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Green Fleet Roundup: VW, GM, Alaska West, Pepsi, Tenneco

VW GolfVolkswagen will sell electric cars in the US from 2015, the New York Times reports. The company aims to enter the US electric car market with a battery-powered version of its subcompact Golf model and would follow with more models if demand increases. The e-Golf — an electrified version of the company’s subcompact car — would go on sale in 2015 as part of a broader plan to introduce more alternative-fuel models.

FAW-GM, General Motors’ Chinese  joint venture, launched its first premium light-duty truck, the Jiefang F330 Super, in Beijing.  The F330 Super, developed by GM and FAW, is powered by a Deutz 3.0-liter 4DD diesel engine. The engine incorporates key core technologies, including a variable geometry turbocharger, optimized 1,800 bar high-pressure common rail system, and air and fuel filtration systems.

Alaska West Express has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaboration between the EPA and transportation companies to voluntarily improve fuel efficiency and reduce air pollution from freight transport. Partners with high scores are already utilizing most of the commercially available fuel saving strategies and evaluating the latest emerging technologies.

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division is adding 20 electric vehicles to its fleet of 15 EVs in upstate New York, along with 20 EV charging stations. Frito-Lay is the first commercial test subject for these charging stations, which will relay important information to the state for a better understanding of electric fleets.

Royal DSM, the global life sciences and materials sciences company, together with several industry partners, has developed advanced thermoplastic composites, which are initially aimed at the automotive industry. Composites containing carbon fibers, based on DSM’s EcoPaXX polyamide 410, Akulon polyamide 6 and Stanyl polyamide 46, will facilitate significant weight reduction in automobile body and chassis parts, while glass fiber reinforced composites will be targeted at reducing the weight of semi-structural components. The lightweighting will result in increased vehicle fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions, DSM says.

Autocar is the first refuse truck maker to adopt the Cummins Westport CNG (compressed natural gas) engine, which it says will bring environmental consciousness to local waste hauling across North America. Its CNG trucks slash budgets and emissions, with annual fuel savings of at least $10,000 for each truck, according to Autocar.

Tenneco, which makes clean air and ride performance products for the automotive market, is now part of a consortium actively developing a solution for capturing waste exhaust heat in vehicles and converting it to electrical energy to be used to power electrical systems within the vehicle, supporting automakers strategies for improved fuel economy.

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