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Green Fleets Briefing: Chrysler Biofuel Deal, EV Cyber Attacks, States Eye Fuel Rules

Chrysler and ZeaChem Inc. have entered into a memorandum of understanding aimed at accelerating the development and market adoption of advanced cellulosic ethanol. Through the alliance the companies say they hope to establish cellulosic ethanol as a cost-effective green transportation alternative and move away from what they term the “food for fuel debate”.

A group of 11 U.S. Northeast and mid-Atlantic states are considering an agreement that could cut the carbon intensity of fuels used in transportation by up to 15 percent over the next 10 to 15 years, the New York Times reports. The Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management is set to release a plan as early as the end of this month that could be similar to one already in place in California.

Electric vehicle infrastructure and charging stations are vulnerable to being hacked and, as such, could prove a goldmine for cyber security firms, according to a report by Pike Research. A cyber attack on the electric vehicle infrastructure could result in brownouts, stranded vehicles, and strike a huge blow consumer confidence in the reliability and viability of electric vehicles as a preferred mode of transportation, according to Electric Vehicle Cyber Security. Installed EV cyber security systems could also serve to strengthen customer information management systems and enable new forms of data analytics that will be advantageous for utilities and end-users alike, according to the report.

Finally, Ohio’s Stark Area Regional Transit Authority has signed an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to develop and operate a new compressed natural gas fuel station to support the transition of half of SARTA’s bus fleet to natural gas power. The Canton, Ohio, station is projected to open in the fourth quarter, 2011.

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