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Johnson Controls-Saft Awarded $8.2 Million to Develop Lithium-Ion Batteries

MILWAUKEE, WI --- The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, has awarded Johnson Controls-Saft a $8.2 million contract to develop lithium-ion battery systems for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Invests in Natural Gas Vehicle Launch

SEAL BEACH, CA --- Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has joined an investment group to help launch a new natural gas vehicle made in the United States for taxi and paratransit use.

Volkswagen Group of America Participates in National Hydrogen Road Tour

HERNDON, VA – Volkswagen's Hydrogen Fuel Cell concept vehicle, the HyMotion Tiguan, will travel from Portland, Maine to Los Angeles over the next 13 days.

Survey: Fleet Managers are Going Green

A survey conducted in the U.K. by Hitachi Capital revealed that fleet managers are starting to think seriously about environmental issues.

Shaw Plant Uses Biodiesel From Cooking Oil

DALTON, GA – Shaw Industries Plant 65 in Andalusia, Ala., has announced a facility-wide initiative to collect and use local cooking oil as a source of biodiesel.

City of Grayslake to Begin Using Low-Emissions Fuel for Public Works Vehicles

GRAYSLAKE, IL – Biodiesel fuel will now be used by Grayslake Public Works Department vehicles.

City of Winter Haven Plugging Hybrids Into Vehicle Fleet

WINTER HAVEN, FL – On the outside, it looks like a regular vehicle, but underneath the hood the city’s new 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid is a going-green environmental machine.

Minneapolis Mayor Is Plugged In

MINNEAPOLIS – When Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak decided to convert his gas-electric Toyota Prius to a plug-in, he found that Canada was the closest place to get it done. So Rybak vowed to make a local option available.

Paccar’s Fuel-Saving Hybrid Trucks Aimed at Nation’s Distribution Industry

SEATTLE – Kirkland-based Kenworth Truck, a subsidiary of Paccar, plans to begin full production of its T270 and T370 hybrid trucks in early September.

Raser Developing Plug-In Hybrid Pickup

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Raser Technologies is developing a plug-in hybrid pickup truck. Instead of being propelled using both the electric motor and internal combustion engine, the truck will travel using only its electric motor.

Ford Introduces Product, Powertrain Upgrades for 2009 as Product Transformation Accelerates

DEARBORN, MI – Ford's new 2009 lineup features all-new or upgraded vehicles, as well as major improvements in fuel economy, smart technology, safety features, and quality.

Geoff Ballard, Pioneer of Fuel-Cell Industry, Dies at 76

TORONTO – Geoff Ballard, a Canadian pioneer of the fuel cell industry and an entrepreneur that Time Magazine once named one of its "Heroes for the Planet," passed away August 2.

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Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Launch Underway

DETROIT – Achieving a 50-percent improvement in fuel economy in city driving, the world's first large luxury SUV hybrid, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, will arrive at dealerships this month.

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Plug it In, Plug it In, Say West Coast Utilities

ROSEMEAD, CA – West Coast utilities Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Portland General Electric have announced initiatives aimed at bringing electric vehicles closer to the road.

Drive for Natural Gas Vehicles Faces Big Test in California

SAN FRANCISCO – Natural gas providers are trying to convince Californians to allow the state government to invest in the now-tiny market for natural gas-fueled cars and trucks.

Truck Group Sues Over L.A. Port Access

LOS ANGELES --- The American Trucking Associations last week filed a lawsuit claiming that plans to clean up the air near the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach place unfair restrictions on its association members.

Nissan Unveils Electric, Hybrid Test Cars

TOKYO, JAPAN --- Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. last week unveiled all-electric and original hybrid electric prototype vehicles, both powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries.

EPA Rejects Texas Governor's Ethanol Waiver Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week said it will not curtail a rule requiring that ethanol be added to gasoline, CNNMoney.com reported.

Mitsubishi to Provide Electric Vehicles to California Utility for Testing

TOKYO, JAPAN --- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) announced it has signed a letter of intent with Southern California Edison (SCE) to work together to test and evaluate the new i MiEV electric vehicle.

Michigan Utility Adds Hybrids, Flex-Fuel Vehicles to Fleet

JACKSON, MI --- Consumers Energy has added a touch of green to its vehicle fleet with the recent purchase of five Chevrolet Malibu gasoline-electric hybrids. The utility also has bought 150 new cars and trucks with flex-fuel capacity for its fleet.

Hybrid Car Owners Top List of Loyal Vehicle Buyers

SCHAUMBURG, IL --- When it comes to the make of a vehicle, hybrid car owners are the most loyal buyers, with 47 percent purchasing another vehicle of the same make, according to recent research from Experian Automotive.

Chrysler LLC Announces New Head of Global Electric Motorcars

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Chrysler LLC has named Bruce Coventry chief executive officer of Global Electric Motor Cars LLC (GEM).

Lotus 'Safe & Sound' System Makes Quiet Vehicles Audible

UNITED KINGDOM – Lotus Engineering's system synthesizes external sound on electric and hybrid vehicles to make them more audible to pedestrians and cyclists.

Cox Enterprises Reduces Fuel Usage and Carbon Emissions With New Fuel-Sipping Hybrid Trucks

ATLANTA – Continuing its transition to a more environmentally-friendly fleet, Cox Enterprises has added nine International Durastar Hybrid Bucket Trucks to its fleet.

To Save Fuel, Westchester County Uses Veggie Oil

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Motivated by budget considerations, environmental concerns, and the desire for American energy independence, a handful of local governments have begun to fuel their vehicles with waste vegetable oil.

 
 

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