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Audio slideshow: Garage finds business ripe for hybrids

Luscious Garage in San Francisco caters to hybrid drivers and offers conversions to plug-in hybrids.

Luscious Garage mechanic
At Luscious Garage in San Francisco, mechanics including Michou Olivera tend to hybrid electric cars. (Click on image for a full photo gallery.) James Martin/CNET News

With the growing popularity of hybrid gas-electric cars like the Toyota Prius, garages are cropping up to serve eco-conscious drivers by specializing in hybrid car maintenance and repairs.

CNET reporters took a closer look this week at one such auto shop. The solar-powered, woman-owned Luscious Garage in San Francisco caters to hybrid owners. Its mechanics aim to be inviting as well as eco-friendly. Since opening last fall, the shop has attracted more than 100 customers. Soon, it will expand with a space for converting hybrids to plug-in electric hybrid vehicles.

Take a look at some behind-the-scenes footage from Luscious Garage in this audio slideshow from CNET News photographer James Martin. Speaking is mechanic Michou Olivera.

For more on Luscious' business and ethos, CNET's Kara Tsuboi has this video report. And this photo gallery describes more details about the company's plans for expansion.