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Smith Electric Vehicles Awarded GSA Schedule

WASHINGTON - Smith's all-electric, fuel- and emissions-free commercial trucks are now available for purchase by U.S. government agencies and military forces.

USDA & Navy Work to Boost Military Biofuel Use

WASHINGTON - Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Navy have signed a memorandum of understanding intended to increase the use of biofuels and alternative energy in the military.

Detroit Diesel Corporation Family of Advanced Engines with BlueTec 2010 Certified

PORTLAND, OR - Detroit Diesel Corporation's high performance, fuel efficient family of engines, including the DD13, DD15, and DD16 with the BlueTec emissions control system, has been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency as meeting 2010 emissions regulations.

EPA Tightens Nitrogen Dioxide Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Jan. 25 announced a new national air-quality standard for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a pollutant that can be generated from vehicle emissions.

CA's Palm Desert Deploys CNG-Powered Ambulance

PALM DESERT, CA -- The city of Palm Desert in southern California unveiled its new compressed natural gas-powered ambulance and medic unit on Jan. 22 at the city's Fire Station 33.

GM Invests $246M in Electric Motors, Hybrid Tech

BALTIMORE -- General Motors said it will invest approximately $246 million to construct a high-volume manufacturing facility that will produce rear-drive electric motors for hybrid and electric vehicles by 2013.

Researchers: Engine System Cuts Biodiesel Emissions

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN --- Researchers from Purdue University and Cummins Inc. said they have developed an advanced "closed-loop control" approach for preventing diesel engines from emitting greater amounts of smog-causing nitrogen oxides when running on biodiesel fuels.

Pepco Gets Charging Stations Ready for Chevy Volt

WASHINGTON - Pepco Holdings, Inc. will add 10 Chevrolet Volts to its fleet as part of a two-year demonstration to assess the impact of these vehicles on the electric system and to evaluate their commercial application.

Steelweld Acquires the Midbox Product

ST. CLAIR, MO - With this latest addition, Steelweld expands its operations to include Shreveport, La.

Waste Management Deploys New Natural Gas Trucks

SANTA ANA, CA --- Waste Management announced the deployment of 12 new compressed natural gas (CNG) trash-collection trucks in the California cities of Santa Ana and Irvine.

Washington Included in Volt Rollout Plans

WASHINGTON - General Motors has added the nation's capital to its list of lead retail markets for its Chevrolet Volt. The automaker also announced partnerships with two D.C.-area utilities, Pepco and Dominion, to help introduce the public to the electric vehicle and establish vehicle charging programs.

Zero-Emission Bus Fleet Ready for Winter Games

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA --- BC Transit recently unveiled the hydrogen station that will fuel its fleet of 20 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses. These vehicles will soon be carrying athletes and visitors to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Whistler.

U.S. Postal Service Plans Conversion to Plug-In EVs

WASHINGTON - AC Propulsion and AutoPort will partner in engineering, development, and conversion to provide an electric vehicle conversion prototype and report for the U.S. Postal Service.

GE Capital Fleet Services’ Rebate Program Processed More Than $2.5 Million for Customers in 2009

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - GE Capital Fleet Services announced its Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles Rebate Program processed more than $2.5 million in rebates for customers in 2009.

Yellow Cab CNG Conversion May Cost Up to $8M

DALLAS - Despite a total conversion cost that could exceed $8 million, Yellow Cab believes the lower cost of compressed natural gas, in comparison to regular gasoline, will ultimately lower expenses.

Vermont Lawmakers Seeking to Crack Down on Idling Trucks

The House Natural Resources and Energy Committee is currently working on a bill that would prohibit big trucks from idling for more than five minutes.

ACEEE Names the 'Greenest' & 'Meanest' Vehicles for 2010

In its 13th year, the Green Book Online, produced by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), has named Honda's natural gas-powered Civic GX as the "greenest vehicle" for 2010, while the Lamborghini Murcielago tops the "meanest vehicles" list.

Government Fleets Implement Location-Based Services

NORWALK, CT - Several government agencies in Arizona, New York, and Canada have added WebTech Wireless location-based services (LBS) to their fleets.

Minnesota Temporarily Waives 5 Percent Biodiesel Mandate

ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Department of Commerce has temporarily waived the 5-percent biodiesel mandate for No. 1 diesel fuel in the state due to cold weather.

California Fines Mello Milk Transport Fleet

SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California Air Resources Board last month fined a Newman, CA-based heavy-duty diesel fleet $37,000 for failing to inspect its diesel trucks for compliance with the state's smoke emissions standards.

Weather Interferes With MN Biodiesel Requirements

ST. PAUL, MN --- Freezing temperatures in Minnesota have led government leaders to stop enforcing the 5-percent biodiesel requirement that's part of the state's anti-global warming initiative.

Automakers Urge Caution in E15 Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- A group comprising 13 vehicle, fuel and engine-related associations has urged government leaders to use extra caution in the upcoming decision on whether to permit the use of the E15 ethanol blend.

DTE Energy Deploys EV Charging Stations

DETROIT --- Coulomb Technologies and Shocking Solutions, both leaders in the realm of electric vehicle charging, announced that six ChargePoint networked charging stations have been deployed by DTE Energy at their Detroit headquarters and at an Ann Arbor facility.

L.A. Port to Test Vision Industries' Hybrid Trucks

LOS ANGELES --- The Port of Los Angeles has entered negotiations with Vision Industries Corp., a locally based manufacturer of the plug-in electric/hydrogen fuel cell hybrid Tyrano truck.

A123 Systems Signs Battery Deal With Fisker

WATERTOWN, MA --- A123 Systems, a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries and systems, announced a battery supply agreement with automaker Fisker Automotive.

 

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