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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.

United Natural Foods Fleet to Adopt Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

PROVIDENCE, RI - A total of 65 GenDrive fuel cell-powered lift trucks will be mobilized at United Natural Foods' Sarasota distribution facility, with a targeted completion date in June.

City of Spokane Fleet to Run on Re-refined Oil

SPOKANE, WA - City of Spokane officials recently announced that the city's 1,400 vehicles will now be running on re-refined motor oil, a product made from waste oil, according to The Spokesman-Review.

Bright Automotive Partners With U.S. Postal Service

Bright Automotive will retrofit a standard USPS Long Life Vehicle (LLV) with its integrated electric drive train, and place the vehicle in service for one year in the Washington, D.C. area.

Formation of New Green Truck Association Announced at Green Truck Summit

ST. LOUIS - The formation of a new affiliate division, the Green Truck Association (GTA) was announced at the Green Truck Summit at the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA).

ROUSH Propane-Powered Ford F-250

Roush Propane-Powered Ford F-250 & F-350 Pickups Granted CARB Approval

LIVONIA, MI - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) granted certification approval for the ROUSH propane-powered Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups.

Toyota, NHTSA to Investigate Runaway Prius

SAN DIEGO, CA - Toyota Motor Corp. and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration both dispatched teams on Tuesday, March 9, to inspect a Prius that sped out of control on a freeway in the San Diego area a day earlier, Reuters reported.

Metro Cab Adds Biodiesel-Fueled Jettas

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Metro Cab in Michigan has added seven biodiesel-fueled Vokswagen Jettas to its fleet, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

Cummins Settles With EPA

COLUMBUS, IN - Engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. last month agreed to pay a $2.1 million penalty and recall 405 engines under a settlement agreement aimed at resolving Clean Air Act violations, the Wall Street Journal reported.

BYD to Sell EVs, Hybrids in Europe

HONG KONG - Chinese automaker BYD Co. said it plans to begin selling electric and hybrid cars in Western Europe next year, Bloomberg reported.

Homebuilder Offers Pre-wire Option for EV Charging

LOS ANGELES - KB Home, a major American homebuilder, announced it will begin offering an option to pre-wire its new custom homes to accommodate charging stations for homeowners' electric vehicles.

Maryland's EV Program Draws $1M in Grants

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The state of Maryland launched a program this week that offers $1 in grants to further the use of electric vehicles, the Baltimore Business Journal reported.

Lexus Launches Hybrid Marketing Campaign

TORRANCE, CA - For the first time, Lexus has launched a marketing campaign that showcases all four of the brand's hybrid vehicles currently in market: the RX 400h, GS 450h, LS 600h and HS 250h.

Mitsubishi, Peugeot Finalize Electric Car Agreement

TOKYO, JAPAN - Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said on Tuesday, March 8, that it had reached a final agreement with PSA Peugeot Citroen on development and supply of a new electric vehicle for the European market.

Ford Transit Connect Electric

AT&T Lead Customer for Ford Transit Connect Electric

ST. LOUIS, MO - Azure Dynamics Corporation announced AT&T agreed to purchase two of the first Ford Transit Connect Electric vans, the latest addition to AT&T's growing fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz Confirms Launch of First Diesel-Electric Hybrid

MONTVALE, NJ - Mercedes-Benz' E300 BlueTec hybrid, the carmaker's first ever diesel-electric hybrid car, will soon be launched. Mercedes-Benz confirmed that the hybrid will arrive at European showrooms early in 2011.

Government Fleet Co-Hosts Best Practices Seminar in SoCal

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine, Clean Cities, MEMA, and The 100 Best Fleets in North America are co-hosting a seminar March 18 for fleet managers and their team members called, "Implementing Best Business Practices: What Smart Leaders Do in Difficult Times." The seminar, which features guest speakers and panel discussions, will be held in Inglewood, Calif.

Alameda County Gets Funding for Recharging Stations

OAKLAND, CA - Alameda County, in Northern California, recently received an $84,760 grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (AQMD) for 40 electric vehicle charging stations which will be mainly used to recharge county and local agency vehicles, the Oakland Tribune reports.

The ROUSH propane-powered Ford F-250 pickup

CARB Approves ROUSH Propane-Powered Ford Pickups

These alternative-fuel vehicles meet the strict emission standards of California and can now be sold and operated in all 50 states.

Clean Energy Announces Expansion of Southern California LNG Fueling Infrastructure

SEAL BEACH, CA - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. plans to expand its existing network of liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck fueling stations in Southern California this year beyond its current two LNG stations located at the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports complex.

Propane Council to Highlight Latest in Propane Technology

WASHINGTON - The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will host the 2010 Propane Engine Fuel Summit - highlighting a comprehensive program in on-and-off road propane vehicles and applications as well as the latest developments in propane technology.

Eaton Hybrid Systems Achieve 30 Million Miles of Service Worldwide

KALAMAZOO, MI - Eaton Corporation announced customers using the company's hybrid systems have collectively accumulated more than 30 million miles of clean, reliable service throughout the world.

In Memoriam: Peter LeFort

IRVINE, CA - Peter LeFort, one of the founding members of the California Hydrogen Business Council, passed away Feb. 12. He was 79.



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