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GEICO to Promote Green Repair Shop Program

OVERLAND PARK, KS - The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) is partnering with GEICO to promote the new "GreenLink Shop" designation for GEICO's Auto Repair Xpress facilities.

IBM Leads U.K. Electric Car Research Project

LONDON - IBM on March 18 announced an agreement with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to evaluate the potential impact of electric vehicles on the United Kingdom electricity grid.

Virent Energy CEO to Head Biofuels Group

WASHINGTON - The Advanced BioFuels Association has elected Lee Edwards, CEO of Virent Energy Systems, as chairman of its board and Robert M. Ames, vice president and general manager of Tyson Foods, as board vice chairman.

Police Point to Driver Error in NY Prius Crash

HARRISON, NY - Police in Harrison, N.Y., told reporters on Monday, March 22, that driver error -- not unintended acceleration -- was apparently behind a March 9 crash of a Toyota Prius in the area, Reuters reported.

Beginning in 2012, Chrysler Group will manufacture the Fiat 500EV for the U.S. market.

Chrysler to Develop New Fiat Electric Vehicle for U.S.

AUBURN HILLS, MI - Shown earlier this year at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, the Fiat 500EV is a pure electric vehicle based on the Fiat 500 platform.

New Pentastar V-6 Engine to Improve Fuel Efficiency

AUBURN HILLS, MI - The Pentastar engine will ultimately replace seven current Chrysler Group V-6 engines and utilize advanced technologies from the Fiat alliance such as Multiair, direct-injection, and turbocharging.

DTE Energy is considering replacing some of the minivans currently being used by repair technicians who service homes and businesses with Transit Connects.

DTE Energy Adds Transit Connects to Fleet

DEARBORN, MI - DTE Energy recently purchased 19 Ford Transit Connects and is exploring ways to integrate the new compact van into its vehicle fleet.

West Lafayette Approves Take-Home Policy

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - The City of West LaFayette has approved a 2010 take-home vehicle policy for city employees, which includes police officers, fire officials, the mayor, and a city engineer.

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All-New Lexus CT 200h Premium Compact Hybrid Makes North American Debut

NEW YORK - The all-new Lexus CT 200h premium compact hybrid will be on display for the first time in North America at the 2010 New York International Auto Show March 31-April 11.

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Audi A6 Hybrid to Join A8 Hybrid & Q5 Hybrid by 2012

HERNDON, VA - As part of the Volkswagen Group's strategy to dominate the alternative-powertrain market, the Audi lineup will see a rapid expansion of plug-in hybrid and electric cars over the coming years.

Senate Passes Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension

The legislation (H.R. 4213) provides a one-year retroactive extension of the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive.

Ford Unveils 2011 Super Duty With Power Stroke Diesel Engine

The new diesel engine, available in the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty, is B20 compatible, which allows customers an additional fueling option that uses blends of up to 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel.

The California Air Resources Board Approves EVI Zero Emission Vehicles

STOCKTON, CA - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved Electric Vehicles International's (EVI) fully electric return-to-base medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

NBB Hails Senate Passage of Biodiesel Tax Incentive

WASHINGTON - The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) praised the U.S. Senate for passing H.R. 4213, the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010 by a 62 to 36 margin.

Assn. to Promote EV Charging Standards

TOKYO - Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi are among the companies that have formed the CHAdeMO Association, a group focused on increasing quick-charger installations worldwide for electric vehicles. The association will promote standardization of EV charging systems.

Green Truck Assn. Set to Launch

ST. LOUIS, MO - The National Truck Equipment Association has formed a new affiliate division, the Green Truck Association, to help fleets, manufacturers and others stay informed about regulatory and industry developments.

GM's Fuel Cell System Shrinks in Size, Cost

BURBANK, CA - General Motors Co. said it is testing a production-intent hydrogen fuel cell system that can be packaged in the space of a traditional four-cylinder engine and be ready for commercial production in 2015.

Senate Passes Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on March 10 restored the $1 a gallon biodiesel tax credit when the legislators voted 62-36 to pass the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act, Biofuels Digest reported.

EPA Salutes Nissan's Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named Nissan a 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year, recognizing the automaker's achievements in energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Nissan: 500,000 Electric Cars by 2012

TOKYO - Nissan is planning for a production capacity of 500,000 Leaf electric cars in North America, Japan and Europe by 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Renewable Energy Group Expands Biodiesel Capacity

AMES, IA - Renewable Energy Group (REG) said it has completed the asset purchase and consolidation agreements with commercial-scale biodiesel plants in Newton, Iowa, and Danville, Ill.

Toyota Disputes Account of San Diego Prius Driver

SAN DIEGO, CA - Toyota said Monday, March 15, that its preliminary test results on a 2008 Prius, which was allegedly involved in an unintended-acceleration episode last week near San Diego, were inconsistent with the driver's account.

Altech-Eco Obtains $4K Tax Credit Approval for Natural Gas Car

ASHEVILLE, NC - Altech-Eco Corporation of Asheville, N.C., has obtained approval from the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the first Year-2010 Ford Focus to receive a $4,000 Federal Income Tax Credit designation.

ServiceMaster Director of Fleet Engineering Shares Alt-Fuel Strategies

ST. LOUIS - James Steffen, director of fleet engineering and technical support for Memphis-based ServiceMaster, recently shared his insights at a two-day meeting of fleet operators interested in new fuel technologies.

Lutz: Hybrids & Electrics are Future, U.S. to Profit on GM’s Loan Pay Back

DETROIT - According to General Motors Vice President Bob Lutz, a major portion of the automaker's truck and SUVs will be gasoline-electric hybrids and GM will pay back its bailout loan at a profit for U.S. taxpayers.



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