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CODA Plans to Locate EV Battery Plant in Ohio

SANTA MONICA, CA - CODA, a California-based electric car and battery company, unveiled plans to build an automotive-grade lithium-ion battery system manufacturing facility in Ohio.

Ford Investing $135M in Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

YPSILANTI, MI - Ford Motor Company is investing $135 million to design, engineer, and produce key components for the company's next-generation hybrid-electric vehicles.

Monroe County Cuts Emissions with Ethanol

ROCHESTER, NY - Testing conducted on Monroe County's fleet has shown E-20 use reduces tailpipe emissions of hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide and shows "no discernible impact to vehicle drivability or the need for additional maintenance."

Newport Beach Opens New CNG Station

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - Located in the City's General Services Corporation Yard, the station will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve public fleets and private vehicles.

BMW to Launch 5 Series Full Hybrid as Early as 2011

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ - As early as next year, the new BMW 5 Series will also be available as a full hybrid.

Tesla & Toyota to Work Jointly on EV Development

PALO ALTO, CA - Tesla Motors, Inc. and Toyota Motor Corporation announced they intend to cooperate on the development of electric vehicles, parts, and production system, and engineering support.

Navistar Unveils eStar All-Electric Commercial Truck

The eStar all-electric truck is the first medium-duty commercial vehicle to receive certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board. FedEx will evaluate the performance of the eStar vehicle in its fleet as it operates in the Los Angeles area.

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All-New Ford Fiesta Tops Class in Fuel Economy

The 2011 Fiesta received an Environmental Protection Agency certified 40 mpg rating, which is 5 mpg better than the Honda Fit and 4 mpg better than the Toyota Yaris.

New York Department of Sanitation Runs First Hino Hybrid in the U.S.

As part of its initiative to reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions, DSNY has elected to run a Hino light-duty diesel hybrid cab-over for parts delivery.

Chevy, GMC to Offer CNG and LPG Vans for Fleets

General Motors said Monday it plans to offer compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas versions of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans later this year.

Washington Endorses Steel Wheel Weights

OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State Department of Ecology recently endorsed steel wheel weights over other lead alternatives.

Live Webcast Today of Alternative Fuels Workshop Available for Fleet Managers

The event is the second in a series of 14 training seminars across the country made possible by a $1.6 million grant from the Energy Department. The nationwide training program will consist of workshops that cover topics including alternative fuel quality, infrastructure, available vehicles, safety, and environmental impact.

Altech-Eco Draws EPA OK for Bi-Fueled & Dedicated CNG System

ASHEVILLE, NC - Altech-Eco Corp. said May 10 it has obtained a certificate of conformity from the EPA for the company's 2010 Ford Fusion passenger sedan CNG conversion system.

Sunoco's N.Y. Ethanol Plant to Open in July

PHILADELPHIA - Sunoco Inc.'s ethanol plant in upstate New York is expected to begin operations by July 1, Dow Jones reported.

SAKOR Introduces Hybrid Vehicle Battery Test

OKEMOS, MI - SAKOR Technologies Inc., a leader in hybrid vehicle drivetrain testing, has introduced its Hybrid Vehicle Battery Test System for high-voltage battery testing.

Nissan Opens Leaf Reservations to Public

FRANKLIN, TN - Nissan North America Inc. opened reservations for the Nissan Leaf zero-emission, all-electric vehicle on May 15 to the general public.

Calif. EV Station Uses SAE Charging Standard

WOODSIDE, CA - A Sacramento-area electric vehicle charging station, which became operational May 3, is believed to be the first public station employing the updated SAE International standard for electric vehicle charging, according to the Electric Auto Association.

Green Technology Patents Dominate GM '09 Filings

WARREN, MI - More than half of the 1,300 patents filed by General Motors in 2009 are green innovations, illustrating the company's shifting emphasis in its research and development efforts.

GM to Offer Fleets CNG & LPG Full-Size Vans

DETROIT - General Motors announced it will offer fleets compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) powered versions of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans later this year.

New System Doubles Range of ZAP Electric Cars

SANTA ROSA, CA - Electric vehicle provider ZAP said it has begun shipping new lithium battery systems for various models of its electric vehicles, offering at least four times the life of standard lead-acid batteries and twice the driving range.

Nissan Leaf Battery Maker Targets Lower Cost

FRANKLIN, TN - Nissan Motor Co., which will start selling its Leaf electric car this year, aims to cut the cost of the vehicle's lithium-ion battery pack to less than $370 per kilowatt-hour to make a profit from the model, according to Bloomberg.

Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), recently provided updates on "what's going on in the world of biodiesel" at the 2010 Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference + Expo in Las

Biodiesel Tax Credit Must be Reinstated, Says NBB

LAS VEGAS - In the fifth month without the biodiesel tax credit, National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Joe Jobe renewed his call for Congress to put Americans back to work immediately by retroactively reinstating the expired tax incentive.

Delphi, VW Develop 'Green' Diesel System

PARIS - Delphi Corp. said it has collaborated with Volkswagen to develop one of the "greenest" diesel systems ever produced for the new three-cylinder VW Polo BlueMotion.

EV Discussion Slated for Telematics Tradeshow

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Frost & Sullivan's automotive and transportation group is scheduled to moderate a panel discussion on the electric vehicle market during Telematics Detroit 2010 on June 9.

Clean Cities Initiative Honored for Alt-Fuel Vehicle Work

WASHINGTON - The Department of Energy's Clean Cities initiative won the Golden Bullet Award on May 11 in recognition of its success in deploying alternative-fuel and advanced-technology vehicles through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 

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