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Mercedes 'could' do BMW i rival. But it won't

For now, the company taking a wider approach to electrification 'that will affect the whole portfolio.'

Mercedes will offer three pure electrics (in Europe) by year's end, will have 10 plug-in models and a new GLC-based fuel-cell vehicle by the end of 2017.

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Toyota's 'model' eco district gets solar-powered EV charging station

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.

DOE awards UC Riverside $1.2 million for eco-driving research project

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.

Video: Green Overdrive presents insanely expensive home-brewed eco rides

DIY Eco Rides on Green Overdrive – Click above to watch video Eric Loveday

Cruze Comes To Town: Chevy unveils 40-mpg Eco model and RS package

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

Cruze Comes To Town: Chevy unveils 40-mpg Eco model and RS package

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

Video: Sweden's Acme Advertising creates arresting green motorcoach marketing

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

Video: Sweden's Acme Advertising creates arresting green motorcoach marketing

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

France has everything ready for the new road tax disk

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 €1

Hybrids and the 'metrospiritual' segment

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).

Autoblog Podcast #28

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.

Hybrid Saabs by 2010

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.