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Assn. to Promote EV Charging Standards

TOKYO - Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi are among the companies that have formed the CHAdeMO Association, a group focused on increasing quick-charger installations worldwide for electric vehicles. The association will promote standardization of EV charging systems.

Green Truck Assn. Set to Launch

ST. LOUIS, MO - The National Truck Equipment Association has formed a new affiliate division, the Green Truck Association, to help fleets, manufacturers and others stay informed about regulatory and industry developments.

GM's Fuel Cell System Shrinks in Size, Cost

BURBANK, CA - General Motors Co. said it is testing a production-intent hydrogen fuel cell system that can be packaged in the space of a traditional four-cylinder engine and be ready for commercial production in 2015.

Senate Passes Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on March 10 restored the $1 a gallon biodiesel tax credit when the legislators voted 62-36 to pass the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act, Biofuels Digest reported.

EPA Salutes Nissan's Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named Nissan a 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year, recognizing the automaker's achievements in energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Nissan: 500,000 Electric Cars by 2012

TOKYO - Nissan is planning for a production capacity of 500,000 Leaf electric cars in North America, Japan and Europe by 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Renewable Energy Group Expands Biodiesel Capacity

AMES, IA - Renewable Energy Group (REG) said it has completed the asset purchase and consolidation agreements with commercial-scale biodiesel plants in Newton, Iowa, and Danville, Ill.

Toyota Disputes Account of San Diego Prius Driver

SAN DIEGO, CA - Toyota said Monday, March 15, that its preliminary test results on a 2008 Prius, which was allegedly involved in an unintended-acceleration episode last week near San Diego, were inconsistent with the driver's account.

Altech-Eco Obtains $4K Tax Credit Approval for Natural Gas Car

ASHEVILLE, NC - Altech-Eco Corporation of Asheville, N.C., has obtained approval from the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the first Year-2010 Ford Focus to receive a $4,000 Federal Income Tax Credit designation.

ServiceMaster Director of Fleet Engineering Shares Alt-Fuel Strategies

ST. LOUIS - James Steffen, director of fleet engineering and technical support for Memphis-based ServiceMaster, recently shared his insights at a two-day meeting of fleet operators interested in new fuel technologies.

Lutz: Hybrids & Electrics are Future, U.S. to Profit on GM’s Loan Pay Back

DETROIT - According to General Motors Vice President Bob Lutz, a major portion of the automaker's truck and SUVs will be gasoline-electric hybrids and GM will pay back its bailout loan at a profit for U.S. taxpayers.

United Natural Foods Fleet to Adopt Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

PROVIDENCE, RI - A total of 65 GenDrive fuel cell-powered lift trucks will be mobilized at United Natural Foods' Sarasota distribution facility, with a targeted completion date in June.

City of Spokane Fleet to Run on Re-refined Oil

SPOKANE, WA - City of Spokane officials recently announced that the city's 1,400 vehicles will now be running on re-refined motor oil, a product made from waste oil, according to The Spokesman-Review.

Bright Automotive Partners With U.S. Postal Service

Bright Automotive will retrofit a standard USPS Long Life Vehicle (LLV) with its integrated electric drive train, and place the vehicle in service for one year in the Washington, D.C. area.

Formation of New Green Truck Association Announced at Green Truck Summit

ST. LOUIS - The formation of a new affiliate division, the Green Truck Association (GTA) was announced at the Green Truck Summit at the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA).

ROUSH Propane-Powered Ford F-250

Roush Propane-Powered Ford F-250 & F-350 Pickups Granted CARB Approval

LIVONIA, MI - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) granted certification approval for the ROUSH propane-powered Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups.

Toyota, NHTSA to Investigate Runaway Prius

SAN DIEGO, CA - Toyota Motor Corp. and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration both dispatched teams on Tuesday, March 9, to inspect a Prius that sped out of control on a freeway in the San Diego area a day earlier, Reuters reported.

Metro Cab Adds Biodiesel-Fueled Jettas

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Metro Cab in Michigan has added seven biodiesel-fueled Vokswagen Jettas to its fleet, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

Cummins Settles With EPA

COLUMBUS, IN - Engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. last month agreed to pay a $2.1 million penalty and recall 405 engines under a settlement agreement aimed at resolving Clean Air Act violations, the Wall Street Journal reported.

BYD to Sell EVs, Hybrids in Europe

HONG KONG - Chinese automaker BYD Co. said it plans to begin selling electric and hybrid cars in Western Europe next year, Bloomberg reported.

Homebuilder Offers Pre-wire Option for EV Charging

LOS ANGELES - KB Home, a major American homebuilder, announced it will begin offering an option to pre-wire its new custom homes to accommodate charging stations for homeowners' electric vehicles.

Maryland's EV Program Draws $1M in Grants

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The state of Maryland launched a program this week that offers $1 in grants to further the use of electric vehicles, the Baltimore Business Journal reported.

Lexus Launches Hybrid Marketing Campaign

TORRANCE, CA - For the first time, Lexus has launched a marketing campaign that showcases all four of the brand's hybrid vehicles currently in market: the RX 400h, GS 450h, LS 600h and HS 250h.

Mitsubishi, Peugeot Finalize Electric Car Agreement

TOKYO, JAPAN - Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said on Tuesday, March 8, that it had reached a final agreement with PSA Peugeot Citroen on development and supply of a new electric vehicle for the European market.

Ford Transit Connect Electric

AT&T Lead Customer for Ford Transit Connect Electric

ST. LOUIS, MO - Azure Dynamics Corporation announced AT&T agreed to purchase two of the first Ford Transit Connect Electric vans, the latest addition to AT&T's growing fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles.


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