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City of Denton to Build Alt-Fuel Station for Fleet Vehicles

DENTON, TX - The City of Denton Fleet Services Division has been awarded a $599,860 grant from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The City will construct and operate a fuel island that provides alternative fuels for city equipment to help reduce the ozone levels within the North Texas nonattainment counties.

Navy to Add 345 Electric Vehicles

JACKSONVILLE, FL - The local engineering arm of the U.S. Navy plans to cut transportation costs by renting about 345 slow-moving electric vehicles by 2015, bringing its fleet to 750 such vehicles.

CARB Reaches Settlement With Catalytic Converter Firm

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Air Resources Board recently reached a $2 million settlement with Pennsylvania-based Eastern Manufacturing Inc., which was accused of illegally selling uncertified catalytic converters to California businesses and consumers.

BEST Biodiesel Plant Closes in Wisconsin

CASHTON, WI - The BEST BioDiesel Cashton LLC plant has closed, citing financial difficulties since a $1-per-gallon federal tax credit for biodiesel production expired at the end of 2009, the La Crosse Tribune reported.

Energy Bill With Electric & NG Vehicle Funding Fails

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate leaders announced Tuesday, Aug. 3, that they lack the 60 votes necessary to pass an energy bill that proposed billions in funding to promote the use of electric vehicles and natural gas-powered vehicles, the Associated Press reported.

GM Veterans Join AMP EV Consulting Team

BLUE ASH, OH - AMP Holding Inc., a company specializing in the all-electric, emission-free conversion of GM vehicles, has hired longtime General Motors executives Mark Valerio and John Gatt as consultants.

Portland General Electric Opens EV Quick-Charge Station

PORTLAND, OR - Portland General Electric and NEC Corp. have opened a quick-charge EV station that's open to the public.

Navistar eStar: One Year Later

WARRENVILLE, IL - Last August, President Obama traveled to Navistar's manufacturing facility in Wakarusa, Ind. to announce a $39.2 million grant to develop and deploy electric trucks. One year later, Navistar's eStar all-electric truck is coming off the production line.

Enterprise to Begin Offering Electric Vehicles

ST. LOUIS, MO - Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced the first phase of its plans to offer electric vehicles at select offices throughout its neighborhood network of more than 5,000 U.S. locations.

Calif. Energy Commission Releases Draft Alt-Fuel Plan

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Energy Commission has released a draft of its 2010-2011 Investment Plan for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program -- an annual document that sets funding priorities for the $100 million-a-year program.

Smith Electric Vehicle Orders Enova Drive Systems

TORRANCE, CA - Enova Systems, Inc., an innovator of proprietary hybrid and electric drive systems, confirmed they have moved toward large scale production supply of its all-electric drive system for the Smith Newton, the world's largest battery-electric-powered production truck.

AT&T Adds Hybrids to Oklahoma Fleet

TULSA, OK - The 16 additions will be used by employees in several Oklahoma communities, including Ardmore, Bethany, Edmond, Enid, Norman, Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley, Tulsa, and Yukon.

GM & Virginia Tech Partner for National Tire Research Center

BLACKSBURG, VA - General Motors is investing $5 million to help create the National Tire Research Center at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), designed to improve fuel economy and lower emissions.

San Francisco Fleet May Be Reduced 20%

SAN FRANCISCO - The number of cars and trucks used by San Francisco workers could decrease by at least 20 percent within years under a plan from Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is looking to further cut costs and reduce carbon emissions.

Mississippi State University Receives $1 Million Clean Diesel Grant

ATLANTA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, presented the Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems with a $1,083,595 grant award to help reduce diesel emissions associated with freight movement throughout the southeast.

SANBAG and Ryder Begin Natural Gas Truck Rental and Leasing Project

MIAMI - San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) has entered into an agreement with commercial transportation and logistics provider Ryder System, Inc., and other project partners, to implement a heavy-duty natural gas truck rental and leasing project in Southern California locations.

City of Commerce Mayor Tina Baca Del Rio (center), city officials, and representatives from industry groups that supported the station cut the ribbon during the CNG/LNG grand-opening ceremony.

City of Commerce Opens Natural Gas Fueling Station

COMMERCE, CA - The City of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting grand opening celebration for its new CNG/LNG fueling station on August 5. That station will be used to fuel the city’s fleet of natural gas vehicles, including seven full-size transit buses, four paratransit vans, and two smaller fleet vehicles. In addition, it will service LNG port trucks and will be open to the general public 24 hours per day.

GE Fleet Services Webinar 8/10: U.S. Commercial Fleet Benchmarking Update

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - GE Capital Fleet Services will host a webinar examining the use of benchmarking to monitor fleet performance, on Tuesday, August 10. The online webinar will feature Suzanne Gallagher, director of Global Fleet and WHQ Procurement at Johnson & Johnson, and Mark Smith, general manager Strategic Consulting Services for GE Capital, Fleet Services.

NAFA Forms CARB Advisory Council

PRINCETON, NJ - The Association has formed the NAFA CARB Advisory Council, a new sub-committee of NAFA's Fuels & Technology Advisory Council, to provide input to both NAFA and the Air Resources Board on regulatory matters that impact fleet managers in California.

Hyundai Lineup to Average 50 mpg by 2025

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA - Hyundai Motor America announced plans to maintain its leadership and achieve a corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) rating of at least 50 miles per gallon by 2025 for its lineup of passenger cars and light-duty trucks.

Incentives and Federal Grants Will Boost Adoption of Hybrid Commercial Vehicles in North America

Incentives and federal grants are expected to propel the adoption of hybrid commercial vehicles in North America and Europe, according to a study by Frost & Sullivan.

GM to Boost Production of Chevy Volt by 50 Percent

The automaker cited growing public interest in the Volt and said it plans to increase capacity from 30,000 units to 45,000 units, in 2012.

Bright Automotive's IDEA, a plug-in hybrid commercial vehicle

GM, Bright Automotive Partner for Plug-In Hybrid Van

GM will provide $5 million in funding to the Indiana automaker to help accelerate production of its plug-in hybrid commercial vehicle.

New Hampshire City’s Trash Trucks May Go Green

CNG-powered trash trucks would replace the diesel-fueled versions used in Nashua, N.H.

Company Demonstrates Plugless Power for EVs and Hybrid Vehicles

Electrical current flowing into a primary source produces a flow of current into a secondary source, without using plugs or cords. But a 20-percent loss in power can take place during charging.


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