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Toyota Plans New Hybrid to Rival Honda Insight

TORRANCE – Toyota Motor Corp. plans to produce a new small hybrid car to rival Honda's Insight hybrid vehicle that just reached the United States, according to Japan's Nikkei business newspaper.

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Coke Tests Hybrid Truck in Europe

BRUSSELS – The pilot program, to run in Brussels until July, is part of Coca Cola' s efforts at "developing a sustainable transport strategy across its European business."

U.S. Mileage Standards Up in 2011-MY

WASHINGTON – The standard would require compacts, sedans, and other passenger cars to average 30.2 miles per gallon in combined city/highway driving.

Fisker Automotive Recruits First U.S. Retailers

IRVINE, CA --- Automaker Fisker Automotive has appointed its first group of U.S. retailers to market and service its luxury plug-in hybrid vehicles, beginning with the $87,900 100-mpg Karma sedan later this year.

States Logistics' Truck Fleet Demonstrates Merits of Biodiesel

LOUISVILLE, KY --- The National Biodiesel Board on March 18 announced results of a lifecycle carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction demonstration. The six-month demonstration culminated in a report showing how the California-based fleet of States Logistics reduced CO2 by 72.9 tons by using biodiesel instead of straight petroleum diesel.

Long Beach Harbor Commissioners Back Incentives for Clean Trucks Program

LONG BEACH, CA --- The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners have given preliminary approval to a proposal aimed at spurring private investment in the Port of Long Beach Clean Trucks Program.

Alagasco Adds Four CNG-Fueled Honda Civic GX Sedans to Fleet

BIRMINGHAM, AL --- Alagasco, a natural gas utility company that's a part of energy giant Energen Corp., said it has acquired four new natural gas Honda Civic GX sedans for its fleet.

Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. to Locate Assembly Plant in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO --- Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. announced plans to assemble all-electric, zero-emission commercial vehicles in Kansas City.

Algae Venture Systems Making Progress in Algae-Based Fuel Development

MARYSVILLE, OH --- AlgaeVenture Systems announced it has developed a technological breakthrough that dramatically reduces the cost of removing water from algae, making algae an economically feasible source of fuel.

'Greener' Vehicles May Mean Extra Stimulus Money for Towns

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Tucked in the stimulus bill is $300 million for towns and public agencies, as well as private companies, to cover the cost difference between a hybrid and its traditional model, according to The MetroWest Daily News.

City of Peoria to Cut Expenses by Downsizing Fleet

PEORIA, AZ – City officials have set April 1 as the deadline to eliminate at least 75 vehicles from the 530-unit fleet in an effort to conserve resources and cut expenses, according to the Arizona Republic.

Jacksonville's Automated Trash Trucks Add Safety and Cut Costs

JACKSONVILLE, NC – Jacksonville's garbage truck fleet recently received its first fully automated trash truck, which features a hydraulic claw that picks up trash cans curbside and dumps the trash into the truck without the aid of a sanitation worker.

Dade City Police's Electric Cars Get Attention

DADE CITY, FL – Dade City has joined a handful of other cities in the Tampa Bay area whose officers are using electric vehicles to patrol school grounds or police heavily populated events such as parades, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Flagler County to Upgrade Ambulance Fleet

BUNNELL, FL – Two eight-year old units are being replaced, but will remain in fleet as "spares" should other units break down or need routine maintenance, according to The News-Journal.

ECOdriver Lesson Now Available from DriverCare Web-Based Training

TREVOSE, PA – The CEI Group, Inc. announced a new DriverCare Web-Based Training lesson available to teach drivers how to save fuel and reduce the amount of climate-changing greenhouse gases their vehicles emit.

American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma Debuts First Plug-in Vehicle

TULSA, OK – American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma, a utility company, recently added a 2008 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle to its fleet.

UPS Unveiling of New Denver CNG Vehicle Fleet Postponed

DENVER – "Inclement weather" has postponed the media event unveiling of 43 of the company's 300 trucks powered by compressed natural gas in Commerce City, Colo., according to UPS.

Powers Distributing Adds 15 DuraStar Hybrid Tractor Trucks to Fleet

ORION, MI – Powers Distributing Co., a beer distributor, recently purchased 15 International DuraStar Hybrid medium-duty tractor trucks from C&S Motors in Flint, Mich., according to The Flint Journal.

County May Add 1,000 EVs to Its Fleet

Sonoma County, Calif. has applied for up to $3 million in state and U.S. Energy Department grants to install charging stations and convert existing fuel-electric hybrid vehicles to plug-in hybrids.

President Obama Previews First Plug-In Hybrid Electric Utility Truck System

The Eaton Corp.-developed plug-in hybrid truck is estimated to deliver fuel economy improvements of up to 70 percent.

Fisker Automotive Recruits First North American Retailers to Represent Premium Green Brand

A total of 32 award-winning retailers have confirmed their intent to carry Fisker's Karma luxury plug-in hybrid sedan.

AT&T to Replace or Buy 15,000 Alt-Fuel Vehicles

About 8,000 of the vehicles will be work vans or technician trucks that run on compressed natural gas. About 7,100 other vehicles will be replaced with hybrids and other advanced technology power systems.

Fairport Electric Expands Hybrid Vehicle Fleet

FAIRPORT, NY – Village-owned power company Fairport Electric is buying a new hybrid bucket truck to replace a 1999 model, according to MPNnow.com.

San Diego Utility Partners with Nissan for EV Infrastructure

DETROIT – San Diego Gas & Electric and Nissan have partnered to develop plans for a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and work to implement and maintain a battery charging network, according to the automaker.

City of Baltimore Unveils New Fleet Facility

BALTIMORE – Dedicated to the late George L. Winfield, former Department of Public Works director, those in attendance at the unveiling included fleet management personnel, city and state officials, and CCG Fleet Services.

 

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