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Volvo V70 DRIVe Excels in German ADAC EcoTest

GOTEBORG, SWEDEN - German motorists' organization ADAC, which has more than 15 million members, has awarded the Volvo V70 1.6D DRIVe five stars in the group's annual eco-test.

Nissan Leaf May Cost as Low as $25,280 With Tax Credit

FRANKLIN, TN - Nissan North America Inc. announced U.S. pricing for the 2011 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, which becomes available for purchase or lease at Nissan dealers in select markets in December and nationwide in 2011.

Toyota to Provide Mazda With Hybrid Technology

TOKYO, JAPAN - Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. have reached a licensing agreement in which Toyota will supply Mazda with the hybrid technology used in the Toyota Prius.

NHTSA Sets Final Rule for Fuel Efficiency Testing

WASHINGTON - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its final rule that establishes test procedures for consumer tire rolling resistance, safety, and durability.

FedEx to Add 4 All-Electric Trucks in L.A.

CHICAGO - FedEx Corp. unveiled plans to expand its alternative-energy vehicle fleet with the company's first all-electric parcel delivery trucks in the United States.

2010 Green Fleet Survey Now Open

SPARKS, MD - Open from March 29 through April 23, the annual Green Fleet Survey takes about five minutes to complete. Participants will be entered to win a Netbook companion PC.

Fleets Awarded for Cutting Lead from Operations

WASHINGTON - Several government fleets were among 41 recipients recently recognized by the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities for their efforts in reducing and/or recycling hazardous chemicals in their organization.

Baltimore Fleet May Save $6M with Trash Collection System

BALTIMORE - The City of Baltimore began a route optimization project for its trash collection system July 2009 that could save the City about $6 million a year.

UPS Cuts Back on Trips to Lower Emissions, Save Fuel

ATLANTA - UPS has come up with a new cost-effective and "green" service strategy expected to eliminate 8 million miles from the total driven by UPS drivers each year in the U.S., save an estimated 793,000 gallons of fuel, and reduce CO2 emissions by 7,800 metric tons.

Rebates Up to $20K on New Electric Vehicles Available

SACRAMENTO, CA - California fleets can now receive rebates on new zero-emission and electric vehicles of up to $5,000 per vehicle as part of the new Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. Certain zero-emission commercial vehicles are also eligible for rebates up to $20,000.

Attention Fleet Managers: We Need Your Input

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet is seeking bright ideas from U.S. government fleet managers for the upcoming June 2010 issue. One bright idea from you may help benefit fleets across the country!

Chrysler to Develop New Fiat 500 Electric Vehicle

The Fiat 500EV powertrain is comprised of three main systems: high power electric powertrain module, advance lithium ion battery and an EV control unit to manage power flows.

North American Grid Operators Assess Impact of Electric Vehicles

The ISO/RTC Council issued a study that examines the technical hurdles and tools needed to foster the potential benefits of widespread use of PEVs.

AT&T Adds Electric Cargo Truck to St. Louis Fleet

DALLAS - AT&T has an all-electric Smith Newton cargo truck purchased last year operating in its commercial fleet in St. Louis, the company said. AT&T also is buying two of the first all-electric versions of the Ford Transit Connect van.

CALSTART Praises Deal to Exempt Clean Tech Manufacturing Equipment from State Sales Tax

PASADENA, CA - CALSTART, the nation's leading clean transportation consortium, praised a deal between the California Governor and the state's legislative leaders to exempt manufacturing equipment to produce clean energy and technology products, vehicles, and fuels from the state sales tax.

Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Offers to Buy U.K. Business

KANSAS CITY, MO - Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. said it has made a conditional offer to buy the Smith Electric Vehicles business based in the U.K. from Tanfield Group Plc.

GEM Recalls 142 Neighborhood EVs

WASHINGTON - Chrysler Group Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) is recalling 142 2009 neighborhood electric vehicles because of a parking brake problem.

Former Chrysler CEO LaSorda Joins Electrovaya Board

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA - Electrovaya, a Canadian-based maker of lithium-ion battery systems for clean transportation, announced that former Chrysler CEO Thomas LaSorda has joined its board of directors.

Chrysler to Build Plug-in Hybrid Ram Trucks

AUBURN HILLS, MI - The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Chrysler Group a grant that the automaker will use to build 140 plug-in hybrid Ram trucks for a demonstration project.

GEICO to Promote Green Repair Shop Program

OVERLAND PARK, KS - The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) is partnering with GEICO to promote the new "GreenLink Shop" designation for GEICO's Auto Repair Xpress facilities.

IBM Leads U.K. Electric Car Research Project

LONDON - IBM on March 18 announced an agreement with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to evaluate the potential impact of electric vehicles on the United Kingdom electricity grid.

Virent Energy CEO to Head Biofuels Group

WASHINGTON - The Advanced BioFuels Association has elected Lee Edwards, CEO of Virent Energy Systems, as chairman of its board and Robert M. Ames, vice president and general manager of Tyson Foods, as board vice chairman.

Police Point to Driver Error in NY Prius Crash

HARRISON, NY - Police in Harrison, N.Y., told reporters on Monday, March 22, that driver error -- not unintended acceleration -- was apparently behind a March 9 crash of a Toyota Prius in the area, Reuters reported.

Beginning in 2012, Chrysler Group will manufacture the Fiat 500EV for the U.S. market.

Chrysler to Develop New Fiat Electric Vehicle for U.S.

AUBURN HILLS, MI - Shown earlier this year at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, the Fiat 500EV is a pure electric vehicle based on the Fiat 500 platform.

New Pentastar V-6 Engine to Improve Fuel Efficiency

AUBURN HILLS, MI - The Pentastar engine will ultimately replace seven current Chrysler Group V-6 engines and utilize advanced technologies from the Fiat alliance such as Multiair, direct-injection, and turbocharging.


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