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Hybrid Buses Doing Great in Yosemite

Curry Village Hybrid Bus

 
Hybrid Buses part of attraction! Last week I spent a few days in Yosemite National Park admiring the grand rock formations and waterfalls. We stayed at Curry Village. Transportation around the park is very well organized through a network of Hybrid buses.
After some research I came upon the following article from www.fleetowner.com
Each year, more than [...]

Electric Trucks and Alt Fuel Fleets all around us.

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Secretary Chu Announces Best Buy, Johnson Controls, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Veolia to Join National Clean Fleets Partnership!
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t spot an Alt Fuel Truck or delivery vehicle on the road. Regularly I have seen UPS Hybrid Trucks in my neighborhood, but yesterday I spotted an all-electric Fedex delivery [...]

Ram Unleashes CNG Truck

Ram's new CNG truck

Chrysler announced last week that Ram would build the first straight-from-factory CNG truck in its history. The first batch of heavy duty 2500s will hit showrooms this summer, a major move for the automaker as it tries to blunt high gasoline prices for its customers. The announcement was made at last week’s Work Truck Show [...]

Emission Compliance! Where to Go?

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Q:  What are the health and environmental effects of diesel exhaust? 
A:   Diesel particulate matter (PM) can penetrate deep into the lungs and pose serious health risks, including lung cancer, aggravated asthma, chronic bronchitis, and increased respiratory symptoms. According to the California Air Resources Board, diesel exhaust contains over 40 known cancer-causing substances and contributes [...]

How Big is a 400hp Electric Motor?

VIA Motors Hybrid Truck

One advantage that an electric motor has is that it is relatively small compared to a gasoline engine with the same capacity. Another adavantage is that because of the high torque you don’t need a gearbox. At the Detroit Autoshow this month VIA motors showed off its plug-in Hybrid trucks and the 11″x11″   400hp electric [...]

Via Motors, Bob Lutz: Electric Transportation’s Future

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Tradition, Experience, and SUVs
Bob Lutz, the man behind the Chevy Volt, is now a senior member of the Via Motors management team. Via is strategically positioning itself in the industry to be the leading manufacturer of the world’s next generation of electrified transportation options. Trucks, SUVs, and vans are all part of the mix. Lutz [...]

Fedex Hybrid Trucks

Fedex Hyrbid Truck

In 2000, as passenger hybrid cars were just beginning to grow in popularity, FedEx teamed with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on an ambitious project to make the standard delivery truck more environmentally friendly.
 
At the time, a handful of companies had tested cleaner vehicle technology, such as hybrids, but few had made commitments to add them [...]

Nissan To Rock Detroit With Electric Van

A Nissan NV200 van

Nissan will unveil two headline-grabbing models at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Unconfirmed reports from several news outlets point to a hybrid version of the company’s hugely popular Pathfinder, as well as an oddity that no one expected, an electric van. Right now, Nissan provides a few electric NV200 vans to [...]

UPS Hybrid Trucks and Green strategy.

UPS Hybrid Truck

UPS services nearly 8 million customers a day using a global land transportation fleet of more than 94,000 package cars, vans, tractors, motorcycles. That is an average of 80 customers a day per vehicle. OK, that is maybe not a good representation of the average duty of a UPS truck, but we all have seen [...]

London Double Decker Hybrids

London Double Decker Bus

London Mayor Boris Johnson took a ride on one of his city’s brand new, emissions-slashing double-deckers Friday, calling the bus “the latest, greatest masterpiece of British engineering and design.”  The buses are inspired by the classic red Routemaster double-deckers that had been an iconic part of the London cityscape since the 1960s, until being phased out [...]

Record-Breaking EV Buy For UPS

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Following in the footsteps of countless municipalities and federal government agencies, private company United Parcel Service has just purchased 100 electric delivery trucks, which will be added to its California operational fleets. While it is one of the world’s largest non-governmental users of electric and hybrid trucks, UPS is just beginning the push to convert [...]

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