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Toyota to Use 'Ecological Plastic' in Vehicle Interiors

TOYOTA CITY, JAPAN - Toyota Motor Corp. plans to make vehicle liner material and other interior surfaces from a new "Ecological Plastic" that features the world's first use of the material bio-PET.

EPA Grants E15 Waiver for Newer Vehicles

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has waived a limitation on selling fuel that is more than 10 percent ethanol for model year 2007 and newer cars and light trucks.

Minnesota Bolsters E-85 Use

ST. PAUL - Minnesota state government agencies have increased their retail purchases of E-85 nearly 10-fold in five years, according to the state's Department of Administration. In the first nine months of 2010, agencies have purchased nearly 725,000 gallons of E-85, compared to about 73,000 gallons over the same period in 2005.

Hitachi, Johnson Controls Team Up on Li-ion Batteries

MILWAUKEE - Hitachi Ltd. and Johnson Controls Inc. said they have agreed to work together in the field of advanced energy storage, including lithium-ion battery development for automotive applications.

Honda Named 'Greenest Automaker'

WASHINGTON - Honda recently won the "Greenest Automaker" title from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) for the fifth consecutive time, narrowly beating Toyota and Hyundai, which tied for second.

Calif. Awards $12.6 Million for Green Vehicle Technologies

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Energy Commission recently approved nearly $12.6 million for nine projects aimed at developing cleaner transportation. These include efforts to manufacture electric vehicles and vehicle batteries, add vehicle charging stations, and encourage the use of biofuels.

GM Taps Envision Solar for EV Charging Installations

SAN DIEGO - Envision Solar International Inc., which specializes in sustainable energy infrastructure design and development, said General Motors has selected the company to install its CleanCharge solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at a number of prominent locations.

Maverick Biofuels Plans Biorefinery in N.C.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Maverick Biofuels said it is planning to build a pilot-scale biorefinery in North Carolina to produce biofuels from biomass and municipal solid waste.

L.A. to Build EV Charging Stations at Transit Sites

LOS ANGELES - The California Energy Commission announced EV Connect, a leading provider of electric vehicle infrastructure solutions, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will be conducting a pilot program to assess the integration of personal electric vehicles into the transportation network.

Electric Car Co. Teams With NEAH Power Systems

SPRINGFIELD, MO - Electric Car Co. Inc. -- which specializes in electric vehicle conversions and manufacturing for the livery, fleet and private specialty markets -- said it is negotiating a development and marketing agreement with NEAH Power Systems Inc.

Verizon to Add 30 Hybrids & CNG Vans to N.Y. Fleet

WHITE PLAINS, NY - In all, 25 hybrid pickups and five compressed natural gas vans will be deployed in Westchester County by the end of 2010.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) showcased new electric-drive vehicle models on Oct. 5 for its governmental customers at an electric vehicle workshop and “ride-and-drive” event. (Photo by NYPA)

New York Power Authority Orders Transit Connect Electric Vans

WHITE PLAINS, NY - The New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation's largest state public power organization, was added to the LEAD customer program for the Ford Transit Connect Electric van.

Monroe County to Add Autogas Fueling Center & Convert Vehicles

ROCHESTER, NY - Monroe County, N.Y., received a grant to retrofit four light-duty pickup trucks in the county fleet to run on liquid propane gas (LPG) and install infrastructure for a LPG fuel dispenser at one of its fueling stations.

Culver City Receives 2nd Cycle of CNG Refuse Trucks

CULVER CITY, CA - The City of Culver City announced the delivery of the second cycle of dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered front loading refuse trucks to its fleet.

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.

 

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