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Two pieces of good news for green car fans in Ann Arbor, Michigan. First, Mercedes-Benz says it it looking to hire 223 workers at a new research and development center for hybrid technologies there. Don't everyone put an applications in right away, because these jobs will be phased in over 10 years. As MLive points out, Ann Arbor is slowly getting a green car reputation - see also: Sakti3 and Th!nk - and the new hybrid center is just the latest piece in an alternative propulsion puzzle. The state, through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will likely approve tax credits for Mercedes and its 65,000 square foot center. Official name: the Mercedes-Benz Engineering Center for Powertrains USA.

The other bit of green car news is that Zipcar, which has been operating in Ann Arbor since 2006, is expanding from the U of M campus to downtown. Now, any local resident can rent one of four Toyota Matrix or two Scion xD vehicles by the hour from a centrally-located parking garage. More details after the jump.

[Source: Zipcar, MLive]
Photo by zzellers. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.

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