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The 2015 Chevrolet Volt, photo by Kareem Girgis.

Energy Department Offers $58M for Advanced Vehicle Tech

The U.S. Department of Energy has offered $58 million in funding for vehicle technology advancements through its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program, the agency has announced.

Researchers to Develop Low-NOx NG Engines for California

UK-based Ricardo Inc. says it will partner with the Gas Technology Institute to design the engines to emit fewer NOx emissions while powering medium-duty commercial vehicles.

Biodiesel Use Reaches High Point

Biodiesel consumption reached a peak level in 2015 with nearly 2.1 billion gallons reducing carbon emissions by at least 18.2 million metric tons, according to the National Biodiesel Board.

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Gasoline Prices Fall to $1.85 Per Gallon

The decline in national average gasoline prices driven by falling oil prices continued unabated with a 5.8-cent decline to $1.856 for the week ending Jan. 25, according to federal data.

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British Hauling Company Adds Fuso Hybrid Truck to Fleet

A British transport company, Evans European Transport, which specializes in refrigerated transport and is based in Grimsby at the mouth of the Humber where it flows into the North Sea, recently added a Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid to its fleet for food transport.

Gold Standard Transportation converted its OTR trucks to CNG. Photo courtesy of McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing.

Fuel Price Drop Causes Natural Gas Truck Sales to Slip

With falling fuel prices, U.S. and Canadian natural gas Class 8 truck retail sales had a slower 2015 compared to the previous year.

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Camry Hybrid Police Cars Reduce Ark. Agency's Costs

The City of Arkadelphia, Ark., has lowered its budget costs by 3% by replacing its aging fleet of Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors with Toyota Camry Hybrid police cars, according to Toyota.

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Atlanta Receives First EVs in Vision Fleet Deal

The City of Atlanta took delivery of its first five plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from Vision Fleet, as part of a 50-vehicle electric vehicle (EV) pilot program.

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Stop-Start Standard for 2017 EcoBoost F-150s

Ford is adding auto stop-start as standard equipment on 2017 F-150 trucks powered by EcoBoost engines, the truck maker has announced.

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Honda to Initially Lease Fuel-Cell Clarity in Calif.

Honda will initially offer its 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell sedan with a retail lease in California as it tests the market for hydrogen-powered vehicles and eventually offer the car for sale, the automaker has announced.

Vision Fleet Added to GSA Schedule

Vision Fleet has been added to the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule under a five-year contract as a provider of transportation, delivery and relocation solutions to deploy electric-drive vehicles in federal fleets.

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Trump Calls for Higher Ethanol Blending

While campaigning in corn-rich Iowa, Donald Trump urged federal regulators to increase the amount of ethanol blended into the national gasoline supply.

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Westport Secures EPA Certification for CNG F-150

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Westport Innovations' compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered 2016 Ford F-150 that the vehicle modifier will offer to fleets this summer, the company announced.

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Gasoline Slips Lower to $1.91 Per Gallon

The national average price of a gallon of gasoline declined 8.2 cents to $1.914 per gallon for the week ending Jan. 18, according to federal data.

The Work Truck Show displays more than 500,000 square feet of vocational trucks and equipment, from more than 500 exhibitors.

Truck OEMs Plan Debuts for 2016 Work Truck Show

Cummins, International Truck, and Mitsubishi Fuso plan to make significant vehicle and powertrain announcements at The Work Truck Show, including the FUSO E-CELL all-electric truck.

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Nissan Brings Complimentary Charging to Three Cities

Nissan's "No Charge to Charge" promotion has arrived in New York, Philadelphia, and Santa Barbara. The program provides new Nissan LEAF buyers two years of complimentary public charging with the purchase of the all-electric car from LEAF-certified dealers in each market.

NGV Technician Training Coming to Toronto

The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi), an ASE CASE-accredited provider of technical training for the CNG and LNG industry, is bringing its NGV technician training for the first time to Toronto, Canada, in March

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2016 Infiniti Q70 Sedans Start at $50,755

Infiniti's 2016 Q70 luxury sedan will retail for at least $50,755 for the base model in a lineup that also includes long wheelbase models and a gasoline-electric hybrid.

EWEB's renewable diesel fueling station. Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Energy

Renewable Diesel Reduces Ore. Utility's Maintenance Costs

Since switching from biodiesel to renewable diesel, the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) in Oregon has reduced its fleet greenhouse gas emissions as well as maintenance on its diesel vehicles.

EV Sales Expected to Grow 433% by 2021

While alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) – including hybrids and pure electric – are gaining consumer acceptance in the European Union (EU) these reduced emission offerings are still a comparatively low percentage of overall vehicle sales in the market.

Photo of Telluride PHEV SUV concept courtesy of Kia.

Kia Shows Telluride PHEV SUV Concept

Kia Motors America showed its full-size Telluride SUV concept with three rows, a seven-passenger capacity, and plug-in hybrid powertrain at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Materials Provider Retrofits Step Vans as Hybrids

BMC, an Atlanta-based provider of building materials and construction services, has retrofitted its Ford E-350 step vans with XL Hybrids' XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System, the vehicle modifier has announced.

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AGA Seeks EPA Certification for Bi-Fuel Propane GM Engines

AGA Systems, LLC has completed testing for certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of its EcoSync DI bi-fuel propane autogas alternative fuel system for 2016 General Motors vehicles including Chevrolet/GMC 1500 trucks, large SUVs, and the Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle.

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CARB Rejects VW's Clean Diesel Fix

The California Air Resources Board has rejected Volkswagen's fix-it plan for diesel-powered vehicles that used software to cheat emissions regulations, calling the proposed plan insufficient.

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UPS Rolls Out RNG in Two States

UPS has put steps in place to supply its fleet for Memphis, Tenn. and Jackson, Miss. with an estimated 15 million diesel gallon gas equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) as part of a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas and Water and Atmos Energy Marketing, LLC.

 

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