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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2008
I am glad that you published an article on Pearson Fuels and on alternative fuels in general. ("Station in the fast lane with alternative fuels," July 19.) Let me take you to task for two things. Although you mentioned the other truly alternative fuels, natural gas and propane, there was nothing in the article about them. You could have included a paragraph or two on each fuel, their sales, what cars run on them, other stations in the area, etc. Another missed opportunity: a paragraph or two on the other alternative fuels much closer to home -- the Riverside City Yard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1994 | MAKI BECKER
The newly opened Los Angeles Community Reuse Organization will offer free monthly workshops and tours to inform the community about new research on alternative fuels. The group is helping a Chatsworth-area energy research center switch from nuclear power to alternative energy sources as its main research project. "The Path to the Hydrogen Economy" will be the first workshop, slated for Sept. 17. The use of hydrogen as a clean-burning fuel will be discussed.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1991
More than 100 test vehicles powered by six alternative fuels will soon be operating throughout the Los Angeles Basin, air quality district officials said Monday. Norton Younglove, chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's board, said it will be "the most comprehensive alternative fuels project to date in terms of the multiple fuels and numbers of vehicles involved, as well as because of sponsorship by a coalition of government agencies and private industry representatives."
NEWS
October 24, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Californians must significantly increase use of methanol and other alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuel if they ever are to meet air quality standards, a state panel has advised the Legislature. In its report, the California Advisory Board on Air Quality and Fuels said one-third of reductions in smog-forming nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons planned for Southern California over the next two decades depend on wide use of alternative fuels.
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
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2011
EVENTS The coolest green cars since Steve McQueen's Mustang will be on display at the sixth annual AltCar Expo, where attendees can ride in, test-drive and purchase alternative-fuel vehicles. Highlights include the Nissan Leaf, Toyota's plug-in Prius, the Chevy Volt and the Mercedes B-Class F-Cell. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Free. (310) 390-2930. http://www.altcarexpo.com.
NEWS
May 4, 1989 | From Associated Press
Using fuels such as methanol instead of gasoline to power cars could boost the risk of global warming, according to a study given to automotive engineers Wednesday. However, the study said, stringent government controls on emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that contribute to the warming of the Earth, combined with policies discouraging travel by car, could lessen the impact of alternative fuels on the climate. The study by independent consultant Michael Walsh was presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
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
September 14, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Drivers of electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles enjoy a special perk: They can drive solo in California's carpool lanes. But under a controversial plan proposed by local traffic agencies, those drivers will have to pay to use two heavily used carpool lanes that are being converted to toll roads. It has riled electric-car shoppers and alternative-fuel-vehicle advocates who worry that this is the first step in chipping away at a California tradition of letting solo drivers of autos with new technology and low emissions onto carpool lanes.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2011 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
Corn-based ethanol is the renewable fuel environmentalists love to hate. But as turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa has sent oil prices soaring, U.S.-made ethanol is making a comeback. Plants mothballed during the economic downturn are reopening. Domestic ethanol production hit record levels last year, topping 13.2 billion gallons, according to the Renewable Fuels Assn. in Washington. Oil companies including Valero Energy Corp., Sunoco Inc. and Marathon Oil Corp. that snapped up facilities when the industry hit a rough patch a few years ago are looking to expand.
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