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Ulster County to Install GPS on County Vehicles

KINGSTON, NY - Ulster County has been awarded a $481,000 state Department of State efficiency grant to fit the county fleet of approximately 450 vehicles with global positioning devices.

Montana State Motor Pool Meets Fuel Efficiency Goals

HELENA, MT - According to the Montana Department of Transportation, the state fleet has managed to surpass its fuel efficiency goal of 30 mpg by 2010.

Niagara County Reviewing Vehicle Policy Change

LOCKPORT, NY -Under the policy proposed by County Manager Gregory Lewis, he would have final approval over department heads' motor vehicle use.

Navistar and Modec Sign Joint Venture to Produce and Market All-Electric Truck

WARRENVILLE, IL - Navistar International Corporation announced that one of its wholly owned affiliates has signed a joint venture agreement with Modec Limited of the United Kingdom to create the Navistar-Modec EV Alliance, LLC.

California City Hopes to Attract Tesla Auto Plant

DOWNEY, CA --- The Downey City Council on Nov. 25 approved a preliminary deal that could help bring electric vehicle manufacturing to Southern California, the Los Angeles Times reported.

University of S. Carolina Unveils Fleet Greening Plan

COLUMBIA, SC --- The University of South Carolina on Tuesday, Dec. 1, unveiled its "Genesis 2015 Initiative," a plan that seeks to create a campus with 90 percent fewer carbon-dioxide emissions from its fleet of vehicles within five years.

North Little Rock Hopes to Convert 4 Vehicles to CNG

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR --- The city of North Little Rock plans to convert four of its highest-polluting fleet vehicles to compressed natural gas, the Arkansas News reported.

Johnson Controls-Saft to Supply Battery for Transit Connect EV

MILWAUKEE --- Johnson Controls-Saft said Dec. 1 that it has been chosen as the lithium-ion battery supplier for Azure Dynamic's Force Drive integration on the Ford Transit Connect Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).

Advanced Steels Boost Auto Fuel Efficiency

DETROIT --- The North American steel industry is continuing its efforts to develop new advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) technologies that will help meet new auto emissions and fuel economy demands, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Ford Hybrid Sales Up 73%

DEARBORN, MI - Ford announced a 73-percent increase in U.S. sales of its hybrid models, with hybrid sales totaling 2,361 for the month of November.

GM Generates California Interest in Volt

LOS ANGELES --- General Motors is busy building buzz for its Chevrolet Volt electric car in Los Angeles this week, as the LA Auto Show gets underway.

Ford Fusion Hybrid Draws Media Accolades

DEARBORN, MI --- The Fusion Hybrid has been honored as one of Car and Driver magazine's "10Best" cars for 2010, just weeks after winning Motor Trend's Car of the Year award.

Progress Energy Adding Electric Vehicles to Fleet

RALEIGH, NC - Progress Energy is adopting plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) into its corporate fleet as part of a national pledge to help accelerate the transition of plug-in electric vehicles.

All Element Hotels to Have Charging Stations by End of 2009

WHITE PLAINS, NY - Element Hotels announced Nov. 30 its goal to install Coulomb Technologies electric car-charging stations at all six of its current properties by the end of 2009.

Major Refuse Operators Open CNG Fuel Stations in 4 States

SEAL BEACH, CA - Refuse operators in Florida, New Jersey, Idaho, and California have opened new compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel stations to support deployment of their growing fleets of CNG refuse collection trucks.

Town of Greenwich Appoints New Fleet Director

GREENWICH, CT - Jay Domeseck has been appointed to the role of fleet director, replacing recently retired long-time fleet director Elizabeth "Betty" Linck.

Monmouth County to Implement ‘Green’ Truck Washes

FREEHOLD, NJ - Monmouth County plans to eventually have four truck washes that comply with new state Department of Environmental Protection stormwater regulations, with municipalities invited to use the washes on a shared-services basis.

Jefferson County Sheriff Begins Use of Fleet Cards

MT. VERNON, IL - Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will be using Fleet One cards to help offset the costs of fueling for transport vehicles and keep the county from paying state motor fuel taxes and sales taxes on its purchases.

Nestle Waters N.A. Adds Wireless System to Fleet Operations

HACKENSACK, NJ - Nestlé Waters North America has initiated a series of follow-on purchase orders to implement I.D. Systems' PowerFleet Vehicle Management System (VMS) on fleets of industrial trucks at six plants in the U.S.

GM to Help Develop Safe Sound Alert for Electric & Hybrid Vehicles

DETROIT - Chevrolet, General Motors, and the National Federation of the Blind are working to identify a safe level of sound to alert the blind and other pedestrians to the presence of near silent-running electric and hybrid vehicles.

Audi Marks 20 Years Of TDI Engines

HERNDON, VA - Audi's been delivering diesel engines in passenger cars for 20 years now, and they're one of the few carmakers in the U.S. offering diesels in a luxury vehicle.

Web Site Highlights 'Greenest' Cars on Market

SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California Air Resources Board unveiled its revamped Web site,, aimed at helping consumers choose the least polluting cars on the market.

Nissan Chief Predicts Slow EV Adoption

NEW YORK --- Carlos Ghosn, head of the Nissan-Renault alliance, said Nov. 19 that consumers' adoption of electric vehicles will be a gradual process, with traditional gasoline-powered cars dominating the market for many years to come.

Westport Inks Natural Gas Engine Deal With Volvo

VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA --- Westport Innovations Inc., a leader in alternative fuel, low-emissions transportation technologies, announced that Volvo has entered into an agreement with Westport as a development supplier for its heavy duty natural gas engines and associated supply chain.

Toyota's SAI Hybrid Orders Higher than Expected in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN --- Toyota Motor Corp. said today it has received about 14,000 orders for its new SAI hybrid sedan, scheduled to go on sale in Japan on Dec. 7.



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