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PICC Upgrades Prius Conversion Kit

POWAY, CA --- Plug In Conversions Corp. (PICC) said it has completed a software upgrade to its plug-in conversion kit, allowing all-electric mode driving at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour in a converted Prius.

Ford Draws $5.9B in Loans for Fuel-Efficient Cars

DEARBORN, MI --- Ford employees gave U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu a standing ovation today when he announced that the automaker would receive $5.9 billion in loans for the development of fuel-efficient cars, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Comdata Corporation Enters Into Agreement with 360FuelCard

BRENTWOOD, TN - Comdata will provide corporate fuel cards, as well as the network of fuel and service sites, for 360FuelCard customers.

Energy Department to Help Automakers with Green Efforts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy has approved funding assistance for Ford, Nissan, and Tesla Motors to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles as part of the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.

Volvo Begins Selling Trucks That Meet 2010 Emissions Standards

GREENSBORO, NC – The trucks meet the standards using Selective Catalytic Reduction, which also increases fuel efficiency and reduces carbon emissions, according to a statement by the manufacturer.

Volkswagen Offers Discounts for 'Cash for Clunkers' Program

HERNDON, VA – In support of the government-funded "Cash for Clunkers" program, the automaker will provide up to $4,500 off the purchase price of new, more fuel-efficient vehicle for consumers who trade in an older, less efficient vehicle.

Nissan to Make Electric Cars in U.S.

SMYRNA, TN – Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. plans to start producing electric vehicles in the United States after initial production in Japan.

New Tire Label to List Fuel Economy

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed a new replacement tire label that would include, for the first time, information about the tire's impact on fuel economy and carbon dioxide emission reductions.

EV Charging Stations to Total 5 Million+ by 2015

BOULDER, CO – By 2015, the globally-installed base of charge points for plug-in hybrids and other electric vehicles will surpass 5 million with cumulative equipment revenues of $6.5 billion, according to a new report from Pike Research.

MINI to Expand U.S. Dealerships by 20%

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. --- MINI USA has confirmed its intention to expand its 83-strong American dealer network by 20 percent during the next 18 months to a total of 100 outlets across the country.

Mack Trucks Offers CNG, LNG Engines for Waste Haul

LAS VEGAS --- Mack Trucks Inc. announced June 10 the availability of natural gas-powered engines for refuse applications.

Feds Drop Lawsuit Against Ports' Clean Trucks Program

LOS ANGELES --- The Federal Maritime Commission, the federal agency that oversees maritime trade laws, announced June 16 that it plans to drop a lawsuit that sought to block several provisions of the Clean Trucks Program enacted by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

2010 Buick LaCrosse to Boast 30 MPG Highway

DETROIT – A fuel-efficient, direct injected Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder engine will be the third engine offered in the 2010 Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan, General Motors announced.

PetroSun Partners With Arizona Town for Biofuels Project

GILBERT, AZ --- PetroSun BioFuels said it has agreed to launch an algae-to-biofuels wastewater pilot program with the town of Gilbert, Ariz.

Greene County Tightens Idling Policy

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Officials consider the new idling-reduction policy a common-sense approach for the county to save money, especially at a time when the county faces declining revenue, according to the News-Leader.

City of Santa Monica Purchases All-Electric Zero-Emission Truck

SANTA MONICA, CA – The ZeroTruck meets the needs of the city's Water Division and sustainability goals to reduce emissions and use of petroleum.

Central Florida Fire Departments Considering Consolidation

ORLANDO, FL – Tight budgets and dwindling property tax revenues are creating pressure to look into merging two of Central Florida's largest fire departments: Orlando and Orange County, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

City of San Antonio to Optimize Fuel Operations

SAN ANTONIO – Ward's Automated Fuel Management System will provide the city fuel management technology and services for over 1,000 city vehicles and 11 fueling sites.

PG&E to Test First Smith Electric Vehicles All-Electric Utility Truck

KANSAS CITY, MO – The all-electric aerial utility truck, produced by SEV U.S. and SEV U.K. with an aerial bucket integrated by Altec Industries Inc., is the first unit of its kind to be put into operation by a major utility company before being brought to the market.

EPA Clean Energy Guidebook to Help Fleets Save Money

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency has released a guide to help states save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by adopting clean energy practices in their facilities, operations, and vehicle fleets.

NorthWestern Energy Unveils Hybrid Bucket Truck in Missoula

BUTTE, MT – NorthWestern Energy unveiled its first hybrid bucket truck June 10 in Missoula.

USPS Keeps Vehicle Costs Down by Retreading Tires

WASHINGTON – With tires the third highest cost of running any fleet, the savings offered by the use of retreads adds up to be very significant, according to the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau.

Navistar Awarded First Total Hybrid Vehicle Certification

SACRAMENTO – The Air Resources Board has awarded its first total hybrid vehicle certification for trucks and buses to Navistar.

Subaru Legacy Sedan Achieves 31 MPG Hwy

CHERRY HILL, NJ – The 2010 all-wheel drive Legacy achieves up to 26 mpg combined and 31 mpg highway, despite having grown in size in almost every dimension.

Susan Goodell, exec. director of Forgotten Harvest, accepts keys to a new 2009 Freightliner M2 Hybrid Class 7 diesel-electric truck from (l-r) Klaus Entenmann, president and CEO of Daimler Financial S

Forgotten Harvest Adds First Hybrid Truck to Fleet

Daimler Trucks North America, Daimler Financial Services, and Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies recently donated a 2009 M2e Hybrid Freightliner diesel-electric truck to the mobile food rescue organization.

 

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