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Workhorse has been testing its HorseFly UAS delivery drone system for the past six months, which is launched from the roof of the E-Gen electric delivery truck. (PHOTO: Workhorse)

Workhorse Hybrids Benefit from Drone Usage Ruling

Workhorse Group Inc.’s fleet of EPA-approved E-Gen hybrid trucks has benefited from a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruling that approves the routine commercial use of drones.

Photo of pink 2017 Beetle courtesy of Volkswagen.

VW Discontinuing Jetta Hybrid for 2017

Volkswagen will discontinue its Jetta Hybrid and offer a pink Beetle and all-wheel-drive versions of the Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack for the 2017 model year, the automaker has announced.

Photo of 2017 F-350 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Announces 2017-MY Fleet Incentives

Ford has announced fleet incentives for its 2017 model-year vehicles that include its medium-duty trucks and Lincoln vehicles.

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VW to Add Particulate Filters to Gasoline Models

Volkswagen will begin equipping its gasoline-powered models with particulate filters starting in June of 2017 to reduce emissions by as much as 90%, the automaker has announced.

Photo of seventh-generation Camry XLE courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Camry Adds Tech for 2017

Toyota has added more standard technology to its 2017 Camry in a light update after it entered its seventh generation with the 2015 refresh.

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BMW Range Extender Bolsters Workhorse Hybrid Delivery Vehicles

Workhorse Group Inc. will begin offering its E-Gen hybrid delivery trucks with BMW's i3 range-extender solution to produce more on-board electricity that will extend the range of the delivery vehicle, the company announced.

Photo of 2017 MDX courtesy of Acura.

2017 Acura MDX Retails From $43,950

Acura's reworked 2017 MDX three-row luxury SUV increases its entry price by $935 to $43,950 when it goes on sale on June 22.

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Gasoline Falls to $2.35 Per Gallon

The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded fell 4.6 cents to $2.353 for the week ending June 20, according to federal data.

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

HVAC Fleet Adds Hybrid GM Vans

Chicago-area HVAC servicer Climatemp Service Group has added four Chevrolet Express vans to its fleet that have been modified so they operate as hybrids to enhance fuel efficiency for the company, according to vehicle modifier XL Hybrids.

Utilimaster Showcases Hybrid Electric Technology at EUFMC

Spartan Delivery and Service Vehicles showcased an innovative walk-in van specifically designed for underground utility maintenance, featuring hybrid electric auxiliary power, at the 2016 Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC).

Patrick Kaufman, lead systems engineer for EDI, demonstrates the exportable power capacity on the EDI/PG&E Class-5 utility work truck. (Photo: PG&E)

PG&E Hosted Electric Vehicle Showcase

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) hosted an electric vehicle (EV) event showcasing current models from a wide range of automotive manufacturers as part of the utility’s efforts to encourage its employees to adopt EVs

One of the 16 Class 5 medium-duty service trucks. (PHOTO: BYD)

California Awards Fleets $9M for Zero-Emission Trucks

The State of California is awarding $9 million to the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for 27 zero-emission trucks to replace diesel-powered heavy-duty tractors used in rail yards and large-scale freight distribution centers.

Photo of 2015 Golf TDI engine courtesy of VW.

Judge Extends VW Diesel Settlement Deadline

A federal judge has extended the deadline for Volkswagen AG and environmental regulators to finalize a diesel emissions settlement until June 28.

Photo of the 2015 e-Golf courtesy of Volkswagen.

VW Plans to Sell Up to 3M EVs in 2025

Volkswagen has embarked on a new electrification strategy in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal and set a goal to sell between 2 million and 3 million fully electric vehicles a year by 2025.

Lead-Carbon Battery Enhances Fuel Efficiency

The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) will show a modified Ford Focus and Kia Optima that utilize an advanced 48-volt lead-carbon battery to meet U.S. fuel efficiency standards and reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 15-20% before 2021.

Calif. County Cutting Emissions With PHEVs

Napa County will continue to look at adding solar projects and recently purchased the first two plug-in hybrids for its fleet with the possibility of adding more.

Photo of 2017-MY Accord Hybrid courtesy of Honda.

Honda's 2017 Accord Hybrid Starts at $29,605

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid went on sale at dealerships on June 15 with a retail price of $29,605 and adds several new features for the redesigned model.

Photo showing the inside of the ARDC courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Recieves $66M for Pacifica Hybrid Production

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will receive up to C$85.8 million ($66.7 million) in grant funding from the Ontario, Canada, government to invest in the Windsor Assembly Plant that's building the Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

Agility Merges with Hexagon to Create Agility Fuel Solutions

Agility Fuel Systems and composite CNG cylinder maker Hexagon Composites have announced a merger of the two companies, creating a new entity, Agility Fuel Solutions.

Photo courtesy of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd

Nissan Working on Bio-Ethanol Fuel Cell System

Nissan Motor Co. is currently researching and developing a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered system that runs on bio-ethanol electric power. The SOFC fuel cells produce electricity to charge a battery from the reaction of fuels such as ethanol and natural gas with oxygen.

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Gasoline Increases to $2.39 Per Gallon

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline increased 1.8 cents to $2.399 for the week ending June 13, according to federal data.

Mercedes-Benz to Offer Plug-In Fuel Cell SUV

Mercedes-Benz will offer a plug-in electric fuel-cell GLC SUV in 2017 in the U.S. that will provide about 310 miles (500 kilometers) of range as calculated by European standards as part of an aggressive push into electrification, Daimler has announced.

Photo of RAV4 Limited Hybrid courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Offers 2017-MY Fleet Incentives

Toyota will offer fleet incentives for 17 of its 2017 model-year cars, trucks, and SUVs to commercial and government fleets.

Photo of the 2017 i3 94Ah courtesy of BMW.

BMW Updates 2017-MY Sedans, i3 EVs

BMW is updating several models with new engines and adding new standard and optional equipment to its vehicles for the 2017 model year, the automaker announced.

Diesel Car Registrations Rise, California Leads Nation

The U.S. added over 300,000 new clean diesel vehicles in 2015, with the state of California leading the way with a 15.4% increase in the number of registered diesel cars and SUVs in 2015.


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