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2016 Malibu Update Includes 47 MPG Hybrid

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu received a facelift from the previous model year to offer improved fuel efficiency on a lighter and longer frame. A new hybrid model is expected to offer a combined 47 mpg.

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City Taps State Grants for Hybrids, CNG Pickups

The City of Aurora, Colo., is adding 17 alternative-fuel vehicles to its fleet this year with grant funding to help defray the cost. The vehicles include 10 plug-in hybrids and seven CNG pickups.

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Utah Gov. Approves Natural Gas Tax Increase

Utah's Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed a transportation infrastructure funding bill that includes increases in the state tax on natural gas and hydrogen vehicle fuel.

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Kia Soul EV Available in Five More States

Kia is expanding the availability of the Soul EV by June to five more states including Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. The automaker previously sold the Soul EV exclusively in California.

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Raven Transport Adds 115 LNG Trucks

Raven Transport will add 115 Peterbilt Model 579 heavy-duty trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to its fleet to haul goods for a leading consumer packaged goods company, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced.

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Automakers Surpass Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards Again

For the second year in a row, light-duty vehicle manufacturers have surpassed national greenhouse gas emissions standards, according to a March 26 report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ill. County's Anti-Idling Plan Would Save 790 Gallons

Kane County, Ill., is considering an idle-reduction plan that's expected to save 790 gallons of fuel a year and prevent 15,800 pounds of carbon-dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

Diesel Prices Continue Three-Week Slide

Diesel and gasoline prices continue to drop for the third straight week as U.S. crude oil inventories stay at record high levels and demand remains low.

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Gasoline Inches Lower to $2.44 Per Gallon

The national average price for unleaded gasoline fell nine-tenths of a cent to $2.448 per gallon for the week ending March 30, according to federal data.

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EPA Certifies Altech-Eco's CNG Transit Van

Altech-Eco has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2015 Ford Transit 150/250/350 3.7L van and wagon with the Ford gaseous prepped engine option.

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Former FedEx Exec Joins XL Hybrids' Advisory Board

Former FedEx executive Dennis Beal has joined XL Hybrids’ advisory board, the alternative-fuel conversion company announced.

Shell and TravelCenters of America have finalized plans to build a network of liquified natural gas fueling stations.

Shell, TravelCenters of America Open More LNG Lanes

Shell opened two new lanes serving liquefied natural gas at TravelCenters of America truck refueling stations located in Baytown, Texas and in Lafayette, La.

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Natural Gas Vehicle Sales Fall 6.5 Percent

While the NGV medium- and heavy-duty segments increased by 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, the NGV light-duty segment decreased by 34 percent.

Congressmen Call For Fair Taxes On Alt Fuels

A bi-partisan group of congressmen seeking a fair excise tax on liquefied natural gas and propane introduced the Alternative Fuel Tax Parity Act on Thursday. Reps. Todd Young (R-IN), John Larson (D-CT), Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and Ron Kind (D-WI) jointly authored the bill.

Toshiba Participating in Hydrogen Research Project

Toshiba Corporation will participate in a four-year project involving the use of a hydrogen-producing water electrolysis system in Scotland, the company announced.

EV Connect, GE Sign Joint Marketing and Product Agreement

Battery-electric vehicle charging infrastructure provider EV Connect has entered a joint marketing and product agreement with GE's Industrial Solutions business, the company has announced.

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Peterbilt Introduces Medium-Duty CNG Platform

Peterbilt has introduced two new medium-duty vehicles -- the Model 337 and the Model 348 -- powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Both vehicles are in production and can be configured as trucks or tractors.

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Vincentric Names Best Vehicle Values for 2015-MY

Vincentric named the top 21 vehicles in its annual “Best Value in America” Awards for the 2015 model year based on total cost of ownership for the consumer market.

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Toyota to Produce RAV4 Hybrid for 2016

Toyota plans to produce a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its RAV4 compact SUV for the 2016 model year, and will provide more details about the vehicle on April 2 at the New York International Auto Show.

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Dean Foods Rolling Out 64 CNG Trucks, Fueling

Dean Foods, one of the nation's largest food and beverage companies, will begin adding 64 medium- and heavy-duty trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and a fueling station at its Houston plant under a new agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Hybrid Truck, Van System Manufacturer Adds Distributors

Crosspoint Kinetics continues to grow its distribution channel with the onboarding of two additional distributors to sell the Kinetics Hybrid system.

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GM Revives Malibu Hybrid for 2016

General Motors is offering a new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid for the 2016 model year using technology from the 2016 Volt.

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Gasoline Use Falls to Lowest Level in 30 Years

The average gasoline consumption by Americans is at its lowest level in at least 30 years, according to a report from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

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Ben and Jerry's Using Ice Cream-Dispensing Tesla

In an effort to promote climate awareness, Ben and Jerry’s has converted a Tesla into an ice cream vehicle. The campaign is also bringing along its converted B100 biodiesel truck.

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Oregon Refuse Hauler Adding McNeilus CNG Systems

Pride Disposal of Portland, Ore., will begin deploying new roll-off trucks equipped with McNeilus Truck and Manufactuing's NGEN compressed natural gas (CNG) system.

 

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