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U.S. DOT Issues New Distracted Driving Guidelines for In-Vehicle Technologies


WASHINGTON - During a press conference on Feb. 16, the U.S. Secretary ofTransportation Ray Lahood, and the National Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Administrator DavidStrickland, presented new proposed guidelines designed to encourage automakers to limit the risk of driver distraction when using communications, navigation, and entertainment

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"I was just reading the article in the Fleet Magazine, and all I can say is 'Wow.' I am requesting a scholarship for our mechanic, so he can bring back valuable information to our shop, to enable us to make the necessary changes to remain FTA compliant, and provide the safest and most comfortable transportation available. I also would like to have the office manager take the online course."
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Deadline for Entries: April 15, 2012
Winners will be notified June 1, 2012

• 10 Winners announced in the 2012 October issue of
Fleet Maintenance.
• Upon graduation, graduates will be recognized with a certificate
and in the 2013 September issue of
Fleet Maintenance.
• Recognition of completion at the 2013 Technology Maintenance
Council (TMC).

Note: Ten Winners are chosen by a panel of judges consisting of the FM publisher, editor, sponsor delegates, KU delegates, and the FM Editorial Board. CDX will donate technician training software for use in their department.

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CALSTART-Supported Legislation Moving Forward in California

DATE:            4/19/12
TO:                 CALSTART Members
FROM:          Jamie Hall, Policy Director

CALSTART is sponsoring several pieces of legislation in California that support our mission of growing the clean transportation technologies industry and accelerating the transition to a cleaner transportation future. Three CALSTART-sponsored bills just passed out of their first legislative committees this week. There is still much work to be done, but we have cleared the first major hurdles. The bills are summarized here. We encourage you to engage in the process and add your organization to the list of supporters for these bills. More information is below.

  • SB 1455 (Kehoe): This bill would set an alternative fuels goal for the state of California and direct the relevant agencies to proactively work toward diversifying the state’s transportation fuel supply. As currently written, the bill calls for 26% alternative fuels by 2022. We are currently just under 10%, so this would represent a substantial move toward alternative fuels (including electricity) and greater fuel efficiency.
  • AB 2405 (Blumenfield): This bill would ensure that clean vehicles with “white stickers” and “green stickers” are able to access California’s High Occupancy Toll lanes free of charge, with a few minor exceptions. This ensures the continuation of a vitally important incentive for these vehicles, which include natural gas, battery electric, fuel cell, and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
  • AB 2583 (Blumenfield): This bill calls for greater leadership from California’s state fleets. The bill would call for the state Department of General Services to purchase more clean vehicles and fuels, with a goal of moving toward 100% advanced technology for new vehicle purchases in 2015. The bill would also ask the state to investigate ways to use state garages to encourage the use of clean vehicles, through preferential spaces, available refueling infrastructure, and other means.

We will keep you up to date as these bills move through the legislative process. There is still a long way to go, but we have cleared the initial hurdle on each of the above efforts. We are still soliciting support on these bills so please contact CALSTART Policy Director Jamie Hall (; 510-307-8774) if you are interested in supporting. The more companies we have on board, the more likely it is that we can implement these important policies and move the industry forward.

CalLHEAT Forum 2012

CalHEAT 2012: Early Registration Ends Tomorow!
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
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The California Hybrid, Efficient and Advanced Truck (CalHEAT) Research Center Forum 2012 is almost here.  Hosted by the CEC, CALSTART, and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, CalHEAT Forum 2012 features an informative agenda of government, industry, fleet, and technology experts, as well as valuable networking opportunities. 

Highlights include:
  • Unveiling of the CalHEAT Technology Roadmap, the foundation of the State’s clean truck plan
  • Policy insights from key policy leaders - Rob Oglesby, Executive Director, California Energy Commission and Matt Spears, Center Director, Heavy-Duty Diesel Programs, US EPA
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Jim Williams, Chief Scientist Energy and Environmental Economics - The Technology Path to Deep Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts by 2050:  The Pivotal Role of Electricity
  • Important stakeholder  and fleet views on commercializing clean truck technologies
  • Policies, investments and incentives needed to speed commercialization
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Greenkraft Inc obtains EPA/CARB Certificate for 2013 General Motors 6.0L in Natural Gas

November 26, 2012 SANTA ANA, CA – Greenkraft, Inc reports California Air Resources Board and EPA certification of its 2013 dedicated-compressed natural (CNG) gas fuel system for 6.0-liter General Motors engines for 14,000 and above GVRW trucks and custom chassis manufacturers. Greenkraft, Inc is a leading manufacturer of alternative fuel systems for use in transportation applications. In addition to our fuel delivery system, GreenKraft offers complete GM power train (engine and transmission) that can be installed in new custom chassis or trucks 14,000GVRW and above or as repower application to run on CNG, instead of diesel which can help reduce the cost of fuel for fleet operators. “The certifications are especially important because several states have either adopted or are in the process of adopting California's emissions standards said Frank Ziegler, Director of Sales”. These states include New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Maryland and Florida. For additional information please call Greenkraft at (714) 545-7777 ext 15 or visit


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