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Green Fleet Roundup: Volvo, Alcoa, HyperSolar, California Energy Commission

Volvo busVolvo will officially launch its 7900 electric hybrid bus (pictured) at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show at the end of the month. The bus offers fuel savings of 75 percent, energy reduction of 60 percent, and CO2 reduction of 75 percent.

Alcoa will roll out its lightest heavy-duty truck wheel in Europe during the second half of 2015 to help fleets increase payload and fuel efficiency. The wheels are made from one piece of forged aluminum, making them lighter and five times stronger than steel wheels.

California Energy Commission has issued two solicitations to further advance ZEV and vehicle technologies. The first will award about $3.3 million to support planning efforts for plug-in and fuel cell vehicles, and the second will award about $10 million to support the development of either full advanced vehicles or advanced vehicle components.

Southwest Airlines has signed an agreement with Red Rocks Biofuels to purchase low carbon renewable jet fuel, made using forest residues that will help reduce the risk of destructive wildfires in the Western US. The airline’s agreement with RRB covers the purchase of approximately 3 million gallons per year.

Thermo King has announced it will offer its transport customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa a choice on how and when to reduce their greenhouse gas footprints. Beginning in January, it will offer a new line of trailer and self-powered truck units that are energy efficient and use a next-generation refrigerant that has about half the global warming potential of refrigerant currently used.

ArcelorMittal has created two sets of steel products to reduce the average weight of pickups. The first set uses advanced high strength steels and press-hardenable steel grades and can reduce weight by up to 23 percent, and the second set uses emerging grades which are in the final stages of development.

HyperSolar CEO Tim Young commented on the debut of the 2015 Toyota FCV, noting that Toyota and other auto manufacturers’ commitment to hydrogen fuel cell technology further underscores HyperSolar’s opportunity in the market. HyperSolar develops technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water.

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