New all-electric school bus makes a debut

Motiv Power Systems and Creative Bus Sales Inc. have partnered up in the creation of this all-electric school bus. It provides a opportunity for school districts to reduce their carbon footprint, improve conditions for students’ health and save on fuel costs. The zero-emission school bus will use the Motiv’s electric powertrain, a Ford F-59 chassis and Starcraft body. Features of the e-Quest XL bus include passenger capacity of up to 48, a range of up to 85 miles, and the attainment of a 50% battery charge within two hours, among others.

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Electric and autonomous concept cars featured at CES 2016

CES 2016, the technology trade show will feature both production-ready electric cars and autonomous concept cars from automakers such as GM and Volkswagen AG.  There will be around 3,600 companies featured at this show. At the show’s new conference, Ford will be discussing its recent partnership with Google to build driverless cars. This partnership is important to maintain Michigan’s leadership in the auto industry as new trends in mobility arise.

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Federal Alternative Fuel Tax Credits Extended

The tax bill named the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, extends many  federal tax credits that expired in 2014. This legislation will extend through 2016 and will ultimately help consumers save money and get more clean fuel vehicles on the road. The bill package extends the 1,000 home refueling tax credit and the alternative vehicle refueling property subsidy. Additionally, it includes several incentives that are beneficial to the biofuels industry.

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Pennsylvania announces new alternative fuel vehicle rebates

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP ) announced the new vehicle rebates that are available through the state’s Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Program. Plug in vehicle models such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus and Chevy Volt are eligible for rebate amount of 2,000. Natural gas, propane, hydrogen or fuel cell vehicles are eligible for the $1,000 rebate. California has also announced additional grants under its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology program.

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Chrysler completes $40 million switch to new CNG truck fleet

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles finished a two year, $40 million project to switch a new fleet of 179 trucks powered by CNG and renovate its truck operations center on Detroit’s east side. By making this change it is estimated that Chrysler will save $2.5 million annually on fuel costs. This investment demonstrates the automaker’s commitment to improve the air quality of Michigan and invest in the city of Detroit.

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How Michigan’s New Road Funding Plan Affects Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Known nationally and internationally as the birthplace of the automobile industry, Michigan has become equally prominent for its crumbling roads and aging infrastructure.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous attempts to solve Michigan’s road funding problem, including a ballot proposal earlier this year. At last, Nov. 10 marked an important day for Michigan, as Gov. Rick Snyder signed a comprehensive road funding package into law, the first of its kind since 1997…

While sensitive to arguments against the new legislative package, nonprofit advocacy group Clean Fuels Michigan (CFM) acknowledged the need to finally see a road funding solution signed into law…

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Business Leaders Announce Formation of Clean Fuels Michigan

A coalition dedicated to growing a high tech, clean transportation industry in Michigan

Nearly 30 leading companies and organizations in Michigan today announced the formation of Clean Fuels Michigan. The new 501(c)(6) organization aims to maintain Michigan’s position as a global leader in automotive manufacturing by advancing a clear vision, strategy, and advocacy centered on advanced powertrain technology and innovation. The overall goal is to promote investment, job growth and sustainable technologies in Michigan.

Michigan’s leadership position in the automotive industry is well known. It supports more than 513,000 jobs and provides nearly $36 billion in annual earnings. However, dynamic forces are rapidly changing the future of mobility and 37 states have policies to promote alternative fuel vehicles. Michigan is one of the relatively few states with no incentives supporting the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles, which is why we rank 41st out of 50 states in the number of alternative fuel vehicles per capita.

Michigan must act quickly so that it can capitalize on the developing marketplace and ultimately improve Michigan’s overall economic competitiveness,” said Chris Milani, Principal of the Rustbelt Group. “There needs to be a favorable policy climate so that Michigan can stay in the game and attract talent and position itself as the innovation leader for clean fuel technology,” Milani added.

Clean Fuel Michigan will advance clean fuel neutral policies, such as electric, natural gas, propane and hydrogen fuel cell technology, advise policy makers, and help commercialization efforts.

“Our members collectively believe in economic opportunities that stem from developing this technology and markets in Michigan,” commented Eric Clinton, Manager of NGV Business Development at DTE Energy.

Investments in clean alternative fuels will not only provide economic benefits to our communities but result in environmental improvements that are essential to the health and well being of Michigan’s citizens.