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As the population of environmentally conscious consumers continues to grow, cars and trucks that jive with green living are becoming more in demand. 2012 has so far brought out plenty of great news for those who wish to reduce their carbon footprint through driving.

Electric Car News

Electric car newsThe biggest thing in electric car news as of late, is the Nissan Leaf. In March 2012, the Nissan Leaf became available nationwide. This 100% electric car with zero emissions has been driven by consumers all over the globe, and has proven to meet the needs of those concerned about pollution.

Natural Gas Vehicle Information

Chrysler and General Motors both have made announcements that natural-gas pickup trucks are in the pipeline—and it looks like Ford is close behind.

Chrysler’s CNG-run Fiat SpA was one of their introductory vehicles in their green living campaign, and now they are expected to roll out the first production like of bi-fuel Rams. Likewise, GM is set to offer bi-fuel Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierra 2500 pickups.

CNG-capable trucks are becoming a strong focus in the auto industry, due in part to a 2009 meeting that took place between the American Gas Association, America’s Natural Gas Alliance and the biggest players of the auto making industry.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Finally, Mercedes–Benz has garnered quite a bit of attention for a car that is practically credited as invisible. With their new hydrogen fuel cell technology, the luxury car manufacturer wanted to make a strong point that their new F-Cell leaves hardly any hint of a carbon footprint on the environment.

To do this, they covered it with LEDs, and drove it around the world to videotape its adventures and people’s reactions. After 70 days of driving over four continents, Mercedes-Benz significantly increased awareness for its hydrogen technology and hoped to promote the creation of more natural gas fueling stations around the world.

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