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January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Shell, Automakers Invest $10.7B in Hydrogen

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Royal Dutch Shell, Toyota Motor Corp. and four other automakers will invest 10 billion euros ($10.7 billion) to accelerate hydrogen fuel in the coming years to combat climate change, the companies announced Jan. 18.

Tags: Toyota, Hyundai, BMW, Honda, Shell, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Daimler AG

January 18, 2017 - Press Release

XL Hybrids Offers System Through Mass. Public Fleet Contract

XL Hybrids, Inc., has been selected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Operational Services Division, to be a vendor on the newly released Advanced Vehicle Technology statewide contract VEH102.

Tags: XL Hybrids, State Contract, Massachusetts

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Cheaper Renewable Diesel May be Possible With Modified Yeast

Photo: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

Engineers at MIT may have made a breakthrough in the production of renewable diesel fuels using a hyper-efficient version of a common food product, yeast.

Tags: Green Fleets, Renewable Fuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Renewable Diesel

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

GM Growing Lineup of B20 Biodiesel Vehicles

Photo of Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

General Motors' lineup of 19 diesel-powered vehicles will reach 20 with the launch of its new Class 4 to 5 straight truck it's co-developing with Navistar – all of them approved for use with B20, a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% ultra-low sulfur diesel.

Tags: Biodiesel, B-20, General Motors, National Biodiesel Conference, Warranty, B20, Navistar, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Maintains Fuel Economy Standards Through 2025

Photo of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy via Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr.

The EPA expects that automakers will raise fuel economy 10 mpg higher than the current fleet average by model year 2025.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, CAFE Standards, Emissions Reduction

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Mass. to Study Higher EV Purchases

Photo courtesy of Ford

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts plans to study the feasibility of incorporating more electric vehicles into its fleet, in addition to measures to increase zero-emission vehicle use within the commonwealth.

Tags: Green Fleet, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, state mandate, State of Massachusetts

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

New York City's Sanitation Department Begins DME Test

DME-fueled Pinnacle tractor waited at Mack's Allentown customer center last fall for test to begin. Photos: Tom Berg

DSNY will run the Mack tractor at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, New York, and evaluate performance and overall drivability of the engine burning Oberon dimethyl ether fuel.

Tags: New York City, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel courtesy of FCA.

The U.S. EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years.

Tags: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Diesel Emissions, EPA, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ford to Release Two Pursuit-Rated Hybrid Vehicles

Photo of 2016 Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford.

Ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford announced it will offer two new pursuit-rated hybrid-electric police vehicles by 2020.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Ford, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Detroit Auto Show

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

CARB Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG E-450

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has certified Landi Renzo to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2017 model year Ford E-450 cutaway van, which now makes it legal to convert the vehicle to CNG in the U.S.

Tags: CARB Certification, Ford E-Series, Vehicle Modifiers, Landi Renzo, CARB, CNG Conversions, Natural Gas Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ariz. City Adds CNG Station for Refuse Trucks

The new CNG pumps will be used for the city's 11 refuse trucks. Photo courtesy of City of Tempe

The City of Tempe, Ariz., has built a compressed natural gas (CNG) station on its Public Works facility for its 11 CNG refuse trucks. Fleet Manager Kevin Devery said the city expects annual savings of $5,000 per truck.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, City of Tempe, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Four West Coast Cities Seek to Purchase up to 24,000 EVs

Photo via Flickr/Marlordo59

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are seeking feedback from OEMs and upfitters regarding electrified transportation and port equipment.

Tags: San Francisco, City of Los Angeles, City of Portland, City of Seattle, RFI, Elected Leaders, Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Retails for $34,495

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will retail for at least $34,495 after the federal $7,500 tax credit when it arrives in dealer showrooms by April 1, FCA has announced.

Tags: FCA, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Minivans, Emissions Reduction, Greenhouse Gas

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Va. City Launches Motor Pool

Photo courtesy of City of Norfolk

The City of Norfolk, Va., has launched a motor pool to reduce fuel consumption and create a "culture of sharing" within the city. The city plans to eliminate older, underutilized vehicles and turn over the remaining vehicles to its new motor pool.

Tags: Agile Access Control Inc., Motor Pools, City of Norfolk

January 6, 2017 - Press Release

CNG Workshop Scheduled for Cleveland

The Earth Day Coalition (EDC) has scheduled a compressed natural gas workshop for fleet managers in the Cleveland area on Jan. 27, the group has announced.

Tags: CNG, Earth Day, Taxi Fleets, Alternative Fuels

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Looking to Electrify F-150, Transit Custom Van by 2020

Ford has announced that the F-150 will be electrified by 2020. Pictured is a gasoline powered 2017 F-150 XLT courtesy of Ford.

Ford announced seven global electrified vehicles that it plans to introduce in the next five years, which includes hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Ford Transit Custom

December 30, 2016 - Industry News

Montgomery County Transitions to CNG Refuse Fleet

Photo via Wikimedia

Montgomery County, Ohio, has converted its refuse fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). The county expects to save $150,000 annually in fuel.

Tags: Montgomery County, Refuse Trucks, Compressed Natural Gas

December 27, 2016 - Industry News

60% of Americans Unaware of Electric Cars

Photo courtesy of Volvo.

About 60% of Americans remain unaware of battery-electric vehicles and 80% have never driven or ridden in one, according to a new survey from Altman Vilandrie & Co.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Survey, Consumer Sentiment

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

Landi Renzo's Dedicated CNG E-450 Certified

Photo of E-450 cutaway van courtesy of Ford.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Landi Renzo's dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) conversion of Ford's 2017 model year E-450 cutaway van.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford E-Series, EPA Certification, Cutaway Vans, Landi Renzo, Vehicle Modifiers

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

VW Reaches $1B Settlement for 3.0L Diesels

Photo courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen has reached an agreement to settle claims relating to its 3.0L V-6 TDI engines with a commitment to buy back a quarter of the vehicles, set aside $225 million toward emissions reduction, and pay $25 million to support the use of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in California.

Tags: CARB, Volkswagen, EPA, VW Diesel Scandal

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

XL Hybrids to Offer Plug-In Hybrid Half-Ton Pickup

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids

XL Hybrids will offer a plug-in hybrid electric half-ton pickup truck that's expected to increase range by 50% and offer a significant reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions, the vehicle modifier announced.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, XL Hybrids, Hybrid Electric Powertrain, Light-Duty Trucks, Hybrid-Electric Truck

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

Chevrolet Begins Delivering Bolt EV

(l. to r.) Edmonds, Mattos, and Henry. Photo courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet delivered the first three 2017 Bolt EVs to retail customers in the San Francisco Bay area today, the automaker announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, Order to Delivery, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Chevrolet Bolt

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Westport Gains EPA Certification to Modify 2017 Ford Trucks

Westport has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to equip 2017-model-year Ford vehicles with its WiNG Power System that enables the vehicles to run compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid propane gas (LPG), also known as propane autogas.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Vehicle Modifiers, Westport

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

NYC Parks Replaces Passenger Vans with Hybrids

New hybrid vans will replace these older 15-passenger gasoline vans. Photo courtesy of NYC Parks

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has ordered 10 15-passenger hybrid vans to increase miles per gallon and reduce vehicle emissions.

Tags: New York City, XL Hybrids, Emissions Reduction, Hybrid Vans

December 2, 2016 - Global News

Four Global Cities to Ban Diesel Vehicles by 2025

Photo via Flickr/Dan O'Shea

The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid, and Athens have pledged to ban diesel vehicles from their cities by 2025 in an effort to improve air quality.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, Elected Leaders, Air Pollution, Global

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