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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, 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.

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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.

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.

Clean Communities of CNY Receives 6 Prius Plug-In Hybrids

SYRACUSE, NY - Clean Communities of CNY, the central and western New York chapter of the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program, received six Prius plug-in hybrid vehicles as part of Toyota's U.S. plug-in demonstration program.

UPS Begins 90-Day Trial of Fully Electric Walk-In Van

STOCKTON, CA - Electric Vehicles International (EVI) announced that UPS has begun a 90-day demonstration trial of their walk-in van (EVI-WI).

Madison Gas & Electric Chooses Plug-In Hybrid for Fleet

WAUKESHA, WI, - Odyne Systems, LLC, working in collaboration with DUECO, Inc., has provided Madison Gas & Electric its first Odyne 18 kWh plug-in hybrid unit mounted on a Terex 60 ft. bucket truck.


King Joins ROUSH's Propane Team

LIVONIA, MI - The ROUSH liquid propane vehicle program continues to grow in terms of visibility, early adopters, and staff. The Livonia, Mich., company announced that Peter King has joined the division as executive director.

Columbia, S.C., Launches Biodiesel Project

COLUMBIA, SC - The city of Columbia, S.C., recently launched a new city program that collects used cooking oil so that Midland Biofuels can convert it into biodiesel to help run the city's fleet, the Free Times newspaper reported.

Valero to Begin Adding More E85 Pumps

SAN ANTONIO, TX - Valero Energy Corp. announced that one of its company-owned Valero Corner Stores in San Antonio has begun selling E85, a blend of fuel consisting of up to 85 percent ethanol blended with unleaded gasoline.

Peugeot Citroen Hopes Leasing Options Will Boost EV Demand

PARIS, FRANCE - To stimulate demand for electric vehicles, European automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen plans to introduce leasing programs that will include gasoline-powered loaners for trips beyond the reach of a single EV battery charge, Bloomberg reported.

All-Electric CODA Sedan Coming to Hawaii in 2011

HONOLULU, HI - Electric vehicle and battery maker CODA Automotive said it plans to bring its CODA Sedan to consumer and fleet customers in Hawaii in the third quarter of 2011.

ZAP Electric Truck and Van Qualify for Federal Tax Credit

SANTA ROSA, CA - The Internal Revenue Service has determined that the ZAPTRUCK XL and ZAPVAN Shuttle qualify for a 10-percent tax credit up to a maximum of $2,500, if the vehicle is purchased after Feb. 17, 2009 and before Jan. 1, 2012.

Liquid-Cooled Battery Helps Extend Ford EV Range

DEARBORN, MI - The all-new Ford Focus Electric, which debuts in the U.S. late next year and in Europe in 2012, will be powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery that uses heated and cooled liquid to help extend battery life and gas-free driving range.

3.2 Million Plug-in EVs to be Sold Worldwide by 2015, Pike Forecasts

BOULDER, CO - Worldwide adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will grow quickly over the next five years, with sales totaling 3.2 million vehicles between 2010- 2015, according to a new report from Pike Research.

Securitas to Boost Driver Safety & Fuel Economy

LONDON - Securitas Mobile has deployed GreenRoad 360+ across its new fleet of 207 vehicles to better manage fleet assets, reduce accidents, and gain greater fuel efficiency.

LAST CHANCE for Environmental Leadership Award Nominations

TORRANCE, CA - Have you been working with your fleet to reduce emissions, implement alternative-fuel technology, or perform other "greening" efforts? Nominate your fleet for the second annual Fleet Environmental Leadership Awards by Friday, Sept. 10.

The Nissan LEAF, a zero-emission, all-electric vehicle, will be available in Hawaii beginning in January 2011.

Hawaii & Nissan Partner for Electric Vehicle Development

HONOLULU - The State of Hawaii and Nissan North America announced August 31 a partnership to advance zero-emission mobility by promoting the development of electric vehicles and an electric-vehicle charging network throughout the State.

Last Chance to Nominate Green Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine wants to honor fleet managers with its second annual "Fleet Environmental Leadership" Awards. Nominations are due Friday, Sept. 10.

GDiesel Designated Alternative Fuel in Nevada

RENO, NV - The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has designated GDiesel, manufactured by Advanced Refining Concepts, LLC, (ARC), as an alternative fuel in Nevada’s Alternative Fueled Vehicles in Fleets program.



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