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Washington Endorses Steel Wheel Weights

OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State Department of Ecology recently endorsed steel wheel weights over other lead alternatives.

Live Webcast Today of Alternative Fuels Workshop Available for Fleet Managers

The event is the second in a series of 14 training seminars across the country made possible by a $1.6 million grant from the Energy Department. The nationwide training program will consist of workshops that cover topics including alternative fuel quality, infrastructure, available vehicles, safety, and environmental impact.

Altech-Eco Draws EPA OK for Bi-Fueled & Dedicated CNG System

ASHEVILLE, NC - Altech-Eco Corp. said May 10 it has obtained a certificate of conformity from the EPA for the company's 2010 Ford Fusion passenger sedan CNG conversion system.

Sunoco's N.Y. Ethanol Plant to Open in July

PHILADELPHIA - Sunoco Inc.'s ethanol plant in upstate New York is expected to begin operations by July 1, Dow Jones reported.

SAKOR Introduces Hybrid Vehicle Battery Test

OKEMOS, MI - SAKOR Technologies Inc., a leader in hybrid vehicle drivetrain testing, has introduced its Hybrid Vehicle Battery Test System for high-voltage battery testing.

Nissan Opens Leaf Reservations to Public

FRANKLIN, TN - Nissan North America Inc. opened reservations for the Nissan Leaf zero-emission, all-electric vehicle on May 15 to the general public.

Calif. EV Station Uses SAE Charging Standard

WOODSIDE, CA - A Sacramento-area electric vehicle charging station, which became operational May 3, is believed to be the first public station employing the updated SAE International standard for electric vehicle charging, according to the Electric Auto Association.

Green Technology Patents Dominate GM '09 Filings

WARREN, MI - More than half of the 1,300 patents filed by General Motors in 2009 are green innovations, illustrating the company's shifting emphasis in its research and development efforts.

GM to Offer Fleets CNG & LPG Full-Size Vans

DETROIT - General Motors announced it will offer fleets compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) powered versions of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans later this year.

New System Doubles Range of ZAP Electric Cars

SANTA ROSA, CA - Electric vehicle provider ZAP said it has begun shipping new lithium battery systems for various models of its electric vehicles, offering at least four times the life of standard lead-acid batteries and twice the driving range.

Nissan Leaf Battery Maker Targets Lower Cost

FRANKLIN, TN - Nissan Motor Co., which will start selling its Leaf electric car this year, aims to cut the cost of the vehicle's lithium-ion battery pack to less than $370 per kilowatt-hour to make a profit from the model, according to Bloomberg.

Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), recently provided updates on "what's going on in the world of biodiesel" at the 2010 Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference + Expo in Las

Biodiesel Tax Credit Must be Reinstated, Says NBB

LAS VEGAS - In the fifth month without the biodiesel tax credit, National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Joe Jobe renewed his call for Congress to put Americans back to work immediately by retroactively reinstating the expired tax incentive.

Delphi, VW Develop 'Green' Diesel System

PARIS - Delphi Corp. said it has collaborated with Volkswagen to develop one of the "greenest" diesel systems ever produced for the new three-cylinder VW Polo BlueMotion.

EV Discussion Slated for Telematics Tradeshow

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Frost & Sullivan's automotive and transportation group is scheduled to moderate a panel discussion on the electric vehicle market during Telematics Detroit 2010 on June 9.

Clean Cities Initiative Honored for Alt-Fuel Vehicle Work

WASHINGTON - The Department of Energy's Clean Cities initiative won the Golden Bullet Award on May 11 in recognition of its success in deploying alternative-fuel and advanced-technology vehicles through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Standard Developed for EV-Grid Communication

WARRENDALE, PA - As plug-in electric vehicles become more common in garages and carports, there will be greater demand on local utility grids. Recognizing the need for a standard set of requirements addressing this issue, SAE International created a new standard, "J2836/1."

NYPD Plans to Add 200 Hybrids to Fleet

NEW YORK - The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint with plans to buy 200 hybrid vehicles in 2010.

Navistar Officially Unveils eStar: First Purpose-Built All-Electric Commercial Truck

ELKHART COUNTY, IN - Navistar, Inc. announced that it will deliver to FedEx the first full-production eStar-Navistar's all-electric commercial truck.

City of Enterprise Makes First Batch of Biodiesel

ENTERPRISE, AL - After a year of preparations, the City of Enterprise successfully made its first batch of biodiesel fuel - 275 gallons worth.

City of Springfield, Mo. Makes Move to Natural Gas Fleet

SPRINGFIELD, MO - City of Springfield officials want to transition from regular gasoline in the city's fleet to compressed natural gas.

City of Eden Prairie Gets Closer to Fleet Efficiency Goal

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - The City has implemented a "20-40-15" initiative, which calls for Eden Prairie to increase the efficiency of its facilities by 20 percent (compared to 2005 levels) and fleet efficiency by 40 percent, all by 2015.

BMW Plans to Offer 5 Series Hybrids, Diesels in U.S.

MUNICH, GERMANY - BMW AG's 5 Series, the automaker's most profitable car, may be offered in hybrid, diesel and 4-cylinder versions to meet U.S. fuel-economy rules.

Ferrari Could Sell a Hybrid Sportscar by 2015

MARANELLO, ITALY - Ferrari could launch a hybrid car by the year 2015, although not through any wishes by the automaker.

AT&T Earns More Accolades for Green Efforts

LAS VEGAS - AT&T was recognized May 11 for its outstanding leadership in the alternative fuels and vehicles industry at the 16th Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo 2010.

Chesapeake Energy Recognized for Natural Gas Efforts

DETROIT - The Sustainable Fleet Award was presented to Anthony Foster, Chesapeake's fleet operations manager, at the NAFA Institute & Expo in Detroit.

 

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