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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


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 Innovations

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

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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

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

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

Mass. Provides Alt-Fuel Fleet Grants

Map image via Wikimedia.

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

Photo courtesy of VW.

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

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