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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.

How is Seattle Improving MPG in Plug-in Hybrid Tests?

The improved performance in a test of Toyota Prius hybrids can be attributed to warmer weather and more vigilant driving.

Nissan Unveils Electric Car

The Nissan LEAF, which will be available in 2010, is a zero-emission vehicle, specifically designed for a lithium-ion battery powered chassis, according to the company.

Etowah Co. to Consolidate Fleet Maintenance Operations

GADSDEN, AL - Etowah County will consolidate its fleet maintenance operations in one location and house a county fuel system to save money.

Louisville Appeals Ban on Police Take-Home Fees

LOUISVILLE, KY - Louisville Metro Government filed an appeal Aug. 3, challenging the Kentucky Labor Cabinet's July 7 ruling that the City cannot charge police officers a take-home fee.

Alabama DOT Auction Raises More Than $3M

MONTGOMERY, AL - The department plans to use auction proceeds to buy more bucket trucks, motor graders, and pickups.

Polk County Fuel-Savings Program Saves More than $500K

BARTOW, FL - Originally estimated to save $130,000, part of the excess savings realized will go toward bonuses for employees who contributed to the program's success.

Kansas City Names Swearngin Fleet Administrator

KANSAS CITY, MO - Sam Swearngin, Kansas City's fleet superintendent for more than 20 years, has been named fleet administrator for the City's General Services Department.

Georgia Becomes 29th State to Join WSCA Contract

ATLANTA - The competitively bid, multisourced contract includes all types of vehicle lifts, tire changers, wheel balancers, alignment machines, brake lathes, brake test equipment, and exhaust evacuation equipment.

Smith Delivers First Electric Truck for Major U.S. Corporations

GLENDALE, AZ - Four major US corporations and two utility companies took delivery of the Smith Newton, the largest road-going electric truck in North America.

Newell Begins as EIA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Richard G. Newell began service Aug. 3 as the administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

 

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