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Reports: Toyota to Expand Prius Brand

LAS VEGAS - Toyota last week told its dealers about plans to introduce two new Prius models by the end of 2012, the Associated Press reported.

12 Best Buy Stores to Get Blink EV Charging Stations

SAN FRANCISCO - ECOtality Inc. announced an agreement to provide Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at select U.S. stores of Best Buy Co. Inc.

THINK to Exhibit City EV at Green Fleet Conference

SAN DIEGO - THINK EV, a Norway-based electric vehicle maker, said it will be showcasing its THINK City battery electric vehicle at the 2010 Green Fleet Conference, scheduled for Oct. 18-19.

Researchers: Fuel Cell Technology Holds Promise for EVs

PASADENA, CA - A smart diesel reformer and a tolerant fuel cell are the core components of a new type of electric power supply unit that researchers say may have future applications in the electric vehicle market.

Calif. Project to Produce Biodiesel & Help Keep Sewer Lines Clear

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A demonstration plant at the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant in San Francisco has begun using restaurant trap grease to produce biodiesel.

ServiceMaster's TruGreen Fleet to Add Hybrid Electric Trucks

OAK PARK, MI - TruGreen, a major professional lawn-care provider, is adding 10 hybrid electric trucks to its fleet for use in California.

Coulomb EV Stations Provided to 8 Northern Calif. Cities

CAMPBELL, CA - Eight cities in northern California's Marin County -- all participants in Marin Clean Energy (MCE) -- will receive free electric charging stations from Coulomb Technologies, as a part of the company's $37 million ChargePoint America program.

The convenience cord will be 25-feet-long, making it long enough to reach the nearest outlet, eliminating the need for an extension cord, according to Ford.

Ford to Offer EV Convenience Cord for Remote Charging

DEARBORN, MI - Customers of the all-new Ford Focus Electric will have the ability to recharge at remote locations with a standard 120V convenience cord, in addition to recharging at home with an optional wall-mounted 240V charging station.

Chevrolet Volt Home Charging Unit Priced at $490

DETROIT - Priced at $490 before installation, Chevrolet's "Voltec" 240V home charging unit is one of several 240V home charging units that will be offered for sale by SPX Service Solutions, a national provider of home charging installation services and equipment.

Federal GSA to Add 100 Electric Vehicles to Fleet

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration has asked auto manufacturers to bid on supplying about 100 electric cars for government purchase.

ARI to Lead Panel on Real-world Applications of Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles

MT. LAUREL, NJ - Automotive Resources International (ARI) will be moderating a panel called "Real-world Applications of Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles" at the 2010 Green Fleet Conference. The panel will be moderated by Elisa Durand, Environmental and Fuel Strategies Leader at ARI.

Verizon to Add 300 CNG Vans to Calif. Truck Fleets

HEMET, CA - The 300 new vans being retrofitted by Steelweld Equipment Co. will be used in Southern California by Verizon technicians who install and repair broadband, TV, and voice communications services for the company's residential and small-business customers.

Program participants included members of industry associations such as MEMA, NAFA, and the APWA.

City of Santa Monica Hosts Fleet Conference at AltCar Expo

SANTA MONICA, CA - At the 5th annual AltCar Expo & Conference, hosted by the City of Santa Monica, Calif., fleet professionals had the opportunity to participate in a fleet-focused program addressing alternative vehicle funding, technology and availability, and infrastructure.

Chevrolet "Voltec" 240V home charging unit

Chevrolet Volt’s 240V Home Charging Unit Priced at $490

The Voltec 240V home charging unit can charge the Volt's battery from depleted to charged in about four hours.

Coulomb Technologies Achieves New UL Listings from Underwriter Laboratories

CAMPBELL, CA - Coulomb Technologies announced Oct. 6 that its ChargePoint CT500 and CT2000 charging stations have been certified to Underwriters Laboratories’ new requirements UL Subject 2594.

Verizon to Add More Than 260 Hybrid Vehicles to Its Fleet in New Jersey

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Verizon will add more than 260 hybrid vehicles to its New Jersey fleet this year as part of its ongoing commitment to conserving fuel, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to improved air quality in the communities it serves across the Garden State.

CARB Releases Draft Amendments to California Truck & Bus Rule and SmartWay Mandate

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released draft regulatory language for proposed amendments to the In-Use On-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation (Truck and Bus Rule) and the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Regulation (California SmartWay mandate).

Navistar Delivers More Than 7,000 New 2010 Vehicles

WARRENVILLE, IL - Navistar International Corporation announced the launch of its 2010 EPA-compliant trucks and buses is on track and progressing well, having shipped more than 7,000 units in total.

CARB Hybrid Program Helps Calif. Fleets Get Greener

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board said that an innovative financial incentive program has helped put over 650 hybrid trucks and buses on California roads.

Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt to Win Awards

NEW YORK - Popular Mechanics magazine is handing out its annual Breakthrough Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 5, and the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf electric vehicles will be among the winners.

GM Invests $23.5 Million for Electric Components in Baltimore

BALTIMORE - General Motors announced it will invest $23.5 million for additional production of vehicle electrification components on the site of the Baltimore Transmission Plant, where the first electric motor manufacturing facility in the U.S. will be operated by a major automaker.

Clean Energy Fuels, Pilot to Build More CNG/LNG Stations

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. said it has signed an agreement with Pilot Travel Centers LLC to build, own and operate public-access compressed and liquefied natural gas (CNG/LNG) fueling facilities at agreed-upon Pilot Flying J truck travel centers nationwide.

BlueFire Signs Feedstock Contract for Cellulosic Ethanol

IRVINE, CA - BlueFire Renewables Inc., a cellulosic biofuels company, announced a 15-year contract with Cooper Marine & Timberlands that calls for the company to provide feedstock for BlueFire's planned plant in Fulton, Miss.

Ford Teams With N.Y. Power to Prepare for EVs

NEW YORK - Ford Motor Co. and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) said they are coordinating efforts to help prepare the state of New York for the operation of electric vehicles.

EPA, NHTSA Announce Plans for Tougher GHG & Fuel Economy Standards

WASHINGTON - The agencies announced they will begin the process of developing tougher greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for passenger cars and trucks built in model-years 2017 through 2025.

 

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