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Motor Trend Names Chevrolet Volt 2011 Car of the Year

“The Volt absolutely delivers on the promise of the vehicle concept as originally outlined by GM, combining the smooth, silent, efficient, low-emissions capability of an electric motor with the range and flexibility of an internal combustion engine,” said Angus MacKenzie, editor in chief of Motor Trend.

CleanFUEL USA Partners with Freightliner on New Propane Engine

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS - CleanFUEL USA, a supplier of alternative-fuel infrastructure and propane engine systems, announced a partnership to build and certify a multi-purpose 8.0L General Motors (GM) propane engine with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC).

American Truck Dealers Association Speaks Out on Fuel Economy Rules

CHICAGO - At a hearing Nov. 15 on a proposal to establish first-ever fuel economy rules for commercial and work trucks and engines, the chairman of the American Truck Dealers (ATD) urged federal regulators to ensure that any new mandates are "appropriate, cost-effective and technologically feasible."

Freightliner Business Class M2 112V CNG Truck

VAC-CON and Freightliner Trucks Develop First Turnkey Natural Gas Truck Upfitted with Vacuum Body

PORTLAND, OR - Freightliner Trucks today announced that it has delivered the first turnkey natural gas truck upfitted with a vacuum body. Developed in collaboration with VAC-CON, the Freightliner Business Class M2 112V Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) truck will also be equipped with a CNG-powered auxiliary-mounted engine that powers the truck's water system.

CALSTART Co-op Lists Available NG Vehicles

PASADENA, CA - CALSTART, a California-based clean transportation consortium, launched a natural gas vehicle cooperative purchasing program that allows public and private fleets in the U.S. to purchase natural gas vehicles through a dealer competitive bidding process. The vehicles are all certified by the California Air Resources Board.

Calif. Workshop to Focus on Renewable Natural Gas

PASADENA, CA - CALSTART, a leading clean transportation consortium, is teaming with Southern California Gas Co. to hold a one-day workshop titled, "Jumpstarting Renewable Natural Gas for Transportation."

Pa. Invests $7.9M in 21 Alt-Fuel Projects

HARRISBURG, PA - Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced $7.9 million in grants to help fund 21 alternative-fuel projects. The investment is through the state's Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Program.

Report Assesses EV Readiness of Major U.S. Cities

DETROIT - Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and the Rocky Mountain Institute have released a new report evaluating the readiness of major American cities for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The 50-city study is based on several months of collaborative research, interviews and analysis by Rocky Mountain Institute and Roland Berger.

Nissan: Leaf Annual Sales to Hit 500,000 Mark in 3 Years

WASHINGTON - Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Renault-Nissan alliance, told reporters this week he expects annual sales of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle to reach at least 500,000 units in three years, the New York Times reported.

Panasonic Invests $30 Million in Tesla

PALO ALTO, CA - Panasonic Corp. has invested $30 million in electric car maker Tesla Motors.The investment builds upon a multi-year collaboration to accelerate the market expansion of the electric vehicle.

Enterprise Holdings Joins Electrification Coalition

ST. LOUIS - Enterprise Holdings announced Nov. 12 that Chairman and CEO Andrew Taylor has joined the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group of business leaders representing the entire value chain of the growing electric vehicle industry.

2011 Ford Focus

Ford Names 19 Initial U.S. Cities for 2011 Focus Electric

DEARBORN, MI - Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago are among the U.S. cities selected as the first markets that will sell the Focus Electric, Ford's all-electric passenger car.

Motor Trend magazine named the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range capability as its 2011 Car of the Year on Tuesday. The Volt is shown in front of the blades of the fan in the

Chevrolet Volt Named <i>Motor Trend</i> 2011 Car of the Year

DETROIT - The 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year award was presented to Tom Stephens, GM vice chairman for Global Product Operations, at the General Motors wind tunnel in Warren, Mich.

Volkswagen Increases 2011-MY Street Incentive

HERNDON, VA - Volkswagen of America has doubled the original incentive amount available for the Touareg V6 TDI Clean Diesel.

Edmunds.com Installs ChargePoint EV Station

CAMPBELL, CA - Edmunds.com has installed a ChargePoint networked charging station, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, at the Edmunds.com headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif. The EV charging station will allow the automotive Web site's staff to test electric vehicles (EVs) and other plug-in cars.

Poet Helps Bring More Ethanol Blender Pumps to Mich.

CARO, MI - Major ethanol producer Poet, through its biorefining plant in Caro, Mich., has helped two local fuel stations install new ethanol blender pumps. As a result, motorists will have more fuel options at the two Michigan stations -- one in Sebewaing and the other in Elkton.

Utah Mayors Gather in Support of Alternative Fuels

WASHINGTON CITY, UTAH - Several southern Utah mayors gathered Nov. 12 at the office of Automobile Association of America in Washington City to show support for converting their fleets to alternative fuels that include natural gas, electricity, ethanol, and biodiesel.

Alt-Fuel Workshop to be Held in Arlington, Texas

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and the other members of the Alternative Fuels Trade Alliance continue their nationwide training program on alternative fuels at a workshop for fleet managers Nov. 16 in Arlington.

Buncombe County, NC Commissioners Applaud Local Organization’s Alternative Fuel Initiative

ASHEVILLE, NC - Buncombe County Commissioners addressed local media and community members gathering to recognize the advancement of alternative fuel initiatives in the Asheville area, namely county transportation provider Mountain Mobility's AutoGas vehicle program.

Electrification Coalition Releases 'Fleet Electrification Roadmap'

WASHINGTON - The Electrification Coalition has 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 commercial, corporate and government fleet vehicles on the road in the U.S.

Toyota to Debut RAV4 Electric Vehicle at Los Angeles Auto Show

TORRANCE, CA - Toyota Motor Sales will debut the Toyota RAV4 EV during the Los Angeles Auto Show media days, Nov. 17. The RAV4 EV is one of several electric vehicles scheduled to debut at this year's show.

Wright & Filippis Fleet Makes Switch to Propane

LIVONIA, MI - Wright & Filippis, a family-owned medical equipment provider headquartered in Rochester Hills, Mich., recently purchased a combination of cargo and cutaway vans that will run on propane autogas.

Cayuga County Aims for Environmentally Friendly Fleet

AUBURN, NY - Suggested changes to reduce the cost of operating Cayuga County's fleet and make it more environmentally friendly include improving record-keeping, appointing a dedicated fleet manager, and purchasing alt-fuel vehicles.

Clean Cities Workshop Focuses on Natural Gas

COLUMBUS, OHIO -Waste to Wheels: Building for Success is a free, three-day workshop focused on renewable natural gas and successful project development. Fleet managers are invited to attend on Dec. 1.

US Dept. of Agriculture to Expand Biofuel Use in its Fleet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pledged on Oct. 21 to expand biofuel use in the department's fleet of vehicles.

 

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