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J.D. Power: EVs to Represent Just 7.3% of Cars by 2020

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA - Combined global sales of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are expected to total 5.2 million units in 2020, or just 7.3 percent of the 70.9 million passenger vehicles forecast to be sold worldwide by that year, according to a report issued by J.D. Power and Associates.

GE to Shift Half of Sales Force to Electric Vehicles

LONDON, UK - General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt on Oct. 30 revealed the company plans to order "tens of thousands" of electric vehicles in about a week. During the CEO's speech in London, he called the impending EV order the "largest order in history," reported the International Business Times.

City of Richmond to Adopt Electric Vehicle Pilot

RICHMOND, VA - Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced Oct. 28 that the City of Richmond will launch an electric vehicle pilot for the its fleet. If successful, the City may replace up to 40 vehicles with all-electric vehicles.

Clean Cities Promotes Clean Vehicles at National Parks

WASHINGTON - Clean Cities is working with the Na­tional Park Service to accelerate the deployment of alternative fuel and energy-efficient vehicles in national parks across the country. It is providing support to initiate projects at Grand Teton, Mammoth Cave, and Yellow­stone National Parks.

New Ford Web Site Gives Consumers the ABC's of Electrified Vehicles

The site explains the differences in each type of vehicle, and details the technology that makes them possible, including battery chemistry, charge ports and regenerative braking.

J.D. Power: Future Global Demand for Hybrid and Battery <br/> Electric Vehicles May Be Over-Hyped

Regulatory inconsistencies across markets, relatively stable oil prices; and consumer concerns about cost and ease of operation present challenges for sales of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Staples Introduces New All-Electric Vehicles Into Delivery Fleet

New vehicles in California, Missouri and Ohio launch as part of plan to improve fleet fuel efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

Atlanta Aims for 15 Percent Alt-Fuel Vehicles by 2012

ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed unveiled a Power to Change sustainability plan with the goal of making Atlanta a top 10 city for sustainability. Changes include reducing fleet fuel consumption and ensuring that 15 percent of the city fleet is using alternative fuels by 2012.

Automotive Training Authority Offers Free Green Technology Courses

VISTA, CA - The Automotive Training Authority (ATA) is offering free "green" aftermarket training courses on servicing and diagnosing hybrid vehicles, understanding biodiesel/clean diesel technology, and cylinder safety inspection for CNG vehicles.

DOT, EPA Propose the Nation's First Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses.

Enova Announces Incremental 100 System Order from Smith Electric Vehicles

TORRANCE, CA - Enova Systems, Inc., an innovator of proprietary hybrid and electric drive systems propelling the alternative energy industry, has received an incremental order to deliver 100 electric drive systems to Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV), manufacturer of the all-electric Smith Newton truck.

Frito-Lay All-Electric Delivery Trucks Hit the Streets of Columbus

PLANO, TEXAS - PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division began rolling out some of its fully electric delivery trucks in Columbus. These ten electric delivery trucks will ultimately be part of the largest planned fleet of commercial all-electric trucks in North America.

EPA/DOT Miss Opportunity to Include Natural Gas in Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Fuel Efficiency Regs

WASHINGTON - Domestically produced natural gas, which already fuels fleets across the country, has been left out of the government's proposed rule to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, in spite of the fact that natural gas is the cleanest burning alternative transportation fuel commercially available today.

Navistar Issues Statement on Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Regulations for Heavy Trucks

WARRENVILLE, IL - Navistar issues a response to the regulatory proposal to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses released Oct. 25 by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

EV Charging Station Installed at Washington Church

WOODINVILLE, WA - A new ChargePoint Networked Charging Station for electric vehicles has been installed at Wooden Cross Lutheran Church in Woodinville, Wash.

ECOtality to Install 1,222 EV Chargers in Washington

SEATTLE - ECOtality Inc., a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, on Oct. 26 unveiled EV infrastructure plans for the state of Washington. Plans include the installation of 1,200 Blink Level 2 and 22 Blink DC Fast Chargers throughout the Central Puget Sound and Olympia areas. Offers Volt Owners Advanced Remote Functions

DETROIT - A new Web site,, is designed to give Chevrolet Volt owners the ability to remotely access operational information specific to their vehicle and control various functions of their car.

USDA to Help Fund 10,000 Ethanol Blender Pump Installations

WASHINGTON - To promote greater availability of higher blends of biofuels, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed the Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office to provide matching funds to help install 10,000 blender pumps and storage systems over the next five years.

DOT, EPA Propose Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks, Buses

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Monday, Oct. 25, announced the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses.

Ford’s $850M Investment to Help Boost Fuel Economy

DETROIT - Ford announced plans to invest an additional $850 million in Michigan between 2011 and 2013 as part of the company's commitment to upgrade its facilities in the state and further improve its vehicle fuel economy.

Staples Adds All-Electric Vehicles to Delivery Fleet

FRAMINGHAM, MA - As part of an ongoing initiative to achieve a 40-percent improvement in fleet fuel economy by 2015, Staples is adding 41 new all-electric trucks to its commercial delivery fleet.

Caterpillar to Buy MWM, Expand its Sustainable Power Generation Solutions

PEORIA, IL - Caterpillar Inc., has signed an agreement to acquire MWM Holding GmbH from 3i. With the acquisition of the global provider of sustainable alternative engines, Caterpillar will expand customer options for sustainable power generation solutions.

(L-R) Eaton&#39;s Bill Weber and Kevin McLean, Notre Dame Executive Vice President John F Affleck-Graves and Eaton&#39;s Dave Bucklew showcase Eaton&#39;s EV Quick Charger (far right). (Photo: Business Wire)

University of Notre Dame Receives EV Charging Stations

NOTRE DAME, IN - The University of Notre Dame will be provided with charging stations from Eaton Corporation to demonstrate the capabilities of utilizing electric vehicles (EV) in the university's fleet.

The Creation of the Audi e-tron Spyder

INGOLSTADT, GERMANY - It is a functional, rectangular building with a gray facade - a hall like thousands of others in the industrial parks dotting our cities. The only sign of any significant activity is a lone Bavarian flag fluttering on a wooden balcony that seems a bit out of place. This is where the Audi e-tron Spyder is being created.

Production of Nissan Leaf Begins in Japan

OPPAMA, JAPAN - Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. has started production at its Oppama facility for the pure-electric Nissan Leaf, which is slated to go on sale in December in Japan and the United States.


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