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Survey Finds Broad Interest in Buying Hybrids

MILWAUKEE --- A new Johnson Controls survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that more than four in five U.S. adults believe the United States must become a leader in hybrid vehicles (88 percent), and that the government should support the advancement of battery technology in this country (84 percent).

Bill Seeks to Revise Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and committee member Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) have introduced legislation seeking to change certain provisions in the Renewable Fuel Standard.

GM Showcases HCCI Engine

WARREN, MI --- General Motors Corp. officials showcased the HCCI four-cylinder engine May 20 at the company's research and development center, the Detroit News reported. The engine promises up to a 15-percent increase in fuel economy while dramatically reducing NOx gases.

Waste Management, InEnTec Partner to Develop Fuels

HOUSTON, TX --- Waste Management Inc. and InEnTec LLC announced the formation of S4 Energy Solutions LLC, a joint venture to process commercial and industrial waste to create a range of renewable energy and environmentally friendly fuels.

Fuel Systems Solutions to Move to New York

SANTA ANA, CA --- Fuel Systems Solutions Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of alternative fuel components and systems, said it is moving its corporate headquarters to New York City.

Subaru Hybrid May Arrive by 2012

TOKYO, JAPAN --- Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, may introduce a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle by 2012 to help meet stricter emission rules in the U.S., Japan and Europe, according to a Bloomberg report.

Report: Honda Considers Adding More Hybrids

TOKYO, JAPAN --- Honda Motor Co. is considering expanding its number of gas-electric hybrid models to include minivans, sports cars and luxury sedans, according to a report in the Yomiuri newspaper.

Indian Wells, Calif. to Request Alt-Fuel Vehicle Funds

INDIAN WELLS, CA --- The Indian Wells City Council on May 21 voted to join the Coachella Valley Clean Cities Coalition in a regional effort to request Department of Energy funds for alt-fuel vehicles and natural gas infrastructure projects, the Desert Sun reported.

UPS Expands Its Green Fleet

ATLANTA --- UPS said it has ordered 200 hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and another 300 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for its U.S. delivery fleet.

Clarion County Gets 6 New Vehicles through State Grant

CLARION, PA – Clarion County's transportation department will receive six new vehicles thanks to a $373,000 grant from PennDOT's Community Transportation Capital Equipment Program, according to the Clarion News.

NAFA Announces Release of Fuel Management Guide

PRINCETON, NJ – NAFA Fleet Management Association is proud to announce the release of NAFA's Fuel Management Guide, a resource to help fleet managers take control of their fuel costs.

Jeffersonville Cuts Fuel Spending by $16K

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN – Jeffersonville's city officials revealed city fuel spending is down about $16,265 between three major fuel-consuming departments this year, reported the Evening News and Tribune.

Port of L.A. Launches Alt-Fuel Truck Incentive Program

The 2009 incentives will be used to help bring trucks into service at the Port that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or lithium battery electric power.

Massachusetts Law Enforcement Is Trending Green

Several communities in the state are using energy-efficient vehicles for police, public works, and other municipal departments.

Airport Purchases Its First EV

The Cushman electric utility truck will be used by the parking management staff at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

McLeod County to Save $75K by Lowering Mileage Reimbursement

GLENCOE, MN – County officials said lowering mileage reimbursement to 30 cents per mile for the rest of the year will help save an estimated $75,000, according to the McLeod County Chronicle.

Dallas County Prevents Fleet Vehicle Abuse with GPS

DALLAS – Dallas County is almost done installing GPS tracking devices in all take-home county vehicles to prevent employees from misusing their take-home vehicles, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Navistar's Green Diesel Technology Products Qualify for Government Grants

WARRENVILLE, IL - Eligible fleets wanting to make environmentally responsible changes to their vehicles can now apply for government grants to offset the costs of retrofitting their existing trucks.

Automakers Must Meet 35.5 MPG Average by 2016

WASHINGTON – President Obama's proposed standards cover model years 2012-2016 and ultimately require an average fuel economy standard of 35.5 mpg in 2016.

Wheels Named as Finalist for 2009 American Business Awards

DES PLAINES, IL – Wheels, Inc. has been named a finalist in two categories for the American Business Awards (a.k.a. "The Stevies").

Obama to Propose Standards for Emissions, Mileage

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The Obama administration will propose on Tuesday, May 19, new federal tailpipe emissions limits and mileage standards, requiring automakers to dramatically raise the fuel efficiency of vehicles by 2016, the Detroit News reported.

Calif. Air Resources Board Fines Car Dealership

SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California Air Resources Board has fined Sunrise Ford, a car dealership with outlets in North Hollywood and Fontana, $175,000 for illegally modifying MY 2005 through 2007 light- and medium-duty vehicles with an aftermarket device before the vehicles were sold.

Pepsi Bottling Group Acquires Hydrogen-Injected Trucks

WYTHEVILLE, VA – The Pepsi Bottling Group's truck fleet in the New River Valley region of Virginia has added 21 hydrogen-injected trucks in an effort to boost fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

Pacific Ethanol Units File for Bankruptcy Protection

SACRAMENTO, CA --- Pacific Ethanol Inc. announced that its subsidiaries that own its four ethanol production plants have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Tesla Model S Draws More than 1,000 Reservations

SAN CARLOS, CA ---Tesla Motors said May 12 that it had received more than 1,000 reservations for the Model S, an all-electric family sedan that carries up to seven people and travels up to 300 miles per charge.


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