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Ebay introduces new site for green vehicles

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It was announced late last week that online auction/shopping site eBay has launched eBay Green Driving, a new site devoted to eco-friendly vehicles. As reported by Inhabitat, the site is more than just a portal for buying and selling electric vhicles, hybrids and “greener cars,” but also an educational resource for gathering a trove of information regarding more sustainable vehicles.

“The site is a one-stop-shop for all things related to green driving. It helps inform shoppers with news, data, and research tools, and with eBay’s vast inventory of new and used vehicles,” said Brad Berman, eBay Green Driving expert to Inhabitat. “In a single site, users can learn about fuel-efficient vehicles, find those vehicles, and make a purchase. There’s demand for this type of inventory among both cost- and environmentally-conscious drivers, especially as gas prices remain high.”

Berman goes on to mention the site’s fuel efficiency comparison tool, created with information gleaned from the Department of Energy’s fueleconomy.gov. “It’s valuable to shoppers to see this comprehensive overview in a single place,” he added.

“We see a pretty significant market opportunity,” said Annie Lescroart of eBay’s sustainability group to the New York Times about the site’s bottom line. “Everything we do is to get people to shop.”

The New York Times also mentions that the site features more than just your garden-variety green cars, such as an ethanol-fueled Chevy hot rod and a Ford police cruiser that runs on decompressed natural gas.

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