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First Northern Calif. Hydro Refueling Station Opens

The first hydrogen refueling station in Northern California has opened in West Sacramento, marking the 10th such station in a state with aggressive plans to support fuel cell vehicles.

Kansas Seeks to Block EPA Ethanol Regulations

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked that a federal appeals court reject new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations mandating states to adopt conclusions about ethanol emissions, stating that the regulations are based on scientifically flawed methodology.

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BMW Recalls i8 Hybrids for Fire Risk

Faulty welding near the fuel tank could result in a fuel leak in the plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Mike O'Connell, senior director of fleet for Frito-Lay, accepted Frito-Lay's CALSTART Blue Sky Award. (PHOTO: Adam Pringle)

Frito Lay, General Motors Win Clean Transportation Award

Frito-Lay earned a California clean transportation award for increasing the number of compressed natural gas vehicles at an awards ceremony that also honored General Motors and Caterpillar, Inc. for emissions-reduction efforts.

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Gasoline Falls to $2.67 Per Gallon

The national average price of gasoline fell 9.9 cents to $2.679 per gallon for the week ending Dec. 8 and is now more than $1 less per gallon than it was just six months ago.

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Volvo Updates XC90 Plug-In Hybrid's Performance

Volvo's 2015 XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid model with a twin-charged 2.0-liter four-cylinder should produce 400 hp and 472 pound-feet of torque, according to updated data from Volvo.

Average Diesel Cost Posts Another Weekly Decline

The average cost of on-highway diesel continues falling as oil prices hit its lowest level in years, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

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France Aims to Banish Diesel

France has announced plans to phase out diesel fuel in consumer vehicles beginning in 2015.

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Nissan LEAF Reaches 1B Kilometers Driven

Nissan has revealed that owners of its LEAF electric car have collectively recorded 1 billion kilometers on the CarWings telematics system worldwide. Nissan LEAF vehicles registered with CarWings have saved over 180 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.

2014 Audi Q7

Audi Q7 to Get Diesel-Electric Powertrain

Audi announced that its Q7 SUV with diesel-electric powertrain will be offered to the U.S. and Europe in 2015.

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Lithium-Sulfur Battery Recognized by Frost & Sullivan

A European energy company has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan for its innovative battery technology that will offer a lighter-weight package and improve safety over lithium-ion batteries, according to the firm.

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November New-Vehicle Fuel Economy Ratings Flat

Fuel economy for new vehicles sold in November averaged 25.3 mpg for the third straight month, according to a study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

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Fred Meyer Grocery Fleet Receives First LNG Trucks

Fred Meyer Stores announced the arrival of its first 11 heavy-duty trucks that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The food retail will receive a total of 40 LNG trucks over the next several months.

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Coca-Cola to Provide EV Charging in California

The Coca-Cola Company will provide electric vehicle (EV) charging at seven of its facilities across California. NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., will install and manage the charging stations to provide workplace charging for Coca-Cola employees with EVs, the company announced.

U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

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Volkswagen Ramps up Fuel Cell Development

Volkswagen has begun testing a hydrogen fuel cell version of its Passat sedan on the streets of California and has developed a fuel cell model of the Golf SportWagen for research.

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Republic Adds 20 CNG Refuse Trucks in Missouri

Republic Services has added 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Springfield, Mo., area, the waste management company announced.

Fuel Hauler Leases 12 CNG Trucks from Ryder

Bulk-hauling, return-to-base operations like Mansfield’s are ideally suited for natural gas vehicles, Ryder said.

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VNG, Circle K Offer CNG Fueling in Houston

VNG.co has entered into an agreement with fuel and convenience store operator Circle K to implement compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling at Circle K's latest facility in Houston, the company announced.

Westport Acquires Dutch Alternative Fuel Provider

Westport Innovations has acquired Netherlands-based Prins Autogassystemen Holding B.V. (Prins) for 12.2 million Euro (approximately $15.1 million).

All-new Ford Mondeo Hybrid. (PHOTO: Ford)

Ford Starts Production of Mondeo Hybrid in Europe

Ford has started production of its all-new Mondeo Hybrid – the first gasoline-electric hybrid car built and sold by Ford in Europe, according to the company.

Photo of 2015 Prius V courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Adds Prius V Model for 2015

Toyota is lowering the price for its Prius V base model to $27,500 compared to the entry 2014 model and will offer four models that top out at $31,220.

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Gasoline Prices Fall to $2.77 Per Gallon

The national average price for gasoline fell 4.3 cents to $2.778 for the week ending Dec. 1, continuing a fuel price decline expected to mirror the declining price of oil.

Diesel Prices Continue Decline as Oil Sinks

Fuel prices started off the final month of 2014 in the same fashion they have been during much of the second half of the year, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

BMW 3 Series Plug-in hybrid prototype: Drive train. Photo courtesy of BMW.

BMW Introduces Plug-in Hybrid Prototype

BMW has rolled out a new plug-in hybrid prototype it plans to use as the platform across its models including the top-selling 3 Series sedan.

 
 

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