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The Ford Fusion Energi plug-in Hybrid was awarded NHTSA's five-star safety ranking.

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Earns NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating

Ford adds Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid to its five-star safety ranking vehicles after NHTSA decides to perform separate crash tests for electric vehicles.

UPS Looks at ROI in Sustainability Purchases

Recent UPS alternative-fuel purchases achieve savings by looking at return on investments.

Clean Truck Programs Fall Short of Clean Air Goals

Voluntary programs encourage the replacement of older, polluting trucks to new, cleaner models; however, research shows only a fraction of truck emissions have reduced as a result.

Pennsylvania Governor Distributes State Grants for Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion

Pennsylvania transportation companies and organizations receive grant funding to convert heavy-duty fleet vehicles to natural gas.

Petroleum Jobbers and Large Fleets to Gain Biodiesel Terminal near Long Beach

A new biodiesel terminal is available near the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles for petroleum jobbers and large fleets.

Halliburton Deploys Pilot CNG Light-Duty Truck Fleet

Halliburton said it purchased a number of bi-fuel CNG models and is assigning the vehicles to 15 U.S. locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, California, Louisiana, Utah, and Pennsylvania.

Springfield, Ill., Converts 24 Vehicles to Propane Autogas

The City of Springfield, Ill., has converted a total of 24 patrol cars and pickup trucks to propane autogas. They began operating in mid-May, 2013.

CarCharging Group plans to initially deploy 48 charging stations in California and on the East Coat.

CarCharging Group to Deploy Charging Stations and Develop Charger Location App

CarCharging Group, Inc., a nationwide provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services is partnering with Nissan to deploy more charging stations in the U.S. The company‘s initial goal is to deploy the 48 Nissan-branded quick chargers to California and on the East Coast.

A CNG-fueled Ford F-650 the automaker brought to the ATD show in Las Vegas.

Ford Says Gasoline-Equipped F-650 Offers Affordability and Flexibility

Ford Motor Co. brought a CNG-fueled dump truck version of F-650 medium-duty truck to the 2013 ATD show in Orlando and the automaker's Todd Kaufman, marketing manager, explained how this particular project came about.

Daylight Foods Adds Diesel Electric Hybrid Trucks to Fleet

Food distribution company Daylight Foods has added eight Class 6 Kenworth T370 diesel-electric hybrid trucks to its fleet, with the new vehicles replacing older models.

Ford Selects AeroVironment as Preferred Charging Station Provider

Ford plug-in customers can purchase the Ford-approved 240-volt charger and schedule a turnkey installation by calling AeroVironment and customers will soon have a Web-based option for ordering their home charging package or purchasing their charging station.

U.S. Department of Energy Invests in Hydrogen Fuel Cells

The Energy Department launched H2USA, a public-private partnership focused on increasing hydrogen fuel for transportation infrastructure.

Hybrid Electric Powertrain Manufacturer Focusing on Vans

XL Hybrids, Inc. and the Knapheide Manufacturing Company will join efforts to upfit the 2014 Chevy Express and the GMC Savan vans beginning Aug. 1, 2013.

EarthWorks Using Propane Autogas for Landscaping Equipment

EarthWorks, a commercial landscaping company, is running its commercial lawn equipment on propane autogas, according to the Propane Council of Texas. The company said it has saved $41,600 in fuel costs.

Quantum Agrees to Develop $2.63 Million Natural Gas Storage and Fuel System

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. plans to engineer and develop fuel delivery modules and integrate Quantum's high-capacity ultra-lightweight Q-Lite natural gas vehicle storage systems with ZHRO's natural gas injection/engine conversion system.

Florida Approves Natural Gas Vehicle Incentives

Florida’s House of Representatives passed HB 579, which promotes the use of natural gas fuels in Florida, with a 116 – 2 vote on May 2, 2013. The bill provides a mix of incentives and tax breaks for commercial fleet use of natural gas vehicles and fuel.

BYD Building Electric Bus Manufacturing Facility in California

BYD, a Chinese firm specializing in rechargeable batteries, vehicle manufacturing, and green energy technologies, will build two manufacturing facilities in Lancaster, Calif. One will focus on electric bus manufacturing and the other on iron-phosphate battery manufacturing

GM Signs Climate Declaration

General Motors is the first automaker, out of a group of 40 U.S. companies, to sign a “Climate Declaration” calls for policymakers to address climate change by promoting the use of clean energy, improving efficiency, and limiting CO2 emissions.

Sylvania Lighting Services to Sell ChargePoint EV Charging Stations

Sylvania Lighting Services, a subsidiary of Osram Sylvania, announced a reseller agreement with ChargePoint to sell the company’s commercial and public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the U.S. Sylvania has already installed 33 EV charging stations in the city of Austin, Texas.

Clean Energy and Mansfield Partner to Provide Natural Gas Fueling Solution

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Mansfield Energy Corp. have partnered to sell Clean Energy’s natural gas fueling station construction and operational services to their respective customers.

LG Chem Michigan Plans to Start EV Battery Production in July

The company said the plant will build batteries for the Chevrolet Volt and that it expects volume to increase as the electric vehicle market grows and the company secures more contracts.

American Lung Association Report Finds U.S. Air Quality Improving

The American Lung Association’s 2013 State of the Air report found that air quality across the U.S. is improving despite the cities with the worst air quality having more days of high ozone and short-term particle pollution than in the organization’s 2012 report.

University of Wyoming Researchers Discover Potential New U.S. Lithium Source

Researchers from the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute (CMI) have discovered a new potentially large source of lithium near Rock Springs, Wyo., while working on a CO2 storage site project. According to the university, the U.S. currently imports more than 80% of its lithium used domestically from China.

GM said the Spark EV will go on sale in California and Oregon this summer. Photo courtesy GM.

GM Says 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV to Get EPA-Estimated 119 MPGe

General Motors said its upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV will have a range of 82 miles when fully charged and will get an EPA-estimated combined city/highway 119 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).

EV Company Coda Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Coda Holdings has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The company is exiting the automotive marketplace and plans to restructure to focus on the energy storage business.


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