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Tim Hortons reminds Canadians to 'drive green, eh'

For those of you who hail from Canada or the Northeast United States, Tim Hortons needs no introduction. For the rest of our readers, a very brief history: picture a small-town doughnut shop that, over the last 50 years or so, has morphed into a combination Dunkin' Doughnuts/Starbucks/McDonalds that rules the Canadian fast food industry with an benevolent iron fist.

London to construct its own "hydrogen highway" in time for 2012 Olympics

Mirroring California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's dream of a "hydrogen highway," London officials have announced their plans to construct a network of hydrogen filling stations in time for the 2012 Olympic games. The H2 filling stations will service a fleet of about 150 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles-including 50 taxis, eight buses and 50 cars and vans that will be used by municipal

Eco City Vehicles reveals upcoming all-electric taxi *UPDATE

For a over a year, Eco City Vehicles (EVC) has successfully been offering London taxi drivers a more modern choice of vehicle in the shape of the Vito from Mercedes Benz (pictured above). Now comes word that the company aims to sell an all-electric version as well. Affixed with the fitting appellation "Mercedes Electric eVito Taxi" or "eVito" for short if you like (and we do, thank you very much), the new variation shares with its diesel cousin a special rear-wheel-steering set-up that allows it

NICE predicts electric car sales increase under new London mayor

Now that the city of London has voted out "red Ken" in favor of Conservative candidate Boris Johnson, it is expected that the congestion charge scheme may undergo some changes. One electric car company, NICE (No Internal Combustion Engine), is showing no fear and is sounding positive about the future with their new mayor. They are even predicting increased business in the coming ye

Study commissioned by Land Rover finds small cars are bad for the environment

Starting February, small cars will be exempt from the London congestion charge, a priviledge currently only accorded to electric, biofuel and hybrids. A study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research commissioned by Land Rover found this could result in more cars (up to 10,000 more) entering London and increased pollution in the city. You see, sales of smal

London 2012 Olympics the first to be "car-free"

Eight million people are expected at the London 2012 Olympics but their cars are not invited. The 2012 games will be car free, a first for the Olympics, with the only options for transport between the venues 1) walking, 2) biking or 3) public transport. The "car exclusion zones" include parts of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cardiff, and Weymouth and Portland in Dorset.

Honda arms London police with largest order of hybrids

Honda Motor Co. has scored another coup for its hybrid program. The Metropolitan Police of London is leasing over a hundred of the automaker's Civic hybrids as part of its "Safer Neighbor" program. States director of Transport Services Stuart Middleton of the Metropolitan Police, the hybrids, "meet police requirements and at the same time fulfil social responsibility to try and make our fleet of vehicles as green as possible. The police, like many other like-minded people, want to do their bit."

London Mayor wants higher fee for most-polluting cars

London Mayor Ken Livingstone wants to make changes to the three-year-old congestion charging system, in order to tax the most polluting personal vehicles more than the cleaner ones. The congestion charge is currently £8 per car, regardless of what vehicle you are driving, each time you enter the center of London. The Mayor wants to lower the fee for cars producing very little carbon dioxide, while he proposes a fee of around £25 (about $45) for cars producing very high amounts of car

UK green cab service expands Prius coverage

UK Minicab firm greentomotacars has started a pilot program to expand into the West London area with its Prius fleet. The service, which currently uses five of the well-known hybrids, plans to increase its numbers to fifty when they extend service across all of London by the end of June.

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