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Photo of 2014 Fiesta SFE courtesy of Ford.

Ford Restates Fuel Ratings for Six Vehicles

Ford Motor Co. lowered the fuel economy ratings for six 2013 and 2014 model-year vehicles, including the Fiesta subcompact car that has been widely added to fleets.

Photo of 2015 Mirage ES courtesy of Mitsubishi.

EPA Rates Mitsubishi Mirage At 44 MPG Highway

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact car has achieved an EPA window sticker rating of 44 miles per gallon highway and 37 mpg city.

Photo of 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell courtesy of Hyundai.

First Mass Market Hydrogen Car Rolls Onto U.S. Roads

Hyundai handed the keys of a hydrogen-fueled Tucson SUV to the first customer during a June 10 ceremony in Tustin, Calif.

Ford Considers Tomato Fiber for Vehicles

Ford has begun a collaboration with H.J. Heinz to explore the use of tomato fiber as a possible sustainable bio-plastic material for vehicles, the automaker announced.

Graphic courtesy of U.S. EIA.

Report Touts Propane Autogas Benefits for Fleets

The study, which was conducted by the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University, cited propane autogas as offering a lower cost, domestically sourced fuel that is widely available.

Photo courtesy of Hershey.

Hershey Nabs 'Green' Company Ranking With EV Fleet

The Hershey Company has been recognized as a top-ranking green company in part because of its fleet of battery-electric vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF.

Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Used Toyota Hybrid Batteries to Power National Park Campus

The Lamar Buffalo Ranch campus' five buildings will be powered by a stationary distributed energy system that features 208 used Camry Hybrid nickel-metal hydride battery packs with a total storage capacity of 85 kWh.

Photo courtesy of VIA Motors.

Verizon Orders 8 VIA Hybrid Vans

Verizon's fleet manager has ordered eight VIA Motors' battery-electric hybrid vans for his telecommunications fleet, he said. Verizon plans to test eight V-TRUX vans in California, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Chart courtesy of UMTRI.

New Light-Duty Fuel Economy Reaches 25.6 MPG

The average fuel economy of new light-duty vehicles sold in May climbed higher to 25.6 miles per gallon, according to University of Michigan researchers.

Photo courtesy of BMW.

BMW Delivers First i8 Plug-in Sports Cars

BMW delivered its initial i8 luxury sports cars to customers in Munich, Germany, this week during the roll-out of the plug-in hybrid.

Emissions-based Tax Schemes Becoming the Norm in Europe

An increasing number of European countries are switching to an emissions-based car tax system due to global pressure to reduce carbon emissions, according to the 2014 edition of the annual Fleet Europe Taxation Guide.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Unveils Lightweight Concept Car

Ford Motor Company today unveiled its Lightweight Concept vehicle, which uses advanced materials to explore future weight-reduction solutions that could improve performance and fuel efficiency while reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Photo courtesy of Westport.

Wesport Offers CNG Transit Connect Models

Westport is now offering the 2015 Ford Transit Connect as a dedicated or bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) Westport WiNG Power System vehicle.

Photo of Model S courtesy of Tesla Motors.

Clean Diesel Cars Nab 5 of AAA's Top Green Cars

Clean diesel vehicles made up half of the 10 highest scoring green cars in the Automobile Association of America's (AAA) Green Car Guide. The remainder included three electric vehicles and two hybrids.

Photo courtesy of BMW.

8 States Release Zero-Emission Vehicle Plan

Eight states released an 11-point action plan they say will help them reach 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEV) on their roadways by 2025.

Toyota has been testing an engineering prototype of a fuel cell vehicle planned for the 2015 model year. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Feds Commit $7M Toward Hydrogen Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $7 million to projects expected to advance the development of hydrogen fuel cell systems for variously sized vehicles.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (left) and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard are partnering to reduce fuel use. Photo courtesy of City of Indianapolis.

Indianapolis, Sacramento Forge Alt-Fuel Pact

The mayors of the cities of Indianapolis and Sacramento, Calif., have pledged to work together to reduce the use of petroleum-based fuels in their municipal fleets.

Photo courtesy of Google.

Google Introduces Self-Driving Electric Car

Google has built several prototypes of self-driving cars as the company moves away from modifying existing vehicles, the company announced on the Google blog.

Circle Seal Recalling CNG Valves for Fire Risk

The pressure relief valves, used in compressed natural gas and bi-fuel vehicle fuel tanks, have O-rings that can fail and allow fuel to leak.

Study Shows Diesel Not Leading Particulate Matter Contributor

A new paper issued by the UNECE concluded that diesel road vehicles were the cause of only a small percentage of particulate matter versus other economic sectors.

Texas Provides $7.7M in Grants for Light-Duty Alt-Fuel Vehicles

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering up to $7.7 million in incentives for the purchase or lease of eligible vehicles powered by CNG, propane autogas, or electric drives. Applicants can receive $2,500 per vehicle.

Chart courtesy of Union of Concerned Scientists.

Group Names Hyundai-Kia 'Greenest Automaker'

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) recently announced its rankings of the environmental performance of 2013 model-year light-duty vehicles sold in the U.S. by the top eight automakers.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai's Tucson Fuel Cell SUV Arrives in Calif.

The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell compact SUV will initially be offered to retail buyers as part of a leasing program for $499 per month on a 36-month term with $2,999 down.

Photo of General Motors facility in Baltimore courtesy of GM.

GM Surpasses 400 EV Charging Stations at Facilities

General Motors has installed 401 electric vehicle charging stations at its U.S. production and business facilities, the automaker has announced.

Photo of City of Long Beach's Elgin LNG sweeper by Paul Clinton.

Calif. City's LNG Sweepers Reducing Fuel Costs By 58%

The City of Long Beach (Calif.) has reduced its fuel costs by nearly 60% annually and significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions, after updating its fleet of LNG-powered street sweepers six years ago.

 

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