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Government Demand for Grounds Maintenance Equipment to Increase

CLEVELAND – Demand for power lawn and garden equipment in the government and institutional market is forecast to increase 3.4 percent per year to $580 million in 2011, according to a study by a market research firm.

City of Norman to Use Alt-Fuel Vehicles

NORMAN, OK – City council members adopted a comprehensive alternative fuel program they believe will be better for the environment and save money in the long run, according to

City of Albuquerque to Use Stimulus Funds to 'Green' Up

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The City of Albuquerque will use $750,000 of its energy efficiency block grants to purchase new hybrid vehicles, according to New Mexico Business Weekly.

Norwegian Automaker Plans Electric Car Plant in U.S.

OSLO, NORWAY --- Norwegian electric automaker Think revealed plans to open a manufacturing plant in the U.S. to produce 16,000 cars annually in the first phase and more later.

Senate Energy Bill Seeks to Increase Flex-Fuel Vehicles, Extend Biofuel Tax Credits

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan (D) has introduced an energy bill that includes provisions to increase production of flexible-fuel vehicles and to extend ethanol and biodiesel tax credits.

Automakers Push for More Testing Before Government Allows Higher Ethanol Blends

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) is lobbying for the Obama administration to wait until comprehensive test results are in before ruling on whether to permit ethanol blends above 10 percent in the marketplace.

U.S. Hybrid Sales Down 44 Percent in March

WASHINGTON – U.S. sales of hybrids in March 2009 dropped 44 percent by volume year-on-year to 21,433 units, based on data reported by the Green Car Congress.

NY Auto Show to Feature Latest Concept Cars & Alt-Fuel Vehicles

MANHATTAN, NY – The 2009 New York International Automobile Show, open to the public April 10-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, showcases the latest in innovative, more fuel-efficient vehicles, with drivetrain and technology advancements and cutting-edge design.

Texas Railroad Commission Promotes Greening of Fleets Through Propane Use

AUSTIN, TX – The three commissioners of Texas' chief energy agency — the Railroad Commission — joined Jack Roush, winning team owner of the 2009 Daytona 500, in calling for local government and business fleets to use propane-fueled vehicles.

Report Raises Concerns About Ethanol's Potential for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

ITHACA, NY --- An international team of scientists has released a report asserting that nitrous oxide emissions as a byproduct of ethanol production have been underestimated in the past and will increase greenhouse gas pollution.

New Kenworth Truck Brochure Highlights Medium Duty Hybrids

KIRKLAND, WA --- Kenworth Truck Co. has produced a new brochure on its T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 diesel-electric hybrid trucks and tractors.

Nova Biosource Fuels Files for Bankruptcy

NEW YORK --- Nova Biosource Fuels Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to reorganize its biodiesel refining business, Reuters reported.

Algae-Based Biofuel Project Wins Clean Energy Prize Competition in Michigan

ANN ARBOR, MI --- A plan to use algae to simultaneously treat wastewater and produce the raw materials for biofuels has won the inaugural Clean Energy Prize.

Finalists Named for 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CA – Out of 31 nominees, the competition for the title of 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year has been narrowed down to four finalists. Find out who made the cut.

Kevin Fareri (left), CAFM, fleet acquisitions administrator for the City of San Antonio poses with Christopher Petree, operations & maintenance director for the City of Lakeville, Minn., at the MPWA c

Minnesota PWA Teams Up With the City of San Antonio

MINNEAPOLIS – The City of San Antonio's fleet acquisitions administrator, Kevin Fareri, CAFM, presented a number of green fleet topics at the Minnesota Public Works Association's conference.

Palm Beach County Receives First Hybrid Bucket Truck Delivery

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The first of three hybrid bucket trucks ordered by the county 18 months ago has been delivered, with the other two to be delivered within the next 30 days.

City of Jacksonville Finalizes City Vehicle, Car Allowance Policy

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The policy addresses park and ride and take-home vehicle assignments and eligibility.

Doing More with Less: GFX Presenters to Share Tips

DENVER – At the 2009 GFX Conference, June 8-10, a panel of award-winning fleet managers will share solutions to the challenges of working with minimal resources.

Infiniti Launching First of Hybrid Line in 2010

FRANKLIN, TN - Nissan is starting to ramp up their EV ambitions. Not only are they starting production of fleets of ZEVs in 2010, but their luxury Infiniti brand is making a major commitment to EVs.

Audi A2 Concept. Photo Source: CARS Online.

New Audi A2 to Include Electric Version

HERNDON, VA - Audi recently began working on the concept of a possible upcoming A2. The A3, classified by Audi as a small city car, is reportedly at the concept stage at this point.

Subaru to Introduce All-New Legacy at NY Auto Show

NEW YORK – Subaru announced the all-new 2010 Legacy sedan will debut at the New York International Auto Show, featuring a longer wheelbase, extra rear seat legroom, and a new powertrain lineup, according to the manufacturer.

Comdata Enters Into Agreement with Regal Software Technologies

BRENTWOOD, TN – This agreement will enable customers of either company to expand their corporate payment programs with an electronic accounts payable solution integrated into the Microsoft Dynamics accounting suite.

Dutch Company to Make Electric Cars for U.S.

NETHERLANDS – Malaysia's national carmaker Proton and a Dutch-based company have signed an agreement to make zero emission electric cars for sale in the U.S. and Europe by next year, according to Forbes.

Smith to Assemble All-Electric Trucks in Kansas City

Production of the first zero-emission commercial trucks is scheduled to begin third quarter of 2009.

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Morehead State Univ. Goes Electric

MOREHEAD, KY – By testing five electric vehicles in its fleet, the university has been able to reduce the gas-powered vehicle fleet by about 15 percent since last fall, reported The Trail Blazer campus newspaper.


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