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Mayor Recognizes City of Columbus Green Fleet Ranking

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Being honored by the 100 Best Green program as the seventh best green operation in the country, a jump from its place at 22nd in 2009, has helped the City of Columbus fleet gain recognition from the City mayor.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Pushes the Button on Propane Technology

PHOENIX - ThyssenKrupp Elevator, the world's premier manufacturer, installer, and service provider of vertical and horizontal transportation technology, is test-driving propane-fuel technology for its service vehicles in the Phoenix market.

Nissan Plans 3 More EV Models

DETROIT - In the next four years, Nissan Motor Co.'s plans call for the launch of three all-electric vehicles in the U.S. in addition to the battery-powered Leaf, the Detroit News reported. Those three additional vehicles will include an electric Infiniti car, a small commercial van and a small urban car.

Chevrolet Volt Helps Facilitate Science Education

DETROIT - Chevrolet is inviting American middle school students in grades 5-8 to become electrified on the prospects of the future of transportation. In hopes of promoting student interest in science, the automaker has produced an interactive presentation featuring its Volt extended-range electric vehicle.

Ford Taps Experts to Examine EV Issues in Chicago

CHICAGO - Ford Motor Co. on Oct. 29 convened key experts from the city of Chicago and electricity provider ComEd to examine critical issues related to consumer adoption of electric vehicles. Ford said it has been working to engage utilities, city and state governments and infrastructure providers.

BASF Advanced Battery Materials Plant Under Construction

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Chemical company BASF on Oct. 27 broke ground on a $50-plus million facility in Elyria, Ohio, that will produce advanced cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries that will power the hybrid and full-electric vehicles of the near future.

Toyota Teams With Others for Hybrid Battery Recycling

TOKYO, JAPAN - Toyota Motor Corp., Toyota Chemical Engineering Co. Ltd., Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd. and Primearth EV Energy Co. Ltd. (PEVE) announced the launch of a new business formed to recycle nickel in used hybrid-vehicle nickel-metal-hydride batteries for use in new nickel-metal-hydride batteries.

Alt-Fuel Workshop Set for Texas Nov. 16

WASHINGTON - The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), along with other members of the Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance, will hold an alternative fuel workshop in Arlington, Texas, on Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Republic Acquires Natural Gas-Powered Mack Trucks

ALLENTOWN, PA - Republic Services, a leading provider of solid waste collection, recylcing and disposal services, has taken delivery of 41 natural gas-powered Mack TerraPro Cabover models.

Tesla Motors Opens Factory in Calif.

FREMONT, CA - Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors on Oct. 27 unveiled its factory where the company will build the Model S and future vehicles.

Ford F-150 Engines to Deliver More Highway Fuel Economy

DEARBORN, MI - Pending EPA certification, the 2011 Ford F-150's all-new 3.7L V-6 and 5.0L V-8 engines are projected to deliver 23 mpg highway and 21 mpg highway, according to the automaker.

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Li-ion Motors Unveils ‘INIZIO’ Electric Car

MOORESVILLE, NC - Engineered with Li-ion Motors' patent-pending lithium-ion battery technology and management system, the INIZIO is a full-sized super car that has a range of up to 250 miles and a top-speed of 170 mph.

Sacramento Welcoming ChargePoint EV Charging Stations

SACRAMENTO, CA - Coulomb Technologies announced the installation of its ChargePoint networked electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Sacramento, as a part of the $37 million ChargePoint America program.

L.A. METRO Taps Clean Energy for CNG Fueling

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has secured a new 10-year contract from the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) to operate CNG facilities that fuel METRO CNG buses deployed in the agency's Downtown Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay and Westside divisions.

Canada Post Orders Transit Connect Electric Van

OAK PARK, MI - Azure Dynamics Corp., an electric powertrain developer for the commercial truck market, and Ford Motor Co. of Canada announced they will deliver one of the first Transit Connect Electric commercial vans to Canada Post under the LEAD customer program.

J.D. Power: EVs to Represent Just 7.3% of Cars by 2020

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA - Combined global sales of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are expected to total 5.2 million units in 2020, or just 7.3 percent of the 70.9 million passenger vehicles forecast to be sold worldwide by that year, according to a report issued by J.D. Power and Associates.

GE to Shift Half of Sales Force to Electric Vehicles

LONDON, UK - General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt on Oct. 30 revealed the company plans to order "tens of thousands" of electric vehicles in about a week. During the CEO's speech in London, he called the impending EV order the "largest order in history," reported the International Business Times.

City of Richmond to Adopt Electric Vehicle Pilot

RICHMOND, VA - Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced Oct. 28 that the City of Richmond will launch an electric vehicle pilot for the its fleet. If successful, the City may replace up to 40 vehicles with all-electric vehicles.

Clean Cities Promotes Clean Vehicles at National Parks

WASHINGTON - Clean Cities is working with the Na­tional Park Service to accelerate the deployment of alternative fuel and energy-efficient vehicles in national parks across the country. It is providing support to initiate projects at Grand Teton, Mammoth Cave, and Yellow­stone National Parks.

New Ford Web Site Gives Consumers the ABC's of Electrified Vehicles

The site explains the differences in each type of vehicle, and details the technology that makes them possible, including battery chemistry, charge ports and regenerative braking.

J.D. Power: Future Global Demand for Hybrid and Battery <br/> Electric Vehicles May Be Over-Hyped

Regulatory inconsistencies across markets, relatively stable oil prices; and consumer concerns about cost and ease of operation present challenges for sales of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Staples Introduces New All-Electric Vehicles Into Delivery Fleet

New vehicles in California, Missouri and Ohio launch as part of plan to improve fleet fuel efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

Atlanta Aims for 15 Percent Alt-Fuel Vehicles by 2012

ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed unveiled a Power to Change sustainability plan with the goal of making Atlanta a top 10 city for sustainability. Changes include reducing fleet fuel consumption and ensuring that 15 percent of the city fleet is using alternative fuels by 2012.

Automotive Training Authority Offers Free Green Technology Courses

VISTA, CA - The Automotive Training Authority (ATA) is offering free "green" aftermarket training courses on servicing and diagnosing hybrid vehicles, understanding biodiesel/clean diesel technology, and cylinder safety inspection for CNG vehicles.

DOT, EPA Propose the Nation's First Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses.

 

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