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Toyota recycling old hybrid batteries into energy-storage systems for dealers

How's this for a "willing buyer"? Toyota is going to recycle nickel-metal hydride batteries from old hybrids into energy management systems and will then sell those systems to Toyota dealerships in Japan.

Ford claims 2011 Explorer is 85% recyclable - but aren't most cars?

2011 Ford Explorer – Click above for high-res image gallery

Recycling Gone Wild: Turn your VW Jetta TDI into a Smyth Performance G3F [w/video]

Smyth Performance G3F concept – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Recycling gone wild: turn your VW Jetta TDI into a Smyth Performance G3F

Smyth Performance G3F concept – Click above to watch video after the jump

Ford goes green the old fashioned way, by recycling

It's been a while since Ford produced vehicles with wood as a primary building material, or even as a dashboard accent. So you wouldn't really think of Ford as being a big consumer of virgin timber. But what about millions, literally millions of owners manuals, warranty booklets, sales brochures and even internal corporate-printed pieces? It all adds up to a virtual forest. So, Ford has announced plans to cut down on its tree-cutting.

Of vending machines and cell phone towers: Automakers now planning for "dead" electric vehicle batteries

Electric vehicle batteries don't last forever. Sure, they can be charged up, drained and charged again, but at some point they just won't get the job done anymore. Automakers estimate that advanced batteries will provide about ten years of serviceable life in vehicles. So what happens to that hunk of lithium in your vehicle after it's retired from the intended duties? It gets a second chance in one of several industries lining up to spring new life into that old battery.

Feds mull an extra three months to crush Cash For Clunkers victims

What do you do with some 700,000 recently clunked cars? Send them to scrap heaps, naturally. According to the initial set of rules drafted when Cash for Clunkers was first launched, all those vehicles need to be processed properly, which includes removing most (if not all) of the good usable parts from each vehicle before sending the remaining hulk through crush and melt-down machines.

REPORT: All those clunkers messed up with no where to go

We found out which vehicles were the most popular "green" clunkers in the Car Allowance Rebate System that ran its course earlier this fall, but it won't take much sleuthing to discover where all these clunkers have ended up. Accordi

Starting Early: Cub Scouts build derby cars from recycled materials

It's never too early to begin teaching kids the merits of an eco-friendly lifestyle. This point was driven home by members of Cub Scouts packs 294 and 261, who were recently tasked with the responsibility of creating full-size derby carts completely from recycled materials. Says Patrick Martin, leader of Cub Scout Pack 261:

VW MK VI Golf made from over 40% recycled materials

Click for a high-res gallery of the new VW Golf

Volvo announces Greenline initiative: Refurbished with a warranty

Do you remember your Ecology 101 lessons? One of the first lessons is always "reuse." Volvo has taken the role of teacher and is telling us about its new Greenline initiative. What's this about? A range of "renewed" vehicle components which are procured by recycling components from scrapped Volvos. Specifically, old Volvo parts that the company inspects. According to Volvo, the renewed pieces not only get an inspection to determine suitability, but they must also reach same quality standard as n

Take a drink from a recycled windshield

We all know that dropping our old cars in landfills instead of reusing the valuable resources that make up the mass is not good. The EU has, indeed, a directive that forces 85 percent of cars to be recyclable at the end of their lifespan. In case you're wondering just what might be the result of all this recycling, here's something that caught our interest. UncommonGoods has created a series of wine and beer glasses, plus a fishbowl, that are made from used windshields. These don't come as cheap

Car recycled into vacuum cleaners for the first time

Electrolux's Ultrasilencer Green vacuum cleaner is made from fifty percent recycled materials including plastic from cars. According to the Reuters video below the fold, this is the first vacuum to include recycled parts. Recycling cars to make vacuums will save two liters of oil and eighty liters of water for every vacuum made. Electrolux has a dedication to sustainable design which you can see in the second video below the fold.

Trade in your old guzzler for cash in Canada

Not long ago we discussed used American guzzlers being shipped en masse to Mexico. In the comments that ensued many of you didn't really seem to have a problem with that despite the fact that pollution, not to mention CO2, knows no border and affects the lungs and lives of all of us. There are vested interests

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