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UPS Purchases 130 Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

ATLANTA - The 130 hybrids will be deployed next year, with 30 going to New York and New Jersey and 100 to California. UPS estimates these vehicles will save 66,085 gallons of fuel and 671 metric tons of CO2 annually, representing a 35-percent improvement in fuel economy.

Ford Scientists Explore Algae as Potential Biofuel

DEARBORN, MI - Ford scientists are working to understand the suitability of renewable sources such as algae as potential automotive biofuels. This effort reflects Ford's desire to better understand the use of biomass to produce future biofuels, as part of an overall strategy to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil and address climate change.

Bright Delivers Plug-In Hybrid to U.S. Army

WARREN, MI - Bright Automotive said it has delivered a prototype electrified vehicle, based on the Bright IDEA's plug-in hybrid architecture, to the U.S. Army for review and testing.

Government Takes Steps to Advance Fuel Economy Goals

WASHINGTON - In a preliminary technical analysis unveiled Friday, Oct. 1, the U.S. EPA and Department of Transportation described scenarios in which cars would be required to get 47 to 62 miles per gallon by the year 2025, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Initiative Seeks to Cut Commercial Fleet Emissions 20%

NORTHBROOK, IL - Donlen Corp., the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and GreenDriver are collaborating on a multi-year initiative to cut commercial fleet greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent.

Indiana DOT Builds 115 Autogas Fueling Stations

INDIANAPOLIS - As part of the state's alternative fuel vehicle conversion project, Indiana Department of Transportation is installing 115 propane autogas fueling stations. The $3.2 million contract was awarded to Alliance AutoGas.

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.

 

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