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Smart Car keeps dangling the electric version of their micromini over our heads, while European customers get a Smart credit card option that rewards by planting trees. Manhattan, London, and Rio were a few of the cities that saw some of their precious parking spaces comandeered into grassy plots for lounging and recreation on international (Park)ing Day. Hybrid Owners of America push for an MPG-friendly agenda while European hybrid drivers keep getting breaks on insurance. A simple retrofit job turns a Derbi GPR-50 motorcycle into an EV, GM gets a clever idea and builds a bike rack into some of their Euro models, and Tesla deepens the debate over pure EVs versus plug-ins.

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