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Verizon to Deploy 501 CNG Vans

NEW YORK - Verizon has placed an order with BAF to convert 501 new Ford E-250 Series vans to compressed natural gas (CNG) power, scheduled for deployment later this year.

Ford 2011 Fleet Lineup is All 'Green'

DEARBORN, MI - Ford will offer 100 percent of its fleet vehicles this year with fuel-efficient powertrains and other sustainable technologies - including battery electric, hybrid, natural gas, propane, E-85, biodiesel, and EcoBoost.

BMW Group: Megacity Vehicle to Launch in 2013

MUNICH / BEIJING - With the launch of its Megacity Vehicle in 2013, the BMW Group will be bringing its first series-production electric-drive model to market.

Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid Luxury Sedan Setting New Eco-Chic Standards in Hollywood

MONTVALE, NJ - Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC clean diesel technology, a Hollywood veteran for luxury eco-chic transportation, is getting support from a cast of new environmentally friendly vehicles including the Mercedes-Benz 2010 S400 HYBRID luxury sedan and ML450 HYBRID SUV.

GM Repays Federal Loans Early, Volt Goes on Sale in October

General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre announced Wednesday that the company fully repaid its federal loans ahead of schedule and that the Chevy Volt will go on sale two months earlier than planned.

Enova Integrates Ford F-150 and Chevy Express With All-Electric System

Enova will host a national vehicle exhibition in June and display its Ford, Chevy and Daimler/Freightliner electric vehicles.

Chevrolet’s Cruze Eco Promises Fuel Efficiency

The Cruze Eco, which provides an estimated 40 mpg on the highway, will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Ryder Gets $19.3M for Natural Gas Truck Project

As part of the project, Ryder will purchase more than 200 heavy-duty natural gas powered trucks and deploy them in its Southern California operations network.

City of Martinez Installs EV Charging Stations

MARTINEZ, CA - The three 120V stations, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, are located in and around downtown Martinez, including one at City Hall; one at Main and Court streets; and one at the Amtrak Station.

FCCC Receives Esteemed Daimler Environmental Leadership Award

GAFFNEY, SC - A leader in sustainability efforts in the trucking industry, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) recently received the Environmental Leadership Award from Daimler AG.

Kamps Propane Becomes Biggest California User of ROUSH Propane Trucks

LIVONIA, MI - Though they are not the biggest player in the propane industry, Kamps Propane is the biggest user of ROUSH propane-fueled vehicles in the western states.

NYC Network of CNG Fueling Stations to Expand

SEAL BEACH, CA - Moving to expand its New York City network of CNG fueling facilities, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has contracted to build and operate two new CNG stations in the New York area.

ALTe to Specialize in Fleet Electric Conversion

AUBURN HILLS, MI - Electric powertrain company ALTe last week moved into a new 185,000-square-foot facility in Auburn Hills. The company is positioning itself to specialize in the emerging field of fleet vehicle electric conversion, the Detroit Free Press reported.

EV Battery Components Plant Breaks Ground in Mich.

BATTLE CREEK, MI - Toda America on Tuesday, April 20, began construction on its $70 million plant designed to manufacture cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported. The facility will sell chemical components for the advanced battery cells that power electric-drive vehicles.

Fisker to Launch Tour for Karma Plug-in

IRVINE, CA - American green-car maker Fisker Automotive will be launching a North American tour to introduce the Karma plug-in hybrid to local markets and support the company's new retail network.

Hyundai Working on New Hybrid-Only Car

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA - Hyundai is now developing a new hybrid-only vehicle aimed at competing directly with the Toyota Prius, according to a report.

LS9's UltraClean Diesel Draws EPA OK

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - California-based biofuels maker LS9 announced that its UltraClean Diesel, a diesel replacement product offering, has been officially registered by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and can now be sold commercially in the U.S.

Groups Partner to Promote NG Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

WASHINGTON - The American Public Gas Association (APGA), Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and Hybrid Kinetic Motors Corp. (HK Motors) announced plans to work together to promote the mass production and sales of natural gas-powered hybrid passenger vehicles.

Wheels, Inc. Announces EcoWheels Green Driver Challenge

DES PLAINES, IL - The EcoWheels Green Driver Challenge will be launched in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 and conclude July 1.

Delray Professional Center to Get EV Charging Stations

MIAMI BEACH, FL - The Delray Professional Center, a 43,000-square foot medical/professional building in Palm Beach County, has signed an agreement to install and maintain charging stations for electric vehicles.

Employees Face Added Tax Burden for Use of State Agency Vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO - Hundreds of workers at State Compensation Insurance Fund face a bigger income tax bill next year because their employer didn't understand the law for reporting company vehicle use, according to the Sacramento Bee.

San Jose Firefighters Blame Budget Woes on Hybrid Cars

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose firefighters facing layoffs and demands for pay cuts attribute the City's $116 million budget deficit to spending on "unnecessary" items such as new hybrid cars.

City of Norman Gets New CNG Trucks

NORMAN, OK - The two new garbage trucks powered by compressed natural gas are the first CNG-powered sanitation trucks to be used in the state.

Hybrids Pose Pedestrian Risk, Says NHTSA Chief

DETROIT - Quiet hybrid vehicles may pose risks to pedestrians, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told attendees at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress.

Washington State Moves to Ban Copper in Brake Pads

SEATTLE - Washington has become the first state in the nation to pass a law to phase out the use of copper in brake pads. The move could eventually make copper-free pads the industry standard in the U.S., according to the Associated Press.



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