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Recently, SCE took delivery of two lithium-ion-battery-equipped troubleman trucks, so named because they are used by troublemen, experts who are dispatched to investigate the causes of power outages. And, 22 more are on the way, according to the utility. (Photo: Southern California Edison).

Battery-Powered Trucks a 'Big Lift' for Calif. Utility

Southern California Edison is investing in a new generation of environmentally friendly service trucks whose overhead lifts are powered by the same kind of batteries used in plug-in electric cars, according to the utility.

California Toughens Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

California is set to approve even tougher air-quality controls that would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, after the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 32 on Aug. 24.

Photo courtesy of New York Power Authority.

N.Y. Municipality Acquires Largest Municipal Utility EV Fleet in State

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) partnered with Fairport Electric to create the largest municipal utility electric vehicle fleet in the state.

Audit: Indy-Vision Fleet Deal Poorly Executed

A new report from the Indianapolis Office of Audit and Performance faults the then-mayor Greg Ballard's administration for its poorly executed plan to lease 425 electric vehicles through Vision Fleet.

Photo of the 2017 Golf Alltrack courtesy of VW.

VW Announces 2017-MY Fleet Incentives

Volkswagen will offer fleet incentives on 11 of its car and SUV nameplates for the 2017 model year, the manufacturer has announced.

Photo of 2016 Fusion Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

TCO for Hybrids Failing to Keep Pace

Only seven of 29 hybrids offered in the 2016 model year showed a lower total cost of ownership than their gasoline counterparts, representing a sharp decline from 2012 levels, according to an analysis by Vincentric.

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Gasoline Prices Move Higher

The national average price for unleaded gasoline bumped higher for the week ending Aug. 22, driven by higher crude prices resulting from a weaker dollar and possible supply cuts from imported oil.

Fla. County Opens CNG Fueling Station

St. Johns County (Fla.) has opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station through a public-private partnership with Nopetro.

NYC to Test Renewable Diesel

New York City plans to test the use of renewable diesel in its fleet across at least four departments and in several hundred vehicles in 2017 to help meet Mayor Bill de Blasio's aggressive pledge to cut emissions from city fleet vehicles.

Photo of 2017 A4 Ultra courtesy of Audi.

Audi's 2017 A4 Ultra Boosts Highway MPG 19%

Audi will offer the 2017 A4 Ultra as a higher-efficiency model that improves highway fuel economy by more than 19% over the outgoing A4 entry luxury sedan.

The first Freightliner SuperTruck achieved a 115% freight efficiency improvement, hit 50.2% brake thermal efficiency (the goal was 50%), and achieved 12.2 mpg in real-world operation. Photo by Stephane Babcock.

DOE Commits $137M to Advance Fuel-Efficient Tech

The Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs designed to develop next-generation fuel-efficiency technologies in commercial and passenger vehicles, including more funding for SuperTruck II.

Photo of the Freightliner at Denali National Park and Preserve courtesy of Lightning Hybrids.

Feds Add Hybrids to Two Fleets for Sustainability Efforts

Two federal entities have added hybrid vehicles into their fleet in response to President Obama's call for tougher goals for renewable energy in federal buildings and lower emission vehicles in the federal fleet.

Philly to Add $2M in CNG Waste Haulers

The City of Philadelphia will invest $2 million to purchase new refuse trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the city announced.

Photo of Mirai courtesy of Toyota.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Log 1M Miles in Calif.

Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles have logged 1 million miles through FirstElement's True Zero fueling network in California, the fuel vendor reported.


Tesla Names Corporate Sales Manager

Tesla Motors Inc. has appointed fleet industry veteran Michael Stafford as its North American Corporate Sales Manager.

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Final Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 Regs Unveiled

The federal government released highly anticipated "Phase 2" greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules for medium and heavy-duty vehicles Tuesday, which in some ways go further than the original proposal unveiled last year.

Zebulon Promotes Alternative Fuels to Neb. Fleets

Zebulon Innovations is working with Nebraskan alt-fuels companies Otte Oil and Propane and C.A.F.E. Nebraska to educate and promote the use of of liquid propane gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) for fleets.

Clean Diesel Technologies Converts $8.5M into Stock

Clean Diesel Technologies (CDTi) reached an agreement to convert $8.5 million in debt into its common stock, the company revealed in financial results for the second quarter ending June 30.

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Gasoline Prices Hold Steady

The national average price of regular unleaded remained flat as the summer driving season draws to a close, according to federal data and AAA data.

Photo of Toyota RAV4 courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Recalls RAV4, Lexus HS 250h for Suspension

The recall covers approximately 337,000 older vehicles that need replacement rear suspension arm assemblies.

Ford Receives $6M Fuel Cell Grant

Ford Motor Co. has received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) has announced.

Photo courtesy of Chelan County.

Wash. County Utility Considers Renewable Diesel

The Chelan County (Wash.) Public Utility District is considering making the switch to renewable biodiesel to fuel its fleet.

Image courtesy of GM.

GM Recalls Malibu Hybrid for Stalling

The recall, which covers 534 2016 model-year cars, will allow dealers to address faulty installations of the manual service disconnect switch.

Photo courtesy of Sacramento County.

Sacramento County Adopts Renewable Diesel

Sacramento County, Calif. has begun using renewable diesel to fuel many of its heavy-duty vehicles, including more than 400 municipal public works trucks and specialty vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Unveils Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Vehicle in Brazil

In Brazil, Nissan Motor Co. revealed a solid oxide fuel cell powered prototype vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.


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