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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
LIVONIA, MI - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) granted certification approval for the ROUSH propane-powered Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups.
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.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Metro Cab in Michigan has added seven biodiesel-fueled Vokswagen Jettas to its fleet, the Grand Rapids Press reported.
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.
HONG KONG - Chinese automaker BYD Co. said it plans to begin selling electric and hybrid cars in Western Europe next year, Bloomberg reported.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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