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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).

Toyota to Make Hybrid in U.K.

TOKYO, JAPAN --- Toyota Motor Corp. has confirmed it will make hybrid vehicles in Europe for the first time next year, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Ford Shows its 'Greener' Side

DETROIT - EcoBoost technology and hybrid powertrains are part of Ford's overall strategy to improve fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions company-wide.

Smith Delivers Electric Trucks to Commercial Fleets

WASHINGTON - Representatives from Coca-Cola Enterprises, Staples, Frito-Lay, and AT&T were each presented keys to an all-new Smith Newton, the world's largest commercially available battery-electric-powered truck.

Leasing Cuts Costs for Good Samaritan Health Services

LEBANON, PA - The Good Samaritan Health System has reduced costs for its home health services by leasing new cars from Frederick Chevrolet to replace an aging fleet of autos and SUVs.

Lexus HS 250h

Lexus Announces Pricing for New 2010 HS 250h, World's First Hybrid-Only Luxury Vehicle

TORRANCE, CA - Lexus announced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the new HS 250h hybrid, which has the best combined EPA mpg rating of any luxury vehicle in the U.S.

T3 Motion Announces GSA Schedule Listing

COSTA MESA, CA - The GSA listing for T3 Motion, Inc. enables U.S. government agencies and the military to order T3 Motion clean energy vehicles such as the T3 Series electric stand-up vehicle.

Kansas City Police to Cut Back on Take-Home Vehicles

KANSAS CITY, MO - The police department will revise its take-home car policy and revoke the take-home status of 60 vehicles in response to an internal audit released July 24.



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