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Ford Invests Additional $450M on Electric Vehicles

DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. is investing an additional $450 million in its aggressive electric vehicle plan, paving the way to build a next-generation hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle in Michigan beginning in 2012.

Nissan LEAF Vehicles to Charge at AeroVironment Stations

SMYRNA, TN - Nissan North America has selected AeroVironment to supply electric vehicle home-charging stations and installation services supporting the introduction of the zero-emission, all-electric Nissan LEAF later this year.

2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year Winners Announced

DETROIT - The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors that include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and value for the dollar.

Allen County Faces More Fleet Cuts

FORT WAYNE, IN - County officials are looking to reduce the number of take-home vehicle assignments in efforts to cut costs.

Napa County Must Reduce its Carbon Footprint

NAPA, CA - To meet the state's 2020 target, local jurisdictions would have to reduce emissions by 30 percent, or 446,661 metric tons.

Plug-In Hybrid Option for Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class

MONTVALE, NJ - Due for sale in 2010, the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan will be offered with plug-in hybrid technology, and eventually this option will be offered across the automakers fleet.

Chrysler Revamps Powertrains for 25% More Fuel Efficiency

AUBURN HILLS, MI - Chrysler Group LLC is revamping its powertrain lineup with technology that will contribute to an overall fuel-efficiency improvement of more than 25 percent during the 2010-2014 period.

Ross County Sheriff’s Cost-Cutting Saves $250K+

CHILLICOTHE, OH - More than $250,000 was able to be saved through a careful scrutiny of every bill coming into the office and through some procedural changes made to operations.

Broward County Discusses ‘Green’ Strategy

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Broward County offered tips for local municipalities looking to reduce their carbon footprints at a recent meeting with representatives from cities in the county that received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

City of Austin Expects Savings with Car-Sharing Program

AUSTIN, TX - The six-month pilot program is essentially a barter agreement in which car2go receives on-street parking spaces in exchange for City of Austin employees' use of car2go vehicles for City business purposes. There is no exchange of revenue.

W. Va. Governor Wants to Consolidate State Fleet

CHARLESTON, WV - A series of audits revealing the state spends $60 to $70 million a year on its fleet are contributing factors to Gov. Joe Manchin's proposed legislation to consolidate and centralize the state's vehicle fleet.

Kenworth Expands Product Line

KIRKLAND, WA- Kenworth Truck Company is expanding its industry-leading product line with the introduction of the Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine for the Kenworth T800 short hood and W900S models.

Calif. Pledges $11 Million for Clean-Diesel Trucks

SACRAMENTO - A potential shut-down of the Port of Oakland by harbor truck drivers was averted Jan. 4 when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) pledged to give truckers $11 million in grant money to meet new emissions standards.

New Emission Testing Standards for Georgia

ATLANTA --- Beginning in 2010, model year vehicles 1986 to 2007 are required to meet emission testing standards in Georgia. Georgia's Clean Air Force (GCAF) has announced its guidelines for the 2010 Enhanced Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Program.

New CA Requirements for Auto Refrigerant

SACRAMENTO, CA --- In 2010, California's home-based mechanics will see changes to small containers of R-134a, a compound used to recharge automobile air-conditioning systems and a potent greenhouse gas.

Volvo Trucks Develops Dual-Fuel Engines in Europe

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN --- Volvo Trucks said it will be the first truck manufacturer with an efficient diesel engine fueled by a mixture of methane gas and diesel.

First Volt Battery Pack to be Assembled This Week

DETROIT --- General Motors Co. will start assembling the first lithium-ion battery pack for its Chevrolet Volt electric car on Thursday, Jan. 7, at a ceremony attended by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

Ford to Test EVs in Germany

DEARBORN, MI --- Ford Motor Co. will launch a two-year test program of electric-powered Focus cars and Transit Connect vans in Germany this week, Bloomberg reported.

Electric Car Production Coming to Indiana

OSLO, NORWAY --- Electric vehicle manufacturer Think Global announced plans to start production of its Think City electric car in Elkhart County, Indiana, for sale in the North American market.

GE Capital Fleet Services Hosts Environmental Performance Webinar

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN. - GE Capital Fleet Services will host an Electric Vehicles and the Smart Grid webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, as part of its Environmental Performance webinar series.

Biodiesel Industry Suffers as Tax Credit Ends

OKLAHOMA CITY - With the expiration of a federal tax credit that provided makers of biodiesel $1 for every gallon, some U.S. biodiesel producers say they will shut down without the government subsidy.

Location Set for 2010 Green Fleet Conference

TORRANCE, CA - The 2010 Green Fleet Conference, scheduled for Oct. 18-19, will be held at the Towne & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.

City of Greensburg Lacks Take-Home Policy

GREENSBURG, PA - Although no set policy exists for government vehicles taken home by seven employees, the city's administrator said workers know the vehicles are for business use only.

City of Austin to Install CNG Station at Airport

AUSTIN, TX - The City of Austin has awarded a 10-year contract to Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to design, build, and maintain a new public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station located adjacent to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

BMW: What to Do Next with Electric Mini Test

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ - There are about 600 pure electric versions of BMW's Mini running around. The German automaker is now about six months into its test of how the electrics will hold up in real-world consumer tests.

 

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