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EPA Approves Modest Renewable Fuel Increase for 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a 6% increase in the level of biofuels that producers must blend with gasoline and diesel in 2017 that falls significantly short of amount required by the Renewable Fuel Standard by 2022.

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AmeriPride Adds Hybrid Ford Super Duty Trucks

AmeriPride Services has taken delivery of 21 Ford F-59 trucks powered by hybrid-electric powertrains for the company's uniform rental and linen supply delivery fleet.

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Gasoline Slides Ahead of OPEC Meeting

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline fell 1 cent to $2.13 ahead of a Wednesday meeting of oil-producing Middle East nations at a time when gasoline has reached its lowest level in almost a decade, reports AAA.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 Adds Standard Safety Package

Toyota's safety package becomes standard on all RAV4 models for the 2017 model year, and the nameplate also adds premium and sporty models, Toyota has announced.

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Lightning Hybrids Names Director of International Business Development

Lightning Hybrids has hired Ross MacKerron as its director of international business development for Lightning Hybrids International (LHI). He will be based in the United Kingdom.

Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have forced out many older, dirtier drayage trucks. Latest plan will encourage more use of newer, cleaner equipment. Photos by Tom Berg.

Clean Air Plan Encourages Cleaner Vehicles at SoCal Ports

Operation of zero- and near-zero-emissions trucks, locomotives and container-handling equipment would expand beginning in 2019 and culminate with wide use of electric trucks by 2035, according to the latest San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.

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NG Advantage Names CEO

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. subsidiary NG Advantage LLC has named Enrico "Rico" Biasetti its CEO. Biasetti succeeds Tom Evslin, who will remain chairman of the board of directors, the company announced.

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Terex Utilities Offers Idle Mitigation Solution

Terex Utilities now offers customers another option to meet their green fleet needs with the new HyPower IM, the latest innovation in the HyPower hybrid solutions offering.

Toyota Developing Battery EV

Toyota Motor Corp. has formed an in-house venture company that will begin developing a battery-electric vehicle for a company known as a hybrid pioneer starting in December, Toyota has announced.

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Toyota Eyeing Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Technology

Toyota is exploring using hydrogen fuel cell technology in heavy-duty vehicles to create a zero emissions solution for the commercial trucking industry.

The Chevrolet Volt is the most popular vehicle in the CHEAPR program. Photo courtesy of GM

Conn. Adds $2.7M to EV Rebate Program

The State of Connecticut has extended a cash rebate program for municipalities, businesses, and residents to purchase electric vehicles (EVs). The state will provide an additional $2.7 million in new funding for the rebate program.

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Gasoline Prices Fall Ahead of Thanksgiving

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline fell to $2.14 on Nov. 21, which marks the second-cheapest gasoline price since 2008 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday, according to AAA.

Elio Motors debuted its E1c engineering vehicle during the L.A. Auto Show. The production model is expected to go on sale to consumers and fleets in late 2017. Photo: Chris Wolski

Elio Personal Transportation Vehicle May Reach Fleets

Elio Motors’ E-Series, a three-wheel, two-person personal transportation vehicles, is a step closer to production reality, according to the company.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD courtesy of GM.

GM Expanding Alt-Fuel Heavy-Duty Pickup Lineup

General Motors is expanding its lineup of heavy-duty pickups and vans fueled by compressed natural gas and propane autogas for the 2017 and 2018 model years, which will bring its alternative fuel lineup to more than 25 vehicles.

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Seattle Increases Fuel Efficiency with Hybrid Ambulances

The City of Seattle has achieved a 23% increase in miles driven per gallon and a 19% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in its hybrid ambulance vehicles.

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Retail Lease Pricing Announced

Honda will offer its 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell sedan with a retail lease price of $369 per month in California starting at the end of 2016, Honda has announced.

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Jaguar Shows Electric Compact SUV Concept

Jaguar Land Rover showed the I-Pace concept battery-electric vehicle ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show that it plans to sell in North America in early 2018 as a Tesla fighter.

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Electric Smart Fortwo Charging Time Halved

The fourth-generation Smart Fortwo Electric Drive increases driving range to 80 miles and improves charging so that it's twice as fast as the previous model, the Daimler unit announced ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Photo of 2017 Ioniq Electric courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Offers Subscription-Based Vehicle Ownership

Hyundai will offer a subscription-based approach to vehicle ownership with its 2017 Ioniq Electric sedan that will allow customers to acquire the vehicle for a fixed monthly fee that covers all costs of ownership, Hyundai announced ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

This map shows Public Fleet Pilot Project rebates disbursed through August. Image via Center for Sustainable Energy

Fleets Can Reduce Costs by 25% with EVs

Fleets can save up to 25% of the total cost of ownership over the life of a vehicle by replacing select cars with plug-in electric vehicles, according to a report from the Center for Sustainable Energy.

Photo of the 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid courtesy of GM.

Cadillac's 2017 CT6 Plug-In Hybrid Can Drive 400 Miles

Cadillac will offer a plug-in hybrid variant of its CT6 flagship sedan that will offer more than 400 miles of driving range when it goes on sale in the spring, Cadillac has announced.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Provides 530 Miles of Range

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will provide 30 miles of electric driving and 530 miles of range when it arrives in early 2017 as the only plug-in hybrid minivan available in the U.S. market, Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) announced.

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Clean Cities Demonstrate Alt-Fuel Fleet Vehicles

Clean Cities and Fuels Coalitions throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee provided opportunities for fleets to experience and test a wide range of alternative fuel vehicles in new and existing industry fleet sectors at the Clean Cities Southeast AFV Demonstration Initiative (SADI).

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Gasoline Prices Slide to $2.17

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded declined for 10 days to $2.17 per gallon on Nov. 14, which was 5 cents lower than a year ago, amid an abundance of crude oil in the global market.The price is inline with where it was a year ago.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Feds Set Sound Requirements for Hybrids, EVs

The mandate for audible alerts will eventually help prevent 2,400 pedestrian injuries annually, according to government estimates.

 

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