Going Green at the L.A. Auto Show

The Electron Age may soon be upon us, and the L.A. Auto Show, opening today at the Convention Center, has a couple of remarkable electric vehicles to take us to that greener future.

Four younger auto buyers, the Toyota Scion xB DJ 2.0 are among the more spectacular of the conceptual vehicles on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The back of the car actually folds out into giant speakers, while the rear bed becomes a little Conga Room with flashing colored lights, a fog machine and a professional deejay panel. The standard tricked-out all-electric urban audio assault vehicle puts out bass notes loud enough to shake the windows of nearby cars; this thing looks like it could blast them into another lane.

The soon-to-dawn Electron Age is promising two things: You get a $7,500 tax credit when you buy a Leaf (retail price not yet announced) or a Volt (which will sell for "under $40,000"), and utilities have or are rolling out special rates and meters for those who want to plug their cars in overnight for a recharge. It takes a lot of green to be green, unfortunately, but these incentives could help keep household finances in the black.

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