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.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford and General Motors hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, a drastic increase in federal fleet hybrid purchases.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has been awarded a federal grant to implement diesel emission reduction projects in the St. Louis, Kansas City, southwest Missouri, and southeast Missouri areas. Public and private fleets in these areas that operate diesel on- and off-road vehicles and equipment can apply for grant funding through local organizations.
GATLINBURG, TN - Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently took delivery of seven Ford Escape Hybrid vehicles that were purchased using a $197,550 grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program.
TORRANCE, CA - The THINK City, a modern urban vehicle, will be released in the U.S. as a two-seater model, providing "healthy" cargo space. Fleet editors recently had an opportunity to experience the electric vehicle at Bobit Business Media headquarters.
SAN DIEGO - The 40 winners of the 2010 Government Green Fleet Awards were announced at the Green Fleet Conference in October, with the City of Seattle named as the No. 1 Government Green Fleet in North America. Tom Johnson, author of the 100 Best Fleets program, presented an award and $1,000 check to Dave Seavey, fleet manager for the City of Seattle.
DENVER - The Denver International Airport is utilizing Sentinel Police Mobility Vehicles from Xtreme Green Products. Officers use the electric vehicles to address the traffic flow of the airport.
NEW YORK - The New York Police Department will be utilizing six T3 Series Electric Stand-up Vehicles from T3 Motion, Inc., part of a multi-unit purchase order shipped recently. The units will enable the department to increase patrol capabilities, especially in subways and crowded areas.
FORT MYERS, FL - Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc., the solid waste division of Veolia Environmental Services North America (VESNA), announced the introduction of a new fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered trucks to its Fort Myers (Lee County) service area.
COLUMBUS, IN - Cummins Inc. further confirmed its support for greenhouse gas and fuel-efficiency standards for heavy- and medium-duty commercial vehicles and engines during its testimony at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) public hearing in Chicago.
PORTLAND, OR - Paper Transport, one of the nation's leading regional truckload service carriers, recently reached more than 130,000 miles each on its two Freightliner Business Class M2 112 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles.
MIAMI, FL - Ryder System, Inc. , a transportation and supply chain management solution company, will soon be offering Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) at every full service Ryder location in North America.
CHARLOTTE, NC - Duke Energy and Tokyo-based ITOCHU Corp. have signed an agreement to collaborate on advanced energy technologies, starting with the evaluation and testing of second-life applications for electric vehicle batteries.
LOS ANGELES - The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has been named Green Car Journal's 2011 Green Car of the Year. The Volt is the first-ever electric vehicle to take the prize.
OAK PARK, MI - Azure Dynamics Corp., a leader in hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles, announced the sale of 10 Balance Hybrid Electric shuttle buses to New Jersey Transit on behalf of six transit agencies within the state.
SANTA MONICA, CA - Electric car and battery company CODA Automotive is partnering with rental car giant Hertz Corp. to make the CODA all-electric Sedan available at select Southern California Hertz locations.
SUNNYVALE, CA - Technology firm Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) said it has installed three Coulomb Technologies-manufactured ChargePoint electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the company's Austin, Texas, campus for employee use.
CHARLESTON, SC - Plug In Carolina, a nonprofit group coordinating state efforts to build an electric vehicle infrastructure, announced that its EV charging network will charge its first car during a ceremony at the South Carolina Statehouse at 10 a.m. on Dec. 8.
PROVO, UT - VMT Technologies announced that two electric vehicle manufacturers -- Kentucky-based Vision Motor Cars and Korean-based Leo Motors -- have requested the use of VMT's new transmission technology for their cars.
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