Getting to Green

[New York Times] Nearly a century ago, Henry Ford declared a customer could have a car in any color as long as it was black. Now, carmakers around the world are trying to convince consumers that their lineups come in green. From BMW to Honda, from Chrysler to Volkswagen, the industry is rushing to make vehicles that use less gasoline or don’t rely on it at all.  The push — involving hybrid-electric cars, diesel-powered cars, flexible-fuel models and vehicles that run on hydrogen — is setting off the same kind of competitive frenzy that has always surrounded the development of sports cars and sport-utility vehicles.

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