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Wash. City Moves to Higher Biodiesel Blend

The City of Bellevue, Wash., will begin using B-20 biodiesel for its fleet vehicles, which is expected to reduce emissions and fuel costs, the city announced Oct. 12.

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Tesla Software Enables More ‘Autopilot’ Features

The suite of features relies on four different feedback modules: camera, radar, ultrasonics and GPS.

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Volvo Details Compact Vehicle Platform

Volvo Cars is leaning toward expanding its lineup with several smaller models that it would build on the new Compact Modular Architecture that's essentially a smaller version of the Scalable Product Architecture platform.

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Honda Adds 120 EV Fast Chargers to HQ

Honda will install 120 50-kilowatt-per-hour DC fast chargers for electric vehicles to its Torrance, Calif., headquarters that will be accessible to the public.

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Volvo Expanding PHEVs, Adding EV by 2019

Volvo Cars will roll out plug-in hybrids across its entire lineup and develop a battery-electric passenger for sale by 2019, the automaker has announced.

On Oct. 5, the City of Oakland filled its first truck with renewable diesel. Pictured from left are: Richard Battersby, equipment services manager, City of Oakland; Pat O'Keefe, president/CEO of Nexgen Fuels; and Neville Fernandes, general manager, Neste USA. Photo courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Golden Gate Petroleum

Oakland Moves to Renewable Diesel for City Fleet

The City of Oakland, Calif., is the third Northern California municipality to announce its move to fuel diesel-powered fleet vehicles with renewable diesel.

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PG&E to Invest $100M in EVs, PHEVs

Pacific Gas & Electric will invest $100 million to purchase battery-electric vehicles and gasoline-electric hybrids over the next five years to reduce fuel costs and lower emissions, the nation's largest utility announced Oct. 15.

Horsefly drone teams with E-Gen van, but roof support equipment can be installed on any walk-in van, Workhorse says. Photo: Workhorse Group

FAA Approves Testing of Workhorse Drone Delivery System

Workhorse Group says it has obtained permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test its Horsefly delivery drone, an eight-motor, eight-rotor “octocopter” designed to work with a specially equipped E-Gen electric walk-in van.

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Public-Access CNG Station Opens in Jacksonville

Compressed natural gas fuel supplier ampCNG has opened a second public-access fuel station in Jacksonville, Fla., near the Port of Jacksonville at the GATE station along I-295, the company has announced.

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Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Isuzu Cabover Shown

The Propane Education and Research Council showed a propane autogas-powered Isuzu NPR-HD cabover equipped with a Campbell-Parnell bi-fuel system at an industry trade show, the council has announced.

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Kia Expands Soul EV to Four More States

Kia Motors will begin selling its Soul EV battery-electric subcompact car in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland after the automaker initially rolled it out in California.

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Toyota Sets On-Sale Date for Mirai

Toyota will begin selling its Mirai fuel-cell vehicle on Oct. 21 in California in a clever tie-in with Back to the Future in which Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly sets that date for his time travels.

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National Parks Should Cut Emissions By 40%, Group Says

The National Parks Service can significantly reduce carbon emissions by replacing a fleet of gasoline-powered pickup trucks with electric vehicles, doubling the number of EV charging stations, and expanding its partnership with Clean Cities, according to the Center for American Progress.

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Toyota Details Next-Gen 2016 Prius Technology

Toyota's 2016 Prius features significant under-the-hood improvements, boosting fuel economy and efficiency.

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Gasoline Inches Higher to $2.33 Per Gallon

The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline increased 1.9 cents to $2.337 per gallon for the week ending Oct. 12, according to federal data.

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Volkswagen Shifting Toward Electrification

Volkswagen may be shifting away from focusing on diesel-powered vehicles toward plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles in the wake of its diesel emissions scandal, the company has announced.

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Volkswagen Diesels Showing Higher Depreciation

Volkswagen's diesel models have lost their value in the auction lanes at a much sharper rate than comparable gasoline models since revelations came to light that the company had included a software cheat in the vehicles to beat emissions tests.

London Mayor Boris Johnson (left) visited Toyota HQ where he test drove a Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan. Photo: Toyota

London Becomes First Mirai UK Fleet Customer

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has announced the Toyota Mirai, the hydrogen fuel cell sedan, is coming to London, England, as part of his work to pioneer the use of cleaner technology for the future of the British capital’s transport and infrastructure.

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Tesla Model X Eligible for $25K Tax Credit

Businesses that purchase a Tesla Model X SUV for business use in California are eligible federal and state tax credits of $35,000 that could significantly reduce the $100,000 price tag of the luxury vehicle.

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Study Touts Hydraulic Hybrids for Refuse Fleets

Initial results from testing have shown that hydraulic hybrid vehicles (HHV) offer significant fuel-saving opportunities compared to similar conventional diesel vehicles in refuse operation, according to a study performed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Blossman Acquires Florida Propane Supplier

Blossman Gas, Inc. has acquired Southern Propane of Jacksonville, Fla., as the latest in a series of acquisitions by the fuel and fuel-systems provider.

County officials get ready to cut the ribbon for the new CNG fueling station. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara County

Calif. County Opens Public-Access CNG Station

Santa Clara County in California cut the ribbon for its $1.5 million public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on Oct. 8.


Volkswagen's U.S. CEO Apologizes to Congress

Michael Horn, Volkswagen's president and CEO in the U.S., apologized to members of the U.S. Congress on Oct. 8 for selling cars that included a software cheat designed to defeat federal diesel emissions testing.

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Cadillac Boosts Fuel Efficiency for 2016

Cadillac will roll out a series of new technologies with its 2016 vehicles that improve fuel efficiency, including cylinder deactivation, stop-start, and widespread use of a new 8-speed transmission.

Photo courtesy of PGE Currents. The drivers and loaders operated five portable compressors, 32 tankers, and three vaporizers, according to the company.

PG&E Drivers Travel Over 100K Miles to Deliver LNG/CNG

In order to provide uninterrupted service during the several weeks it took to complete pipeline testing, PG&E used trailers to deliver LNG and CNG to the injection sites.


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