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March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Natural Gas Vehicle Sales Fall 6.5 Percent

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While the NGV medium- and heavy-duty segments increased by 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, the NGV light-duty segment decreased by 34 percent.

Tags: Vehicle Sales, NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Introduces Medium-Duty CNG Platform

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Peterbilt has introduced two new medium-duty vehicles -- the Model 337 and the Model 348 -- powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Both vehicles are in production and can be configured as trucks or tractors.

Tags: Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, CNG

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

House Members Seek to End Ethanol Mandate

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A bi-partisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would end the ethanol mandate, following a similar measure introduced in the U.S. Senate in late February.

Tags: Ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard, U.S. Congress

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Using Recycled Plastic Bottles in F-150 Seats

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Ford has begun using a material known as Repreve that's derived from recycled plastic bottles to manufacture the cloth seats of the 2015 F-150 pickup and four other vehicles.

Tags: Recycling, Ford F-150, Ford, 2015-MY, Seats

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Clean Diesel, Hybrid Registrations Post Double-Digit Gains

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Clean diesel car and SUV vehicle registrations increased by 13.5 percent in 2014 over 2013, while hybrid car and SUV registrations increased by 15.1 percent.

Tags: Vehicle Registration, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

DOE Awards $6M to Boost Alt-Fuel Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $6 million for 11 projects designed to improve potential buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles, support training, and integrate alternative fuels into emergency planning.

Tags: Clean Cities, Grant Funding, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Motiv Electrifies Ford Stripped Chassis

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Motiv Power Systems has launched an all-electric powertrain for the Ford F-59 commercial stripped chassis, the company announced.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Ford F-59, AmeriPride, Step Vans, Stripped Chassis

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Morgan Olson Offers Kinetics Hybrid Walk-In Vans

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Morgan Olson will offer a lineup of Class 3-7 walk-in delivery vans equipped with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain from Crosspoint Kinetics, the companies announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Morgan Olson, Crosspoint, Step Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Van Bodies

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

VW e-Golf Price Falls With New Base Trim Model

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Volkswagen has reduced the price of its 2015 e-Golf compact EV by more than $2,000 by introducing a new base trim model called the Limited Edition, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Golf, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Compact Cars

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ram Expands Bi-Fuel CNG 2500 Truck Models

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Ram Truck has begun offering a bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) version of its 2500 pickup in a regular cab and rear-wheel drive configuration, Ram announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 2500, Bi-Fuel CNG, Work Truck Show

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Senators Seeking Repeal of Ethanol Mandate

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Two U.S. Senators have introduced bipartisan legislation that would repeal a renewable fuel mandate that requires refiners to blend ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

Tags: Ethanol, U.S. Congress, Renewable Fuels Association

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Announces Pricing for 2016 i-MiEV

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Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) announced specifications and pricing for its updated 2016 i-MiEV, which will arrive at Mitsubishi’s U.S. dealers in late March.

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

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer CNG 2016 F-650 Truck

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Landi Renzo USA plans to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2016 F-650 truck that will appear at NTEA's The Work Truck Show in early March.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, 2016-MY, Landi Renzo, Work Truck Show

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Lightning Hybrids Debuts Hybrid Step Van

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Lightning Hybrids, developer and manufacturer of hydraulic hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses, will introduce the application of its first emission-reducing brake regeneration technology on a walk-in box truck.

Tags: Step Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Lightning Systems

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

GM Confirms Chevrolet Bolt EV Production

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General Motors will build its Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric vehicle at the company's Orion Assembly facility near Detroit, confirmed GM North America President Alan Batey.

Tags: Chevrolet, Vehicle Production, General Motors, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 5, 2015 - Industry News

'Greenest' Vehicles Named By Energy Efficiency Group

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The Smart Fortwo electric drive convertible/coupe has topped the "Greenest List" of vehicles by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the second straight year, the council has announced.

Tags: Smart Fortwo, Nissan Leaf, Fiat 500, Chevrolet Spark EV, Battery-Electric Vehicles, 2015-MY

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

All-New Fleet Technology Expo Set for August

Replacing Green Fleet Conference & Expo traditionally held in October, the first annual Fleet Technology Expo is for all fleet types looking for ways to improve operational efficiencies.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Green Fleet Conference, Fleet Technology Expo, Events, Fleet Events

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner Expands Propane Autogas SG2 Applications

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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has begun offering additional configurations of its S2G propane autogas vocational work truck, including a box truck recently provided to a California delivery fleet.

Tags: Class 7, Freightliner, Medium-Duty Trucks, Propane Autogas, Delivery Fleets

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel-Electric Most Popular Hybrid Trucks By 2023

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Penetration rates in the overall market for commercial vehicles are anticipated to remain low, according to a new report from Navigant Research that analyzes the global market for commercial vehicles that use electric drive technology.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Navigant, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

2015 F-150 Rated Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint

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The 2015 Ford F-150 has been rated to have the lowest impact on the environment, lowest cost of ownership, and the top-rated production chain in terms of social justice among full-size pickup trucks, according to an automotive research firm.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, Fuel Economy, TCO, Lifecycle Costs

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

VIA Motors Begins Building Hybrid Silverado Pickup

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VIA Motors has launched production of its hybrid electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup and Chevrolet Express cargo and passenger vans, Chairman Bob Lutz announced in Detroit.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Express, VIA Motors, Large Pickups

January 14, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Introduces First Plug-In Hybrid C-Class

Photo of the 2015 C350 Plug-In Hybrid courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz has introduced its first plug-in hybrid C-Class in the U.S. with the 2015 C350 Plug-In Hybrid that will arrive at dealer lots in the fall, the automaker announced.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Detroit Auto Show

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

ROUSH to Offer Propane Autogas Ford Medium-Duty Models

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ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering propane autogas versions of Ford medium-duty vehicles equipped with the 6.8-liter V-8, following certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Tags: Ford F-450, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Ford F-650, CARB, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford E-450

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Westport Gains EPA Approval for CNG Transit

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Westport Innovations Inc. has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2015 Transit van.

Tags: EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Westport, CARB

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Approves Incentives for Alt Fuels, Bi-Fuel NGVs

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President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation extending alternative fuels tax credits and removing the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program credit cap for bi-fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CAFE Standards, Barack Obama, Tax Incentives, Bi-Fuel CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Legislation

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