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NASA Studies Cellulose for Biofuel Production

MOFFETT FIELD, CA --- Scientists at NASA Ames Research Center in California are working on a method to transform the wasted parts of plants into fuel and food, using what is called bionanotechnology.

Hamilton, NJ, Garbage Trucks Switch to Natural Gas

HAMILTON, NJ --- The township of Hamilton, which contracts Central Jersey Waste and Recycling for its garbage collection, is getting a new fleet of natural gas-powered garbage trucks.

Law Firm Unveils New Hybrid Vehicle Fleet

DURHAM, NC - The new hybrids will replace several of the firm's existing vehicles and will be used to transport the firm's representatives to clients' home, work, or office.

Tax Credits Offered on GEM Electric Vehicles

FARGO, ND - Tax credits up to $5,000 are now available on GEM vehicles purchased this year.

Toyota to Boost U.S. Four-Cylinder Engine Production

ERLANGER, KY - The expansion will allow Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama to produce 216,000 four-cylinder engines for the Camry and RAV4 starting summer 2011.

Hydrogen Fuel Station Opens at W. Va. Airport

CHARLESTON, WV --- A new hydrogen fuel production and dispensing station opened at Yeager Airport in Charleston on Aug. 17, officials told the Charleston Gazette.

Apache Corp. Opens CNG Fueling Station in Oklahoma

ELK CITY, OK --- Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge (R-Tulsa) and Apache Corp. CEO G. Steven Farris on Aug. 17 highlighted Oklahoma's incentives for natural gas in transportation.

China-Based BYD Hopes to Sell EV in U.S. Next Year

XIAN, CHINA --- Chinese automaker BYD Co. said it is finalizing plans for an electric vehicle that would be sold in the U.S. next year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

MINI E Electric Vehicle Trials on Track

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ --- Now more than two months into its field trials of electric-powered automobiles, MINI USA said it is gathering valuable, real-world data from 450 drivers of MINI E electric-powered vehicles.

Pickens County Honored for Biodiesel Project

PICKENS, SC - Pickens County received Honorable Mention in the 2009 J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award Competition for its biodiesel program.

Ohio DOT Receives 'Green Fleets' Status

COLUMBUS, OH - By reducing diesel emissions and using more alternative fuels on nearly 800 snow plows, the Ohio Department of Transportation (DOT) has earned one of the state's first "Ohio Green Fleets" certifications.

The new trucks can be charged in 30 minutes and provide up to four hours of service. (Photo for the Sun-News by Kalen Severe)

Silver City Adds New EVs to Fleet

SILVER CITY, NM - The town's meter department expects to save on fuel with its new mini electric trucks.

AFLA Conference Gets Strong Support from Industry

PHOENIX - Despite a downturn in the economy, registration for the 2009 AFLA Conference exceeds 2008 attendance.

Buick Plug-In Crossover Not Pushing Through

DETROIT - General Motors Vice Chairman Tom Stephens said the decision was made to cancel a "potential underperformer" based on feedback from a recent product showcase.

P&R Paper Goes Green with Hybrid Truck

REDLANDS, CA - P&R Paper Supply Company Inc. recently added a Kenworth T370 hybrid on a full-service lease through Inland PacLease - Fontana.

Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius: a Lifecycle Cost Comparison

Several things must happen if the Volt is to beat out the Toyota Prius on cost.

Ford Develops EV-to-Grid Communications System

Ford Motor Co. said it has developed an intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that "talks" directly with the nation's electric grid.

Fresno, Calif., Fined $49,250 for Diesel Emissions

ARB investigators found that the city had not been testing, measuring, recording and maintaining the records of its on-road vehicle fleet's diesel smoke emissions.

Kent State University Goes Green with GEM Cars

KENT, OHIO - The university is greening up campus operations with eight Global Electric Motorcars (GEMs).

Cobb County Fleet to Go Lead-Free

MARIETTA, GA - Cobb County Fleet Management has committed to using lead-free wheel weights and implementing recycled lead wheel weights in its existing fleet of automobiles and trucks.

PSI Celebrates Five Years as SmartWay Affiliate

SAN ANTONIO - Pressure Systems International, which produces the Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS), celebrates five years as a SmartWay Transport Partnership shipper and as a manufacturer of a SmartWay endorsed technology.

River Valley Energy to Buy Iowa Ethanol Plant

DYERSVILLE, IA --- River Valley Energy, a subsidiary of United Cooperative, has decided to purchase the former VeraSun ethanol plant here, Wisconsin Ag Connection reported.

Fresno, CA, Fined $49,250 for Diesel Emissions

SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California Air Resources Board has fined the city of Fresno $49,500 for diesel emissions violations at multiple fleet centers and entered into a settlement that will bring the city's fleet of diesel vehicles into compliance with state regulations ahead of the mandated schedule.

Hythane Calibration Certified for Ford 6.8L V10 Engines

PERTH, AUSTRALIA --- Eden Energy, in conjunction with BAF Technologies, has developed a Hythane calibration for Ford 6.8L V10 engines used in E-450 vehicles.

FEV, EIG to Collaborate on EV Battery Pack

AUBURN HILLS, MI --- FEV Inc., a leading developer of advanced powertrain and vehicle technologies, said it will use the advanced capabilities of its Hybrid Electric Vehicle Development Center (HEVDC) to develop a 21kW-h Li-Ion battery pack.


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