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November 1 2011 - Products

ROUSH CleanTech Introduces Propane Autogas F-250 and F-350 Models

ROUSH CleanTech

LOUISVILLE, KY - The company debuted the vehicles at the Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE+Expo) in Louisville, Ky., a trade show for landscaping professionals.

Tags: Ford, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech

October 31 2011 - Products

Sunlogics, Energizer Collaborate on EV Charging Stations


ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – Solar energy company Sunlogics has partnered with battery manufacturer Energizer Holdings on a renewable energy initiative that includes electric vehicle charging stations.

Tags: EV Charging Stations, General Motors, solar EV chargers, Sunlogics, Energizer Holdings, Battery-Electric Vehicles

MY 2012 Honda Insight EX

October 18 2011 - Products

MY 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Offers Improved Fuel Economy


TORRANCE, CA – Honda announced that its updated 2012 Insight hybrid has drawn a city/highway/combined EPA fuel economy rating of 41/44/42 mpg -- up from 40/43/41 on the prior model.

Tags: Honda, Honda Insight, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

October 17 2011 - Products

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Due in Showrooms in March

BMW Group

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – BMW recently announced details about its newest hybrid, the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5. Based on the BMW 535i Sedan, the ActiveHybrid 5 brings together BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine, an electric drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Tags: BMW, BMW 5 Series, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

Based on MCI’s D4500 model, the 45-foot D4500 Hybrid relies on the latest clean-diesel engine technology from Cummins along with the Allison ep50 Electric Drive Propulsion System.

October 11 2011 - Products

Motor Coach Industries D4500 CT Hybrid

Motor Coach Industries

Based on the high-capacity, best-selling D4500, MCI’s 45-foot Hybrid uses the latest clean-diesel engine technology from Cummins along with the Allison Ep50 Electric Drive Propulsion System, delivering increased power, lower noise levels, and significantly reduced carbon emissions.

Tags: transit vehicle, Motor Coach Industries, MCI

The Enviro500 Hybrid Double Deck transit bus is powered by EPA 2010 emissions-compliant engines combined with an Allison Ep50 series hybrid transmission.

October 11 2011 - Products

Enviro500 Hybrid Double Deck Transit Bus

Alexander Dennis Inc.

The Enviro500 Hybrid Double Deck transit bus from Alexander Dennis Incorporated combines EPA 2010 emissions-compliant engines with the Allison Ep50 series hybrid transmission to meet stringent new standards.

Tags: transit vehicle, Alexander Dennis, double deck bus, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

The 2011 Charger is powered by the all-new 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine, increasing fuel economy when compared to the previous, entry-level 2.7L V-6 engine.

October 11 2011 - Products

Dodge Charger SE


The 2011 Dodge Charger features an all-new 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine, which provides the Charger SE with 63-percent more standard horsepower, 36-percent more standard torque, and increased fuel economy, when compared to the previous, entry-level 2.7L V-6 engine.

Tags: Dodge, Chrysler, Charger

The all-electric Mitsubishi i FE model comes standard with three levels of charging and EPA rating of 126 MPGe city/99 MPGs highway.

October 11 2011 - Products

Mitsubishi i

Mitsubishi Motors

The all-electric 2012 Mitsubishi i is getting ready for the first U.S. deliveries starting in December 2011. The i car is powered by Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology.

Tags: Mitsubishi, i, Battery-Electric Vehicles

The first vehicle to use Mazda’s internal Building Block Strategy, the 2012 Mazda3 SKYACTIV offers significantly improved fuel economy.

October 11 2011 - Products


Mazda USA

The Mazda3 enters 2012 offering significantly improved fuel economy, thanks to its SKYACTIV Technology.

Tags: Mazda, SKYACTIV, Mazda Mazda3

BMW’s all-electric ActiveE is the automaker’s second electric vehicle made available to consumers and fleets, and will be available for lease in fall 2011.

October 11 2011 - Products

BMW ActiveE


Following the MINI E, the BMW ActiveE is the BMW Group’s second electric vehicle made available to consumers.

Tags: BMW

The Transit Connect Electric is powered by Azure Dynamics’ Force Drive electric powertrain. The vehicle can achieve a range of 50-80 miles, depending in power usage.

October 11 2011 - Products

Ford Transit Connect Electric

Ford Motor Co.

The Transit Connect Electric offers a combination of car-like driving dynamics, cargo capacity, maneuverability, low operating costs, and eco-friendliness, and is an ideal choice for the growing number of commercial fleet operators seeking the benefits of electrified transportation.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit Connect Electric

With an EPA-estimated driving range of 379 miles, the Chevrolet Volt can drive gasoline- and tailpipe-emissions free for the first 35 miles using a full charge.

October 11 2011 - Products

Chevrolet Volt

General Motors

The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle, which offers a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates.

Tags: chevrolet, Volt, General Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Krystal Infinity's EVolution shuttle.

October 11 2011 - Products

Krystal Evolution Introduces New Infinity EVolution Shuttle

Krystal Infinity LLC

Energy-conscious fleets wanting to add a zero-emission, all-electric mid-sized shuttle to their rosters have to look no further than Krystal Infinity’s EVolution.

Tags: transit vehicle, shuttle, Krystal Infinity, EVolution

The Mitsubishi i EV, as featured in a new TV commercial.

October 11 2011 - Products

Mitsubishi i EV Test-Drive Tour Launches

Mitsubishi Motors

CYPRESS, CA -- Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. has launched a tour of the Western U.S. that will allow people to test drive the electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i at numerous stops in the Pacific Northwest and California.

Tags: Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Battery-Electric Vehicles

October 11 2011 - Products

MY 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas MSRP Starts at $26,155


TORRANCE, CA -- The all-new 2012 model-year Honda Civic Natural Gas (formally known as the Civic GX) will go on sale at qualified Honda dealerships nationwide on Oct. 18 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $26,155, Honda announced.

Tags: Honda, Natural Gas Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas, Honda Civic

October 11 2011 - Products

Nissan Expands Leaf Availability


FRANKLIN, TN -- On the heels of the 7,000th delivery in the United States, Nissan North America Inc. is expanding availability of the Nissan Leaf.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Leaf, Battery-Electric Vehicles

A HybriDrive dump truck

October 10 2011 - Products

BAE Systems: HybriDrive Parallel System Achieves 30% Fuel Economy Savings

BAE Systems

JOHNSON CITY, NY – BAE Systems said its road tests reveal that commercial trucks powered by the company’s green HybriDrive parallel hybrid electric propulsion system use 30 percent less fuel than trucks running on traditional diesel engines.

Tags: Hybrid Trucks, HybriDrive, BAE Systems

Lexus GS 450h

September 26 2011 - Products

Lexus Unveils MY 2013 GS 450h at Frankfurt Motor Show


FRANKFURT, GERMANY – Lexus recently unveiled the all-new 2013 GS 450h at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The GS 450h is equipped with a V6 Atkinson cycle gas engine and two-motor hybrid system.

Tags: Lexus, Lexus GS 450h, Frankfurt Motor Show, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

MY 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

September 26 2011 - Products

MY 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Features Upgraded Engine


TORRANCE, CA — The Hybrid Synergy Drive in the model-year 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has gained a more powerful 3.5-liter V6, replacing the 3.3-liter V6 from the previous year’s model, Toyota said.

Tags: toyota, Toyota Highlander, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 20 2011 - Products

Chevrolet Sonic with 1.4L Turbo Delivers 40 MPG on Highway


DETROIT – The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic with the Ecotec 1.4L turbo delivers an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway with a six-speed manual transmission and city fuel economy of 29 mpg.

September 20 2011 - Products

Infiniti Reveals Sketch of Future Zero-Emissions Vehicle


FRANKFURT, GERMANY -- At the Frankfurt Motor Show last week, Infiniti released a second sketch of its first electric luxury vehicle, set to launch in 2014.

Nissan's newly downsized EV charger

September 20 2011 - Products

Nissan Develops New EV Quick Charger


YOKOHAMA, JAPAN -- Nissan Motor Co. unveiled its new electric vehicle quick charger and announced plans for this proprietary technology to go on sale this November at Nissan parts companies throughout Japan. Preparations are also under way for future sales of the new quick charger in the U.S. and European markets.

Tags: Nissan, EV chargers, Battery-Electric Vehicles

The 2012-MY Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

September 19 2011 - Products

Toyota Releases 2012-MY Prius Lineup Details, Including Prius v and PHV Retail Pricing


RICHMOND, CA – Toyota introduced the 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid at the annual Green Drive Expo on Sept. 16. In addition, the automaker released pricing for the Prius v, a release schedule for the lineup, including the upcoming c, and updates to the standard Prius.

Tags: toyota, Toyota Prius

September 12 2011 - Products

CODA Opens Store in L.A.


LOS ANGELES -- CODA announced the opening of its first store, located in the Westfield Century City Shopping Center in Los Angeles, to market its all-electric CODA vehicle.

Tags: Coda Automotive, CODA Holdings, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 26 2011 - Products

Go Natural CNG Producing Custom CNG Hose Assemblies

Go Natural CNG

WOODS CROSS, UT -- Go Natural CNG is now manufacturing custom CNG hose assemblies, available in 3/8-inch and ½-inch inside diameters. They can be used for CNG vehicles, CNG dispensers, CNG fuel transfer and home CNG refueling.

Tags: Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations



Fleet Management And Leasing

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Mike Antich
Don't Underutilize the Expertise of Your Suppliers

By Mike Antich
For many managers responsible for vehicle operations, fleet management is often one of several job responsibilities. These managers acknowledge that it is difficult to stay on top of changes in vehicle design, powertrains, onboard safety technology, telematics capabilities, and regulatory changes that impact fleet operations. Despite this recognition, a common mistake made by many of these managers is underutilizing the subject-matter expertise of current and/or prospective suppliers.

The Future of Fleet is Managing the Connected Vehicle Ecosystem

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Volvo XC60

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 XC60 arrives as the mid-size sibling of the XC90 in a stylish update that includes a bevy of new safety features, infotainment tech, and a well laid-out cabin.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Ready or Not, Electrification Is Coming

By Sherb Brown
We’re not where we need to be with battery technology and the whole herd seems to be betting that a magical new solution will appear in time to save us all. I sure hope they are right.

Fair and Balanced

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
How the VW Settlement Funding Can Benefit Your Fleet

By Joe Thompson
Part of the settlement required VW to establish and fund an Environmental Mitigation Trust. Over the next 10 years, the trust will fund environmental mitigation projects that specifically reduce emissions of NOx.

Listen Up (or Lose)

By Joe Thompson

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