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Both fleet operators and consumers agree: it’s in everyone’s best interest for the EPA to increase fuel efficiency standards for large trucks. For both groups, cutting back on carbon emissions isn’t the key factor driving this attitude. It’s money. That is, this is what two new studies have determined. Data from two the new studies […]

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Lightning Hybrids, which builds aftermarket hybrid powertrains for fleet vehicles, uses a different type of power source for its regenerative braking system. Unlike electrified hybrid systems, which rely on rechargeable batteries to store power from regenerative braking, Lightning Hybrids has developed what it calls a mechanical battery. The heart of this system is its two […]

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As part of a 10-year plan to increase sustainability at the federal level, President Barack Obama is calling for more plug-in and zero emission vehicles in government fleets. Under the Executive Order, which was signed last week, Obama said zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) must make up at least 20-percent of federal […]

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Crosspoint Kinetics has announced that it is working with Morgan Olson to produce hybrid delivery vans. To create the hybrids, Crosspoint Kinetics bolts on its signature Kinetics Hybrid system into Morgon Olson’s commercial-grade vans. A 50-kilowatt electric motor mounts directly to a drivechain and doesn’t require any of the van’s original components to be removed. […]

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On January 20 the United States Postal Service put out a request for bid to replace by 2018 its aging fleet of Long Life Vehicles with at least the possibility of an alternative-energy drivetrain in consideration. The present vehicles custom-designed by Grumman Corp., intended to last 24 years, are at the end of this cycle. […]

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A wirelessly charged electric hybrid city bus will soon be cruising the streets of Södertälje, Sweden thanks to vehicle manufacturing company Scania’s sustainable vehicle technology research project. Scania, which has been researching electrification technologies that could supplant or supplement combustion engines, is partnering with the Royal Institute of Technology to test its wirelessly charged electric […]

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Is this a new take on the Indy 500? Not sure about that, but if the Midwest has had less exposure to electric vehicles than, say California, New York, or other regions, that should start to change this year with the influx of state-of-the-art European EVs into Indianapolis. The BlueIndy car sharing program beginning December […]

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Will you be keeping your current light vehicle for twelve years or more? A new study released yesterday states the combined average age of all light vehicles on the road in the U.S. remains steady at 11.4 years, based on a snapshot of vehicles in operation taken Jan. 1 of this year, according to IHS […]

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The eventual replacement for the ubiquitous Econoline, the Ford Transit van, started rolling off the line April 30 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant. On sale this summer, Ford said its next-generation full-size van family will provide tradespeople and businesses with increased capability and innovative new configurations in the growing commercial vehicle market. “Producing our […]

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HybridCars learned March 26 AutoShare is being bought by Enterprise. Enterprise Holdings made the announcement via press release to the fact its Enterprise Rent-A-Car Canada Company subsidiary is purchasing AutoShare CarSharing Network Inc. AutoShare was established in 1998 as Toronto’s first car-sharing organization, and today serves more than 12,000 local members. Enterprise Holdings, through its […]

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