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Alkane will use Foton cab-chassis from China with North American components, including a propane-fueled engine. Assembly in South Carolina is set for early 2016.

Alkane COE Trucks Get DOT Approval

A big-block V-8 engine will burn propane and deliver diesel-like performance at lower cost, the company says.

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EPA Rates 2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) can travel 27 miles in battery-electric mode and can achieve 99 MPGe combined in that mode, according to EPA estimates.

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Electric Trucks Struggling to Gain Acceptance in Calif.

California roads have less than 500 battery electric medium- to heavy-duty trucks, partly due to the higher expense of these vehicles, according to a report on electrification of these vehicles released by the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

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New Way of Packing Natural Gas Into Fuel Tanks Discovered

Scientists at the University of California Berkeley have discovered a way to store methane that could increase the adoption of natural gas-powered cars.

Kane Orders 30 Clean Diesel Kenworth T680 Trucks

Third-party logistics company Kane Is Able is expanding its fleet with the purchase of 30 Kenworth T680 trucks with the Paccar MX-13 engine.

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Westport's Propane Autogas F-150 to Use CleanFuel Injection

CleanFuel USA will provide its Liquid Propane Injection technology for Westport Innovations' propane autogas-powered 2016 Ford F-150 pickup for the fleet market.

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Alliance AutoGas Recognized with Clean Air Award

Alliance AutoGas recently won the 2015 N.C. Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) Award from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) that recognizes outstanding transportation related air quality leadership.

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L.A. County Cuts Fleet Car Washing Frequency

The Los Angeles County government has made an effort to cut back on the amount of times fleet vehicles are washed, allowing employees to do so only once a month.

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Worthington Expands CNG Offering with Acquisition

The Worthington Industries Pressure Cylinders segment has acquired assets from Trilogy Engineered Systems, a manufacturer of CNG fuel system components for the commercial truck market.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Photo courtesy of Hyundai

Hyundai Prepping Lineup of PHEVs, EVs for Korea

Hyundai plans to release a new line of plug-in gasoline-electric hybrids and battery-electric vehicles starting in January that's now known by its tentative name of "AE."

Photo of the 2016 RAV4 courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota to Expand RAV4 Production in Canada

Beginning in 2019, Toyota will produce RAV4 vehicles in its Cambridge North Assembly plant. The company will also add the hybrid RAV4 into production.

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GM Recalls CNG Trucks, Vans for Label Text

General Motors has recalled more than 1,800 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and vans because the vehicles included label text size that didn't conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 303, according to the company’s recall bulletin.

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Cummins Natural Gas Engine Recall Affects Mack, Navistar Trucks

The recall, which Cummins will oversee, covers more than 3,000 Mack and Navistar trucks equipped with the ISL G natural gas engine. The trucks are potentially at risk for oil leaks that pose a fire risk.

Chart courtesy of U.S. Energy Information Administration.

New Renewable Diesel Fuel Gaining Ground

A new kind of renewable diesel fuel is gaining greater adoption because it's nearly indistinguishable from petroleum-based counterparts and offers a higher quality biofuel to meet federal mandates as well as customer demand, according to federal data.

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Northeast Fleets Honored for Diesel Emissions Reduction

Eight commercial and government fleets were honored for their work to reduce toxic diesel emissions as part of the Northeast Diesel Collaborative Breathe Easy Leadership Program the EPA has announced.

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Gasoline Rises to $2.23 Per Gallon

The national average price of a gallon of unleaded has increased 1.1 cents to $2.235 for the week ending Nov. 9, according to federal records.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Colorado diesel courtesy of GM.

Diesel Chevrolet Colorado Exceeds 30 MPG Highway

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon rear-wheel-drive pickups powered by the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel have achieved fuel economy ratings of 31 mpg on the highway, making them the most fuel efficient pickups on the market.

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Fleets Not Eligible for VW Diesel Goodwill Payments

Volkswagen has launched a "TDI Goodwill Program" to offer compensation to owners of its diesel-powered vehicles, but commercial fleets won't be eligible for the program.

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Alkane to Build Alternative Fuel Trucks at New Facility

Alkane Truck Company is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Summerville, S.C. where the OEM will build its recently announced line of Class 7 cabover alternative fuel trucks.

Photo of 2016 RAV4 Hybrid courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota's 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Gets MPG, Pricing

Toyota's 2016 RAV4 Hybrid will cost $700 more than the comparable gasoline model and deliver significantly better fuel economy in city driving, according to a Toyota announcement.

Photo of 2016 Optima Hybrid courtesy of Kia.

2016 Kia Optima Hybrid Gets 40 MPG Highway

Kia's 2016 Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan has been rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to achieve 40 miles per gallon on the highway, 36 mpg in city driving, and 38 mpg in combined cycles.

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EV Startup Intends to Rival Tesla Motors

New electric vehicle startup Faraday Future hopes to rival Tesla in the battle for best luxury EV by investing $1 billion in a U.S. manufacturing facility.

The 20 additional propane autogas vehicles will be converted in the next year. (PHOTO: Franz Bakery)

Franz Bakery Expands Propane Delivery Trucks to Fleet

Franz Bakery, a long-time advocate for alternative fuels, will add 20 more propane autogas vehicles to its fleet this year.

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Elio Pushes P5 Release to Late 2016

Elio Motors will show the latest version of its high-efficiency trike-like vehicle, the P5, at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 19, the company has announced.

FCA 2016 Town & Country, Photo courtesy of FCA

FCA Focusing on Hybrids to Meet 2025 CAFE

FCA US plans to convert the majority of its lineup to gasoline-electric hybrids by 2025, CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters ahead of the release of the company's 2016 Town & Country minivan, which will include a plug-in hybrid model.

 

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