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Northern California Fleet Groups to Host Clean Technology Event

The Northern California Clean Technology Forum brings together regional and national fleet managers and industry stakeholders to explore available technology and vehicle options today as well as looking at policies, incentives, and regulations helping to move the market.

Trucks are new but their engines are "pre-emission" -- a plus for buyers of gliders but a minus in the eyes of regulators. Photos: Tom Berg

Phase 2 GHG Rules to Curtail Use of Glider Kits

Starting in January of 2021, under the new greenhouse gas regulations, glider kits will be allowed mostly for their original purpose, which was reclaiming late-model powertrains from wrecked trucks.

Photo: Cummins Westport

Peterbilt Offers Cummins Near-Zero Emissions Natural Gas Engine

Peterbilt is offering the Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx emissions natural gas engine for its Model 567, 520, and 320 trucks.

Photo of Reach van with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System courtesy of XL Hybrids

DOE Funds XL Hybrids' Electric-Powered Reach Vans

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received test funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support the clean energy business’s implementation of the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System on the Isuzu Reach.

GM Teases Fuel Cell Colorado Pickup

General Motors and a U.S. Army research unit will show a Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup that's powered by a hydrogen fuel cell system in October in Washington, D.C.

Photo of Tuscon Fuel Cell courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Working on Next-Gen Fuel Cell Vehicle

Hyundai is developing a successor to its Tucson Fuel Cell compact SUV that should cost less and significantly boost range.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Gasoline Prices Rising Toward Labor Day

National gasoline prices continued an upward trajectory in the last week of August, even as prices appear poised for another pullback with crude futures falling on Monday on growing expectations oil producers may not stabilize output.

Orange EV Class 8 pure-electric heavy-duty terminal truck. (PHOTO: Orange EV)

Orange EV Approved for Calif. Incentives

Orange EV announced that California fleets can save at least $95,000 per truck on the purchase of brand new T-Series pure electric terminal trucks with the extended-duty battery pack.

Photo courtesy of Cobb County.

Ga. County Adds EVs to Emergency Services Fleet

Cobb County (Ga.) has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) fleet by providing seven Nissan Leafs to its Fire and Emergency Services division.

Photo of Toyota RAV4 courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Recalls RAV4, Lexus HS250h Cars for Suspension

The recall, due to get under way Sept. 30, covers more than 337,000 vehicles built from 2005 to 2010.

Recently, SCE took delivery of two lithium-ion-battery-equipped troubleman trucks, so named because they are used by troublemen, experts who are dispatched to investigate the causes of power outages. And, 22 more are on the way, according to the utility. (Photo: Southern California Edison).

Battery-Powered Trucks a 'Big Lift' for Calif. Utility

Southern California Edison is investing in a new generation of environmentally friendly service trucks whose overhead lifts are powered by the same kind of batteries used in plug-in electric cars, according to the utility.

California Toughens Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

California is set to approve even tougher air-quality controls that would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, after the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 32 on Aug. 24.

Photo courtesy of New York Power Authority.

N.Y. Municipality Acquires Largest Municipal Utility EV Fleet in State

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) partnered with Fairport Electric to create the largest municipal utility electric vehicle fleet in the state.

Audit: Indy-Vision Fleet Deal Poorly Executed

A new report from the Indianapolis Office of Audit and Performance faults the then-mayor Greg Ballard's administration for its poorly executed plan to lease 425 electric vehicles through Vision Fleet.

Photo of the 2017 Golf Alltrack courtesy of VW.

VW Announces 2017-MY Fleet Incentives

Volkswagen will offer fleet incentives on 11 of its car and SUV nameplates for the 2017 model year, the manufacturer has announced.

Photo of 2016 Fusion Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

TCO for Hybrids Failing to Keep Pace

Only seven of 29 hybrids offered in the 2016 model year showed a lower total cost of ownership than their gasoline counterparts, representing a sharp decline from 2012 levels, according to an analysis by Vincentric.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Gasoline Prices Move Higher

The national average price for unleaded gasoline bumped higher for the week ending Aug. 22, driven by higher crude prices resulting from a weaker dollar and possible supply cuts from imported oil.

Fla. County Opens CNG Fueling Station

St. Johns County (Fla.) has opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station through a public-private partnership with Nopetro.

NYC to Test Renewable Diesel

New York City plans to test the use of renewable diesel in its fleet across at least four departments and in several hundred vehicles in 2017 to help meet Mayor Bill de Blasio's aggressive pledge to cut emissions from city fleet vehicles.

Photo of 2017 A4 Ultra courtesy of Audi.

Audi's 2017 A4 Ultra Boosts Highway MPG 19%

Audi will offer the 2017 A4 Ultra as a higher-efficiency model that improves highway fuel economy by more than 19% over the outgoing A4 entry luxury sedan.

The first Freightliner SuperTruck achieved a 115% freight efficiency improvement, hit 50.2% brake thermal efficiency (the goal was 50%), and achieved 12.2 mpg in real-world operation. Photo by Stephane Babcock.

DOE Commits $137M to Advance Fuel-Efficient Tech

The Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs designed to develop next-generation fuel-efficiency technologies in commercial and passenger vehicles, including more funding for SuperTruck II.

Photo of the Freightliner at Denali National Park and Preserve courtesy of Lightning Hybrids.

Feds Add Hybrids to Two Fleets for Sustainability Efforts

Two federal entities have added hybrid vehicles into their fleet in response to President Obama's call for tougher goals for renewable energy in federal buildings and lower emission vehicles in the federal fleet.

Philly to Add $2M in CNG Waste Haulers

The City of Philadelphia will invest $2 million to purchase new refuse trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the city announced.

Photo of Mirai courtesy of Toyota.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Log 1M Miles in Calif.

Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles have logged 1 million miles through FirstElement's True Zero fueling network in California, the fuel vendor reported.

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Tesla Names Corporate Sales Manager

Tesla Motors Inc. has appointed fleet industry veteran Michael Stafford as its North American Corporate Sales Manager.

 
 

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