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News Briefs 7/11/12

BP Lubricants USA/Castrol has awarded a non-exclusive distributor agreement for packaged and bulk lubricants to the Apache Oil Co. of Pasadena, TX.

Schrader has been named “Supplier of the Year” by Prema Canada, one of the largest distributors of tire and wheel service supplies in Canada.

• A bill before the North Carolina senate seeking to eliminate annual motor vehicle safety inspections has failed upon adjournment, according to MEMA, which opposed the measure.

• According to a new report from Pike Research, around 410,000 plug-in electric vehicles will be sold between 2011 and 2015 in the United States. Cumulative U.S. sales will not reach the 1 million mark until 2018, according to the Boulder, CO-based clean technology market research and consulting firm.

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