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Ford, GM and Toyota Predict Gas Prices Will Rise Above $3.50 per Gallon in 2011

DETROIT - Toyota’s brand chief Bob Carter said he believes gas prices will remain above $3 a gallon throughout 2011, eventually rising to $3.50. GM’s CEO Dan Akerson told the Detroit Free Press that he thinks $4 per gallon is a possibility by 2012. Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally didn’t offer an opinion on the possible price increase or a timeline but said the company is ready with a lineup of affordable small cars if prices rise to $4 per gallon.

Scotts Valley Police Department Purchases Electric Motorcycle

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA - The Scotts Valley Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in California to accept delivery of a Zero DS electric motorcycle to assist in local patrols and traffic enforcement.

Volvo's crash tested C30 Electric in the Volvo stand shows how it can be done. Even though the car has been subjected to a very demanding 40 mph (64 km/h) off-set frontal test, the key electric compon

Volvo Shows Electric Car Safety Leadership at the Auto Show In Detroit

ROCKLEIGH, NJ - By displaying a crashed Volvo C30 Electric in its stand at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volvo Car Corporation will take a unique, very visual approach to future safety.

City of Lincoln Settles Bad Diesel Shipment Lawsuit

LINCOLN, NE - The City of Lincoln agreed to settle a lawsuit for $40,000 over a shipment of bad soy diesel fuel believed to have damaged 25 City transit buses.

City of Greer Begins Natural Gas Vehicle Conversions

GREER, SC - Last week, the City of Greer unveiled two new vehicles, a Ford Fusion and Ford F-150, that had been converted to run on natural gas. Greer has set a goal of converting at least 15 percent of the City's fleet to operate on natural gas by 2020.

Park Ellis ServiceMaster Cuts Fuel Costs by 10%

TOLEDO, OHIO - Park Ellis ServiceMaster, a cleaning and disaster restoration services provider, has been able to cut costs in its operations using a fleet tracking solution.

Electric vehicle recharging stations such as this one in Rock Hill, South Carolina represent ways that Eaton is extending its power management focus from hybrid vehicle systems to a complete line of c

Eaton Hybrid Systems Achieve 100 Million Miles of Service, Saving 4 Million Gallons of Fuel

KALAMAZOO, MI - Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced that customers of its hybrid systems have collectively accumulated more than 100 million miles of service, reducing fuel consumption by 4 million gallons of diesel fuel and harmful emissions by 40,000 metric tons.

San Francisco Falls Short of Biodiesel Fleet Goals

SAN FRANCISCO - The city of San Francisco has fallen well short of its 2007 stated mandate to switch its 1,500 diesel-powered vehicles to a 20-percent biodiesel blend, according to the San Francisco Examiner newspaper. Tighter storage tank regulations have hindered the effort.

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Fla. Wheego EV Dealer to Open Jan. 20

ATLANTA, GA - The newest dealer for Wheego Electric Cars - Suncoast Electric Vehicles - will hold a grand-opening event Jan. 20-24 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Suncoast EVs will initially carry the low-speed Wheego Whip and the highway-ready Wheego LiFe.

EV Battery Firm Completes $25M Capital Raise

NEW YORK - Ener1 Inc. - a leading manufacturer of lithium-ion energy storage systems for transportation and other applications - announced the sale of $25 million of senior unsecured notes, together with shares of common stock and warrants.

NYC Parking Firm Providing EV Charging

NEW YORK - Car Charging Group Inc. announced that EV charging services are now available at Icon Patriot Parking, located at 376 Greenwich Street in New York City. This is the third installation following an agreement signed in August with Icon Parking Systems, a major provider of parking services in Manhattan.

CES Expected to Feature Ford Focus Electric

LAS VEGAS - Ford Motor Co. is expected to unveil its Ford Focus Electric at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, according to USA Today's Web site.

Bright Automotive Readies for Production of IDEA Concept Vehicle

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI - Bright Automotive is looking to fill 200 jobs in Southeast Michigan over the next year as it prepares to bring its IDEA plug-in electric hybrid vehicle to market.

Minnesota Installs First Coulomb EV Charging Station

ST. PAUL, MN - Minnesota has installed its first public Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint Networked Charging Station for electric vehicles (EVs) in St. Paul, Minn.

EPA Grant Funds Emission-Control Technology for Ohio Cities

COLUMBUS, OH - Nine fleets, eight of which are in the public sector, have partnered with the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) to retrofit vehicles with diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs). The retrofits are made possible by a grant from the U.S. EPA, designed to clean up diesel fleets in Ohio.

Aramark Adds First Hybrid Electric Vehicles to Fleet

PHILADELPHIA - Aramark Uniform Services is rolling out an initial 25 hybrid electric stepvans into its national fleet. By spring 2011, the company expects to operate a total of 78 hybrid electric vehicles in its service routes in 28 states.

City of Concord Installs Anti-Idling Equipment

CONCORD, NH - The City of Concord is installing new idling-reduction equipment, purchased with federal stimulus money, that could result in $8,000 in fuel savings annually.

2010 Trends: Used-Car Prices Up, Incentives Down

Edmunds.com reviews the top trends, including the increase in used-car prices and vehicle recalls.

Vance Van Petten takes delivery of the first Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL vehicle at the Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz dealership in Newport Beach, Calif.

Mercedes-Benz Delivers First Zero-Emission F-CELL Vehicle

Powered by an electric motor with 134 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque, the new B-Class F-CELL provides driving performance comparable to a similar conventional car while using about half the fuel.

NY Judge Blocks Costly Mandate to Retrofit Diesel Trucks

NEW YORK - A New York Supreme Court judge recently blocked a Department of Environmental Conservation mandate requiring the owners of heavy-duty diesel vehicles to retrofit their fleets with costly new equipment.

BAE Developing Hybrid Propulsion System for Trucks

JOHNSON CITY, NY - BAE Systems, a leading developer and producer of hybrid electric technologies, is developing a parallel hybrid propulsion system designed for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications. The parallel system is the latest version of the company's HybriDrive green propulsion system.

APG Duel-Fuel System Moves Closer to Market

CARLISLE, IA - GreenMan Technologies' American Power Group (APG) subsidiary recently drew a series of exceptions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the testing and verification of a dual-fuel system for aftermarket diesel truck and tractor engines. APG's dual-fuel system displaces 40 to 70 percent of the normal diesel fuel consumption with CNG, LNG or bio-methane.

Biodiesel Plant Planned for Nebraska

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, NE - City officials in South Sioux City, Neb., have approved plans to issue $25 million in revenue bonds to help fund a proposed biodiesel plant, the Sioux City Journal reported.

Kansas Welcomes Public EV Charging Station

ROELAND PARK, KS - Kansas Governor-Elect Sam Brownback was among those in attendance Dec. 20 at Roeland Park City Hall to celebrate the installation of Kansas' first public electric vehicle charging station.

Va. Clean Cities Schedules Hydrogen Seminar

HARRISONBURG, VA - Virginia Clean Cities has scheduled a hydrogen energy seminar for Feb. 25 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. In addition, a similar program is set for Jan. 20 at the University of Maryland.

 

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