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Awards to Recognize ‘Green’ Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - Automotive Fleet is honoring fleet managers with its second annual Environmental Leadership Awards. The presentation and ceremony will take place at the 2010 Green Fleet Conference Oct. 18-19 in San Diego.

Car Charging Group to Serve EVs in NYC

MIAMI BEACH, FL - Car Charging Group Inc. said it has entered into a pilot agreement with Icon Parking Systems, a parking services provider in Manhattan, to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at select trial locations.

City of Bellevue Adds 31 Hybrids to its Fleet

BELLEVUE, WA - Thirty-one fuel-efficient vehicles have rolled into the City of Bellevue’s fleet, including Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry hybrids. Also as part of its Environmental Stewardship Initiative, the City will acquire 60 more hybrid and electric vehicles next year, to make 35 percent of its light-duty vehicles fuel-efficient models.

Longobart to Share Green Strategies

SAN DIEGO - Rick Longobart, facility, fleet, and central stores manager for the City of Santa Ana, Calif., will share strategies of how two cities (Inglewood, Calif. and Santa Ana, Calif.) overcame the obstacles of economic disparity by changing the paradigms of non-conventional thinking at the Green Fleet Conference.

Verizon Honored for Natural Gas Efforts

NEW YORK - Verizon received a 2010 NGV Achievement Award for its program to add 501 Ford E-250 cargo vans as part of the company-wide sustainability effort to conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to improved air quality.

NYPD Hybrid Patrol Cars Hit the Streets

NEW YORK - A fleet of new, alternative-fuel patrol cars hit New York City on August 18. The New York Police Department outfitted 30 Ford Fusion hybrids as patrol cars, raising the department’s number of alternative-fuel police vehicles to more than 400.

City Considers Adding Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations

LAWRENCE, KS - City of Lawrence commissioners at a recent meeting were asked to apply for up to $250,000 in federal stimulus funds that would create new fueling stations for electric-hybrid cars and also allow the City and Douglas County to add four new electric vehicles to their fleet.

ZAP Delivers Fleet of Electric Trucks

SANTA ROSA, CA - Electric vehicle pioneer ZAP announced that its newest dealer, Alvarez ZAP, has opened in Riverside, Calif., and will be serving commercial and government markets throughout the entire Inland Empire.

Lear Key Supplier for Chevrolet Volt

DETROIT - General Motors has selected automotive parts maker Lear Corp. as the primary supplier of the Chevrolet Volt's chargers and other key parts, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Wheego Electric Cars Spotlighted in Hawaii

HONOLULU - Hawaii Green Energy Outlet, a business that markets green building and energy products, on Aug. 14 demonstrated two upcoming all-electric vehicles manufactured by Wheego Electric Cars, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.

Iowa Lab Meets Higher Biodiesel Testing Standards

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The nonprofit Iowa Central Testing Laboratory in Fort Dodge, Iowa, has raised the bar on biodiesel fuel quality testing, and other labs are likely to follow its lead, according to the National Biodiesel Board.

Four E85 Stations Open in Long Island, N.Y.

WASHINGTON - Growth Energy, an ethanol industry group, has joined forces with Gulf Oil to provide high-level blends of ethanol in Long Island, N.Y.

UL Developing EV Infrastructure Training

NORTHBROOK, IL - Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a world leader in safety testing and certification, has introduced a new initiative to develop and launch electric vehicle installation training programs.

ECOtality to Help Houston Develop EV Infrastructure

SAN FRANCISCO - ECOtality Inc., a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced it has entered into an agreement with Houston to help the city plan for the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Craver Named Co-Chairman of Electric Drive Transportation Assn.

WASHINGTON - The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) board of directors recently elected Edison International Chairman and CEO Theodore F. Craver Jr. as the board's co-chairman.

New A123 Spinoff to Target EV & Grid Markets

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 24M Technologies has launched as a new venture focused on commercializing next-generation energy storage systems that use technology from lithium-ion battery developer A123 Systems and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

AGL Resources, El Paso Corp. Form LNG Venture

ATLANTA - AGL Resources Inc. and El Paso Corp. announced they've signed a joint-venture agreement to distribute liquefied natural gas (LNG) across the southeastern United States to the heavy-duty transportation market, which includes heavy-duty trucks, buses and waste haulers.

PepsiCo Commits to Reducing GHG Emissions

PURCHASE, NY - PepsiCo is committed to an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its global operations, according to the company's recently released sustainability report.

Commercial Hybrid Market to Reach 222,000 Total Units by 2016 in N.A. & Europe Combined

SAN ANTONIO - Incentives and federal grants are expected to propel the adoption of hybrid commercial vehicles in North America and Europe, according to a study by Frost & Sullivan.

Green Fleet Conference to Feature Proven ‘Green’ Strategies

SAN DIEGO - The 2010 Green Fleet Conference will feature environmental fleet leaders highlighting proven strategies other fleets can explore to make their operations "greener" and more efficient.

City of Denton to Build Alt-Fuel Station for Fleet Vehicles

DENTON, TX - The City of Denton Fleet Services Division has been awarded a $599,860 grant from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The City will construct and operate a fuel island that provides alternative fuels for city equipment to help reduce the ozone levels within the North Texas nonattainment counties.

Navy to Add 345 Electric Vehicles

JACKSONVILLE, FL - The local engineering arm of the U.S. Navy plans to cut transportation costs by renting about 345 slow-moving electric vehicles by 2015, bringing its fleet to 750 such vehicles.

CARB Reaches Settlement With Catalytic Converter Firm

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Air Resources Board recently reached a $2 million settlement with Pennsylvania-based Eastern Manufacturing Inc., which was accused of illegally selling uncertified catalytic converters to California businesses and consumers.

BEST Biodiesel Plant Closes in Wisconsin

CASHTON, WI - The BEST BioDiesel Cashton LLC plant has closed, citing financial difficulties since a $1-per-gallon federal tax credit for biodiesel production expired at the end of 2009, the La Crosse Tribune reported.

Energy Bill With Electric & NG Vehicle Funding Fails

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate leaders announced Tuesday, Aug. 3, that they lack the 60 votes necessary to pass an energy bill that proposed billions in funding to promote the use of electric vehicles and natural gas-powered vehicles, the Associated Press reported.

 

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