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Cities Install EV Charging Stations

CAMPBELL, CA - Cities are encouraging the use of electric plug-in vehicles by installing electric vehicle charging stations. The City of Hillsboro, Ore., will install a total of 16 faster-charge stations, and cities in Marin County, Calif., will receive eight free EV charging stations.

SCE Joins Transit Connect Electric LEAD Customer Program

ROSEMEAD, CA - The Ford Transit Connect Electric vans will be deployed in at least 12 California cities and replace gasoline-powered pickup trucks in Southern California Edison's (SCE) meter services fleet.

Hybrids & 4-Cylinders Most Common Sustainability Strategies

PRINCETON, NJ - The results of a recent industry survey showed the most popular method used in the last year to "green" corporate fleet operations was the use of a mix of hybrid and other fuel-efficient vehicles, as well as a switch to 4-cylinder models.

EPA & DOT Seek Feedback on Proposed Fuel Economy Labels

CHICAGO - EPA and DOT are holding public hearings to get input on the labels before picking a final design. The next public hearing will be in Los Angeles on Oct. 21.

A Sampling of Chevy Volt Reviews: Mostly Positive

Critics are impressed with the Volt’s dual-power source, horsepower and mpg, though some take issue with the vehicle’s big-sticker price.

City of Eugene, Ore., Tests Toyota Prius With Electric Mode

EUGENE, OR - Toyota’s hybrid vehicle has a plug-in feature. The vehicle travels 14 miles in electric mode before the hybrid motor kicks in.

ECOtotality's Blink DC Fast Charger

ECOtality Introduces Blink DC Fast Charger

The DC Fast Charger delivers the fastest EV charging rate currently available and is capable of providing a full charge in less than 30 minutes.

‘Greening Your Fleet’ Conference to be Held in Indiana

FORT WAYNE, IN - The 2010 Greening Your Fleet Conference, presented by the Greater Indiana Clean Cites Coalition, American Public Works Association - Indiana Chapter, and CountryMark, will take place on Oct. 26-27.

Connecticut Prepares for Electric Cars

HARTFORD, CT - Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell signed a collaborative agreement with Nissan for the LEAF electric car to help further the adoption of electric vehicles in the state.

EV Plug-In Readiness Series to Address Effects of EVs on Public Agencies

LOS ANGELES - A SoCal Collaborative EV Plug-In Readiness Series for Cities and Utilities event will take place at the University of California, Los Angeles on Oct. 22.

Free Webinar: How Propane Can Reduce Fleet Costs

TORRANCE, CA - Sponsored by Ferrellgas and ROUSH, Work Truck is hosting a free Webinar on the benefits of using propane autogas, including how it can help reduce operating costs by up to 30 percent.

Reports: Toyota to Expand Prius Brand

LAS VEGAS - Toyota last week told its dealers about plans to introduce two new Prius models by the end of 2012, the Associated Press reported.

12 Best Buy Stores to Get Blink EV Charging Stations

SAN FRANCISCO - ECOtality Inc. announced an agreement to provide Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at select U.S. stores of Best Buy Co. Inc.

THINK to Exhibit City EV at Green Fleet Conference

SAN DIEGO - THINK EV, a Norway-based electric vehicle maker, said it will be showcasing its THINK City battery electric vehicle at the 2010 Green Fleet Conference, scheduled for Oct. 18-19.

Researchers: Fuel Cell Technology Holds Promise for EVs

PASADENA, CA - A smart diesel reformer and a tolerant fuel cell are the core components of a new type of electric power supply unit that researchers say may have future applications in the electric vehicle market.

Calif. Project to Produce Biodiesel & Help Keep Sewer Lines Clear

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A demonstration plant at the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant in San Francisco has begun using restaurant trap grease to produce biodiesel.

ServiceMaster's TruGreen Fleet to Add Hybrid Electric Trucks

OAK PARK, MI - TruGreen, a major professional lawn-care provider, is adding 10 hybrid electric trucks to its fleet for use in California.

Coulomb EV Stations Provided to 8 Northern Calif. Cities

CAMPBELL, CA - Eight cities in northern California's Marin County -- all participants in Marin Clean Energy (MCE) -- will receive free electric charging stations from Coulomb Technologies, as a part of the company's $37 million ChargePoint America program.

The convenience cord will be 25-feet-long, making it long enough to reach the nearest outlet, eliminating the need for an extension cord, according to Ford.

Ford to Offer EV Convenience Cord for Remote Charging

DEARBORN, MI - Customers of the all-new Ford Focus Electric will have the ability to recharge at remote locations with a standard 120V convenience cord, in addition to recharging at home with an optional wall-mounted 240V charging station.

Chevrolet Volt Home Charging Unit Priced at $490

DETROIT - Priced at $490 before installation, Chevrolet's "Voltec" 240V home charging unit is one of several 240V home charging units that will be offered for sale by SPX Service Solutions, a national provider of home charging installation services and equipment.

Federal GSA to Add 100 Electric Vehicles to Fleet

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration has asked auto manufacturers to bid on supplying about 100 electric cars for government purchase.

ARI to Lead Panel on Real-world Applications of Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles

MT. LAUREL, NJ - Automotive Resources International (ARI) will be moderating a panel called "Real-world Applications of Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles" at the 2010 Green Fleet Conference. The panel will be moderated by Elisa Durand, Environmental and Fuel Strategies Leader at ARI.

Verizon to Add 300 CNG Vans to Calif. Truck Fleets

HEMET, CA - The 300 new vans being retrofitted by Steelweld Equipment Co. will be used in Southern California by Verizon technicians who install and repair broadband, TV, and voice communications services for the company's residential and small-business customers.

Program participants included members of industry associations such as MEMA, NAFA, and the APWA.

City of Santa Monica Hosts Fleet Conference at AltCar Expo

SANTA MONICA, CA - At the 5th annual AltCar Expo & Conference, hosted by the City of Santa Monica, Calif., fleet professionals had the opportunity to participate in a fleet-focused program addressing alternative vehicle funding, technology and availability, and infrastructure.

Chevrolet "Voltec" 240V home charging unit

Chevrolet Volt’s 240V Home Charging Unit Priced at $490

The Voltec 240V home charging unit can charge the Volt's battery from depleted to charged in about four hours.

 
 

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