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EPA Proposes 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed the 2011 percentage standards for the four fuels categories under the agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program, known as RFS2.

Hybrid Vehicle Conversion Project Gets $1.8M

SOMERVILLE, MA - A start-up company founded by an MIT lecturer and two alumni, has raised $1.8 million to convert fleet vehicles that run on fossil fuels into electric hybrids.

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

DALLAS - The milestones make AT&T's fleet one of the largest CNG vehicle fleets in the U.S.

Chevrolet Volt to Come Standard with 8-Year/100K-Mile Battery Warranty

BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, MI - The Volt's comprehensive battery warranty covers all 161 battery components, 95 percent of which are designed and engineered by General Motors.

SmartWay Verifies Totally Automated Aerodynamic Trailer Technology for CARB Rules

CHAGRIN FALLS, OH - The Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program says fleets installing Aerodynamic Trailer Systems’ new IAS Integrated Automated System (SmartTail with WindTamer) will satisfy stringent California Air Resources Board (CARB) legislation.

Indiana to Convert Vehicles to Alternative Fuels

AVON, IN - A massive effort to convert hundreds of Indiana state vehicles to alternative fuel sources is now under way. The $22.8 million project includes a $10.1 million federal grant.

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Chevrolet Volt Battery Gets Standard Eight-Year, 100,000-Mile Warranty

The Volt’s comprehensive battery warranty covers all 161 battery components, 95 percent of which are designed and engineered by GM, in addition to the thermal management system, charging system and electric drive components.

CNG Process for GM’s Full-Size Vans Nears Completion

The automaker says it will deliver CNG-powered Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans to fleet customers starting this fall.

Coulomb Technologies Unveils EV Charging Station in New York City

Coulomb plans to install hundreds of free ChargePoint Network EV charging stations for public and home charging throughout the city for use by individual vehicle owners and by fleets.

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Honda Civic GX and FCX Clarity Retain <br> California HOV Lane Access Until 2015

Under a new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2011, an unlimited number of HOV lane access stickers will be issued to eligible inherently low emission vehicles, including the Honda Civic GX and FCX Clarity.

City of San Francisco Supplements Fleet with Car Sharing

The city of San Francisco's arrangement with City CarShare provides the city with a way to manage a smaller vehicle fleet, with lower purchase and maintenance costs, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Ind. Shifts More Vehicles to Alt-Fuels

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has launched a major alternative fuel vehicle conversion project that includes the conversion of about 900 vehicles as well as infrastructure improvements.

Mass. Places Biodiesel Mandate on Hold

BOSTON - The Massachusetts B2 biodiesel mandate, scheduled to go into effect this month, has been suspended indefinitely by state officials, Biodiesel Magazine reported.

Ford Selects Supplier for Electric Focus Batteries

DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Co. has chosen Compact Power Inc., a subsidiary of Korean battery maker LG Chem, to supply lithium-ion battery packs for an electrified version of the Ford Focus, the Associated Press reported.

GM's CNG Vans Available in Fall

DETROIT - General Motors has finalized the production process for its compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, anticipating delivery to fleet customers starting this fall.

Calif. Grants to Help 'Green' Heavy-Duty Truck Fleets

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Air Resources Board said it has $28 million in grants available through its Voucher Incentive Program (VIP) to help independent truckers and small fleet owners replace or retrofit older, high-polluting diesel trucks ahead of California's regulatory deadlines.

Houston's Central Parking Installs EV Chargers

CAMPBELL, CA - Coulomb Technologies announced that six ChargePoint networked charging stations for electric vehicles are now installed at six Central Parking Systems parking garages in downtown Houston.

Ethanol Industry Calls for New Legislation

MONROE, WI - Representatives of the ethanol industry on July 13 gathered in front of Badger State Ethanol to call for public policy changes aimed at promoting the use of the alternative fuel.

Tesla Readies Prototypes for Toyota

DETROIT - As part of Tesla Motors' cooperative efforts with Toyota, the California-based electric vehicle maker confirmed plans to deliver two EV prototypes based on existing Toyota models this month, the Wall Street Journal reported.

GE Introduces EV Charger

SAN FRANCISCO - GE is introducing the GE WattStation, an electric vehicle charger designed to help accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles.

Green Fleet Conference to Host Ride & Drive Event

TORRANCE, CA - For the first time this year, attendees will be able to test drive new alt-fuel vehicles from the industry’s leading manufacturers.

Natural Gas to Make its Way to New York Fleets

NEW YORK - New York State's Office of General Services has awarded a three-year contract to Empire Coachworks to supply alternative fuel vehicles to all municipal and government agencies in the State of New York.

Lexington to Eliminate Lead Wheel Weights

LEXINGTON, KY - Mayor Jim Newberry announced the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services and the Division of Facilities and Fleet Management will begin eliminating the use of lead wheel weights on city vehicles.

Graph 1: Factors of Concern Regarding Plug-In Electric Vehicles

Donlen Announces Plug-in Electric Vehicle Survey Results; Launches New Cost Calculator

NORTHBROOK, IL - Nearly 65 percent of survey respondents were not likely to purchase a plug-in hybrid vehicle. Sixty percent of respondents felt they didn’t have enough data to make an informed decision about purchasing plug-in electric vehicles, and Donlen has built the Electric Vehicle Cost Calculator to help customers make better decisions about plug-in vehicles.

EU Emissions Regulations Expected to Drive Rise in Green Vehicles

LONDON - Business analysis group Datamonitor expects green vehicles on European roads to increase to 3.2 percent by 2015. Emission norms and government regulations will be the driving force behind this growth.

 

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