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In a further sign that plug-in vehicles are on their way, two new companies - both utilities - have joined the USCAR partnership: DTE Energy and Southern California Edison. USCAR (the United States Council for Automotive Research, a joint project of the Big Three) announced yesterday that the new utility partners would take part in the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. The U.S. DOE's Andy Karsner (Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) said in a statement that the new lin

The DTE Energy company, which provides natural gas and electric services to Michigan customers, is going to start using biodiesel in its fleet of 800 diesel trucks and service vehicles (things like bucket trucks and light-duty vehicles). DTE will present a ceremony on Tuesday to mark the shift to the biofuel, but didn't announce the percentage of biodiesel it will be using. DTE did say that Michigan-based biodiesel supplier RKA Petroleum will provide the fuel and that the switch is the "environm