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Study: Biofuels Reduce GHGs by 123.5M Tons

TORONTO --- A new study concludes that world biofuels production in 2009 has reduced global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 123.5 million tons, representing an average reduction of 57 percent compared to the emissions that would have occurred from the production and use of equal quantities of petroleum fuels.

Toyota to Debut Hybrid Concept Car in Detroit

TORRANCE, CA --- Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. said it will debut a new dedicated hybrid concept vehicle during the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Propane Option Now Offered for E-Series Vans

LIVONIA, MI - ROUSH Performance is launching into the next phase of their liquid propane injected vehicle offerings with a line of E-Series vans.

City of Grand Rapids Cuts Down on Take-Home Vehicles

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Grand Rapids City Manager Gregory Sundstrom recently proposed cutting use of 24-hour take-home vehicle assignments by 23 percent, effective Feb. 1, 2010.

Tulsa Must Pay Back Take-Home Fees, Says Arbitrator

TULSA, OK - An independent arbitrator has ruled that the City of Tulsa must pay back a total of $92,000 to police officers who were charged a fee for using their patrol cars for off-duty jobs.

Puget Sound Energy & City of Bellevue Welcome Nissan LEAF Debut

BELLEVUE, WA - Puget Sound Energy and the City of Bellevue hosted the King County debut of the 2010 Nissan LEAF on Dec. 10.

U.S. Postal Service to Cut Annual Petroleum Use by 2%

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has a goal to cut petroleum usage by 2 percent annually through 2015.

Jefferson County Unveils New Hybrid Snowplow

GOLDEN, CO - While some companies have used the 2009 International Model 7300 Hybrid as a delivery truck, Jefferson County is the first to have outfitted the hybrid truck as a snowplow.

<i>Automotive Fleet</i> Adds Photo Galleries to Web Site

TORRANCE, CA - A new photo gallery feature has been added to the Automotive Fleet Web site. The photo galleries will be updated periodically with images taken at various events throughout the year.

UPS Leasing a Total of 92 ZAP Electric Trucks

SANTA ROSA, CA - UPS has leased 92 electric vehicles from ZAP since 2007 to assist with increased delivery needs during November and December.

City of Vineland Take-Home Cars Scrutinized

VINELAND, NJ - City officials are compiling a report of all municipal employees authorized to drive home a city-owned vehicle in efforts to save money.

Nissan, San Francisco Collaborate to Develop Bay Area EV Charging Network

As part of the collaboration, Nissan has committed to making the Nissan LEAF zero-emission, all-electric vehicle commercially available in the Bay Area upon its debut in December 2010.

Report: Construction Industry Below Calif. Diesel Emissions Target Level for Years to Come

California Air Resources Board (CARB) inventory displays need to rethink new "retrofit" requirements as industry, economy combine to cut current and forecast emissions.

5,000+ Accidents in W. Va State Fleet in Past 5 Years

CHARLESTON, WV - A legislative audit recently revealed that West Virginia state employees have had more than 5,000 accidents in state vehicles over the past five years, costing the state nearly $23 million in insurance claims and deductibles.

Freightliner, Enova Team Up on All-Electric Commercial Vehicles

The companies have completed the program's first phase, which was to demonstrate a walk-in van powered by Enova's integrated all-electric drive technology.

City of Columbus, Ohio Fleet Makes TV Debut

COLUMBUS, OH - The City of Columbus, Ohio's large fleet of alternative fuel vehicles is the focus of this week's MotorWeek Clean Cities Success Story.

Navistar Receives Sustainability Award for Continued Efforts to Protect the Environment

MELROSE PARK, IL - Navistar's Melrose Park engine plant was recently honored with the prestigious Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award. This is the 14th time Navistar's Melrose Park engine plant has received the award.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Reinforces Environmental Commitment

MONTRÉAL, QC - Coca-Cola Bottling Company is expanding its fleet of hybrid-electric delivery trucks across Canada as part of its ongoing commitment to Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CRS).

Environmental Group Praises 3 Corporate Fleets

BOSTON --- Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has recognized three companies for their innovative greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction strategies to help to reduce fleet emissions. EDF has identified Carrier, Novo Nordisk and Poland Spring as pioneers in "executing innovative emission reduction best practices that corporations across America can emulate."

Volkswagen Premieres Up! Lite Concept Car

HERNDON, VA ---Volkswagen of America Inc. unveiled its Up! Lite concept car at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. The hybrid car, capable of up to 70 mpg on the highway, features a Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel engine, an advanced electric motor, and a seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox.

California Firm Fined for Emissions Violations

SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California Air Resources Board has fined Sturgeon & Son Inc. $14,500 for emissions violations during 2007 and 2008.

L.A. Mayor Unveils Plug-in EV Plan

LOS ANGELES --- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Dec. 1 announced the Southern California Regional Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Plan at the LA Auto Show.

Group Promotes DME as Diesel Substitute

MIAMI --- To promote awareness and use of dimethyl ether (DME) as a renewable, low-carbon diesel substitute throughout North America, the International DME Association (IDA) has assembled a North American Affairs Committee (NAAC).

Dec. 11 Deadline Set for Iowa Biodiesel Grants

JOHNSTON, IA --- Iowa school districts have until Dec. 11 to apply for a $2,500 Biodiesel Backer Award grant from the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.

3 Texas Propane Retailers Join Fleet Conversion Group

DALLAS --- Three Dallas-Fort Worth area propane retailers have joined Alliance AutoGas, a national alternative-fuel vehicle conversion and fueling network.

 

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