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).
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.
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.
A survey conducted in the U.K. by Hitachi Capital revealed that fleet managers are starting to think seriously about environmental issues.
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.
GRAYSLAKE, IL – Biodiesel fuel will now be used by Grayslake Public Works Department vehicles.
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 – 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.
SEATTLE – Kirkland-based Kenworth Truck, a subsidiary of Paccar, plans to begin full production of its T270 and T370 hybrid trucks in early September.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TOKYO, JAPAN --- Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. last week unveiled all-electric and original hybrid electric prototype vehicles, both powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Chrysler LLC has named Bruce Coventry chief executive officer of Global Electric Motor Cars LLC (GEM).
UNITED KINGDOM – Lotus Engineering's system synthesizes external sound on electric and hybrid vehicles to make them more audible to pedestrians and cyclists.
ATLANTA – Continuing its transition to a more environmentally-friendly fleet, Cox Enterprises has added nine International Durastar Hybrid Bucket Trucks to its fleet.
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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