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November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota Discusses Fleet Strategy for Fuel Cell Vehicle

The Toyota Mirai uses large air intakes that blend oxygen with hydrogen fuel to power the vehicle. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Toyota has begun discussing its Mirai fuel cell vehicle with commercial fleet clients, and will roll out a strategy to place the vehicle in the hands of commercial and government fleet users in 2015.

Tags: Toyota, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Toyota Mirai, Hydrogen Fueling Stations

November 20, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Audi Introduces Hydrogen Fuel Cell A7 Sedan

Photo by Paul Clinton.

Audi has added its name to the list of automakers developing a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, as the automaker introduced the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro concept at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tags: Audi, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Audi A7, L.A. Auto Show

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Ford and Toyota Score First Green Fleet Car and Truck of the Year Awards

Chris Wolski, senior editor of Automotive Fleet and Green Fleet magazines (center), presented The Green Fleet Truck of the Year award to Mark Oldenburg, national fleet marketing, mobility, and strategic planning manager (right) and the Green Fleet Car of the Year award to Jim Michon, commercial business manager for Ford. (PHOTO: Becky May)

Bobit Business Media, publisher of "Automotive Fleet" and "Green Fleet" magazines, awarded its inaugural Green Fleet Car and Green Fleet Truck of the Year awards to the Ford Fusion Energi and Toyota Highlander Hybrid during a ceremony November 20 at the L.A. Auto Show.

Tags: Toyota Highlander, Ford Fusion Energi, Awards, L.A. Auto Show

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Certifies VIA Motors' Hybrid Van

CEO Pablo Acedo poses with VIA eREV vans. Photo courtesy of VIA.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted certification to VIA Motors' eREV gasoline-electric hybrid van, paving the way for shipping of the vehicle to fleets, the company announced Nov. 13.

Tags: VIA Motors, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Full-Size Vans, EPA, EPA Certification

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Certifies CNG Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic

2015 Chevrolet Sonic via GM.

Vehicle modifier Crazy Diamond Performance has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce compressed natural gas versions of the Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Sonic compact sedans.

Tags: Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Sonic, EPA Certification, Compact Cars, CNG, Crazy Diamond Performance, Vehicle Modifiers

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

Calif. Changes CNG/LNG Tax Measurement

At the start of 2015, the state will begin taxing compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) based on a per-pound rather than per-foot rate.

Tags: CNG, LNG, taxes, California

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

EPA, DOE Release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide

Photo via Department of Energy.

Automakers have increased the number of fuel-efficient car models and classes available to fleet buyers for the 2015 model year, according to the the annual fuel economy guide from the U.S. EPA and DOE.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, DOE, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Honda Announces 2015 Civic CNG Pricing

Photo of 2015 Civic Natural Gas courtesy of Honda.

Honda's Civic Natural Gas returns for the 2015 model year with a starting price of $27,530 for the base model, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Honda, Honda Civic, 2015-MY

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Greenkraft Receives Grant to Develop CNG-PHEV Class 4 Truck

Photo: Greenkraft

Greenkraft Inc. has announced that the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved Greenkraft’s and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.’s (EDI) joint application for a grant to develop a compressed natural gas (CNG)-hybrid electric vehicle.

Tags: PHEV, Greenkraft, CNG, EDI

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

2014 Green Fleet Conference Wrap Up

Day 2's general session sat down (L to R) Tony Orta, Southern California Gas, Banny Allison, AmeriPride, and Kelly Reagan, City of Columbus, Ohio to talk about their experiences in the fleet world. Photo by Becky May

The Green Fleet Conference & Expo rallied its 550 attendees back together for day two of the alternative fuels conference.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Fleet Events, Alternative Fuels

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Vincentric: Hybrids Losing Their Competitive Edge

Photo of 2014.5 Camry Hybrid courtesy of Toyota.

Gasoline-electric hybrids are losing their competitive edge over ther gasoline counterparts due to falling fuel prices and more efficient internal combustion engines, according to a five-year owner cost analysis by Vincentric.

Tags: Vincentric, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, TCO

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Focuses on Alternative Fuels

Photo by Becky May.

Fleet managers, vendors and alternative-fuel experts gathered in Schaumburg, Ill., for the annual Green Fleet Conference & Expo to share ideas about more efficient ways to run operation.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Department of Energy, Fleet Events

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech Shelves Propane Autogas Transit

Photo courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech has indefinitely halted production of its propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van after hearing concerns from fleet owners.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Next-Gen Volt Powered By Higher-Efficiency Engine

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt drivetrain courtesy of GM.

General Motors is improving the efficiency of its next-generation Chevrolet Volt by adding a new 1.5L, four-cylinder engine that should deliver 20 percent more electric acceleration.

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, General Motors, Engines, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2016-MY

October 24, 2014 - Press Release

PERC Offers Mobile Cost Calculators

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released a trio of cost calculator tools in three of the propane autogas industry's fastest-growing markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, and on road fleets.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Online Tool

October 22, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Introducing 10 Hybrid Cars By 2017

Photo of B-Class Electric Drive courtesy of MBUSA.

Daimler has sold the remaining shares of its investment in Tesla Motors, as it plans a broad roll-out of 10 new plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz cars by 2017, Daimler has announced.

Tags: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Paratransit Fleet's Switch to Propane Autogas Pays Off

Photo courtesy of Blue Star Gas.

An Oregon paratransit fleet is reporting savings of $60,000 per year in fuel costs after converting 14 of its vehicles to run on propane autogas.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Fuel Costs, Paratransit

October 15, 2014 - Product News

Westport Offers CNG Transit Van Demo Program

Photo: Westport

Fleets interested in switching to natural gas can take advantage of an all new, free Westport demonstration program, which was announced at APTA Expo.

Tags: Ford Transit, CNG, Westport

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Gets CARB Go-Ahead for Van Conversions

The 2014 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo van is one of the vehicles covered under the new Executive Order from CARB. (PHOTO: General Motors)

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received a CARB Executive Order allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model-year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Savana vans into hybrid-electric vehicles.

Tags: Cargo Vans, CARB, XL Hybrids, General Motors, Chevrolet Express, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Tesla Unveils AWD Model, Automated Driving Tech

Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors.

Tesla Motors will produce an all-wheel-drive dual-motor version of its Model S battery-electric sedan and add several autonomous driving features including an "autopilot" mode, CEO Elon Musk announced at a Thursday event.

Tags: Tesla Motors, Tesla Model S, Battery-Electric Vehicles, All-Wheel Drive, Autonomous Vehicles

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech to Launch Propane Autogas Transit in 2016

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering a propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van to fleet customers in the middle of 2016, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Alternative Fuels, Ford Transit

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Electric-Vehicles Bolstered With New Calif. Legislation

California's Gov. Jerry Brown has signed several pieces of legislation that will lead to additional alternative fuel and technology vehicles on the road by 2023.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, California, CARB, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Elected Leaders, Legislation

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Ballot Open for Green Car, Truck of the Year Awards

Green Fleet Magazine, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program, will present the first-ever Green Fleet Car of the Year and the Green Fleet Truck of the Year awards at the Connected Car Expo. Vote today!

Tags: Green Car of the Year, L.A. Auto Show, Green Truck of the Year, Green Fleet Magazine

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Magazine Relaunches Website

Screenshot via GreenFleetMagazine.com.

Green Fleet Magazine has updated its website with a fresh, more user-friendly design that better organizes content for fleet readers wanting to research alternative fuels, grants, legislation, and operational topics.

Tags: Green Fleet Magazine, Online Tool

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Calif. Hits Record Sales for EVs

Photo via Wikimedia

More than 100,000 zero-emission vehicles now travel the roads of California, according to a survey from the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, California, Battery-Electric Vehicles, NRG Energy, Zero-Emission Vehicles

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