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CarsDiva.com Goes Green, Interviews Ford Sustainability Director and Attends Green Fleet Conference

PHILADELPHIA – CarsDiva.com founder, Demetra Markopoulos, traveled to Detroit to interview Ford's director of sustainable strategies, then attended the first-ever Green Fleet Conference in Chicago.

EnWin Utilities Gets Plugged Into Volt

CANADA – EnWin Utilities is one of four hydro companies in Canada — and the first in Ontario — selected for a General Motors program to get ready for the plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt.

Pontiac Announces New Small Car for U.S. Market

DETROIT – Pontiac has announced plans to bring the sporty, five-door hatchback G3 to U.S. showrooms early next year, making it one of four GM vehicles capable of more than 30 mpg on the highway.

Mascoma Names GM Executive to Scientific Advisory Board

BOSTON – Dr. Andreas Lippert, director of Global Energy Systems for General Motors, will expand its involvement with Mascoma as it moves closer to commercial production of cellulosic fuels.

Panther Expedited Services Joins U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

SEVILLE, OH – Panther Expedited Services, Inc., an independent provider of premium logistics services in North America, has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

Wheels, Inc. Participates in Several 2008 Green Fleet Conference Sessions

DES PLAINES, IL – Wheels examined numerous ways and initiatives to improve efficiency and reduce emissions within a fleet during the 2008 Green Fleet Conference in Chicago recently.

CNG Refuse Trucks, Fuel Station to Come to Seattle

SEATTLE, WA --- CleanScapes Inc., a new waste-management contractor for the city of Seattle, has contracted Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to build and operate a compressed natural gas (CNG) station and provide fuel for CleanScapes' 40 new CNG-powered refuse trucks.

Coca-Cola Is Investing in Green Cars from Volvo

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN – Almost 200 new company cars, primarily Volvo V70 2.0 Flexifuel models but also V70 2.0D models, will be delivered over the next few days to employees of Coca-Cola in Sweden.

Automakers Ready ‘Clean Diesel’ Push in U.S.

DETROIT – Heading to the United States is a new breed of clean and quiet engines that can meet even strict emissions standards in California and New York.

BMW to Build Low-Emissions Car by 2012

MUNICH, GERMANY – According to an article in the German newspaper, Der Zeit, BMW’s CEO, Norbert Reithofer, confirmed the German automaker’s plan to manufacture a super fuel-efficient model in order to comply with California emission regulations in 2012

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"Green Fleet Conference" Draws 350 Fleet Professionals

CHICAGO – The first-time Green Fleet Conference, held last Monday-Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, drew 350 attendees, including private and public sector fleet professionals.

Mercedes to Launch First Hybrid

The centerpiece of the Mercedes-Benz hybrid drive system is the new high-voltage lithium-ion battery, which was specially developed for automotive use.

Con Edison of New York Orders Hybrid Electric Trucks from Azure Dynamics

OAK PARK, MI – Azure Dynamics Corporation, a developer of hybrid electric and electric powertrains for commercial vehicles, has received an initial order for three units from Con Edison of New York for its Balance Hybrid Electric system integrated on Ford’s E-450 chassis.

City of Edison Expands Its Fleet with Hybrids

EDISON, N.J. – City of Edison Mayor Jun Choi now drives a hybrid Ford Escape — one of the 26 fuel-efficient vehicles the township bought for its fleet.

Mayor Baker Wants a 'Green' Wilmington

WILMINGTON, DE – Wilmington Mayor James Baker recently issued an executive order that sets a goal of city government reducing its energy footprint by 20 percent by 2020.

High Gas Prices Force Governments to Get Creative

COLORADO – Rising gas prices will force Mesa County and Grand Junction to spend nearly 50 percent more this year than last to fuel patrol cars.

EPA Tests Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Under Real World Conditions

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson showcased the fourth generation of Chevrolet's Equinox Fuel Cell Car, the newest addition to the agency's vehicle fleet.

AFVi to Host Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo 2009 in Orlando

LAS VEGAS – The Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo 2009 will be held in Orlando, Fla., at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, April 19-22, 2009.

Consumer Reports: Some Hybrid Cars Can Save Owners Thousands Over Five Years

YONKERS, N.Y. --- With gas prices soaring, Consumer Reports' latest analysis of owner costs shows that drivers can save anywhere from $500 to $4,250 over a five-year ownership period by choosing selected hybrids rather than similar conventional gasoline-powered vehicles.

Renewable Energy Group Opens Biodiesel Plant in Texas

SEABROOK, TEXAS --- Renewable Energy Group, a major biodiesel company headquartered in Ames, Iowa, on Sept. 10 opened its first Texas plant in Seabrook.

Biofuels Refinery in Houston Reaches 65 Percent Capacity

HOUSTON --- Greenhunter Biofuels announced it has reached 65 percent of nameplate production capacity at its biodiesel refinery located in Houston, Texas.

Gas Company Converting Vehicles

DALLAS – Pioneer Natural Resources, a Dallas-based coal bed methane producer and one of the top employers in Las Animas County, plans to convert a fleet of company trucks from running on leaded gasoline to compressed natural gas.

Bergen County 'Conserves and Protects' Using Bi-Propane Conversion System

RIDGEWOOD, NJ – As part of the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) event —Ken Smith Motors, Inc. will make its ultimate bi-fuel hybrid propane conversion system viewable to the public as Bergen County will start to utilize the system.

Making It Official: At ceremonies marking the opening of UCLA’s new CNG fueling station, James Harger (right), Clean Energy senior VP, and Jack Powazek, associate vice chancellor, UCLA General Service

Clean Energy’s CNG Fueling Station Opens to Serve UCLA and Surrounding West LA Community

LOS ANGELES – On Aug. 28, Sherry Lewis, associate director, UCLA Transportation, kicked off a ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the University’s new Clean Energy Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station.

City of Wichita Unveils Hybrid Vehicle Fleet

WICHITA, KS – City of Wichita officials have unveiled a fleet of Honda Civic hybrid vehicles, saying the 2008 model vehicles will be placed in service in September.

 

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