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Midwest Biodiesel Attracts $300,000 Loan

ST. LOUIS - Midwest Biodiesel Products LLC has secured a $300,000 loan from the St. Louis Business Development Fund and St. Louis Private Fund. The company will use the funding to rehire five laid-off workers and purchase soybeans and vegetable oil to use as feedstock, the St. Louis Business Journal reported.

LA Auto Show to Spotlight Electric Cars

LOS ANGELES - At least a half-dozen electric vehicles will make news during the LA Auto Show Press Days on Nov. 17-18, according to event organizers. What's more, electric vehicles expected to debut at the LA Auto Show include the North American production version of Mitsubishi's i-MiEV and Toyota's RAV4 EV concept.

Conn. Celebrates Role in Leaf EV Launch

HARTFORD, CT - Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell on Sept. 28 welcomed the all-electric Nissan Leaf to Connecticut with the signing of a collaborative agreement to help advance electric vehicles in the state.

DOE Lab & Partners to Develop Natural Gas Engines

GOLDEN, CO - Together, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will invest up to $13.5 million to support the development of natural gas engines and vehicles.

Blue Book Report Explores Today's Hybrid Market

IRVINE, CA - According to Kelley Blue Book's "Blue Book Market Report for September 2010," today may be a great time to buy a hybrid -- as long as your principal motivation is to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases, rather than to save money at the pump.

Wheego Electric Cars to Host Dealer Event

ATLANTA - All-electric car manufacturer Wheego Electric Cars will host a dealer ride-and-drive event in Ontario, Calif., on Oct. 22-23. The event will give prospective dealers an opportunity to drive the LiFe and meet with Wheego executives

Researchers: EVs Key to Reducing Emissions, Oil Imports

HOUSTON - Electric cars hold greater promise for reducing emissions and lowering U.S. oil imports than a national renewable portfolio standard, according to research conducted by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Green Star to Build Algae-to-Biodiesel Plant

SALT LAKE CITY - Green Star Products Inc. said it has signed a contract to build a new biodiesel facility -- the first of several contracts that are part of an ambitious algae-to-biodiesel project.

Researchers Hope to Develop Car Body Panels that Serve as Battery

LONDON - Imperial College in London is engaged in a research project exploring the development of car body panels that can also serve as a rechargeable battery for plug-in hybrids and electric cars. Volvo Cars is one of the participants in the project, the automaker said.

Pricing on 2011 Subaru Forester Announced

CHERRY HILL, NJ - All 2011 Forester models also come with a new grill design, as well as an updated instrument panel with a softer, textured material for enhanced interior appearance.

Audi Shipping Cars on Trains Powered by Renewable Electricity

INGOLSTADT - Audi AG is setting new standards in logistics: The carmaker is using trains powered by green electricity to transport its cars from Ingolstadt to the North Sea loading port of Emden, making it the first company in Germany to use green electricity in this way.

Study: Hybrid Fleet Sales to Surpass 740,000 Units by 2015

BOULDER, CO - Passenger cars are predicted to be the largest segment for hybrid electric vehicles in fleet markets, but some of the highest growth rates over the next five years will be in the SUV and pickup truck segments, particularly in the U.S.

Johnson Controls will participate in the Ford Transit Connect Electric Lead customer program, receiving the first of a 20-vehicle order in December of this year.

Johnson Controls to Receive 20 Transit Connect Electrics

OAK PARK, MI - Johnson Controls, Inc. will join AT&T and Xcel Energy as one of the first fleets to receive the all-electric version of the Ford Transit Connect van.

Green Fleet Conference Discount Expires Sept. 24

SAN DIEGO, CA - Friday, Sept. 24 is the last day to receive a $100 discount off the full Green Fleet Conference pass and hotel registration.

North Texas Governments Get Ready for EVs

DALLAS - North Texas state and local governments will be working with Ford Motor Company and Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC to help prepare the region for the operation of electric vehicles.

Georgia Counties Receive Propane Conversion Vehicles

HARRISONBURG, VA - Carroll County, Cobb County, and Muscogee County fleets in Georgia had 49 law enforcement vehicles converted from gasoline to propane autogas since August as part of the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program.

CODA Automotive Launches All-Electric Sedan

The California-based automaker announced pricing for its all-electric CODA Sedan and said it will begin accepting fully refundable deposits for the four-door, five-passenger vehicle.

Which Emits Less Carbon Dioxide, Hybrids or Natural Gas Cars?

The answer depends on whether the vehicles are doing city or highway driving.

Converting fleet vehicles to run on compressed natural gas has helped Alagasco reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save fuel.

Alagasco Fills Fleet Up with CNG

BIRMINGHAM, AL - Alagasco, a Birmingham, Ala.-based natural gas public utility, has been operating 60 of its approximately 600-unit fleet vehicles on compressed natural gas for about 18 months.

Hertz Commits to Electric Vehicles

NEW YORK - During the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the Hertz Corp. announced its commitment to bring the next generation of electric vehicles to the general public through the company's car rental and car sharing operations.

GM, ABB Group Exploring Ways to Reuse Volt Batteries

TROY, MI - General Motors and ABB Group will work together to develop pilot projects for reusing the batteries from the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle. This effort will include examining whether the batteries may be a source for renewable energy that could improve the effectiveness of wind and solar power generation.

CODA Accepting Deposits for All-Electric Sedan

SANTA MONICA, CA - CODA Automotive, a California-based electric car and battery company, said it is now accepting deposits for its all-electric, four-door CODA Sedan.

BYD to Market EVs in Europe

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - BYD Europe B.V., a Netherlands-based subsidiary of the Chinese battery and car manufacturer BYD, announced it is working with Essen-based utility RWE to bring electric vehicles to European markets.

E85 Vehicle & EVs Win Automotive X Prize

WASHINGTON - The X Prize Foundation and Progressive Insurance on Sept. 16 awarded $10 million to three teams who successfully completed the rigorous Automotive X Prize competition aimed at identifying the world's most fuel-efficient vehicles.

Honda to Host Environmental Auto Webcast

TORRANCE, CA - American Honda Motor Co. will host a video webcast, titled "The Future of the Automobile: Environmental Challenges and Solutions," at 8:30 a.m. PDT on Sept. 22.


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