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Low Gasoline Prices Causing Shift to Trucks, Dealers Say

Low gasoline prices and pent-up consumer demand should propel new car and light truck sales to an estimated 16.94 million in 2015, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.

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BMW, VW Partner with ChargePoint for High-Speed EV Charging

BMW and Volkswagen have initiated a partnership with ChargePoint to create a higher-speed "charging corridors" on the East Coast and West Coast for plug-in electric vehicles.

N.D. Bill Would Set Up NGV Grants

North Dakota lawmakers have introduced a bill that would create an incentive for fleets who convert natural gas vehicles and provide funds to build out fueling infrastructure.

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GM to Sell Chevrolet Spark EV in Maryland

The Spark EV will retail for $17,845, after federal and Maryland tax credits and features a locally-sourced electric motor and drive unit that's built at GM's Baltimore Operations facility in White Marsh on the outskirts of the city.

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BMW i3 Called 'Most Revolutionary Car' Since Model T

BMW's i3 plug-in battery-electric vehicle has been called the "most revolutionary car in terms of creative engineering and manufacturing since Henry Ford's Model T" by an automotive research firm that specializes in tear-downs.

Ryder Converts Bulk Oil Program to High Efficiency Oil

Ryder is now using 10W-30 grade oil to service all Ryder lease, rental and maintenance customer vehicle as part of the company’s preventive maintenance program.

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NGV Sales to Reach Nearly 4M by 2024

Sales of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are expected to reach 3.9 million in 2024 from the 2.3 million sold in 2014, according to a report from Navigant Research.

Constellation Acquires 7 CNG Fueling Stations in Midwest

Constellation will acquire seven compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in Indiana and Ohio under an agreement with CNG Fuel, Inc., the company has announced.

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California Approves $12 Million for Alt-Fuel Projects

The California Energy Commission has approved $12 million for three alternative fuel projects that support green-vehicle initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on petroleum-based fuels.

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Gasoline Price Falls to $2.06 Per Gallon

The national average price of gasoline is down 7.3 cents to $2.066 for the week ending Jan. 19, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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2015 F-150 Rated Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint

The 2015 Ford F-150 has been rated to have the lowest impact on the environment, lowest cost of ownership, and the top-rated production chain in terms of social justice among full-size pickup trucks, according to an automotive research firm.

Diesel Costs Post Double Digit Declines Over Past Week

Fuel prices continue a big decline with diesel posting its biggest weekly drop in recent memory, according to U.S. Energy Department figures.

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EPA Chief: Fuel Prices Won't Affect Pending Truck Fuel Economy Proposal

The dip in oil prices is temporary and will not affect the way federal agencies set fuel economy standards, including upcoming new requirements for heavy trucks, said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

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EV Shuttle Buses Deployed in Mountain View, Calif.

Four zero-emission electric shuttle buses have been deployed in Mountain View, Calif., according to CALSTART, a clean transportation consortium. The buses were manufactured by Motiv Power Systems, using funds from the California Energy Commission.

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Toyota Mirai Orders Reach 1,500 in Japan

Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has already reached 1,500 orders in Japan, according to the automaker.

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Penn. Awards $7.3 Million for Nat Gas Conversions

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett awarded $7.3 million in funding to 18 companies, organizations and partnerships to make the switch from natural gas for their heavy-duty fleets.

$1.3M in Ark. Rebates to Fund Mostly Infrastructure

The Arkansas Energy Office (AEO), a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, announced it is reopening the Gaseous Fuels Rebate Program with a total of $1.31 million in rebates.

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2016 Honda HR-V Rated at 28/35 MPG

Honda's 2016 HR-V front-wheel-drive compact SUV should deliver 28 miles per gallon in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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2015 Smart Fortwo Gets Dual Clutch Transmission

The 2015 Smart Fortwo will offer a twinamic dual clutch transmission that allows a driver to shift in fully automatic or manual mode when it goes on sale in the U.S. in September as the first next-gen Smart model.

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Zenith Motors EV Shuttle Approved for Calif. Funding

Fleets in California now have access to a voucher for up to $50,000 toward the purchase of a Zenith Motors shuttle van.

Biodiesel Board Blames Feds for Industry Slump

Total U.S. biodiesel consumption fell to 1.75 billion gallons in 2014, down slightly from nearly 1.8 billion gallons in 2013, according to data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Photo of 2015 Passat 1.8T SEL courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen's 2015-MY Fleet Incentives

Volkswagen is offering fleet incentives on 11 2015 models, including its first battery-electric car offered in the U.S.

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Audi Q7 Sheds 700 Pounds, Gets Diesel Hybrid

Audi's Q7 flagship luxury SUV will lose 700 pounds for the 2015 model year in a redesign that should make the full-size, seven-passenger SUV the lightest in its segment, according to Audi.

Colo. City Invests in Biogas Fueling Plant

The City of Grand Junction, Colo., has jointly invested in a biogas conditioning system and pipeline project that will provide a biogas-based fuel to municipal fleet vehicles, including 30 refuse trucks, dump trucks, pickups, and sedans.

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VIA Motors Begins Building Hybrid Silverado Pickup

VIA Motors has launched production of its hybrid electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup and Chevrolet Express cargo and passenger vans, Chairman Bob Lutz announced in Detroit.

 

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