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Colorado Gov. Ritter Signs Green Transportation Bills

DENVER --- Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter has signed into law three transportation bills aimed at reducing vehicle emissions, increasing fuel economy, and boosting energy independence.

Wisconsin Biodiesel Plant Shuts Down for Now

DEFOREST, WI --- Citing the economy, Sanimax Energy said it is temporarily shutting down the biodiesel production facilities at the company's plant in DeForest.

Maui Mayor Participates in Plug-in Hybrid Trials

WAILUKU, HI --- Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares is test-driving a Toyota Prius that's been converted into a plug-in hybrid as part of a study by Idaho National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.

California Fines Tour Bus Firm $15,750 for Emissions

SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California Air Resources Board fined Silver State Trailways, a tour bus company based in Placentia, Calif., $15,750 this month for diesel engine emissions violations that occurred in 2007 and 2008.

McNeilus Delivers CNG Refuse Trucks to Seattle

DODGE CENTER, MN --- McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of refuse truck bodies and concrete mixers, recently completed delivery of 144 new compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse trucks to two companies, CleanScapes Inc. and Waste Management of Seattle.

GM Opens Battery Lab

WARREN, MI --- General Motors has opened its new Global Battery Systems Lab, a 33,000-square-foot facility, at the company's Technical Center in Warren, Mich., Automobile magazine reported.

CleanFUEL USA Expands Propane Engine Products

GEORGETOWN, TX --- CleanFUEL North America Inc. has signed a distribution agreement with IMPCO Technologies Inc.

Fuel Systems Solutions Closes FuelMaker Deal

SANTA ANA, CA --- Fuel Systems Solutions Inc. said it has completed the $7 million purchase of selected assets and CNG refueling technology from FuelMaker Corp.

Strange... but True Stories Requested

TORRANCE, CAAutomotive Fleet has brought back back an old favorite – an anecdotal look at fleet management and driving a company vehicle: Strange but True Fleet Stories.

Philadelphia Opens Fifth Biodiesel Station

PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Michael Nutter recently opened the city's fifth biodiesel refueling station, furthering the goals laid out in the city's sustainability plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent and improve overall air quality.

227 MPH Audi A4 Beats Bugatti to Set World Record

INGOLSTADT, GERMANY - After a few earlier attempts were unsuccessful in setting an official record, Jürgen Hohenester, a German racecar driver and automotive tuner, has finally set a new world record for reaching the fastest speed ever recorded running a vehicle on biogas.

Hybrid Trucks Showcased at Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON – CALSTART, the Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF), Duke University, Environmental Defense Fund, and U.S. truck and system manufacturers will head to Capitol Hill June 11 for "Hybrid on The Hill Day".

ZAP has completed an engineering project to develop a four-wheel electric pickup with the majority of the parts and components supplied by U.S. companies.

ZAP Completes U.S. Electric Pickup Engineering Project

FRANKLIN, KY – ZAP has completed an engineering project to develop a four-wheel electric pickup with the majority of the parts and components supplied by U.S. companies.

GM & Penske Outline Proposed Purchase of Saturn Brand

DETROIT – Penske would obtain the rights to the brand as well as certain other Saturn assets, while General Motors would continue production, on a contract basis, of the Saturn Aura, Vue, and Outlook.

Yokohama Tire Corporation Named EPA SmartWay Partner

FULLERTON, CA – Yokohama's new partnership status is in the "shippers" category, shipping more than 50 percent of its products on SmartWay-certified transport carriers.

Jasper Adds U241E Toyota to 4-Cyl. Transmission Lineup

JASPER, IN – Jasper Engines & Transmissions, a remanufacturer of drivetrain products, has added the U241E Toyota to its remanufactured transmission lineup.

Gas Above $2.50 for First Time Since October

WASHINGTON – As of June 1, U.S. retail gasoline prices have for the first time since October surpassed $2.50 at $2.52 a gallon, according to the Energy Department.

CODA Plans to Release All-Electric Sedan in 2010

The CODA four-door sedan will be powered by a 33.8 kwh lithium-ion battery pack, and accelerates 0-60 in less than 11 seconds.

Santa Clara Co. Audit Finds Fleet Inefficiencies

SAN JOSE, CA – In the first audit since 1981, findings include vehicle idling, more than $100,000 in unpaid parking fines, personal use of county vehicles, and unused units in fleet, according to Mercury News.

Ferrellgas and ROUSH Promote New Alt-Fuel Vehicle

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., will be among the first to add the ROUSH Liquid Propane Injected Ford F-250 pickup truck to their alternative fuel fleet.

NAFA Continues Legislative Work On Behalf of Fleets

After examining the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, NAFA's U.S. Legislative Counsel Patrick O'Connor discovered that through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, fleets are eligible for $20,000-$30,000 toward the purchase of each new hybrid medium- or heavy-duty truck.

Kenworth Truck Becomes 1st Medium-Duty Hybrid in NYC's Fleet

New York City's Department of Sanitation is now equipped with the Kenworth T370 hybrid features a PACCAR PX-6 engine rated at 240 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque.

Cincinnati Offers Free Parking for Electric Vehicles

CINCINNATI – As part of the Green Cincinnati Initiative, the program allows electric vehicles displaying city-issued stickers to park free of charge next to city parking meters and in four downtown parking garages, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Seattle Receives 144 CNG Refuse Trucks

SEATTLE – CleanScapes, Inc. and Waste Management of Seattle have received deliveries of 144 new compressed natural gas refuse trucks from McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, according to Environmental Protection.

City of Peoria Seeks Funds for Hybrid Trucks

PEORIA, AZ – Peoria is among six cities that joined the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office to file for a Clean Cities federal stimulus grant through the U.S. Department of Energy, according to The Arizona Republic.

 

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