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Electrification Coalition Releases 'Fleet Electrification Roadmap'

WASHINGTON - The Electrification Coalition released a new report, titled Fleet Electrification Roadmap, which analyzes the benefits and challenges of electric vehicle deployment. The study recommends policies aimed at accelerating conversion of the 16 million government and commercial fleet vehicles on the road in the U.S.

Forty-four fleet management professionals were present to discuss and learn about alternative fuel technologies.

MEMA Meeting Focuses on Alternative Fuels

CULVER CITY, CA - The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held a meeting at the City of Culver City, Calif., on Dec. 2. Forty-four fleet management professionals were present to discuss and learn about alternative fuel technologies.

Yoshi Inaba, president and COO of Toyota Motor North America (center), hands the keys to a Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (left) and Janette Sadik-Khan, commissio

New York City to Demo Prius Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

NEW YORK - New York City will soon be operating five new Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicles (PHVs) on city streets as part of Toyota's partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Dow Kokam and PVI Partner in Deployment of First Fully Electric Refuse Trucks

LYON, FRANCE - Dow Kokam and PVI announced Dec. 3 an agreement to supply advanced lithium polymer battery systems to power the first-ever fully electric refuse trucks. The 26-ton, zero-emission truck will eliminate 130 tons of CO2 per truck per year.

"With Darkcasting, we're providing a mobile studio from which an entertaining talk show takes place against a moving cityscape. It helps us see the car through the lens of creative people from a varie

Lexus Captures the Conversation from Inside The New CT 200h Hybrid with 'Darkcasting

TORRANCE, CA - Introducing "Darkcasting." It's part test drive, part late night talk show, part real time feedback. It's a series hosted by actress and stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings that captures the (nearly) unfiltered conversations of influential personalities who take the new Lexus hybrid for a spin in their home cities.

ROUSH CleanTech Announces Company Leaders

LIVONIA, MI - ROUSH Enterprises presents a winning lineup with the announcement of Joe Thompson and Todd Mouw leading the company's newest venture, ROUSH CleanTech , a product-based alternative fuel-powered engine company destined to change the way fleets do business.

Toyota Introduces RAV4 EV at 2010 L.A. Auto Show (Video)

Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., introduces the RAV4 EV at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 17, 2010.

New England Cab Companies to Add Ford Alt-Fuel Units to Fleets

Metro Taxi of West Haven, Conn., and The Yellow Cab Company of Bloomfield, Conn., each ordered 20 Transit Connect Taxis with CNG preparation engine packages.

On the right stands one of three Eaton Pow-R-Station Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations donated by Eaton Corporation to the City of Raleigh, N.C. (Photo: Business Wire)

City of Raleigh to Install 25-30 EV Charging Stations

RALEIGH, NC - The City of Raleigh was awarded a $125,000 grant to install 25-30 public charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles, accepted by City council in mid-November. In addition, Eaton Corporation has donated to the City three high-speed electric vehicle charging stations that can recharge a vehicle in just four to six hours.

Green Vehicles Partners With Leyden Energy

SALINAS, CA - Green Vehicles, a California-based automaker that produces the Triac electric vehicle, has teamed with lithium-ion battery company Leyden Energy.

Audi Plug-in Hybrid Planned for 2014

INGOLSTADT, GERMANY - Audi plans to introduce its first plug-in hybrid in 2014 and hopes to become the leading premium EV maker by 2020, Auto News Europe reported.

Mitsubishi Hits i-MiEV Production Milestone

MIZUSHIMA, JAPAN - Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced production of its i-MiEV electric vehicle reached the 5,000-unit mark on Nov. 23 at the automaker's Mizushima Plant in Japan.

EV Charging Stations Coming to Cracker Barrel Restaurants

LEBANON, TN - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store said it will be installing Blink electric vehicle (EV) chargers, provided by ECOtality Inc., at select restaurant locations across Tennessee.

GM to Add 1,000 EV Jobs

HAMTRAMCK, MI - General Motors announced it will be adding 1,000 engineers and researchers in Michigan over the next two years to work on development of electric vehicles.

Volt to be Auctioned Online to Benefit Detroit Schools

DETROIT - The first Chevrolet Volt available for retail sale will be offered at public auction, with the proceeds benefiting math and science education in the Detroit public schools, General Motors announced.

Toyota to Fix Prius Cooling Pumps

TORRANCE, CA - Toyota Motor Corp. has launched a "limited service campaign" to repair cooling pumps on about 378,000 MY 2004-2007 Toyota Prius cars sold in North America, CNNMoney.com reported.

AT&T Deploys 2,000th CNG Vehicle in Fleet

DALLAS - AT&T has added the 2,000th compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle into its corporate vehicle fleet -- a Ford E250 van deployed in San Leandro, Calif. This milestone is part of a $565 million planned investment announced in March 2009 to replace approximately 15,000 fleet vehicles with alternative-fuel models through 2018.

DOE Loan to Help Develop CNG Vehicle

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy is offering a nearly $50 million conditional loan to the Vehicle Production Group LLC (VPG) to support development of the six-passenger "green option" MV-1, a factory-built wheelchair-accessible vehicle that runs on compressed natural gas.

CODA Teams with Essex Credit

SANTA MONICA, CA - CODA Automotive, a California-based electric car and battery company, and Essex Credit Corp., a subsidiary of Bank of the West, have reached a preliminary agreement to provide financing for customers of the 2011 CODA Sedan.

GSA Purchased One-Fourth of US Hybrid Vehicles

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford and General Motors hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, a drastic increase in federal fleet hybrid purchases.

Grant Money Available for Missouri Diesel Fleets

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has been awarded a federal grant to implement diesel emission reduction projects in the St. Louis, Kansas City, southwest Missouri, and southeast Missouri areas. Public and private fleets in these areas that operate diesel on- and off-road vehicles and equipment can apply for grant funding through local organizations.

National Park Takes Delivery of 7 Hybrid Vehicles

GATLINBURG, TN - Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently took delivery of seven Ford Escape Hybrid vehicles that were purchased using a $197,550 grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program.

Government Fleet recently had the opportunity to test drive the THINK City at Bobit Business Media headquarters in Torrance, Calif. In the passenger seat is Michael Lock, chief marketing office

THINK City Car Coming to U.S. in 2011

TORRANCE, CA - The THINK City, a modern urban vehicle, will be released in the U.S. as a two-seater model, providing "healthy" cargo space. Fleet editors recently had an opportunity to experience the electric vehicle at Bobit Business Media headquarters.

Pictured are Rhea Courtney Bozic, Clean Cities New York, chief judge; David Mills, City of Oceanside, Calif., judge; Dave Seavey, fleet manager, City of Seattle, No. 1 Green Fleet in North America for

Seattle Named No. 1 Government Green Fleet in North America

SAN DIEGO - The 40 winners of the 2010 Government Green Fleet Awards were announced at the Green Fleet Conference in October, with the City of Seattle named as the No. 1 Government Green Fleet in North America. Tom Johnson, author of the 100 Best Fleets program, presented an award and $1,000 check to Dave Seavey, fleet manager for the City of Seattle.

The Sentinel Police Mobility Vehicle can travel at speeds up to 29 mph.

Denver Airport Police Uses Electric Mobility Vehicles

DENVER - The Denver International Airport is utilizing Sentinel Police Mobility Vehicles from Xtreme Green Products. Officers use the electric vehicles to address the traffic flow of the airport.

 

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