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Portage County to Shift Fleet to Biodiesel

RAVENNA, OH - Portage County Solid Waste Management District plans to convert its entire 18-truck fleet to run on biodiesel fuel.

Volvo Working on All-Electric C30 Project

ROCKLEIGH, NJ - Volvo Cars is currently evaluating the viability of an entirely electric-powered car known as a BEV (battery electric vehicle) for the Volvo C30.

President Obama signed a congratulatory note for the one-millionth Chevrolet Cobalt on top of the hood of a Chevrolet Cruze. (Photo credit: UAW)

GM’s Lordstown Complex Visited by President Obama

LORDSTOWN, OH - During his visit, President Obama recognized the Lordstown Complex team for the recent build of its one-millionth Chevrolet Cobalt and for the upcoming addition of a second shift.

AltWheels Fleet Day Bigger, Better, and More Energy Efficient

FRAMINGHAM, MA - AltWheels Fleet Day, the largest display of alternative fleet vehicles on the East coast, will be held at Staples World Headquarters in Framingham, MA, on October 5.


Mazda2 to Reach U.S. in 2010

PALM SPRINGS, CA - The final North American-specification Mazda2 will be unveiled at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show in December and sold in late 2010.

2010 Car & Truck of the Year Balloting Opens Sept. 25

TORRANCE, CA - All professional fleet managers are encouraged to vote for the car and truck that best fits their fleet needs, considering features, function, maintenance, and OEM service.

Pilot Unveils Nation's 1st Fuel Island DEF Pump

This week Pilot Travel Centers began operating the nation's first Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) fuel island pump to serve vehicles equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to meet near-zero emissions requirements set by the EPA in January 2010.

City of Salem, MA to Lease Vehicles

SALEM, MA - Under the three-year lease-to-own plan, the town would spend $118,404 and receive 15 new vehicles for the Police Department and nine for Town Hall.

PHH: GreenFleet Averages 7% Reduction in Operating Costs & 14% Reduction in Emissions

Companies improved their miles per gallon an average of 16 percent in their first year of utilizing PHH GreenFleet, according to PHH Arval.

Fleet Managers: Small Investment - Big Return at the Green Fleet Conference

The agenda for the entire program for the Green Fleet Conference is now available online. The conference will feature tips to help fleet managers find the money to build a sustainable, profitable fleet in crucial times.

Fisker to Launch $39,000 Electric Car in 2012

A more affordable four-seat electric car is in the works.

Cape Coral Take-Home Cars Under Review

CAPE CORAL, FL - In efforts to cut spending, City Council members may eliminate the city's take-home car program for non-sworn employees.

Natural Gas Trucks to Replace Diesel Models at Long Beach & Los Angeles Ports

SEAL BEACH, CA - The new trucks are expected to use approximately 3.6 million gasoline gallon equivalents of natural gas fuel per year once fully deployed.

Freightliner & Enova Parter to Develop All-Electric Commercial Chassis'

TORRANCE, CA and GAFFNEY, SC - Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) and Enova Systems (Enova) announced they have jointly executed a Letter of Intent to enter into an all-electric commercial chassis development program.

U.S. Military Reorders ZAP Electric Truck

SANTA ROSA, CA - Electric vehicle pioneer ZAP has received a follow-on order from the U.S. military for additional Zaptruck XL electric vehicles and charging stations for shipment to a second international base.

House Passes Bill to Encourage Hybrid Trucks

WASHINGTON - The House on passed a bill Sept. 9 to encourage research and production of hybrid-powered commercial vehicles. The bill, passed by voice vote, would create a grant program for research and development of hybrid heavy-duty trucks.

California Fines Construction Firm for Truck Emissions

SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California Air Resources Board fined Dateland Construction Co. Inc $31,950 last month for emissions violations during 2007 and 2008.

Ford Researchers Develop Greener Auto Materials

DEARBORN, MI --- Ford Motor Co.'s soy-based polyurethane foam seat cushions and seatbacks are now on more than 1.5 million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles on the road today, representing a reduction in petroleum usage of approximately 1.5 million pounds.

Mitsubishi, Peugeot Sign Electric Car Agreement

TOKYO, JAPAN --- Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said it has signed a contract that spells out its agreement with France's Peugeot-Citroen to cooperate in developing and marketing electric cars.

Mascoma, Chevron Enter into Ethanol Feedstock Pact

LEBANON, NH --- Mascoma Corp. on Sept. 14 said it has entered into a feedstock processing and lignin supply agreement with Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Kentucky Steps Up Biofuel Efforts

FRANKFORT, KY --- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has formed an executive task force on biomass and biofuels development in Kentucky.

Modified Prius Runs on Algae-Based Biofuel

SAN FRANCISCO --- Author and filmmaker Josh Tickell has embarked on a transcontinental tour driving a modified Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, which runs on electricity and a fuel mixture that includes algae-based biofuel from Sapphire Energy.

PHH GreenFleet Averages 7-Percent Reduction in Fleet Operating Costs and 14-Percent Reduction in Emissions

SPARKS, MD - In addition, companies improved their miles per gallon an average of 16 percent in their first year of utilizing PHH GreenFleet, according to PHH Arval.

New Fuel Economy & GHG Emission Standards Proposed

WASHINGTON - Instead of three standards, the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency worked with state agencies to propose clearer standards for all automakers, beginning with the 2012 model-year.

Darling Announces Biodiesel Project With Valero

IRVING, TX --- Darling International Inc. said it has begun forming a joint venture with a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp. to build a biodiesel facility.


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