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UC Davis Adds Alt-Fuel Vehicles Via Research Program Partnership

DAVIS, CA - UC Davis's Fleet Services division is adding hybrid, PHEV, electric, and CNG vehicles to its fleet this year.

ROUSH CleanTech Propane Autogas Ford E-450 Cutaways Receive CARB Approval

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MI - ROUSH CleanTech's brand new propane autogas fuel system for Ford E-450 cutaway vans has received certification by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) for sale in all 50 states.

EV Project Moves Closer to Commercial Installations

LOS ANGELES - ECOtality Inc., project manager of the EV Project, said it will soon announce details about the production and installation of Blink commercial charging stations, including the Blink Level 2 Pedestal Charger and the Blink DC Fast Charger. Both of these chargers are suitable for public, fleet and commercial use.

Voters Choose 'Prii' as Plural for Prius

TORRANCE, CA - Toyota Motor Sales USA on Feb. 20 announced that the general public has selected "Prii" as the preferred plural term for Prius.

Study: L.A., New York Biggest EV Markets

BOULDER, CO - According to a new report from Pike Research, the metropolitan areas with the largest number of plug-in electric vehicles on the road in the next several years will include New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

New Jersey State Assembly Approves EV Purchase Business Tax Credits

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey state assembly approved income and corporate business tax credits for the purchase of different types of electric vehicles.

Utility ComEd Launches Fleet-wide Program to Reduce Idling

CHICAGO - Illinois-based utility ComEd (Commonwealth Edison Company) is making a major effort to reduce idling among its fleet of 3,100 vehicles with its 12 Ways to Green campaign.

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Honda Civic GX Tops ACEEE Greenest Vehicles List

WASHINGTON - The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has released its 14th annual environmental ratings for the model year. For the 8th year, the Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle wins top honors, despite changes to rating methods that boosted other technologies.

Dow Kokam to Showcase EV Battery Solutions

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Battery producer Dow Kokam said it will exhibit at the Geneva International Motor Show, set for March 3-13, to showcase its advanced lithium polymer technology for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles.

Cooling Fins Help Keep Volt Battery at Right Temperature

WARREN, MI - Engineers of the four-seat Chevrolet Volt electric car often refer to its 435-pound battery pack as the fifth passenger. Given the care taken to keep the pack at just the right temperature in all weather conditions, there is a lot of truth to that.

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BMW Debuts "i" Brand, Features an Electric and a Plug-in Hybrid Model

MUNICH – BMW debuted its new “i” sub-brand, which will include the automaker’s new BMW i3, an electric vehicle, and the i8, a plug-in hybrid.

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.

 

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