Little Shop of Hybrids: Green Mechanic Opens

San Francisco garage first devoted to hybrids-only service
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2007 5:30 PM CDT
Little Shop of Hybrids: Green Mechanic Opens
Owner Carolyn Coquillette proudly hangs the sign for Luscious Garage, a repair shop specializing in the maintenance of Hybrid vehicles.   (

(Newser) – While auto mechanics nationwide now service hybrid vehicles, San Francisco's Luscious Garage is the country's first shop to work exclusively on environment-friendly cars. "There's a critical mass of hybrids in the Bay Area," owner Carolyn Coquilette told Wired, which reports that nearly 10% of new hybrids registered in 2006 were to owners in and around San Francisco.

Like the cars it services, the shop itself has gone green, relying primarily on natural light, recycling scrap metal and using local suppliers and re-refined oil. "I look at this as a natural extension of the industry," says Coquilette, who usually rides her bike to work. "It's only natural that eventually someone would … focus solely on the hybrid." (Read more hybrid car stories.)

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