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Mayor Ron Loveridge accepts keys to one of the new electric vehicles purchased from Ramon Alvarez, owner of Alvarez ZAP. (Photo: Business Wire)

City of Riverside Receives Electric Trucks

RIVERSIDE, CA - Alvarez ZAP, electric vehicle provider ZAP’s newest dealer in Riverside, Calif., delivered a shipment of six electric trucks to the City of Riverside during a grand opening press conference last week.

Culver City Adds First CNG Paratransit Buses

CULVER CITY, CA - The City of Culver City has taken delivery of its first dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered paratransit buses. The three new buses operate on clean-burning natural gas to further compliment the City’s growing fleet and dedication to CNG-powered vehicles. They replace three ten-year-old gasoline-powered buses.

City of Anaheim Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Station

ANAHEIM, CA - The City of Anaheim has installed its first ChargePoint Networked Charging Station for Electric Vehicles, located at the main office of Anaheim Public Utilities. The city is currently using the Coulomb Technologies unit to recharge two city-owned converted plug-in Toyota Prius’.

Navistar Adds eStar Dealer in Southern Calif.

WARRENVILLE, IL - Sante Fe Springs, Calif.-based Westrux International is the latest addition to the sales, service, and support network for Navistar's eStar truck - the first full-production, purpose-built all-electric truck.

Smith Electric Vehicles Orders Enova Drive Systems for DOE-Funded Program

TORRANCE, CA - Enova Systems, Inc. has moved toward large scale production supply of its all-electric drive system for the Smith Newton, the world's largest battery-electric-powered production truck.

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GM & Bright Automotive Partner for Plug-In Hybrid Van

DETROIT and ANDERSON, IN - Bright Automotive and General Motors Co. announced Aug. 3 they have agreed to pursue a strategic relationship. GM has provided $5 million in funding to the Indiana automaker, the first funding action by the newly formed General Motors Ventures LLC.

Schwan’s Propane Fleet Gets Makeover

MARSHALL, MN - Schwan's Home Service, a direct-to-home food delivery business with the largest propane fleet in the U.S., gave its fleet a makeover with brighter coloring and bigger logos.

CNG Process for Full-Size Van Nears Completion

DETROIT - General Motors has finalized the production process for its compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, allowing the company to deliver fleet customers complete vehicles with a fully integrated and dedicated CNG fuel system starting this fall.

Anaheim Installs Networked EV Charging Station

CAMPBELL, CA - Coulomb Technologies, a leader in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure, said that the city of Anaheim, Calif., has installed its first ChargePoint networked charging station for electric vehicles (EVs).

New Legislative Efforts to Restore Biodiesel Tax Credit

WASHINGTON - The House Ways and Means Committee last week released a draft of a bill containing an extension of the biodiesel tax credit for 2011, Biodiesel Magazine reported.

More Drive Systems Ordered for Smith Newton Electric Truck

TORRANCE, CA - Enova Systems Inc., a developer of hybrid and electric drive systems, said it has moved toward large-scale production of its all-electric drive system for the Smith Newton battery-electric-powered production truck.

EU to Investigate U.S. Biodiesel Shipments

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - Documents indicate that the European Union is about to investigate whether U.S. biodiesel producers have routed their product to Europe through third countries in an effort to avoid tariffs imposed on U.S. shipments last year, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Energy Bill Proposes $3.8 Billion in NG Vehicle Subsidies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democrats last week unveiled an energy bill that includes $3.8 billion in rebates for natural gas-powered vehicles, the Dallas News reported.

Prius Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

TORRANCE, CA - Ten years ago Toyota launched the Prius, an affordable car with a hybrid gas/electric powertrain.

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GM & Bright Automotive Partner for Plug-In Hybrid Van

DETROIT and ANDERSON, IN - Bright Automotive and General Motors Co. announced Aug. 3 they have agreed to pursue a strategic relationship. GM has provided $5 million in funding to the Indiana automaker, the first funding action by the newly formed General Motors Ventures LLC.

Schwan’s Propane Fleet Gets Makeover

MARSHALL, MN - Schwan's Home Service, a direct-to-home food delivery business with the largest propane fleet in the U.S., gave its fleet a makeover with brighter coloring and bigger logos.

Tight Budgets Expected to Stem Agencies' Vehicle Purchases

WASHINGTON - New federal vehicle purchases likely will stay the same or decline in coming years as agencies struggle with declining budgets and new requirements to green their fleets.

Columbus Adds Solar Panels to Fleet Maintenance Facility

COLUMBUS, OH - Columbus City Council recently passed legislation that calls for Westerville, Ohio-based SolarVision to install and operate solar panels on the roof of the city's fleet maintenance center.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 HYBRID and ML450 HYBRID SUV Overview

MONTVALE, NJ - Mercedes-Benz offers two hybrid models for the 2011 model-year - the S400 HYBRID premium luxury sedan and the ML450 HYBRID sport/utility vehicle.

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GS 450h Offers V8-Like Performance with Low Emissions

TORRANCE, CA - After receiving stylish exterior changes in 2010, the GS 450h enters the 2011 model-year as one a refined hybrid luxury sport sedan with a myriad of convenience features.

Largest Flex-Fuel Fleet in US Welcomes E-85 Station

NORFOLK, VA - The Naval Station Norfolk and Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), along with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Protec Fuel, welcomed the opening of an E-85 fueling station in Norfolk, Va., with a ribbon cutting grand opening ceremony on July 30. The station now provides fuel to the Navy fleet and city fleets, as well as the public.

GM Bolsters Volt Production Plans

DETROIT, MI - General Motors on July 30 revealed it was increasing U.S. production capacity of the Chevrolet Volt by 50 percent -- from 30,000 units to 45,000 units -- in 2012.

Spartanburg County Retrofits Trucks to Reduce Diesel Emissions

SPARTANBURG, SC - Spartanburg County took its first step on July 27 in improving the air quality of its diesel truck fleet. When the work is complete, nine on-road diesel trucks — 13 percent of the county's on-road diesel fleet — will be retrofitted with a filter and electric heater system that reduces particulate emissions.

GM Announces Pricing on 2011 Chevrolet Volt

The Volt's MSRP will start at $41,000 ($33,500 net of the full federal tax credit, which ranges from $0-$7,500) including a destination freight charge of $720.

Five States to Get Initial Nissan LEAF Vehicles in December

The all-electric vehicles will be available to customers in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee, who represent more than 55 percent of total Nissan LEAF reservations.

 

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