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Ford, GM, Honda, Toyota Invest $1M in Driverless Car Test City

Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota are among the companies each investing $1 million over three years in the University of Michigan’s Mcity — the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars. … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: VW, Navistar, SpiceJet, Zenith, Avolon, Boeing

Volkswagen of America has announced providers of charging services for its e-Golf models. Bosch Automotive Service Solutions will be the charging station (pictured) and installation services partner for the e-Golf and ChargePoint will provide VW branded stations to all e-Golf dealerships and access to the largest network of public EV charging … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota, Panasonic, Tesla, Navistar, Volvo Trucks

Toyota will display a concept version of its fuel cell vehicle scheduled for launch around 2015 at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of the month. The FCV Concept (pictured) has a driving range of at least 500 km (310 miles) and refueling times as low as three minutes, roughly the same … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: EV Chargers from ABB and Fuji, US Hybrid Market, Apps for Vehicles

ABB has launched its Terra SmartConnect 20kW DC fast charger (pictured) with delivery in North and South America in the second quarter. Initial shipments will support the CHAdeMO fast-charging standard, with SAE / Combined Charging System units available later this year. The charger is designed for commercial and office areas. … Read more »

Duke Energy, Toshiba Unveil Solar EV Station with Battery

Simon Group along with partners Toshiba Corp., Duke Energy, Itochu Corp., and Tom Wood Automotive Group has unveiled an advanced vehicle charging station, with solar panels and a battery – the first such installation to emerge from a regional project. The installation, which is located at Clay Terrace in Carmel, … 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 »

Trucking Industry Welcomes Fuel Efficiency Standards

Trucking industry leaders have greeted new fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles with reactions ranging from cautious optimism to hearty enthusiasm. Navistar, Cummins and the American Trucking Associations came out strongly supporting the regulations. The Engine Manufacturers Association and the Truck Manufacturers Association described the program timeline as “challenging,” but … Read more »

DOT, EPA Set Nation’s First GHG, Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks, Buses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have unveiled the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. The new proposed standards are for three categories of heavy trucks: combination tractors, heavy-duty pickups and … Read more »

Roundup – Nexant, Navistar, American Cruise Line

How Green Is My Sneaker? Wall Street Journal EPA Awards $5.6 Million to Spur New Clean Diesel Technologies EPA WA group sues Gregoire over climate order Seattle Times The Next Green Thing – Energy Efficiency Power Gen Worldwide Federal Agencies Must Fill in Blanks of Obama’s Greenhouse Gas Goals NY … Read more »

California May Delay Diesel Rules

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) may delay its diesel pollution rules as a way to help construction and trucking industries that have been hurt by the recession, reports The Press-Enterprise. The decision comes after a discussion by the board that it may have overestimated the amount of diesel emissions … Read more »

FedEx Aims to be First U.S. Parcel Firm to Put All-Electric Trucks in Service

FedEx claims to be the first among its U.S. parcel delivery competitors to put all-electric trucks to work. However FedEx doesn’t officially have the title yet, because the vehicles aren’t slated to enter service until June. The four purpose-built electric trucks will be used in the Los Angeles area. FedEx … Read more »

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