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Southwest Research Institute will conduct analytical services in emissions and fuel consumption on light- and heavy-duty vehicles and components under a five-year, $20.1 million contract from the EPA. Photo via Soutwest Research Institute

EPA Awards $20 Million Contract For Emissions Research

The Southwest Research Institute was awarded a five-year $20.16 million contract by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide testing and analytical services related to emissions and fuel consumption.

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California Approves DME for Use as Vehicle Fuel

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has approved the dimethyl ether for legal use as a vehicle fuel.

Texas NGV Grants Produce Economic Benefits

A trio of Texas grant programs that funded the construction of natural gas fueling stations and the adoption of natural gas vehicles produced major economic benefits for the state, according to a new study.

Jacksonville’s First Public Access CNG Station Photo: Ken McCray Photography

Public CNG Station Opens in Northeast Florida

The first public-access compressed natural gas refueling station in Jacksonville, Fla., was opened recently by amp Trillium and beverage distributor Champion Brands Inc.

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Toyota Tests Ultra-Compact EV Car Sharing in Japan

Starting in April, Park24 Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation will trial a car sharing service in central Tokyo using the Toyota i-Road, an ultra-compact three-wheeled electric vehicle.

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UPS Wins EPA’s Climate Leadership Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership recognized UPS with one of its Climate Leadership Awards for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, UPS said. The awards acknowledge the voluntary work organizations do to build resilience to climate change.

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Subaru Sets 2016-MY Ordering Dates

Subaru has set final ordering dates for its 2015 model-year vehicles as well as order bank opening dates for its 2016 models for commercial fleets.

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N.Y. County Official Calls Propane Autogas Plan a ‘Step Backwards’

Ulster County (N.Y.) Executive Mike Hein vetoed a resolution to spend $25,000 to convert five transport vans from unleaded gasoline to propane autogas. The resolution had been passed by the county legislature.

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Colo. County Builds CNG Station, Adds Trucks

Pueblo County, Colo., is building a compressed natural gas (CNG) station that will be used to fuel county and state fleet trucks and will also be open to the public.

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Mitsubishi Announces Pricing for 2016 i-MiEV

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) announced specifications and pricing for its updated 2016 i-MiEV, which will arrive at Mitsubishi’s U.S. dealers in late March.

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Rush Truck Centers Moves Northeast Ohio Facility

Rush Enterprises, Inc., which operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, has relocated Rush Truck Center – Cleveland to Parma, Ohio from Oakwood Village.

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Gasoline Prices Rise to $2.33 Per Gallon

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline rose 5.8 cents to $2.332 for the week ending Feb. 23 for the fourth consecutive week of increasing fuel prices, according to federal data.

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Mass. College Adds Gasoline-Electric Hybrid Vans

Vans operated by Lasell College in Newton now operate using XL Hybrids' XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. The two converted hybrid vans are being used by faculty for class trips.

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EPA Tweaks Fuel Economy Testing for Automakers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is setting new guidelines for automakers conducting fuel economy testing in the wake of several automakers having to restate their mpg numbers.

Photo of 2016 Range Rover Evoque courtesy of Land Rover.

Range Rover Evoque Adds Pair of Diesels for 2016

Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque will get two new diesel engines for a 2016 model-year update to improve fuel efficiency for the compact luxury SUV.

Average Diesel Price Increases for Third Straight Week to $2.90

The average U.S. cost of on-highway diesel has increased for the third straight week since hitting a five-year low early this month, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Biodiesel Helps N.C. City Meet Carbon Reduction Goals

The City of Asheville, N.C. cut its carbon footprint by 4.5% from the prior year largely due to switching from B-5 to B-20 biodiesel for its city and transit vehicles.

Clean Cities Releases 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide

Clean Cities has released its 2015 Vehicle Buyer's Guide, a comprehensive source of information for evaluating alternative-fuel vehicle (AFV) options.

Photo of 2014 BMW i3 BEV by Vince Taroc.

BMW Offers Additional Fleet Incentives for i3 Models

BMW is offering three fleet incentives for its pair of i3 electric vehicles, including EV charging stations at no charge, the automaker's fleet division told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Photo of 2016 F-650 by Chris Brown.

Landi Renzo to Offer CNG 2016 F-650 Truck

Landi Renzo USA plans to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2016 F-650 truck that will appear at NTEA's The Work Truck Show in early March.

Ohio City Opens Public Works CNG Station

IGS CNG Services and the City of Dayton, Ohio, have opened their compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the city’s existing fueling station at the Department of Public Works. The station will be available for both Dayton city fleet vehicles and the public, according to IGS CNG Services.

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Fuel-Saving Engine Calibration Software Offered for Transit Van

Derive Systems' engine calibration software now works with the 2015 Ford Transit's 3.7-liter or and 3.5-liter engines, the company has announced. The software reduces fuel consumption by commercial fleets that use the full-size Transit van.

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BorgWarner Equipping VW Diesel Engines with Turbochargers

BorgWarner is now supplying its variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbochargers to Volkswagen for the newly developed 1.4L three-cylinder diesel engines, the powertrain producer has announced.

Ryder has CNG and LNG vehicles deployed in customer fleets in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Georgia and Louisiana. Photo courtesy Ryder.

Ryder Training All Its Technicians on NGV Maintenance

Ryder System has launched an online natural gas vehicle maintenance training program for its North American maintenance network.

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Calif. Offers Funding to Fleets With Worst Air Pollution

Public fleets serving disadvantaged communities in California can apply for up to $15,000 in rebates for each green light-duty vehicle purchased. Plug-in hybrids, battery or range-extended electric vehicles, and fuel-cell vehicles are eligible.

 
 

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