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DOE Report Highlights EV Funding Impact

WASHINGTON - The Department of Energy has released a new report on the economic impact of Recovery Act investments in advanced batteries and vehicles.

Fisker Buys Former GM Factory

IRVINE, CA - Plug-in hybrid automaker Fisker Automotive Inc. has completed its purchase of a former General Motors assembly plant in Wilmington, Del., at a cost of $20 million, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Toyota Settles Hybrid Patent Case

TORRANCE, CA - Toyota Motor Corp. has settled a patent-infringement dispute with Paice LLC, ending a legal battle that had threatened to block the Prius from being sold in the U.S., the Associated Press reported.

National Propane Gas Association Chairman Joins Alliance AutoGas with Company Phelps Sungas, Inc.

ASHEVILLE, NC - Geneva, N.Y.-based Phelps Sungas, Inc. is the newest propane AutoGas fuel supplier to join the national vehicle conversion and fueling network, Alliance AutoGas.

Alliance AutoGas President Stuart Weidie Introduces U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at Alternative Fuel Press Briefing and Facility Tour

ASHEVILLE, NC - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently participated in a media briefing and facility tour at Baker Equipment in Richmond, Va., as part of a White House effort to highlight its support of alternative fuel vehicles.

Toyota & Tesla Partner for RAV4 EV

TOKYO AND PALO ALTO, CA - With an aim to market the EV in the United States in 2012, Tesla plans to produce and deliver a fleet of prototypes to Toyota for evaluation within this year.

Colorado Dedicates $800K for Natural Gas as Transportation Fuel

DENVER, CO - Two Recovery Act-supported grants totaling $800,000 have been dedicated to increase the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel in Colorado.

Obama Predicts Electric Car Battery Prices Will Drop 70 Percent

HOLLAND, MI - The cost of the high-powered batteries needed for a coming wave of electric cars is projected to drop by as much as 70 percent over the next five years, according to a U.S. government forecast.

City CarShare Enhances San Francisco Fleet

SAN FRANCISCO - City CarShare and the City of San Francisco have entered a formal agreement to extend car sharing to City and County employees. CarShare’s fleet will provide cars as the City retires its older vehicles, allowing the City to manage a smaller vehicle fleet, with lower purchase and maintenance costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Study Finds Car Sharing Lowers GHG Emissions

SAN JOSE, CA - Car sharing has been found to help lower emissions, according to the Greenhouse Gas Emission Impacts of Car Sharing in North America report released by the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI).

EPA Proposes 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed the 2011 percentage standards for the four fuels categories under the agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program, known as RFS2.

Hybrid Vehicle Conversion Project Gets $1.8M

SOMERVILLE, MA - A start-up company founded by an MIT lecturer and two alumni, has raised $1.8 million to convert fleet vehicles that run on fossil fuels into electric hybrids.

AT&T Rolls Out 2,000th Alt-Fuel Vehicle & 1,500th CNG Vehicle

DALLAS - The milestones make AT&T's fleet one of the largest CNG vehicle fleets in the U.S.

Chevrolet Volt to Come Standard with 8-Year/100K-Mile Battery Warranty

BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, MI - The Volt's comprehensive battery warranty covers all 161 battery components, 95 percent of which are designed and engineered by General Motors.

SmartWay Verifies Totally Automated Aerodynamic Trailer Technology for CARB Rules

CHAGRIN FALLS, OH - The Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program says fleets installing Aerodynamic Trailer Systems’ new IAS Integrated Automated System (SmartTail with WindTamer) will satisfy stringent California Air Resources Board (CARB) legislation.

Indiana to Convert Vehicles to Alternative Fuels

AVON, IN - A massive effort to convert hundreds of Indiana state vehicles to alternative fuel sources is now under way. The $22.8 million project includes a $10.1 million federal grant.

2011 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt Battery Gets Standard Eight-Year, 100,000-Mile Warranty

The Volt’s comprehensive battery warranty covers all 161 battery components, 95 percent of which are designed and engineered by GM, in addition to the thermal management system, charging system and electric drive components.

CNG Process for GM’s Full-Size Vans Nears Completion

The automaker says it will deliver CNG-powered Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans to fleet customers starting this fall.

Coulomb Technologies Unveils EV Charging Station in New York City

Coulomb plans to install hundreds of free ChargePoint Network EV charging stations for public and home charging throughout the city for use by individual vehicle owners and by fleets.

2010 Honda Civic GX

Honda Civic GX and FCX Clarity Retain <br> California HOV Lane Access Until 2015

Under a new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2011, an unlimited number of HOV lane access stickers will be issued to eligible inherently low emission vehicles, including the Honda Civic GX and FCX Clarity.

City of San Francisco Supplements Fleet with Car Sharing

The city of San Francisco's arrangement with City CarShare provides the city with a way to manage a smaller vehicle fleet, with lower purchase and maintenance costs, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Ind. Shifts More Vehicles to Alt-Fuels

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has launched a major alternative fuel vehicle conversion project that includes the conversion of about 900 vehicles as well as infrastructure improvements.

Mass. Places Biodiesel Mandate on Hold

BOSTON - The Massachusetts B2 biodiesel mandate, scheduled to go into effect this month, has been suspended indefinitely by state officials, Biodiesel Magazine reported.

Ford Selects Supplier for Electric Focus Batteries

DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Co. has chosen Compact Power Inc., a subsidiary of Korean battery maker LG Chem, to supply lithium-ion battery packs for an electrified version of the Ford Focus, the Associated Press reported.

GM's CNG Vans Available in Fall

DETROIT - General Motors has finalized the production process for its compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, anticipating delivery to fleet customers starting this fall.



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