LOS ANGELES - AC Propulsion, a global leader in electric drive development and manufacturing, announced plans to expand its production capacity and upgrade manufacturing processes with a new facility in Beijing.
REDWOOD SHORES, CA - GreenRoad, which helps fleets promote safer and more efficient driving practices, is adding an "idling performance solution" to its overall service so that fleets can further reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.
PONTIAC, MI - Ward's AutoWorld has included the Chevrolet Volt's propulsion system on the magazine's list of "10 Best Engines" for 2011 in North America.
PARK RIDGE, NJ - The Hertz Corp., an international giant in the car rental industry, announced a joint partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide that will bring the Hertz Global EV program to key Starwood select-service hotels in North America. The Hertz Global EV program offers electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids to car-sharing and rental customers worldwide.
DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Company and Azure Dynamics have begun shipping the first Ford Transit Connect Electrics to early customers in North America and to the United Kingdom for a demonstration project.
EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Clean Vehicle Solutions LLC, a small vehicle manufacturer, and BAF Technologies Inc. have entered a joint agreement to drive installations of BAF CalComp natural gas (CNG) systems through Clean Vehicle Solutions' small vehicle manufacturing facility in New Jersey.
WASHINGTON - The Electrification Coalition released a new report, titled Fleet Electrification Roadmap, which analyzes the benefits and challenges of electric vehicle deployment. The study recommends policies aimed at accelerating conversion of the 16 million government and commercial fleet vehicles on the road in the U.S.
CULVER CITY, CA - The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held a meeting at the City of Culver City, Calif., on Dec. 2. Forty-four fleet management professionals were present to discuss and learn about alternative fuel technologies.
NEW YORK - New York City will soon be operating five new Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicles (PHVs) on city streets as part of Toyota's partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
LYON, FRANCE - Dow Kokam and PVI announced Dec. 3 an agreement to supply advanced lithium polymer battery systems to power the first-ever fully electric refuse trucks. The 26-ton, zero-emission truck will eliminate 130 tons of CO2 per truck per year.
TORRANCE, CA - Introducing "Darkcasting." It's part test drive, part late night talk show, part real time feedback. It's a series hosted by actress and stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings that captures the (nearly) unfiltered conversations of influential personalities who take the new Lexus hybrid for a spin in their home cities.
LIVONIA, MI - ROUSH Enterprises presents a winning lineup with the announcement of Joe Thompson and Todd Mouw leading the company's newest venture, ROUSH CleanTech , a product-based alternative fuel-powered engine company destined to change the way fleets do business.
Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., introduces the RAV4 EV at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 17, 2010.
Metro Taxi of West Haven, Conn., and The Yellow Cab Company of Bloomfield, Conn., each ordered 20 Transit Connect Taxis with CNG preparation engine packages.
RALEIGH, NC - The City of Raleigh was awarded a $125,000 grant to install 25-30 public charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles, accepted by City council in mid-November. In addition, Eaton Corporation has donated to the City three high-speed electric vehicle charging stations that can recharge a vehicle in just four to six hours.
SALINAS, CA - Green Vehicles, a California-based automaker that produces the Triac electric vehicle, has teamed with lithium-ion battery company Leyden Energy.
INGOLSTADT, GERMANY - Audi plans to introduce its first plug-in hybrid in 2014 and hopes to become the leading premium EV maker by 2020, Auto News Europe reported.
MIZUSHIMA, JAPAN - Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced production of its i-MiEV electric vehicle reached the 5,000-unit mark on Nov. 23 at the automaker's Mizushima Plant in Japan.
LEBANON, TN - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store said it will be installing Blink electric vehicle (EV) chargers, provided by ECOtality Inc., at select restaurant locations across Tennessee.
HAMTRAMCK, MI - General Motors announced it will be adding 1,000 engineers and researchers in Michigan over the next two years to work on development of electric vehicles.
DETROIT - The first Chevrolet Volt available for retail sale will be offered at public auction, with the proceeds benefiting math and science education in the Detroit public schools, General Motors announced.
TORRANCE, CA - Toyota Motor Corp. has launched a "limited service campaign" to repair cooling pumps on about 378,000 MY 2004-2007 Toyota Prius cars sold in North America, CNNMoney.com reported.
DALLAS - AT&T has added the 2,000th compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle into its corporate vehicle fleet -- a Ford E250 van deployed in San Leandro, Calif. This milestone is part of a $565 million planned investment announced in March 2009 to replace approximately 15,000 fleet vehicles with alternative-fuel models through 2018.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy is offering a nearly $50 million conditional loan to the Vehicle Production Group LLC (VPG) to support development of the six-passenger "green option" MV-1, a factory-built wheelchair-accessible vehicle that runs on compressed natural gas.
SANTA MONICA, CA - CODA Automotive, a California-based electric car and battery company, and Essex Credit Corp., a subsidiary of Bank of the West, have reached a preliminary agreement to provide financing for customers of the 2011 CODA Sedan.
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