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MIT-Staples Study Finds Electric Delivery Trucks Cost 9-12% Less to Operate

Electric delivery trucks can cost between nine and 12 percent less to operate than their diesel cousins, according to an MIT study using data from Staples. The paper by the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, to be published in the proceedings of last month’s IEEE Power and Energy Society … Read more »

Detroit Auto Show Briefing: Toyota, Honda, Acura, PG&E, BMW, Hyundai

Toyota has debuted the 2012 Prius c (pictured), which it says offers the highest city fuel efficiency of any vehicle without a plug, at 53 mpg, and is the market’s most affordable hybrid subcompact, starting below $19,000. The Prius c is 19.1 inches shorter and 542 lb. lighter than the … Read more »

Detroit Auto Show Briefing: VW, AMP, Ford, Kia, Coda, Nissan, Volvo

This year’s Detroit Auto Show is overflowing with hybrid and electric debuts. Here are some of the first big ones to emerge from the show, which started yesterday: Volkswagen debuted the Jetta Hybrid, which it called the world’s first hybrid to use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; and the E-Bugster … Read more »

Fisker Replaces Fire-Risk Batteries; Eco-Leather Cuts CO2

Fisker’s luxury electric vehicles are winning praise for their eco-leather interiors, as the company says it has almost finished dealing with a voluntary battery recall. According to Cnet, the Fisker Karma EcoStandard and EcoSport models use “low carbon leather” from Bridge of Weir for their steering wheel, dash, seats, door … Read more »

DOE Awards $175m for Advanced Vehicle Research, $7m for Fuel Cells and Storage

The Department of Energy yesterday awarded more than $175 million to accelerate the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies. The funding, to be spread over three to five years, will support 40 projects across 15 states. The DOE said its money will leverage additional investments by the grantees, for … Read more »

Nissan Leaf to Help Power Homes

Soon, Nissan’s Leaf electric car won’t just draw power from its owners’ homes – it will help to power those buildings, the car maker says. Nissan has unveiled a system which enables the Leaf’s lithium-ion batteries to supply electricity to households, using a connector linked to the car’s quick charging … Read more »

Green Fleet Briefing: McDonald’s, GM NatGas Cars, Hybrids Fall Short

Automakers aren’t yet delivering the full fuel savings and pollution reduction benefits possible from hybrids, according to an annual hybrid scorecard released by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The UCS found that only 13 of 34 hybrids reviewed cut more than 25 percent of the greenhouse gases emitted by their … Read more »

Fleet Briefing: Nissan, GE, Range Rover, InterContinental

London has launched a network of electric vehicle charge points that it plans to grow to 1,300 strong by the end of 2013. Drivers can access the charge points with a swipe card, Business Green reports. The project, dubbed Source London, is led by a consortium that includes Siemens, Scottish … Read more »

Fed Fleet Goes Alternative; EPA Drops Vehicle Letter Grades

Fed Fleet Goes Alternative; EPA Drops Vehicle Letter Grades

The federal government has rolled out two major green fleet announcements, launching enhanced fuel economy labels just a day after announcing that it will buy only alternative fuel vehicles by the end of 2015. The new labels for all passenger cars and trucks reveal that the Environmental Protection Agency and … Read more »

Fleet Roundup: DHL, Ryder, Kia, Stagecoach, More

Here’s a round-up of the latest environmental fleet news. DHL is introducing 30 electric vans and 50 hybrid trucks to its Manhattan fleet in an initiative that it says will cut CO2 emissions by over 50 percent, compared to traditional vans and trucks. The vehicles should all hit the streets … Read more »

FedEx Express Pledges LEED Rating on All New Build

FedEx has announced that it aims to secure LEED certification for all its new FedEx Express facilities in the U.S. FedEx Express said it was adopting the standard on the heels of its Las Vegas facility gaining the Gold rating from LEED accreditation body the U.S. Green Building Council. Recently … Read more »

Electric, Hybrid Cars Take Spotlight in Detroit

Electric, Hybrid Cars Take Spotlight in Detroit

Here’s a look at some of the more environmentally conscious cars to debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Mercedes-Benz showed off its SLS AMG E-Cell electric sportscar in fluorescent yellow – the company calls it “lumilectric mango”. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds. Mercedes is also … Read more »