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Volvo: V60 Plug-in Hybrid Undergoing Stringent Safety Testing

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN -- Volvo Car Corp. said the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid , due to launch on the market in 2012, has been undergoing a series of in-house safety tests – some of which are designed specifically to evaluate vehicles with an electric powertrain.

Energy Department Launches Vehicle Cost Calculator

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has launched a new vehicle cost calculator and accompanying widget. These online tools are now available on DOE's Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC), currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

CarStations App Helps EV Drivers Find Their Next Charge

CATHEYS VALLEY, CA – CarStations is a new mobile mapping application designed to help drivers find electric vehicle charging stations. Created by Plug In America cofounder David Raboy, the app is available free for both Apple and Android mobile operating systems.

Love's Travel Stops to Open 10 CNG Stations in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, an Oklahoma City-based operator of 280 travel stops and convenience stores, announced plans to add 10 publicly accessible compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations at existing locations across Oklahoma.

Georgia Approves Atlantic Gas Light Plan to Build CNG Fueling Stations

ATLANTA – Georgia utility regulators approved a plan developed by Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) that would provide $11.57 million in funds for CNG fueling infrastructure for constructing up to 10 stations during the next five years.

Nissan eNT400 Atlas concept

Nissan Showcases Electric Truck Concepts at Tokyo Truck Show

TOKYO, JAPAN -- Nissan gave another glimpse into the auto industry’s electric future at the Tokyo Truck Show last week, but this time electric vehicle-inspired trucks took the spotlight.

Nissan Releases 6-Year Environmental Plan

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN -- Nissan Motor Co. unveiled its new six-year environmental plan, Nissan Green Program 2016 (NGP 2016), which focuses on three areas: reduction of carbon footprint, a shift to renewable energy, and an increase in the diversity of resources used by Nissan.

Ford Transit Connect Electric

CARB Approves $15,000 Incentive for Transit Connect Electric

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Air Resources Board has approved a $15,000 incentive for the first Transit Connect Electric purchased by a commercial or municipal fleet for deployment in the state of California.

Total Transit Wins Award for Fleet Greening Efforts

PHOENIX – Total Transit captured the Blue Sky Award at the 24th annual Clean Air Campaign luncheon held last week by Valley Metro, the regional transit system serving the Phoenix metropolitan area. The awards recognize employers for their efforts to reduce vehicle emissions and traffic congestion in the region.

Study Projects 186 Million Stop-Start Vehicles in Use by 2020

BOULDER, CO – According to a new report from Pike Research, sales of stop-start vehicles will grow rapidly in the coming decade, rising from 3 million units in 2011 to 37.3 million units per year by 2020.

The Bright Idea plug-in hybrid

Bright Automotive Selects Assembler for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle

ANDERSON, IN – Bright Automotive Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement for AM General LLC to be the automaker’s exclusive North American assembler for the Bright Idea plug‐in hybrid electric vehicle.

CARB Issues Reminder About Upcoming Diesel Filter Deadline

SACRAMENTO, CA -- The California Air Resources Board is reminding owners of heavier diesel trucks that they need to act now in order to comply with California's truck and bus regulation, which has its first diesel filter deadlines in January 2012.

Chevrolet Readies for Electric Motor Production

WIXOM, MI – Chevrolet has been highlighting its expertise in electric motors at a pilot facility in Wixom, a Detroit suburb, in advance of beginning the domestic production of electric motors at GM’s plant in White Marsh, Md., near Baltimore in late 2012.

ECOtality's Blink EV charging station

ECOtality Installs First DC Fast Charger in ‘Tennessee Triangle'

LEBANON, TN -- ECOtality and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store unveiled the first Blink Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger in Tennessee at the Lebanon Cracker Barrel location.

Pennsylvania Fleets Attract $4.4M in Alt-fuel State Grants

HARRISBURG, PA -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced it will award more than $4.4 million in Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants to 12 projects across the state. The projects will help develop the state’s natural gas and electric vehicle infrastructure.

ROUSH CleanTech Hires Eastern Region Fleet Sales Manager

LIVONIA, MI — ROUSH CleanTech appointed Chelsea Jenkins as its eastern region fleet sales manager. Based in Virginia Beach, Va., Jenkins will work with East Coast-based public fleets, propane companies, and school districts to market ROUSH CleanTech’s liquid propane autogas technology and educate companies about the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles.

Honda to Debut 2013 Fit EV at L.A. Auto Show

TORRANCE, CA – Honda announced it will debut the 2013 model-year Fit electric vehicle at 1:05 p.m. PST on Nov. 16 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Snohomish County Increases Biodiesel Options for Fleet Vehicles

SNOHOMISH, WA -- Snohomish County announced it has partnered with General Biodiesel and PetroCard to increase options for renewable energy sources to fuel county fleet vehicles.

10 States and Washington D.C. Form Northeast Electric Vehicle Network

WASHINGTON – Officials from 10 states and the District of Columbia announced the formation of the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network, a group dedicated to promoting electric vehicle use and establishing an EV infrastructure.

BYD e6 all-electric car

Chinese EV Maker BYD Opens L.A. Office

LOS ANGELES – Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD last week opened its North American headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.

CSA Opens New Lab to Test Components for Hydrogen Vehicles

CLEVELAND – CSA International, a testing and certification organization, has unveiled a new laboratory within its Cleveland facility to offer third-party testing of appliances and components for hydrogen vehicles and fueling stations.

Delphi's new power inverter for EVs and hybrids

Delphi Introduces New Power Inverter for EVs and Hybrids

MUNICH, GERMANY — Delphi Automotive is launching a new power inverter for electric motors in hybrid and electric vehicles. The power inverter is designed to increase fuel economy, reduce emissions and cut costs.

Mitsubishi Unveils 2 New Fuel-Saving Technologies

TOKYO, JAPAN -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said it has developed two new fuel-saving technologies: the 4J10 lightweight and compact 1.8-liter gasoline engine incorporating a new version of the company's MIVEC variable valve timing system and the latest version of the company's Auto Stop & Go (AS&G) idle-stop technology.

Green Car Journal Announces '2012 Green Car of the Year' Finalists

LOS ANGELES - This award, which will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17, honors environmental leadership in the automotive field.

Nissan to Sell New Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - The company said that in addition to the new vehicle, it plans to improve fuel economy, by 35 percent on a corporate average compared with 2005, on all of its vehicles sold in the U.S., Japan, China, and Europe.



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