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Indiana Converts 227 Vehicles to Propane

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation and other agencies are converting at least 227 Ford vans and trucks from gasoline to also run on propane. The State has received federal funding for the conversions and for about 115 propane filling stations statewide.

Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance to Hold Workshop in Denver

DENVER - The next Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance Workshop will take place on September 9 in Denver. The training seminar will cover alternative fuel quality, infrastructure, available vehicles, safety, and environmental impact of propane, ethanol, biodiesel, and compressed natural gas.

New Fuel Economy Labels Proposed by EPA, DOT

The goal of the new fuel economy labels is to provide simple, straightforward energy and environmental comparisons across all types of vehicles, including electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, according to the agencies.

Calif. Carpool Lane Perks Expanded for 'Green' Cars

A new law will allow up to 40,000 more California motorists to drive alone in the high-occupancy vehicle lanes, and extends the lifespan of existing permits for hybrid and electric vehicles to the end of 2014.

Nissan Partners With Hawaii for EV Development

The partnership, announced at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo in Honolulu, marks Nissan's first definitive agreement in the United States.

Awards to Recognize 'Green' Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - Automotive Fleet and Government Fleet magazine wants to honor fleet managers with its second annual "Fleet Environmental Leadership" Awards.

Cummins Produces 26,000 EPA 2010 Engines

COLUMBUS, IN - After seven months' production of its EPA 2010 certified and compliant engines, Cummins has built and shipped more than 20,000 heavy-duty and mid-range engines with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust aftertreatment.

Nissan LEAF Order Specification Phase Begins

NASHVILLE - Nissan North America Inc. announced the start of order specification for MY 2011 Nissan LEAF customers who have placed a reservation online. Consumers will now be able to choose the color and trim level of their Nissan LEAF.

Ridenour to Become UQM Technologies CEO in Dec.

LONGMONT, CO - UQM Technologies Inc., a developer of alternative energy technologies, has appointed Eric Ridenour, former chief operating officer of the Chrysler Group, to the position of president and chief operating officer. Ridenour will join UQM on Sept. 1 and later assume the position of CEO on Dec. 1, the company said.

Study: Regulations Will Drive LPG/CNG Vehicle Market

LONDON - According to a new study, stringent carbon dioxide (CO2) emission norms, government regulations, and ecological standards will be the key drivers for the growth of liquefied petroleum gas/compressed natural gas (LPG/CNG) vehicles in developed countries, particularly in the European Union (EU).

Calif. Carpool Lane Perks Expanded for 'Green' Cars

SACRAMENTO, CA - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Aug. 30 signed into law a measure expanding the list of low-emission cars that qualify for permits to use carpool lanes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

ATA to Appeal Latest 'Clean Trucks' Ruling in L.A.

LOS ANGELES - A federal judge ruled Aug. 26 that the Port of Los Angeles can fully implement its Clean Trucks Program, including a controversial provision that restricts the types of truckers that can enter port terminals, the Daily Breeze newspaper reported.

Pricing Announced for CNG Express & Savana Vans

DETROIT - The fully integrated and dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) option, available this fall for Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, will be priced at $15,910 MSRP.

EV-Charge America Station Opens in Nashville

NASHVILLE - A new electric vehicle charging station opened for business Aug. 27 in Nashville, the Tennessean newspaper reported.

Ford Partners With Seattle to Prepare for EVs

SEATTLE - Ford Motor Co. and the city of Seattle on Aug. 26 announced a partnership to help prepare the city for the operation of electric vehicles.

Two Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids will operate as part of the San Francisco City fleet in order to demonstrate the viability of plug-in hybrid technology.

San Francisco Tests New Plug-In Hybrids

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced August 25 a partnership between the City and Toyota to pilot the company’s Prius plug-in hybrid demonstration program vehicles.

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.

 
 

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