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Georgia Ports Study Shows Benefits of Diesel Additive

SAVANNAH, GA - The Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced earlier this month that its diesel additive study yielded a 5-percent reduction in fuel consumption as well as drastically decreased emissions.

The City of Santa Monica, Calif., uses one of two all-electric, medium-duty trucks manufactured by Southern Calif.-based ZeroTruck.

Santa Monica’s All-Electric Truck Displayed at NAFA Chapter Meeting

CERRITOS, CA - Attendees at the Aug. 24 NAFA Pacific Southwest Chapter meeting in Cerritos, Calif., had the opportunity to take a ride in the City of Santa Monica, Calif.’s all-electric medium-duty truck, manufactured by Southern Calif.-based ZeroTruck.

The Ford Transit Connect and Ford E-Series van are joining Geek Squad as part of Best Buy's continuing efforts to build a more fuel-efficient fleet and streamlined transportation system.

Best Buy Orders 1,000+ Transit Connects & E-Series Vans

RICHFIELD, MN - Best Buy's Geek Squad fleet will soon take delivery of 290 Ford Transit Connect compact utility vans and 738 Ford E-Series vans as part of the company's continuing efforts to build a more fuel-efficient fleet and streamlined transportation system.

Lexington County Plans Idling Reduction Policy

LEXINGTON, SC - A plan outlined August 24 to the Lexington County, S.C., Council would limit vehicle idling to 10 minutes for its fleet of 667 cars and trucks, with exceptions for emergencies and library bookmobiles.

Toyota to Offer Pedestrian-Alert Device in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN - Toyota Motor Corp. announced that on Aug. 30 it will begin selling in Japan an onboard device designed to alert pedestrians and others audibly to the presence of a quiet vehicle, such as a gasoline-electric hybrid.

Enterprise, Ala., Opens Biodiesel Facility

ENTERPRISE, AL - The city of Enterprise, Ala., on Aug. 12 celebrated the opening of its new biodiesel facility that will produce fuel for certain city vehicles, the Enterprise Ledger reported.

Kettering University Unveils Biomethane Truck

FLINT, MI - Kettering University and officials from Swedish Biogas International unveiled Flint's first biomethane fuel truck during an Aug. 19 ceremony on campus.

Vermont Biodiesel Plant Shuttered

SWANTON, VT - A major biodiesel plant in Vermont, operated by Biocardel, has closed for business. The company cited financial difficulties arising from the expiration of the federal tax credit, the Times Argus reported.

BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Rebrands as BlueFire Renewables

IRVINE, CA - BlueFire Ethanol Fuels announced that the company has changed its name to BlueFire Renewables Inc.

MIT Exploring EV Rapid-Charging Technology

CAMBRIDGE, MA - A team of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is busy testing a rapid-recharging system for electric vehicles, the MIT News Office reported.

Verizon, L.A. School District Among NGV Award Winners

BOSTON - This year's recipients of NGV Achievement Awards include Verizon, Choice Environmental Services and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Ford, Portland General Electric Prepare Oregon for EVs

PORTLAND, OR - Ford Motor Co. and Portland General Electric announced a collaboration to help prepare the city of Portland and the Pacific Northwest for the operation of electric vehicles.

AT&T’s Hybrid Fleet Continues to Grow in Michigan

KALAMAZOO, MI - AT&T continues to green its nationwide fleet, now replacing five of its Kalamazoo, Mich., vehicles with Toyota Prius models, typically being used by sales people and managers who work with network technicians.

EI Group Adds New Alt-Fuel Vehicles to Fleet

MORRISVILLE, NC - The EI Group, Inc. (EI), an environmental, health and safety consulting firm, announced it has revamped its corporate fleet with four new E-85 capable 2010 Chevrolet HHR panel vehicles.

Refuse Fleets Honored for Natural Gas Efforts

WASHINGTON - Choice Environmental Services of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Republic Services, Inc., were among the recipients of the 2010 National NGV Achievement Awards from NGVAmerica and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation.

Awards to Recognize ‘Green’ Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - Automotive Fleet is honoring fleet managers with its second annual Environmental Leadership Awards. The presentation and ceremony will take place at the 2010 Green Fleet Conference Oct. 18-19 in San Diego.

Car Charging Group to Serve EVs in NYC

MIAMI BEACH, FL - Car Charging Group Inc. said it has entered into a pilot agreement with Icon Parking Systems, a parking services provider in Manhattan, to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at select trial locations.

City of Bellevue Adds 31 Hybrids to its Fleet

BELLEVUE, WA - Thirty-one fuel-efficient vehicles have rolled into the City of Bellevue’s fleet, including Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry hybrids. Also as part of its Environmental Stewardship Initiative, the City will acquire 60 more hybrid and electric vehicles next year, to make 35 percent of its light-duty vehicles fuel-efficient models.

Longobart to Share Green Strategies

SAN DIEGO - Rick Longobart, facility, fleet, and central stores manager for the City of Santa Ana, Calif., will share strategies of how two cities (Inglewood, Calif. and Santa Ana, Calif.) overcame the obstacles of economic disparity by changing the paradigms of non-conventional thinking at the Green Fleet Conference.

Verizon Honored for Natural Gas Efforts

NEW YORK - Verizon received a 2010 NGV Achievement Award for its program to add 501 Ford E-250 cargo vans as part of the company-wide sustainability effort to conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to improved air quality.

NYPD Hybrid Patrol Cars Hit the Streets

NEW YORK - A fleet of new, alternative-fuel patrol cars hit New York City on August 18. The New York Police Department outfitted 30 Ford Fusion hybrids as patrol cars, raising the department’s number of alternative-fuel police vehicles to more than 400.

City Considers Adding Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations

LAWRENCE, KS - City of Lawrence commissioners at a recent meeting were asked to apply for up to $250,000 in federal stimulus funds that would create new fueling stations for electric-hybrid cars and also allow the City and Douglas County to add four new electric vehicles to their fleet.

ZAP Delivers Fleet of Electric Trucks

SANTA ROSA, CA - Electric vehicle pioneer ZAP announced that its newest dealer, Alvarez ZAP, has opened in Riverside, Calif., and will be serving commercial and government markets throughout the entire Inland Empire.

Lear Key Supplier for Chevrolet Volt

DETROIT - General Motors has selected automotive parts maker Lear Corp. as the primary supplier of the Chevrolet Volt's chargers and other key parts, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Wheego Electric Cars Spotlighted in Hawaii

HONOLULU - Hawaii Green Energy Outlet, a business that markets green building and energy products, on Aug. 14 demonstrated two upcoming all-electric vehicles manufactured by Wheego Electric Cars, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.


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