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Chesapeake, Va., Converting Refuse Trucks to CNG

CHESAPEAKE, VA - The city of Chesapeake, Va., plans to convert its fleet of solid waste collection trucks from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas (CNG) and to construct a CNG refueling station for use by the fleet and the public, City Manager William Harrell said.

GM and ABB demonstrated an energy storage system.

GM, ABB Pursue Volt Battery Reuse Applications

RALEIGH, NC – General Motors and ABB Group have demonstrated an energy storage system that combines a proven electric vehicle battery technology and a proven grid-tied electric power inverter.

Nantucket Energy Begins Supplying AutoGas to Fleets

NANTUCKET, MA -- Nantucket Energy Corp. has partnered with Alliance AutoGas to supply propane autogas to community fleets on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket.

Gulf Coast Transit Begins Fueling With AutoGas

GULFPORT, MS -- Coast Transit Authority (CTA) of Gulfport, Miss., has partnered with nationwide network Alliance AutoGas to convert a portion of CTA’s public fleet to propane autogas.

Fallbrook, Tomberlin Accelerate EV Development Efforts

SAN DIEGO, CA – Fallbrook Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of transmissions designed to increase battery life and performance of electric vehicles, said it is accelerating joint development efforts with two other companies: EV maker Tomberlin Group and driveline maker TEAM Industries.

Calif. Air Board Approves $40M for Green Vehicles

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Air Resources Board on July 21 approved up to $40 million for the third year of funding to promote the purchase of next-generation clean cars, trucks and off-road equipment. 

Volkswagen Releases 2012-MY Fleet Incentives

TORRANCE, CA – Volkswagen has released its 2012-MY fleet incentives, including those for clean-diesel-fueled vehicles.

B20 Biodiesel Approved for Hino Trucks

NOVI, MI -- Hino Trucks said its complete product line of class 4 and 5 cab-over trucks, as well as class 6 and 7 conventional trucks, are now approved to use up to B20 biodiesel.

Volvo Trucks Adds Factory-Installed NG Option for VNM Daycab

GREENSBORO, NC – Volvo Trucks North America said it recently delivered its first 10 natural gas-powered VNM daycabs to Talon Logistics Inc., the transportation division of Giant Eagle Inc.

Detroit to Host EV Safety Summit

WARRENDALE, PA - The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and SAE International will co-sponsor the 2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit Sept. 27-28 at the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center Hotel in Detroit.

Hybrid Truck Conference Offering Sweepstakes for 25 Free Passes

PASADENA, CA - The 11 annual Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF) National Conference, in Baltimore, Md. has created a sweepstakes offer to help 25 qualifying fleet professionals* to attend HTUF free of charge.

Seraph Energy to Market Diesel-to-NG Conversion Kits

SAN MARCOS, CA -- Omnitek Engineering Corp. said it has appointed Seraph Energy LLC as exclusive marketing agent for the company’s diesel-to-natural gas conversion kits in Pennsylvania.

EV Study Underscores Pivotal Role of ‘Smart Charging’

WASHINGTON -- Simply “plugging in” 1 million electric cars could add $750 million in annual wholesale energy costs unless "smart charging" is adopted, according to a joint study conducted by PJM Interconnection and Better Place.

BASF lab technician Christian Saffert tests various lithium-ion batteries.

BASF Ramps Up EV Battery R&D

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – Chemical giant BASF announced plans to invest a three-digit million euro sum in researching, developing and producing electric vehicle battery materials over the next five years. The investment will include construction of a production plant for advanced cathode materials in Elyria, Ohio.

Long Beach Clean Cities to Host Alt-Fuel Presentation, Ride & Drive

LONG BEACH, CA – The Long Beach Clean Cities Coalition meeting on July 21 will include an alternative fuel vehicle presentation and ride-and-drive segment highlighting offerings from Ford and other automakers.

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Volvo Develops Range Extenders for EVs

GÖTEBORG, SWEDEN -- Volvo Car Corp. said it is producing test cars with range extenders -- electric cars that are fitted with a combustion engine to increase their effective range.

Nissan Leaf Availability to Expand

FRANKLIN, TN -- Nissan North America Inc. said it is expanding availability of the all-electric Nissan Leaf to U.S. consumers for the 2012 model year. Nissan on July 25 will open up the ordering process to consumers with existing reservations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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GM to Launch Smart Grid Pilot

RALEIGH, NC – General Motors announced plans to launch a pilot program of smart grid solutions for electric vehicles this year, paving the way for utilities to increase energy efficiency and offer lower charging costs to customers.

A car2go user at a Blink charging station

ECOtality, car2go to Launch EV Car-Sharing Program

SAN FRANCISCO -- ECOtality Inc., a company specializing in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced plans to partner with Daimler subsidiary car2go to provide charging infrastructure for an electric car-sharing program based in San Diego.

Chicago Park District Fueling Fleet With Biodiesel

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Park District’s new biodiesel production program is expected to provide 20,000 gallons of ASTM-certified biodiesel fuel this year to power nearly 300 of the district’s vehicles.

Waste Management Adds 1,000th Truck to Natural Gas Fleet

CARSON, CA -- Waste Management on July 12 added the 1,000th natural gas truck to its fleet, making the refuse company the largest owner and operator of clean-running, heavy-duty refuse trucks in North America.

Clean Cities Tool Tip

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program offers a wide variety of Web-based tools to help fleets reduce petroleum use, lower their emissions, and incorporate alternative fuels into their operations.

Daimler-Bosch Joint Venture to Develop EV Motors

STUTTGART, GERMANY -- Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH have formed a 50:50 joint venture to develop and produce electric vehicle motors.

AAA Unveils EV-Charging Roadside Assistance Truck

RALEIGH, NC -- AAA has unveiled a roadside assistance truck that can provide Level 2 and Level 3 charging to electric vehicles.

GE Energy Partners With Lowe's to Provide EV Chargers

RALEIGH, NC -- GE Energy Industrial Solutions and Lowe's said they will partner to offer the GE WattStation wall-mount electric vehicle (EV) charging station.



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