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$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).

L.A. Port Highlights Clean Trucks Program's Progress

LOS ANGELES --- Port of Los Angeles officials announced that nearly 59 percent of the cargo containers passing through the port in June were hauled by clean trucks that meet or exceed 2007 federal emissions standards.

Panasonic to Sponsor MIT Solar Vehicle Team

SECAUCUS, NJ --- Panasonic Corp. announced its support of the Solar Electric Vehicle Team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in their participation of the Global Green Challenge (GGC), to be held in October 2009 in Australia.

EnCana Converts Some Fleet Vehicles to CNG

DENVER --- EnCana Oil & Gas, a major North American natural gas producer, said it has launched a plan to convert a number of its Colorado vehicles to run on compressed natural gas, the Post Independent reported.

Calif. Fines Fleet for Emissions Violations

SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California Air Resources Board has fined a Fontana, Calif.-based heavy-duty diesel fleet $22,875 for failing to inspect its diesel trucks for compliance with the state's smoke emissions standards.

Japan Postal Fleet Opts for EV Conversion

NEW YORK --- A new electric drivetrain -- developed by electric vehicle producer Th!nk and powered by an EnerDel lithium-ion battery system -- has been delivered to Japan Post.

New Biodiesel Plant Completed in Calif.

BAKERSFIELD, CA --- Crimson Renewable Energy has completed its first biodiesel and glycerin production facility -- the largest in California.

Staples’ Green Fleet Cuts Costs & Emissions

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Staples has saved 540,000 gallons of diesel, reduced costs by $2 million, and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 12 million lbs.

Making Telematics Standard Would Lower Warranty & Repair Costs, Study Says

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Telematics as a standard feature can save millions of dollars in warranty and recall costs because of its real-time diagnostics, according to researchers.

Bacteria Might Improve Cellulosic Ethanol Production

GAINESVILLE, FL --- Researchers from the University of Florida have found that bacteria growing in the wood of the sweetgum tree or "alligator tree" may improve the process of making cellulosic ethanol.

Nissan Unveils 'Leaf" Electric Car

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN --- Nissan Motor Co. unveiled the commercial model of its new electric car, named the Nissan Leaf, at the opening ceremony for the automaker's new headquarters in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.

Jefferson Co. Furloughs to Cut Down Fleet Use

BIRMINGHAM, AL - With a reported 900 county employees furloughed, many of the cars in Jefferson County's more than 1,800-vehicle fleet have been parked since July 31.

NGVi Celebrates 20 Years of Business

LAS VEGAS - Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) is beginning its 21st year of working with fleet managers and technicians to advance their knowledge and use of natural gas vehicles and natural gas fueling.



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