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CALSTART Member Companies Secure Nearly $200 Million for Projects in Advanced Clean Transportation Technologies

PASADENA, CA - CALSTART, the nation's leading clean transportation technologies consortium, applauded five member organizations for successfully securing $192.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding aimed at accelerating the clean transportation market.

Continental Exceeds SmartWay Transport Partnership Goal

FORT MILL, SC - Continental Tire North America, Inc. has officially exceeded its goal of increased compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport Partnership in only its first year of participation.

President Obama Lauds Navistar for Advancing Clean Vehicle Technologies

WAKARUSA, IN - Hundreds of Navistar employees welcomed President Barack Obama to its Wakarusa, Ind., manufacturing facility to celebrate the award of a $39 million federal grant to develop and build all-electric delivery vehicles and bring jobs to the Elkhart County, Ind., communities.

Ford's Paint Technology Goes Global

DEARBORN, MI --- Global paint shops in India, Romania, Mexico and China are in the process of rolling out a Ford paint technology that will not only save the shops time and money, but will lessen their environmental footprint, Ford said.

Clean Energy Fuels Posts $6.4M Loss for Quarter

SEAL BEACH, CA --- Clean Energy Fuels Corp., which produces natural gas vehicle fuel, announced this week that its second-quarter loss nearly doubled -- a reflection of falling natural gas prices.

Shaq Helps Promote Ethanol MicroFueler

SAN DIEGO --- Basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal is partnering with GreenHouse, the exclusive microfueler distributor in Southern California and Arizona, to promote public awareness of the product.

Grant to Help Develop Fuel from Cellulosic Feedstocks

SAN FRANCISCO --- Solazyme Inc., a renewable oil production company and algal biotechnology company, was awarded a $789,697 grant from the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.

Ford: Gov't Cooperation Key to Making Cars Greener

TRAVERSE CITY, MI --- Ford Motor Co.'s top environmental officer on Aug. 6 pointed to the need for continued cooperation with the federal government as a significant factor to advance the company and the country's vision for greener transportation.

UL Offers Certification for Ethanol Dispensers

NORTHBROOK, IL --- Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a leader in product safety testing services, announced a new certification path for fuel dispensers for mid-level ethanol blends up to E25.

BP, Martek to Develop Advanced Biodiesel

COLUMBIA, MD --- BP and Martek Biosciences Corp. have agreed to work on the production of microbial oils for biofuels applications.

Energy Dept. to Fund Ethanol Blend Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The U.S. Energy Department announced it will provide up to $5.5 million in funding to a variety of projects aimed at bolstering the use of ethanol blends up to E85.

Celgard to Upgrade Lithium-Ion Battery Facilities

CHARLOTTE, NC --- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced on Aug. 5 that Polypore's Celgard subsidiary will receive a $49 million grant to gear up production to meet the growing automaker demand for lithium-ion batteries.

Chevrolet Volt to Achieve 230 MPG City Fuel Economy

WARREN, MI - Based on the results of unofficial development testing of pre-production prototypes, the Volt has achieved 40 miles of electric-only, petroleum-free driving in both EPA city and highway test cycles.

Kansas City Fleet Administrator Sam Swearngin, along with other fleet operations staff, recently received training for the new CNG truck.

Kansas City Adding New CNG Trucks to Fleet

KANSAS CITY, MO - The City recently took delivery of one of the first of a total of 19 heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks being placed into service this year.

Riverside County to Cut Down on Take-Home Vehicles

RIVERSIDE, CA - The policy change is expected to cut the number of take-home cars in half and save more than $2.2 million.

Ohio State University Secures $3M HEV Grant

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio State University and Vanner, Inc. are working with industry partners to accelerate the electric vehicle industry in Ohio.

Arizona Agencies to Cut Underutilized Vehicles from Fleets

PHOENIX - According to state guidelines, a government vehicle should be used a minimum of 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year to justify the cost of acquiring and maintaining it.

PGE, Oregon to Participate in Electric Vehicle Project

PORTLAND, OR - The project will deploy up to 5,000 electric vehicles and 12,750 charging stations in five U.S. markets.

Awards to Recognize ‘Green’ Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet wants to honor fleet managers with its first annual "Fleet Environmental Leadership" Awards. Submit your nomination today!

San Bernardino County Testing Smart Cars

SAN BERNARDINO, CA - San Bernardino County Fleet Management has purchased three 2009 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupes and is studying their efficiency, durability, and usefulness.

Think Global EV Company Says New Funding Likely

NEW YORK - The Norwegian Think Global battery carmaker could emerge with new funding (and a plan to sell EVs in the U.S.) by the end of August, said the company's battery partner Ener1.

 A new Buick compact crossover will debut GM's new advanced plug-in hybrid propulsion system in 2011, potentially doubling the fuel economy of comparable-sized SUVs on short trips.

New Buick Crossover to Debut Plug-In Hybrid System

TRAVERSE CITY, MI - The Buick plug-in hybrid, to be introduced in 2011, is expected to be the first commercially available plug-in hybrid SUV produced by a major automaker, according to GM.

$2.4 Billion Grants to Speed Up Electric Vehicle Production

ELKHART, IN - The Department of Energy has selected 48 projects to receive $2.4 billion in recovery act funds to help accelerate the development and deployment of electric vehicles.

AltWheels Fleet Day Registration Discounts Ending Aug. 10

FRAMINGTON, MA - After August 10, the prices rise to $100 and $90 respectively for commercial and government fleets.

Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Achieves 431-Mile Estimated Range

TORRANCE, CA - In a recent field evaluation, the Toyota Highlander Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle - Advanced achieved an estimated range of 431 miles on a single full tank of compressed hydrogen gas.

 
 

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