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Grants Help Rollout LNG-Powered Trucks

Nearly 100 trucks functioning on alt-fuel hit the streets in Long Beach, Calif., thanks to grants awarded through a lottery, which drew dozens of local truck owners and companies.

Ford: Fuel Economy to Improve 20% by 2010 MY

In addition to fuel economy improvements, Ford this week rolled out its entire 2010 model year lineup for North America and announced plans for 30 new powertrain actions globally-22 in North America alone-by the end of 2010.

FedEx Retrofits 92 Trucks to Diesel-Electric Power

The addition of the 92 trucks increases the FedEx fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles by more than 50 percent, from 172 to 264.

Chicago Gets $1M to Reduce Diesel Emissions

CHICAGO - The EPA recovery act funds will be used to purchase and install 35 diesel oxidation catalysts and 163 diesel-fired heaters on municipal vehicles, and partially fund two new hybrid diesel-electric aerial trucks to replace older vehicles.

Ford Focus Earns IIHS 'Top Safety Pick'

Ford will launch its exclusive MyKey teen safety technology in the summer of 2009. It allows owners to program a key that can limit the vehicle's top speed and audio volume. MyKey also encourages safety-belt usage by muting the audio system until front occupants buckle up.

Riverside County Audit Prompts Stricter Take-Home Policy

RIVERSIDE, CA - The audit advises that the county could save an estimated $2.3 million by reducing the numbers of cars employees take home each night, better tracking county car use, and limiting the size of the fleet.

Fleet Consolidation a Possibility for Delaware

WILMINGTON, DE - With an $800 million budget shortfall, consolidation of government departments, including fleet, has been put on the table as a way to become more cost-effective.

More States Awarded $147M for ‘Green’ Programs

WASHINGTON - Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania are the latest states to receive funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Explosion Rocks Chicago Site of Biodiesel Production

CHICAGO --- A facility that processes major quantities of biodiesel fuel each day was the site of an explosion on Friday, July 17.

BAF Partners With Auto Truck Group for NGV Upfits

DALLAS --- BAF Technologies, which provides natural gas vehicle upfits in the U.S., has entered into a partnership with Auto Truck Group to provide additional conversion capacity, the NGV Global Newsletter reported.

Grants to Help L.A. Port Reach Green Fleet Goals

SAN PEDRO, CA --- Through a joint effort of the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), a new round of Clean Truck Program grant funding was initiated July 10.

SoCal Schools to Get More CNG, Propane Buses

DIAMOND BAR, CA --- The South Coast Air Quality Management District has awarded nearly $43 million to help school districts in Southern California purchase clean-burning compressed natural gas and propane buses to replace the dirtiest diesel school buses in their fleets.

Poll: 30% of U.S. Car Buyers Interested in EVs

PALO ALTO, CA --- Nearly one in three (30 percent) U.S. car buyers is interested in purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) for their next car, according to a recent study on consumer EV sentiment sponsored by Better Place and conducted by research firm Ipsos.

Texas Fuel Producer Fine-Tuning Biofuel Process

BRYAN, TX --- Renewable fuel producer Terrabon is working on developing a new fuel that's nearly identical to petroleum gasoline but can be made from just about any kind of organic material -- from sewer sludge to cornstalks, the Houston Chronicle reported.

GreenHouse Releases Ethanol Micro-Refinery System

SAN DIEGO --- GreenHouse, an alternative energy company based in San Diego, is making the E-Fuel MicroFueler portable ethanol micro-refinery fuel system available for consumer use.

Nissan May Expand Hybrid Lineup

TOKYO - The automaker may add its own hybrid technology to small and mid-sized vehicles in addition to the planned launch of a luxury version, according to Agency France Presse.

Telematics Offers Fleet Benefits, Study Reports

SAN ANTONIO - An investment in commercial vehicle telematics significantly helps fleets boost productivity while decreasing costs, according to a new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

Mazda6 Pricing Announced

IRVINE, CA - Available in four trim lines, pricing for the 2010 Mazda6 ranges from $20,320-$25,935.

U.S. Postal Service to Receive More Alt-Fuel Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The U.S. Postal Service announced plans to replace 6,500 vehicles in its delivery fleet. The move will add 1,000 E-85 ethanol-capable and 900 gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles to the fleet.

Valencia County Cuts Down on Take-Home Cars

LOS LUNAS, NM - Valencia County's new policy will put an end to take-home vehicles and save approximately $75,000 a year, according to

DuPage County Holds Auction to Raise Vehicle Funds

WHEATON, IL - DuPage County Forest Preserve hopes to gain at least $100,000 in vehicle replacement funds from its July 25 auction of surplus inventory.

Kansas Audit Shows Higher Vehicle Expenses

LAWRENCE, KS - A recently released audit report revealed all state travel and vehicle-related expenses have risen since the central motor pool was eliminated, according to the Lawrence Journal World & 6News.

Audi Builds Online Hype for Clean Diesel

HERNDON, VA - Hoping to quash memories of 1970's-era diesel clatter with social media marketing, Audi has launched a pro-diesel campaign complete with viral video and a Facebook Cause.

City of Phoenix Awarded $800K+ in Stimulus Funds

PHOENIX - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $829,697 to the City of Phoenix to reduce diesel emissions by retrofitting and replacing city-owned equipment.

Frito-Lay Exec to Keynote Green Fleet Conference

TORRANCE, CA - David Haft, VP Operations Sustainability and Productivity at Frito-Lay North America, will provide the opening keynote address at the 2009 Green Fleet Conference, Oct. 19-20, in Chicago.



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