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Minnesota’s Use of E-85 Up 25%

ST. PAUL, MN - According to the American Lung Association of Minnesota, the SmartFleet Committee estimates the 2,500 flexible fuel vehicles used 816,568 gallons of E-85 in 2009, up from 650,036 gallons used in 2008.

Long Island Power Authority Adds Two Hybrid Bucket Trucks to Fleet

UNIONDALE, NY - With the new additions, Long Island Power Authority expects to save 1,400 gallons of fuel per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 10-15 tons per truck annually.

DTE Energy Donates Hybrid Truck to Forgotten Harvest

DETROIT - Forgotten Harvest was one of 57 nonprofit agencies awarded grant money as part of a partnership with DTE Energy Foundation.

Cummins Announces Multi-Year Agreement with Chrysler Group LLC

Cummins will supply 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel engines for Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks.

Mass. to Get Preview of Nissan Leaf

BOSTON - The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will sign a memorandum of understanding with Nissan North America, Inc., beginning a non-exclusive partnership to explore ways to expand electric vehicle use in Massachusetts.

Illinois DOT Recognized for Green Efforts

SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has been recognized for its progress in 2009 to become a more sustainable agency.

Grand Junction City Approves New CNG Truck Purchases

GRAND JUNCTION, CO - The new compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks will be the first four CNG vehicles in the City's fleet, and is the first stage in the City moving toward CNG and away from foreign oil dependency.

City of Ann Arbor Sets Out to Cut Petroleum Use by 30%

ANN ARBOR, MI - With a goal of reducing its fleet's petroleum reduction by 10 percent by 2012, the City's Green Fleets program has more than exceeded its original goal and has set a new goal to achieve a 30 percent reduction goal by the end of 2010.

Daimler Trucks North America Partners with Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls for Diesel Retrofit Control Systems

PORTLAND, OR - Daimler Trucks North America LLC announced a partnership with Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls, LLC, to be the exclusive North American (excluding California) provider of Cleaire retrofit emission control systems.

$1.4B Loan to Help Nissan Build Leaf EV

WASHINGTON - Energy Sec. Steven Chu announced that the Department of Energy has closed a $1.4 billion loan agreement with Nissan North America to help retool a Nissan Tennessee manufacturing plant to produce Nissan Leaf electric cars and the lithium-ion battery packs to power them.

Yellow Cab Chicago's Parent Co. Awards CNG Fuel Contract

SEAL BEACH, CA - Taxi Affiliation Services (TAS), which operates Yellow Cab Chicago, has awarded Clean Energy Fuels Corp. a new 10-year contract to build and operate two new CNG fueling stations and sell fuel to the company's growing CNG taxi fleet.

Long Beach Fined for Underground Tank Violations

LONG BEACH, CA - The California Water Resources Control Board said Jan. 26 it has reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the city of Long Beach for violation of regulations governing the storage of petroleum and waste oil in underground tanks, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Plug-in Hybrid Bus Comes to CA School District

VENTURA, CA - The Ventura Unified School District on Jan. 26 unveiled its new $200,000 plug-in hybrid electric school bus that will be used to transport students.

ThyssenKrupp Improves Fuel Efficiency with Transit Connects

With 90 Ford Transit Connects on the road and another 50 on order, ThyssenKrupp Elevator may eventually replace its 1,500 current cargo vans with the Transit Connect models.

New Fuel-Efficiency Gauge Available from Chrysler Dealers

SYCAMORE, IL - Auto Meter Products Inc.'s OBD-II fuel efficiency gauge, Ecometer, has been tested, validated and launched as a Mopar Accessory at all Chrysler dealerships nationwide.

AALA Pens Accord with Leading Fuel, Transportation Organizations

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA) has established a working accord with Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and UPS to help advance opportunities and markets for natural gas and other alternative fuel vehicles.

Altech-Eco Draws EPA Certification for CNG System

ASHEVILLE, NC - Altech-Eco Corp. in North Carolina said it has obtained a Certificate of Conformity (COC) from the EPA for its dedicated 2010 Ford Focus compressed natural gas (CNG) conversion system.

Tesla Plans Initial Public Offering

PALO ALTO, CA - Tesla Motors Inc. announced it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock.

EDF Video Offers Tips to Cut Costs & Carbon Pollution

WASHINGTON - Environmental Defense Fund's (EDF) video, titled The Power of Scale, visually depicts how small actions done by many can result in big changes for the corporate bottom line and the health of the planet.

Volvo V70 and S80 Now with CO2 Emissions Below 120 g/km

GOTEBORG, SWEDEN - The environmentally conscious Volvo customer can now buy a diesel-powered Volvo V70 or S80 with CO2 emissions as low as 119 g/km - corresponding to fuel consumption of just 4.5 l/100 km.

San Antonio Police Pair Up in Cars to Save Money

SAN ANTONIO - In an effort to cut costs, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus initiated a three-phase plan to take 74 patrol cars off the streets and save more than $1.05 million.

ACUA Expects Savings with Electric-Powered Pickup

EGG HARBOR TWP, NJ - The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) unveiled a zero-emission electric Ford Ranger pickup truck for its light-duty fleet.

California Revs Up Plug-In Hybrid Trial Project

SACRAMENTO - In an effort to study plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) performance, the California Department of General Services will take part in a two-year experiment to determine the benefits of driving PHEVs.

NAFA Requests a Restoration of the Federal Tax Credit for Biodiesel

PRINCETON, NJ - NAFA Fleet Management Association is urging fleet management professionals to write their local Senators in support of extending the tax credit for biodiesel, which expired December 31, 2009.

Mich. Lawmakers Propose 40% Diesel Tax Increase

LANSING, MI - Michigan lawmakers have proposed a 6-cent increase in the state's diesel tax to help pay for road improvements.


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