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Standards & Certification Briefing: Kia Motors, KIOSK Information Systems, SMUD

Kia Motors Corporation has announced that the company’s new Soul EV, which will have its world premiere at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show starting later this week, has achieved UL Environment validation for bio-based organic carbon content for 10 percent of its interior materials. Various bio-based materials have been applied to … Read more »

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Green Fleet Roundup: Chevy, GMC, Tesla, Subaru, Kia, Ford

Chevrolet and GMC will offer bi-fuel versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty trucks and dedicated compressed natural gas versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size passenger vans next year. The bi-fuel versions of Silverado HD and Sierra HD are equipped to run on … Read more »

Walmart

Policy & Enforcement: Wal-Mart Safety, S. Korea Power Crunch, Calif. Offshore Fracking

Wal-Mart Stores has resolved two Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforcement actions by agreeing to improve worker safety and health conditions in nearly 2,900 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores, following alleged repeat and serious violations at a store in Rochester, N.Y. The company also will pay a $190,000 fine, Bloomberg … Read more »

Honda FCX Clarity

GM, Honda Join Forces on Fuel-Cell Vehicles

General Motors and Honda have partnered to develop fuel-cell vehicles and infrastructure. The two companies yesterday announced an agreement to co-develop fuel cell and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming to complete their work around 2020. They say they’ll also work together on refueling infrastructure. Fuel-cell vehicles can have up to 400 … Read more »

Fleet Round-Up: Stobart, FedEx, Cracker Barrel, Tire Efficiency

Stobart Group’s transport and distribution division Eddie Stobart and UK compressed and liquefied gases supplier BOC are testing a fleet of Volvo dual-fuel vehicles powered primarily by liquid natural gas. The UK government’s Technology Strategy Board is providing the initial funds for the trial, and Eddie Stobart has agreed to … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Kia Life Cycle Assessment, OSHA and GHS, NY Tax Credit

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its final revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard. OSHA’s central purpose in making its major modifications is to align the HCS with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System adopted in 2003 aiming to achieve worldwide uniformity in classifying and labeling chemicals, writes … Read more »