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Pittsburgh Food Bank Fleet Switches to Biodiesel

PITTSBURGH --- The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank has started running its truck fleet on biodiesel pumped from a new 5,000-gallon tank in Duquesne, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Tesla Co-Founders Settle Suit

SAN CARLOS, CA --- Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk and former CEO Martin Eberhard have reportedly settled a defamation suit filed by Eberhard against Musk out of court.

Lithium Microbattery for Smart Cars Wins Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners recently won an award for developing a new battery that has potential application in smart cars.

Dominion Virginia Power to Help Install EV Charging Stations

RICHMOND, VA - Dominion Virginia Power, which has several plug-in electric vehicles and hybrid bucket trucks in its fleet, will work with the state of Virginia to install electric-vehicle charging stations.

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Audi Reveals the Purely Electric e-tron

NGOLSTADT/FRANKFURT, GERMANY - Audi presented the e-tron, a high-performance sports car with a purely electric drive system at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show.

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All-Electric Volvo C30 Project Presented for the First Time

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - The electric Volvo C30 features the same safety, comfort, and space as the standard car, but is powered solely by electricity, entirely without exhaust emissions, with a range of up to 150 kilometers.

Vigo County to Cut Back on Take-Home Expenses

TERRE HAUTE, IN - Facing a $3 million budget deficit in 2010, Vigo County will reduce expenses for items such as take-home vehicles and county employee cell phones.

Fort Rucker officials anticipate obtaining 17 the electric vehicles during fiscal year 2010. (Photo credit: www.army.mil)

Fort Rucker to Add 17 Electric Vehicles to Fleet

FORT RUCKER, AL - Fort Rucker will replace its less fuel-efficient General Services Administration (GSA) vehicles with 17 new light, slow electric vehicles (LSEVs).

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.

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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.

 
 

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