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UPS Adds 125 Hybrid Step Vans

UPS has purchased 125 Workhorse E-Gen gasoline-electric hybrid step vans to reduce operating costs and save fuel, the Atlanta-based parcel delivery company announced. The E-Gen trucks will be replacing gasoline-powered vehicles.

Front: Lorrie Lisek (Wisconsin), Samantha Bingham (Chicago), Carl Lisek (South Shore). Back: National Clean Cities Director Dennis Smith and Co-Director Linda Bluestein. Photo courtesy of Clean Cities.

DOE Recognizes Trio of Clean Cities Leaders

Three coordinators who lead the Lake Michigan Consortium, were the latest team to be named to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Hall of Fame. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Clean Cities mission of reducing petroleum use in transportation.

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Toyota Improves Prius MPG by 10 Percent

Toyota's fourth generation 2016 Prius gasoline-electric hybrid improves fuel efficiency by 10 percent and will arrive early next year with Mirai-like styling elements designed to improve its emotional appeal, according to the automaker.

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Gasoline Falls Below $2.50 Per Gallon

The national average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline fell 7.3 cents to $2.437 for the week ending Sept. 7, according to federal data.

Source: EIA

Diesel Price Reversal Ends 14-Week Decline

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel rose for the first time in 3 ½ months, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

Graphic courtesy of fueleconomy.gov.

New-Vehicle MPG Dips to 25.3

The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in August, decreased by 0.1 mpg from 25.4 to 25.3 mpg compared to the previous month, according to a study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

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2016 Toyota Prius: What We Know

Toyota has promised the "next era of an icon" when it reveals its next generation 2016 Prius gasoline-electric hybrid later today at a media event in Las Vegas. Let's look at what we know so far about the new model.

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SCE Re-Launches EV Rate Assistant App

Southern California Edison’s (SCE) has re-introduced its Electric Vehicle Rate Assistant mobile app, the electric utility announced.

Chart via WEX Inc.

Labor Day Gasoline Prices Lowest in 11 Years

The price of gasoline ahead of the Labor Day weekend has reached the lowest level in 11 years in federal data and fallen below diesel prices for the first time in more than four years in WEX Inc.'s fuel index.

ANG Opens CNG Station for N.Y. Grocery Fleet

American Natural Gas (ANG) has opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) facility at Northeast retailer Tops Friendly Markets' distribution center in Lancaster, N.Y., the fuel distributor announced. The facility, built by ANG and located at 5873 Genesee St., will fuel Tops’ new fleet of 55 CNG tractors leased from Ryder System.

Indian EV Cab Service Expands Fleet

Electric cab service start-up Lithium is planning to expand its services in Bengaluru, India. The company started the service in June with a fleet of 30 cars and is now looking to increase it to 100.

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Indianapolis Settles Lawsuit Over Vision Fleet Deal

The City of Indianapolis’ mayor and the city-county council have settled a lawsuit over a Vision Fleet contract to lease 425 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The city will halt deployment of Vision Fleet vehicles while it rebids the contract.

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Public CNG Station Opens in S.C.

Energy services provider Piedmont Natural Gas and convenience store operator The Spinx Company have opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station in Anderson, S.C., the companies announced.

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Calif. Cities Add Zenith's Electric Vans

Four California municipalities — Schaefer, Redwood City, Danville, and Woodland — have added Zenith Motors' electric shuttles and cargo vans for use in their fleets, according to the vehicle manufacturer.

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Denver Airport Unveils 10 EV Chargers

Denver International Airport (DIA) has opened 10 new Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in its west parking garage, the airport announced. The EV chargers are free to customers who pay to park in the garage, and are compatible with most electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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VNG Adds CNG Fueling at Houston Circle K

VNG.co has implemented compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling at a newly opened Circle K location in Houston, the company announced.

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Tesla Prices Model X Signature SUV at $132K

Tesla Motors's Model X Signature Series is priced at $132,000 and reservation holders are now being allowed to spec out the crossover, Bloomberg reports.

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Time Warner Cable Adds 540 Aluminum F-150s

Time Warner Cable has purchased 540 of Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup trucks with extensive aluminum and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost with stop-start technology to aid its emissions reduction efforts.

Photo of bi-fuel CNG Ford F-150 courtesy of Westport.

Westport Acquiring Fuel Systems Solutions

Westport Innovations is acquiring Fuel Systems Solutions in an all-stock deal valued at about $7.54 per share that will create "a premier alternative fuel vehicle and engine company," according to Westport.

Photo of 2016 Chrysler Town & Country courtesy of FCA US.

2016 Chrysler T&C Revamp Includes PHEV

FCA US is planning an extensive revamp of its Chrysler Town & Country for the 2016 model year that includes introducing a plug-in hybrid version of the minivan.

Fleets in the yellow-colored counties can apply for grant funding. Map courtesy of North Central Texas Council of Governments

Texas Awarding $2.5M in Emission Reduction Grants

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is offering $2.5 million in grant funding for public and private fleets to improve vehicle efficiency. Fleets with operations in the 10-county Dallas-Fort Worth ozone non-attainment area can apply.

Photo of 2016 Pentastar V-6 courtesy of FCA US.

FCA US Adds EGR to Pentastar V-6

FCA US has improved its Pentastar V-6 engine for the 2016 model year by increasing fuel economy by more than 6 percent and raising torque by more than 14.9 percent.

(l. to r.) CARB Member Barbara Riordan and Marcie Rodriguez of Redwood Products, Inc stand in front of hybrid delivery truck that was awarded the 2,000th heavy-duty clean vehicle voucher incentive. Photo courtesy of CARB.

Calif. Awards 2,000th Alt-Fuel Truck Voucher

California has handed out 2,000 vouchers to fleets to fund hybrid and battery-electric zero-emission trucks and buses under a grant program overseen by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the board has announced.

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Houston Public CNG Station Opens

TruStar Energy has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Houston, the fueling infrastructure developer announced.

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Utah University Unveils EV Chargers, Prius PHEVs

Utah Valley University (UVU) and the state Governor’s Office of Energy Development have unveiled two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and two newly purchased Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the university's Orem campus, according to a UVU release.

 

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