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Chinese automaker BYD is preparing to launch its second-generation Qin plug-in electric hybrid in Costa Rica next year. No details have been released yet on launch date, pricing, warranty or amenities. Sales will commence in Central and South America through what BYD describes as the region's "largest automobile distributors."


Well, they've got plenty of balsa wood, so that's a start. Costa Rica-based inventor Jesse Blenn is spreading the word of what he says will be the first car designed and built in the country, and it will have an electrified powertrain of some sort, the Tico Times reports.

On February 25th, Mitsubishi Motors wheeled out a single battery-powered i-MiEV to celebrate the launch of its electric hatch in the Republic of Costa Rica. Sales of Mitsubishi's battery-powered vehicle will initially be restricted to fleet customers, but by offering the i-MiEV in Costa Rica, the Japanese automaker can officially claim that sales have commenced in Latin America.

After years of waiting, the Mitsubishi i MiEV is finally going to cross the Pacific Ocean and go on sale this upcoming February. In Costa Rica. What? Doesn't that make total sense to you? Yeah, it's not the biggest automotive market in the Americas but, to Costa Rica's credit, it has been considered by some the "greenest" country on the planet. Apparently, a Costa Rican's average environmental footprint is only about a quarter of a typical American's and the country has demonstrated its concern

The Greaseball Challenge charity car rally is kicking off this week with a launch party on Thursday and to celebrate Emily Horgan and her team have launched the official Greaseball website and blog. Four teams are leaving from Washington, D.C. in two Mercedes, a VW Rabbit and a van while a fifth team departs from Denver, Colorado in a pick-up. Grease for fuel is being supplied this week by the World Bank and the Hard Rock cafe.

Emily Horgan, making the world a better place, one charity rally at a time!

Emily Horgan, Director of the Greaseball Challenge, ready for adventure!

The first ever Greaseball Challenge charity car rally will take place in April when five teams will drive from the U.S. to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in under four weeks promoting biofuels and green adventure travel. Designed to show that you can use locally-available fuels as viable alternatives to petroleum fuels, the participating Greaseballers are out to have a good time and promote a great cause.