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Green Fleet Roundup: Tesla, CNGas, AmpCNG, GE Honda Aero Engine

cngasThe California treasurer will give electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors a $34.7 million tax break in a bid to help the company ramp up production, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. Under the agreement, the automaker will not have to pay sales and use tax on new manufacturing equipment up to $415 million.

CNGas, which specializes in retail compressed natural gas fueling stations and bi-fuel vehicle conversions, has opened such a station in Miami-Dade County, Fla. The fast fill CNG facility is 30,000 square feet in size, and capable of fueling four vehicles simultaneously.

AmpCNG has signed a deal with Venture Logistics to build CNG fueling infrastructure at an existing gasoline station in Lafayette, Ind. The public station will serve the Subaru of Indiana automotive plant and will provide as much as 2.5 million diesel gallon equivalents of CNG each year to heavy-duty truck fleets operating primarily on I-65.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has certified GE Honda Aero Engine’s HF120 turbofan engine as airworthy. Rated at 2,095 pounds of thrust, the HF120 engine is designed to set new standards of performance in fuel efficiency, durability, and low noise and emissions, GE Honda Aero Engines says.

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling certain model year 2013-14 Jetta Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 2012 through October 2013 and equipped with a DQ-200 direct-shift gearbox. Due to gearbox fluid additives, the control module within the gearbox may corrode. The deposits from this corrosion may cause an electrical short and result in a stall-like condition, according to a recall notice.

Waste management company Republic Services has debuted 107 compressed natural gas solid waste and recycling trucks to serve customers in Anaheim, Calif., and throughout Orange County, Calif. Approximately 50 percent of all Republic vehicles purchased in 2013 are CNG-powered.

Researchers at the University of Idaho have developed a way to use glycerol, a byproduct from biodiesel production, into a substrate for producing gasoline-range biofuel. The team used a bench-top, fixed-bed microreactor to achieve the results.

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