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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.

GM to Launch EV Project in Korea

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - General Motors announced a demonstration project to explore market needs and customer acceptance of battery electric vehicles in Korea.

Landi Renzo Acquires Baytech,<BR>Announces E-Series CNG System

TORRANCE, CA - Industry executives and government officials recently gathered to celebrate Landi Renzo S.p.A.'s acquisition of Baytech Corp. The event coincided with Landi Renzo's launch of a compressed natural gas (CNG) system that will be available on Ford E-Series vans in the first quarter of 2011.

Enterprise Adding 500 EVs to Fleet

ST. LOUIS, MO - Enterprise Rent-A-Car said it has just received one of the nation's first Nissan LEAF electric vehicles (EVs), and the company is already taking steps to educate customers and employees about EV rentals and the infrastructure that will support them.

Weiser Hopes to Build Biodiesel Plant in N.C.

FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Weiser Energy Partners, a division of the Weiser Companies Inc., is in discussions with city and county officials to get the necessary approvals to build a new biodiesel plant in Cumberland County, the Fayetteville Observer reported.

Ford, Oncor to Strengthen EV Infrastructure

DALLAS - Ford Motor Co. and Oncor, a major electricity provider in Texas, announced they are coordinating efforts to help prepare North Texas for the operation of electric vehicles.

Frito-Lay Starts 'Charge' on Largest Fleet of All-Electric Trucks in North America

PLANO, TEXAS - PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division is setting the wheels in motion for what will ultimately be the largest fleet of commercial all-electric trucks in North America.

Diesel Direct & Freightliner Trucks Develop First-Ever Diesel Electric Hybrid Fuel Truck

PORTLAND, OR - Diesel Direct and Freightliner Trucks together have developed the first-ever diesel electric hybrid fuel truck. The innovative Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid will be used to deliver fuel to fleets primarily in Massachusetts.

Florida Communities Take Delivery of Hybrid Refuse Vehicles

MIAMI - The City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, and the City of Hialeah in Florida took delivery of a total of 11 hybrid-powered Autocar E3 refuse vehicles after successful field trials last summer.

Natural Gas Training Courses to be Held in Hayward, CA

HAYWARD, CA - Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) is offering informational courses to ensure that natural gas vehicle fleets are maintained, fueled, and driven to meet or exceed current safety standards. Two upcoming classes will take place in Hayward, Calif., October 5-7.

Counties Deploy First Propane Autogas Fleet Vehicles

HARRISONBURG, VA - Two South Carolina vehicle conversion centers, Greenville County and Light’N’Up, deployed 15 propane autogas vehicles last month as part of a large-scale, Recovery Act-funded alternative fuel vehicle project in the Southeast United States.

2010 AltCar Expo to Focus on Fleets

SANTA MONICA, CA - A "Focus on Fleets Conference" will take place Oct. 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the 2010 AltCar Expo & Conference, designed to focus on providing information on funding, alternative vehicle technology and availability, and infrastructure.

NHTSA, EPA Officials Test Drive Nissan Leaf

WASHINGTON - National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland, and his deputy, Ron Medford, took it out for a spin this week, as did Margo Oge, the director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Transportation and Air Quality.

Fuel Solutions Forum Promotes EV Network in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN - Leaders from federal, state, and local governments, the automotive industry, and electric utilities recently met in Tennessee at the Fuel Solutions Forum to discuss a national transition to electric transportation.

2011 Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX Trucks participating in the ECO-Advantage Tour.

Isuzu to Promote Environmentally Friendly New Trucks with Nationwide Tour

ANAHEIM, CA - The first and only low-cab-forward medium-duty trucks on the U.S. market to meet stringent new 2010 emissions regulations are about to receive nationwide recognition.

South Carolina Vehicle Conversion Centers Roll Out First Round of Propane Autogas Vehicles

HARRISONBURG, VA - Two South Carolina vehicle conversion centers, Greenville County and Light'N'Up, deployed 15 propane Autogas vehicles last month as part of a large-scale, Recovery Act-funded alternative-fuel vehicle project in the Southeast United States.

Clean Energy Completes Acquisition of IMW

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a major natural gas fuel company serving fleets, said it has completed its acquisition of nearly all assets of IMW Industries.

South Dakota Tries E30 for Flex-Fuel Vehicles

SIOUX FALLS, SD - South Dakota fleet officials are experimenting with a lower ethanol blend in the state's flex-fuel vehicles in hopes of determining the most cost-effective blend available, the Associated Press reported.

Indiana's 'Project Plug-IN' Previews THINK City EV

PLAINFIELD, IN - Duke Energy employees on Sept. 8 got an advance look at the THINK City plug-in electric vehicle at the company's Plainfield corporate headquarters, helping launch an Indianapolis-based pilot project that aims to make the 'electric commute' a reality.

Ford Teams With CenterPoint Energy to Prepare for EVs

HOUSTON - Ford Motor Co. said it will collaborate with CenterPoint Energy Inc.'s electric transmission and distribution subsidiary to help prepare the Houston area for the operation of electric vehicles.


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