Laura K. Cowan

 

Laura K. Cowan is a novelist and editor from Ann Arbor, Michigan, whose eco-friendly fiction explores the connections between the natural and spiritual worlds and has been compared to the work of acclaimed fantasy writers Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. Le Guin. Laura has worked for years as an accomplished writer and editor in genres such as green tech, green parenting, and automotive media, and has been called one of the best copy editors in the business by multiple colleagues, including late mentor David E. Davis, Jr., whom TIME Magazine called “the Dean of Automotive Journalism.” She was the founder of popular green parenting blog 29 Diapers, author of Ecofrugal Baby: How To Save 70% Off Baby’s First Year, and still serves as Road Test Editor for Inhabitat. Laura’s work has appeared in Automobile Quarterly as well as on numerous parenting sites including BabyCenter, EcoMom, and Inhabitots. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter (@laurakcowan), Pinterest, Instagram and Goodreads, or connect with her at laurakcowan[at]gmail.com or on her website LauraKCowan.com.

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Brammo Empulse Electric Motorcycle Sets New Lap Record at A123 System’s TTXGP

Brammo Empulse Electric Motorcycle Sets New Lap Record at A123 System’s TTXGP

Brammo's Empulse electric motorcycle set a new lap record this past weekend at the Infineon Raceway. Running against just three other bikes in the TTXGP class, the Empulse lapped the slowest car

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VIERIA: Michelin Design Challenge Concept Car Cleans Polluted Air

VIERIA: Michelin Design Challenge Concept Car Cleans Polluted Air

The VIERIA, which was recently unveiled at the Michelin Challenge Design competition, has already won several awards, including the Incheon International Design Award in 2009 and the Seoul Cycle

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F1 Electric Formula Car: World’s Fastest Electric Race Car

F1 Electric Formula Car: World’s Fastest Electric Race Car

Formula 1 is changing quickly. Only a few months ago, F1's governing body the FIA moved the sport in the direction of hybrid four-cylinder engines. A number of manufacturers are expressing

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“Spiderman” Launches Lawless EV Rocket Bike To New Record

“Spiderman” Launches Lawless EV Rocket Bike To New Record

At Virginia Motorsports Park last week, Larry “Spiderman” McBride took the Lawless EV Racing Rocket drag racing bike to a new world electric drag racing record of 7.246 seconds while

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PAVE: Gorgeous Bicycle Store in Barcelona Displays Bikes as Art

PAVE: Gorgeous Bicycle Store in Barcelona Displays Bikes as Art

  Bike shops are usually hole in the wall places with rows of purpose-built bikes hooked up to bike racks. Not this one. Javier Maya's Pave bicycle shop in Barcelona, which was

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Chevy Volt Factory’s New Solar Array Is Green, But Does It Save Green?

Chevy Volt Factory’s New Solar Array Is Green, But Does It Save Green?

As part of its SolarCurrents program to encourage energy customers to install enough solar arrays to produce 15 megawatts of green electricity in southeast Michigan, Detroit Edison has invested

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Electric Vehicles Could Account for 70% Reduction in Lung Illnesses

Electric Vehicles Could Account for 70% Reduction in Lung Illnesses

Despite its strict tailpipe emission standards, California is still the state with the dirtiest air due to its geography that traps pollution and the fact that it is the state with the largest

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Renault Launches Online Reservation Program for Twizy EV

Renault Launches Online Reservation Program for Twizy EV

Renault is now taking online reservations for its two-seater electric city car, the Twizy, which uses tandem seating to create an ultra-trim silhouette. The car comes in a 17-horsepower Twizy

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AMP to Electrify Icelandic Auto Market with Mercedes-Benz EV SUVs

AMP to Electrify Icelandic Auto Market with Mercedes-Benz EV SUVs

Iceland is the perfect place for electrified SUVs, or at least that's the idea behind a new contract between AMP and Iceland's Northern Lights Energy. The company, known for turning mainstream

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Fiat To Launch 57 mpg TwinAir 500 Line in UK This Summer

Fiat To Launch 57 mpg TwinAir 500 Line in UK This Summer

Fiat, the Italian maker of the beloved 500 city car, will launch a trim TwinAir edition of the vehicle in the U.K. this summer that will get 57 miles per gallon and top out at 108 miles per

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Arcimoto Unveils “Red 5″ SRK EV Prototype with Help of Actors Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas

Arcimoto Unveils “Red 5″ SRK EV Prototype with Help of Actors Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas

It's not every electric automaker who gets called up by sci-fi cult fan favorite and primetime TV star Nathan Fillion and his Castle co-star Jon Huertas and asked for a test drive. But that is

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Kia’s First U.S. Hybrid to be Priced at Only $26,500

Kia’s First U.S. Hybrid to be Priced at Only $26,500

o Kia may be a little late to the hybrid party in the U.S., but they're making up for that by setting the base price of the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid at only $26,500. Stocked with an impressive

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Google Lobbies to Allow Self-Driving Cars on Nevada Roads

Google Lobbies to Allow Self-Driving Cars on Nevada Roads

Apparently Google's self-driving cars are more than just a concept - the company has tested a fleet of 6 fully autonomous Toyota Priuses and an Audi TT on California roads, and is now lobbying

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Toyota Opens First Pipeline-Fed Hydrogen Fueling Station in U.S.

Toyota Opens First Pipeline-Fed Hydrogen Fueling Station in U.S.

There are a handful of hydrogen fueling stations around the country, but the newest one near LAX in Torrance, California, is different: the Shell station built on land leased from Toyota is

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Ford and Google Team Up To Optimize Your Commute and Your Car’s Performance

Ford and Google Team Up To Optimize Your Commute and Your Car’s Performance

What if your car could learn not only how and where you drive and suggest the best way to get to your destination without traffic headaches, but could also optimize the performance of your car

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First Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Test Drives To Take Place at Berlin Challenge Bibendum

First Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Test Drives To Take Place at Berlin Challenge Bibendum

The first official test drives of the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid will take place next week during the Michelin Challenge Bibendum, a symposium on sustainable transportation for the future that

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Electric Coronel McRae Buggy First EV To Enter Grueling Dakar Rally

Electric Coronel McRae Buggy First EV To Enter Grueling Dakar Rally

More and more electric racecars are entering the mainstream, which means great things for the advancement of electric vehicle technology. But most don't attempt this kind of a feat: Alister

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Impulse Solar Car To Compete in 1800-Mile World Solar Challenge

Impulse Solar Car To Compete in 1800-Mile World Solar Challenge

Engineering students at Berkeley have spent thousands of hours building the new Impulse Solar Car, which will compete in the 1800-mile World Solar Challenge across Australia in October. The

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BH Emotion NEO Electric Bike Hides Its True Nature

BH Emotion NEO Electric Bike Hides Its True Nature

Electric bikes can be great for greening your commute, but they’re usually not much to look at with their clunky battery packs hanging off the frame. The Emotion NEO, however, takes on a

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Volkswagen to Re-enter World Rally Championship with Small But Powerful Polo R WRC

Volkswagen to Re-enter World Rally Championship with Small But Powerful Polo R WRC

The World Rally Championship has suffered in recent years, but new rules encouraging smaller, more efficient rally cars may be bringing some life back to the event. Due to the World Rally

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Toyota To Make Plug-in Capability Standard on All 2014 Prius Models

Toyota To Make Plug-in Capability Standard on All 2014 Prius Models

According to The Nikkei, Toyota plans to make plug-in capabilities standard on all of its fourth-gen Prius hybrid models debuting in 2014. This is even bigger news than it sounds, since Toyota

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Wave of New UFO-Like Eco Airships Usher in Low-Carbon Future for Air Travel

Wave of New UFO-Like Eco Airships Usher in Low-Carbon Future for Air Travel

A new generation of high-tech, safe, and eco-friendly airships aim to not only go where roads currently can't in northern Canada, western China, and Africa, but also to replace the complicated,

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Jaguar Confirms Plans To Build Fastest Jaguar Ever: Hybrid C-X75 Supercar

Jaguar Confirms Plans To Build Fastest Jaguar Ever: Hybrid C-X75 Supercar

It's official: Jaguar confirmed today that it will team up with Williams F1 to build a hybrid supercar successor to its XJ220 model, a follow-through on the stunning concept car that debuted at

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Nebraska Prepares NEV Bill To Allow Slow EVs on State Roads

Nebraska Prepares NEV Bill To Allow Slow EVs on State Roads

Electric vehicles are going mainstream, but one area that lags behind is the legality of driving a slow EV, or neighborhood EV, on public roads. Nebraska is taking steps to become the 36th state

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Linde E1 Electric Go-Kart Sets World Record for Fastest 0-60 Acceleration

Linde E1 Electric Go-Kart Sets World Record for Fastest 0-60 Acceleration

A 3.4-second 0-60 mph acceleration time is usually the province of exotic supercars, but an electric go-kart from truck maker Linde Material Handling just achieved that time to set a new

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Diesel Debuts “Only the Brave” Designer Fixie Bike in Collaboration with Pinarello

Diesel Debuts “Only the Brave” Designer Fixie Bike in Collaboration with Pinarello

Fixie bikes, the one-speed tools of bike messengers and hard-core city riders, are usually purpose-built tools. But design houses Diesel and Pinarello thought fixies could use some prettying up,

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Synergy Diesel Glider Plane To Compete in CAFE Green Flight Challenge

Synergy Diesel Glider Plane To Compete in CAFE Green Flight Challenge

John McGinnis of Kalispell, Montana, designed this diesel-powered glider plane, which seats five and has 200 horsepower on tap but maintains the efficiency of a glider due to the wing design.

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The ElliptiGO 3C Bike Takes Your Elliptical Workout Outdoors

The ElliptiGO 3C Bike Takes Your Elliptical Workout Outdoors

Fans of boundary-breaking exercise equipment rejoice - the ElliptiGO, the world's first elliptical bike, now comes with three speeds. The new ElliptiGO 3C is a driveable piece of gym equipment

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Tesla to Develop Swappable Battery Scheme for its Model S

Tesla to Develop Swappable Battery Scheme for its Model S

Considering an EV but worried about running out of range during long road trips? Electric carmakers have come up with a potential solution: switchable battery packs. Better Place has been

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Senza Bike Lock Renders Handlebars Useless to Bike Thieves

Senza Bike Lock Renders Handlebars Useless to Bike Thieves

The only thing better than deterring a bike thief altogether is watching him wobble away on a bike without the benefit of handlebars to steer his escape. That's what Jaryn Miller's Senza Bicycle

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