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GM & Bright Automotive Partner for Plug-In Hybrid Van

DETROIT and ANDERSON, IN - Bright Automotive and General Motors Co. announced Aug. 3 they have agreed to pursue a strategic relationship. GM has provided $5 million in funding to the Indiana automaker, the first funding action by the newly formed General Motors Ventures LLC.

Schwan’s Propane Fleet Gets Makeover

MARSHALL, MN - Schwan's Home Service, a direct-to-home food delivery business with the largest propane fleet in the U.S., gave its fleet a makeover with brighter coloring and bigger logos.

Tight Budgets Expected to Stem Agencies' Vehicle Purchases

WASHINGTON - New federal vehicle purchases likely will stay the same or decline in coming years as agencies struggle with declining budgets and new requirements to green their fleets.

Columbus Adds Solar Panels to Fleet Maintenance Facility

COLUMBUS, OH - Columbus City Council recently passed legislation that calls for Westerville, Ohio-based SolarVision to install and operate solar panels on the roof of the city's fleet maintenance center.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 HYBRID and ML450 HYBRID SUV Overview

MONTVALE, NJ - Mercedes-Benz offers two hybrid models for the 2011 model-year - the S400 HYBRID premium luxury sedan and the ML450 HYBRID sport/utility vehicle.

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GS 450h Offers V8-Like Performance with Low Emissions

TORRANCE, CA - After receiving stylish exterior changes in 2010, the GS 450h enters the 2011 model-year as one a refined hybrid luxury sport sedan with a myriad of convenience features.

Largest Flex-Fuel Fleet in US Welcomes E-85 Station

NORFOLK, VA - The Naval Station Norfolk and Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), along with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Protec Fuel, welcomed the opening of an E-85 fueling station in Norfolk, Va., with a ribbon cutting grand opening ceremony on July 30. The station now provides fuel to the Navy fleet and city fleets, as well as the public.

GM Bolsters Volt Production Plans

DETROIT, MI - General Motors on July 30 revealed it was increasing U.S. production capacity of the Chevrolet Volt by 50 percent -- from 30,000 units to 45,000 units -- in 2012.

Spartanburg County Retrofits Trucks to Reduce Diesel Emissions

SPARTANBURG, SC - Spartanburg County took its first step on July 27 in improving the air quality of its diesel truck fleet. When the work is complete, nine on-road diesel trucks — 13 percent of the county's on-road diesel fleet — will be retrofitted with a filter and electric heater system that reduces particulate emissions.

GM Announces Pricing on 2011 Chevrolet Volt

The Volt's MSRP will start at $41,000 ($33,500 net of the full federal tax credit, which ranges from $0-$7,500) including a destination freight charge of $720.

Five States to Get Initial Nissan LEAF Vehicles in December

The all-electric vehicles will be available to customers in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee, who represent more than 55 percent of total Nissan LEAF reservations.

PG&E to Deploy First Extended Range Electric Fleet Trucks

PG&E expects to take delivery of the first two E-REV fleet trucks, which are modified with Raser's E-REV powertrain for initial testing and demonstration, before the end of 2010.

Schwan’s Propane Fleet Gets Makeover

The company said 90 percent of its 6,000 trucks run on propane, a cleaner burning fuel that results in less engine emission contaminants.

Georgia Cities and Counties Benefit from Commute Option

ATLANTA - With various public sector employers facing financial challenges, government employers are implementing new strategies to save money. In Georgia, cities and counties are seeing benefits from alternative work arrangements, idling reduction, and a commute options program, according to the Atlanta-based Clean Air Campaign.

Obama Expands Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target for Federal Operations

WASHINGTON - President Obama announced July 20 that the federal government will reduce greenhouse gas pollution from indirect sources, such as employee travel and commuting, by 13 percent by 2020.

Twelve medium- and heavy-duty utility service vehicles will be equipped with the Terex HyPower Hybrid System.

Terex Utilities Receives Grant from California Energy Commission

WATERTOWN, SD - The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently announced approval of nearly $500,000 in funds for a California Terex HyPower Hybrid retrofit project. The project, scheduled to be completed in January 2012, will retrofit 12 medium- and heavy-duty utility service vehicles with the Terex HyPower Hybrid System.

Future GM Models to Provide GHG-Friendly Air Conditioning

WARREN, MI - General Motors announced it will introduce a new greenhouse gas-friendly air-conditioning refrigerant in 2013 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models in the U.S., which will help GM meet the overall requirements of the EPA's new motor vehicle greenhouse gas regulations.

Five States to Get Initial Nissan LEAF Vehicles in December

FRANKLIN, TN - Starting in December, the first Nissan LEAF models will be available in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Tennessee -- states home to The EV Project - the largest electric vehicle and infrastructure deployment ever undertaken.

PG&E to Deploy First Extended Range Electric Fleet Trucks

SAN JOSE, CA - Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) will be the first company in the U.S. to take delivery of Raser Technologies' new extended range electric (E-REV) fleet trucks, designed to achieve an average of 100 miles per gallon.

REG Acquires Tellurian Biodiesel

LOS ANGELES - Renewable Energy Group, headquartered in Ames, Iowa, is acquiring Tellurian Biodiesel Inc., a California-based biodiesel company and marketer, and American BDF LLC (ABDF).

Chevrolet Begins Taking Volt Orders

SAN JOSE, CA - Starting today, participating Chevrolet dealers in launch markets will begin taking customer orders for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

LAZ Parking Locations to Provide EV Charging

MIAMI BEACH, FL - Car Charging Group Inc. said it has partnered with a national parking company, LAZ Parking NY/NJ LLC, to provide charging stations for electric vehicles at LAZ Parking locations throughout the New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas.

Rothsay Biodiesel's Own Fleet Shows Fuel's Reliability

GULEPH, ONTARIO, CANADA - Rothsay Biodiesel, a division of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., said that its program to fuel its own fleets with biodiesel blends reduced carbon output by approximately 700 metric tons in 2009 -- the equivalent to removing approximately 130 cars from the road.

UC Berkeley to Study EV Market Barriers

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Energy Commission has awarded $2.5 million for research projects tackling a range of issues including climate change, electric fuel and energy storage.

Cellular Connectivity Coming to EV Charging

SAN DIEGO - Qualcomm Inc. and ECOtality Inc. have entered into an agreement to implement cellular connectivity into electric vehicle charging stations.



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