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Google is offering millions in initiatives to help the environment

Using, the philanthropic arm of Google, the Mountain View, California company awarded a $1 million-grant for hybrid electric vehicle development and plans on offering up to $10 million in grants to support the vehicles.  The RechargeIT initiative "aims to reduce CO2 emissions, cut oil use and stabilize the electrical grid by accelerating the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid technology."  

Companies and universities interested in the grant money for alternative transportation research will have to present official proposals to Google later this summer.

"Climate Change:  mitigate the effect of climate change on the poor by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving energy efficiency, and supporting clean energy sources," is published on the front page of the official web site.

The $1 million grant was offered to help support the development and adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.  Plug-in cars are different than other clean-cars because regular hybrids use battery power but still rely on combustion engines -- plug-in cars are able to utilize electric power for up to 30 miles before having to rely on a gas engine.

Several companies -- including Toyota, Honda and General Motors -- are actively working on plug-in hybrid vehicles.  

In other environmental news, Google recently turned on the solar panels which cover much of the roof tops on the company's Mountain View corporate campus.  The panels are able to produce up to 1.6 megawatts of energy, which is enough to offer as much as one-third of the entire campuses energy use.  

Google previously announced a coalition of companies and organizations that plan to help save energy and reduce greenhouse gases.

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Foreign Oil Addiction
By EndPCNoise on 6/20/2007 12:41:32 PM , Rating: 2
I'm just happy that more companies are deciding to spend time and money on efficient and/or alternative fuel vehicles.

I'm no tree hugger, but all of us in the U.S. will be better off when we "get this monkey off our backs": foreign oil.

RE: Foreign Oil Addiction
By Xietsu on 6/21/2007 2:12:40 AM , Rating: 2
This is exactly the focus I would be acknowledging as well. It isn't about cutting emissions, but chipping and mitigating the dependency upon crude oil as a vital means of transportation. Nonetheless, I think it is also definitely positive as well, to have a cutback in emissions of the traditional transportational nature.

RE: Foreign Oil Addiction
By rsmech on 6/22/2007 12:20:58 AM , Rating: 2
alternative fuel vehicles.

By alternative fuel I hope you don't mean food based (corn)ethanol. I'm for conservation & efficiency but some of these knee jerk solutions to an unproven but controversial idea of global warming are short sighted. I heard a good point the other day. Would you rather be dependent on foreign oil or foreign food? Imported cat food has already been tainted & killed some pets. I'll take oil until a better alternative comes along. Gas & electric are better than ethanol.

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