It was announced last week that Berlin will start up the world's largest effort to get electric cars on the road. Chancellor Angela Merkel gave the go ahead for the creation of 500 power-points around the city where electric cars can charge up. Electric company RWE will be responsible for installing the charging stations, and Daimler AG and Smart are also getting in on the action.They have pledged to help put 100 electric Smart Cars on the streets of Berlin by the end of 2009.

Not everyone is happy about this project. Greenpeace points out that no promises have been made about powering these electric cars using power from renewable sources. The environmental group says that if coal powered electricity is used, drivers would be better off using cleaner diesel fuel.

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