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Nissan LEAF Order Specification Phase Begins

NASHVILLE - Nissan North America Inc. announced the start of order specification for MY 2011 Nissan LEAF customers who have placed a reservation online. Consumers will now be able to choose the color and trim level of their Nissan LEAF.

Ridenour to Become UQM Technologies CEO in Dec.

LONGMONT, CO - UQM Technologies Inc., a developer of alternative energy technologies, has appointed Eric Ridenour, former chief operating officer of the Chrysler Group, to the position of president and chief operating officer. Ridenour will join UQM on Sept. 1 and later assume the position of CEO on Dec. 1, the company said.

Study: Regulations Will Drive LPG/CNG Vehicle Market

LONDON - According to a new study, stringent carbon dioxide (CO2) emission norms, government regulations, and ecological standards will be the key drivers for the growth of liquefied petroleum gas/compressed natural gas (LPG/CNG) vehicles in developed countries, particularly in the European Union (EU).

Calif. Carpool Lane Perks Expanded for 'Green' Cars

SACRAMENTO, CA - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Aug. 30 signed into law a measure expanding the list of low-emission cars that qualify for permits to use carpool lanes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

ATA to Appeal Latest 'Clean Trucks' Ruling in L.A.

LOS ANGELES - A federal judge ruled Aug. 26 that the Port of Los Angeles can fully implement its Clean Trucks Program, including a controversial provision that restricts the types of truckers that can enter port terminals, the Daily Breeze newspaper reported.

Pricing Announced for CNG Express & Savana Vans

DETROIT - The fully integrated and dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) option, available this fall for Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, will be priced at $15,910 MSRP.

EV-Charge America Station Opens in Nashville

NASHVILLE - A new electric vehicle charging station opened for business Aug. 27 in Nashville, the Tennessean newspaper reported.

Ford Partners With Seattle to Prepare for EVs

SEATTLE - Ford Motor Co. and the city of Seattle on Aug. 26 announced a partnership to help prepare the city for the operation of electric vehicles.

Two Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids will operate as part of the San Francisco City fleet in order to demonstrate the viability of plug-in hybrid technology.

San Francisco Tests New Plug-In Hybrids

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced August 25 a partnership between the City and Toyota to pilot the company’s Prius plug-in hybrid demonstration program vehicles.

Georgia Ports Study Shows Benefits of Diesel Additive

SAVANNAH, GA - The Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced earlier this month that its diesel additive study yielded a 5-percent reduction in fuel consumption as well as drastically decreased emissions.

The City of Santa Monica, Calif., uses one of two all-electric, medium-duty trucks manufactured by Southern Calif.-based ZeroTruck.

Santa Monica’s All-Electric Truck Displayed at NAFA Chapter Meeting

CERRITOS, CA - Attendees at the Aug. 24 NAFA Pacific Southwest Chapter meeting in Cerritos, Calif., had the opportunity to take a ride in the City of Santa Monica, Calif.’s all-electric medium-duty truck, manufactured by Southern Calif.-based ZeroTruck.

The Ford Transit Connect and Ford E-Series van are joining Geek Squad as part of Best Buy's continuing efforts to build a more fuel-efficient fleet and streamlined transportation system.

Best Buy Orders 1,000+ Transit Connects & E-Series Vans

RICHFIELD, MN - Best Buy's Geek Squad fleet will soon take delivery of 290 Ford Transit Connect compact utility vans and 738 Ford E-Series vans as part of the company's continuing efforts to build a more fuel-efficient fleet and streamlined transportation system.

Lexington County Plans Idling Reduction Policy

LEXINGTON, SC - A plan outlined August 24 to the Lexington County, S.C., Council would limit vehicle idling to 10 minutes for its fleet of 667 cars and trucks, with exceptions for emergencies and library bookmobiles.

Toyota to Offer Pedestrian-Alert Device in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN - Toyota Motor Corp. announced that on Aug. 30 it will begin selling in Japan an onboard device designed to alert pedestrians and others audibly to the presence of a quiet vehicle, such as a gasoline-electric hybrid.

Enterprise, Ala., Opens Biodiesel Facility

ENTERPRISE, AL - The city of Enterprise, Ala., on Aug. 12 celebrated the opening of its new biodiesel facility that will produce fuel for certain city vehicles, the Enterprise Ledger reported.

Kettering University Unveils Biomethane Truck

FLINT, MI - Kettering University and officials from Swedish Biogas International unveiled Flint's first biomethane fuel truck during an Aug. 19 ceremony on campus.

Vermont Biodiesel Plant Shuttered

SWANTON, VT - A major biodiesel plant in Vermont, operated by Biocardel, has closed for business. The company cited financial difficulties arising from the expiration of the federal tax credit, the Times Argus reported.

BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Rebrands as BlueFire Renewables

IRVINE, CA - BlueFire Ethanol Fuels announced that the company has changed its name to BlueFire Renewables Inc.

MIT Exploring EV Rapid-Charging Technology

CAMBRIDGE, MA - A team of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is busy testing a rapid-recharging system for electric vehicles, the MIT News Office reported.

Verizon, L.A. School District Among NGV Award Winners

BOSTON - This year's recipients of NGV Achievement Awards include Verizon, Choice Environmental Services and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Ford, Portland General Electric Prepare Oregon for EVs

PORTLAND, OR - Ford Motor Co. and Portland General Electric announced a collaboration to help prepare the city of Portland and the Pacific Northwest for the operation of electric vehicles.

AT&T’s Hybrid Fleet Continues to Grow in Michigan

KALAMAZOO, MI - AT&T continues to green its nationwide fleet, now replacing five of its Kalamazoo, Mich., vehicles with Toyota Prius models, typically being used by sales people and managers who work with network technicians.

EI Group Adds New Alt-Fuel Vehicles to Fleet

MORRISVILLE, NC - The EI Group, Inc. (EI), an environmental, health and safety consulting firm, announced it has revamped its corporate fleet with four new E-85 capable 2010 Chevrolet HHR panel vehicles.

Refuse Fleets Honored for Natural Gas Efforts

WASHINGTON - Choice Environmental Services of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Republic Services, Inc., were among the recipients of the 2010 National NGV Achievement Awards from NGVAmerica and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation.

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.

 

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