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April 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Fleet Purchasing Tool Calculates Carbon Footprint

Photo of Fusion Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

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.

Tags: Sustainability, Vehicle Purchasing, Ford, Elevator Fleets, big data

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

21 States Claim Calif. Discriminates Against Ethanol

The nation's heaviest ethanol-producing states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law they say discriminates against out-of-state ethanol fuel.

Tags: Ethanol, Biofuels, Supreme Court, Regulators

April 25, 2014 - Industry News

EPA: Automakers Exceeded Tailpipe Emissions Standards

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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.

Tags: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, EPA, Jaguar, Toyota

April 16, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota Camry Gets 'Sweeping Redesign'

Toyota's Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay and Camry Chief Engineer Monte Kaehr with the 2015 Camry. Photo by Joe Polimeni.

Toyota is giving its top-selling U.S. passenger car a makeover for the 2015 model year, introducing the 2015 Camry at the New York International Auto Show.

Tags: Toyota Camry, Mid-Size Sedans, New York Auto Show, Toyota, 2015-MY

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

GM Announces Pricing for CNG Pickups, Vans

Photo of Chevrolet Express CNG upfitting courtesy of GM.

General Motors will offer its bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks starting at $9,500 and dedicated compressed natural gas vans starting at $10,825, the company has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Bi-Fuel CNG, Pickup Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Pricing, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, 2015-MY, Class 3, Class 2

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Ethanol Spike Causing Rising Gasoline Prices

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A volatile ethanol market has been driving gasoline prices higher since early February because most gasoline sold in the U.S. has about 10% of the corn-based biofuel.

Tags: Ethanol, Gasoline Prices, Trends

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

New Light-Duty Fuel Economy Rises to 25.4 MPG

Chart courtesy of UMTRI.

The average fuel economy of new light-duty vehicles sold in March rose to 25.4 miles per gallon to reach its highest level is more than seven years, according to University of Michigan researchers.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas, UMTRI

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Calif. Zero-Emission Stickers Running Low

Photo of Prius Plug-In courtesy of Toyota.

California is expected to run out of single-occupant carpool lane stickers for drivers of zero-emission vehicles nearly five years before the program expires, the Air Resources Board has announced.

Tags: Toyota Prius Plug-in, Zero-Emission Vehicles, California, California Air Resources Board

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

Mass. Provides Alt-Fuel Fleet Grants

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Massachusetts will provide state grants to help municipal fleets replace gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles with electric vehicles and add EV charging infrastructure, Gov. Deval Patrick announced this week.

Tags: Federal Grants, Federal Highway Administration, Massachusetts, Emissions Reduction, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

March 26, 2014 - Industry News

Biofuel Conversion System Offered for Truck Fleets

The Vector system is a bi-fuel system that runs almost exclusively on biofuel.

Optimus Technologies' Vector System enables a vehicle to run almost exclusively on pure biofuel, with diesel being used during startup and shutdown. It is designed for centrally fueled medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Biofuels, Optimus Technologies, Retrofitting

March 21, 2014 - Industry News

Ethanol Groups Ask SCOTUS to Nix Calif. Low Carbon Fuel Rule

Two groups representing the ethanol industry have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of getting California's low carbon fuel standard overturned following a January defeat at the circuit court level.

Tags: CARB, Ethanol, Alternative Fuels, Supreme Court, Regulators

March 20, 2014 - Industry News

EV Range Falls Sharply in Extreme Weather

Illustration courtesy of AAA.

Electric-vehicle driving range can fall almost 60 percent in extreme cold and 33 percent in extreme hear, according to a report from the AAA Automotive Research Center.

Tags: AAA, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Weather

March 18, 2014 - Industry News

Biodiesel Seeing Wider Adoption in U.S.

Chart courtesy of U.S. EIA.

Soybean oil remains the leading feedstock in biodiesel in 2013, making up more than half of all biomass resources used to produce biodiesel, according to federal data released this week.

Tags: Biodiesel, Soybean Oil, Biofuels, Ethanol

March 18, 2014 - Industry News

VW Adds New TDI Clean Diesel Engine for 2015 Models

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Volkswagen's new TDI clean diesel engine will be available with five 2015 model-year vehicles beginning later this year, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Volkswagen, Diesel Engines, Clean Diesel

March 14, 2014 - Industry News

Okla. CNG Legislation Moves Forward

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The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would expand compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure in the state's 77 counties with tax revenue already collected on natural gas and oil extraction.

Tags: Oklahoma, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations

March 14, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Porsche Cayenne Plug-In Hybrid Confirmed

Photo of Cayenne Hybrid S courtesy of Porsche.

Porsche will produce a plug-in hybrid Cayenne SUV as one of more than 100 new models introduced by the Volkswagen Group "this year and next year," the automaker announced Feb. 13.

Tags: Porsche, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Luxury SUVs

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton & Westport Offer Automated Transmission with Natural Gas Engine

The powertrain will combine an Eaton UltraShift PLUS automated transmission with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine.

Eaton and Cummins Westport announced an integrated powertrain package for the Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine that will provide customers with the first automated transmission to be paired with a spark-ignited natural gas engine in the North American market.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins ISX12 G, Cummins Westport

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Chevrolet Colorado Uses Lightweighting to Create Efficiency

Through the use of lightweight materials and other engineering techniques, Chevrolet said that it expects that its new 2015-MY Colorado 4x4 Crew Cab will weigh between 880 and 1,400 pounds less than a full-size truck.

Tags: Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet, Mid-Size Pickups, General Motors, 2015-MY

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

CleanFuel USA Offers Propane System for GMC C2500 Pickup

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CleanFuel USA will offer a a GMC C2500 pickup truck with a propane autogas fueling system, the vehicle modifier has announced. The GMC C2500 will arrive with a 6.0L V-8 engine equipped with CleanFuel's LPI system.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, CleanFUEL USA, Propane Autogas, Vehicle Modifiers, GMC Sierra

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Westport Unifies CNG Modifications Under WiNG Brand

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Westport Innovations has combined its bi-fuel and dedicated natural gas fuel system products and body configurations for Ford vehicles under the WiNG Power System brand.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford F-Series, Ford E-Series, Vehicle Modifiers, Westport Innovations

March 11, 2014 - Press Release

CEI Repairs 1,000 All-Electric Fleet Vehicles


The CEI Group Inc. (CEI) has managed repairs on more than 1,000 all-electric fleet vehicles, the company announced March 6.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, CEI Group, Electric Vehicles

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

E-85 Fueling Growth Slows, Feds Report

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Growth in the number of E-85 fueling stations has slowed since 2011, as demand has fallen for the higher-blend ethanol fuel blend, according to federal data.

Tags: Minnesota, Ethanol, Ethanol Fueling Stations

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Propane FedEx Vehicles to Serve New York

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

FedEx will deploy its first propane autogas delivery vehicle developed in a partnership with ROUSH CleanTech later this year, the company announced Thursday at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Vehicle Modifiers, FedEx, Stripped Chassis, Work Truck Show

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's Gaseous-Prep F-650, F-750 Expand NGV Market

Photo of medium-duty 2016 beverage truck courtesy of Ford.

Ford's gaseous-prep V-10 engine for its redesigned 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks offers a forward-thinking option that will open up new fleet markets, vehicle modifiers told

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford Super Duty, Vehicle Modifiers, ROUSH CleanTech, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Westport Innovations, Work Truck Show, 2016-MY, Class 6

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Tightens Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has raised standards for new-vehicle emissions and required lower sulfur content for gasoline beginning in 2017 under its Tier 3 regulation, the agency announced Monday.

Tags: Gasoline, Regulations, EPA, Emissions Reduction, Greenhouse Gas, 2017-MY

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