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Siemens hybrid bus

Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Volvo, Siemens

Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi have agreed to work together to promote the installation of chargers for electric-powered vehicles in Japan. Previously, each automaker assessed possible locations for charging facilities on its own. Now, the companies say they have agreed to work jointly under the common understanding that the charging … Read more »

GM’s OnStar, TimberRock Launch EV Solar Charging Project

GM’s OnStar, TimberRock Launch EV Solar Charging Project

General Motor’s OnStar is working on a project with TimberRock Energy Solutions that uses aggregation software and solar charging canopies with integrated storage to manage the flow of solar power to benefit the electric grid. It will be the first “real-world” use of OnStar’s smart grid technology. TimberRock will monitor … Read more »

LG Chem, Johnson Controls, AESC Lead Li-ion Battery Market

LG Chem, Johnson Controls, AESC Lead Li-ion Battery Market

LG Chem and Johnson Controls currently lead the lithium ion (li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles market in terms of both strategy and execution, according to a leaderboard report by Navigant Research. Only three companies — LG Chem, Johnson Controls and AESC — are ranked as “leaders” in the report’s leaderboard … Read more »

Amtrak advanced technology electric locomotive

Green Fleet: Amtrak, Airbus and Dell, Tesla and Google

Amtrak says the first of 70 advanced technology electric locomotives (pictured) being built by Siemens began rolling off the assembly line yesterday. The first units of the $466 million order will be field tested this summer for entry into revenue service in the fall. The new locomotives will operate on … Read more »

GE Puts the Brakes on 25,000-EV Plan

General Electric has downshifted its 2010 pledge – touted at the time as the largest such commitment in history – to buy 25,000 electric autos by 2015, Bloomberg reports. Deb Frodl, GE’s corporate fleet-services chief strategy officer, tells the news service that GE customers wanted more options, so GE has included natural … Read more »

Chevrolet, Renault Strongest in Plug-in EV Market, Study Says

Chevrolet, Renault Strongest in Plug-in EV Market, Study Says

Chevrolet and Renault lead automakers in the plug-in electric vehicle market due to strong strategy and execution, according to a Pike Research report evaluating 16 leading manufacturers. The “Pike Pulse Report: Plug-In Electric Vehicles” rates companies on 12 criteria for strategy and execution, including vision, go-to market strategy, partners, product … Read more »

Green Fleet Briefing: Veolia, British Gas, Vision Industries, Toyota

Here’s the latest alternative fuel and energy-efficient vehicle news affecting environmental and energy executives. Baltimore’s first propane autogas taxi fleet was launched this week. Veolia Transportation – which says it is the largest private provider of multiple modes of transportation in North America – is converting 300 of its taxis … Read more »

Fleet Briefing: Lexus, Infiniti, Ram, Chevy Volt

Lexus unveiled its 2013 ES lineup at the New York International Auto Show. The lineup includes the ES 300h, the first sedan equipped with Lexus hybrid drive. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine has four drive modes: normal, sport, eco and EV, and it is expected to earn an EPA … Read more »

GM to Replace Volt Charger Cords – Says Problem is Consistency, Not Overheating

GM is to replace the 120-volt charger cords in most of the 9,500 Chevrolet Volts it has sold since late 2010, according to reports. Stories of overheating and melting 120-volt charging cords first surfaced four months ago on Yahoo Autos. At the time GM said the issue was most likely … Read more »

Fleet Briefing: CNG In A Box, Chevy Volt Hiatus, Coca-Cola BioMethane Fleet, VIA eREV for Verizon

GE and Chesapeake Energy have announced a multi-year collaboration that aims to develop and bring to market compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation as well as natural gas home-fueling technology, the companies said. The deal seeks to combine GE’s oil and gas technology portfolio with Chesapeake’s experience … Read more »

Green Fleet Briefing: GM Fire Response, Ford Bottle Fabric, EV Council, Gas Fueling Stations

Green Fleet Briefing: GM Fire Response, Ford Bottle Fabric, EV Council, Gas Fueling Stations

General Motors has announced changes to the vehicle structure and battery coolant system in the Chevy Volt, in response to a government investigation into fires that broke out in the vehicle after test crashes. GM said it will strengthen an existing portion of the Volt’s vehicle safety structure, add a sensor … Read more »

Ford Focus Electric to Boast 100 Mpg Equivalency

Ford says that its Ford Focus Electric is to be the first five-passenger electric vehicle to achieve a 100 mpg equivalent rating. The automaker announced this week that production of the car is to begin at a Michigan assembly plant. The Focus Electric (pictured) should also be able to fully … Read more »