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Baldwin County, AL, Considers Hybrid Plant Plans

BAY MINETTE, AL --- Hybrid Kinetic Motors Corp. plans to seek written support from Baldwin County, Alabama, officials this week for the fledgling auto company's plans to build a major hybrid vehicle plant in the county.

Cutoff Date for 2010-MY Dodge Ram Orders Approaching

DETROIT - Due to the limited production window, Dodge is reminding fleets the order cutoff date for 2010 Dodge Ram 3500/4500/5500 Cab and Chassis models is Thursday, Oct. 8.

PSE Joins Nissan & ECOtality for EV Project

BELLEVUE, WA - Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will assist with the roll-out of charging stations for the Nissan LEAF and other EVs, and is studying how the increased use of EVs may impact the demand for energy and the energy infrastructure.

Kruse Leaves GM to Start EV Consulting Firm

DETROIT --- Bob Kruse, General Motors' executive director of global vehicle engineering for hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries, on Sept. 30 resigned his position, the Detroit News reported.

Va. Project Explores Algae-Based Biofuel

GLOUCESTER POINT, VA --- The College of William and Mary and its Virginia Institute of Marine Science are working together to investigate a promising new technology to produce biofuel from the algae growing naturally in rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.

Toyota Targets 2012 for Prius Plug-in

LOS ANGELES --- Toyota Motor Corp. plans to have a plug-in version of the Prius for sale in the U.S. within the next three years, a company executive confirmed during an appearance at an environmental conference.

Missouri Agencies to Share $700K Natural Gas Grant

SPRINGFIELD, MO - The City of Springfield, Greene County, and the Missouri Department of Transportation will share the $700,000 grant for a compressed natural gas fueling station.

Volvo Car's Environmental Vision: 'DRIVe Towards Zero'

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - "DRIVe Towards Zero" is Volvo Cars' vision for developing cars entirely free from harmful exhaust emissions and environment-impacting carbon dioxide.

Navistar to Produce 400 Electric Trucks

WASHINGTON - Navistar unveiled an all-electric commercial truck to members of Congress Sept. 30 as a preview of the trucks to be built in 2010.

30 Vehicles to Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

LOS ANGELES - World debuts will be unveiled from manufacturers including Audi, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, and Toyota at the annual show in December.

Owens & Minor Joins EPA SmartWay Partnership

RICHMOND, VA - Owens & Minor's private fleet and its energy-efficient business practices earned the SmartWay Performance score of 1.25, the highest rating available in the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

EPA Awards $1.2M for Greener Trucks

NEW YORK - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1.2 million to replace 51 older delivery trucks with diesel-electric hybrid trucks certified to the EPA's 2007 diesel standards.

Coca-Cola Deploys More Hybrid Trucks

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The seven new hybrid-electric delivery trucks will be used on routes throughout Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, and Belen.

2009 ALT Car Expo is Carbon Offset by Balanced Footprint

SANTA MONICA, CA - This year's exposition will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Balanced Footprint is a Green-e certified provider of carbon offsets for homes, autos, businesses, and events.

SOMS Technologies COO to Present at Green Fleet Conference 2009

VALHALLA, NY - Steve Kirchner, chief operating officer (COO) of SOMS Technologies LLC, manufacturer of the microGreen Extended Performance Oil Filter, is one of the speakers who will present "Innovative Solutions on How to Save Money and Green Your Fleet" at the Green Fleet Conference 2009.

City of Inglewood to Go All-Electric

INGLEWOOD, CA - The City of Inglewood, Calif., is working with Rapid Electric Vehicles (REV) to transition its fleet to all-electric vehicles.

Toyota Announces Prices on Five 2010 Models Including All-New 4Runner

The fifth-generation 4Runner will start at $27,500 for the SR5 grade4x2 and $39,800 for the Limited grade 4x4.

Peterbilt Delivers U.S. House of Representatives 1st Hybrid Truck

The House of Representative will use the Peterbilt Model 330 Hybrid Electric Truck, which provides up to 30 percent increase in fuel efficiency.

Allen County’s New Cars on the Way

FORT WAYNE, IN - Allen County Sheriff's Department expects to have its new Dodge Chargers ready to hit the streets by the end of October.

Pricing Announced for 2010 Nissan Altima Sedan, Coupe and Hybrid Models

The 2010 Nissan Altima will start at $19,900.

Fresno County Not Taking Over Sheriff Operations

FRESNO, CA - County supervisors voted Sept. 29 not to seek savings by moving information technology and fleet services from the Sheriff's Office to departments that handle the services for other county departments.

San Bernardino County Considers Fleet Cuts & Consolidation

SAN BERNARDINO, CA - Plans to hire a consultant to conduct a "top-to-bottom" review of the county's 5,000 vehicles could lead to reductions and consolidation of the county's maintenance and repair operations.

Take-Home Cuts to Save Ocean City $80K

OCEAN CITY, MD - City Manager Dennis Dare said the "right-sizing" means Ocean City won't have to resort to layoffs or furloughs as the state makes further cuts to municipal government aid.

Detroit Diesel Applies for EPA Certification of 2010 Engines with BlueTec Emissions Control System

PORTLAND, OR - Detroit Diesel Corporation has filed applications with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resource Board (CARB) for 2010 certification of Detroit Diesel DD13 and DD15 engines with BlueTec emissions control systems.

Calif. Finance Programs Help Make Truck Fleets Greener

SACRAMENTO, CA --- SNH Transport of Oxnard, Calif., is the first small business to receive a cleaner-running truck with the assistance of the California Air Resources Board's voucher and loan guarantee money.



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