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The 2014 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo van is one of the vehicles covered under the new Executive Order from CARB. (PHOTO: General Motors)

XL Hybrids Gets CARB Go-Ahead for Van Conversions

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received a CARB Executive Order allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model-year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Savana vans into hybrid-electric vehicles.

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Clean Energy Offers Lower Cost NGV Barrier for Garages

The NGV Easy Bay is a code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain that's more affordable than installing a concrete, masonry, or dry wall barrier in a maintenance garage, according to the company.

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EPA Approves Amp’s Electric Truck

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Amp Electric Vehicle’s Workhorse E-Gen Electric Truck.

PG&E Requires CNG Tank Inspections by Dec. 12

Concerned that compressed natural gas tanks in customers’ vehicles might not be sufficiently safe, Pacific Gas & Electric is requiring inspections as a condition of continued use of the company’s filling stations.

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DOE Tool Predicts CNG Stations' Economic Impact

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new software modeling tool for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations.

Cadillac Head Confirms EV, Top-End Luxury Sedan

Cadillac is developing a new battery-electric car and ultra-luxury sedan as part of the brand's reboot that should be released by 2020, the brand's new head confirmed in an interview with Reuters.

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Tesla Unveils AWD Model, Automated Driving Tech

Tesla Motors will produce an all-wheel-drive dual-motor version of its Model S battery-electric sedan and add several autonomous driving features including an "autopilot" mode, CEO Elon Musk announced at a Thursday event.

2015 Could See Cheapest Diesel Fuel in Years

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the price of a gallon of diesel to continue falling in 2015 due to lower crude oil prices and weakening demand.

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Westport Developing 3.8L NatGas, Propane Engine

Westport Innovations is developing a 3.8-liter engine that runs on natural gas or propane autogas for off-road or stationary equipment, the company announced with its quarterly earnings report.

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Leadership Change at Natural Gas Advocacy Group

Natural Gas Vehicles for America named Matthew Godlewski as the group’s next president. He will succeed Rich Kolodziej who has served for 18 years as the advocacy group’s president.

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Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High

Light-duty 2013 model-year vehicles reached an all-time high in fuel economy with an average of 24.1 mpg as a result of technologies such as gasoline direct injection engines, turbochargers, and advanced transmissions, according to the EPA.

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Clean Energy Supplying CNG for Dillon Transport

Clean Energy Fuels agreed to a multi-year deal with Dillon Transport to supply its fleet with about 2.5 million DGE of CNG annually over the course of the agreement.

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Oil Service Fleet Adds Bi-Fuel CNG Trucks

Louisiana-based LEAM Drilling has added several bi-fuel compressed natural gas vehicles to its Pegasus NGV Trucking fleet that delivers oil field equipment to directional and horizontal drilling sites in Oklahoma and Texas.

CleanFUEL Recalls Fuel Rails

The fuel delivery tube might leak, increasing the risk for both vehicle stalling and fire.

Florida's NGV Incentive Program Fuels Job Growth

Florida's $4.7 million in rebates to fund construction of natural gas vehicle fueling stations has created 1,820 jobs and $68 million in wages since it went into effect on Jan. 1, according to the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (FNGVC).

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Retail Survey Shows Enthusiasm for Hybrids

A new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) asked hybrid owners and non-hybrid owners their thoughts on the increasingly popular vehicle.

Diesel Prices Continue to Fall

Continuing the downward trend, diesel and regular unleaded gasoline prices fell by a few cents this week according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

Calif. Considering Taxing Hybrids and EVs

A bill circulating in California's legislature would lead to higher taxes against drivers of battery-electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles because it would replace the state's gas tax with a "road usage charge" that levies taxes by miles driven.

Linde Completing Its First Hydro Station

Linde LLC is wrapping up construction of its first hydrogen fueling station in the U.S., which is expected to open before the end of the year in West Sacramento, California.

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Asia-Pacific Strongest Market for Biofuel Growth

The Asia-Pacific region will see the strongest growth in the use of ethanol and biodiesel by 2018, according to a report by London-based analyst Frost & Sullivan.

Trillium President Mary Boettcher is bullish on the future of CNG in trucking. Photo by Evan Lockridge

Trillium CNG's New Compressor May Double Refueling Rate

SAN DIEGO -- Trillium CNG announced a new compressor that has the potential to double the refueling rate for vehicles powered by compressed natural gas. This could allow more vehicles to fuel at one time and offer opportunities for future advances in CNG technology, according to the company.

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VW Introduces Plug-In Hybrid Passat GTE

The Passat GTE is powered by a 1.4L four-cylinder TSI engine that delivers 154 hp and an electric motor that delivers 114 hp. Combined they produce 215 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.

Venturi Sets Land-Speed Record for EVs

Venturi Automobiles set a land-speed record for battery-electric vehicles this summer at the the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, a record that was certified at the Paris Motor Show this week.

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New Light-Duty Fuel Economy Falls in September

The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in September fell 0.5 mpg to 25.3 mpg from August — a significant drop attributed to increased sales of light trucks and SUVs, according to research from the University of Michigan.

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Tesla May Unveil New Model Oct. 9

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is once again catching the attention of Tesla fans with his vague tweet of “About time to unveil the D and something else,” on Oct. 1.

 

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