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December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Verizon Switches New York Van Fleet to Hybrid Electric

Photo: XL Hybrids.

Verizon has replaced 234 of its gas-powered vans in New York City with hybrid- electric vans using XL Hybrids technology, to support the city's clean energy goal to cut greennhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.

Tags: New York, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Verizon

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Three More Hyundai Cars Win Top IIHS Award

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Elantra GT and Santa Fe Sport all qualify for 2017 Top Safety Pick+ awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Tags: Hyundai, IIHS, Small Cars, Crash Tests, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Santa Fe, Headlights, Automatic Braking, IIHS Top Safety Pick+, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2017-MY, 2018-MY, Safety, Hyundai Ioniq, Mid-Size SUVs

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

House Plan Would Eliminate EV Tax Credit

A $7,500 federal tax credit that has fueled sales of plug-in electric vehicles in recent years could be eliminated if House Republicans can include the proposal in the tax cut bill now under discussion, reports Reuters.

Tags: Tax Credits, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Taxation, U.S. Congress

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Orders Open for Electrified Transit Van Conversion

Photo courtesy of LightningSystems

Lightning Systems is now accepting pre-orders for its new zero-emissions LightningElectric system for Ford Transit, a battery conversion package.

Tags: Conversion, Ford Transit, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Lightning Systems, Vehicle Modifiers

October 16, 2017 - Global News

LeasePlan Corp. N.V. Launches Mobility Campaign

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LeasePlan Corp. N.V. has launched a mobility campaign called "What’s next?" that spans 32 countries, and highlights the fleet management company's commitment to mobility management.

Tags: Global, LeasePlan, Mobility, Fleet Management Companies

October 13, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Land Rover to Offer Plug-in Range Rover for 2019

Photo of 2018 Range Rover courtesy of Land Rover.

Land Rover's flagship Range Rover SUV will arrive with a plug-in hybrid variant for the 2019 model year, after an interior and technology update for the 2018 model year, the company announced.

Tags: Land Rover Range Rover, Land Rover, Luxury SUVs, 2019-MY, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

October 9, 2017 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech to Offer LPG E-350 Cutaway

Graphic courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech will offer a propane autogas-fueled Ford F-350 single-rear-wheel and dual-rear-wheel cutaway van that can be set up as a delivery truck for food and beverage or parcel delivery fleets, the company announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Propane Conversion, Delivery Fleets, Cutaway Vans, Ford E-350, Vehicle Modifiers

September 19, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class PHEV to Arrive in 2019

Photo of 2019 S560e courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz will bring a new generation of its plug-in hybrid S-Class sedan to the U.S. market in the middle of 2019. The automaker debuted the sedan at the Frankfurt International Auto Show earlier this month.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, 2019-MY, Luxury Sedans

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Lightning Systems to Offer Electric Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Lightning Systems.

Lightning Systems will offer commercial fleets a battery-electric heavy duty Ford Transit van in early 2018 under a partnership with New Eagle, the vehicle modifier announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Vehicle Modifiers, Lightning Systems

September 12, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Hydrogen-Powered Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell Hybrid to Arrive in 2019

Photo of GLC F-Cell hybrid courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz will begin selling its hydrogen-powered GLC F-Cell hybrid in the U.S. in late 2019 amid a push by automakers to introduce more zero-emissions vehicles ahead of more stringent emissions regulations, the automaker announced.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Frankfurt Motor Show

September 7, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

BMW to Offer 12 EVs by 2025

Photo of Harald Krüger, BMW AG chairman, and Klaus Fröhlich, board member, at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.

BMW plans to offer 25 vehicles with some kind of electrification by 2025, including 12 battery-electric models, the company's chairman said ahead of the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.

Tags: BMW, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt Motor Show

September 7, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Jaguar Land Rover to Electrify Entire Lineup by 2020

Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar Land Rover will offer electrified versions across its lineup by 2020, including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and mild hybrid models, the company announced.

Tags: Jaguar Land Rover, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Jaguar

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

DHL Adds Electric Ford Transit Vans in Germany

The StreetScooter Work XL Photo: Ford

Ford and Deutsche Post Group subsidiary StreetScooter GmbH have presented the first of their jointly produced electric delivery vans, the StreetScooter Work XL.

Tags: Cargo Vans, DHL, Germany, Ford Transit, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

July 31, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Few to Pay $35K for Tesla's Model 3

Photo of Model 3 courtesy of Tesla.

Tesla handed over the first 30 Model 3 battery-electric sedans to customers during a July 28 handover event at the company's Fremont, Calif., factory and pricing for most buyers will be significantly more than the $35,000 initially announced.

Tags: Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Tesla Model 3

July 6, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Tesla to Start Model 3 Production

Photo of the Model 3 courtesy of Tesla.

Tesla will begin building its Model 3 on Friday with a goal of producing 20,000 cars in December as it competes with the Chevrolet Bolt EV to offer an affordable battery-electric car with enough range to stoke wider EV adoption.

Tags: Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Luxury Sedans, Tesla Model 3

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Trump’s Budget Slashes Vehicle Technology Funding

Photo via Max Pixel

President Trump’s 2018 proposed budget slashes the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology program funding, reducing it by nearly 74%. The cuts include terminating funding for the Clean Cities program.

Tags: Research, Alternative Fuels, Federal Grants, Donald Trump, Clean Cities

May 15, 2017 - Global News

UAE Launches EV Incentive Program

Graphic courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy launched an incentive program that will call for up to 10% of car fleets of federal ministries and agencies to be electric vehicles.

Tags: UAE, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Incentives

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Deploy Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck in California

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS will begin using a medium-duty delivery truck that uses gaseous hydrogen to power an electric battery and motor in Sacramento, California, with an eye toward expanding use of the alternative fuel after a successful test.

Tags: UPS, Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Delivery Fleets, Hydrogenics

April 24, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Tesla Aggressively Expanding EV Charging Network

Photo courtesy of Tesla.

In a bid to increase adoption of its vehicles, Tesla Inc. plans to increase the number of public charging stations starting this summer, the company announced in an April 24 blog post.

Tags: Tesla, EV Charging, EV Charging Stations

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota Adds Lower-Priced Base Prius

Photo of the 2017 Prius Two courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota has introduced a lower-cost Prius gasoline-electric hybrid into its 2017 lineup with the Prius One, that carries a starting price that's $1,210 lower than the Prius Two, according to a Cars Direct report.

Tags: Toyota Prius, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2017-MY, Toyota, Hyundai Ioniq, Pricing

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

VW Has Fixed, Repurchased Half of 2.0L Diesels

Photo courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen has bought back or repaired more than half of the 475,000 vehicles with 2.0-liter diesel engines that failed to meet emissions standards as part of a federal settlement about six months after it began the program.

Tags: Volkswagen, VW Diesel Scandal, Diesel Engines

April 14, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Genesis Shows GV80 Luxury SUV Concept

Photo of GV80 concept courtesy of Genesis.

Genesis has provided an early look at its first luxury SUV with the GV80 concept that was shown at the New York International Auto Show, as the nascent luxury brand seeks to expand beyond a slate of sedans.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, New York Auto Show, Genesis, Luxury SUVs, Concept Vehicles

March 20, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Tesla Discontinues Base Model S

Photo of Model S courtesy of Tesla.

Tesla will discontinue its entry-level Model S 60 and all-wheel 60D sedans that carry a $68,000 price point, and will sell the 75 and 75D sedans that retail for at least $74,500 as the entry models, the company announced in a letter to owners.

Tags: Tesla, Tesla Model S, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Discontinued Vehicles

March 17, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Tesla Raises $1.2B to Bolster Model 3

Photo of Model 3 courtesy of Tesla.

Tesla has sold $1.2 billion in common shares and convertible senior notes to support the roll-out of the Model 3, the Palo Alto company announced.

Tags: Tesla, Equity Markets, Tesla Model 3

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Invests More Than $90M In Natural Gas

Photo: UPS

UPS said it will invest more than $90 million in natural gas facilities and vehicles, including fueling stations, compressed natural gas trucks and liquefied natural gas vehicles.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, LNG

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