The November, 2006 issue of Business 2.0 reports that several U.S. companies are awarding cash bonuses to employees who buy fuel-efficient cars.

Hyperion Solutions was first off the mark in 2004 with its Drive Clean to Drive Change program, which gives employees $5,000 when they purchase cars with an EPA rating of 45 mpg or better. Up to 200 employees per year can benefit - first come, first served.

Google and Timberland offer hybrid incentive programs, with Google offering $1,500 for buying a new hybrid and $2,500 for leasing one, while Timberland puts up $3,000 toward the purchase of a new hybrid.

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