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ASE Introduces New Hybrid Certification

The Light Duty Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Specialist (L3) certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is geared toward technicians who perform diagnosis and repairs on gasoline-electric hybrids.

Photo courtesy of Blossman Services.

Blossman Developing Propane Autogas Transit Van

Vehicle modifier Blossman Services Inc. will produce a Ford Transit van powered by propane autogas and available in January, the company announced.

The Toyota Mirai uses large air intakes that blend oxygen with hydrogen fuel to power the vehicle. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Toyota Discusses Fleet Strategy for Fuel Cell Vehicle

Toyota has begun discussing its Mirai fuel cell vehicle with commercial fleet clients, and will roll out a strategy to place the vehicle in the hands of commercial and government fleet users in 2015.

Photo courtesy of Propane Council of Texas.

Propane Vehicle Rebate Offered in Texas

The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is offering up to a $7,500 incentive for each new propane vehicle purchased or converted to propane autogas by a commercial fleet.

Grocery Retailer Leases CNG Trucks to Replace Diesels

Grocery delivery fleet Tops Friendly Markets has signed a full-service lease agreement with Ryder System for 55 compressed natural gas trucks. The trucks are scheduled to be delivered to Tops in mid-2015 and will replace the company’s fleet of diesel-powered vehicles.

Blossman Gas Inc. Acquires Dade Gas

Trenton, Ga-based Dale Gas' 2,200 customers will join Blossman’s customer base of 150,000. Blossman provides service to 12 states throughout the Southeast and Mid- Atlantic.

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Honda Funding Hydrogen Fuel Stations in California

Honda's $13.8 million in financial assistance, combined with anticipated future grants from the State of California, could allow FirstElement Fuel to add at least 12 stations to California’s hydrogen fuel network.

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Atlanta Nissan LEAF Buyers Charge at No Cost

Through Nissan's “No Charge to Charge” program, customers in the Greater Atlanta market who purchase or lease a LEAF have no-cost access to more than a dozen quick chargers spread throughout the region for two years.

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Graco Introduces DEF Pump Packages

Graco Blue pumps are designed to help manage diesel exhaust fluids and reduce vehicle emissions in automobiles, buses, heavy-duty trucks, and off-road vehicles, according to the manufacturer.

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Gasoline Prices Fall to $2.82 Per Gallon

The national average price of gasoline fell 7.3 cents to $2.821 per gallon for the week ending Nov. 24, according to federal data.

BMW May Partner With Tesla on Battery Tech

Tesla Motors is talking with BMW about collaborating on batteries and lightweight auto parts, CEO Elon Musk said in an interview with German weekly news publication Der Spiegel.

Diesel Remains Near Four-Year Low of $3.62

Diesel and gasoline prices keep moving lower while the price of oil has gained a little ground over the past week.

Photo courtesy of Parker Hannifin

Miami Dade Orders More Hybrid Refuse Trucks

Miami-Dade County, Fla., has placed its third order for Autocar E3 hybrid refuse trucks. This purchase of 29 vehicles brings the total hybrid refuse fleet to 64.

Screenshot of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio's anti-idling announcement.

Fla. City Bans Idling by Utility Vehicles

The City of West Palm Beach (Fla.) has a new policy banning idling of city utility vehicles for more than five minutes. The new rule takes effect immediately.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

2015 Ford F-150 Raises Fuel Efficiency 29 Percent

Ford has increased the fuel efficiency of its 2015 F-150 by up to 29 percent with a lighter-weight aluminum body, pushing highway mpg for a gasoline-powered pickup to 26 mpg.

THE SWACO landfill “gas to energy” facility generates natural gas for the pipeline. Photo courtesy of MEMA

MEMA Ohio Tours Renewable Nat. Gas Facility

The Solid Waste Authority of Ohio (SWACO) hosted the final member meeting in 2014 for the Ohio chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA-OH) on Nov. 20.

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Mitsubishi Unveils XR-PHEV Concept SUV

Mitsubishi's XR-PHEV concept joins the Outlander PHEV on Mitsubishi's list of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

Image via Trillium CNG.

Trillium Opens Public Access CNG Station in Louisiana

Trillium CNG and E-Z Mart Stores opened a public access, Class-8 accessible compressed natural gas fueling station at the E-Z Mart Convenience Store and Truck Stop in Monroe, La.

Kentucky Fuel Taxes to Move Lower

The decrease reflects a drop in the calculated average wholesale price of motor fuels, as provided under Kentucky law, according to the state transportation department.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

Audi Introduces Hydrogen Fuel Cell A7 Sedan

Audi has added its name to the list of automakers developing a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, as the automaker introduced the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro concept at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Chris Wolski, senior editor of Automotive Fleet and Green Fleet magazines (center), presented The Green Fleet Truck of the Year award to Mark Oldenburg, national fleet marketing, mobility, and strategic planning manager (right) and the Green Fleet Car of the Year award to Jim Michon, commercial business manager for Ford. (PHOTO: Becky May)

Ford and Toyota Score First Green Fleet Car and Truck of the Year Awards

Bobit Business Media, publisher of "Automotive Fleet" and "Green Fleet" magazines, awarded its inaugural Green Fleet Car and Green Fleet Truck of the Year awards to the Ford Fusion Energi and Toyota Highlander Hybrid during a ceremony November 20 at the L.A. Auto Show.

Charge port with indicator light for dark conditions: Photo via Chevrolet.

Next-Gen Volt Gains User-Friendly Charging Features

Chevrolet has added a series of user-friendly features to the charging system of the next-generation Volt that will allow owners to pre-set charging levels based on location and departure times.

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

Mansfield Clean Energy Opens Ga. CNG Station

The natural gas fueling station in Doraville, Ga., will fuel Mansfield’s fleet of 12 natural gas trucks, along with other area fleets.

PG&E/Efficient Drivetrains Inc. Electric Hybrid bucket truck. (PHOTO: PG&E)

PG&E Unveils PHEV Class 5 Bucket Trucks

More than 70 investor-owned electric utilities will increase investment by an estimated $50 million per year, or $250 million over five years, to add more EVs to their fleets, starting in 2015.

BMW-Toyota Collaboration Could Result in Fuel Cell Vehicle

A collaboration between BMW and Toyota could lead to the German automaker's next hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that may be called the i5, according to a report from Autocar.

 
 

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