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ECOtality to Help Houston Develop EV Infrastructure

SAN FRANCISCO - ECOtality Inc., a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced it has entered into an agreement with Houston to help the city plan for the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Craver Named Co-Chairman of Electric Drive Transportation Assn.

WASHINGTON - The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) board of directors recently elected Edison International Chairman and CEO Theodore F. Craver Jr. as the board's co-chairman.

New A123 Spinoff to Target EV & Grid Markets

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 24M Technologies has launched as a new venture focused on commercializing next-generation energy storage systems that use technology from lithium-ion battery developer A123 Systems and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

AGL Resources, El Paso Corp. Form LNG Venture

ATLANTA - AGL Resources Inc. and El Paso Corp. announced they've signed a joint-venture agreement to distribute liquefied natural gas (LNG) across the southeastern United States to the heavy-duty transportation market, which includes heavy-duty trucks, buses and waste haulers.

PepsiCo Commits to Reducing GHG Emissions

PURCHASE, NY - PepsiCo is committed to an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its global operations, according to the company's recently released sustainability report.

Commercial Hybrid Market to Reach 222,000 Total Units by 2016 in N.A. & Europe Combined

SAN ANTONIO - Incentives and federal grants are expected to propel the adoption of hybrid commercial vehicles in North America and Europe, according to a study by Frost & Sullivan.

Green Fleet Conference to Feature Proven ‘Green’ Strategies

SAN DIEGO - The 2010 Green Fleet Conference will feature environmental fleet leaders highlighting proven strategies other fleets can explore to make their operations "greener" and more efficient.

City of Denton to Build Alt-Fuel Station for Fleet Vehicles

DENTON, TX - The City of Denton Fleet Services Division has been awarded a $599,860 grant from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The City will construct and operate a fuel island that provides alternative fuels for city equipment to help reduce the ozone levels within the North Texas nonattainment counties.

Navy to Add 345 Electric Vehicles

JACKSONVILLE, FL - The local engineering arm of the U.S. Navy plans to cut transportation costs by renting about 345 slow-moving electric vehicles by 2015, bringing its fleet to 750 such vehicles.

CARB Reaches Settlement With Catalytic Converter Firm

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Air Resources Board recently reached a $2 million settlement with Pennsylvania-based Eastern Manufacturing Inc., which was accused of illegally selling uncertified catalytic converters to California businesses and consumers.

BEST Biodiesel Plant Closes in Wisconsin

CASHTON, WI - The BEST BioDiesel Cashton LLC plant has closed, citing financial difficulties since a $1-per-gallon federal tax credit for biodiesel production expired at the end of 2009, the La Crosse Tribune reported.

Energy Bill With Electric & NG Vehicle Funding Fails

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate leaders announced Tuesday, Aug. 3, that they lack the 60 votes necessary to pass an energy bill that proposed billions in funding to promote the use of electric vehicles and natural gas-powered vehicles, the Associated Press reported.

GM Veterans Join AMP EV Consulting Team

BLUE ASH, OH - AMP Holding Inc., a company specializing in the all-electric, emission-free conversion of GM vehicles, has hired longtime General Motors executives Mark Valerio and John Gatt as consultants.

Portland General Electric Opens EV Quick-Charge Station

PORTLAND, OR - Portland General Electric and NEC Corp. have opened a quick-charge EV station that's open to the public.

Navistar eStar: One Year Later

WARRENVILLE, IL - Last August, President Obama traveled to Navistar's manufacturing facility in Wakarusa, Ind. to announce a $39.2 million grant to develop and deploy electric trucks. One year later, Navistar's eStar all-electric truck is coming off the production line.

Enterprise to Begin Offering Electric Vehicles

ST. LOUIS, MO - Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced the first phase of its plans to offer electric vehicles at select offices throughout its neighborhood network of more than 5,000 U.S. locations.

Calif. Energy Commission Releases Draft Alt-Fuel Plan

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Energy Commission has released a draft of its 2010-2011 Investment Plan for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program -- an annual document that sets funding priorities for the $100 million-a-year program.

Smith Electric Vehicle Orders Enova Drive Systems

TORRANCE, CA - Enova Systems, Inc., an innovator of proprietary hybrid and electric drive systems, confirmed they have moved toward large scale production supply of its all-electric drive system for the Smith Newton, the world's largest battery-electric-powered production truck.

AT&T Adds Hybrids to Oklahoma Fleet

TULSA, OK - The 16 additions will be used by employees in several Oklahoma communities, including Ardmore, Bethany, Edmond, Enid, Norman, Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley, Tulsa, and Yukon.

GM & Virginia Tech Partner for National Tire Research Center

BLACKSBURG, VA - General Motors is investing $5 million to help create the National Tire Research Center at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), designed to improve fuel economy and lower emissions.

San Francisco Fleet May Be Reduced 20%

SAN FRANCISCO - The number of cars and trucks used by San Francisco workers could decrease by at least 20 percent within years under a plan from Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is looking to further cut costs and reduce carbon emissions.

Mississippi State University Receives $1 Million Clean Diesel Grant

ATLANTA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, presented the Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems with a $1,083,595 grant award to help reduce diesel emissions associated with freight movement throughout the southeast.

SANBAG and Ryder Begin Natural Gas Truck Rental and Leasing Project

MIAMI - San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) has entered into an agreement with commercial transportation and logistics provider Ryder System, Inc., and other project partners, to implement a heavy-duty natural gas truck rental and leasing project in Southern California locations.

City of Commerce Mayor Tina Baca Del Rio (center), city officials, and representatives from industry groups that supported the station cut the ribbon during the CNG/LNG grand-opening ceremony.

City of Commerce Opens Natural Gas Fueling Station

COMMERCE, CA - The City of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting grand opening celebration for its new CNG/LNG fueling station on August 5. That station will be used to fuel the city’s fleet of natural gas vehicles, including seven full-size transit buses, four paratransit vans, and two smaller fleet vehicles. In addition, it will service LNG port trucks and will be open to the general public 24 hours per day.

GE Fleet Services Webinar 8/10: U.S. Commercial Fleet Benchmarking Update

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - GE Capital Fleet Services will host a webinar examining the use of benchmarking to monitor fleet performance, on Tuesday, August 10. The online webinar will feature Suzanne Gallagher, director of Global Fleet and WHQ Procurement at Johnson & Johnson, and Mark Smith, general manager Strategic Consulting Services for GE Capital, Fleet Services.

 

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