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Plan to Cut U.S. Emissions Backed by 1,000 Mayors

MESA, AZ - Mayor Scott Smith became the 1,000th signatory to sign the Washington-based U.S. Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, which calls for a 7-percent reduction in carbon emissions below 1990 levels.

Dona Ana County to Create Centralized Fleet Dept.

LAS CRUCES, NM - Splitting fleet operations between personnel in the county roads department and the sheriff's department has "hampered" accountability for maintenance.

Reno Police to Replace 14 Vehicles

RENO, NV - Patrol cars, motorcycles, and pickup utility vehicles that have exceeded their useful life by age, mileage or general condition, or are beyond economical repair will be replaced.

Culver City Recognized for Natural Gas Efforts

CULVER CITY, CA - The City was presented a 2009 National NGV Achievement Award for its NGV fleet deployment and CNG station program at the Annual NGV Conference-Summit in Long Beach, Calif.

NBB VP Testifies Before U.S. House Committee on Importance of Extending Biodiesel Tax Credit

WASHINGTON - Manning Feraci, Vice President of Federal Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), testified before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business regarding the pressing need to extend and reform the biodiesel tax incentive.

All-Electric Navistar Truck Unveiled on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON - Members of Congress were shown an early result of federal stimulus investments paying dividends - an all-electric commercial truck from Navistar, Inc. that does not depend on foreign oil, is already generating jobs, and offers real potential to usher in a new wave of U.S.-led clean vehicle technologies.

Consumer Reports: New Prius Improves Hwy Fuel Economy

YONKERS, NY --- The redesigned Toyota Prius remains the most fuel-efficient car consumers can buy at 44 mpg overall, according to Consumer Reports' latest tests.

CAR Study Highlights Benefits of Greening Fleets

ANN ARBOR, MI --- A new report by the Sustainable Transportation and Communities group at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), a Michigan-based nonprofit research group, examines the benefits of converting corporate fleets from gasoline to compressed natural gas (CNG) and hybrid vehicles.

Mazda to Invest More in Hybrid Cars

IRVINE, CA - Mazda plans to raise $1 billion by selling new shares and treasury stock in order to pump more money into developing hybrid cars and other fuel-efficient vehicles, CBS News and Financial Times reported this week.

Mass. Gov. Patrick Praises A123 Systems for Jobs

WATERTOWN, MA --- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick last week visited A123 Systems, a maker of lithium-ion batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles, and touted the company's technology and role in helping the commonwealth's recovery from the recession, GateHouse News Service reported.

Baldwin County, AL, Considers Hybrid Plant Plans

BAY MINETTE, AL --- Hybrid Kinetic Motors Corp. plans to seek written support from Baldwin County, Alabama, officials this week for the fledgling auto company's plans to build a major hybrid vehicle plant in the county.

Cutoff Date for 2010-MY Dodge Ram Orders Approaching

DETROIT - Due to the limited production window, Dodge is reminding fleets the order cutoff date for 2010 Dodge Ram 3500/4500/5500 Cab and Chassis models is Thursday, Oct. 8.

PSE Joins Nissan & ECOtality for EV Project

BELLEVUE, WA - Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will assist with the roll-out of charging stations for the Nissan LEAF and other EVs, and is studying how the increased use of EVs may impact the demand for energy and the energy infrastructure.

Kruse Leaves GM to Start EV Consulting Firm

DETROIT --- Bob Kruse, General Motors' executive director of global vehicle engineering for hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries, on Sept. 30 resigned his position, the Detroit News reported.

Va. Project Explores Algae-Based Biofuel

GLOUCESTER POINT, VA --- The College of William and Mary and its Virginia Institute of Marine Science are working together to investigate a promising new technology to produce biofuel from the algae growing naturally in rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.

Toyota Targets 2012 for Prius Plug-in

LOS ANGELES --- Toyota Motor Corp. plans to have a plug-in version of the Prius for sale in the U.S. within the next three years, a company executive confirmed during an appearance at an environmental conference.

Missouri Agencies to Share $700K Natural Gas Grant

SPRINGFIELD, MO - The City of Springfield, Greene County, and the Missouri Department of Transportation will share the $700,000 grant for a compressed natural gas fueling station.

Volvo Car's Environmental Vision: 'DRIVe Towards Zero'

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - "DRIVe Towards Zero" is Volvo Cars' vision for developing cars entirely free from harmful exhaust emissions and environment-impacting carbon dioxide.

Navistar to Produce 400 Electric Trucks

WASHINGTON - Navistar unveiled an all-electric commercial truck to members of Congress Sept. 30 as a preview of the trucks to be built in 2010.

30 Vehicles to Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

LOS ANGELES - World debuts will be unveiled from manufacturers including Audi, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, and Toyota at the annual show in December.

Owens & Minor Joins EPA SmartWay Partnership

RICHMOND, VA - Owens & Minor's private fleet and its energy-efficient business practices earned the SmartWay Performance score of 1.25, the highest rating available in the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

EPA Awards $1.2M for Greener Trucks

NEW YORK - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1.2 million to replace 51 older delivery trucks with diesel-electric hybrid trucks certified to the EPA's 2007 diesel standards.

Coca-Cola Deploys More Hybrid Trucks

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The seven new hybrid-electric delivery trucks will be used on routes throughout Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, and Belen.

2009 ALT Car Expo is Carbon Offset by Balanced Footprint

SANTA MONICA, CA - This year's exposition will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Balanced Footprint is a Green-e certified provider of carbon offsets for homes, autos, businesses, and events.

SOMS Technologies COO to Present at Green Fleet Conference 2009

VALHALLA, NY - Steve Kirchner, chief operating officer (COO) of SOMS Technologies LLC, manufacturer of the microGreen Extended Performance Oil Filter, is one of the speakers who will present "Innovative Solutions on How to Save Money and Green Your Fleet" at the Green Fleet Conference 2009.


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