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Sheryl Crow opts for clean diesel ride

 Posted by on April 15, 2009
Apr 152009

Photo: PRNewsFoto/Mercedes-Benz USA, ALBERT MICHAEL

From Green Right Now Reports

Singer and environmental activist Sheryl Crow is lending her support to clean diesel vehicles as an alternative to other green technologies. She is pictured above with her Mercedes-Benz R320 BlueTEC, one of a new breed of diesel vehicles that are quieter and more environmentally clean than the old diesel engines.

“The newest clean diesel vehicles are eco-friendly and deserve as much attention as other gas alternatives like hybrids,” Crow said in a statement.

The government is placing clean diesel on a par with hybrids — they are eligible for the same federal tax credit. Mercedes-Benz says current diesel tax credits for owners of a 2009 Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC are $1,800 for the GL320; $1,550 for the R320; and $900 for the ML320.

According to the EPA, the nation would save 1.4 million barrels of oil a day if just one third of all light-duty vehicles in the USA were state-of-the-art diesel vehicles. Mercedes-Benz says its BlueTEC vehicles deliver 20-30 percent higher fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine.

In addition to Sheryl Crow, Mercedes-Benz says other celebrities driving its BlueTEC vehicles include Kim Cattrall, Billy Baldwin, Kyle MacLachlan, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, and Nicole Richie and Joel Madden.