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Obama Expands Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target for Federal Operations

WASHINGTON - President Obama announced July 20 that the federal government will reduce greenhouse gas pollution from indirect sources, such as employee travel and commuting, by 13 percent by 2020.

Twelve medium- and heavy-duty utility service vehicles will be equipped with the Terex HyPower Hybrid System.

Terex Utilities Receives Grant from California Energy Commission

WATERTOWN, SD - The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently announced approval of nearly $500,000 in funds for a California Terex HyPower Hybrid retrofit project. The project, scheduled to be completed in January 2012, will retrofit 12 medium- and heavy-duty utility service vehicles with the Terex HyPower Hybrid System.

Future GM Models to Provide GHG-Friendly Air Conditioning

WARREN, MI - General Motors announced it will introduce a new greenhouse gas-friendly air-conditioning refrigerant in 2013 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models in the U.S., which will help GM meet the overall requirements of the EPA's new motor vehicle greenhouse gas regulations.

Five States to Get Initial Nissan LEAF Vehicles in December

FRANKLIN, TN - Starting in December, the first Nissan LEAF models will be available in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Tennessee -- states home to The EV Project - the largest electric vehicle and infrastructure deployment ever undertaken.

PG&E to Deploy First Extended Range Electric Fleet Trucks

SAN JOSE, CA - Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) will be the first company in the U.S. to take delivery of Raser Technologies' new extended range electric (E-REV) fleet trucks, designed to achieve an average of 100 miles per gallon.

REG Acquires Tellurian Biodiesel

LOS ANGELES - Renewable Energy Group, headquartered in Ames, Iowa, is acquiring Tellurian Biodiesel Inc., a California-based biodiesel company and marketer, and American BDF LLC (ABDF).

Chevrolet Begins Taking Volt Orders

SAN JOSE, CA - Starting today, participating Chevrolet dealers in launch markets will begin taking customer orders for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

LAZ Parking Locations to Provide EV Charging

MIAMI BEACH, FL - Car Charging Group Inc. said it has partnered with a national parking company, LAZ Parking NY/NJ LLC, to provide charging stations for electric vehicles at LAZ Parking locations throughout the New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas.

Rothsay Biodiesel's Own Fleet Shows Fuel's Reliability

GULEPH, ONTARIO, CANADA - Rothsay Biodiesel, a division of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., said that its program to fuel its own fleets with biodiesel blends reduced carbon output by approximately 700 metric tons in 2009 -- the equivalent to removing approximately 130 cars from the road.

UC Berkeley to Study EV Market Barriers

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Energy Commission has awarded $2.5 million for research projects tackling a range of issues including climate change, electric fuel and energy storage.

Cellular Connectivity Coming to EV Charging

SAN DIEGO - Qualcomm Inc. and ECOtality Inc. have entered into an agreement to implement cellular connectivity into electric vehicle charging stations.

SK Energy to Provide EV Batteries for Hyundai, Kia

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SK Energy said it has reached a deal to supply rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors for electric vehicles, Reuters reported.

Researchers to Evaluate Secondary Uses for EV Batteries

GOLDEN, CO - The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is preparing to kick off a three-year study on secondary uses for end-of-life lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries from plug-in hybrid electric and other electric vehicles.

Senate Committee Passes EV & Loan Program Bills

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week approved a $3.6 billion bill aimed at promoting the use of electric vehicles.

Calif. to Extend HOV Privileges for Zero-Emission Vehicles

SACRAMENTO, CA - A new California law extends -- through the end of 2014 -- car pool lane access for qualifying alternative-fuel vehicles even when the driver is traveling alone.

Mark Fields, executive vice president of Ford Motor Co. and president of The Americas, said the new Explorer “changes everything while compromising absolutely nothing.”

Ford Unveils All-New 2011 Ford Explorer

VENICE, CA - The all-new, 2011 Ford Explorer was revealed July 26 in Venice Beach, Calif. Automotive journalists and dealers had the opportunity to see first-hand the highly publicized SUV.

Best Buy Plans for ‘Greener’ Fleet

RICHFIELD, MN - Reducing miles traveled, implementing an anti-idling policy, and right-sizing its fleet are just a few of the environmental efforts highlighted in Best Buy's annual sustainability report for fiscal 2010.

Nearly 3,000 Fleet Drivers Compete in ‘Green’ Challenge

DES PLAINES, IL - Forty-one different corporate fleets from a range of North American companies were represented in Wheels, Inc.'s EcoWheels Green Driver Challenge. The ten-week program enlisted 2,970 corporate fleet vehicle drivers to pledge to incorporate sustainable driving habits into their daily routines.

UPS Raises Fleet Fuel Efficiency Goal 20% by 2020

ATLANTA - UPS has set a new automotive goal to improve the miles per gallon performance of its entire U.S. package delivery fleet by 20 percent between 2000 and 2020.

Alt-Fuel Workshop Includes Test Drive of Propane-Fueled F-250

WASHINGTON - PERC and the other members of the Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance continued their nationwide training program on alternative fuel at a workshop for fleet managers on July 23 in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Palm Springs Receives $60,000 Grant for Electric Vehicle Pilot Program

PALM SPRINGS, CA - The City of Palm Springs announced on July 21 its Office of Sustainability has received at $60,000 grant from the Coachella Valley Air Quality Enhancement Grant Program for a new Electric Vehicle Pilot Program.

St. Joseph County Mulls Changing Buy-American Policy

SOUTH BEND, IN - Two 2010 Priuses made in Japan have been at the center of a debate about whether St. Joseph County should purchase vehicles made outside the United States. The decision on whether or not to purchase the vehicles now rests with the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners.

Base Price on Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Same as Gas Model

DEARBORN, MI - The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid will have an MSRP starting at a base price of $35,180, including destination and delivery, which matches the MSRP of its conventional gas sibling.

2011 Ford Explorer 30% More Fuel-Efficient

DEARBORN, MI - The new Explorer, arriving in showrooms later this year, has a reduced vehicle weight compared to the previous model. Extensive use of lighter and stronger high-strength steels add durability while saving weight.

Stanford University & Google to Test Honda EVs

TORRANCE, CA - Starting at the end of this year, Honda will roll out a battery-electric vehicle demonstration program in the U.S. with Stanford University, Google Inc., and the City of Torrance, Calif., as its first participants.

 

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