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Toyota, NHTSA to Investigate Runaway Prius

SAN DIEGO, CA - Toyota Motor Corp. and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration both dispatched teams on Tuesday, March 9, to inspect a Prius that sped out of control on a freeway in the San Diego area a day earlier, Reuters reported.

Metro Cab Adds Biodiesel-Fueled Jettas

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Metro Cab in Michigan has added seven biodiesel-fueled Vokswagen Jettas to its fleet, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

Cummins Settles With EPA

COLUMBUS, IN - Engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. last month agreed to pay a $2.1 million penalty and recall 405 engines under a settlement agreement aimed at resolving Clean Air Act violations, the Wall Street Journal reported.

BYD to Sell EVs, Hybrids in Europe

HONG KONG - Chinese automaker BYD Co. said it plans to begin selling electric and hybrid cars in Western Europe next year, Bloomberg reported.

Homebuilder Offers Pre-wire Option for EV Charging

LOS ANGELES - KB Home, a major American homebuilder, announced it will begin offering an option to pre-wire its new custom homes to accommodate charging stations for homeowners' electric vehicles.

Maryland's EV Program Draws $1M in Grants

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The state of Maryland launched a program this week that offers $1 in grants to further the use of electric vehicles, the Baltimore Business Journal reported.

Lexus Launches Hybrid Marketing Campaign

TORRANCE, CA - For the first time, Lexus has launched a marketing campaign that showcases all four of the brand's hybrid vehicles currently in market: the RX 400h, GS 450h, LS 600h and HS 250h.

Mitsubishi, Peugeot Finalize Electric Car Agreement

TOKYO, JAPAN - Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said on Tuesday, March 8, that it had reached a final agreement with PSA Peugeot Citroen on development and supply of a new electric vehicle for the European market.

Ford Transit Connect Electric

AT&T Lead Customer for Ford Transit Connect Electric

ST. LOUIS, MO - Azure Dynamics Corporation announced AT&T agreed to purchase two of the first Ford Transit Connect Electric vans, the latest addition to AT&T's growing fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz Confirms Launch of First Diesel-Electric Hybrid

MONTVALE, NJ - Mercedes-Benz' E300 BlueTec hybrid, the carmaker's first ever diesel-electric hybrid car, will soon be launched. Mercedes-Benz confirmed that the hybrid will arrive at European showrooms early in 2011.

Government Fleet Co-Hosts Best Practices Seminar in SoCal

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine, Clean Cities, MEMA, and The 100 Best Fleets in North America are co-hosting a seminar March 18 for fleet managers and their team members called, "Implementing Best Business Practices: What Smart Leaders Do in Difficult Times." The seminar, which features guest speakers and panel discussions, will be held in Inglewood, Calif.

Alameda County Gets Funding for Recharging Stations

OAKLAND, CA - Alameda County, in Northern California, recently received an $84,760 grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (AQMD) for 40 electric vehicle charging stations which will be mainly used to recharge county and local agency vehicles, the Oakland Tribune reports.

The ROUSH propane-powered Ford F-250 pickup

CARB Approves ROUSH Propane-Powered Ford Pickups

These alternative-fuel vehicles meet the strict emission standards of California and can now be sold and operated in all 50 states.

Clean Energy Announces Expansion of Southern California LNG Fueling Infrastructure

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. plans to expand its existing network of liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck fueling stations in Southern California this year beyond its current two LNG stations located at the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports complex.

Propane Council to Highlight Latest in Propane Technology

WASHINGTON - The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will host the 2010 Propane Engine Fuel Summit - highlighting a comprehensive program in on-and-off road propane vehicles and applications as well as the latest developments in propane technology.

Eaton Hybrid Systems Achieve 30 Million Miles of Service Worldwide

KALAMAZOO, MI - Eaton Corporation announced customers using the company's hybrid systems have collectively accumulated more than 30 million miles of clean, reliable service throughout the world.

In Memoriam: Peter LeFort

IRVINE, CA - Peter LeFort, one of the founding members of the California Hydrogen Business Council, passed away Feb. 12. He was 79.

Verenium and BP Extend Ethanol Program

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Verenium Corp., a developer of cellulosic ethanol and specialty enzymes, said it has extended its joint development program with partner BP for an additional month until April 1 of this year.

EV Charging Network Demonstrated at CeBIT Show

HANNOVER, GERMANY - Coulomb Technologies, a leader in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure, demonstrated the features and capabilities of its ChargePoint Network application services for utilities and drivers of electric vehicles at the CeBIT 2010 show in Hannover, Germany.

L.A.'s Clean Truck Program Headed to Court in April

LOS ANGELES - A U.S. District judge on Feb. 25 denied all summary judgments in the ongoing dispute over the Port of Los Angeles' Clean Truck Program.

Protec to Bring More E85 Stations to South

BOCA RATON, FL - Protec Fuel Management, which offers retailers a turnkey option in ethanol infrastructure, said it has received Department of Energy funding to open 30 E85 stations throughout Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

CNG System for Ford Transit Connect Draws EPA OK

ASHEVILLE, NC - Altech-Eco Corp. in North Carolina said its dedicated 2010 Ford Transit Connect compressed natural gas (CNG) conversion system has drawn a certificate of conformity from the EPA.

Ford Develops Electric Vehicle Plans for Europe

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Ford Motor Co. this week said its global electric vehicles plan is extending to Europe. Ford will offer five full-electric or hybrid vehicles across its C, CD and light commercial vehicle ranges for European customers by 2013.

Daimler to Invest in EVs for Chinese Market

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Speaking before reporters at the Geneva Motor Show this week, Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche said he expects to easily invest ero100 million ($135 million) in its electric car joint venture with Chinese automaker BYD Co.

Clean Energy to Add More Calif. LNG Stations

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. said it plans to expand its network of liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck fueling stations in Southern California this year.



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