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June 2, 2014 - Industry News

Westport Offers CNG Transit Connect Models

Photo of 2015-MY Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Westport.

Westport is expanding its 2015 lineup to offer two compressed natural gas fuel systems for the Ford Transit Connect, including a dedicated and bi-fuel option.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, 2015-MY, Westport, Natural Gas Vehicles, Compact Vans, Vehicle Modifiers

May 30, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Diesel Cars Nab 5 of AAA's Top Green Cars

Photo of Model s courtesy of Tesla.

Clean diesel vehicles made up half of the 10 highest scoring green cars in the Automobile Association of America's (AAA) Green Car Guide. The remainder included three electric vehicles and two hybrids.

Tags: Audi, AAA, Toyota RAV4 EV, Tesla Model S, Clean Diesel Vehicles

May 30, 2014 - Industry News

8 States Release Zero-Emission Vehicle Plan

Photo courtesy of BMW.

Eight states released an 11-point action plan they say will help them reach 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEV) on their roadways by 2025.

Tags: Zero-Emission Vehicles, State Fleet, Elected Leaders

May 30, 2014 - Industry News

Feds Commit $7M Toward Hydrogen Vehicles

Toyota has been testing an engineering prototype of a fuel cell vehicle planned for the 2015 model year.

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $7 million to projects expected to advance the development of hydrogen fuel cell systems for variously sized vehicles.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Study Shows Diesel Not Leading Particulate Matter Contributor

A new paper issued by the UNECE concluded that diesel road vehicles were the cause of only a small percentage of particulate matter versus other economic sectors.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Diesel Technology Forum, Diesel Fuel

May 19, 2014 - Industry News

GM Updates Global Goals for Emissions, Sustainability

Graphic courtesy of GM.

General Motors has reduced carbon tailpipe emissions 5.2 percent in the past two years, the company announced in an annual sustainability report that presented its commitments for producing a greener fleet of vehicles in coming years.

Tags: sustainability, China, Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Cruze, Emissions Reduction, General Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Chevrolet, 2013-MY, 2011-MY

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Calif. Offers $1,000 Incentive for Honda Civic CNG

Photo of 2014 Civic Natural Gas courtesy of Honda.

The California Energy Commission is providing fleet-eligible $1,000 incentives for the purchase of Honda's Civic Natural Gas sedan as part of a larger initiative to expand the use of alternative fuels in the state.

Tags: Honda, Natural Gas Vehicles, Honda Civic, AT&T, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Airport Fleet, Incentives, California Energy Commission, Telecommunications Fleet

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

VW's 2015 e-Golf to Arrive in Q4

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen's e-Golf plug-in electric compact car will arrive at dealer lots in the fourth quarter of 2014 as the automaker's first fully electric vehicle offered in the U.S.

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Golf, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Compact Cars, EV Charging Stations

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Hino Cabovers Approved for NY Incentive Voucher

The Hino 195h-DC (PHOTO: HINO TRUCKS)

Hino Trucks’ Class 5 195h and 195h-DC diesel electric cab-over has been approved by the New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP).

Tags: Hino 195h, Hino Trucks, Incentives, Cabovers

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Calif. Invests $46M in Hydrogen Fueling Stations

Photo of hydrogen fueling station in Torrance by Thi Dao.

The California Energy Commission has awarded $46.6 million in state grants to construct 28 new hydrogen fueling stations as part of a broader initiative to popularize the alternative fuel in the state.

Tags: California, California Energy Commission, Hydrogen Fueling Stations

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Westport Debuts WiNG Ford F-150 in California

Photo courtesy of Westport.

Westport Innovations is debuting its WiNG natural gas power system for the Ford F-150 at a trade show in California this week, while noting that it is emissions-certified by the state’s Air Resources Board as well as the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Tags: Ford F-150, CARB, Pickup Trucks, California, Natural Gas Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas, Westport

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Alliance AutoGas Unveils Propane Fuel Management Dispenser

Photo: Alliance AutoGas

Alliance AutoGas has announced that its new Fuel Management Dispenser System is now available to fleet customers.

Tags: Alliance AutoGas, Fuel Management, Propane Autogas

May 7, 2014 - Press Release

Quantum and Ryder Enter Agreement for CNG Truck Leasing

With the agreement, Ryder will purchase CNG tank systems directly from Quantum and install them onto CNG-powered vehicles with a team of Ryder technicians.

Tags: Ryder, Quantum, CNG

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Bi-Fuel CNG Chevrolet Impala Pricing Announced

Photo courtesy of GM.

The 2015 bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala will start at $38,210 when it goes on sale later this year as the first full-size sedan produced by a major automaker for the North America market.

Tags: Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Impala CNG, General Motors

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

New Class 7 Propane Autogas Truck Debut

These trucks are powered by the Ford Triton 6.8L V-10, 3-valve engine and equipped with the bi-phase liquid direct injection propane fuel system. (PHOTO: ALKANE)

Alkane Truck Company, a new OEM of Class 7-8 Trucks in Myrtle Beach, S.C., has released its propane-autogas-powered cabover Class 7 truck to the U.S. market.

Tags: Class 7, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Propane Autogas, Alkane Truck Company

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Md. Offers Alt-Fuel Voucher Program

The Maryland Energy Administration has begun accepting applications for a fleet voucher program that encourages the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles, the department announced.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Maryland, Vouchers

April 30, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Sets Pricing for B-Class Electric Drive

Photo courtesy of MBUSA.

The Mercedes-Benz 2014 model-year B-Class Electric Drive will start at $42,375 when it arrives this summer as the automaker's first battery-electric vehicle offered in the U.S. market.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Subcompact Cars

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

Photo via freefoto.com.

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

Photo via fishhawk/Flickr.

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

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