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Green Fleet Roundup: AmeriPride Services, Ryder System, Plug Power

AmeriPride Services took delivery of its first fuel-efficient hydraulic hybrid system this month.  The vehicle (pictured), a 2014 Ford F59 chassis with a Morgan Olson Route Star walk-in van body, will be put into delivery service in one of its Canadian Linen branches in Toronto, Ontario. Tops Friendly Markets has … Read more »

Green Fleet: Toyota, Ford, Nissan, PECO, ClipperCreek, Clean Air Power

Toyota’s first commercial zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle will be on display at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival before going on sale in early 2015 in the Japanese domestic market. The sedan will be available in the summer of 2015 in both Europe and in the state of California. … Read more »

Alt Fuel Cars Alone Offer ‘No Compelling Climate Advantages’

Alt Fuel Cars Alone Offer ‘No Compelling Climate Advantages’

Alternative fuel vehicles alone can’t control global warming and policymakers should turn their focus to cutting emissions in other energy sectors, a study from University of Michigan’s Energy Institute finds. In consideration of climate protection, public subsidies, mandates and other costly programs that support alternative fuel sales are not warranted, the … Read more »

Do Hybrids Save Money? Depends How You Drive

Do Hybrids Save Money? Depends How You Drive

Vehicle window stickers, fuel economy standards and even life cycle studies offer incomplete efficiency estimates for vehicles because they often fail to account for driving conditions, a Carnegie Mellon University analysis has found. Researchers concluded that driving patterns have a substantial effect on the economic and environmental benefits of electric … Read more »

Watts Bar 1

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Nuclear and Hydro Approval, Ozone Standards

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that there are no environmental impacts would preclude issuing an operating license for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s under-construction, 1,150 MW Watts Bar 2 nuclear reactor near Spring City, Tenn. The NRC continues its safety review of the license application, and expects to update its Final Safety Evaluation Report … Read more »

EV Woes: Toyota, Mitsubishi Recalls, Ford Glitch

Toyota, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have had issues with electric and hybrid vehicle models this month, including several recalls. Toyota announced Thursday a voluntary recall involving an unspecified mix of 87,000 2010 Prius vehicles and Lexus HS 250h hybrids for a brake pressure accumulator that could develop … Read more »

NRC: Car Petroleum Use, GHG Emissions Could Drop 80%

NRC: Car Petroleum Use, GHG Emissions Could Drop 80%

The US could reduce petroleum use and cars’ greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 levels by using more efficient vehicles, alternative fuels and implementing strong government policies, according to a study by the National Research Council. To reach the 2050 goals, vehicles must become dramatically more efficient … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Fisker Talks IPO, Leaf Parks Itself, Volvo V60 Sells Out

Fisker Automotive is looking to share parts and technology with other car companies, which would help the electric carmaker save money, Fox News reports. The company is also preparing for a public offering of stock, CEO Tony Posawatz told the Automotive Press Association, adding that Fisker is watching the stock … Read more »

Toyota Pushes Hybrid Models, Scales Back Plans for EV

Toyota will roll out 21 hybrid vehicles by the end of 2015, while scaling back plans for widespread sales of its new all-electric compact in a decision that signals the company’s growing confidence in its hybrid strategy and its tepid view of battery-powered vehicles. Toyota predicted its sales of hybrid … Read more »

Electric Drive Bus Sales ‘to Quadruple’ by 2018

Electric Drive Bus Sales ‘to Quadruple’ by 2018

Global sales of electric drive buses are set to quadruple over the next six years, driven by an explosion in demand from the Asia Pacific region, according to a report by Pike Research. Electric Drive Buses says that by 2018 annual sales of buses with hybrid systems, battery electric systems … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: German Solar Subsidies, Australian Carbon Price, Honda Hybrid Suit

The German parliament’s upper house has rallied enough support to delay plans to cut solar subsidies for as long as several months. But those opposing the proposal to slash feed-in tariffs by between 20 and nearly 40 percent did not get a big enough majority to reject the law outright, … Read more »