Garmin has added a function called ecoRoute to many of its car navigation devices that tracks your driving style with satellite signals in order to calculate fuel economy. It also adds a "Less Fuel" choice to its "Fastest Time" and "Shortest Distance" route options. It can be downloaded for free at garmin.com/ecoroute.
Nissan is betting on a surge in electric vehicles sales after its Leaf debuts, and has set up a joint venture with a Japanese trading house to deal with a major environmental concern -- recycling the car batteries. The venture with Sumitomo Corporation is expected to begin operations in late 2010 in Japan and the U.S.
Sources: NWautos staff, Associated Press