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PetroAlgae Raises More Capital to Develop Biodiesel

MELBOURNE, FL --- PetroAlgae Inc., a developer of systems to derive biodiesel fuels from algae, announced it has closed on a $10 million capital raise through the sale of approximately 3.2 million of newly issued shares of common stock to two existing investors.

Former GM and Ford Execs Join Miles Electric Vehicles Advisory Board

SANTA MONICA, CA – Kenneth Baker, former GM Electric Vehicle Division program manager, and John Wallace, former Ford Director of Environmental Vehicles, recently joined Miles Electric Vehicles' Board of Advisors.

Firms to Collaborate on Lithium Ion Battery Cell Development

CHICAGO --- Leading U.S. battery and advanced materials companies, with support from one of the country's largest national laboratories, have formed an alliance to develop advanced lithium ion battery cells for transportation applications in the U.S.

Chinese Automaker Begins Selling Mass-Produced Plug-in Hybrid

SHENZHEN, China --- Last week, BYD Auto became the world's first automaker to sell a mass-produced plug-in hybrid car.

Connecticut Grants Awarded to Spur Biofuel Research

HARTFORD, CT --- Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced that three Connecticut universities will share a total of more than $900,000 in grants to test biofuel quality and study different production methods and feedstocks.

BP Executive to Become President of Sapphire Energy

SAN DIEGO --- Sapphire Energy has appointed Cynthia J (CJ) Warner, a top BP executive, as its new company president, starting Feb. 1.

Cellulosic Ethanol Pioneer Coskata Tops List of 'Hot' Bioenergy Companies

MIAMI, FL --- Biofuels Digest has placed cellulosic ethanol pioneer Coskata at the top of the publication's "50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy" rankings for 2008-09.

OriginOil Making Progress in Efforts to Transform Algae into Fuel

LOS ANGELES --- OriginOil Inc. (OOIL), which is developing technology to transform algae into fuel, announced the successful automation of its Helix BioReactor system that's designed to make large-scale commercial algae production scalable.

ASE Launches Two New Transit Bus Series Tests

LEESBURG, VA --- The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has announced two new additions to the Transit Bus Certification Test Series that will be available for the May 2009 test administration: Compressed Natural Gas Engines (H1) and Preventive Maintenance and Inspection (H8).

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Mercedes-Benz BlueZero Concepts Destined for 2009 Detroit Auto Show

MONTVALE, N.J. – Mercedes-Benz will be attending the Detroit Auto Show in January — and it’s bringing three concepts. The Mercedes-Benz BlueZero concepts, making their world debut at the Detroit show, give a sneak peak at an upcoming production vehicle.

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Fleet Managers Cite AFLA as the Must-Attend Conference of 2009

PHOENIX – A growing number of commercial fleet managers have budgeted the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association annual conference as their must-attend conference for 2009. Find out what they had to say.

Ryder Introduces Hybrid Trucks

New lease offering helps customers of all sizes improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

California Rules to Cut Diesel Truck Pollution

New truck regulations are expected to save more than 9,000 lives between 2010 and 2025.

Study Links Vehicle Exhaust, Lung Cancer Mortality in Trucking Industry Workers

Study shows that 779 trucking industry deaths out of 4,306 were results of lung cancer.

Ryder Introduces Hybrid Trucks

MIAMI – Ryder System, Inc., a transportation and supply chain management solution company, announced the launch of its RydeGreen Hybrid straight truck line, now available for order by Ryder lease customers.

Wheels, Inc. Hosts I-CAR Training Seminar

DES PLAINES, IL – Wheels, Inc. recently hosted an Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) hybrid and alternative-fuel training seminar for technical specialists at its corporate headquarters.

Researchers Study Potential of Used Coffee Grounds as Biodiesel Feedstock

RENO, NV --- Researchers at the University of Nevada have concluded that waste coffee grounds can provide a cheap and environmentally friendly source for production of biodiesel fuel.

Market Conditions Stall Production Plans for Prius Plant in Mississippi

TORRANCE, CA --- Citing a "steep decline in the market," Toyota said it will probably delay production at its Blue Springs, Miss., plant where it planned to build the Toyota Prius, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Taxicab Cooperative Adding CNG-Powered Vehicles to Fleets

SEAL BEACH, CA --- Administrative Services CO-OP (ASC), the largest taxicab cooperative in the Western United States, has begun procuring new, clean-burning CNG-powered taxis for deployment by ASC member Long Beach Yellow Cab.

California Seeks to Slash Greenhouse Emissions by 15 Percent by 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA --- California regulators on Thursday, Dec. 11, adopted a comprehensive plan to cut greenhouse gases -- the first of its kind in the nation, the Los Angeles Times reported.

California Cartage Co., L.A. Area Ports Get 232 New Natural Gas Trucks

LOS ANGELES --– Daimler Trucks North America on Dec. 8 held events celebrating delivery of 132 new natural gas (NG)-fueled tractors to drivers who contract with California Cartage Co. and 100 new NG trucks for the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles' Clean Truck Program.

Five Volvo Models Green Car of the Year Candidates

ROCKLEIGH, NJ – The C30, S40, and V50 DRIVe models and the V70 2.5FT and S80 2.5 FT (bioethanol powered) have all been nominated for World Green Car of the Year 2009.

Environmental Defense Fund and PHH Arval Partner to Reduce GHG Emissions

SPARKS, MD – Environmental Defense Fund has released a report presenting results achieved by several companies using the PHH GreenFleet program.

New Electric Pickup Trucks Tested in Hawaii

Maui Electric Co. will test durability of new battery-powered pickup trucks for six months.

Hendrix College Adds Two Electric Cars to Fleet

CONWAY, AR – Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. has put two electric cars into service on campus, replacing two older gas-powered vehicles in the college’s fleet.


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