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L.A. Port Highlights Clean Trucks Program's Progress

LOS ANGELES --- Port of Los Angeles officials announced that nearly 59 percent of the cargo containers passing through the port in June were hauled by clean trucks that meet or exceed 2007 federal emissions standards.

Panasonic to Sponsor MIT Solar Vehicle Team

SECAUCUS, NJ --- Panasonic Corp. announced its support of the Solar Electric Vehicle Team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in their participation of the Global Green Challenge (GGC), to be held in October 2009 in Australia.

EnCana Converts Some Fleet Vehicles to CNG

DENVER --- EnCana Oil & Gas, a major North American natural gas producer, said it has launched a plan to convert a number of its Colorado vehicles to run on compressed natural gas, the Post Independent reported.

Calif. Fines Fleet for Emissions Violations

SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California Air Resources Board has fined a Fontana, Calif.-based heavy-duty diesel fleet $22,875 for failing to inspect its diesel trucks for compliance with the state's smoke emissions standards.

Japan Postal Fleet Opts for EV Conversion

NEW YORK --- A new electric drivetrain -- developed by electric vehicle producer Th!nk and powered by an EnerDel lithium-ion battery system -- has been delivered to Japan Post.

New Biodiesel Plant Completed in Calif.

BAKERSFIELD, CA --- Crimson Renewable Energy has completed its first biodiesel and glycerin production facility -- the largest in California.

Staples’ Green Fleet Cuts Costs & Emissions

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Staples has saved 540,000 gallons of diesel, reduced costs by $2 million, and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 12 million lbs.

Making Telematics Standard Would Lower Warranty & Repair Costs, Study Says

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Telematics as a standard feature can save millions of dollars in warranty and recall costs because of its real-time diagnostics, according to researchers.

Bacteria Might Improve Cellulosic Ethanol Production

GAINESVILLE, FL --- Researchers from the University of Florida have found that bacteria growing in the wood of the sweetgum tree or "alligator tree" may improve the process of making cellulosic ethanol.

Nissan Unveils 'Leaf" Electric Car

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN --- Nissan Motor Co. unveiled the commercial model of its new electric car, named the Nissan Leaf, at the opening ceremony for the automaker's new headquarters in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.

Jefferson Co. Furloughs to Cut Down Fleet Use

BIRMINGHAM, AL - With a reported 900 county employees furloughed, many of the cars in Jefferson County's more than 1,800-vehicle fleet have been parked since July 31.

NGVi Celebrates 20 Years of Business

LAS VEGAS - Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) is beginning its 21st year of working with fleet managers and technicians to advance their knowledge and use of natural gas vehicles and natural gas fueling.

AFLA Hotel Room Rate Expires Soon

PHOENIX - August 17 is the last day for 2009 AFLA Conference attendees to get the $179 group rate on a hotel room at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.

Suzuki Reveals All-New 2010 Kizashi Mid-Size Sedan

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - Suzuki's global reveal of the all-new 2010 Kizashi mid-sized sedan marks the automaker's first entry into the all-wheel-drive sports sedan segment.

Utah Dealers to Sell Honda's Natural Gas-Powered Civic GX

Effective July 30, Utah dealers will have the option of selling the natural gas-powered Honda Civic GX to customers on a retail basis.

North Providence Mistakenly Auctions Off Leased Trailer

NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI - In its first eBay selling experience, town administration unwittingly used the online auction site to sell a leased trailer.

School District Criticized for Take-Home Vehicles

AUSTIN, TX - In 2008, the Austin Independent School District reportedly spent more than $48,000 on fuel for take-home vehicles.

FedFleet Expo Highlights Fuel Efficiency

CHICAGO - The General Services Administration's recent Recovery Act purchase of 17,205 new, more fuel-efficient vehicles for the federal fleet are a key focus of this year's event.

Freightliner Introduces Hybrid-Electric Retrofit Program

GAFFNEY, SC - Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation has launched a new program to retrofit older walk-in vans with new hybrid-electric systems.

Nissan EV Program Draws Global Gov't Support

TOKYO, JAPAN --- Nissan Motor Co. said it is confident that the financial support the company has received from governments worldwide will ensure the profitability of its electric vehicle program.

Fuel Systems Solutions to Buy Teleflex Alt-Fuel Unit

SANTA ANA, CA --- Fuel Systems Solutions Inc. has agreed to purchase Teleflex Inc.'s Power Systems business, which includes alternative-fuel components and systems, for $14.5 million in cash.

Panda Ethanol Stockholders Approve Liquidation Plan

DALLAS --- Panda Ethanol Inc. announced its stockholders approved a dissolution and plan of liquidation. On July 16, Panda Ethanol's stock transfer books were closed.

Retailers Ask Congress to Stop L.A. Clean Trucks Program

LOS ANGELES --- The ongoing legal battle over the Clean Trucks Program at the Port of Los Angeles has prompted another industry group to get involved: the National Retail Federation.

Tesla Entrepreneurs in Legal Battle

SAN CARLOS, CA --- Two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs -- Martin Eberhard and Elon Musk -- are embroiled in a legal battle over who deserves credit for "founding" Tesla Motors and who was responsible for the mistakes that temporarily threatened Tesla's survival.

Report: Ethanol Industry Can Stop Using Antibiotics

MINNEAPOLIS, MN --- The ethanol industry should voluntarily stop the unnecessary use of antibiotics in the production process, particularly because viable alternatives are readily available, concludes a new report by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).



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