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Montgomery County Gets Word Out About Alt-Fueling Station

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD – Montgomery County’s Division of Fleet Management Services is attempting to get the word out to the public about their alternative fueling station for flexible fueling vehicles located at 16640 Crabbs Branch Way in Rockville.

Scottsdale Considers City Environmental Office

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Scottsdale could establish a new Office of Environmental Policy to research and oversee “green” programs and handle federal environmental mandates.

From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank

SANTA CRUZ, CA – The City of Santa Cruz is thinking of becoming a biofuel producer. Ron Pomerantz, a longtime Santa Cruz resident and member of the city Public Works Commission, would like to see the city scoop up old oil from local restaurants and convert it into biodiesel for the city’s diesel fleet.

City of Long Branch Focuses on Leaner and Greener Fleet

LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider Energy Review Committee met recently for a brain-storming session on how to create a more environmentally friendly city. Reducing police car idling and installing alternate refueling stations for the city’s fleet.

City of Florence Explores Alternative Fuels for Fleet

FLORENCE, AL – City vehicles and equipment that use diesel fuel may soon smell more like home cooking as Florence explores an initiative to take residential cooking oil away from clogging the city’s sewers and recycle it into biodiesel.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car 'E-85/Flex-Fuel Branch' in Texas

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS – Enterprise Rent-A-Car designated one of its Dallas/Ft. Worth-area rental locations as its first official "E-85/Flex-Fuel branch" in Texas.

UPS Deploys 167 ''Green'' Trucks

ATLANTA – UPS announced the deployment of 167 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) delivery vehicles in Texas, Georgia, and California.

Calif. Board Passes New Emission-Free Vehicle Rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. ---- California's Air Resources Board voted March 27 to slash by 70 percent the number of emission-free vehicles that carmakers must sell in the state in coming years, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Audi Decides Against Bringing Hybrid Q7 Stateside

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Audi has apparently decided that its new Q7 hybrid will not come to the U.S. after all, citing a slow economy and a weak dollar as the main culprits.

Mercedes Sees Electric-Car Progress

NEW YORK – Mercedes-Benz said it will have a demonstration fleet of practical electric vehicles on the road in two to three years.

Skyrocketing Soybean Oil Prices Slow Biodiesel Industry

DES MOINES, Iowa --- The skyrocketing price of soybean oil is taking a toll on the once-expanding biodiesel industry, making it difficult for refineries to turn a profit, the Associated Press reported.

Ricardo Creates Battery Development Center for Hybrids, EVs

VAN BUREN TWP., Mich. --- Ricardo Inc., an engineering firm specializing in vehicle fuel economy, is establishing the Battery Systems Development Center to offer turnkey engineering and development of high-voltage battery-pack systems for hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and electric vehicles (EV).

Biodiesel Fuel Card Introduced

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- The National Biodiesel Foundation unveiled this month the first-ever biodiesel fuel card. Officially called BioTrucker Fuel Card, it highlights the availability of biodiesel with a network of truck stops that carry biodiesel.

California May Change Direction on Zero-Emission Vehicles

SACRAMENTO, CA – Vehicles that run on batteries or hydrogen could take even longer to show up in America’s showrooms under changes being considered by the state Air Resources Board.

New ZAP Electric Truck Offers More Payload Capacity

A prototype of the ZAP XL Truck has been completed and production models are expected for delivery to customers by the fall of this year.

Hydrogen Fuel Station Opens in White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - With a history of using alternative-fuel vehicles long before it became chic, White Plains now is the Northeast hub — and one of three cities nationwide — for a model program designed to put hydrogen-powered cars in consumers’ hands.

Bruce County Works to Go Green

BRUCE COUNTY, ONTARIO – Bruce County is working toward going green. The county is looking into fleet management policies that would encourage hybrids and reduce idling.

Madison County Ethanol Plant to Open in April

MADISON COUNTY, IN – On Apr. 17, POET will host a grand opening event for POET Biorefining – Alexandria. The $115 million ethanol production facility in Alexandria, Ind., will be the 23rd POET production facility.

Fresno’s Saving Money Using Natural Gas

FRESNO, CA – Filling more garbage trucks with super cooled liquid natural gas is paying off in a big way for the City of Fresno. With the price of diesel fuel skyrocketing, so far this year the City has been forced to pay out $400,000 dollars more to fuel its fleet than budgeted.

New ZAP Electric Truck Offers More Payload Capacity

SANTA ROSA, CA – Electric car pioneer ZAP is introducing a new electric truck for fleets with a greater payload rating. A prototype of the ZAP XL Truck has been completed and production models are expected for delivery to customers by the fall of this year.

Fort Payne City Council Considers Biofuel for Fleet

FORT PAYNE, AL – The Fort Payne City Council has began discussions on the potential for turning cooking oil into biodiesel that would fuel the city’s diesel fleet.

Centerville Orders New Patrol Cars With a Fresh Look

CENTERVILLE, GA - Citizens of Houston County’s smallest city should be seeing new police cars patrolling soon. The Centerville City Council has approved a lease agreement that will give the city five new patrol cars and five new command cars.

Flex-Fuel Vehicle Leasing Program Offered

DES MOINES, IOWA – In an effort to make E-85 flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) more accessible to Iowa’s corn growers and to further increase the demand for ethanol, the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Agri-Access have been working together offering a FFV leasing program for the last year and a half now.

Smart Takes Charge of Plans for Electric Vehicle Test Fleet

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI - The smart brand is in the process of settling in the United States and the company hopes to have a small fleet of electric-powered smart fortwo coupes in the U.S. for tests in about one year, according to an interview with David Schembri, smart USA president, at the New York Auto Show.

BMW Considers New Brand Dedicated to Green Cars

MUNICH, GERMANY - Germany’s BMW Group is reportedly contemplating the addition of a fourth nameplate — joining BMW, Rolls-Royce, and Mini — focused exclusively on the development and marketing of eco-friendly vehicles.


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