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The Prius PHV is capable of running on electricity for approximately 13 miles at speeds up to 62 mph, at which point it operates as a conventional Prius hybrid.

Georgetown University Tests Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University will be loaned two Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHV) as part of a demonstration program launched Sept. 29.

U.S. Army Receives Prototype Plug-In Hybrid Conversion

WARREN, MI - The U.S. Army has been delivered a prototype electrified vehicle from Bright Automotive for review and testing.

Donlen, Environmental Defense Fund and GreenDriver Collaborate to Reduce GHG Emissions

The three organizations are partnering on a multi-year Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action titled, “Commercial Fleet 20% GHG Emissions Reduction.”

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UC Davis Tests Biodiesel Sedans

DAVIS, CA - University of California, Davis Fleet Services has begun a pilot project to test the use of biodiesel in passenger sedans. Two 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI sedans have been placed into Fleet Services short-term Motor Pool.

The Micro Bird G5 Roush liquid propane-powered E-450 uses the Ford 6.8L, V-10 engine which runs on the ROUSH liquid propane injection fuel system.

Propane Vehicles Showcased at BusCon

CHICAGO - Roush Performance and CleanFuel USA at BusCon Sept. 28-29 showcased propane autogas-fueled shuttle buses that cut carbon and particulate emissions and lower fuel costs while delivering the horsepower and torque of a diesel-powered bus.

Madison Gas and Electric to Expand EV Charging Network in Dane County

MADISON, WI - Coulomb Technologies and Madison Gas and Electric announced on September 28 plans to install 18 additional ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations for electric vehicles in and around Dane County.

New Association and Web Site for Commercial Truck Industry Focuses on Green Products and Technologies

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - The Green Truck Association (GTA) announced the official launch of www.greentruckassociation.com.

Enova Congratulates FCCC's Unveiling of Production Ready EV at HTUF Conference

DEARBORN, MI - Enova Systems, Inc. congratulates OEM partner Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) on the unveiling of their Enova-powered all-electric walk-in van (WIV) at the 2010 Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF).

ROUSH Liquid Propane-Powered Micro Bird E-450 Debuts at BusCon

CHICAGO - Micro Bird will launch the G5, a new ROUSH liquid-propane powered E-450 Dual Rear Wheel (DRW) Cutaway vehicle, at the 2010 BusCon show.

Chevrolet Forms Customer Advisory Board for Volt

DETROIT - Chevrolet has hand-picked 15 advanced technology enthusiasts and electric vehicle advocates to be the first consumers to experience the Volt every day under real-world conditions. The three-month evaluation program will start in late October.

Ford Transit Connect Electric Draws Gubernatorial Test Drive

OAK PARK, MI - Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm drove one of the first Ford Transit Connect Electric small commercial vans in Oak Park on Sept. 22, citing collaboration among four companies as the key to delivering the zero-emissions vehicle to market.

Midwest Biodiesel Attracts $300,000 Loan

ST. LOUIS - Midwest Biodiesel Products LLC has secured a $300,000 loan from the St. Louis Business Development Fund and St. Louis Private Fund. The company will use the funding to rehire five laid-off workers and purchase soybeans and vegetable oil to use as feedstock, the St. Louis Business Journal reported.

LA Auto Show to Spotlight Electric Cars

LOS ANGELES - At least a half-dozen electric vehicles will make news during the LA Auto Show Press Days on Nov. 17-18, according to event organizers. What's more, electric vehicles expected to debut at the LA Auto Show include the North American production version of Mitsubishi's i-MiEV and Toyota's RAV4 EV concept.

Conn. Celebrates Role in Leaf EV Launch

HARTFORD, CT - Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell on Sept. 28 welcomed the all-electric Nissan Leaf to Connecticut with the signing of a collaborative agreement to help advance electric vehicles in the state.

DOE Lab & Partners to Develop Natural Gas Engines

GOLDEN, CO - Together, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will invest up to $13.5 million to support the development of natural gas engines and vehicles.

Blue Book Report Explores Today's Hybrid Market

IRVINE, CA - According to Kelley Blue Book's "Blue Book Market Report for September 2010," today may be a great time to buy a hybrid -- as long as your principal motivation is to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases, rather than to save money at the pump.

Wheego Electric Cars to Host Dealer Event

ATLANTA - All-electric car manufacturer Wheego Electric Cars will host a dealer ride-and-drive event in Ontario, Calif., on Oct. 22-23. The event will give prospective dealers an opportunity to drive the LiFe and meet with Wheego executives

Researchers: EVs Key to Reducing Emissions, Oil Imports

HOUSTON - Electric cars hold greater promise for reducing emissions and lowering U.S. oil imports than a national renewable portfolio standard, according to research conducted by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Green Star to Build Algae-to-Biodiesel Plant

SALT LAKE CITY - Green Star Products Inc. said it has signed a contract to build a new biodiesel facility -- the first of several contracts that are part of an ambitious algae-to-biodiesel project.

Researchers Hope to Develop Car Body Panels that Serve as Battery

LONDON - Imperial College in London is engaged in a research project exploring the development of car body panels that can also serve as a rechargeable battery for plug-in hybrids and electric cars. Volvo Cars is one of the participants in the project, the automaker said.

Pricing on 2011 Subaru Forester Announced

CHERRY HILL, NJ - All 2011 Forester models also come with a new grill design, as well as an updated instrument panel with a softer, textured material for enhanced interior appearance.

Audi Shipping Cars on Trains Powered by Renewable Electricity

INGOLSTADT - Audi AG is setting new standards in logistics: The carmaker is using trains powered by green electricity to transport its cars from Ingolstadt to the North Sea loading port of Emden, making it the first company in Germany to use green electricity in this way.

Study: Hybrid Fleet Sales to Surpass 740,000 Units by 2015

BOULDER, CO - Passenger cars are predicted to be the largest segment for hybrid electric vehicles in fleet markets, but some of the highest growth rates over the next five years will be in the SUV and pickup truck segments, particularly in the U.S.

Johnson Controls will participate in the Ford Transit Connect Electric Lead customer program, receiving the first of a 20-vehicle order in December of this year.

Johnson Controls to Receive 20 Transit Connect Electrics

OAK PARK, MI - Johnson Controls, Inc. will join AT&T and Xcel Energy as one of the first fleets to receive the all-electric version of the Ford Transit Connect van.

Green Fleet Conference Discount Expires Sept. 24

SAN DIEGO, CA - Friday, Sept. 24 is the last day to receive a $100 discount off the full Green Fleet Conference pass and hotel registration.

 

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