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AmeriGas Names Manager of Fleet Operations

Dwayne Bolden Sr. was named manager of fleet operations for AmeriGas DBA PTI in Houston. He assumed this position in September.

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VNG Touts New Stations, Regulatory Gains

VNG.co LLC recognized its 2015 achievements that included opening natural gas fueling stations in three new markets, more than 99% uptime, and regulatory gains that support natural gas vehicles.

The Chevrolet Spark EV finished second in ACEEE's Greenest Vehicle List. Photo courtesy of GM.

Plug-In, Hybrid Top Green Vehicle Rankings List

Out of the top 12 spots in ACEEE’s environmental vehicle ratings, nine of the vehicles are electric, including the Ford Focus Electric, smart fortwo electric drive, Volkswagen E-Golf and Chevrolet Spark EV. No internal combustion-only vehicles made the list.

Photo of E-tron Quattro concept courtesy of Audi.

Audi to Build First EV SUV in 2018

Audi will begin production of its first battery-electric vehicle, a "sport SUV," at its Brussels, Belgium, assembly plant in 2018, the automaker has announced.

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FCA Planning Hybrid Trucks, SUVs

FCA US plans to introduce a mild hybrid Ram 1500 and its next generation Jeep Wrangler with several alternative powertrains to meet increasing stringent tailpipe emissions standards and fuel economy regulations.

Photo of 2016 Jeep Wrangler courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Ending Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart to Focus on Trucks, SUVs

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will eventually discontinue the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart, increase Jeep SUV and Ram truck production, and roll out additional hybrids as part of its business plan leading toward 2018.

Infographic courtesy of Bosch.

Bosch's Smart Gas Pedal Lowers Fuel Consumption

Bosch has developed the active gas pedal, which notifies the driver when to lighten pressure on the pedal, promotes lowered fuel consumption, and issues warnings to drivers when they are speeding.

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VW Determining Next Steps in Diesel Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen's top committee will meet on Feb. 3 to discuss the next steps the company should take as it deals with the ongoing aftermath of the diesel emissions scandal.

Photo of 2014 GMC Savana 3500 LT passenger van with XL3 powertrain courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids Named to Global Cleantech 100 List

XL Hybrids, Inc. has been named to the 2015 Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch list that's produced by Cleantech Group, whose mission is to connect corporations to sustainable innovation through its i3 Connect platform and global events.

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt, photo by Kareem Girgis.

Energy Department Offers $58M for Advanced Vehicle Tech

The U.S. Department of Energy has offered $58 million in funding for vehicle technology advancements through its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program, the agency has announced.

Researchers to Develop Low-NOx NG Engines for California

UK-based Ricardo Inc. says it will partner with the Gas Technology Institute to design the engines to emit fewer NOx emissions while powering medium-duty commercial vehicles.

Biodiesel Use Reaches High Point

Biodiesel consumption reached a peak level in 2015 with nearly 2.1 billion gallons reducing carbon emissions by at least 18.2 million metric tons, according to the National Biodiesel Board.

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Gasoline Prices Fall to $1.85 Per Gallon

The decline in national average gasoline prices driven by falling oil prices continued unabated with a 5.8-cent decline to $1.856 for the week ending Jan. 25, according to federal data.

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British Hauling Company Adds Fuso Hybrid Truck to Fleet

A British transport company, Evans European Transport, which specializes in refrigerated transport and is based in Grimsby at the mouth of the Humber where it flows into the North Sea, recently added a Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid to its fleet for food transport.

Gold Standard Transportation converted its OTR trucks to CNG. Photo courtesy of McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing.

Fuel Price Drop Causes Natural Gas Truck Sales to Slip

With falling fuel prices, U.S. and Canadian natural gas Class 8 truck retail sales had a slower 2015 compared to the previous year.

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Camry Hybrid Police Cars Reduce Ark. Agency's Costs

The City of Arkadelphia, Ark., has lowered its budget costs by 3% by replacing its aging fleet of Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors with Toyota Camry Hybrid police cars, according to Toyota.

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Atlanta Receives First EVs in Vision Fleet Deal

The City of Atlanta took delivery of its first five plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from Vision Fleet, as part of a 50-vehicle electric vehicle (EV) pilot program.

Photo of 2017 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Stop-Start Standard for 2017 EcoBoost F-150s

Ford is adding auto stop-start as standard equipment on 2017 F-150 trucks powered by EcoBoost engines, the truck maker has announced.

Photo of Clarity FCV interior courtesy of Honda.

Honda to Initially Lease Fuel-Cell Clarity in Calif.

Honda will initially offer its 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell sedan with a retail lease in California as it tests the market for hydrogen-powered vehicles and eventually offer the car for sale, the automaker has announced.

Vision Fleet Added to GSA Schedule

Vision Fleet has been added to the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule under a five-year contract as a provider of transportation, delivery and relocation solutions to deploy electric-drive vehicles in federal fleets.

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Trump Calls for Higher Ethanol Blending

While campaigning in corn-rich Iowa, Donald Trump urged federal regulators to increase the amount of ethanol blended into the national gasoline supply.

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Westport Secures EPA Certification for CNG F-150

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Westport Innovations' compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered 2016 Ford F-150 that the vehicle modifier will offer to fleets this summer, the company announced.

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Gasoline Slips Lower to $1.91 Per Gallon

The national average price of a gallon of gasoline declined 8.2 cents to $1.914 per gallon for the week ending Jan. 18, according to federal data.

The Work Truck Show displays more than 500,000 square feet of vocational trucks and equipment, from more than 500 exhibitors.

Truck OEMs Plan Debuts for 2016 Work Truck Show

Cummins, International Truck, and Mitsubishi Fuso plan to make significant vehicle and powertrain announcements at The Work Truck Show, including the FUSO E-CELL all-electric truck.

Photo courtesy of Nissan

Nissan Brings Complimentary Charging to Three Cities

Nissan's "No Charge to Charge" promotion has arrived in New York, Philadelphia, and Santa Barbara. The program provides new Nissan LEAF buyers two years of complimentary public charging with the purchase of the all-electric car from LEAF-certified dealers in each market.

 

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