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EVCARCO to Sell CNG Foton Trucks

FT. WORTH, TX - Automotive retail group EVCARCO announced plans to sell CNG-powered Foton MD 3000 medium-duty class 3-5 trucks at its green auto dealerships.

University of Washington Purchases Electric Trucks With Grant

SEATTLE, WA - The University of Washington purchased five new electric mail trucks with a $233,000 grant from the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition.

Green Motion Expands to Mexico

The company recently announced its expansion into Mexico and will be offering services at 12 strategic locations throughout the country.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) marked the production of its 1,000th hybrid electric vehicle with a celebration at its Mt. Holly, N.C. plant. The 1,000th vehicle - a Freightliner Business Class® M

DTNA Builds 1,000th Hybrid-Electric Vehicle

MT. HOLLY, NC - Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) marked the production of its 1,000th hybrid electric vehicle with a celebration at its Mt. Holly, N.C. plant.

ZENN Motor Co. Makes Management Change

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - Electric vehicle manufacturer ZENN Motor Co. announced that Ian Clifford resigned from his position as CEO and assumed the role of vice chair of the board of directors.

CARB Begins Second Year of Fleet Grants for Hybrids

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board on Feb. 15 began the second year of grants totaling $19 million for hybrid vehicle technology that significantly reduces smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions. 

3M Headquarters Installs EV Charging Station

MAPLEWOOD, MN - 3M has installed its first ChargePoint electric vehicle charging station at the company's global headquarters in Minnesota.

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.

 

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