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Ram Improves 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup's Fuel Efficiency

Ram Truck has improved the fuel efficiency of its 1500 EcoDiesel pickup with a model that edges highway fuel economy for full-size pickups closer to 30 mpg highway — a bar once thought unattainable.

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Hyundai Enters EV Segment With Plug-In Sonata

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle is expected to travel up to 22 miles on electric power and can recharge in as little as two and a half hours with a 240-volt charger.

Older Medium-Duty Diesels Face New Calif. Regs

California fleets who use medium-duty diesel trucks older than 20 years may have to replace these Class 4-6 vehicles under a set of new regulations going into effect this year.

Diesel Prices Continue Slide, Lowest In Over 4 Years

The U.S. Energy Department reported Monday the average U.S. price for on-highway diesel fell another 8,4 cents over the past week to $3.053 per gallon. This is the lowest price since October 2010 and is 83.3 cents less than the same time last year

Altec Forms Agreement with Idle Mitigation Systems Developer

Altec and ZeroRPM will provide enhanced idle mitigation and hybrid systems on work trucks to provide customers with improved fuel consumption and reduced tailpipe emissions.

Photo of Cummins 5.0L turbo diesel courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Details 2016 Titan's Cummins Turbo Diesel

Nissan is offering a 5.0-liter Cummins turbo diesel with its 2016 Titan pickup for the first time that will give work truck buyers greater capability for towing and payload, Nissan has announced.

Photo of the Chevrolet Bolt EV concept courtesy of GM.

GM Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV Concept

General Motors has launched a shot across the bow toward Tesla Motors by unveiling a concept battery-electric car with a range of 200 miles that will start at $30,000.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Volt courtesy of GM.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Increases Range, MPG

General Motors has increased the range for its 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric hybrid to 50 miles from 38 for the existing model, revamped the styling, and added an fifth passenger seat.

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Nissan to Develop Autonomous Driving Tech with NASA

Nissan and NASA have entered a five-year partnership to research and develop autonomous driving technology.

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U.S. Plug-In EV Sales Up 23 Percent in 2014

An estimated 119,710 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in the U.S. in 2014, a 23-percent increase from 2013 and a 128-percent increase from 2012, according to InsideEVs.com.

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.

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

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.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Volt courtesy of GM.

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.

Photo of 2015 LEAF courtesy of Nissan.

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.

Photo courtesy of City of Loveland

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.

 

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