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February 5, 2015 - Industry News

'Greenest' Vehicles Named By Energy Efficiency Group

Photo: Daimler

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

Photo courtesy of Daimler.

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

VIA TRUX (Photo: Via Motors)

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

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

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

PHOTO: VIA Motors

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

Photo: Ford

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

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

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

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, U.S. Congress, EPA, Legislation, Federal Grants

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

BMW to Debut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Drive System

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BMW will unveil its first-ever electric hydrogen fuel cell drive system at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the automaker announced.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Detroit Auto Show, BMW

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

NatGasCar Gets EPA Nod for CNG Transit Connect

Photo: Ford

NatGasCar has received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification to produce compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of the 2014 and 2015 Ford Transit Connect with a 2.5L bi-fuel engine system.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, EPA, CNG Conversions, NatGasCar, Vehicle Modifiers, Bi-Fuel CNG

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

California Leads U.S. in Adoption of EVs

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Nearly half of all the battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles registered in the U.S. in 2013 came in California, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, California, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Tax Incentive, Retail Sales

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

Tags: Tax Incentive, U.S. Congress, Alternative Fuels, Legislation

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

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