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Chrysler’s Eight-Speed Transmission to Boost MPG

AUBURN HILLS, MI - Chrysler's eight-speed transmission, set to premiere in 2013, will help boost fuel economy and reduce emissions, according to the automaker.

Dr. Pepper Plans for ‘Green’ Fleet

PLANO, TEXAS - Dr. Pepper Snapple Group is greening its fleet as part of a five-year goal to improve environmental and social performance across the company's operations.

U.S. Army, Gov’t Fleets Gather for Electric Vehicle Showcase

FT. BLISS, TEXAS - Electric vehicle manufacturer ZAP demonstrated its line of electric trucks, vans, and ATVs at the Renewable Energy Rodeo and Symposium at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Tank and Automotive Center at Fort Bliss.

Allegheny County to Stick to 4-Cylinder Models

PITTSBURGH - Switching fleet vehicles to four-cylinder models is just one part of a recommended strategy to help decrease the county government's overall carbon emissions, energy consumption, and water usage by 20 percent by 2015.

El Paso City Purchasing Hybrid Vehicles

EL PASO, TEXAS - The City Council on June 8 approved the purchase of up to 20 hybrid SUVs over the next two years for a maximum of $570,000.

Utah Fleet to Help State Improve Energy Efficiency

SALT LAKE CITY - The State of Utah Fleet Division is on its way to meeting the state goal of improving overall energy efficiency by 20 percent by the year 2015.

Grants to Help Pay for Greener Trucks Serving Calif. Ports

LONG BEACH, CA - The South Coast Air Quality Management District on June 4 awarded more than $34 million in state and federal grants to replace 598 trucks operating at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as trucks delivering goods across the region, the Daily Breeze newspaper reported.

smart fortwo Electric Drive Debuts in U.S.

BROOKLYN, NY - The smart fortwo electric drive made its debut in the United States on June 8, and smart USA announced it will begin deploying a fleet of 250 electric drive vehicles across the nation this fall.

Nebraska Ethanol Board Boosts E85 Awareness

LINCOLN, NE - The Nebraska Ethanol Board announced a new joint effort with biofuels advocacy group Growth Energy as part of the "Fuel on the Fourth" program.

Archer Daniels Midland Seeks EPA OK for E12

DECATUR, IL - Archer Daniels Midland Co. said it has submitted a formal request to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeking approval of ethanol-gasoline blends containing up to 12 percent ethanol (E12) for all cars.

A123 Battery to Power Navistar All-Electric Truck

WATERTOWN, MA - A123 Systems said it has signed an agreement with Navistar Inc. to supply lithium-ion battery systems for the Navistar-Modec EV Alliance LLC, a joint venture between Navistar and Modec Limited of the U.K.

Coulomb Set to Install Nearly 5,000 EV Charging Stations

CAMPBELL, CA - Coulomb Technologies on June 2 said it will deliver free home and public ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations for electric vehicles throughout the United States.

UPS Deploys 13 Hybrid Trucks to Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS - UPS on June 3 announced its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles had expanded with the deployment of 13 next-generation hybrid electric delivery trucks to Minneapolis.

Renault Aims for 200,000 Electric Cars by 2016, Says <i>La Tribune</i>

PARIS - French carmaker Renault aims to produce more than 200,000 electric vehicles per year by 2015-2016, according to the French paper La Tribune.

Ford F-450, F-550 to Run on Alt-Fuels

DEARBORN, MI - Ford recently announced it will begin offering an alternative-fuels engine prep package for its 6.8L F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab.

55% of Vehicles Have One Under-Inflated Tire

WASHINGTON - A recent nationwide survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association found 55 percent of vehicles have at least one under-inflated tire and only one in six vehicles has four properly inflated tires.

UPS Foundation Helps Promote Anti-Idling Program

ATLANTA - The Clean Air Campaign recently received a $50,000 grant from the UPS Foundation to help promote its Idling Reduction Program.

Ford Expands Alternative-Fuel Conversion Capability to F-450, F-550 Super Duty

DEARBORN, MI - Ford announced that it will begin offering an alternative-fuels engine prep package for its 6.8-liter F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab.

Propane Helps Jackson County Sheriff Save Money

PENDERGRASS, GA - Converting the remaining 50 vehicles in its fleet to run on propane is expected to save the sheriff's office $250,000 in fuel costs this fiscal year alone.

Verizon to Add 576 Chevrolet Hybrids to Fleet

NEW YORK - As part of an initiative to green its fleet, Verizon purchased 576 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrids, the only hybrid pickup trucks equipped with a two-mode hybrid system.

Personal Use of Hybrids Declines, Business Use Rises

A CNW Research study finds that pure personal use of the Ford Escape Hybrid and Toyota Prius declines from 2006 to 2010, while the combination of personal and business use of these vehicles increases during that same time period.

Chevrolet and OnStar train first responders on Volt technology.

Chevrolet and OnStar Prepare First Responders for Electric Vehicle Technology

The automotive manufacturer-sponsored training program to educate first responders, including firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical technicians and emergency dispatchers, on electric vehicle technology will take place in Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

First Responders Offered Safety Training on Chevy Volt

SAN FRANCISCO - The training will include animation and illustrations of the Chevrolet Volt, highlighting locations of high-strength steel, cut points for extrication, first-responder labeling, and automatic and manual electrical shut-off.

University Students Build Biodiesel Extended-Range EV

SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors challenged university engineering students from across North America to re-engineer a GM-donated vehicle to minimize the vehicle's fuel consumption and emissions, while maintaining its utility, safety, and performance.

Alley to Discuss Fleet Strategies in Upcoming Webinar

TORRANCE, CA - 100 Best Fleets in North America is presenting a fleet Webinar June 17. Speakers include John Alley, 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year and Dave Vasquez, 2010 Larry Goill Award winner.

 
 

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