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"Hybrid Nation"

Friday, May 30, 2008

BMW Prepares Hybrid Race Car

May 30, 2008 4:55 p.m.

FRANKFURT -- BMW AG is developing hybrid technology for a Formula One race car to hit the track next year, according to Mario Theissen, director of motor sport at the German auto maker.

The team is responding to new rules presented in March by Formula One's governing body, the Paris-based Federation Internationale de L'Automobile, which will allow Formula One teams to boost the power of their cars using fuel-saving technologies, including hybrid.

"From 2009 BMW will use hybrid technology in Formula One," Mr. Theissen told guests assembled for the opening of a new BMW dealership in Frankfurt, Germany, late Thursday. Other Formula One teams are expected to explore similar technologies.

The FIA says it issued the new rules to make new fuel-saving technologies the only way that Formula One teams can increase the power of their engines, and so give a boost to research into technologies that can be used in the broader car industry to cut the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming. Car manufacturers, many of which sponsor Formula One teams, are under growing pressure to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Paul McCartney furious as new eco-friendly car delivered by jet

Sir Paul McCartney was furious when his new eco-friendly car was delivered by jet.

The £84,000 hybrid Lexus limousine - a gift to the former Beatle from the manufacturers to thank Paul for promoting green cars - was flown from Japan to Britain, creating a carbon footprint almost 100 times bigger than if it was shipped.

A source told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "It defies sense. Paul was offered a Lexus as a gift and ordered the hybrid limo because it helps to reduce emissions.

"But he was horrified after learning it was delivered by plane. Paul has always campaigned for green issues and he can't understand why anyone would send an enormous car from Japan to Britain on a plane. "

A spokesperson for Swissport, who handled the transporting of the car, said:

"We couldn't believe the hypocrisy of flying an environmentally friendly car in from Japan.

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