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March 15, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to announce Friday that he will ask Congress to create an energy security trust to fund research into alternatives to gasoline, according to senior White House officials. The $2-billion fund to be disbursed over 10 years would come from increased revenue the administration expects from streamlining the permitting process for drilling, and from higher oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, the officials said. The role of the trust, which will be in the president's budget proposal, would be to support cutting-edge research into fuels that would eventually replace gasoline, a prospect that the officials conceded was years away.
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AUTOS
July 16, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Riding the success of sales across its hybrid lineup, Ford Motor Co. plans to offer drivers a substantial upgrade in vehicle performance to improve fuel economy. The changes should help address some of the complaints lobbed by Ford hybrid owners that the cars fall short of Environmental Protection Agency estimates for fuel economy. “Just as individual mileage can vary based on driving styles and environmental conditions, we expect fuel economy improvements will differ from customer to customer depending on individual driving habits,” Raj Nair, Ford's vice president of global product development, said Tuesday.
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BUSINESS
May 1, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
To get a sense of how many alternative fueling stations the U.S. might need some day, consider the number of locations around the nation that have gasoline pumps. The Energy Department says that there are 160,000 gasoline stations around the U.S. but just 10,000 alternative fuel stations across the 48 contiguous states. Moreover, those 10,000 stations generally offer only one of the following: biodiesel, CNG or compressed natural gas, LNG or liquefied natural gas, electric, ethanol (E85)
AUTOS
April 23, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
A bill proposed by Torrance Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi would give a tax break to state residents who buy an alternative fuel vehicle. Assembly Bill 1077 would change the way state sales taxes and vehicle license fees are assessed against cars that run on alternative sources of fuel. The key change that the bill would make: taxes and fees would not be calculated until incentives such as federal income tax credits and state purchase rebates have reduced the cost of alternative fuel vehicles by thousands of dollars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Transportation Authority's board of directors Monday ordered a study of the possible use of alternative fuels to power a fleet of 50 new county buses. OCTA had been prepared to make a $12.5-million purchase of 40-foot transit buses that run on so-called "clean diesel" fuel that produces emissions that meet both state and federal clean-air guidelines.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2007 | From Reuters
President Bush and U.S. auto executives Monday promoted alternative fuels but did not discuss in any meaningful way their major point of disagreement: government fuel efficiency requirements. Rick Wagoner, chief executive of General Motors Corp., and his counterparts from Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group appeared to come away with little.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2007 | John O'Dell
Southern Californians interested in "green" fuels and vehicles can get an eyeful as the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute wraps up its annual national convention. The four-day event at the Anaheim Convention Center, which starts Sunday, is aimed largely at commercial and government vehicle fleet operators, but the sponsoring trade group will open its exhibit hall to the public from 8 a.m. until noon Wednesday. Admission is free.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2008 | From Reuters
An Airbus A380, the world's largest airliner, became the first commercial jet aircraft to use alternative fuel Friday, marking a milestone on the road to biofuels. The double-decker A380 needed no modification to use the gas-to-liquid, or GTL, fuel, which was designed to be mixed with regular jet fuel so the airplane "does not know the difference," Airbus said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2002 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dr. Robert Zweig, a Riverside family physician who witnessed the effects pollution was having on his patients and spent 35 years campaigning for cleaner air and promoting the use of alternative fuels, has died. He was 77. Zweig, co-founder of the environmental group Clean Air Now, died Feb. 15 of complications of leukemia at Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center in Riverside, where he was a founder and board member.
TRAVEL
June 21, 1992 | JACK ADLER
Rental-car drivers in California can help reduce air pollutants by opting for alternative-fuel vehicles as they begin to enter the marketplace. One car-rental company has launched a pilot program in the state, and two others expect to introduce the new vehicles into their California fleets this fall. These low-emission vehicles, known as variable fuel vehicles (VFVs) or flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs), are equipped to run on M85 or unleaded gasoline, or any combination of the two fuels.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to announce Friday that he will ask Congress to create an energy security trust to fund research into alternatives to gasoline, according to senior White House officials. The $2-billion fund to be disbursed over 10 years would come from increased revenue the administration expects from streamlining the permitting process for drilling, and from higher oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, the officials said. The role of the trust, which will be in the president's budget proposal, would be to support cutting-edge research into fuels that would eventually replace gasoline, a prospect that the officials conceded was years away.
NEWS
March 5, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Ford Motor Co. is boosting the number of trucks and vans its offers that run on compressed natural gas and propane as sales rise and demand grows for cleaner fuel fleets. “Since 2009, we've seen the number of Built Ford Tough commercial vehicles sold with factory-prepped engines for CNG/LPG [propane] upfit increase by more than 350%,” said Jon Coleman, Ford Fleet Sustainability and Technology manager. “To expand power of choice for our commercial customers, we are offering CNG/LPG prepped engines in additional vehicle nameplates -- from the Transit Connect compact van up to medium-duty F-650 models.” Since 2010, according to Mike Levine, truck communications manager for Ford, the company has seen its sales of compressed natural gas-fueled trucks and vans rise to 11,623 last year from 3,277 in 2010.
TRAVEL
June 17, 2012 | By April Orcutt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Did somebody say "road trip"? You'll find plenty of blasts from the past in a variety of automotive museums in the West, including celebrity vehicles, muscle cars and other classic autos. We've assembled an eclectic list of places whose varied collections might prompt a road trip, and they might entertain even those folks who are not car fanatics. Note: Collectors' cars need maintenance too, so most museums rotate their vehicles on display. That means that on any given day you might not see everything listed on their websites.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
A gas station that also offers E85 ethanol and biodiesel fuels has opened in Fullerton, becoming the first of more than 200 so-called clean mobility centers slated for the state. The Propel Clean Mobility Center at 1124 E. Chapman Ave., which opened Wednesday, was partially funded by grants from the California Energy Commission and the U.S. Energy Department. "People are looking for alternatives. They're looking for transportation options that aren't dependent on petroleum," said Matt Horton, chief executive of Propel Fuels in Redwood City, Calif., which at its new Fullerton station also offers a self-service bicycle repair station, recycling containers, free air and water, and maps of rail stations, bike paths and busways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Jamie Caissie says he's picky about the gas he puts in his GMC Sierra truck. For years, the 35-year-old flooring contractor only filled up at 76 brand stations, but on a recent Monday, he decided to try something new: the Propel Clean Mobility Center in Fullerton, which sells E85 flex fuel and biodiesel, along with traditional gasoline, and also allows customers to purchase carbon offsets at the pump. "My truck says it can take flex fuel, and it's 70 cents cheaper," said Caissie, who lives in Fullerton and often travels to San Diego and Northern California for work.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
To get a sense of how many alternative fueling stations the U.S. might need some day, consider the number of locations around the nation that have gasoline pumps. The Energy Department says that there are 160,000 gasoline stations around the U.S. but just 10,000 alternative fuel stations across the 48 contiguous states. Moreover, those 10,000 stations generally offer only one of the following: biodiesel, CNG or compressed natural gas, LNG or liquefied natural gas, electric, ethanol (E85)
NATIONAL
March 21, 2007 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
President Bush peeked under the hoods of hybrid cars and toured two automobile assembly lines Tuesday to urge Americans to buy more alternative fuel vehicles as part of his initiative to reduce gasoline use. "Americans are just getting used to this kind of ... technological breakthroughs, something you're used to," Bush told automobile workers at the Ford assembly plant near Kansas City.
NATIONAL
January 25, 2007 | James Gerstenzang and Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writers
President Bush ordered the federal government Wednesday to move toward purchasing hybrid-powered vehicles and reducing the federal fleet's petroleum consumption by 2% each year, part of an effort to boost alternatives to gasoline. Bush announced the executive order during a morning devoted to promoting new-technology fuels.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2011 | By Spencer Soper, Morning Call
When Peter Kupec was a boy, his mother cooked on a coal stove in the kitchen, which heated the whole house. Now 80, Kupec still uses coal to heat his Lansford home in Pennsylvania's anthracite region, which is estimated to have billions of tons of coal deposits to fuel industry and warm living rooms for centuries. So he was surprised when he called a dealer a few weeks ago to buy two tons of coal. "They said 'My God, I don't know when we can deliver it,'" Kupec said. "It might be six to eight weeks.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2011 | By Rosanna Xia
It's not just about fuel economy anymore. The five 2012 Green Car of the Year finalists showcase the different ways we can drive with a smaller carbon footprint. “There's all-electric, a diesel, a natural gas and there's a hybrid,” said John O'Dell, senior editor at Edmunds.com. “That shows the industry is finally getting to the point where there's some consumer choice in green offerings. When you look at those vehicles, they run the gamut of fuel types, price range and vehicle types.” The finalists - the Honda Civic Natural Gas, the Volkswagen Passat TDI, Mitsubishi i, the Toyota Prius V and the Ford Focus Electric - were nominated by Green Car Journal editors.
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