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Clean Cities Initiative Honored for Alt-Fuel Vehicle Work

WASHINGTON - The Department of Energy's Clean Cities initiative won the Golden Bullet Award on May 11 in recognition of its success in deploying alternative-fuel and advanced-technology vehicles through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Standard Developed for EV-Grid Communication

WARRENDALE, PA - As plug-in electric vehicles become more common in garages and carports, there will be greater demand on local utility grids. Recognizing the need for a standard set of requirements addressing this issue, SAE International created a new standard, "J2836/1."

NYPD Plans to Add 200 Hybrids to Fleet

NEW YORK - The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint with plans to buy 200 hybrid vehicles in 2010.

Navistar Officially Unveils eStar: First Purpose-Built All-Electric Commercial Truck

ELKHART COUNTY, IN - Navistar, Inc. announced that it will deliver to FedEx the first full-production eStar-Navistar's all-electric commercial truck.

City of Enterprise Makes First Batch of Biodiesel

ENTERPRISE, AL - After a year of preparations, the City of Enterprise successfully made its first batch of biodiesel fuel - 275 gallons worth.

City of Springfield, Mo. Makes Move to Natural Gas Fleet

SPRINGFIELD, MO - City of Springfield officials want to transition from regular gasoline in the city's fleet to compressed natural gas.

City of Eden Prairie Gets Closer to Fleet Efficiency Goal

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - The City has implemented a "20-40-15" initiative, which calls for Eden Prairie to increase the efficiency of its facilities by 20 percent (compared to 2005 levels) and fleet efficiency by 40 percent, all by 2015.

BMW Plans to Offer 5 Series Hybrids, Diesels in U.S.

MUNICH, GERMANY - BMW AG's 5 Series, the automaker's most profitable car, may be offered in hybrid, diesel and 4-cylinder versions to meet U.S. fuel-economy rules.

Ferrari Could Sell a Hybrid Sportscar by 2015

MARANELLO, ITALY - Ferrari could launch a hybrid car by the year 2015, although not through any wishes by the automaker.

AT&T Earns More Accolades for Green Efforts

LAS VEGAS - AT&T was recognized May 11 for its outstanding leadership in the alternative fuels and vehicles industry at the 16th Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo 2010.

Chesapeake Energy Recognized for Natural Gas Efforts

DETROIT - The Sustainable Fleet Award was presented to Anthony Foster, Chesapeake's fleet operations manager, at the NAFA Institute & Expo in Detroit.

Global Electric Motorcars Receives Alt-Fuel Award

LAS VEGAS - Chrysler Group Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM) was presented with the 2010 "EV-angelism Award" from the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi) at the group's national conference and expo in Las Vegas.

Funston Named CODA Automotive VP of Fleet and Commercial Sales

SANTA MONICA, CA - David Funston has been appointed to vice president, fleet and commercial sales, for CODA Automotive. He previously worked for American Isuzu Motors and Hyundai Motor America.

CODA Auto Names David Funston as VP of Fleet and Commercial Sales

Funston, an automotive industry veteran with more than two decades of experience in fleet sales development, vehicle remarketing, distribution, logistics and business management, will be responsible for marketing the all-electric CODA sedan to commercial fleet customers.

Comal County Considers Alt-Fuels for Fleet

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX - Comal County commissioners voted May 6 to join the city of New Braunfels, New Braunfels Utilities, and Comal Independent School District in studying the possibility of powering their fleet using alternative fuels.

Navistar International Corporation Resolves Lawsuit Against EPA

WARRENVILLE, IL - The EPA promised to hold a public workshop or hearing to address issues Navistar raised in its federal court appeal of EPA's certification policies for SCR-equipped diesel powered trucks.

Jack Roush hands the keys of a 2010 ROUSH propane-fueled F-250 pickup to AmeriGas Propane, L.P. Chief Executive Officer Gene Bissell.

AmeriGas Adds ROUSH Propane-Powered F-250 To Fleet

LIVONIA, MI - AmeriGas Propane, L.P. Chief Executive Officer Gene Bissell took a tour of the ROUSH Performance vehicle assembly area to see first-hand how the Michigan company is gearing up to convert thousands of gasoline engines in Ford trucks and vans to run on propane.

Airport Shuttles Turn to ROUSH Propane Vans to Meet New Vehicle Restrictions

LIVONIA, MI - Due to a requirement by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to require servicing fleets to run their vehicles on an alternative fuel, companies are turning to ROUSH propane-fueled E-Series vans to meet requirements.

Barley-Based Ethanol Plant to Open Soon in Va.

HOPEWELL, VA - Osage Bio Energy is nearing completion of the country's first major barley-based ethanol and protein feed production facility. The plant's ethanol will be used as a blend in gasoline fuel, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

E15 Issue Continues to Divide Auto & Ethanol Industries

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency's impending decision this summer on whether to grant an E15 waiver request -- a move that would increase the amount of ethanol that could be blended in gasoline from 10 to 15 percent -- continues to stir plenty of debate. The issue essentially pits the ethanol industry against the auto and oil industries.

Eaton, A123 Collaborate on Plug-in Hybrid Truck

WATERTOWN, MA - Eaton Corp. has selected A123 Systems to supply lithium-ion batteries for a hybrid power system to be installed on a Ford F550-based plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

L.A. Port Proposes Tariff Discount for EVs

SAN PEDRO, CA - The Port of Los Angeles said it is pursuing plans to offer a reduced tariff for zero-emission vehicles imported into the United States through the port.

Korean-Based EV Maker to Open Plant in Hawaii

HONOLULU - CT&T, a South Korean-based electric vehicle manufacturer, and the state of Hawaii have signed a memorandum of understanding supporting the automaker's plans to bring a regional assembly and sales facility to the state in the near future.

EV Maker THINK Draws $40 Million Equity Increase

OSLO, NORWAY - Electric vehicle maker THINK said it has completed a US$40 million equity increase to support further product development and planned expansion into North American markets.

Ford Plant in Spain to Build C-MAX Hybrid Models

VALENCIA, SPAIN - Ford Motor Co. said its Valencia plant in Spain will build the company's first hybrid models for European customers. The automaker will produce two advanced technology derivatives of the all-new five-seat Ford C-MAX compact model -- a full hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

 

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