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DOE Awards $55M to Boost PHEVs, Fuel Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded nearly $55 million for 24 projects to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies for improving fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, along with making plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) more affordable.

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Toyota Recalls RAV4 SUVs for Windshield Wipers

The action affects about 423,500 2009-2012-MY RAV4 and 2012-2014-MY RAV4 EV compact SUVs.

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VW, Audi Diesels Circumvented Clean-Air Regs

Audi and Volkswagen four-cylinder diesels used software to circumvent federal emissions standards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has alleged.

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Calif. County Demonstrates RNG Tech

A number of project partners demonstrated a new technology for converting forest waste into renewable natural gas (RNG) in Placer County, Calif.

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Texas Construction Company Launches CNG Pilot Program

Texas-based construction company TDIndustries has launched a compressed natural gas (CNG) pilot program involving the use of CNG-powered vehicles to perform daily mechanical, electrical, and plumbing service operations.

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Ala. Nuclear Plant Unveils EV Chargers

Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based energy provider Southern Company, has unveiled duel electric vehicle charging stations at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala.

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Chesapeake Utilities to Build Del. Propane Station

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and its propane subsidiary, Sharp Energy, Inc., have started construction on a new Sharp Energy headquarters building and propane autogas fueling station in Georgetown, Del.

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DHL’s Aggressive Fleet Greening Plan

As part of a global, company-wide initiative, DHL Express has replaced approximately 75 percent of its 3,100-vehicle U.S. fleet with new, more fuel-efficient vehicles in 2014 and 2015, the parcel delivery company announced.

Michigan-based Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation is among the fleets that uses Ford E-450 vehicles retrofitted with ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fueling systems. Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH Increases Propane Tank Capacity for Paratransit Fleets

ROUSH CleanTech has developed an extended-range propane autogas fuel tank for the Ford E-450 chassis, the modifier announced.

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Long Beach Adding Hybrids for Police Commanders

The City of Long Beach (Calif.) has begun testing whether it could assign gasoline-electric hybrids to police commanders as a strategy for lowering fuel costs in the police department.

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Audi Shows AWD e-tron EV Concept

Audi unveiled its e-tron quattro (all-wheel drive) battery-electric concept vehicle in Frankfurt. The production version of the compact SUV, which offers 310 miles of range, will be available in early 2018.

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Toyota Shows Hybrid Concept Crossover

Toyota displayed the updated version of its C-HR gasoline-electric hybrid concept crossover at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

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Time Warner Cable Sets Emissions Reduction Goal

Time Warner Cable is ratcheting up its emissions-reduction initiative for its service fleet by setting a goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 percent by the end of 2016.

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Porsche Shows 600hp Four-Door EV

Porsche showed a concept version of its first battery-electric sedan called the Mission E at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt that would be aimed at the same audience of buyers of Tesla's Model S.

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Biofuel Grant State Finalists Selected

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the 21 states that will receive grants through its Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP), which aims to support and expand biofuel infrastructure.

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Gasoline Slides to $2.37 Per Gallon

The national average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline fell 6.2 cents to $2.375 for the week ending Sept. 14, according to federal data.

Calif. Awards $3M for Fuel Cell Shuttles

The California Energy Commission has approved a $3 million grant for a fuel cell vehicle project through its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).

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Calif. Refuse District Opens CNG Station

Midway City Sanitary District (MCSD) has opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility in Westminster, Calif., the waste management agency announced.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck demonstrate charging of BMW i3. Photo courtesy of City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles to Become Nation's Largest EV Fleet

The City of Los Angeles has committed to leasing 160 battery-electric vehicles and 128 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced. The LAPD is testing the Tesla Model S and BMW i3.

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Calif. City Switching to Renewable Diesel

The City of Walnut Creek, Calif., announced it will begin using renewable diesel to fuel its diesel-powered fleet. This move will reduce the city's diesel emissions by more than 60 percent.

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Penske Offers Online Alternative Fuel Station Finder

Penske Truck Leasing has created a website for finding publicly accessible fueling stations for heavy-duty alternative fueled vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.

Feds Offer $11M for Alternative-Fuel Trucks

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $11 million in available funding to support development and demonstration of alternative-fuel technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

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N.J. Hospital Installs EV Chargers

New Jersey-based utility Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and Saint Peter’s University Hospital have opened a five-staton electric vehicle (EV) charging system at the New Brunswick, N.J., hospital, PSE&G announced.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Photo courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet’s 2016 Malibu Starts at $22,500

Chevrolet’s next-generation 2016 Malibu will start at $22,500 for the base-level L model, General Motors has announced.

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Toyota to Test Carbon-Neutral Hydrogen Supply Chain

Toyota has teamed up with technology company Toshiba Corporation and a number of other major Japanese corporate and public sector partners to test a carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain powered by renewable wind energy, the automaker announced.

 

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