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Calif. EV Rebate Program May Run Out of Funds

SACRAMENTO, CA - California's $5,000 rebate offered for the purchase of a qualifying electric car may turn out to be a short-lived incentive, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Stock in EV Maker Drops 15%

NEW YORK - Electric car maker Tesla Motors saw its stock drop 15 percent Monday, Dec. 27, after an IPO "lock-up" period expired, the Los Angeles Times reported.

GM: Volt Builds on Earlier Electrification Efforts

WARREN, MI - The Chevrolet Volts now being delivered to retail customers would not have been possible without the lessons learned from previous General Motors electrification efforts, according to the automaker.

More Vehicles to Feature Ford's Auto Start-Stop

DEARBORN, MI - Ford's fuel-saving technology that automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop - a feature found today on the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Escape Hybrid and some Ford cars in Europe - will soon be added to conventional cars, crossovers and SUVs in North America.

Study: 2011 Will Test EV Commercial Viability

BOULDER, CO - 2011 will serve as an important test of commercial viability for the new electric vehicles (EVs) coming to market, according to a new white paper from Pike Research.

Fleets Save 4 Million Gallons of Fuel Using Hybrid Systems

KALAMAZOO, MI - Fleet customers have collectively accumulated more than 100 million miles of service, reducing fuel consumption by 4 million gallons of diesel fuel and harmful emissions by 40,000 metric tons, by using Eaton Corporation's hybrid power systems.

Toyota to Reveal Prius Family of Vehicles at NAIAS

TORRANCE, CA - In addition to the current third-generation Prius and Prius Plug-in vehicle (PHV), the first all-new addition to the Prius Family will debut along with a Prius concept vehicle at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

AFDC Makes Charging Easier for EV Drivers

WASHINGTON - The Alternative Fueling Station Locator, an online mapping tool of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC), now provides a new way to search for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, making it easier for drivers to plug in.

FTA Awards Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges $27M for Alternative Transportation

WASHINGTON - The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that 47 projects in national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges across the United States will share in $27 million from its Paul S. Sarbanes Transit In Parks program to improve public and alternative transportation within the grounds.

Oregon Universities Testing Electric Trucks

ASHLAND, OR - The Southern Oregon University (SOU) Facilities Department and the Oregon Institute of Technology are collaborating with Ambiente Motors, a local electric vehicle venture, on an electric truck pilot project.

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Lands Top Product Design Award from Global Green USA

DEARBORN, MI - The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid adds another distinction to its list of attributes as a winner of Global Green USA's award for design innovation.

Last Chance to Save $200 on GFX Registration

TORRANCE, CA - Register for the Government Fleet Expo & Conference 2011 by Dec. 31 to save up to $200. GFX will take place at the San Diego Convention Center June 6-8, 2011.

City of Oxnard Fleet Facility Designated ‘Green Shop’

OXNARD, CA - The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has recognized the City of Oxnard with a second designation as a California "Green Shop." This recognition as a "Model Pollution Prevention (P2) Auto Repair Shop" by the state is for exceptional efforts to reduce hazardous waste, water, and air emissions.

Navy Takes Delivery of GM Fuel Cell Vehicle

HONOLULU - The U.S. Navy is among the first customers to take delivery of a GM fuel cell vehicle as part of the Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative, which aims to integrate hydrogen as an essential building block for a sustainable energy ecosystem in the Aloha State.

U.S. House Approves Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)

WASHINGTON - Update: President Obama signed The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) into law on Jan. 4, 2011. DERA was reauthorized for five more years after the President's signature, according to the Diesel Technology Forum.

Report: Hybrid Truck Market to Grow

According to a Pike Research report, the hybrid truck sector will increase from just 9,000 vehicles sold in 2010 to more than 100,000 vehicles annually in 2015, driven by regulatory compliance, improving payback periods.

BAE Systems Announces Development of HybriDrive Parallel Propulsion System for Trucks

JOHNSON CITY, NY - BAE Systems, a developer and producer of hybrid electric technologies, is developing a parallel hybrid propulsion system designed for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications.

Commercial Trucks Will Be Among the Fastest-Growing Markets for Hybrid Drivetrain

BOULDER, CO - In the face of rising fuel costs and stricter emissions regulations in many parts of the world, fleet operators are increasingly looking to hybrid drivetrain designs to help make their medium- and heavy-duty trucks cleaner and more fuel efficient.

Chevrolet Volt Takes Advantage of Creative Recycling

DETROIT - Oil-soaked plastic boom material used to clean up oil in the Gulf of Mexico is finding new life as auto parts in the Chevrolet Volt.

Ford Plant to Build Range of Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Co.'s Michigan Assembly Plant, which once churned out large SUVs, has completed a $550 million transformation that will allow it to build not only fuel-efficient gas-powered cars, but also three production versions of electrified vehicles including battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars.

Clean Energy Fuels to Acquire Northstar

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has entered into a securities purchase agreement to acquire Wyoming Northstar Inc. and its affiliates for approximately $10.9 million in cash.

Clean Energy, Hertz Adding CNG Station in L.A.

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has signed an agreement with the Hertz Corp. to build and operate a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on Hertz-owned property adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

CARB Amends Diesel Engine Rules

SACRAMENTO, CA - In light of the state's struggling economy, the California Air Resources Board on Dec. 17 voted to ease some impending restrictions on diesel engine emissions. However, CARB's amended rules are still the strictest in the U.S. and will cost the trucking and construction industries an estimated $3.8 billion, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Indiana Fleet Adds THINK EVs

INDIANAPOLIS - Electric vehicle maker THINK has delivered the company's first U.S.-built cars to the state of Indiana for use in its government fleet. The 15 vehicles were shipped from THINK's manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Ind.

Legislation Extends Alt-Fuel Incentives

WASHINGTON - The Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 (HR 4853), passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 17, includes extensions of two key incentives for natural gas vehicles. In addition, the law extends the ethanol tax credit through 2011, and retroactively extends the biodiesel tax incentive and the renewable diesel incentive through 2011.

 

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