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>> Rotterdam is working to clean up its carbon emissions and is partnering with auto giant BMW to do so. Drivers of BMW's hybrid cars will be politely reminded by a dashboard pop-up to switch to battery power when they enter the Dutch cities electric-only zone. It's one of a series of projects between the city and the car maker, and so far the results are promising.
So says, Rotterdam's Vice Mayor, Arno Bonte.>> More than 90% actually of the hybrid car owners switched to the electric engine. So if this will be the actual results, then I'm quite happy about it. And I hope that we can extend this project as soon as possible also to owners of cars by other brands.
>> BMW say many drivers like to switch over from fuel to monitor the capabilities of their cars. They also say that positive encouragement for a driver to take a more eco-friendly approach might get better results than the city threatening fines. The Netherlands has a 140,000 hybrid and electric vehicles, just a small fraction of the 8.1 million vehicles on the country's roads.