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Hybrid, Clean Diesel Car Sales Rise Sharply

WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI - High gas prices and a recovering economy led to a 46- percent increase in hybrid and clean diesel sales in March compared to the same month of last year. This jump was about three times higher than the increase in the overall car market last month, according to auto analyst firm Baum and Associates.

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Wheego Delivers First LiFe EV

ATLANTA – U.S. automaker Wheego Electric Cars delivered its first Wheego LiFe -- a highway-speed, all-electric car -- on Earth Day, April 22.

Chrysler Developing CNG Vehicle Technology

DETROIT – Chrysler is actively working on compressed natural gas vehicle technology and expects to begin selling CNG-fueled vehicles by 2017, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Earth Day Promotion Gives Access to ChargePoint Network

CAMPBELL, CA - In honor of Earth Day, April 22, Coulomb Technologies said it will send free ChargePass cards to any new electric vehicle owner through the remainder of April 2011.

Nissan to Fix Leaf Software Glitch

NEW YORK – Nissan Motor Co. is asking Nissan Leaf electric vehicle owners to bring their cars back to their dealers so that a software glitch can be fixed. The problem has resulted in engine restarting problems in a small number of Leafs, the automaker said.

Toyota Launches Registration Web Site for Prius Plug-In Hybrid

TORRANCE, CA - Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. introduced a new online order system that will launch later this year for the all-new Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Sales Projected to Cross 1 Million Mark in 2020

BOULDER, CO – Commercial sales of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) will likely reach the key milestone of 1 million vehicles by 2020, with a cumulative 1.2 million vehicles sold by the end of that year, according to a new report from Pike Research.

Ford Pushes for EV Readiness Across U.S.

DEARBORN, MI – While Ford is gearing up to launch the all-new Focus Electric later this year and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid in 2012, cities around the country also are preparing for the arrival of new electric vehicles.

Oakland Plant to Launch Biodiesel Retail Sales

OAKLAND, CA – Sirona Fuels, which owns a commercial-scale biodiesel production facility in the San Francisco Bay Area, announced that its biodiesel fuel will be available for purchase at the Blue Sky Bio-Fuels facility in Oakland beginning on Earth Day, April 22.

DOE, Google Partner to Help Motorists Locate EV Charging Stations

GOLDEN, CO – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Google Inc. – as well as more than 80 leading organizations in electric vehicle (EV) deployment -- on a project aimed at providing motorists and fleets with up-to-date information on EV charging station locations.

DOE to Provide $5 Million for EV Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the availability of $5 million in new funding for community-based efforts to deploy electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and charging stations.

Green Fleet Magazine and Website Launch

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media has expanded the Green Fleet brand to include its new Green Fleet magazine and website,, in addition to the Green Fleet Conference, and Green Fleet email newsletter.

Leaf, Volt Top Kelley Blue Book's Green Car List

IRVINE, CA - The editors from Kelley Blue Book's Web site,, have released their list of the Top 10 Green Cars of 2011. Topping their list are the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.

Daimler-Bosch Joint Venture Focuses on Electric Motors

STUTTGART, GERMANY - Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH said they plan to expand their longtime partnership and collaborate in the development and production of electric motors for all-electric vehicles in Europe.

Toyota Releases Photos of Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept

NEW YORK - Toyota has finally released photos of the Lexus LF-Gh hybrid concept set to make its global debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.

Toyota Continues Production of Prius, Lexus Hybrids

NEW YORK - Toyota Motor Corp. announced April 6 that it will continue production of the Prius along with the Lexus CT 200h and HS 250h at two plants in Japan, although at less than capacity.

The Hartford Installs EV Chargers

HARTFORD, CT - The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. announced it is installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its Hartford, Simsbury and Windsor, Conn., campuses.

Volt Wins Gold Award at Edison Awards

DETROIT - The Chevrolet Volt has won the 2011 Edison Awards gold medal in the personal transportation segment.

Natural Gas Vehicle Event Set for Washington

WASHINGTON - NGVAmerica, an industry group promoting the use of natural gas vehicles, is sponsoring an NGV display event on April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, just a few blocks from the Capitol building.

Nissan Partners With Fleet Forum

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Nissan Motor Co. said it is partnering with Fleet Forum, an independent association that helps humanitarian groups improve their fleet management, to promote zero-emission mobility.

Nissan Investigating Reports of Leaf Restart Problems

YOKOHAMA-SHI, KANAGAWA, JAPAN - Nissan Motor Co. said it is now investigating reports that a small number of Leaf electric vehicle owners have experienced problems restarting the car after it has been shut down, Fortune reported.

USDA States Flex-Fuel Pumps Qualify for Incentives

WASHINGTON - Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack announced April 8 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a rule to clarify that the definition of renewable energy systems in the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) includes flexible-fuel pumps.

Biodiesel Plants Planned for Arkansas

ANN ARBOR, MI - Solar Acquisition Corp. said its subsidiary B151 Inc. has entered a joint venture to develop biofuel refineries for the production of biodiesel from renewable sources.

LaHood, Chu to Appear at Electric Drive Conference

WASHINGTON - The Electric Drive Transportation Association announced that both U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood are scheduled to speak at the group's annual conference, set for April 19-21 at the Washington Convention Center.

Delphi, Youngstown State Team on Hybrid/EV Project

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Ohio Controlling Board has approved a $1 million grant to help fund a $2.3 million project in which Delphi Automotive and Youngstown State University will develop improved battery cables for use in electric and hybrid vehicles, reported.



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