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American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura unveiled Honda's plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (far left) and the Fit EV prototype.

City of Torrance Test Drives Honda’s New EV & PHEV

TORRANCE, CA - Honda launched the electric vehicle demonstration program with Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura conducting the first public test drive of a Fit EV prototype and an Accord Sedan test vehicle outfitted with a new two-motor plug-in hybrid system.

CARB Approves THINK City Vehicle

DEARBORN, MI - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved the THINK City as a zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV), paving the way for THINK to sell the all-electric THINK City in California, 12 other states, and the District of Columbia that have adopted California's ZEV requirements.

Milwaukee County Uses Kenworth T470 Snowplows to Clear Roads

Milwaukee County operates 35 Kenworth T470 trucks, used as snowplows during Milwaukee's snow season and as dump trucks in the spring and summer.

US Marine Corps Adds All-Electric Trucks to Fleet

KANSAS CITY, MO -The United States Marine Corps was the first military organization to order two all-electric Smith Newton Electric trucks off the Government Services Administration (GSA) schedule.

San Bernardino County Releases Fleet Management Reports

SAN BERNARDINO, CA - San Bernardino County can save more than $1 million annually through increased centralization of fleet operations, according to a countywide fleet operations review conducted by Mercury Associates Inc., and released earlier this month.

Cincinnati Park Board Receives 8 Propane Trucks

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Park Board has received an award of eight new propane-powered vehicles, thanks to a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities grant obtained in partnership with the City of Cincinnati Department of Public Services, Fleet Management Division.

Mohave County to Recycle Metal Waste

KINGMAN, AZ - Mohave County is looking for bids for a company to remove and recycle scrap metal the County normally throws out. These include metal items from County public works departments such as fleet services, traffic control, and water works.

Castro Retires from Tacoma after 30 Years, Accepts New Fleet Position

TACOMA, WA - Frank Castro retired from City of Tacoma /Tacoma Public Utilities Fleet Services after a 30-year career. Upon retirement, Castro was named transportation manager position for Snohomish County Public Utility District in Everett, Wash.

NAFA San Francisco Chapter Changes Official Name

SAN FRANCISCO - The NAFA chapter previously known as the San Francisco Chapter has changed its name to the NorCal/Northern Nevada Chapter.

Hawaii Hydrogen Infrastructure Gets Boost

HONOLULU - The Gas Company (TGC), General Motors, and ten other companies, agencies, and universities have joined an initiative to make hydrogen-powered vehicles and a fueling infrastructure a reality in Hawaii by 2015.

EPA Finalizes 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2011 percentage standards for the four categories of fuel under the agency's renewable fuel standard program, known as RFS2.

Cooking Grease Converted to Vehicle Biodiesel

WASHINGTON - Some Clean Cities coalitions, supported by the Vehicle Technologies Program in the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), have worked with their local governments to convert used cooking oil to biodiesel.

South Carolina Opens EV Fueling Network

COLUMBIA, SC - More than 80 charging stations are being deployed in South Carolina cities: Columbia, Spartanburg, Greenville, Rock Hill, Union, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Blythewood, and Charleston. The electric vehicle charging network opened Dec. 8.

City of Rochester to Examine Take-Home Policy

ROCHESTER, MN - The City of Rochester will examine its take-home vehicle policy to determine whether the City can save money through mileage reimbursement

City of Riverside Upgrades Fleet Management Solution

RIVERSIDE, CA - The City of Riverside, Calif., has contracted to upgrade to the browser-based version of FleetFocus from AssetWorks, the company announced today.

DTE Energy Signs Deal with AMP Electric Vehicles to Electrify Fleet Vehicles

CINCINNATI - AMP Holding Inc., and DTE Energy, the Detroit-headquartered diversified energy company providing gas and electric services to Michigan homes and businesses, jointly announced the signing of an agreement for Amp to "electrify" three of DTE Energy's fleet vehicles.

Northern Lights Energy Commits to Purchase 1,000 AMP Electric Vehicles

CINCINNATI - AMP Holding Inc., a company engaged in the emission-free electrification of OEM vehicles, announced it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Northern Lights Energy (NLE) to introduce all-electric SUVs to Iceland as part of its national electric vehicle (EV) project.

Matt Harjama was named Director of Business Development at FLD, Inc. and its sister company, ActionAssets.com.

FLD Names Harjama Director of Business Development

DELRAY BEACH, FL - Matt Harjama was named director of business development at FLD, Inc. and its sister company, ActionAssets.com. Harjama assumed the position in September.

Institutional Venture Partners & Investcorp Lead FleetMatics' $68 Million Investment to Fuel Global Growth and Innovation

BOSTON - FleetMatics, a market leader of GPS tracking applications for commercial fleets, announced that it has closed a $68 million growth equity financing.

Electrification Coalition Releases 'Fleet Electrification Roadmap'

WASHINGTON - The Electrification Coalition released a new report, titled Fleet Electrification Roadmap, which analyzes the benefits and challenges of electric vehicle deployment. The study recommends policies aimed at accelerating conversion of the 16 million government and commercial fleet vehicles on the road in the U.S.

Forty-four fleet management professionals were present to discuss and learn about alternative fuel technologies.

MEMA Meeting Focuses on Alternative Fuels

CULVER CITY, CA - The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held a meeting at the City of Culver City, Calif., on Dec. 2. Forty-four fleet management professionals were present to discuss and learn about alternative fuel technologies.

Yoshi Inaba, president and COO of Toyota Motor North America (center), hands the keys to a Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (left) and Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (right), at a ceremony at City Hall in New York City. (Photo courtesy Toyota)

New York City to Demo Prius Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

NEW YORK - New York City will soon be operating five new Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicles (PHVs) on city streets as part of Toyota's partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Cambria County Adds GPS Tracking to Vehicles

EBENSBURG, PA - Cambria County commissioners approved an agreement to equip County vehicles with GPS monitoring systems in an effort to produce efficiencies and increase safety.

Oneida County Take-Home Vehicles Scrutinized

UTICA, NY - The Oneida County Board of Legislators created a special committee last month to review the process the County uses to assign take-home vehicles.

Dow Kokam and PVI Partner in Deployment of First Fully Electric Refuse Trucks

LYON, FRANCE - Dow Kokam and PVI announced Dec. 3 an agreement to supply advanced lithium polymer battery systems to power the first-ever fully electric refuse trucks. The 26-ton, zero-emission truck will eliminate 130 tons of CO2 per truck per year.



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