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Green Fleet Roundup: Cheaper Nissan Leafs, Smith Dairy Trucking, British Gas, Mitsubishi

Nissan is planning on selling cheaper versions of its Leaf electric vehicle, reports the Financial Times. The company hopes the lower price will spark flagging sales that the newspaper describes as “well below” earlier Nissan forecasts. Nissan sold fewer than 12,000 Leafs (pictured) in the first half of 2012, which is an improvement over 2011 levels but still below the numbers needed to keep pace with the company’s targeted 40,000 2012 sales, the FT reports.

Toronto’s Delta Chelsea Hotel, Canada’s largest hotel, has installed a publicly available electric vehicle charging station. The Sun Country Highway charging station works with cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles.

Smith Dairy Trucking unveiled a compressed natural gas fueling island in northern Ohio late this summer and is now making the station available to other fleets. Designed for 18-wheeler traffic, the privately owned station in Orrville, Ohio, primarily services the six CNG-dedicated freightliner tractor trucks in the Smith Dairy fleet but will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for other trucks, the company announced.

British Gas has become the exclusive supplier of electric vehicle charging products for Mitsubishi Motors in the UK. Customers of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK will have access to a range of British Gas charging products, and British Gas says it can provide customers with a dedicated circuit, protecting their home electrical supply from overload, from £375 ($600). Alternatively, British Gas can install a wall-mounted charging solution from £799, which cuts charging time by around a third, the automaker says. Customers in London, the East of England, the Midlands and Milton Keynes may be eligible for a free Chargemaster Homecharge–i unit, Mitsubishi says.

Driver performance management firm GreenRoad has released what it calls the world’s first smartphone-based driver performance solution for fleets. GreenRoad Smartphone Edition, code-named “Asimov,” uses smartphone native technology, including GPS and built-in accelerometers, to eliminate the need for a professionally installed telematics device in the vehicle. Drivers use the service by downloading the Asimov app, dropping the smartphone into the vehicle mount and beginning their trip. It is available now in beta for Android devices.

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