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Fleets Awarded for Cutting Lead from Operations

WASHINGTON - Several government fleets were among 41 recipients recently recognized by the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities for their efforts in reducing and/or recycling hazardous chemicals in their organization.

Baltimore Fleet May Save $6M with Trash Collection System

BALTIMORE - The City of Baltimore began a route optimization project for its trash collection system July 2009 that could save the City about $6 million a year.

UPS Cuts Back on Trips to Lower Emissions, Save Fuel

ATLANTA - UPS has come up with a new cost-effective and "green" service strategy expected to eliminate 8 million miles from the total driven by UPS drivers each year in the U.S., save an estimated 793,000 gallons of fuel, and reduce CO2 emissions by 7,800 metric tons.

Rebates Up to $20K on New Electric Vehicles Available

SACRAMENTO, CA - California fleets can now receive rebates on new zero-emission and electric vehicles of up to $5,000 per vehicle as part of the new Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. Certain zero-emission commercial vehicles are also eligible for rebates up to $20,000.

Attention Fleet Managers: We Need Your Input

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet is seeking bright ideas from U.S. government fleet managers for the upcoming June 2010 issue. One bright idea from you may help benefit fleets across the country!

Chrysler to Develop New Fiat 500 Electric Vehicle

The Fiat 500EV powertrain is comprised of three main systems: high power electric powertrain module, advance lithium ion battery and an EV control unit to manage power flows.

North American Grid Operators Assess Impact of Electric Vehicles

The ISO/RTC Council issued a study that examines the technical hurdles and tools needed to foster the potential benefits of widespread use of PEVs.

AT&T Adds Electric Cargo Truck to St. Louis Fleet

DALLAS - AT&T has an all-electric Smith Newton cargo truck purchased last year operating in its commercial fleet in St. Louis, the company said. AT&T also is buying two of the first all-electric versions of the Ford Transit Connect van.

CALSTART Praises Deal to Exempt Clean Tech Manufacturing Equipment from State Sales Tax

PASADENA, CA - CALSTART, the nation's leading clean transportation consortium, praised a deal between the California Governor and the state's legislative leaders to exempt manufacturing equipment to produce clean energy and technology products, vehicles, and fuels from the state sales tax.

Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Offers to Buy U.K. Business

KANSAS CITY, MO - Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. said it has made a conditional offer to buy the Smith Electric Vehicles business based in the U.K. from Tanfield Group Plc.

GEM Recalls 142 Neighborhood EVs

WASHINGTON - Chrysler Group Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) is recalling 142 2009 neighborhood electric vehicles because of a parking brake problem.

Former Chrysler CEO LaSorda Joins Electrovaya Board

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA - Electrovaya, a Canadian-based maker of lithium-ion battery systems for clean transportation, announced that former Chrysler CEO Thomas LaSorda has joined its board of directors.

Chrysler to Build Plug-in Hybrid Ram Trucks

AUBURN HILLS, MI - The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Chrysler Group a grant that the automaker will use to build 140 plug-in hybrid Ram trucks for a demonstration project.

GEICO to Promote Green Repair Shop Program

OVERLAND PARK, KS - The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) is partnering with GEICO to promote the new "GreenLink Shop" designation for GEICO's Auto Repair Xpress facilities.

IBM Leads U.K. Electric Car Research Project

LONDON - IBM on March 18 announced an agreement with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to evaluate the potential impact of electric vehicles on the United Kingdom electricity grid.

Virent Energy CEO to Head Biofuels Group

WASHINGTON - The Advanced BioFuels Association has elected Lee Edwards, CEO of Virent Energy Systems, as chairman of its board and Robert M. Ames, vice president and general manager of Tyson Foods, as board vice chairman.

Police Point to Driver Error in NY Prius Crash

HARRISON, NY - Police in Harrison, N.Y., told reporters on Monday, March 22, that driver error -- not unintended acceleration -- was apparently behind a March 9 crash of a Toyota Prius in the area, Reuters reported.

Beginning in 2012, Chrysler Group will manufacture the Fiat 500EV for the U.S. market.

Chrysler to Develop New Fiat Electric Vehicle for U.S.

AUBURN HILLS, MI - Shown earlier this year at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, the Fiat 500EV is a pure electric vehicle based on the Fiat 500 platform.

New Pentastar V-6 Engine to Improve Fuel Efficiency

AUBURN HILLS, MI - The Pentastar engine will ultimately replace seven current Chrysler Group V-6 engines and utilize advanced technologies from the Fiat alliance such as Multiair, direct-injection, and turbocharging.

DTE Energy is considering replacing some of the minivans currently being used by repair technicians who service homes and businesses with Transit Connects.

DTE Energy Adds Transit Connects to Fleet

DEARBORN, MI - DTE Energy recently purchased 19 Ford Transit Connects and is exploring ways to integrate the new compact van into its vehicle fleet.

West Lafayette Approves Take-Home Policy

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - The City of West LaFayette has approved a 2010 take-home vehicle policy for city employees, which includes police officers, fire officials, the mayor, and a city engineer.

Lexus CT 200h

All-New Lexus CT 200h Premium Compact Hybrid Makes North American Debut

NEW YORK - The all-new Lexus CT 200h premium compact hybrid will be on display for the first time in North America at the 2010 New York International Auto Show March 31-April 11.

Audi A8 Hybrid Concept

Audi A6 Hybrid to Join A8 Hybrid & Q5 Hybrid by 2012

HERNDON, VA - As part of the Volkswagen Group's strategy to dominate the alternative-powertrain market, the Audi lineup will see a rapid expansion of plug-in hybrid and electric cars over the coming years.

Senate Passes Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension

The legislation (H.R. 4213) provides a one-year retroactive extension of the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive.

Ford Unveils 2011 Super Duty With Power Stroke Diesel Engine

The new diesel engine, available in the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty, is B20 compatible, which allows customers an additional fueling option that uses blends of up to 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel.

 

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