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Council May Purchase Hybrid SUV for ‘Green Fleet’

ATHENS, OHIO – Athens might purchase a hybrid SUV to replace the Athens Police Department’s unmarked vehicle.

Some Kenworth Hybrid Models Qualify for IRS Tax Incentives

KIRKLAND, WA – Purchasers of certain Kenworth medium-duty hybrid vehicles in the United States are eligible for a tax credit of up to $12,000, under a qualified hybrid motor vehicle credit available from the federal government.

Wal-Mart Adds LNG-Fueled Trucks to Calif. Fleet

BENTONVILLE, AR - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has joined forces with Westport Innovations to introduce four liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled Peterbilt 386 trucks into the Wal-Mart truck fleet based at the company distribution center.

Green West Brings Green Products & Services

LOS ANGELES – Green Media Enterprises (GME) has released an initial speakers list for the upcoming Green West show scheduled for May 20–May 22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Florida Utility Earns Biodiesel Industry Award

ORLANDO, FL – Florida Power & Light (FPL) took home top honors at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, held in Orlando, Fla.

Senator Lugar Visits Enerl

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, a proponent of reducing foreign oil dependence for ensuring national security, recently visited Indianapolis-based EnerDel, a developer of alternative energy systems for automotive transportation. EnerDel is a subsidiary of Ener1, Inc.

Lindstrom Retires from Honda

TORRANCE, CA - Gunnar Lindstrom, who has spearheaded Honda’s NGV program the past several years, who retired February 1st.

Battle Continues Between EPA and Calif. Over Emissions Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Representative Henry A. Waxman (D- Beverly Hills, Calif.) issued a subpoena Friday directing the EPA to turn over documents related to its decision to deny California permission to implement its own vehicle emissions laws, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Studies: Shift to Biofuel Would Raise Greenhouse Gas Emissions

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. --- Two studies published last week in the journal Science concluded that any major shift to growing biofuel crops for fuel production would actually increase greenhouse gas emissions instead of reduce them.

Wal-Mart Adds LNG-Fueled Trucks to Calif. Fleet

BENTONVILLE, Ark. --- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has joined forces with Westport Innovations to introduce four liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled Peterbilt 386 trucks into the Wal-Mart truck fleet based at the company distribution center in Apple Valley, Calif.

Lexus Backs its Hybrids with ‘Power of H’ Campaign

TORRANCE, CA – Lexus is introducing its first campaign for all of its hybrid-powered vehicles. The effort, running through April, is Lexus’ first to showcase all of Lexus’ hybrid vehicles — the RX 400h, GS 450h, and LS 600h — at the same time, under one banner: “The Power of H.”

California’s Carpool Lane’s Stickers Affect Vehicle Price

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California legislature’s decision to grant certain hybrid owners yellow stickers — known as clean-air stickers — has resulted in some of those vehicles selling for higher prices.

PG&E to Purchase Plug-in Hybrid SUVs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has entered into an agreement with Raser Technologies, Inc. for the purchase and demonstration of two plug-in series hybrid electric SUVs.

Detroit Electric Car to Return After 100 Years

JINHUA, CHINA and SANTA ROSA, CA – U.S. electric car pioneer ZAP and China Youngman Automotive Group are reviving the 100-year-old electric car brand Detroit Electric for their automotive joint venture.

Valence to Get Zero-Emissions Battery Packs

In the agreement, Tanfield Group Plc will manufacture and supply the lithium phosphate energy storage systems to power all-electric commercial delivery vehicles.

Detroit Electric Car to Return after 100 Years

The ZAP alias is set to carry the revived Detroit Electric brand and plans to introduce its first electric cars and buses in 2009.

Mayor Wants to Cut City’s Executive Motor Pool

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants to eliminate most of the 229 vehicles in the city’s executive motor pool, as well as cars from other fleets, to help close a $155-million shortfall.

King County’s New Hybrid Truck Delivers

KING COUNTY, WA– With just 7,300 miles on its odometer, one of King County’s newest work trucks is already proving its worth.

Albany Airport & CDTA Test Alternate Fuels

COLONIE, NY – Albany International Airport and the Capital District Transportation Authority will join in a test program to try out cleaner-running hydrogen vehicles as part of their fleets.

Peotone Police Cut Costs With Hybrid Vehicle

PEOTONE, IL– The Peotone Police Department is on the cutting edge of what could become a statewide trend: The department added a hybrid car to its fleet of sedans and SUVs.

City of Bridgeport Develops Alternative Fuel Fleet

BRIDGEPORT, CT – The City of Bridgeport is going “green,” one vehicle at a time. Mayor Bill Finch is driving a black, 2007 Ford Escape hybrid SUV, the city’s first chief executive to adopt a vehicle that uses an alternative power source — a rechargeable battery — to reduce gas usage and emissions.

Maryland Park Fleet Adds Solar Utility Vehicle

ANNAPOLIS, MD — BP America has donated a solar-charged vehicle to be used at Sandy Point State Park in Maryland. The vehicle represents the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) first solar-charged, all-terrain.

University Pushes Ahead With Biodiesel

WASHINGTON – The University of Washington Motor Pool is pushing ahead with its plans to utilize biodiesel in its diesel-powered vehicles.

Quantum Expands Hydrogen Hybrids for U.S. Army

IRVINE, CA – Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. has received an order for four additional Ford Escape Hydrogen Hybrid vehicles for the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

NTEA Showcases Hybrid and Alt-Fuel Work Trucks

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The Work Truck Show 2008 and 44th Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention, running Feb. 25-28, will feature a full-day “Hybrid Truck and Alternative Fuels Summit,” as well as a ride and drive.


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