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Landi Renzo's Ford Bi-fuel System Certified

Landi Renzo has received EPA certification to produce bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of Ford's F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks for fleet buyers, the Torrance, Calif., company announced.

Smith Electric Suspends Production, Reorganizing

Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. recently announced it has halted production at its Kansas City facility while the company reorganizes its supply chain and production plan.

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Florida School District Adds to Its Propane Autogas Fleet

Broward County Public Schools recently purchased 98 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses to lower fleet to reduce operating costs while improving the environment.

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Ethanol Spike Causing Rising Gasoline Prices

A volatile ethanol market has been driving gasoline prices higher since early February because most gasoline sold in the U.S. has about 10% of the corn-based biofuel.

Tucker Perkins, chief business development officer of PERC, with award recipient Pamela Burns of the Dallas Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition. Photo courtesy of PERC.

PERC Recognizes Top Clean Cities Coalitions with Propane Award

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) presented five Clean Cities coalitions with the first-ever Outstanding Propane Supporter awards at the Energy Independence Summit in Washington, D.C., during the Salute to Clean Cities Reception in early April.

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New Light-Duty Fuel Economy Rises to 25.4 MPG

The average fuel economy of new light-duty vehicles sold in March rose to 25.4 miles per gallon to reach its highest level is more than seven years, according to University of Michigan researchers.

Photo of Prius Plug-In courtesy of Toyota.

Calif. Zero-Emission Stickers Running Low

California is expected to run out of single-occupant carpool lane stickers for drivers of zero-emission vehicles nearly five years before the program expires, the Air Resources Board has announced.

Photo courtesy Andreas Geick.

Texas Chevrolet Dealership Offers CNG Fueling

Classic Chevrolet, a dealership in Grapevine, Texas, has added compressed natural gas (CNG) to its portfolio of green fuels available to the public.

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Mass. Provides Alt-Fuel Fleet Grants

Massachusetts will provide state grants to help municipal fleets replace gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles with electric vehicles and add EV charging infrastructure, Gov. Deval Patrick announced this week.

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Feds Ease Alt-Fuel Vehicle Purchasing Mandate

The U.S. Department of Energy has made it easier for state and utility fleets to comply with alt-fuel vehicle purchasing mandates by including hybrid vehicles, alt-fuel fueling infrastructure, alt-fuel non-road equipment, and emerging technologies.

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Video: NHTSA Closes Tesla Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week closed its investigation into the causes of two Tesla Model S vehicle fires, concluding there’s no evidence of a “defect trend.” Both fires resulted from underbody collisions with road debris at highway speeds.

Linen Supplier Expands Alt-Fuel Fleet

As part of an ongoing commitment to lead the textile services industry in the implementation of sustainable and environmentally responsible practices, Mission Linen has announced that is has more than quintupled the number of alternative fuel vehicles in its fleet.

DEF Prices Continue to Rise

Integer Research's March DEF price tracker indicates that U.S. and Canadian bulk diesel exhaust fluid prices continued to rise in March, even as feedstock prices declined slightly.

2014 Cadillac ELR photo courtesy of General Motors.

Cadillac ELR Recalled for Electronic Stability Control

General Motors is recalling 656 2014 model-year Cadillac ELR luxury plug-in hybrid so that dealers can recalibrate the electronic brake control module, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Photo of the 1.4L turbocharged EcoTec (left), 1.5L EcoTec (center), and 1.0L turbocharged three-cylinder EcoTec (right) courtesy of GM.

GM Goes Global With Efficient EcoTec Engines

General Motors developed 11 small-displacement EcoTec engines to power many of the automaker's highest-volume small cars and compact crossovers including the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze specifically tailored to China.

Photo by Cathy Stephens.

Landi Renzo Recalling CNG Vans to Address Fire Risk

Landi Renzo USA is recalling 343 2011 through 2014 model-year Ford E-150, E-250 and E-350 vans converted to run on compressed natural gas, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Propane Autogas Engine Summit Set to Open

The 2014 Propane Engine Fuel Summit is set to kick off the Texas Altcar Expo for the fourth consecutive year, in Irving, Texas, on March 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Graphic courtesy of Optimus Technologies.

Biofuel Conversion System Offered for Truck Fleets

Optimus Technologies announced the launch of its biofuel conversion system that enables the engine to run almost exclusively on pure biofuel, with diesel being used during startup, shutdown, or fallback operation if necessary.

Pennsylvania population map via Wikimedia.

Pa. Gives $7.7M for Natural Gas Conversions

Twenty-five companies and organizations received $7.7 million in grant funds from Pennsylvania to covert fleet vehicles to run on natural gas, Gov. Tom Corbett announced March 21.

Photo of 2014 LEAF courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan LEAF Reaches Top-Selling EV Milestone

The LEAF has reached global sales of more than 100,000 vehicles and U.S. sales approaching 50,000 vehicles since its introduction in late 2010 as a 2011 model-year vehicle.

Photo of BYD Qin via Wikimedia.

BYD to Sell EVs in Two Chinese Cities

Chinese automaker BYD Co. has received government approval to sell is electric vehicles in Beijing and Shanghai, the company has announced.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

DISH Propane Autogas Vans Roll Onto SoCal Streets

DISH Network deployed 47 propane autogas vans in Southern California to reduce fuel costs and emissions for the satellite broadcast provider as part of a roll-out of 200 such vehicles in five metropolitan areas.

Ethanol Groups Ask SCOTUS to Nix Calif. Low Carbon Fuel Rule

Two groups representing the ethanol industry have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of getting California's low carbon fuel standard overturned following a January defeat at the circuit court level.

Illustration courtesy of AAA.

AAA: EV Range Falls Sharply in Extreme Weather

Electric-vehicle driving range can fall almost 60 percent in extreme cold and 33 percent in extreme hear, according to a report from the AAA Automotive Research Center.

Cox has invested in the Mercedes Benz Sprinter and over the last year has so far replaced more than 1,500 Chevrolet Express and Ford E-Series models with the diesel van.

Cox Looks to Sprinter and Hybrid Vans for Better MPG

Since launching the Cox Conserves sustainability program seven years ago, Cox Enterprises has shifted from spec’ing its traditional work vans to the Mercedes Benz Sprinter — citing a big jump in miles per gallon — and has made other changes in how the fleet approaches efficiency.

 

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