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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.

North Texas Governments Get Ready for EVs

DALLAS - North Texas state and local governments will be working with Ford Motor Company and Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC to help prepare the region for the operation of electric vehicles.

Georgia Counties Receive Propane Conversion Vehicles

HARRISONBURG, VA - Carroll County, Cobb County, and Muscogee County fleets in Georgia had 49 law enforcement vehicles converted from gasoline to propane autogas since August as part of the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program.

CODA Automotive Launches All-Electric Sedan

The California-based automaker announced pricing for its all-electric CODA Sedan and said it will begin accepting fully refundable deposits for the four-door, five-passenger vehicle.

Which Emits Less Carbon Dioxide, Hybrids or Natural Gas Cars?

The answer depends on whether the vehicles are doing city or highway driving.

Converting fleet vehicles to run on compressed natural gas has helped Alagasco reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save fuel.

Alagasco Fills Fleet Up with CNG

BIRMINGHAM, AL - Alagasco, a Birmingham, Ala.-based natural gas public utility, has been operating 60 of its approximately 600-unit fleet vehicles on compressed natural gas for about 18 months.

Hertz Commits to Electric Vehicles

NEW YORK - During the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the Hertz Corp. announced its commitment to bring the next generation of electric vehicles to the general public through the company's car rental and car sharing operations.

GM, ABB Group Exploring Ways to Reuse Volt Batteries

TROY, MI - General Motors and ABB Group will work together to develop pilot projects for reusing the batteries from the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle. This effort will include examining whether the batteries may be a source for renewable energy that could improve the effectiveness of wind and solar power generation.

CODA Accepting Deposits for All-Electric Sedan

SANTA MONICA, CA - CODA Automotive, a California-based electric car and battery company, said it is now accepting deposits for its all-electric, four-door CODA Sedan.

BYD to Market EVs in Europe

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - BYD Europe B.V., a Netherlands-based subsidiary of the Chinese battery and car manufacturer BYD, announced it is working with Essen-based utility RWE to bring electric vehicles to European markets.

E85 Vehicle & EVs Win Automotive X Prize

WASHINGTON - The X Prize Foundation and Progressive Insurance on Sept. 16 awarded $10 million to three teams who successfully completed the rigorous Automotive X Prize competition aimed at identifying the world's most fuel-efficient vehicles.

Honda to Host Environmental Auto Webcast

TORRANCE, CA - American Honda Motor Co. will host a video webcast, titled "The Future of the Automobile: Environmental Challenges and Solutions," at 8:30 a.m. PDT on Sept. 22.

GM to Launch EV Project in Korea

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - General Motors announced a demonstration project to explore market needs and customer acceptance of battery electric vehicles in Korea.

Landi Renzo Acquires Baytech,<BR>Announces E-Series CNG System

TORRANCE, CA - Industry executives and government officials recently gathered to celebrate Landi Renzo S.p.A.'s acquisition of Baytech Corp. The event coincided with Landi Renzo's launch of a compressed natural gas (CNG) system that will be available on Ford E-Series vans in the first quarter of 2011.

Enterprise Adding 500 EVs to Fleet

ST. LOUIS, MO - Enterprise Rent-A-Car said it has just received one of the nation's first Nissan LEAF electric vehicles (EVs), and the company is already taking steps to educate customers and employees about EV rentals and the infrastructure that will support them.

Weiser Hopes to Build Biodiesel Plant in N.C.

FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Weiser Energy Partners, a division of the Weiser Companies Inc., is in discussions with city and county officials to get the necessary approvals to build a new biodiesel plant in Cumberland County, the Fayetteville Observer reported.

Ford, Oncor to Strengthen EV Infrastructure

DALLAS - Ford Motor Co. and Oncor, a major electricity provider in Texas, announced they are coordinating efforts to help prepare North Texas for the operation of electric vehicles.

Frito-Lay Starts 'Charge' on Largest Fleet of All-Electric Trucks in North America

PLANO, TEXAS - PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division is setting the wheels in motion for what will ultimately be the largest fleet of commercial all-electric trucks in North America.

Diesel Direct & Freightliner Trucks Develop First-Ever Diesel Electric Hybrid Fuel Truck

PORTLAND, OR - Diesel Direct and Freightliner Trucks together have developed the first-ever diesel electric hybrid fuel truck. The innovative Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid will be used to deliver fuel to fleets primarily in Massachusetts.

Florida Communities Take Delivery of Hybrid Refuse Vehicles

MIAMI - The City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, and the City of Hialeah in Florida took delivery of a total of 11 hybrid-powered Autocar E3 refuse vehicles after successful field trials last summer.

 

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