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Green Fleet Roundup: Supervalu, Ikea, Volvo, Toyota

volvoGrocery chain Supervalu has purchased 35 Class 8 Volvo trucks that operate on compressed natural gas. To power the new trucks, Trillium CNG built and will operate a fast-fill CNG station at Supervau’s Mechanicsville, Va., distribution center. The conversion to natural gas will reduce the fleet’s annual oil consumption by more than 1 million gallons and result in 1,300 fewer tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the company says.

Ballard Power Systems has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with European bus manufacturer Van Hool in support of the manufacture and further deployment of fuel cell buses. By February 2014 the companies plan to jointly respond to last week’s call for proposals under the EU Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking and also jointly respond to future calls for proposals under the Horizon 2020 program.

Ascent Solar Technologies‘ flexible and lightweight CIGS solar modules are being used in Volvo’s Pure Tension Pavilion project. The pavilion (pictured) is a portable, solar-powered tensile membrane structure made for the launch of the new Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid electric car, which charges the car and also flat-packs to fit in the trunk. It assembles in less than one hour.

WiTricity, a company specializing in wireless power transfer over distance, has inked an intellectual property license agreement with Toyota under which the automaker will offer wireless charging power capture devices on its future rechargeable hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles.

Ikea has turned on four Blink electric vehicle charging stations at its Atlanta, Ga., store as part of its partnership with Car Charging Group. This is the 11th such installation in the US. Ikea is planning 55 car charging station across its US locations.

Car-sharing organization City CarShare has achieved its goal of having more than 50 percent of its fleet comprised of electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles — a goal that it met more than one year ahead of schedule. City CarShare’s fleet now contains 54 percent battery-based vehicles. By year end, an additional 15 plug-in electric vehicles will be added to the fleet through a partnership with Toyota called Dash EV.

Westport is offering free CNG fuel through any Clean Energy station across the US to customers that order five or more Westport WiNG Power System operated vehicles by Dec. 31. The free fuel credits are being offered on a first-come-first-served basis, and up to 750,000 gasoline gallon equivalent of CNG fuel will be given away by Westport during the promotion.

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