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Paris Autobarn, specialty electric and hybrid garage, closes its doors

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Patty Wight
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Maine Public
Tony Giambro, owner of Paris Autobarn, standing in a storage room with bio-based fluids.

A western Maine garage that was a pioneer in the sales and service of hybrid and electric vehicles closed its doors on Monday.

The Paris Autobarn earned a reputation as an eco-friendly garage, and was featured in a Maine Public Climate Driven story in December. But in a Facebook post Monday, the Autobarn team announced that it is closing for the foreseeable future. The post cited a death in the owner's family, and a manager's decision to retire.

Although the owners offered to sell the company to its employees, they were not able to swing a deal on short notice. They are still hoping to find a buyer for the garage, but say that for now it is closed indefinitely.

Murray Carpenter is Maine Public’s climate reporter, covering climate change and other environmental news.