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Panda Ethanol Stockholders Approve Liquidation Plan

DALLAS --- Panda Ethanol Inc. announced its stockholders approved a dissolution and plan of liquidation. On July 16, Panda Ethanol's stock transfer books were closed.

Retailers Ask Congress to Stop L.A. Clean Trucks Program

LOS ANGELES --- The ongoing legal battle over the Clean Trucks Program at the Port of Los Angeles has prompted another industry group to get involved: the National Retail Federation.

Tesla Entrepreneurs in Legal Battle

SAN CARLOS, CA --- Two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs -- Martin Eberhard and Elon Musk -- are embroiled in a legal battle over who deserves credit for "founding" Tesla Motors and who was responsible for the mistakes that temporarily threatened Tesla's survival.

Report: Ethanol Industry Can Stop Using Antibiotics

MINNEAPOLIS, MN --- The ethanol industry should voluntarily stop the unnecessary use of antibiotics in the production process, particularly because viable alternatives are readily available, concludes a new report by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).

Toyota to Make Hybrid in U.K.

TOKYO, JAPAN --- Toyota Motor Corp. has confirmed it will make hybrid vehicles in Europe for the first time next year, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Ford Shows its 'Greener' Side

DETROIT - EcoBoost technology and hybrid powertrains are part of Ford's overall strategy to improve fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions company-wide.

Smith Delivers Electric Trucks to Commercial Fleets

WASHINGTON - Representatives from Coca-Cola Enterprises, Staples, Frito-Lay, and AT&T were each presented keys to an all-new Smith Newton, the world's largest commercially available battery-electric-powered truck.

Leasing Cuts Costs for Good Samaritan Health Services

LEBANON, PA - The Good Samaritan Health System has reduced costs for its home health services by leasing new cars from Frederick Chevrolet to replace an aging fleet of autos and SUVs.

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Lexus Announces Pricing for New 2010 HS 250h, World's First Hybrid-Only Luxury Vehicle

TORRANCE, CA - Lexus announced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the new HS 250h hybrid, which has the best combined EPA mpg rating of any luxury vehicle in the U.S.

T3 Motion Announces GSA Schedule Listing

COSTA MESA, CA - The GSA listing for T3 Motion, Inc. enables U.S. government agencies and the military to order T3 Motion clean energy vehicles such as the T3 Series electric stand-up vehicle.

Kansas City Police to Cut Back on Take-Home Vehicles

KANSAS CITY, MO - The police department will revise its take-home car policy and revoke the take-home status of 60 vehicles in response to an internal audit released July 24.

NYC Mayor Apologizes for Idling SUVs

NEW YORK CITY - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has apologized for violating his own "no engine idling" policy.

Element Hotel to Install EV Charging Station

LEXINGTON, MA - Both guests and travelers in the area can simply swipe a keyfob, plug in, and charge up their electric vehicles at the station.

Awards to Recognize ‘Green’ Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - AF will honor fleet managers who have demonstrated leadership in going green at the 2009 Green Fleet Conference in Chicago. Nominate yourself or a colleague for this award!

FedEx Expands Hybrid-Electric Fleet by 50%

CHARLOTTE, NC - The 92 retrofitted hybrid-electric delivery trucks expand the FedEx fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles from 172 to 264.

Ford’s 2010 Models to Improve Fuel Efficiency 20%

DEARBORN, MI - Ford's EcoBoost engine, which produces up to 20-percent better fuel economy and 15-percent fewer CO2 emissions, will be available on the 2010 Ford Flex, Taurus SHO, and Lincoln MKS and MKT.

Grants Help Rollout LNG-Powered Trucks

Nearly 100 trucks functioning on alt-fuel hit the streets in Long Beach, Calif., thanks to grants awarded through a lottery, which drew dozens of local truck owners and companies.

Ford: Fuel Economy to Improve 20% by 2010 MY

In addition to fuel economy improvements, Ford this week rolled out its entire 2010 model year lineup for North America and announced plans for 30 new powertrain actions globally-22 in North America alone-by the end of 2010.

FedEx Retrofits 92 Trucks to Diesel-Electric Power

The addition of the 92 trucks increases the FedEx fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles by more than 50 percent, from 172 to 264.

Chicago Gets $1M to Reduce Diesel Emissions

CHICAGO - The EPA recovery act funds will be used to purchase and install 35 diesel oxidation catalysts and 163 diesel-fired heaters on municipal vehicles, and partially fund two new hybrid diesel-electric aerial trucks to replace older vehicles.

Ford Focus Earns IIHS 'Top Safety Pick'

Ford will launch its exclusive MyKey teen safety technology in the summer of 2009. It allows owners to program a key that can limit the vehicle's top speed and audio volume. MyKey also encourages safety-belt usage by muting the audio system until front occupants buckle up.

Riverside County Audit Prompts Stricter Take-Home Policy

RIVERSIDE, CA - The audit advises that the county could save an estimated $2.3 million by reducing the numbers of cars employees take home each night, better tracking county car use, and limiting the size of the fleet.

Fleet Consolidation a Possibility for Delaware

WILMINGTON, DE - With an $800 million budget shortfall, consolidation of government departments, including fleet, has been put on the table as a way to become more cost-effective.

More States Awarded $147M for ‘Green’ Programs

WASHINGTON - Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania are the latest states to receive funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Explosion Rocks Chicago Site of Biodiesel Production

CHICAGO --- A facility that processes major quantities of biodiesel fuel each day was the site of an explosion on Friday, July 17.

 

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