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Quantum Wins Contracts from Natural Gas Vehicle Integrators

IRVINE, CA - Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. said it has secured two new purchase contracts from large U.S. natural gas vehicle integrators, AVS and Semi Service, to supply a series of high-capacity natural gas vehicle tanks for light-duty trucks.

Conference to Include GM Flex-Fuel Test Drives

PHOENIX - The Renewable Fuels Association's 16th annual National Ethanol Conference, scheduled for Feb. 20-22 in Phoenix, will offer test drives of General Motors' new cars and crossovers capable of running on E85 fuel.

Ethanol Leaders Form Advocacy Council

WASHINGTON - Ethanol industry leaders announced they are coming together in conjunction with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) to form the Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC). The AEC will be focused on accelerating the commercialization of advanced ethanol.

Tesla Motors Opens Washington Showroom

WASHINGTON- Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors, maker of the Tesla Roadster, opened a new showroom in the nation's capital on Feb. 10. Customers can now visit the location for test drives.

Waste Connections to Help Test Dual-Fuel System

CARLISLE, IA - GreenMan Technologies' American Power Group (APG) subsidiary has signed an EPA Test Vehicle Agreement with Waste Connections of Colorado to convert a refuse truck to APG's dual-fuel system and begin on-the-road test trials and emission-compliance approval.

Proposed US 2012 Budget Cuts DERA, Fuel Cell Funding, Boosts Electric

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s proposed 2012 budget eliminates or reduces funding for a number of programs, from DERA to fuel cells, and creates a consumer rebate for the purchase of electric vehicles.

PERC Honored for Furthering Propane Technology

WASHINGTON - The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) last week received the World LP Gas Association's Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of the group's leadership in the research and development of propane technology.

Ford: Focus Electric Reduces Maintenance Costs

CHICAGO - Ford Motor Co. said that the all-new Ford Focus Electric rewrites the owner's manual, as far as regular maintenance requirements are concerned. That's because the battery electric drivetrain in the Focus Electric reduces the number of moving mechanical components compared with a conventional internal combustion-engine vehicle.

CleanFUEL USA and Bi-Phase Technologies will serve as tier-two suppliers for the 49- and 75-gallon capacity LPG fuel system option, respectively, for the 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana.

Chevrolet & GMC to Offer LPG Option for Cutaway Vans

DETROIT – General Motors will offer a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) option for the 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 3500 and 4500 vans.

A‐Z Bus Sales Becomes First Roush Cleantech Dedicated Bus Dealer

COLTON, CA - A‐Z Bus Sales, Inc. announced a new agreement with ROUSH CleanTech to purchase and install the ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system on newer model-year buses and trucks.

Austin Receives $5 Mil. Grant to Buy Alt-Fuel Vehicles & Service Award

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The City of Austin has earned a $5 million grant to purchase alternative-fuel and/or hybrid vehicles and its Fleet Services Division Centers 1,5, and 6 achieved the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence.

LeasePlan to Host GF/100 Best Seminar

ALPHARETTA, GA A Feb. 18 Government Fleet/100 Best seminar will be held at LeasePlan headquarters in Alpharetta, Ga.

Are 1 Million EVs by 2015 Feasible?

WASHINGTON - An Indiana University report finds President Obama’s goal of one million EVs by 2015 unachievable without additional significant investment.

Barbara Connolly, fleet manager and controller for Weld County, stands with one of the County's CNG-fueled vehicles, a Ford Focus, and the County's CNG fueling station.

Weld County Implements Natural Gas Vehicle Plan

GREELEY, CO - Weld County, Colo., is encouraging the use of natural gas vehicles by building public fueling stations and converting some of its fleet vehicles to CNG.

Senate Bill Seeks Tax Credit for Plug-in Hybrid Trucks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) has introduced legislation that would give businesses a tax credit for purchasing medium- or heavy-duty plug-in hybrid trucks. Moreover, the bill would provide consumers with a rebate worth up to $7,500 for plug-in electric vehicles at the time of purchase.

Biodiesel Award Winners Include Ford, NYC

PHOENIX, AZ - The National Biodiesel Board recognized Ford Motor Co., New York City, and other biodiesel champions at the annual "Eye on Biodiesel" awards presentation. The awards were presented at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo on Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Phoenix.

OnStar Demonstrates EV Technologies at Smart Grid Conference

SAN DIEGO - OnStar said it demonstrated a variety of smart energy management technologies, designed to help electric vehicle customers and utilities plan better and save money, at last week's DistribuTECH smart grid conference and exposition.

Ford: Focus Electric Test Rides at NAIAS Provide Valuable Data

DEARBORN, MI - The "Living Electric" display at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) wasn't just an opportunity for visitors to ride in an electric vehicle -- it also was a time for Ford engineers to learn more about the all-new Focus Electric.

Ford Designates BAF Technologies as Qualified CNG Converter

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced that its subsidiary, BAF Technologies, has been officially designated by the Ford Motor Co. as a Ford-qualified vehicle modifier (QVM) for gaseous-fueled vehicles.

ECOtality Expands EV Project to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - ECOtality, a leader in clean electric transportation and storage, has expanded the EV Project to the San Francisco Bay Area. The company was awarded a $2.87 million contract to manage the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) deployment program.

Restaurant-Based EV Charging Station Opens in Fla.

KISSIMMEE, FL - Sunshine Restaurant Corp., developer of Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants and sports bars, recently joined Progress Energy Florida and NovaCharge to celebrate the installation of a ChargePoint electric vehicle charging station at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Kissimmee.

Mitsubishi, Task Force Launch 'EVTown' Initiative in Illinois

BLOOMINGTON, IL - The Bloomington-Normal Electric Vehicle Task Force recently joined with Mitsubishi Motors North America to announce the automaker's commitment to make its Mitsubishi i-MiEV a significant part of the local electric vehicle mix. The task force is actively reaching out to several EV manufacturers as part of the "EVTown" initiative aimed at promoting local EV sales.

Fisker Readies Dealerships for Plug-in Hybrid Release

LOS ANGELES - Universal Technical Institute Inc. (UTI) and Fisker Automotive announced plans to provide technical training to Fisker dealership personnel at the UTI campus in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. To support the release of Fisker's Karma plug-in hybrid, UTI expects to train approximately 100 technicians from Fisker's U.S. dealers this spring.

2012 Infiniti M35h

2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Officially Rated at 32 MPG Highway

FRANKLIN, TN - Infiniti announced official EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) fuel economy figures of 32 mpg highway for the all-new 2012 Infiniti M35h.

San Antonio Hosts Ethanol Workshop

SAN ANTONIO - The Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition encourages fleet managers and other interested parties to attend an ethanol workshop on Feb. 10 focusing on flex fuel vehicles. The deadline to register is today.

 

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