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The financial difficulties facing Detroit, MI, are well known with examples including not having the funds to replace batteries in its parking meters and at least considering selling off its art collection. To make some extra money, the city is holding a public auction on November 5 where it's getting rid of what it is calling surplus vehicles. Usually, Autoblog wouldn't cover a municipal auction, but a few of the lots are so interestingly bizarre that they need to be seen.

Los Angeles was home to the world's largest electric streetcar system before it became the car capital of the world. Now, the city may get a dose of deja vu, at least in its booming downtown area, according to the L.A. Weekly.

Car sharing is starting to aggregate, meaning more smaller share programs will be swallowed up by the bigger players. While we all pull for the little indie that could, it actually makes a lot of sense for some commonality with sharing programs: it's a whole lot easier to reserve and drive a car when you use a common system.

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The sweet Southern city of Savannah has gotten North America's first hybrid streetcar rolling along its historic River Street in time to lead the parade this Tuesday celebrating Climate Action Week. The trolley was re-engineered and refurbished in Altoona, PA by TranSystems and will run on biodiesel derived, in part, from used cooking oil from some of the city's many restaurants. Although the drivetrain is pretty high-tech and it has modern touches like wheelchair accessibility, it sports a nost

Most people are under the impression that trains are a reasonably green sort of transportation. When used in a city to move people about, the environmental benefits seem pretty obvious. Fewer cars are needed on the roads, decreasing congestion and electric trains are more efficient and create less air pollution than their automotive brethren. But apparently that's not good enough for some folks in Kagoshima, Japan. They realized if they placed some midori (green) around and under the train track

ZipCar is getting to be pretty well known here in the US and even has a branch in London England. However they aren't the only car sharing service and one located in England is called StreetCar. Streetcar has done a deal with British railway operator Network Rail to set up car sharing sites at four major rail stations in the London area. Streetcar members will be able pick up cars from Victoria, Euston, Paddington and Waterloo stations and pay for them on an hourly basis. If the program works ou

I really like the idea of car sharing. In the US, we've got CityWheels and ZipCar. In the UK, there is WhizzGo and now Street Car. The incredibly cleverly named Street Car (seriously, I dig it) offers Londoners a fleet of nothing but Volkswagen Golfs at this point. These cars are not the bare bones models, as they're teched out with cell phone and iPod compatibility. You can even call Street Car HQ for free from the car's hands-free phone. Street Car's reservation system is similar to ZipCar's.

I haven't yet seen the new movie "Who Killed the Electric Car?" which opens next month, but I'm pretty sure I have seen the story before. The trailer for "Who Killed the Electric Car?" basically accuses GM (and other car and oil companies) of promoting cars like the Hummer instead of gasless electric vehicles because there's money to be made in oil. It's a m.o. I remember from a documentary I saw a few years ago.

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