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Toyota & Lexus Brands in U.S. Make Up Nearly 2 Million of Automaker’s Total 5 Million Global Hybrid Sales

Nearly 2 million (1,951,243) Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles have been sold in the United States — making up close to 40 percent of the total 5 million hybrid vehicles sold globally under the Toyota umbrella.

ChargePoint & City of Sacramento Celebrate 100th EV Charging Station Milestone

Many of the 100 installed electric vehicle charging stations were made possible by a state and federal grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative.

Report Finds More Natural Gas Vehicles Would Not Raise Natural Gas Prices

A new study from the American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF) finds that a transition to natural gas-fueled heavy- and light-duty vehicles over the next decade will have a minimal impact on natural gas prices.

Energy Commission Awards Nearly $700,000 to School District and GreenKraft Inc.

The California Energy Commission approved $678,889 to projects that will boost the number of alternative-fuel vehicles on the state’s roadways. The awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

Report Forecasts Nearly 22 Million Electric Vehicles Will Be Sold from 2012 to 2020

A total of 21.9 million electric vehicles (EVs) will be sold worldwide during the period from 2012 to 2020, according to a recent report from Navigant Research.

Altech-Eco Lowers CNG System Prices for Ford CNG F-250/350 and CNG Transit Connect

Altech-Eco Corporation, a Ford QVM gaseous fuel developer and installer, has announced it has reduced the price of its CNG bi-fuel and dedicated systems for both the 2013 Ford CNG F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup truck models and 2013 Ford CNG Transit Connects.

Earth Day on April 22

Green Fleet is interested to learn about what members of the fleet community will be doing to celebrate environmental protection.

Ford Launches New 1.5L EcoBoost Engine

With the launch of this newest fuel-efficient engine, Ford now has capacity to build 1.6 million EcoBoost engines annually. By the end of 2013, six plants across Europe, Asia, and North America will be producing EcoBoost engines, according to the automaker.

$12 Million Available for Hybrid/Electric Vehicles through California’s HVIP Program

Several of the nation’s largest fleets, including Frito-Lay/PepsiCo and UPS, have taken advantage of the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) program.

Spark EV Electric Motor Manufacturing Begins in Baltimore

The Spark EV electric motor will produce 130 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque to deliver acceleration of less than 8 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. It will be sold in California and Oregon this summer.

ROUSH Production of Ford F-650 Propane Autogas Systems Starts in October

ROUSH CleanTech is now taking orders for the new multipurpose Ford F-650 propane autogas fuel system. Offered in two tank size configurations, the systems help fill the growing demand for heavier duty platforms.

Bi-Fuel CNG System Introduced for Isuzu and GM Delivery Vehicles

Houston-based Nat G CNG Solutions announced that it is introducing its new DuraDrive bi-fuel CNG System from AGA Systems into Texas and Louisiana

GMC and Chevrolet Announce 2014 Crew Cab Bi-Fuel Pickup

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD bi-fuel pickup trucks will be available in the crew cab configuration to fleet and retail customers.

More than 48,000 Public EV Charging Stations Deployed Worldwide

According to a new tracker report from Navigant Research, there are currently 48,705 public charging stations around the world, spread among those operated by manufacturers, utilities, and third-party service providers.

GM Invests $332 Million for New Fuel-Efficient Powertrains

The investments will support production of a new Ecotec small gas engine, a new V-6 engine, 8-speed transmission, and tooling for an existing 6-speed transmission.

C-MAX and Fusion Drive Ford’s Hybrid Sales in Q1 2013

Ford hybrid sales totaled 21,080 vehicles in the first quarter of 2013, marking the first time the automaker has sold more than 20,000 hybrids in a quarter.

Energy Information Administration Releases Annual Alt-Fuel Vehicle Report

Highlights include data from 2011, including a 13-percent increase in overall consumption of alternative transportation fuels, a 52-percent jump in E-85 consumption, and a boost in biodiesel use.

County Fleet in Texas Projects $73,000 Savings with Propane Autogas

Williamson County began converting vehicles to propane autogas in 2009, and now operates 36 clean vehicles across nine departments, including EMS, Williamson County Constables, and the Parks Department.

National Parks Initiative Expands Clean Vehicle Use in 5 Parks

Five new National Parks Initiative projects mostly focus on shifting park vehicles to run on alternative fuels, such as propane, biodiesel, and electricity. These projects build on the success of other programs in 2011 and 2012.

Diesel-Electric Hybrid Trucks Added to Avon Rent a Car Truck and Van Fleet

The new 2013 HINO diesel-electric hybrid trucks provide 30-35-percent better fuel economy compared with standard diesel models, which could save up to 500 gallons less diesel fuel annually.

Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2014 B-Class Electric Drive

The all-new 2014 model year Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive makes its world debut at the New York International Auto Show. The Electric Drive provides a high-torque electric motor for completely emissions-free driving with an estimated range of 115 miles.

New Wisconsin Propane Autogas Vehicle Conversion Centers Join Alliance AutoGas

Dave Jones, Inc. and the Fillback Family of Dealerships will work with Alliance fueling provider Charter Fuels to help more Wisconsin fleets switch to the alternative fuel.

Venchurs CNG Offering Discounted Prices on Ford CNG Conversions

Venchurs CNG is offering discounted prices on its CNG conversions for Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks now through April 19, 2013.

City of Temple, Texas, Transitioning Fleet to Propane Autogas

The City of Temple, Texas, is converting 11 vehicles to operate on propane autogas. The City estimates each vehicle will emit 1,295 lbs. less of CO2 emissions compared to gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles, and displace 1,600 gallons of conventional fuels.

EPA Proposes New Tier 3 Emissions Standards That Would Start in 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new Tier 3 tailpipe and fuel standards that are designed to reduce emissions and the sulfur content in gasoline.

 
 

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