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Apple

Is Apple’s Secret Project Titan a Self-Driving Electric Car?

Apple may soon start testing self-driving cars at a former military base in northern California. The GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre facility on the site of what used to be the Concord Naval Weapons Station, in Concord, California, has more than 20 miles of paved roads, city streets, railroad crossing and … Read more »

LondonWaste Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz Fleet Collects LondonWaste Recycling

Municipal solid waste company LondonWaste has a new fleet of Mercedes-Benz eight-wheelers vehicles, fitted with Hyva hook-loading equipment to handle materials for recycling. The vehicles access Reuse & Recycling Centres in and around the North and East London area and will collect and deliver a range of materials (cardboard, wood, … Read more »

Mercedes Fuel Duel

Green Fleet Roundup: Joule, Mercedes-Benz, Boeing, Toyota, Mazda, Penske

Joule’s ethanol fuel has been confirmed by third-party tests to meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D4806 and the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) EN 15376. Joule will use the results to obtain the government approvals needed for commercialization of its ethanol fuel. The tests were initiated … Read more »

‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2015 Ranked

‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2015 Ranked

For the second year in a row, Mercedes-Benz’s Smart ForTwo Electric Drive convertible coupe is the “greenest” car of the year while the Ram 2500 truck is the “meanest,” or least environmentally friendly, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s annual vehicle environmental ratings. ACEEE’s 18th annual ratings … Read more »

Delta Smart EV charger

Delta Launches Smart EV Chargers

Delta Products has launched a smart electric vehicle charging technology, targeting large-scale deployment of smart charging systems at low cost. Project partners include the Department of Energy, DTE Energy, Mercedes Benz and kVA. With communication capabilities and a site management system, Delta’s smart-grid-capable EV chargers can prioritize and optimize EV … Read more »

Mercedes

Daimler Must Use Low-Global-Warming Coolant

Germany must force Daimler — which makes Mercedes-Benz — to use a newer low-global-warming air conditioning coolant, according to the European Union. Industry Week reports the EC said Germany has “infringed EU law” and faces court action by allowing Daimler to use an older refrigerant that emits potent greenhouse gases. Since … Read more »

Time Warner fleet

Green Fleet Roundup: Time Warner Cable, Wamart, Plug Power, Clean Energy Fuels

Time Warner Cable is joining the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities’ National Clean Fleet Partnership to further reduce petroleum use and increase efficiencies within its fleet (pictured) of more than 20,000 service trucks and vehicles. TWC’s participation is part of the company’s “Go Green” initiative under which TWC is on … Read more »

AAA

Stop-Start Tech Improves Fuel Economy, Cuts CO2

Automatic stop-start automotive technology yields a 5 percent to 7 percent improvement and fuel economy and a CO2 reduction, according to research from AAA. AAA tested three vehicles equipped with automatic stop-start systems using the EPA’s “urban” driving cycle. With the automatic stop-start system engaged, the vehicles delivered improved fuel … Read more »

Tesla Tops AAA’s Green Car Guide

Tesla Tops AAA’s Green Car Guide

The 2013 Tesla S P85 tops the Automobile Association of America’s 2014 Green Guide, followed by the electric 2012 Toyota RAV4 and the clean diesel 2014 Audi A7 TDI Quattro in third place. In fact half of the top 10 highest scoring green cars are clean diesel vehicles. The annual … Read more »

Mercedes-Benz test fleet

Mercedes-Benz, Clariant, Haltermann Run Test Fleet on E20 Fuel

Mercedes-Benz, chemical company Clariant and biofuel producer Haltermann are testing a vehicle fleet in Germany powered by fuel that contains 20 percent cellulosic ethanol (E20). Clariant’s sunliquid process converts wheat straw into cellulosic ethanol. Haltermann then mixes the cellulosic ethanol with conventional fuel components to form the new E20 fuel. The … Read more »

ACEEE Picks ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2014

ACEEE Picks ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2014

Mercedes-Benz’s Smart ForTwo Electric Drive convertible coupe is the greenest vehicle of 2014 while the Ram 2500 truck is the “meanest,” or least environmentally friendly, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) annual vehicle environmental ratings. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive earns a highest-ever score of 59 … Read more »

PlugPower

Plug Power Awarded $650,000 DOE Contract

The US Department of Energy has awarded Plug Power a $650,000 contract to demonstrate the use of hydrogen-based fuel cells to power the refrigeration units in semi-trailer trucks that transport perishable and frozen foods. Plug Power’s transport refrigeration unit (TRU) fuel cells, which will be based on its GenDrive technology, … Read more »