Top News 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's Bill Weber and Kevin McLean, Notre Dame Executive Vice President John F Affleck-Graves and Eaton's Dave Bucklew showcase Eaton'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.

Both general and concurrent sessions were packed with attendees.

Green Fleet Conference Achieves Record Attendance

SAN DIEGO - Attendees gathered Oct. 18-19 in San Diego for information-packed conference sessions, many of which were standing-room only. Presenters from corporate fleets included Abbott, UPS, Verizon, and Nestle.

The vans will be covered by GM's three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

GM Showcases CNG Van at Green Fleet Conference

SAN DIEGO - General Motors showcased the industry's only fully integrated, compressed natural gas cargo vans in public for the first time at the 2010 Green Fleet Conference in San Diego.

2010 Environmental Leadership Award Winners Announced

SAN DIEGO - The recipients of the 2010 Environment Leadership Awards were announced Oct. 19 in a special presentation at the Green Fleet Conference in San Diego. Winners in attendance were presented the award by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.

2011 Green Car of the Year Finalists Revealed

LOS ANGELES - The five finalists for the 2011 Green Car of the Year are the Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and Nissan LEAF. In 2009, the 2010-MY Audi A3 TDI earned the title.

Matthew Betz, vice president, government fleet services for LeasePlan USA, moderated the panel "Sharing Best Practices in Green Fleet Management."

LeasePlan USA’s Betz Moderates Best Practice Sharing Panel at Green Fleet Conference

SAN DIEGO - During this year's Green Fleet Conference in San Diego on Oct. 18-19, Matthew Betz, vice president, government fleet services for LeasePlan USA, moderated the panel "Sharing Best Practices in Green Fleet Management."

ROUSH CleanTech Company Introduced at 2010 Green Fleet Conference

ROUSH CleanTech debuts as new propane-fueled vehicle engineering company at the 2010 Green Fleet Conference in San Diego.

Wheego LiFe to Debut at L.A. Auto Show

ATLANTA - Wheego Electric Cars said it will unveil its Wheego LiFe electric car to the public at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November.

Smith Electric Vehicles Delivers All-Electric Trucks To Staples

KANSAS CITY - Smith Electric Vehicles today announced a new purchase order of their all-electric commercial trucks by Staples, the world's largest office supply chain store.

General Motors Offers Green Options for Fleet

SAN DIEGO - The first public showing this week of the industry's only fully integrated compressed natural gas cargo van leads General Motors' commitment to helping commercial customers decrease the environmental impact of their fleets.

ROUSH CleanTech Driving Alternative Fuels & Propane Forward

LIVONIA, MI -ROUSH CleanTech aims to increase the intensity of the corporate investment ROUSH has already made in liquid propane injection powered vehicles, while expediting new products to the market and putting more clean-fueled vehicles on roads worldwide.

Toyota to Use 'Ecological Plastic' in Vehicle Interiors

TOYOTA CITY, JAPAN - Toyota Motor Corp. plans to make vehicle liner material and other interior surfaces from a new "Ecological Plastic" that features the world's first use of the material bio-PET.

EPA Grants E15 Waiver for Newer Vehicles

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has waived a limitation on selling fuel that is more than 10 percent ethanol for model year 2007 and newer cars and light trucks.

Minnesota Bolsters E-85 Use

ST. PAUL - Minnesota state government agencies have increased their retail purchases of E-85 nearly 10-fold in five years, according to the state's Department of Administration. In the first nine months of 2010, agencies have purchased nearly 725,000 gallons of E-85, compared to about 73,000 gallons over the same period in 2005.

Hitachi, Johnson Controls Team Up on Li-ion Batteries

MILWAUKEE - Hitachi Ltd. and Johnson Controls Inc. said they have agreed to work together in the field of advanced energy storage, including lithium-ion battery development for automotive applications.

Honda Named 'Greenest Automaker'

WASHINGTON - Honda recently won the "Greenest Automaker" title from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) for the fifth consecutive time, narrowly beating Toyota and Hyundai, which tied for second.

Calif. Awards $12.6 Million for Green Vehicle Technologies

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Energy Commission recently approved nearly $12.6 million for nine projects aimed at developing cleaner transportation. These include efforts to manufacture electric vehicles and vehicle batteries, add vehicle charging stations, and encourage the use of biofuels.


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