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'Greenest' Vehicles Named By Energy Efficiency Group

The Smart Fortwo electric drive convertible/coupe has topped the "Greenest List" of vehicles by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the second straight year, the council has announced.

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Fuel Economy Improves for First Time Since August

The average fuel economy of new U.S. vehicles increased 0.3 mpg and logged the first improvement since August, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute's monthly report.


Blossman Adds Government, Small Engine Specialists

Blossman Gas has hired two new associates to lead their efforts in the municipal and law enforcement market, as well as the sales of small engines.

Dubai Adopts Biodiesel for Municipal Vehicles

Dubai Municipality has signed an agreement with Neutral Fuels LLC to replace diesel in its vehicles with clean biodiesel, making Dubai a leading global city in the adoption of biodiesel.

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Lightning Hybrids' Hydraulic-Hybrid System Patented

Lightning Hybrids, designer and manufacturer of hydraulic brake regeneration systems for medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles, announced it has been awarded a full U.S. utility patent for the fourth generation of its parallel hydraulic hybrid system.

Calif. Summit Encourages Low-Carbon Fuel Usage

Industry leaders met to discuss the state of low-carbon fuels in California at the Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit, an annual event held by the clean transportation consortium CALSTART.

PERC Updates Propane Autogas Branding

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) debuted its first-ever logo and brand identity made specifically for propane autogas: PROPANE AUTOGAS Clean American Energy.

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Gasoline Prices Rise to $2.06 Per Gallon

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline rose 2.4 cents to $2.068 per gallon for the week ending Feb. 2, according to federal data.

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Md. County to Add Motor Pool, PHEVs

The Prince George's County, Md., Fleet Management division is adding a second motor pool location and introducing plug-in hybrids as two right-sizing initiatives for 2015.

Average Diesel Cost Falls to Near 5-Year Low

The average cost of on-highway diesel continues falling in most of the country, declining another 3.5 cents over the past week.

Fleet Technology Expo Replacing Green Fleet Conference

Although no longer named Green Fleet Conference, the first-annual Fleet Technology Expo in August will include education on alternative fuels, while two additional session tracks — Fleet Analytics and Heavy Duty — will expand the available education and expo floor offerings.

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Okla. Grant Helps City Acquire Bi-Fuel CNG Pickup

The Sand Springs Fire Department has a new bi-fuel truck in its fleet thanks to INCOG’s Clean Cities Program with Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality public fleet conversion funds, according to a city press release.

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Freightliner Expands Propane Autogas SG2 Applications

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has begun offering additional configurations of its S2G propane autogas vocational work truck, including a box truck recently provided to a California delivery fleet.

This illustration from the American Gas Association's 2014 Playbook, shows that gasoline prices rely on crude oil by 70 percent.

Oil Price Volatility Makes Case For NGVs

With the price of oil being highly unpredictable it only makes sense for commercial and government fleets to choose natural gas-powered vehicles, according to NGVAmerica President Matt Godlewski.

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Kia to Show Electric AWD Concept Vehicle in Chicago

Kia Motors will show off a concept utility vehicle equipped with electric all-wheel drive at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, the automaker has announced.

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Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Ford P.I. Utility in Development

Vehicle modifier Blossman Services, Inc., is developing a bi-fuel propane autogas Ford Police Interceptor Utility model that will be available to law enforcement agencies in the spring.

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Diesel-Electric Most Popular Hybrid Trucks By 2023

Penetration rates in the overall market for commercial vehicles are anticipated to remain low, according to a new report from Navigant Research that analyzes the global market for commercial vehicles that use electric drive technology.

New York Ends LNG Storage Ban

New York is ending a more than 40-year ban on LNG storage by adopting stringent regulations for LNG distribution permits, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced.

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Porsche Recalls Cayenne S, Panamera S Hybrids

The recall will address a fire risk in 1,368 of these vehicles in the 2011 and 2012 model years.

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Toyota Expands Production of Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to expand production of its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan to 3,000 units in 2017 for Japan, the U.S., and Europe.

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Audi Sedans, VW Hybrid Recalled for Fire Risk

Fuel leaks may occur in the fuel injection system in such popular luxury cars as the Audi A6 and A7.

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Fuel Cell Renault Vans with Range Extenders Tested

Symbio FCell has launched five Renault Kangoo ZE electric powered by its hydrogen fuel cell range extender that's part of a fleet project to deploy 40 Kangoo ZE vehicles equipped with Symbio FCell’s range extender.

Photo courtesy of DuecoAt the work site, the Odyne plug-in hybrid system, featuring Johnson Controls’ lithium-ion battery packs, powers typical work site applications with the engine off for a significantly longer time than other large truck hybrid systems.

Dueco Delivers Odyne-Equipped Trucks to Wisconsin Utility

The Odyne systems are now operating on a Terex TC55 line construction truck mounted on an IHC chassis, which will be doing everyday line work, and a Terex SC45 trouble truck, which will be doing more driving and service work.

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Gasoline Prices Fall to Nearly Six-Year Low

The national average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has fallen to a level not seen since the spring of 2009. It fell 2.2 cents to $2.044 for the week ending Jan. 26, according to federal data.

EPA 2010 and later engines emit virtually no soot, as illustrated by this clean exhaust pipe. Photo by Jim Park

Study: Clean Diesel Exhaust Safe for Animal Lungs, Probably Humans

Modern diesels burn so cleanly that laboratory rats suffered no lung illnesses during a lengthy study of their exposure to exhaust gases, according to the Health Effects Institute.


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