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Verizon to Add More Than 260 Hybrid Vehicles to Its Fleet in New Jersey

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Verizon will add more than 260 hybrid vehicles to its New Jersey fleet this year as part of its ongoing commitment to conserving fuel, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to improved air quality in the communities it serves across the Garden State.

CARB Releases Draft Amendments to California Truck & Bus Rule and SmartWay Mandate

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released draft regulatory language for proposed amendments to the In-Use On-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation (Truck and Bus Rule) and the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Regulation (California SmartWay mandate).

Navistar Delivers More Than 7,000 New 2010 Vehicles

WARRENVILLE, IL - Navistar International Corporation announced the launch of its 2010 EPA-compliant trucks and buses is on track and progressing well, having shipped more than 7,000 units in total.

CARB Hybrid Program Helps Calif. Fleets Get Greener

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board said that an innovative financial incentive program has helped put over 650 hybrid trucks and buses on California roads.

Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt to Win Awards

NEW YORK - Popular Mechanics magazine is handing out its annual Breakthrough Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 5, and the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf electric vehicles will be among the winners.

GM Invests $23.5 Million for Electric Components in Baltimore

BALTIMORE - General Motors announced it will invest $23.5 million for additional production of vehicle electrification components on the site of the Baltimore Transmission Plant, where the first electric motor manufacturing facility in the U.S. will be operated by a major automaker.

Clean Energy Fuels, Pilot to Build More CNG/LNG Stations

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. said it has signed an agreement with Pilot Travel Centers LLC to build, own and operate public-access compressed and liquefied natural gas (CNG/LNG) fueling facilities at agreed-upon Pilot Flying J truck travel centers nationwide.

BlueFire Signs Feedstock Contract for Cellulosic Ethanol

IRVINE, CA - BlueFire Renewables Inc., a cellulosic biofuels company, announced a 15-year contract with Cooper Marine & Timberlands that calls for the company to provide feedstock for BlueFire's planned plant in Fulton, Miss.

Ford Teams With N.Y. Power to Prepare for EVs

NEW YORK - Ford Motor Co. and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) said they are coordinating efforts to help prepare the state of New York for the operation of electric vehicles.

EPA, NHTSA Announce Plans for Tougher GHG & Fuel Economy Standards

WASHINGTON - The agencies announced they will begin the process of developing tougher greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for passenger cars and trucks built in model-years 2017 through 2025.

UPS Purchases 130 Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

ATLANTA - The 130 hybrids will be deployed next year, with 30 going to New York and New Jersey and 100 to California. UPS estimates these vehicles will save 66,085 gallons of fuel and 671 metric tons of CO2 annually, representing a 35-percent improvement in fuel economy.

Ford Scientists Explore Algae as Potential Biofuel

DEARBORN, MI - Ford scientists are working to understand the suitability of renewable sources such as algae as potential automotive biofuels. This effort reflects Ford's desire to better understand the use of biomass to produce future biofuels, as part of an overall strategy to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil and address climate change.

Bright Delivers Plug-In Hybrid to U.S. Army

WARREN, MI - Bright Automotive said it has delivered a prototype electrified vehicle, based on the Bright IDEA's plug-in hybrid architecture, to the U.S. Army for review and testing.

Government Takes Steps to Advance Fuel Economy Goals

WASHINGTON - In a preliminary technical analysis unveiled Friday, Oct. 1, the U.S. EPA and Department of Transportation described scenarios in which cars would be required to get 47 to 62 miles per gallon by the year 2025, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Initiative Seeks to Cut Commercial Fleet Emissions 20%

NORTHBROOK, IL - Donlen Corp., the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and GreenDriver are collaborating on a multi-year initiative to cut commercial fleet greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent.

Indiana DOT Builds 115 Autogas Fueling Stations

INDIANAPOLIS - As part of the state's alternative fuel vehicle conversion project, Indiana Department of Transportation is installing 115 propane autogas fueling stations. The $3.2 million contract was awarded to Alliance AutoGas.

The Prius PHV is capable of running on electricity for approximately 13 miles at speeds up to 62 mph, at which point it operates as a conventional Prius hybrid.

Georgetown University Tests Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University will be loaned two Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHV) as part of a demonstration program launched Sept. 29.

U.S. Army Receives Prototype Plug-In Hybrid Conversion

WARREN, MI - The U.S. Army has been delivered a prototype electrified vehicle from Bright Automotive for review and testing.

Donlen, Environmental Defense Fund and GreenDriver Collaborate to Reduce GHG Emissions

The three organizations are partnering on a multi-year Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action titled, “Commercial Fleet 20% GHG Emissions Reduction.”

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UC Davis Tests Biodiesel Sedans

DAVIS, CA - University of California, Davis Fleet Services has begun a pilot project to test the use of biodiesel in passenger sedans. Two 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI sedans have been placed into Fleet Services short-term Motor Pool.

The Micro Bird G5 Roush liquid propane-powered E-450 uses the Ford 6.8L, V-10 engine which runs on the ROUSH liquid propane injection fuel system.

Propane Vehicles Showcased at BusCon

CHICAGO - Roush Performance and CleanFuel USA at BusCon Sept. 28-29 showcased propane autogas-fueled shuttle buses that cut carbon and particulate emissions and lower fuel costs while delivering the horsepower and torque of a diesel-powered bus.

Madison Gas and Electric to Expand EV Charging Network in Dane County

MADISON, WI - Coulomb Technologies and Madison Gas and Electric announced on September 28 plans to install 18 additional ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations for electric vehicles in and around Dane County.

New Association and Web Site for Commercial Truck Industry Focuses on Green Products and Technologies

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - The Green Truck Association (GTA) announced the official launch of

Enova Congratulates FCCC's Unveiling of Production Ready EV at HTUF Conference

DEARBORN, MI - Enova Systems, Inc. congratulates OEM partner Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) on the unveiling of their Enova-powered all-electric walk-in van (WIV) at the 2010 Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF).

ROUSH Liquid Propane-Powered Micro Bird E-450 Debuts at BusCon

CHICAGO - Micro Bird will launch the G5, a new ROUSH liquid-propane powered E-450 Dual Rear Wheel (DRW) Cutaway vehicle, at the 2010 BusCon show.


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