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Alt-Fuels Station Coming to Davidson County, N.C.

LEXINGTON, NC - Fleets and the general public in Davidson County, N.C., will have easy access to ethanol and biodiesel blends beginning in April, when a new service station opens at Sparky's Marketplace in Lexington, N.C., according to the Dispatch.

The Volvo C30 Electric underwent a successful crash test at Volvo's labs in Sweden in December 2010.

Volvo C30 Electric Undergoes Successful Crash Test

DETROIT – Volvo and Ener1 announced that the companies have achieved a milestone in their two-year development relationship with Volvo by unveiling a crash-tested C30 Electric that uses Ener1’s EnerDel battery. The company said that this is the first time that a crash-tested electric car has been displayed in public.

Volt Named 2011 North American Car of the Year

DETROIT - The Chevrolet Volt has been named the 2011 North American Car of the Year. The North American Car of the Year is selected by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States, representing newspapers, magazines, Web sites, television and radio shows.

Ford Focus Electric Debuts at CES

DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Co. unveiled its all-new Focus Electric -- the company's first all-electric passenger car -- at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 7.

Enterprise to Begin Volt Rentals

ST. LOUIS - Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced plans to offer Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles for daily and weekly rentals later this month. The Volt, named the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year, will be available at the Mark Christopher Auto Center in Ontario, Calif., along with a new charging station.

Dow Kokam Showcases EV Battery Technology

DETROIT - Advanced battery manufacturer Dow Kokam, which recently reached a deal to supply battery packs for a PVI electric refuse truck, is among the exhibiters at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Alt-Fuels Workshop Set for Jan. 13

WASHINGTON - The Alternative Fuels Trade Alliance will kick off its 2011 nationwide training program on alternative fuels at a workshop for fleet managers on Jan. 13 in San Diego.

Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid

Ford Unveils C-MAX Energi, C-MAX Hybrid

DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. unveiled two next-generation hybrid vehicles -- including its first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle -- at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. The Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid are based on the new Ford C-MAX five-passenger vehicle.

The Prius family of vehicles, including the current third-generation Prius, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle, the new Prius v, and the Prius c concept.

Toyota Introduces New Prius Models at 2011 NAIAS

DETROIT - At the 2011 North American International Auto Show Toyota introduced two new Prius models, the Prius v and Prius c concept vehicle, which join the company’s current third-generation Prius and the soon-to-be released Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle.

C-MAX Hybrid

Ford Showcases 10 New Vehicles at NAIAS

DETROIT - The automaker's lineup includes the world debut of Focus Electric, the debut of two all-new, high-mileage C-MAX vehicles including Ford's first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and the global reveal of a vision for a future small sport utility vehicle - Ford Vertrek concept.

Ford, GM and Toyota Predict Gas Prices Will Rise Above $3.50 per Gallon in 2011

DETROIT - Toyota’s brand chief Bob Carter said he believes gas prices will remain above $3 a gallon throughout 2011, eventually rising to $3.50. GM’s CEO Dan Akerson told the Detroit Free Press that he thinks $4 per gallon is a possibility by 2012. Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally didn’t offer an opinion on the possible price increase or a timeline but said the company is ready with a lineup of affordable small cars if prices rise to $4 per gallon.

Scotts Valley Police Department Purchases Electric Motorcycle

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA - The Scotts Valley Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in California to accept delivery of a Zero DS electric motorcycle to assist in local patrols and traffic enforcement.

Volvo's crash tested C30 Electric in the Volvo stand shows how it can be done. Even though the car has been subjected to a very demanding 40 mph (64 km/h) off-set frontal test, the key electric compon

Volvo Shows Electric Car Safety Leadership at the Auto Show In Detroit

ROCKLEIGH, NJ - By displaying a crashed Volvo C30 Electric in its stand at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volvo Car Corporation will take a unique, very visual approach to future safety.

City of Lincoln Settles Bad Diesel Shipment Lawsuit

LINCOLN, NE - The City of Lincoln agreed to settle a lawsuit for $40,000 over a shipment of bad soy diesel fuel believed to have damaged 25 City transit buses.

City of Greer Begins Natural Gas Vehicle Conversions

GREER, SC - Last week, the City of Greer unveiled two new vehicles, a Ford Fusion and Ford F-150, that had been converted to run on natural gas. Greer has set a goal of converting at least 15 percent of the City's fleet to operate on natural gas by 2020.

Park Ellis ServiceMaster Cuts Fuel Costs by 10%

TOLEDO, OHIO - Park Ellis ServiceMaster, a cleaning and disaster restoration services provider, has been able to cut costs in its operations using a fleet tracking solution.

Electric vehicle recharging stations such as this one in Rock Hill, South Carolina represent ways that Eaton is extending its power management focus from hybrid vehicle systems to a complete line of c

Eaton Hybrid Systems Achieve 100 Million Miles of Service, Saving 4 Million Gallons of Fuel

KALAMAZOO, MI - Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced that customers of its hybrid systems 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.

San Francisco Falls Short of Biodiesel Fleet Goals

SAN FRANCISCO - The city of San Francisco has fallen well short of its 2007 stated mandate to switch its 1,500 diesel-powered vehicles to a 20-percent biodiesel blend, according to the San Francisco Examiner newspaper. Tighter storage tank regulations have hindered the effort.

Wheego LiFe electric vehicle

Fla. Wheego EV Dealer to Open Jan. 20

ATLANTA, GA - The newest dealer for Wheego Electric Cars - Suncoast Electric Vehicles - will hold a grand-opening event Jan. 20-24 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Suncoast EVs will initially carry the low-speed Wheego Whip and the highway-ready Wheego LiFe.

EV Battery Firm Completes $25M Capital Raise

NEW YORK - Ener1 Inc. - a leading manufacturer of lithium-ion energy storage systems for transportation and other applications - announced the sale of $25 million of senior unsecured notes, together with shares of common stock and warrants.

NYC Parking Firm Providing EV Charging

NEW YORK - Car Charging Group Inc. announced that EV charging services are now available at Icon Patriot Parking, located at 376 Greenwich Street in New York City. This is the third installation following an agreement signed in August with Icon Parking Systems, a major provider of parking services in Manhattan.

CES Expected to Feature Ford Focus Electric

LAS VEGAS - Ford Motor Co. is expected to unveil its Ford Focus Electric at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, according to USA Today's Web site.

Bright Automotive Readies for Production of IDEA Concept Vehicle

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI - Bright Automotive is looking to fill 200 jobs in Southeast Michigan over the next year as it prepares to bring its IDEA plug-in electric hybrid vehicle to market.

Minnesota Installs First Coulomb EV Charging Station

ST. PAUL, MN - Minnesota has installed its first public Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint Networked Charging Station for electric vehicles (EVs) in St. Paul, Minn.

EPA Grant Funds Emission-Control Technology for Ohio Cities

COLUMBUS, OH - Nine fleets, eight of which are in the public sector, have partnered with the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) to retrofit vehicles with diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs). The retrofits are made possible by a grant from the U.S. EPA, designed to clean up diesel fleets in Ohio.

 
 

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