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55% of Vehicles Have One Under-Inflated Tire

WASHINGTON - A recent nationwide survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association found 55 percent of vehicles have at least one under-inflated tire and only one in six vehicles has four properly inflated tires.

UPS Foundation Helps Promote Anti-Idling Program

ATLANTA - The Clean Air Campaign recently received a $50,000 grant from the UPS Foundation to help promote its Idling Reduction Program.

Ford Expands Alternative-Fuel Conversion Capability to F-450, F-550 Super Duty

DEARBORN, MI - Ford announced that it will begin offering an alternative-fuels engine prep package for its 6.8-liter F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab.

Propane Helps Jackson County Sheriff Save Money

PENDERGRASS, GA - Converting the remaining 50 vehicles in its fleet to run on propane is expected to save the sheriff's office $250,000 in fuel costs this fiscal year alone.

Verizon to Add 576 Chevrolet Hybrids to Fleet

NEW YORK - As part of an initiative to green its fleet, Verizon purchased 576 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrids, the only hybrid pickup trucks equipped with a two-mode hybrid system.

Personal Use of Hybrids Declines, Business Use Rises

A CNW Research study finds that pure personal use of the Ford Escape Hybrid and Toyota Prius declines from 2006 to 2010, while the combination of personal and business use of these vehicles increases during that same time period.

Chevrolet and OnStar train first responders on Volt technology.

Chevrolet and OnStar Prepare First Responders for Electric Vehicle Technology

The automotive manufacturer-sponsored training program to educate first responders, including firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical technicians and emergency dispatchers, on electric vehicle technology will take place in Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

First Responders Offered Safety Training on Chevy Volt

SAN FRANCISCO - The training will include animation and illustrations of the Chevrolet Volt, highlighting locations of high-strength steel, cut points for extrication, first-responder labeling, and automatic and manual electrical shut-off.

University Students Build Biodiesel Extended-Range EV

SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors challenged university engineering students from across North America to re-engineer a GM-donated vehicle to minimize the vehicle's fuel consumption and emissions, while maintaining its utility, safety, and performance.

Alley to Discuss Fleet Strategies in Upcoming Webinar

TORRANCE, CA - 100 Best Fleets in North America is presenting a fleet Webinar June 17. Speakers include John Alley, 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year and Dave Vasquez, 2010 Larry Goill Award winner.

Desert Hot Springs Fills Tires with Nitrogen

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - Desert Hot Springs is the first city in the Coachella Valley to begin filling all city vehicle tires with nitrogen, according to The Desert Sun.

Ford, Coulomb to Provide EV Charging Stations

DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Co. said it will partner with Coulomb Technologies to provide nearly 5,000 free in-home charging stations for some of the automaker's first electric vehicle customers.

House Passes Legislation to Extend Biodiesel Credit

WASHINGTON - A $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit that expired Dec. 31 would be extended under legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles Join UPS Fleet in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - UPS announced its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles had expanded with the deployment of 50 next-generation hybrid electric delivery trucks to Philadelphia.

IMPCO's Bi-Fuel Conversions Draw EPA Certification

SANTA ANA, CA - IMPCO Technologies Inc. has received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certificate of conformity covering the company's 3.5L and 3.9L Chevy Impala and Buick Lucerne bi-fuel conversions, NGV Global reported.

Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma Opens CNG Station

ADA, OK - The first tribally owned CNG station in Oklahoma has opened for business to fleet and private customers, Indian Country Today reported.

EV Battery Maker Draws $65M Cash Infusion

NEW YORK - Ener1 Inc., a global maker of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and other applications, said it has received a $65 million cash infusion from its main shareholder.

Ford Examining GHG Emissions of Supply Chain

DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Co. announced plans to survey 35 top global suppliers on their energy use and estimated greenhouse gas emissions, in order to better understand the carbon footprint of Ford's supply chain.

Illinois Station Begins Selling E85, E55 & E30

SULLIVAN, IL - The E-K Petro Mart in Sullivan, Ill., has begun offering flex-fuel vehicle drivers their choice of three types of ethanol-blended fuel: E85, E55 and E30, Herald-Review.com reported.

Mississippi State Wins EcoCAR Competition

SAN DIEGO - Students from Mississippi State University placed first in the 2010 EcoCAR: The Next Challenge finals in San Diego on May 27, after designing and building a biodiesel extended-range electric vehicle (EREV).

Senate Bill Would Offer More EV Incentives

WASHINGTON - A new Senate bill, introduced on May 27, would provide grants to assist cities in building the infrastructure to support broad electric vehicle use. The bill also seeks to create new tax credits for EV buyers.

The battery-electric sub-compact vehicle seats four adults and can be recharged from a standard wall-socket, according to the manufacturer.

State of Calif. Fleet Tests Mitsubishi i-MiEVs

LOS ANGELES - During a recent press event, Governor Schwarzenegger sat in the i-MiEV and later spoke to a panel of reporters about the battery electric vehicle being representative of the technology necessary to tackle the sustainable transportation challenges facing California.

Larimer, Weld Counties to Resume Roadside Vehicle Emissions Testing

DENVER - Beginning June 1, roadside emissions testing units called RapidScreen will begin rotating among 22 pre-approved locations throughout the expanded vehicle emissions testing area in Larimer and Weld counties.

Westchester County to Hold Fleet & Equipment Demo Day

WHITE PLAINS, NY - Taking place June 2, the event is designed as a shared county service to keep local municipalities informed about vehicle safety, green and new technology, the latest equipment, and important operational and maintenance issues.

Santa Barbara County Honored for Clean Air Initiative

SANTA BARBARA, CA - Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its commitment to clean air by encouraging car-free travel in Santa Barbara.

 

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