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Westport Debuts WiNG Ford F-150 in California

Westport Innovations is debuting its WiNG natural gas power system for the Ford F-150 at a trade show in California this week, while noting that it is emissions-certified by the state’s Air Resources Board as well as the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Photo of 2014 Town and Country courtesy of Fiat Chrysler.

Chrysler Announces PHEV SUV, Minivan

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will produce a plug-in hybrid full-size SUV and minivan in 2016 and 2017, as the automaker revamps its vehicle offerings toward more fuel-efficient models to compete globally with General Motors, Ford, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

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New Class 7 Propane Autogas Truck Debuts

Alkane Truck Company, a new OEM of Class 7-8 Trucks in Myrtle Beach, S.C., has released its propane autogas-powered cabover Class 7 truck to the U.S. market.

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Bi-Fuel CNG Chevrolet Impala Pricing Announced

The 2015 bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala will start at $38,210 when it goes on sale later this year as the first full-size sedan produced by a major automaker for the North America market.

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Nissan Begins Production of e-NV200 Electric Van

Nissan has begun producing the e-NV200 battery-electric compact van in Barcelona with plans to begin sending it to a variety of global markets in June.

2014 Chevrolet Equinox. Photo courtesy of GM.

AGA is Certified for Bi-Fuel CNG Trucks

AGA Systems, LLC announced that it has received full EPA Certification for bi-fuel CNG applications on the 2014 General Motors Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain line of compact SUVs equipped with the 2.4L direct injection engine.

Washington State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.

Washington State DOT Adds LEAFs to Fleet

The Washington State Department of Transportation continues to improve the sustainability of its fleet by leasing a handful of all-electric Nissan LEAF plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) for official state use.

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BMW i3 EV Gets Top Efficiency Rating

The 2014 BMW i3 battery-electric vehicle is being delivered to dealers after its arrival at the Port of New Jersey with fuel efficiency ratings that put it at the top among vehicles available in the U.S.

The first hydrogen fueling station in the U.S., which opened in 2011, was built adjacent to the Toyota sales and marketing headquarters campus in Torrance, Calif. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota, FirstElement to Fund Hydrogen Refueling Network

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and FirstElement Fuel Inc., a hydrogen fueling solutions provider, will partner to support the long-term operation and maintenance expenses of new hydrogen refueling stations in California.

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Los Angeles Air Named Most Polluted in U.S.

The Los Angeles basin that also includes Long Beach again registered the highest level of air pollution among the largest urban areas in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association's (ALA) 2014 ranking.

Rep. Peter Welch unveiled the new legislation at the Vermont Statehouse after arriving in a 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi. Photo courtesy of Rep. Welch.

Federal Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Proposed

Vermont U.S. Rep. Peter Welch recently announced legislation that would increase the size of a tax credit for purchasing electric vehicles (EVs).

California Gov. Jerry Brown joined a host of local, state and company officials at the unveiling of BYD’s first California-made, all-electric 40-foot rapid transit bus at ceremony held at BYD

BYD Unveils First Calif.-Built All-Electric Bus

Gov. Brown touted the new electric bus and plant, comparing the breakthrough technology to strides made in aviation years before.

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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.

Photo of Fusion Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

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.

Photo of F-250 courtesy of Ford.

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.

 

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