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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.

Chrysler Promotes CNG Vehicles

DETROIT - Through partner Fiat SpA, Chrysler has access to a full line of engines that can run on CNG. Chrylser has started promoting its natural gas vehicles in the U.S., urging for government support through tax incentives.

California Extends HOV Lane Access for Green Vehicles

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill to extend carpool lane access to low emission, alternative-fuel vehicles until 2015.

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GM Plans to Produce 10,000 Volts by End of 2011

The first Volts available for retail sales will be sold in California, Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas and the New York City metropolitan area later this year.

Nissan Unveils 2011 Vehicle Lineup

The automaker’s all-new pure electric LEAF and motosports-inspired JUKE lead the lineup and will be introduced later this year.

Biodiesel Industry Waits for Tax Credit Reinstatement

WASHINGTON - As a result of the expiration of a biodiesel tax credit Dec. 31, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) said the biodiesel industry is on the verge of collapse.

California Funds Alt-Fuel Infrastructure

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Energy Commission recently approved three awards that total $114.3 million to help establish a state infrastructure for electric- and ethanol-powered vehicles, the Los Angeles Times reported.

BMW Megacity Features Advanced Lightweight Materials

MUNICH, GERMANY - The BMW Group said its Megacity electric vehicle, due to come onto the market in 2013, will be the first volume-produced vehicle with a passenger cell made from carbon.

NRG Plans EV Charging Service for Dallas

PRINCETON, NJ - New Jersey-based NRG Energy is planning to unveil a flat-rate electric vehicle refueling service in Texas early next year, the Dallas News reported.

Racecar Driver Buys Record-Setting Tesla

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - Swiss racecar driver and promoter Fredy Lienhard has bought a Tesla Roadster Sport that gained fame as the record-setting winner of the Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally.

Alabama Exploring Alternative Fuel Options

MONTGOMERY, AL - Two Alabama state committees are busy exploring ways for the state to use alternative fuel in its fleet in order to comply with new state requirements.

Clean Energy Fuels to Acquire IMW

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and IMW Industries Ltd. announced they have agreed to a deal in which Clean Energy will acquire IMW for $125 million plus a cash earn-out arrangement.

CleanFUEL Expands Propane Refueling Options

GEORGETOWN, TX - CleanFUEL USA, a leader in alternative-fuel dispensing equipment and engine technology, has introduced the CFT PRO 2100, a new propane fuel dispensing product.

Republic Services Waste Truck Fleets in Calif. to Run on LNG

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels has contracted with Republic Services to deliver LNG fuel to Republic Waste Services of Southern California, Consolidated Disposal (Los Angeles County), and Solano Garbage (City of Fairfield).

Fleet Drivers in the U.K. are Environmentally Challenged

UNITED KINGDOM - A recent report found company car drivers in the U.K. aren't doing much to make a difference to climate change.

Chevrolet Confirms Plans for 40,000 Volts

DETROIT - During a live webcast, Chevrolet confirmed plans to produce 10,000 Volts by the end of the 2011 calendar year, and an additional 30,000 Volts during the 2012 calendar year.

Canyon County Resolving Emissions Testing Concerns

BOISE, ID - Canyon County is working to resolve issues surrounding emissions testing by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Sakor Technologies, Inc. Announces Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Test System

The system can run a wide variety of road load profiles and simulations, and is designed for testing to all international standards, including existing and proposed EPA, CARB, and Euro standards.

N.Y. Senate Passes Lead Wheel Weight Ban

NEW YORK - The New York State Senate, by a 35-26 margin, passed a bill banning the use of lead wheel weights.

Carrier Corp. Fleet Decreases Emissions More Than 30%

SYRACUSE, NY - Carrier has deployed a variety of strategies, including right-sizing vehicles and monitoring driving patterns using GPS data to remove unnecessary weight from vehicles.

Safety-Kleen to Add 140 Transit Connects to Fleet

DEARBORN, MI - Safety-Kleen Systems is replacing 140 large cargo vans in its national sales fleet with the Ford Transit Connect.

Cochise County Keeps Fleet Light to Save Money

BISBEE, AZ - Cochise County Fleet Management Director Ruben Miranda has come up with ways to save the fleet money by maximizing fuel economy and holding on to vehicles for a longer period of time.

City of Baltimore Launches Car Sharing Program

BALTIMORE - The City of Baltimore has partnered with Zipcar Inc. to launch a car-sharing program with 22 new Zipcars parked in locations across the city.

San Francisco Plans Savings by Tracking Fleet Closer

SAN FRANCISCO - The City of San Francisco will keep closer track of employees' use of city vehicles to crack down on abuse and better manage the fleet to save money.

 

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