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Protec to Bring More E85 Stations to South

BOCA RATON, FL - Protec Fuel Management, which offers retailers a turnkey option in ethanol infrastructure, said it has received Department of Energy funding to open 30 E85 stations throughout Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

CNG System for Ford Transit Connect Draws EPA OK

ASHEVILLE, NC - Altech-Eco Corp. in North Carolina said its dedicated 2010 Ford Transit Connect compressed natural gas (CNG) conversion system has drawn a certificate of conformity from the EPA.

Ford Develops Electric Vehicle Plans for Europe

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Ford Motor Co. this week said its global electric vehicles plan is extending to Europe. Ford will offer five full-electric or hybrid vehicles across its C, CD and light commercial vehicle ranges for European customers by 2013.

Daimler to Invest in EVs for Chinese Market

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Speaking before reporters at the Geneva Motor Show this week, Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche said he expects to easily invest ero100 million ($135 million) in its electric car joint venture with Chinese automaker BYD Co.

Clean Energy to Add More Calif. LNG Stations

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. said it plans to expand its network of liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck fueling stations in Southern California this year.

VW Reveals Electric Car, Hybrid Plans

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - Volkswagen AG said it will introduce a hybrid version of the Jetta in the U.S. market in 2012.

Mercedes-Benz Confirms Launch of First Diesel-Electric Hybrid Later in 2010

MONTVALE, NJ - Mercedes-Benz' E300 BlueTec hybrid, the carmaker's first ever diesel-electric hybrid car, will soon be launched.

Facebook Teams Accepted Volvo Cars' Challenge: DRIVe Around the World in 80 Days

ROCKLEIGH, NJ - Volvo Cars' "DRIVe Around the World" challenge became the most installed branded application on Facebook in 2009. The winning team - Volvo's fan page - will have 15,000 EURO placed in their name for a clean energy project within myclimate.

Wisconsin Tax Credits Would Boost Use of Hybrid Vehicles

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin State Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) wrote a Feb. 19 column in BizTimes.com in support of his new bill which would abolish the state's automobile emissions tests and encourage Wisconsin residents to buy next-generation vehicles.

High-End Corporate Vehicles in Germany Go Green

But many employees still want something that says status and has a strong resale value.

UC-Irvine Study Shows Turfgrass to be Positive Sequester of Carbon

BLOOMINGTON, MN - Scientists from the Department of Earth System Science at the University of California - Irvine recently published a paper in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that adds significantly to the body of knowledge documenting the carbon benefits of turfgrass.

Canyon County Taking Action to Green Fleet

CALDWELL, ID - In addition to two new hybrids already in operation, the county fleet is currently upfitting 13 new patrol cars capable of running on E-85.

Construction & Utility Fleet Trucks Go Green

SEDONA, AZ - Green Fleet LLC introduces IdleOff, a renewable energy idle reduction device that reduces a fleet's carbon footprint, the need for fossil fuel, and saves significant money for any size fleet.

Baytech Receives 2010 Certifications for CNG Vans & Pickups

LOS ALTOS, CA - Baytech Corporation obtained model-year 2010 Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emissions certifications for Baytech's dedicated compressed natural gas fueled General Motors full-size vans and pickups.

Hybrid Truck Brings Savings to California Food Bank

SANTA CLARA & SAN MATEO, CA - When Second Harvest Food Bank delivers fresh fruits and vegetables with its new Kenworth diesel-electric hybrid tractor, expected fuel savings could enable the food bank to provide an additional 14,000 meals annually.

Valvoline & Cummins Filtration Form DEF Marketing Alliance

NASHVILLE, TN - Cummins Filtration and Ashland Consumer Markets (Valvoline) announced a new alliance to package, market, and distribute Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) in North America.

NBB Urges Congress to Promptly Extend Biodiesel Tax Incentive

WASHINGTON - Manning Feraci, the National Biodiesel Board's (NBB) vice president for Federal Affairs, issued a statement in the wake of the Senate's procedural vote on Jobs legislation.

Calif. Program Offers Incentives for Clean Engine Purchases

DIAMOND BAR, CA - The South Coast Air Quality Management District's application deadline for its annual program offering financial incentives for purchasing lower-emission heavy-duty engines is 1 p.m. on May 7.

Propel Fuels Promotes E85 Use in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA - Propel Fuels, a renewable fuels retailer, is teaming with CALSTART to hold a special one-day promotion allowing drivers in the Sacramento area to fill up their flex-fuel vehicle with E85 ethanol for just 85 cents a gallon.

BMW to Build Electric Car in Leipzig, Germany

MUNICH, GERMANY - The BMW Group announced Feb. 22 the company plans to build its Megacity electric vehicle in a plant in Leipzig, Germany.

Minn. Fleet Boosts Use of E85

SAINT PAUL, MN - In 2009, E85 fuel accounted for 15 percent of the total fuel used by Minnesota state agencies' light duty vehicles, according to a new report. That's substantially more than in 2008.

3 Tesla Employees Killed in Plane Crash

PALO ALTO, CA - Three employees of the electric automaker Tesla Motors were killed on Wednesday, Feb. 17, when the small twin-engine plane they were flying in crashed in a East Palo Alto, Calif., residential neighborhood engulfed in thick fog.

Miss. Agency Offers Advice on Vehicle Conversion

JACKSON, MS - A recorded presentation about converting fleet vehicles to propane and natural gas will be posted soon in the webinar section of the Mississippi Development Authority Web site, www.mississippi.org.

GE, Juice Technologies Developing EV Charging Devices

COLUMBUS, OH - GE and Juice Technologies announced a joint development agreement to create intelligent plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging devices for U.S. and global markets.

Golden State Lumber Fined $20,000 for Fleet Violations

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Air Resources Board last month fined Golden State Lumber, based in Petaluma, Calif., $20,000 for failing to inspect its diesel trucks for compliance with the state's smoke emissions standards.

 

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