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Green Fleet Conference & Expo Announces Speakers and Schedule

The Ninth Green Fleet Conference and Expo announced its schedule for the annual event in October. The 2014 keynote speakers are Mark Smith from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co.

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Two Hybrids, EV Named Vincentric Best CPO Value

The Nissan LEAF, Honda Civic Hybrid, and Lexus CT 200h have been named as Vincentric Best COP (certified pre-owned) value in the compact hatchback, compact sedan, and premium compact hatchback segments for 2014.

In addition to its Reno, Nev., location, Caesars Entertainment has installed electric vehicle charging stations for its guests in southern Nevada and at the Harrah's Southern California

Caesars Rolls Out EV Charging at Nevada, California Resorts

Guests at nearly all of Caesars Entertainment’s resorts and casinos in northern and southern Nevada can now take advantage of free electric vehicle charging through a partnership with NV Energy.

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EV Replaces Battery With 'Flowcell' Technology

A German builder's "flow cell" technology powers the Quant e-Sportlimousine all-electric vehicle without the need for a battery, the company has announced.

Green Fleet Ends Ties with 100 Best Fleets’ Green Fleet Awards

Green Fleet Magazine is mixing up its annual Green Fleet Conference and Expo this October with a revitalized awards program.

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Tesla, Panasonic to Build Gigafactory

Panasonic and Tesla have signed an agreement to build a large-scale manufacturing plant in the U.S., which will be known as the “Gigafactory,” to produce Tesla's next-generation battery.

The IIHS gave Volt an "acceptable" rating in the small-overlap test, noting that driver space "was maintained reasonably well, and data taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of signi

Volt Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award from IIHS

Two battery-electric vehicles were among the 12 small cars the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently subjected to its tough small-overlap front crash testing, and the Chevrolet Volt performed well enough to earn a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award.

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Pennsylvania Extends Alt Fuel Vehicle Rebates

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection has extended its Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program, which will continue to provide $2,000 rebates for 500 additional large-battery system plug-in hybrid electric and battery-electric vehicles, or until Dec. 31.

PG&E's fleet includes all-electric bucket trucks it helped design. Photo: PG&E

PG&E Joins Call for Utilities to Double Plug-In Fleet Investment

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is joining the Edison Electric Institute’s call to urge utilities to more than double their current investments in electric utility fleet vehicles.

PERC Launches Propane.com Website

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has launched a new website, Propane.com, to serve as a source for information about propane safety and newly developed propane-powered technology across the fuel’s top markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, industrial, on-road fleets, and residential.

The 114SD, built on Freightliner’s severe-duty platform, now offers 12-liter natural gas power. Photo: Freightliner

Freightliner Adds 12-Liter Natural Gas Power to 114SD Severe-Duty Model

The increased output of the Cummins-Westport ISX12 G will open new markets to the 114SD, including mixer, dump, and roll-off applications. At 400 horsepower and 1,450 pounds-feet, the IXS12 G is an ideal engine for the severe-duty market, where natural gas is fast becoming an alternative to diesel fuel.

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Worthington Introduces 'Spare Tire' Propane Tank

Worthington Industries' propane-autogas fuel tank has been approved by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The doughnut-shaped, or toroidal, tank fits in the spare tire space of a car or pickup truck, and will be available for order in August.

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Plug-In Manufacturers, Utilities Working Together on 'Smart Grid'

Eight global automakers and 15 electric utilities are working with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to develop and put into effect a standardized “Smart Grid” that will help manage demand as plug-in vehicles gain in popularity.

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Plug Power Bringing Fuel Cell Technology to Seventh Wal-Mart Center

Plug Power Inc. has received an order from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to add its hydrogen fuel cell power solution to a seventh location, in addition to the original six-site contract with the retailer it announced in February. The additional site will be in Sterling, Ill.

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BMW Develops Fast Charging System

BMW has developed a new fast charging system that can restore the battery in its i3 all-electric vehicle to 80 percent in 30 minutes, the automaker announced.

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Porsche Introduces Plug-In Hybrid Cayenne for 2015

Porsche will bring a third plug-in hybrid vehicle to the U.S. later this year when it introduces the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid luxury SUV, the German automaker announced on July 23.

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Cruze CNG Conversion Arriving This Fall

Fleet managers looking for more choice of compact cars powered by natural gas should be able to purchase a dedicated CNG Chevrolet Cruze in the fall.

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Weights and Measures Conference Fails to OK LNG Standard

After regulators failed to agree to a nationally recognized, gallon-equivalent measure for sales of liquefied natural gas, fleets that rely on LNG-fueled vehicles will continue to face a state-by-state patchwork of standards for at least one more year.

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Nissan to Offer Free Charging for LEAF Customers in Los Angeles

Nissan will begin offering free public charging to new LEAF customers in the Los Angeles area next month, including access to fast chargers that can restore a battery pack from zero to 80 percent in under a half hour.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco courtesy of GM.

Two EVs, Mild Hybrid Discontinued for 2015

The list of models that have been discontinued for the 2015 model year include such vehicles as General Motors' Eco versions of the Malibu and Impala mild hybrid sedans.

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Omaha Schools’ Propane Bus Investment Pays Off

Omaha Public Schools (OPS) and Student Transportation Inc. (STI) collaborated on the district’s deployment of 435 Blue Bird Vision propane school buses last summer, and over the last year of operating the buses, OPS estimates it has saved $200,000-plus with propane autogas versus diesel.

Photo of 2015 e-Golf courtesy of Volkswagen.

VW's e-Golf to Arrive in November

Volkswagen will begin selling the e-Golf — its first battery-electric U.S. vehicle — in November, the automaker announced in an update of its 2015-MY lineup.

Ford Transit Van. Photo courtesy of Westport.

Westport to Offer Dedicated CNG Transit Van, Cutaway

Westport will offer the 2015 Ford Transit van and cutaway as dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) models, the vehicle modifier has announced.

Cummins’ new Ethos 2.8L E85-powered I-4. Photo courtesy of Cummins.

Allison Develops Stop-Start to Pair With E-85 Engine

Allison Transmission has developed stop-start technology with a transmission that could be paired with Cummins' 2.8L ETHOS E-85 medium-duty truck engine, the company announced today.

Documentary Looks at 'Monopoly' Gasoline Infrastructure

A soon-to-be-released documentary will look at the current status of fuel infrastructure and the possible solutions offered by alternative fuels.

 
 

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