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SK Energy to Provide EV Batteries for Hyundai, Kia

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SK Energy said it has reached a deal to supply rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors for electric vehicles, Reuters reported.

Researchers to Evaluate Secondary Uses for EV Batteries

GOLDEN, CO - The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is preparing to kick off a three-year study on secondary uses for end-of-life lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries from plug-in hybrid electric and other electric vehicles.

Senate Committee Passes EV & Loan Program Bills

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week approved a $3.6 billion bill aimed at promoting the use of electric vehicles.

Calif. to Extend HOV Privileges for Zero-Emission Vehicles

SACRAMENTO, CA - A new California law extends -- through the end of 2014 -- car pool lane access for qualifying alternative-fuel vehicles even when the driver is traveling alone.

Mark Fields, executive vice president of Ford Motor Co. and president of The Americas, said the new Explorer “changes everything while compromising absolutely nothing.”

Ford Unveils All-New 2011 Ford Explorer

VENICE, CA - The all-new, 2011 Ford Explorer was revealed July 26 in Venice Beach, Calif. Automotive journalists and dealers had the opportunity to see first-hand the highly publicized SUV.

Best Buy Plans for ‘Greener’ Fleet

RICHFIELD, MN - Reducing miles traveled, implementing an anti-idling policy, and right-sizing its fleet are just a few of the environmental efforts highlighted in Best Buy's annual sustainability report for fiscal 2010.

Nearly 3,000 Fleet Drivers Compete in ‘Green’ Challenge

DES PLAINES, IL - Forty-one different corporate fleets from a range of North American companies were represented in Wheels, Inc.'s EcoWheels Green Driver Challenge. The ten-week program enlisted 2,970 corporate fleet vehicle drivers to pledge to incorporate sustainable driving habits into their daily routines.

UPS Raises Fleet Fuel Efficiency Goal 20% by 2020

ATLANTA - UPS has set a new automotive goal to improve the miles per gallon performance of its entire U.S. package delivery fleet by 20 percent between 2000 and 2020.

Alt-Fuel Workshop Includes Test Drive of Propane-Fueled F-250

WASHINGTON - PERC and the other members of the Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance continued their nationwide training program on alternative fuel at a workshop for fleet managers on July 23 in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Palm Springs Receives $60,000 Grant for Electric Vehicle Pilot Program

PALM SPRINGS, CA - The City of Palm Springs announced on July 21 its Office of Sustainability has received at $60,000 grant from the Coachella Valley Air Quality Enhancement Grant Program for a new Electric Vehicle Pilot Program.

St. Joseph County Mulls Changing Buy-American Policy

SOUTH BEND, IN - Two 2010 Priuses made in Japan have been at the center of a debate about whether St. Joseph County should purchase vehicles made outside the United States. The decision on whether or not to purchase the vehicles now rests with the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners.

Base Price on Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Same as Gas Model

DEARBORN, MI - The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid will have an MSRP starting at a base price of $35,180, including destination and delivery, which matches the MSRP of its conventional gas sibling.

2011 Ford Explorer 30% More Fuel-Efficient

DEARBORN, MI - The new Explorer, arriving in showrooms later this year, has a reduced vehicle weight compared to the previous model. Extensive use of lighter and stronger high-strength steels add durability while saving weight.

Stanford University & Google to Test Honda EVs

TORRANCE, CA - Starting at the end of this year, Honda will roll out a battery-electric vehicle demonstration program in the U.S. with Stanford University, Google Inc., and the City of Torrance, Calif., as its first participants.

Biofuel Industry Critical of Massachusetts’ Mandate Delay

State mandate would require retailers to blend biofuel into the diesel and home heating oil they sell.

Tesla Motors and Toyota Partner to Develop Electric Version of RAV4

With an aim to market the EV in the United States in 2012, prototypes will be made combining the Toyota RAV4 model with a Tesla electric powertrain.

Honda to Sell Plug-In Electrics

But the automaker says the vehicles are just a step toward hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

AT&T Rolls Out 2,000th Alt-Fuel Vehicle & 1,500th CNG Vehicle

The milestones are part of the company’s $565 million planned investment announced in March 2009 to replace more than 15,000 fleet vehicles with alternative-fuel models through 2018.

Moline Fleet Recognized by City Officials for Best Fleets Ranking

MOLINE, IL - Fleet manager J.D. Schulte and his staff were honored by City of Moline Committee-of-the-Whole on Tuesday for their No. 10 ranking of top public sector fleets, announced at the recent Government Fleet Expo & Conference in Austin, Texas.

Portland Passes Electric Vehicle Policy

PORTLAND, OR - The Portland City Council unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday to enact a new plan for electric vehicles that includes supportive city policies for electric cars as well as purchasing electric vehicles for the city's fleet.

EPA and CARB Present Proposals to Reconsider 2010 SCR Engine Certification Requirements

EL MONTE, CA - Navistar International Corp. announced the U.S. EPA and CARB presented preliminary proposals aimed at the compliance loopholes found in current 2010 liquid-based SCR systems.

Isuzu Begins Production of First-in-Class Engines to Meet 2010 Standards

ANAHEIM, CA - Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of low-cab-forward trucks, announced that production has begun of the U.S. market's first and only low-cab-forward medium-duty diesel engines to meet the newest and strictest emissions standards.

EPA Awards More than $1 Million to Reduce Diesel Emissions to the Port of Corpus Christi Authority

DALLAS - To improve air quality and reduce emissions from in-use diesel engines, the EPA awarded more than $1 million to reduce diesel emissions to the Port of Corpus Christi Authority.

Continental's Regional Steer Tire Family Now Verified by SmartWay

FORT MILL, SC - The entire regional steer tire family of products from Continental Tire the Americas, LLC is added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership's list of verified fuel savings technologies.

VW Plans Hybrid & EV Models

PALO ALTO, CA - Volkswagen AG Chairman Martin Winterkorn said the automaker plans to launch a hybrid version of its Touareg SUV in the U.S. later this year, the Wall Street Journal reported.

 

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