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What Will California Governor's Energy Goals Mean for Trucking?

In his inaugural address this week, California Gov. Jerry Brown laid out what he called “bold commitments” to sustain the environment in the nation’s most populous state, by reducing energy consumption.

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Westport Gains EPA Approval for CNG Transit

Westport Innovations Inc. has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2015 Transit van.

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Quantum Sells CNG Systems to Major Carrier

Quantum Fuel Systems has received follow-on orders for its Q-Cab Lite and Q-Rail Lite compressed natural gas (CNG) system storage modules from a major carrier with over 200 terminals and operational locations in the U.S., the company announced.

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Mercedes-Benz Shows Self-Driving Fuel-Cell Sedan Concept

Mercedes-Benz showed off a self-driving luxury research sedan at the Consumer Electronics Show that allows occupants to relax in a "lounge-like interior" or get some work done while being driven from point to point.

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Toyota Releases Hydrogen Fuel Cell Patents

Toyota is hoping to increase adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology by inviting royalty-free use of an estimated 5,680 global fuel cell patents.

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GM Gives Sneak Peek of 2016 Chevrolet Volt

General Motors provided a brief glimpse of its next-gen 2016 Chevrolet Volt at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Jan. 4, and will provide full details about the hybrid vehicle in Detroit on Jan. 12.

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Nissan LEAF Sets Plug-In EV Sales Record

U.S. sales of the Nissan LEAF numbered 30,200 in 2014, marking the first time any plug-in has sold more than 30,000 U.S. units in a single year, according to Nissan.

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BMW Announces EV Charging Pilot Program

BMW will launch a pilot study demonstrating how intelligent management of electric vehicle (EV) charging can contribute to improved electric power grid efficiency while reducing total cost of electric vehicle ownership, the automaker announced. The study will be undertaken by the BMW Group Technology Office, together with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), whose service area covers much of Northern California.

Diesel Prices Continue Falling in New Year

Diesel prices continued their recent and steep decline into the New Year, aided by oil prices that are the lowest in nearly six years.

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Clean Energy Sells Majority Stake in Biomethane Facility

Clean Energy Fuels sold a majority interest in the McCommas Bluff biomethane production facility to minority interest owner Cambrian Energy, but it will continue to have the right to market and sell biomethane produced at the facility.

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Colo. City’s Hybrid Garbage Trucks Will Halve Fuel Costs

The City of Loveland, Colo., has added six hydraulic hybrid garbage trucks to its fleet. The city expects the hybrid drive system to pay for itself in fuel and maintenance savings in 6.2 years.

(Clockwise from l. to r.) Smith Newton battery-powerelectric truck; 2014 Sustainability All-Stars; Kenworth T440 CNG truck equipped with a natural gas engine; and maintenance of CNG cylinder

Top 10 Articles of 2014 on GreenFleetMagazine.com

As 2014 comes to a close, take a look back at the 10 most-read articles on the Green Fleet website.

Study: Ethanol Worse Than Gasoline for Air Quality

Burning ethanol as a transportation fuel may cause more air pollution than gasoline combustion, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota.

Fuel Tax Hike Unlikely, Says Congressman Shuster

Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said that one of his 2015 priorities will be a highway bill – but he does not expect it to be funded by a fuel tax increase, the AP reported.

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Gasoline Falls to $2.29 Per Gallon

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline fell 10.4 cents to $2.299 for the week ending Dec. 29, closing out a year of sharply declining fuel prices that have brought gasoline prices to a 5-year low.

Diesel Ends 2014 at Lowest Price in 4 Years

The average price of on-highway diesel continued falling into final week of 2014, down significantly from its high for the year and hitting its lowest price since December 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Hyster and Yale to Offer Fuel Cell Lift Trucks

With the acquisition of a hydrogen fuel cell company, NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc., parent company of Hyster and Yale Materials Handling, is set to begin producing OEM-integrated fuel cell technology into lift trucks.

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December Bulk DEF Prices Reach 2014 High

December DEF prices will see some of the highest bulk DEF prices in 2014, according DEF Tracker. There has been large month-to-month increase in DEF prices for all modes of supply in December.

(Clockwise from l. to r.) Phinergy EV battery; Ford's 2015 F-150; Toyota's hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle; and Tesla's Model S battery-electric vehicles

Top 10 News of 2014 on GreenFleetMagazine.com

As 2014 comes to a close, take a look back at the 10 most-read news stories on the Green Fleet website.

Groups Decry 'Hidden Gas Tax' in California

The price of a gallon of gasoline in California could potentially increase by as much as 16 to 76 cents per gallon on Jan. 1 under a new state regulation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Obama Approves Incentives for Alt Fuels, Bi-Fuel NGVs

President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation extending alternative fuels tax credits and removing the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program credit cap for bi-fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

North American shale operations, like this hydraulic fracturing operation at a Marcellus Shale well, are one reason for a global glut of oil.

What's Behind the Lowest Diesel Prices in Years?

Since the summer, the price of oil has plummeted 50 percent, hitting its lowest level in more than five years about a week before Christmas. Diesel has fallen from a yearly high of $4.021 in March to $3.419 in mid-December.

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Gasoline Prices Fall to $2.40 Per Gallon

The national average price of gasoline has fallen to a level not seen in more than five years, as it slid 15.1 cents to $2.403 for the week ending Dec. 22, according to federal data.

Diesel Falls to Lowest Average Cost in 4 Years

The price of oil has stabilized over the past week, but is still at its lowest level in years, while fuel prices show no signs of letting up from their dramatic declines.

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VW Invests in Battery Startup to Extend EV Range

Volkswagen AG has reportedly purchased a stake in the battery startup company QuantumScape Corp. to develop technology that can increase the range of its electric vehicles by more than threefold, according to a report by Bloomberg.com.

 

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