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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.

Natural Gas Training Courses to be Held in Hayward, CA

HAYWARD, CA - Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) is offering informational courses to ensure that natural gas vehicle fleets are maintained, fueled, and driven to meet or exceed current safety standards. Two upcoming classes will take place in Hayward, Calif., October 5-7.

Counties Deploy First Propane Autogas Fleet Vehicles

HARRISONBURG, VA - Two South Carolina vehicle conversion centers, Greenville County and Light’N’Up, deployed 15 propane autogas vehicles last month as part of a large-scale, Recovery Act-funded alternative fuel vehicle project in the Southeast United States.

2010 AltCar Expo to Focus on Fleets

SANTA MONICA, CA - A "Focus on Fleets Conference" will take place Oct. 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the 2010 AltCar Expo & Conference, designed to focus on providing information on funding, alternative vehicle technology and availability, and infrastructure.

NHTSA, EPA Officials Test Drive Nissan Leaf

WASHINGTON - National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland, and his deputy, Ron Medford, took it out for a spin this week, as did Margo Oge, the director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Transportation and Air Quality.

Fuel Solutions Forum Promotes EV Network in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN - Leaders from federal, state, and local governments, the automotive industry, and electric utilities recently met in Tennessee at the Fuel Solutions Forum to discuss a national transition to electric transportation.

2011 Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX Trucks participating in the ECO-Advantage Tour.

Isuzu to Promote Environmentally Friendly New Trucks with Nationwide Tour

ANAHEIM, CA - The first and only low-cab-forward medium-duty trucks on the U.S. market to meet stringent new 2010 emissions regulations are about to receive nationwide recognition.

South Carolina Vehicle Conversion Centers Roll Out First Round of Propane Autogas Vehicles

HARRISONBURG, VA - Two South Carolina vehicle conversion centers, Greenville County and Light'N'Up, deployed 15 propane Autogas vehicles last month as part of a large-scale, Recovery Act-funded alternative-fuel vehicle project in the Southeast United States.

Clean Energy Completes Acquisition of IMW

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a major natural gas fuel company serving fleets, said it has completed its acquisition of nearly all assets of IMW Industries.

South Dakota Tries E30 for Flex-Fuel Vehicles

SIOUX FALLS, SD - South Dakota fleet officials are experimenting with a lower ethanol blend in the state's flex-fuel vehicles in hopes of determining the most cost-effective blend available, the Associated Press reported.

Indiana's 'Project Plug-IN' Previews THINK City EV

PLAINFIELD, IN - Duke Energy employees on Sept. 8 got an advance look at the THINK City plug-in electric vehicle at the company's Plainfield corporate headquarters, helping launch an Indianapolis-based pilot project that aims to make the 'electric commute' a reality.

Ford Teams With CenterPoint Energy to Prepare for EVs

HOUSTON - Ford Motor Co. said it will collaborate with CenterPoint Energy Inc.'s electric transmission and distribution subsidiary to help prepare the Houston area for the operation of electric vehicles.

SoCal Edison Unveils Online 'Plug-in Car Rate Assistant'

ROSEMEAD, CA - Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation's largest electric utilities, has launched www.sce.com/pev -- a new online "plug-in car rate assistant." The Web site is designed to help consumers estimate the cost of fueling an electric vehicle and the impact on their electricity bill.

A123 Systems Opens EV Battery Plant in Mich.

LIVONIA, MI - A123 Systems, a manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and systems, on Sept. 13 held a grand-opening ceremony for what the company said is the largest lithium-ion automotive production facility in North America.

Institute, Toyota Studying Impact of Plug-in Hybrids

BOULDER, CO - The University of Colorado at Boulder's Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) is partnering with Toyota to study the impact of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHVs) in a "smart grid" environment.

Toyota to Offer 6 All-New Hybrids by 2012

NEW YORK - A Toyota Motor Co. representative confirmed this week that the automaker plans to introduce six all-new hybrid vehicles worldwide by 2012, CNNMoney.com reported.

Fleet Managers Test Drive All-Electric Work Trucks

LOS ANGELES - Boulder Electric Vehicle was in the Los Angeles area on Sept. 8-9 to give fleet managers, utility managers, and government officials the opportunity to see and drive one of the company's all-electric commercial work trucks.

California Tire Pressure Regulation in Effect

SACRAMENTO, CA - California law now requires all automotive service providers performing automotive maintenance or repair services in the state (including public fleet repair facilities) to properly check and inflate the tires of the light vehicles they are repairing.

Lexus CT 200h

Lexus CT 200h Offers Standard Drive Mode Select with Four Driving Modes

TORRANCE, CA - The all-new 2011 CT 200h premium compact hybrid benefits from a new platform, exclusively developed body, chassis, and Lexus Hybrid Drive engineering applications.

Xcel Energy to be Among First Transit Connect Electric Customers

MINNEAPOLIS - Xcel Energy has been named a "lead customer" by Azure Dynamics Corp. The electricity and natural gas company will receive a total of 13 vans, with the initial van scheduled for delivery later this year.

Frito-Lay to Roll Out 171 All-Electric Trucks in North America

DALLAS - New York will be the first of three cities in the U.S., along with Columbus, Ohio, and Ft Worth, Texas, where PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division will be piloting electric trucks on regular daily routes.

Employees were familiarized with the City of Asheville's green fleet of low- and no-emission vehicles, including bikes, an electric smart vehicle, and a CNG car. (Photo via City of Asheville)

Workshop Teaches City Employees about Green Fleet

ASHEVILLE, NC - City of Asheville, N.C., employees turned out in late August for a green transportation fair entitled “Put on Your Green Shoes.” The event was geared toward familiarizing city employees with the city’s green fleet of low- and no-emission vehicles.

 

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