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EVs Facing Heavier Depreciation Than Gasoline Counterparts

Mainstream electric vehicles (EV) are depreciating much faster than their gas sister models, according to new data from Black Book.

Gary Fanger, COO and team leader of Cenergy Solutions’ ANG project, installs carbon-filled tanks atop a Chevrolet Suburban used in testing. For common use, the tanks would have protective caging or be installed inside. Photo courtesy Cenergy

Carbon Adsorption to Reduce CNG Costs

Two companies report they're on the brink of commercializing low-pressure dispensing and storage of compressed natural gas through carbon adsorption, which they say will keep the fuel cheaper and make filling stations a reality even for small fleets.

Phase 2 GHG Public Hearing Scheduled

EPA and NHTSA will hold a public hearing on Aug. 6 in Chicago for the proposed Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles.

Photo of the 1.4T engine courtesy of Volkwagen.

Volkswagen Adds New 1.4T Engine to 2016 Jetta

Volkswagen is adding its new turbo-charged, direct-injected turbo four into the 2016 Jetta to improve fuel economy with a smaller package, the automaker has announced.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Volt courtesy of GM.

2016 Volt's Electric Range Reaches 53 Miles

Chevrolet's 2016 Volt will electrify roads on 53 miles of EV range alone due to the vehicle's all-new second generation Voltec extended-range electric propulsion system.

Photo of 2016 Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford.

EPA Certifies Propane Autogas Ford P.I. Utility

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified Icom North America's bi-fuel and dedicated liquid-injection propane autogas systems for Ford police vehicles with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine, the vehicle modifier announced.

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New-Vehicle Fuel Economy Flat in July

The average fuel economy for light-duty vehicles sold in July remained at 25.4 mpg, which was unchanged from June levels, according to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

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EV Trial in Europe Gives Glimpse of the Future

After more than 1 million kilometers in two years – from May 2013 to June 2015 – the real-world trial of electric cars known as eMERGE has been completed.

The 2016 GMC Canyon will feature an available 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine. (PHOTO: GM)

Low Diesel Prices Enhance Clean Diesel Pickup Market

With diesel fuel prices dipping to the lowest levels since 2009, the U.S. vehicle market is prime for potential market increases as several new 2016 clean diesel cars and pickup trucks prepare to hit showrooms in the coming months.

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Gasoline Falls to $2.68 Per Gallon

The price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has reached its middle-of-May price, after falling 5.6 cents to $2.689 per gallon for the week ending Aug. 3.

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Toyota Receives 600+ Mirai Requests

Toyota has received over 600 order requests for its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan since requesting availability began July 20, according to a company spokesperson.

Photo of i3 courtesy of BMW.

KBB Picks 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Vehicles

Three BMW vehicles made Kelley Blue Book's list of the 10 most fuel-efficient luxury cars of 2015 based on city, highway and combined fuel economy ratings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Quantum Launches New CNG Systems

Quantum Fuel Systems has launched a pair of back-of-cab compressed natural gas (CNG) storage modules: the Q-Cab160, which offers up to 160 diesel gallon equivalents (DGEs) of storage, and the Q-Cab180, which offers up to 180 DGEs.

Photo of Model S sedans courtesy of Tesla.

Tesla Partners with Conn. EV Charging Installer

Tesla Motors has selected Connecticut-based CT Electric Car as one of its electric vehicle (EV) charging installers in the state.

Fleet management staff stand with the 16 Nissan Leafs. Photo courtesy of Cobb County.

Ga. County Expects to Save $246K with Leased EVs

Cobb County, Ga., has leased 16 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles (EVs), a move that is expected to save the county approximately $246,000 compared to the gas-powered vehicles currently in use in the fleet.

Canada Announces Stricter Vehicle, Fuel Standards

The Canadian government has announced new vehicle and fuel standards to reduce air pollution from on-road vehicles.

Alt Fuel Excise Tax to Be Based on Energy Equivalent

A provision allowing liquefied natural gas and propane autogas to be taxed equally with diesel fuel by energy content was passed as part of the three-month highway bill patch.

Photo courtesy of City of Boston.

East Coast Agencies Add More Hybrid Vans

Both the City of Boston, Mass., and Montgomery County, Md., have commissioned additional XL Hybrid conversions to supplement the existing XL Hybrids in their fleets. Boston will have an additional 16 hybrid vans, while Montgomery County will have 10.

Photo of a UPS CNG vehicle courtesy of UPS.

UPS Ramping Up Renewable Diesel Use

UPS has signed agreements with three suppliers for up to 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over the next three years as part of its goal to significantly reduce emissions by 2020.

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Republic Adds 17 CNG Refuse Trucks in Denver

Republic Services has added 17 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Denver area, the waste management company announced.

Minn. Company Designs EV Utility Truck

Minnesota-based Universal Tactical Systems has designed a battery-electric medium-duty truck with the capability to be equipped with a bucket and swing arm for use by electric utility workers.

Photo courtesy of UPS.

13 Corporations Agree to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Thirteen large corporations have signed the White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge, with companies such as UPS, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo using "greener" fleets to help meet carbon footprint goals.

PERC Approves Autogas Nozzle Incentive Program

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has approved 10 funding requests, including one for an autogas nozzle incentive program. PERC will allocate $500,000 for a pilot program that will give qualifying marketers an incentive to help their customers replace older autogas nozzles with new, lower-emission autogas refueling equipment.

Fla. County Mandates CNG Refuse Trucks

Orange County, Fla., has approved a new refuse collection program that mandates haulers to begin using compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

Rendering courtesy of San Diego County.

San Diego County Moving to New Fleet Facility

San Diego County's fleet unit will be moving to a new $22-million service garage to make way for a new crime lab at its existing location, its fleet manager told Government Fleet.

 
 

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