Virginia Governor signs legislation and executive order beginning transition of state vehicles to natural gas, electricity or other alternative fuels

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has signed two pieces of legislation that promote the use of natural gas, electric or other alternative-fueled vehicles in the Commonwealth. The Virginia Office of Fleet Management Services oversees approximately 4,000 passenger-type vehicles, used by more than 175 state agencies and institutions. Electric (Battery) Fuels Natural Gas Policy

Volvo LIGHTS team helps facilitate authorization for public MDHD EV charging stations in California

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The decision also applies to charging service providers for off-road EVs or off-road electric equipment. San Diego Gas & Electric’s Electric Rule 18 already provided a clear exemption and did not require modification.

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New fleet customers for XL Hybrid’s plug-in hybrid upfit for Ford F-150 pickups

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XL Hybrids TYs7Oafol48Kkc8KJgZoTHgMu0w8LYSbRdYOj2VdwnuKwa">announced new fleet customers who intend to purchase its XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) upfit solution for Ford F-150 pickup trucks. The Fleet-Ready technology is the industry’s first ship-thru upfit on half-ton pickup trucks from a leading OEM. XLP will provide a 50% improvement in miles driven per gallon for major fleets across the United States, as well as significant reductions in CO 2 emissions.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE (Global Energy Player) are broadly collaborating to promote natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe. In line with COP 21, the Walloon strategy envisages that 50% of its public fleet vehicles, in need of replacement, will run on alternative fuels starting from 1 January 2017, and the percentage will rise to 100% starting from 1 January 2030. Europe LNG Natural Gas

Electrification Coalition and FleetAnswers launch partnership to provide electrification resources for commercial fleets

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The Electrification Coalition ( earlier post ) and FleetAnswers have formed a partnership to provide online resources on plug-in electric vehicle deployment to US commercial fleet operators. Initial case studies developed by the Coalition and FleetAnswers highlight early lessons in plug-in vehicle operations from FedEx Express and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), two of the largest fleets in their respective industries.

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MIT study concludes V2G-enabled electric commercial trucks could offer lower total operating cost than conventional diesel fleet

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A new study by researchers at MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL), concludes that electric commercial vehicles can cost 9 to 12% less to operate than trucks powered by diesel engines when used to make deliveries on an everyday basis in big cities and when V2G (vehicle-to-grid) revenue is incorporated. miles per gallon for hybrid trucks, while the electric-only trucks averaged 0.8 Firms do not need fleets as big as 250 trucks to realize savings.

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ALTe working with PG&E to validate retrofitted range-extended electric powertrain for fleets

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The ALTe system converts conventional light-duty trucks into a range-extended electric vehicle. ALTe, the developer of a range-extended electric powertrain used to repower light commercial vehicles, is collaborating with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) to help validate the ALTe powertrain for the fleet industry. Under the agreement, ALTe will retrofit one of PG&E’s 2007 Ford F-150 trucks with a version of its plug-in series electric hybrid powertrain.

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Careful Bus deploys school buses in NYC outfitted with XL hybrid systems

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The XLH system uses regenerative braking during deceleration and electric assist during acceleration to increase fuel economy. Careful Bus, which operates a fleet of about 100 student transportation vehicles as part of a contract with the New York City Department of Education, has been an early adopter of many innovative transportation technologies over its 45-year history, including GPS technology, dashboard cameras and thumb scanner equipment. Conversions Fleets Hybrids

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Adds 5,000 Hybrids to Nationwide Fleet

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car is adding approximately 5,000 additional gas/electric hybrids to its nationwide fleet and designating nearly 80 rental locations across the country as “hybrid branches.” The addition of nearly 5,000 hybrid vehicles more than doubles the amount of hybrids the company owns; already the world’s largest fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles.

Chesapeake Energy to invest some $1B over 10 years to support natural gas demand, infrastructure and end-use technologies; $305M in initial investments in Clean Energy Fuels and Sundrop Fuels

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Chesapeake Energy Corporation plans to create a $1.0-billion venture capital fund over the next 10 years, Chesapeake NG Ventures Corporation (CNGV), dedicated to identifying and investing in companies and technologies that will replace the use of gasoline and diesel with natural gas and natural gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuels. Chesapeake is the second-largest producer of natural gas, a Top 15 producer of oil and natural gas liquids and the most active driller of new wells in the US.

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US DOT Awards $100M in Recovery Act Funds to 43 Transit Projects to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding $100 million in Economic Recovery Act funding to 43 transit agencies for projects to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from both vehicles and facilities. Selection criteria included a project’s ability to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and also to provide a return on the investment. The primary use of electrical energy by GLPTC is by its garage and maintenance facilities.

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XL Hybrids expanding product line-up with new plug-in hybrid system for pick-ups; product launch in Q4 2017

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The XLP will be an industry-first fleet-ready solution offered as a ship-thru upfit on half-ton pickup trucks from leading OEMs, and is targeted to provide a 50% improvement in miles driven per gallon for major fleets across the United States, as well as significant reductions in CO 2 emissions. XLP ship-thru deliveries to fleet customers will begin in the fourth quarter of 2017, said Clay Siegert, XL Hybrids’ co-founder and chief operating officer. Fleets Hybrids Plug-ins

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US DOE Awards $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Alternative Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

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The vehicles and infrastructure being funded include the use of natural and renewable gas, propane, ethanol, biodiesel, electricity, and hybrid technologies. The project will deploy 502 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles through 119 public and private fleets throughout the state. The program includes the installation of 10 alternative fuel refueling sites (two B20, one Electric Recharging, and seven CNG).

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DOE to award $11M to 20 new Clean Cities projects for alt fuel cars and trucks

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is [link] about $11 million to 20 new projects to help states and local governments to develop the infrastructure, training, and regional planning needed to help meet the demand for alternative fuel cars and trucks, including vehicles that run on natural gas, electricity, and propane. Vehicle Workgroup and create a strategic plan for statewide natural gas. vehicle implementation; establish a Minnesota green fleet recognition.

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California Public Utilities Commission approves 15 transportation electrification pilot projects focusing on disadvantaged communities

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved 15 pilot projects aimed at helping to accelerate electric vehicle adoption, with a focus on disadvantaged communities. The decision approves, with modifications, four Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) projects, five Southern California Edison (SCE) projects, and six San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) projects designed to speed adoption of electric vehicles, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Earth Policy Institute Joins

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automotive fuel economy, the key to greatly reducing oil use and carbon emissions is gas-electric hybrid cars. If the United States decided for oil security and climate stabilisation reasons to replace its entire fleet of passenger vehicles with super-efficient gas-electric hybrids over the next 10 years, gasoline use could easily be cut in half.

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Mayors Join Drive

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Conference of Mayors today unanimously endorsed a resolution encouraging the use of plug-in hybrid vehicles as an important step in reducing this country’s reliance on foreign oil and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. Plug-in hybrid vehicles would combine today’s new gas-electric hybrid technology with larger batteries that could provide an all-electric operating range of 25 miles to 35 miles or more.

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GM to Launch?

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Plug-in hybrids are gas-electric vehicles that can recharge their batteries with an extension cord and a normal wall outlet. market share, has been criticized for relying heavily on gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles. This year, it has also drawn sharp criticism for its decision to kill its EV1 electric car program. has a fleet of hybrid hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as part of "real world testing of fuel cell technology."

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I-5 electric truck charging sites mapped out by electric utilities; West Coast Clean Transit Corridor

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The West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative , a study commissioned by a collaboration among nine electric utilities and two agencies representing more than two dozen municipal utilities, recommends adding electric vehicle charging for freight haulers and delivery trucks at 50-mile intervals along Interstate 5 and adjoining highways. In California, the transportation sector accounts for nearly 80% of the state’s air pollution and more than 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

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Campaign Begins

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January 24, 2006—Declaring the country’s economy, environmental health and national security at risk, a grassroots coalition of cities including Austin, Baltimore, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle as well as electric utilities and national policy organizations today kicked off a nationwide campaign to urge automakers to accelerate development of plug-in hybrid vehicles. According to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), half the cars in the U.S.

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First XL Hybrids XLP plug-in hybrid upfits to be installed on Ford F-150 pickups

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XL Hybrids’s XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) upfit solution ( earlier post ) will roll out on Ford F-150 pickup trucks beginning fourth quarter 2017. Ford, with its top-selling half-ton truck for any make and model, was chosen as the first OEM based on XL Hybrids’ order commitments from major fleet customers. The XLP Fleet-Ready technology is the industry’s first ship-thru upfit on pickup trucks from a leading OEM.

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California Energy Commission approves plans to invest nearly $500M in electricity R&D and alternative fuels

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One will fund clean energy research that benefits electricity ratepayers. Another is an annual clean transportation investment plan that is designed to spark innovation in projects that will help transform California’s fleet to meet greenhouse gas and clean air goals. The clean energy research plan is a $388-million investment funded by the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). EPIC is funded by electricity ratepayers of Pacific Gas and Electric Co.,

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V2G company Nuvve participating in California’s wholesale energy markets to help balance the grid

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Nuvve Corporation, a San Diego-based vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology company, is participating in a program to deliver resource adequacy to local utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and California’s electrical grid using a large stationary battery located on the University of California San Diego’s (UC San Diego’s) campus microgrid. Nuvve’s solution enables electric buses, which are parked most hours of the day, to store energy while connected.

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EPRI and partners to stage public demo of Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with several auto manufacturers, utilities, and regional transmission organizations, will demonstrate the Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software system, developed by EPRI and Sumitomo Electric Industries. The software is an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies. —Dan Bowermaster, manager of EPRI’s Electric Transportation Program.

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Where Plug-In Hybrid Conversions (mostly Priuses) Are

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Ryan Fulcher of Seattle Electric Auto Association, April 2006 CalCars and Maker Faire team ("PriusBlue" EAA-PHEV method later modified by Manzanita Micro as "PiPrius" testbed) King County, WA Contact Ryan Fulcher at webguy2007(at)eaa-phev(dot)org. Pacific Gas & Electric/Bay Area Air Quality Management District, "Sparky," by EnergyCS, July 2006 (San Francisco County, CA) Contact sxtg@. San Diego Gas & Electric , Prius by Green Gears (San Diego, CA) July, 2007.

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ALTe signs long-term supply agreement with A123 systems for advanced lithium-ion battery packs

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ALTe has signed a long-term supply agreement with A123 Systems for complete lithium-ion battery packs to be integrated into ALTe’s range-extended hybrid electric powertrain systems. The packs will be matched with a four-cylinder engine, electric motors and proprietary controls modules to increase fuel economy by up to 200%. The ALTe powertrain is targeted toward the light truck market (including full size pickups and vans) with a focus on commercial, government and utility fleets.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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GM has announced plans for public sales in 2010, and almost every carmaker now says it will sell PHEVs or highway-speed battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sometime after 2010. Shifted earlier focus to all-electric Focus in 2011 with Magna. General Motors Chevy Volt series PHEV, which it calls "extended range electric vehicle" (EREV), part of "E-Flex" multi-fuel platform. Plans "large demonstration fleet" late 2009. And ride off into the sunset on electric power.

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California Energy Commission Approves $800K in four regional grants to prepare for electric vehicles

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The California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) approved four regional planning grants to prepare for electric vehicles. These areas of the state are expected to experience heavy electric vehicle use within the next ten years. The CEC proposed awarding nine grants this year under this particular program (Solicitation PON-10-602, Regional Plans to Support Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness.)

California utilities submit projects to CPUC to expand EV infrastructure, adoption and awareness

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Three investor-owned California utilities—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)—have submitted applications to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) outlining programs and investments aimed at achieving multiple electric transportation and emission-reduction goals set by the governor and state agencies.

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Update on ALTe; EREV powertrain company tracking for production-caliber units by December, production ramp in 1Q 2013

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Extended range electric vehicle powertrain company ALTe ( earlier post ) is tracking to produce a limited number of production-caliber vehicle powertrains by December, and plans to ramp up production in the first quarter of 2013, said CEO John Thomas in a recent interview with Green Car Congress. The first wave of F-150 production-ready prototype extended range electric vehicles is soon due to be delivered to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to kick-off a pilot study in the PG&E fleet.

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Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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The Obama Administration has announced a series of actions from the Federal government, private sector, and states, as well as a new framework for collaboration for vehicle manufacturers, electric utilities, electric vehicle charging companies, and states, all geared towards accelerating the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and putting more electric vehicles on the road. Electric vehicle coalition. Edison Electric Institute.

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SDG&E piloting integration of EVs and energy storage systems into CAISO energy markets for demand response services

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In a pilot vehicle-to-grid project, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is actively bidding a group of energy storage systems and electric vehicle fleets as one resource directly into the California Independent System Operator’s ( CAISO ) energy markets. These markets include those that address short-term imbalances in electricity supply caused by such things as intermittent renewable energy. Electric (Battery) Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

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China puts its electric vehicles on center stage - China automotive news

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Print E-mail Text Size: China puts its electric vehicles on center stage From:WSJ April 22, 2009 Chinese auto makers are unveiling a slew of battery-powered cars and other energy-efficient vehicles at this weeks Shanghai auto show that could make them more globally competitive and eventually help address the air pollution that chokes many Chinese cities. Among the most notable: a gas-electric hybrid Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Chrysler developing electric sports.

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ICCT: available low-carbon fuels can reduce CI of on-road transportation fuels in Pacific Coast region by 14%–21% by 2030

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The study presents eight scenarios for low-carbon fuel supply, including varying amounts of electricity, hydrogen, ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, next generation cellulosic biofuel, and natural gas. The specific fuel policy targets established or proposed by the region’s state and provincial governments for fuel carbon intensity reductions can be met in a variety of ways involving conventional biofuels, electric-drive, natural gas, and advanced cellulosic biofuels.

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Chrysler providing 10 PHEV Ram 1500 pickups to MBTA as part of demo project

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Chrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the US Department of Energy (DOE), will deliver 10 demonstration fleet Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) pickup trucks to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Chrysler will also distribute 5 of the Ram PHEVs to Central Hudson Gas & Electric and National Grid officials as part of a national demonstration program for evaluation and testing of the trucks for three years.

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Shanghai Plans to Provide Up to 20% Subsidy to Buyers of More Fuel Efficient Vehicles

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Buyers of hybrids, all-electric or fuel-cell vehicles will also get a break on some road taxes. Gas-electric hybrid cars now can cost more than 250,000 yuan. By 2011, Shanghai aims for new-energy vehicles to account for 5 percent of its total vehicle output, with an industrial scale of 10 billion yuan and a fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles in trial operation. Shanghai Daily.

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Toyota: Prius PHEV Fuel Economy Not Yet Available

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Most importantly, these vehicles are not representative of the lithium-ion battery-powered next-generation Prius PHVs that will be delivered to lease-fleet customers later this year. When asked about the mpg performance of PHVs—either lithium or nickel battery powered—we have consistently answered that we believe that PHV mileage will vary dramatically, depending on driving style and driving conditions.even more dramatically than with a conventional gas-electric hybrid.

Shipping industry eyeing hydrogen fuel cells as possible pathway to emissions reduction; work by Germanischer Lloyd and DNV

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Although technical and operational efficiency improvements in conventional propulsion systems may lower CO 2 emissions from ships by as much as 20% across the global fleet, such marked gains in efficiency will not stop the steady increase of total emissions from shipping or meet the ambitious reduction targets of the future. HybridSHIP is concerned with introducing batteries for on-board energy storage, integrated with fuel cells and gas engines.

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Scion iQ EV arrives in US for campus and urban car-sharing programs

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The iQ EV is a battery-electric four-seater city commuter car designed for car-sharing programs, in urban and campus environments; Toyota is targeting around 90 units for these applications. Toyota believes battery-electric vehicles have the potential to play a role in future mobility strategies. Approximately 90 iQ EVs will be available for fleet and car-sharing applications. Electric (Battery) Plug-ins2013 Scion iQ EV. Click to enlarge.

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US LDV Sales Down 34.4% in April; Hybrid Sales Down 45.5%

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Comparing GM’s April sales with March, total volume was up 11%, or about 16,600 cars, crossovers and trucks, largely driven by a return to more normal volumes of fleet sales compared with a very weak first quarter. Retail sales were down 32% compared with a year ago and fleet sales were down 30%. The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted April sales of 8,385 units, down 61.5%. US LDV SAAR. Click to enlarge.

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US LDV Sales Down 33.7% in May; SAAR Up to 9.91M; Reported Hybrid Sales Down 28.5%; Hybrid New Vehicle Share of 2.8%

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The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted May sales of 10,091 units, down 32.8%. During the month of May, Chrysler LLC did not produce any vehicles for fleet sales which resulted in a fleet sales reduction of 90% year-over-year for the same period. New vehicle SAAR. Data: Autodata. Click to enlarge. Total sales of light-duty vehicles in the US decreased 33.7% by volume year-on-year in May 2009 to 925,824 units, according to figures compiled by Autodata.

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US LDV Sales Fall 37.1% in January; January SAAR Below 10 Million

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Driven by an 80% reduction in fleet sales, GM dealers in the United States delivered 128,198 light-duty vehicles in January, down 48.9% The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted January sales of 8,121 units, down 28.6% Fleet sales were down 65% including a 90% decline in sales to daily rental customers. Fleet sales dropped 81% from last January, as outlined in the Chrysler’s viability plan. January SAAR dropped below 10 million. Click to enlarge.

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Toyota Unveils Dedicated Hybrid Concept, Plan for Prius Family; Expands Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration Program in the US

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The FT-CH is a concept that would address Toyota’s stated strategy to offer a wider variety of conventional hybrid choices to its customers, as it begins to introduce plug-in hybrids (PHVs) and battery electrics (BEVs) in model year 2012, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCHVs) in 2015 in global markets. By far, the single most successful example of this has been the gas-electric hybrid. The FT-CH concept. Click to enlarge.

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