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Top 2009 News: Boone County Seeks to Improve Operations with GPS

COLUMBIA, MO – The County expects to save money on fuel and resources by tracking vehicles and reducing overlap in activity, reported the Columbia Tribune.

Top 2009 News: 2009 100 Best Winners Announced

TORRANCE, CA – The award ceremony took place at the 2009 Government Fleet Expo & Conference, held June 8-10 in Denver with Hillsborough County earning the No. 1 spot.

Top 2009 News: Chrysler Reveals All-New Electric Minivan Concepts to USPS

WASHINGTON – Chrysler revealed four all-electric Chrysler Town & Country minivan concepts to the U.S. Postal Service as part of the USPS Earth Day celebration on April 22.

L.A. Port Clean Truck Program Delays Some Requirements

LOS ANGELES --- Starting Jan. 1, the Port of Los Angeles' Clean Truck Program will ban all 1989-1993 trucks from hauling goods in and out of the harbor. However, truckers who can prove they have a new clean-burning truck on order may qualify for a four-month reprieve.

Ethanol Groups Sue Calif. Over Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Two organizations representing the ethanol industry -- Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association -- are challenging California's low-carbon fuel standard in court.

Audi Research Investment to Include Electric Propulsion

FRANKFURT, GERMANY --- Audi AG said this week it plans to spend euro7.3 billion ($10.51 billion) on auto plant renovations and technology research from 2009-2012 in an effort to increase its market share and number of vehicle models.

Calif. Fines General Produce Co. Fleet

SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California Air Resources Board (CARB) in November fined General Produce Co. $30,900 for reporting violations during 2006.

Ice Company Boosts Fuel Efficiency With Transit Connects

DALLAS --- Reddy Ice Holdings, a major manufacturer and distributor of ice in the U.S., recently purchased 17 Ford Transit Connect vans. The purchase is part of an ongoing effort to replace some gas-guzzling cargo vans in the company's 250-vehicle fleet with greener alternatives.

Top 2009 News: Mercedes to Lease Fuel-Cell Cars in 2010

MONTVALE, NJ - While other automakers plunge headlong into the electric car race, Mercedes-Benz is betting on hydrogen, according to U.S. News. The company plans to begin a small-scale program leasing compact luxury cars that operate off of hydrogen fuel-cells in the United States as early as next year.

Top 2009 News: Audi A3 Hybrid Coming in 2012

HERNDON, VA - Hybrid versions of all sorts of cars - even sports cars such as the Nissan 370Z - are in the works or on their way, and now Audi is adding to the list with reports of an A3 hybrid confirmed for production.

Nominations Open for 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award.

City of Methuen to Fire Employees Who Break New Take-Home Policy

METHUEN, MA - Effective Jan. 1, employees must park all city vehicles used in a city lot at the end of their shifts or risk possible termination.

Fort Smith May Loosen Take-Home Policy Restrictions

FORT SMITH, AR - Eighty-seven percent of take-home vehicles were cut in August 2008, reducing use to only 10-12 vehicles. Fort Smith Police Chief Kevin Lindsey has proposed a policy change that would put more than 50 vehicles back into play.

NBB Releases Study on Critical Importance of Biodiesel Tax Credit

WASHINGTON - The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) released a study conducted which examined the economic impact of the biodiesel industry and the negative consequences of allowing the credit to lapse. The biodiesel tax incentive is currently set to expire on December 31, 2009.

Hybrid Truck & Bus Voucher Fleet Training Workshop

DIAMOND BAR, CA - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has funded $20.4 million for the Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), aimed at accelerating California deployment of new hybrid medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

KONE to Run Fleet of Transit Connect Models

COAL VALLEY, IL - Over the next three years, the global elevator and escalator company plans to fill its 700-unit fleet with the Ford Transit Connect.

UPS Hybrid Vans Deliver 28.9% Fuel Savings

ATLANTA - The 28.9 percent fuel economy improvement results in a 15 percent improvement in total cost per mile, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Telogis Takes First Place in 2009 Mobile Star Awards

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Telogis took top honors in the category, Enterprise Software: GPS or Location Based Services, for Telogis OnTrack, a next-generation GPS fleet management application designed to help organizations maximize the efficiency of their mobile workforces and reduce operating costs.

Calif. Fines Chrysler Over Catalytic Converters

SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California Air Resources Board has fined Chrysler Group $37,000 for selling and installing aftermarket catalytic converters that fail to meet California's strict requirements for emission control equipment.

Key Senators Commit to Extending Biodiesel Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Leaders of a key Senate committee have pledged to resurrect the federal subsidy for biodiesel fuel early next year.

LSU Establishes Biofuels Institute

BATON ROUGE, LA --- The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center has received the go-ahead from the Board of Regents to begin establishing the Louisiana Institute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing.

Report: Detroit Auto Show to Feature Electric Fiat 500

DETROIT --- Chrysler Group LLC is set to debut a battery-powered prototype version of the Fiat 500 subcompact at the North American International Auto Show, Bloomberg news service has reported.

U.S. Report Examines Shift to Renewable Fuels

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- A new report from the U.S. federal government projects that national energy consumption will grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2035, as the fossil fuel share of total U.S. energy use falls from 84 percent to 78 percent.

AT&T Expands CNG Fleet Conversion Plans

SEAL BEACH, CA --- AT&T has awarded to BAF Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels Corp., an order to convert 463 Ford E-250 vans to run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

FPL Fleet Delivers Most Fuel-Efficient Year

JUNO BEACH, FL - Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has managed to save an estimated $440 million in fuel costs and avoid approximately 4.9 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2009.

 

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