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Toyota, looking to further boost the "shiny, happy" quotient of the model eco-district it's built in Japan's Toyota City, has installed a charging station specifically to be used for its single-passenger electro-mobility vehicles.

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Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have received a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Energy to evaluate technologies that provide drivers with feedback so they can cut emissions and reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 percent.

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DIY Eco Rides on Green Overdrive – Click above to watch video after the jump

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco – Click above for high-res image gallery

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50 Cars or 1 Coach ad campaign in Sweden – Click above to watch video

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50 Cars or 1 Coach ad campaign in Sweden – Click above to watch video

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A few months ago we announced that France was going back to having road tax disks on windshields, similar to system used in the UK. However, the process has been simplified quite a bit from the French Minister of Economy's original idea. Plans to complicate the fee by basing it on Euro pollution levels is gone. Instead, France will tax cars that produce over 250 g/km of CO2 an additional €160 per year duty. That's simple enough, isn't it?

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click to enter a gallery of the new Volvo DRIVe

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Ann Job provides a more extensive review of the 2007 Saturn Vue Green Line than the one previously posted by Automobile. She speculates, for example, that the "Eco" light, which brightens when the Vue exceeds government fuel standards, is vacuum-operated instead of using a computer to determine mileage. She finds the setup a bit odd since hybrid buyers want to know how much they save fuel-wise.

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As the song goes, "Blues had a baby, and the called it rock n' roll." Well, Autoblog has just birthed its first spinoff, and we're calling it AutoblogGreen.

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Best Syndications has posted an article on how hybrid vehicles are part of the demographic category Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) or "metrospiritual. " (Pictured is actress Gwyneth Paltrow, considered by many to be a member of said category).

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Boom shalaka-laka, the 28th Autoblog Podcast is here. On today's episode, the intrepid Christopher Paukert and myself go over Audi's ostentatious debut of its new TT coupe, observe a moment of silence for the industry's loss of MPH Magazine and finally, we get all green up in this thing talking about my experience with a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDi that runs on grease from a dumpster. Good times... hope you enjoy.

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Looking for an easy tax credit? Look no further than the U.S. tax credits for hybrid vehicles. While the program's days are numbered, our friends over at Treehugger tell us that the program isn't extinct yet.

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General Motors has touted its plans to have a fuel-cell vehicle available for public consumption by 2010 for years. But according to Larry Burns, head of research and planning at GM, the automaker needs to push such a vehicle to full development in as early as eighteen months (2008). This, despite the company’s current precarious financial situation.

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Jan-Ake Jonsson, Managing Director of Saab, recently told Automotive News that hybrid drivetrains would find their way under the bonnet of both Saab and Opel vehicles by the end of the decade. The technology is currently being developed in Sweden and will likely being worked on in conjunction with the Saab 9-5 replacement due in 2007, as well as the 9-3’s successor set to break cover a year later.

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