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Nissan Leaf Availability to Expand

FRANKLIN, TN -- Nissan North America Inc. said it is expanding availability of the all-electric Nissan Leaf to U.S. consumers for the 2012 model year. Nissan on July 25 will open up the ordering process to consumers with existing reservations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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GM to Launch Smart Grid Pilot

RALEIGH, NC – General Motors announced plans to launch a pilot program of smart grid solutions for electric vehicles this year, paving the way for utilities to increase energy efficiency and offer lower charging costs to customers.

A car2go user at a Blink charging station

ECOtality, car2go to Launch EV Car-Sharing Program

SAN FRANCISCO -- ECOtality Inc., a company specializing in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced plans to partner with Daimler subsidiary car2go to provide charging infrastructure for an electric car-sharing program based in San Diego.

Chicago Park District Fueling Fleet With Biodiesel

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Park District’s new biodiesel production program is expected to provide 20,000 gallons of ASTM-certified biodiesel fuel this year to power nearly 300 of the district’s vehicles.

Waste Management Adds 1,000th Truck to Natural Gas Fleet

CARSON, CA -- Waste Management on July 12 added the 1,000th natural gas truck to its fleet, making the refuse company the largest owner and operator of clean-running, heavy-duty refuse trucks in North America.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program offers a wide variety of Web-based tools to help fleets reduce petroleum use, lower their emissions, and incorporate alternative fuels into their operations.

Daimler-Bosch Joint Venture to Develop EV Motors

STUTTGART, GERMANY -- Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH have formed a 50:50 joint venture to develop and produce electric vehicle motors.

AAA Unveils EV-Charging Roadside Assistance Truck

RALEIGH, NC -- AAA has unveiled a roadside assistance truck that can provide Level 2 and Level 3 charging to electric vehicles.

GE Energy Partners With Lowe's to Provide EV Chargers

RALEIGH, NC -- GE Energy Industrial Solutions and Lowe's said they will partner to offer the GE WattStation wall-mount electric vehicle (EV) charging station.

Virginia Clean Cities Seeks Fleet Requests for Propane Conversions

RICHMOND, VA -- The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) at James Madison University (JMU) are requesting proposals from Southeastern fleets interested in converting eligible gasoline vehicles to run on propane autogas.

DOE to Help Fund Electric Drive Battery Projects

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently awarded three industry teams a total of $7 million for the development of computer-aided software design tools to help produce the next generation of electric drive vehicle (EDV) batteries.

New York City to Add 70 EVs to Fleet

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the addition of 70 new electric vehicles to the city’s fleet and launched new efforts to provide New Yorkers with the facts about electric vehicles.

Renault Frendzy concept EV

Frankfurt Show to Showcase New European Alt-Fuel Vehicles

FRANKFURT, GERMANY – Renault announced plans to display its Frendzy concept electric car at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, scheduled for Sept. 13-25. In addition, Peugeot said it will exhibit the 2012 Peugeot 508 RXH diesel-electric hybrid at the show.

Calif. Commission Awards Over $29M For Biofuel, NG Technology

SACRAMENTO, CA -- The California Energy Commission has approved more than $29 million for projects that advance biofuels and demonstrate California's commitment to develop cleaner transportation fuels.

Kroger Distribution Center Turns to Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Technology

LATHAM, NY – Plug Power Inc. announced it will supply 161 GenDrive fuel cells to Kroger’s Co.’s food distribution center in Compton, Calif. The order includes four class-1 units for sit-down counterbalanced trucks, 42 class-2 units for reach trucks and 115 class-3 units for pallet trucks.

Google Projects Long-Term Impact of Clean-Tech Policies

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Google’s philanthropic arm,, has released a new report assessing the potential impact of broad clean-tech energy policy adoption.


Pike Researchers Project 695,000 Neighborhood EVs by 2017

BOULDER, CO -- According to a new report from Pike Research, the total number of neighborhood electric vehicles on the world’s roadways will grow from 479,000 in 2011 to 695,000 by 2017 -- a 45-percent increase.

Alabama Fuel Center Offering Biodiesel

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME -- Pacific Pride Services LLC, a subsidiary of Wright Express Corp., and Quality Petroleum of Alabama said they’ve opened a commercial fuel center in Tarrant, Ala., that offers biodiesel for commercial fleet fueling as well as EPA-approved, ethanol-enhanced unleaded gasoline.

Dow, Ube to Manufacture Electrolytes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

MIDLAND, MI --The Dow Chemical Co. and Ube Industries Ltd. (Ube) have agreed to form a joint venture to manufacture and market formulated electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) in energy storage applications.

ColognE-mobil Project Underscores EV Fleet Potential

COLOGNE, GERMANY – Pure electric commercial vehicles are reliable and have wide potential for urban commercial use, according to interim findings of the colognE-mobil project.

Nissan, 4R Energy Develop EV Charging System

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN -- Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and 4R Energy Corp. said they’ve developed a charging system for electric vehicles that combines a solar power generation system with high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.

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Mitsubishi Debuts Solar-Powered EV Charging Station

CYPRESS, CA -- Mitsubishi Motors debuted its solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles at the company’s North American headquarters in Cypress, Calif., on July 7.

EPA Proposes 2012 Standards for Four Fuels

WASHINGTON – In late June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed 2012 percentage standards for four fuel categories included in the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program.

GGT all-electric Scout Pickup

GreenGo Tek Wins 3 Awards at Michigan Electric Vehicle Show

LIVONIA, MI – GreenGo Tek’s all-electric Scout Pickup truck won three major awards at the third annual Michigan Electric Vehicle Show & Rally on June 11, including best four-wheel production, most creative electric vehicle, and the "best of show" award.

Glastonbury, Conn., Plans to Expand NGV Fleet

GLASTONBURY, CT – The town of Glastonbury, Conn., is taking steps to add up to eight more natural gas-fueled vehicles to its fleet, the Hartford Courant reported.



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