GM showed hybrid and fuel cell models, along with vehicles that can run on E85, a mix of gasoline and ethanol. Pictured is Katherine Heigl leading Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid down runway. Other GM vehicles included less fuel-efficient Escalade and Hummer2.
Don't adjust your television if you think the Academy Awards
festivities in Tinseltown this week are looking greener than usual.
Environmentally friendly vehicles and their influence on global warming and
America's oil dependency are hot topics this year on the red carpet.
Indeed, in a first for Ford Motor Co., one star will get the bragging rights
to the most exclusive and exotic ride to Sunday's Oscars ceremony -- a Ford Edge
crossover that has both plug-in electric power and a hydrogen fuel cell.
A five-passenger Mariner Hybrid, which uses a four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor, starts at $29,840, including delivery charge. That's nearly $6,100 more than a base four-cylinder-powered, gas-only Mariner with four-wheel drive.