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Detroit to Host EV Safety Summit

WARRENDALE, PA - The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and SAE International will co-sponsor the 2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit Sept. 27-28 at the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center Hotel in Detroit.

Hybrid Truck Conference Offering Sweepstakes for 25 Free Passes

PASADENA, CA - The 11 annual Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF) National Conference, in Baltimore, Md. has created a sweepstakes offer to help 25 qualifying fleet professionals* to attend HTUF free of charge.

Seraph Energy to Market Diesel-to-NG Conversion Kits

SAN MARCOS, CA -- Omnitek Engineering Corp. said it has appointed Seraph Energy LLC as exclusive marketing agent for the company’s diesel-to-natural gas conversion kits in Pennsylvania.

EV Study Underscores Pivotal Role of ‘Smart Charging’

WASHINGTON -- Simply “plugging in” 1 million electric cars could add $750 million in annual wholesale energy costs unless "smart charging" is adopted, according to a joint study conducted by PJM Interconnection and Better Place.

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BASF Ramps Up EV Battery R&D

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – Chemical giant BASF announced plans to invest a three-digit million euro sum in researching, developing and producing electric vehicle battery materials over the next five years. The investment will include construction of a production plant for advanced cathode materials in Elyria, Ohio.

Long Beach Clean Cities to Host Alt-Fuel Presentation, Ride & Drive

LONG BEACH, CA – The Long Beach Clean Cities Coalition meeting on July 21 will include an alternative fuel vehicle presentation and ride-and-drive segment highlighting offerings from Ford and other automakers.

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Volvo Develops Range Extenders for EVs

GÖTEBORG, SWEDEN -- Volvo Car Corp. said it is producing test cars with range extenders -- electric cars that are fitted with a combustion engine to increase their effective range.

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.

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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.

Clean Cities Tool Tip

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.

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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.



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