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Mercedes-Benz Sets Pricing for B-Class Electric Drive

The Mercedes-Benz 2014 model-year B-Class Electric Drive will start at $42,375 when it arrives this summer as the automaker's first battery-electric vehicle offered in the U.S. market.

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Ford Fleet Purchasing Tool Calculates Carbon Footprint

Ford has developed a fleet purchasing planner that helps better inform commercial fleet managers about how to reduce their carbon footprint when purchasing new fleet vehicles.

The City of Davis received grant funding to develop a plan for additional EV charging stations. Photo courtesy of Flickr/NCDOTCommunications

Calif. Energy Commission Awards $20M in Alt-Fuel Grants

The California Energy Commission has approved more than $20 million to promote and expand use of alternative fuels.

XL Hybrids Reaches 1M Fleet Miles

XL Hybrids, Inc. has announced that fleet customers employing the XL3 hybrid electric system in their service, delivery and cargo fleets have driven a combined total of one million miles within the first six months of commercial production.

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EPA: Automakers Exceeded Tailpipe Emissions Standards

Automakers mostly exceeded 2012 federal tailpipe emissions standards in the first year of the program with only Jaguar Range Rover falling short, according to an EPA report.

The S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept Car features the same electrification technology as the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid. Photo courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo Unveils S60L Concept, Updated V60 Plug-in Hybrids

Volvo recently introduced its Volvo S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept Car at the 2014 Beijing International Auto Show, as well as announcing the availability of the MY-2015 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.

EPA Rolls Back Cellulosic Ethanol Mandate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has eased 2013 requirements for cellulosic ethanol blending in the nation's gasoline supply following a lack of production of ethanol fuels from feedstock such as algae, wood chips, and other biomass

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DOE Offers $10M for Biomass-to-Biofuel Advancement

The U.S. Department of Energy will invest $10 million in technologies that produce biofuel products from biomass, according to a new strategic plan.

The BMW i3 topped Kelley Blue Book's list of the 10 Best Green Cars Of 2014. Photo courtesy of KBB.com.

Kelley Blue Book Names 2014's Greenest Cars

For this year's top ten, the editors of Kelley Blue Book named the BMW i3 the No. 1 Green Car for 2014.

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Dallas Adds 99 CNG Trucks, Vans

The City of Dallas is continuing its transition to a greener fleet with the recent purchase of 99 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and vans.

Fla. Furniture Delivery Fleet Converts Trucks to CNG

South Florida furniture chain City Furniture is converting its 85 medium-duty delivery trucks to run on compressed natural gas in the face of rising gasoline and higher diesel prices.

2014 Cadillac ELR. Photo courtesy of Cadillac.

Cadillac, ChargePoint Partner to Expand EV Infrastructure

Cadillac recently announced a partnership with ChargePoint, an electric vehicle-charging network provider, to increase Cadillac ELR owners' access to more than 16,500 charging locations on the ChargePoint network.

Photo of 2014 LEAF courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Launches 'No Charge to Charge' for LEAF

Nissan will launch its "No Charge to Charge" program in 25 U.S. markets this summer to provide two years of no-cost charging with the purchase or lease of a Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, the automaker announced April 16.

PNNL is developing nanomaterial called a metal organic framework that could extend the lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries, possibly increasing the driving range of electric vehicles. Photo co

Fed-Funded Lab Working On Range-Extending EV Tech

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is currently working on a material that could allow more renewable energy to be stored within lithium-sulfur batteries, increasing the distance an electric vehicle (EV) could travel on one charge.

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GM Announces Pricing for CNG Pickups, Vans

General Motors will offer its bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks starting at $9,500 and dedicated compressed natural gas vans starting at $10,825, the company has announced.

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV and Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV.

Mitsubishi to Show Concept SUVs in Beijing

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will present the Concept GC-PHEV and Concept XR-PHEV for the first time in China at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

The Westport WiNG Power System is available in the Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup trucks (based on Ford’s new 6.2L hardened engine platform) sold and serviced through Westport-a

Westport WiNG Ford F-250/F-350 EPA Certified

Westport has received certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2014 model year Westport WiNG Ford F-150 3.7L pickup truck with the dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) system.

Photo of 2015 NX 300h courtesy of Lexus.

Lexus Adds NX Compact SUV, Hybrid Model

Lexus has announced the 2015 NX, the brand's first compact SUV, with three powertrains, including a gasoline-electric hybrid.

Companies Partner to Expand Propane Autogas Offerings

Icom North America, a manufacturer of propane liquid injection systems, is expanding its product line of propane autogas technology to include Imega International USA's GAME system.

Photo of 2015 Focus Electric courtesy of Ford.

2015 Ford Focus Aims for Best Compact Fuel Economy

Ford is hoping to raise the bar in fuel efficiency among non-hybrid compact cars with its updated 2015 Focus by adding a new 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Volt courtesy of GM.

GM Planning Lower-Priced Volt for 2016

General Motors plans to sell two version of its Chevrolet Volt battery-electric hybrid in the 2016 model-year, including a lower-priced version, reports Reuters.

Photo of 1.3L (left) and 1.0L 2015 engines courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota to Introduce 14 Efficient Gasoline Engines

Toyota will roll out 14 new highly efficient gasoline engine variations by 2015 expected to improve fuel efficiency by at least 10 percent, the automaker has announced.

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Tampa Beefs Up CNG Refuse Fleet

The City of Tampa has begun rolling out a new fleet of compressed natural gas refuse trucks to help reduce the city's fuel bill, which has reached $1.6 million annually.

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GM to Invest $449M in Next-Gen Electrification

General Motors Corp. will invest $449 million to upgrade manufacturing processes at two Detroit-area automotive assembly plants to support the next-generation Chevrolet Volt battery-electric hybrid, the company has announced.

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Tesla Starts Leasing Unit for Fleet Buyers

Tesla Motors will begin offering a fleet leasing program to small- and medium-sized businesses through its newly started Tesla Finance unit, the automaker has announced.

 

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