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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.

2008 Lexus RX 400h Freshened for 2008

TORRANCE, CA – The 2008 RX 400h is a four-door, five-passenger luxury SUV. The vehicles — available in two trims: the FWD and the AWD — is freshened for 2008.

Mercedes-Benz Sets Sights on Smart Car Test Fleet

NEW YORK --- Mercedes-Benz announced plans to have a demonstration fleet of small electric vehicles on the road in two to three years, USA Today reported.

Natural Gas Vehicle Conference Set for March 26-27 in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. --- Fleet managers weighing their alternative-fuel options can learn more about natural gas vehicles at a conference titled, "NGVs: The Road Forward or a Dead End?," scheduled for March 26-27 at the Doubletree Hotel Anaheim/Orange County.

L.A. Harbor's Clean Truck Plan Shifts Costs to Shippers

WILMINGTON, Calif. --- The Los Angeles Harbor Commission on March 20 approved a plan requiring shipping companies to buy and maintain their own modern truck fleets and employ their own drivers.

School District in N.H. Switches Buses to Biodiesel

HOLLIS, N.H. --- The Hollis/Brookline School District has received a $162,850 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to retrofit 25 buses to run on biodiesel and operate with pollution-control equipment.

Biofuels Summit Set for June in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- This year's BIO International Convention will include "A Leadership Summit on Biofuels and Cleantech" on Monday, June 16, at the San Diego Convention Center.

 

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