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Nissan Delivers Seattle's First 100% Electric Nissan LEAF

SEATTLE - Nissan North America Inc. delivered the State of Washington's first all-electric Nissan LEAF late last week, following deliveries earlier in the week in Northern and Southern California, Arizona, and Oregon.

City of Clearwater to Build Natural Gas Fueling Station

CLEARWATER, FL - Clearwater City Council voted last week to build the Tampa Bay area's first natural gas fueling station. The station's first users will be City garbage trucks that will be converted to run on natural gas, although the station will be open to the public.

City of Nashua to Purchase 9 CNG Trucks

NASHUA, NH - The city of Nashua plans buy a fleet of trash trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of diesel. Aldermen approved two measures last week that allowed for the purchase of nine vehicles for the City's trash fleet.

National Park’s Alt-Fuel Fleet to be Highlighted on MotorWeek

GATLINBURG, TN - Clean Cities announced that Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be the next clean fleet featured by MotorWeek starting Dec. 25. The park has incorporated alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles into its fleets to help preserve the landscape and has a new biodiesel filling station.

BAE Systems Announces Development of HybriDrive Parallel Propulsion System for Trucks

JOHNSON CITY, NEW YORK - BAE Systems, a developer and producer of hybrid electric technologies, is developing a parallel hybrid propulsion system designed for medium and heavy duty truck applications. The parallel system is the latest version of the company's HybriDrive green propulsion system.

Fleet Sales Support Chevrolet Clean Energy Initiative

DETROIT - By purchasing Chevrolet vehicles during the next year, fleet customers will be contributing to the automaker's $40M clean-energy investment project.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura unveiled Honda's plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (far left) and the Fit EV prototype.

Honda Launches Electric Vehicle Program

TORRANCE, CA - Honda launched the electric vehicle demonstration program with Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura conducting the first public test drive of a Fit EV prototype and an Accord Sedan test vehicle outfitted with a new two-motor plug-in hybrid system.

Congress to End Green Car Tax Credit

Congress declined to include the credit as part of the $858 billion tax bill approved by the Senate on an 81-19 vote Wednesday. A House vote, without the green-car tax provision, is expected today.

Senate Bill Extends Ethanol Tax Credit, Tariff

The legislation extends through 2011 the 45 cent a gallon ethanol tax credit and a 54-cent tariff on imported ethanol.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels drives the THINK City car during a vehicle presentation Dec. 16 at Fort Harrison State Park outside of Indianapolis.

Indiana Takes Delivery of 15 THINK Electric Cars

INDIANAPOLIS - The State of Indiana on Wednesday took delivery of 15 THINK City electric passenger cars for use principally by the Department of Resources in the State's park system.

City of McKinney to Install EV Charging Stations & Convert Vehicles

McKINNEY, TEXAS - The City of McKinney will receive rebates from TXU Energy to install four electric vehicle charging stations and convert several city vehicles to electric hybrid vehicles under the TXU Energy EV Accelerator Program.

Pictured are Micheal Austin, vice president of BYD America; Rudolf Montiel, HACLA president and CEO; and David Esparza of the City of Los Angeles, with BYD fleet vehicles. (Photo: Business Wire)

Los Angeles Agency Launches EV Testing Program

LOS ANGELES - The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) is testing 10 BYD F3DM dual-mode electric sedans at its offices. HACLA expects each vehicle will significantly reduce fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by almost 37 lbs. annually.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura unveiled Honda's plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (far left) and the Fit EV prototype.

City of Torrance Test Drives Honda’s New EV & PHEV

TORRANCE, CA - Honda launched the electric vehicle demonstration program with Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura conducting the first public test drive of a Fit EV prototype and an Accord Sedan test vehicle outfitted with a new two-motor plug-in hybrid system.

California Energy Commission Approves Wrightspeed's Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Plant Grant

SAN JOSE, CA - Wrightspeed, Inc., an advanced clean energy transportation company, announced that the California Energy Commission has approved its $1,197,064 grant solicitation for the development of its Digital DriveSystem retrofit kit for medium-duty fleet trucks.

EV Group Recommends More Fleet Incentives

LOS ANGELES - The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative -- comprising a range of state agencies, groups and companies with a stake in the growing EV market -- is calling for more measures to support fleet purchases of the vehicles.

Fire Destroys Pa. Biodiesel Plant

NEW OXFORD, PA - Fire destroyed the Soy Energy biodiesel plant on Dec. 11. Firefighters battled the blaze for 10 hours, and authorities are now investigating the fire's cause, the Associated Press reported.

Russian Billionaire Enters Hybrid Vehicle Market

MOSCOW - Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, the new majority owner of the New Jersey Nets NBA team, announced plans to produce a new $10,000 hybrid car for the European market, the Wall Street Journal reported.

EPA Helps Fund Big Rig Retrofit Efforts in South

NASHVILLE, TN - The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $5 million to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy to help Southern truckers and businesses buy cleaner big rigs.

Nissan Leaf Power System Named to 'Best Engine' List

PONTIAC, MI - Ward's AutoWorld magazine has included the Nissan Leaf's all-electric, zero-emission drive system on the publication's 10 Best Engines list for 2011.

Walgreens in Houston to Get EV Charging Stations in February

DEERFIELD, IL - Walgreens is participating in the nation's first privately funded and comprehensive electric vehicle support solution in Houston, where NRG Energy will install high-powered rapid charging stations for electric vehicles at 18 initial Walgreens locations.

CARB Approves THINK City Vehicle

DEARBORN, MI - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved the THINK City as a zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV), paving the way for THINK to sell the all-electric THINK City in California, 12 other states, and the District of Columbia that have adopted California's ZEV requirements.

SAP Labs U.S. Installs EV Charging Stations at Palo Alto Headquarters

PALO ALTO, CA - SAP showcased several installed ChargePoint stations along with new EVs, at the SAP Energy Efficiency Showcase held Dec. 9 at the SAP Labs U.S., Palo Alto campus.

Chevrolet Volts Begin Shipping to Dealers

DETROIT - The first of an expected 160 vehicles left the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Dec. 13 and will be shipped this week, according to GM.

US Marine Corps Adds All-Electric Trucks to Fleet

KANSAS CITY, MO -The United States Marine Corps was the first military organization to order two all-electric Smith Newton Electric trucks off the Government Services Administration (GSA) schedule.

Cincinnati Park Board Receives 8 Propane Trucks

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Park Board has received an award of eight new propane-powered vehicles, thanks to a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities grant obtained in partnership with the City of Cincinnati Department of Public Services, Fleet Management Division.

 

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