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City of Austin Expects Savings with Car-Sharing Program

AUSTIN, TX - The six-month pilot program is essentially a barter agreement in which car2go receives on-street parking spaces in exchange for City of Austin employees' use of car2go vehicles for City business purposes. There is no exchange of revenue.

W. Va. Governor Wants to Consolidate State Fleet

CHARLESTON, WV - A series of audits revealing the state spends $60 to $70 million a year on its fleet are contributing factors to Gov. Joe Manchin's proposed legislation to consolidate and centralize the state's vehicle fleet.

Kenworth Expands Product Line

KIRKLAND, WA- Kenworth Truck Company is expanding its industry-leading product line with the introduction of the Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine for the Kenworth T800 short hood and W900S models.

Calif. Pledges $11 Million for Clean-Diesel Trucks

SACRAMENTO - A potential shut-down of the Port of Oakland by harbor truck drivers was averted Jan. 4 when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) pledged to give truckers $11 million in grant money to meet new emissions standards.

New Emission Testing Standards for Georgia

ATLANTA --- Beginning in 2010, model year vehicles 1986 to 2007 are required to meet emission testing standards in Georgia. Georgia's Clean Air Force (GCAF) has announced its guidelines for the 2010 Enhanced Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Program.

New CA Requirements for Auto Refrigerant

SACRAMENTO, CA --- In 2010, California's home-based mechanics will see changes to small containers of R-134a, a compound used to recharge automobile air-conditioning systems and a potent greenhouse gas.

Volvo Trucks Develops Dual-Fuel Engines in Europe

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN --- Volvo Trucks said it will be the first truck manufacturer with an efficient diesel engine fueled by a mixture of methane gas and diesel.

First Volt Battery Pack to be Assembled This Week

DETROIT --- General Motors Co. will start assembling the first lithium-ion battery pack for its Chevrolet Volt electric car on Thursday, Jan. 7, at a ceremony attended by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

Ford to Test EVs in Germany

DEARBORN, MI --- Ford Motor Co. will launch a two-year test program of electric-powered Focus cars and Transit Connect vans in Germany this week, Bloomberg reported.

Electric Car Production Coming to Indiana

OSLO, NORWAY --- Electric vehicle manufacturer Think Global announced plans to start production of its Think City electric car in Elkhart County, Indiana, for sale in the North American market.

GE Capital Fleet Services Hosts Environmental Performance Webinar

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN. - GE Capital Fleet Services will host an Electric Vehicles and the Smart Grid webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, as part of its Environmental Performance webinar series.

Biodiesel Industry Suffers as Tax Credit Ends

OKLAHOMA CITY - With the expiration of a federal tax credit that provided makers of biodiesel $1 for every gallon, some U.S. biodiesel producers say they will shut down without the government subsidy.

Location Set for 2010 Green Fleet Conference

TORRANCE, CA - The 2010 Green Fleet Conference, scheduled for Oct. 18-19, will be held at the Towne & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.

City of Greensburg Lacks Take-Home Policy

GREENSBURG, PA - Although no set policy exists for government vehicles taken home by seven employees, the city's administrator said workers know the vehicles are for business use only.

City of Austin to Install CNG Station at Airport

AUSTIN, TX - The City of Austin has awarded a 10-year contract to Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to design, build, and maintain a new public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station located adjacent to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

BMW: What to Do Next with Electric Mini Test

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ - There are about 600 pure electric versions of BMW's Mini running around. The German automaker is now about six months into its test of how the electrics will hold up in real-world consumer tests.

Nominations Open for 2010 Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CA - Automotive Fleet magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Award. Deadline to submit is Jan. 15.

EPA Releases New Mobile Source Emissions Model

WASHINGTON - An updated version of the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) model - MOVES2010 - is now available for use to estimate air pollution from cars, trucks, and other on-road mobile sources.

Audi to Launch Hybrid Q5

Audi confirmed it will launch five new models in 2010: the A1, A7, A8, R8 Spyder and the Q5 Hybrid.

Top 2009 News: Washington D.C. Saves $300k+ in 4 Months

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., the first city in the country to adopt Zipcar's new FastFleet system, estimates it has saved more than $300,000 during a four-month pilot.

Top 2009 News: Boone County Seeks to Improve Operations with GPS

COLUMBIA, MO – The County expects to save money on fuel and resources by tracking vehicles and reducing overlap in activity, reported the Columbia Tribune.

Top 2009 News: 2009 100 Best Winners Announced

TORRANCE, CA – The award ceremony took place at the 2009 Government Fleet Expo & Conference, held June 8-10 in Denver with Hillsborough County earning the No. 1 spot.

Top 2009 News: Chrysler Reveals All-New Electric Minivan Concepts to USPS

WASHINGTON – Chrysler revealed four all-electric Chrysler Town & Country minivan concepts to the U.S. Postal Service as part of the USPS Earth Day celebration on April 22.

L.A. Port Clean Truck Program Delays Some Requirements

LOS ANGELES --- Starting Jan. 1, the Port of Los Angeles' Clean Truck Program will ban all 1989-1993 trucks from hauling goods in and out of the harbor. However, truckers who can prove they have a new clean-burning truck on order may qualify for a four-month reprieve.

Ethanol Groups Sue Calif. Over Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Two organizations representing the ethanol industry -- Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association -- are challenging California's low-carbon fuel standard in court.


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