fire Destroys Pa. Biodiesel Plant

NEW OXFORD, PA - Fire destroyed the Soy Energy biodiesel plant on Dec. 11. Firefighters battled the blaze for 10 hours, and authorities are now investigating the fire's cause, the Associated Press reported.

Russian Billionaire Enters Hybrid Vehicle Market

MOSCOW - Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, the new majority owner of the New Jersey Nets NBA team, announced plans to produce a new $10,000 hybrid car for the European market, the Wall Street Journal reported.

EPA Helps Fund Big Rig Retrofit Efforts in South

NASHVILLE, TN - The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $5 million to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy to help Southern truckers and businesses buy cleaner big rigs.

Nissan Leaf Power System Named to 'Best Engine' List

PONTIAC, MI - Ward's AutoWorld magazine has included the Nissan Leaf's all-electric, zero-emission drive system on the publication's 10 Best Engines list for 2011.

Walgreens in Houston to Get EV Charging Stations in February

DEERFIELD, IL - Walgreens is participating in the nation's first privately funded and comprehensive electric vehicle support solution in Houston, where NRG Energy will install high-powered rapid charging stations for electric vehicles at 18 initial Walgreens locations.

CARB Approves THINK City Vehicle

DEARBORN, MI - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved the THINK City as a zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV), paving the way for THINK to sell the all-electric THINK City in California, 12 other states, and the District of Columbia that have adopted California's ZEV requirements.

SAP Labs U.S. Installs EV Charging Stations at Palo Alto Headquarters

PALO ALTO, CA - SAP showcased several installed ChargePoint stations along with new EVs, at the SAP Energy Efficiency Showcase held Dec. 9 at the SAP Labs U.S., Palo Alto campus.

Chevrolet Volts Begin Shipping to Dealers

DETROIT - The first of an expected 160 vehicles left the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Dec. 13 and will be shipped this week, according to GM.

US Marine Corps Adds All-Electric Trucks to Fleet

KANSAS CITY, MO -The United States Marine Corps was the first military organization to order two all-electric Smith Newton Electric trucks off the Government Services Administration (GSA) schedule.

Cincinnati Park Board Receives 8 Propane Trucks

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Park Board has received an award of eight new propane-powered vehicles, thanks to a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities grant obtained in partnership with the City of Cincinnati Department of Public Services, Fleet Management Division.

Mohave County to Recycle Metal Waste

KINGMAN, AZ - Mohave County is looking for bids for a company to remove and recycle scrap metal the County normally throws out. These include metal items from County public works departments such as fleet services, traffic control, and water works.

Hawaii Hydrogen Infrastructure Gets Boost

HONOLULU - General Motors announced it has joined The Gas Company (TGC) and ten other companies, agencies, and universities in an initiative to make hydrogen-powered vehicles and a fueling infrastructure a reality in Hawaii by 2015.

Ford, Azure Dynamics Deliver First Transit Connect Electrics

The all-electric, zero-emissions Transit Connect Electric has a driving range of up to 80 miles per full charge.

Commercial Delivery Fleets Ideal EV Users

The businesses are well-suited to the limited range of battery power because they drive short, defined routes.

General Motors' Charlie Freese announces the formation of a 10 company, agency and university initiative that will partner with GM and The Gas Company to make hydrogen-powered vehicles and a fueling i

Hawaii Hydrogen Ready by 2015?

A plan, called the Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative (H2I), aims to integrate hydrogen as an essential building block for Hawaii’s sustainable energy ecosystem.

EPA Finalizes 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2011 percentage standards for the four categories of fuel under the agency's renewable fuel standard program, known as RFS2.

Cooking Grease Converted to Vehicle Biodiesel

WASHINGTON - Some Clean Cities coalitions, supported by the Vehicle Technologies Program in the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), have worked with their local governments to convert used cooking oil to biodiesel.


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