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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TEST DRIVE: We Take the Tiny Prius c Out for a Picnic

TEST DRIVE: We Take the Tiny Prius c Out for a Picnic

The first thing everyone wants to know about a Prius is its mileage. How did it do? Well, official estimates are 53 city and 46 highway. On our test it was easy to get 40 mpg with combined city

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Gets 44 MPG in Acura’s First Hybrid, the ILX

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Gets 44 MPG in Acura’s First Hybrid, the ILX

  We got early access to the ILX Hybrid when it hit the Detroit test fleets, and decided we would celebrate by taking the car over Michigan’s Blue Water Bridge to Canada, between

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TEST DRIVE: The Lexus RX450h Hybrid Treats Us To a Green Weekend Up North

TEST DRIVE: The Lexus RX450h Hybrid Treats Us To a Green Weekend Up North

Well, cushy might have been overstating the issue slightly. The first thing we noticed driving the Lexus was that it bounced over road imperfections like a tilt-a-whirl, giving us the feeling of

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MOVIE REVIEW: Frozen Planet’s David Attenborough Shows Us The Frozen Poles As We’ve Never Seen Them

MOVIE REVIEW: Frozen Planet’s David Attenborough Shows Us The Frozen Poles As We’ve Never Seen Them

Frozen Planet will make you view our fair planet with fresh eyes. You will follow the melt of glaciers, not only in a yearly pattern with stunning images of ice sheets dropping one thousand

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Conquers Range Anxiety in the All-Electric Nissan LEAF

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Conquers Range Anxiety in the All-Electric Nissan LEAF

First off, what does it take to keep a Nissan LEAF juiced up and happy? You can plug it into a standard grounded household outlet (110-120 volts) and get a full charge in 7 hours, or you can

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes a Chilly But Impressive Ride in the Mitsubishi i EV

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes a Chilly But Impressive Ride in the Mitsubishi i EV

We had been warned to precondition the cabin of the i by remote starting the heater to pull the energy off the grid before starting off, because using the HVAC in the i can reduce your range. We

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the Roomier Toyota Prius v for a Spin

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the Roomier Toyota Prius v for a Spin

That being said, Toyota hasn't changed much else about this car besides the size, which presents some problems. Toyota seems to have plugged the same engine and motor into this car that goes

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TEST DRIVE: We Get 40 mpg From a Non-Hybrid Hyundai Elantra!

TEST DRIVE: We Get 40 mpg From a Non-Hybrid Hyundai Elantra!

The Hyundai Elantra is one of these great new efficient cars. It has a 148-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, but Hyundai has squeezed every drop of efficiency from it to give you up to 40 mpg. The

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TEST DRIVE: The All-New Chevy Sonic Is a Sub-Compact Blast from the Past

TEST DRIVE: The All-New Chevy Sonic Is a Sub-Compact Blast from the Past

The Chevy Sonic is simple in design: just a small hatchback (or there is a sedan version) with a lot of road noise coming through the floor. But the Sonic has heated leather seats, a nice

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TEST DRIVE: The Lexus CT200h Compact Hatchback Hybrid Ushers In A New Era for Luxury Hybrids

TEST DRIVE: The Lexus CT200h Compact Hatchback Hybrid Ushers In A New Era for Luxury Hybrids

Like most small hybrids the CT200h had a level of performance that wouldn't excite any real car enthusiasts, but there really was more than adequate power for the average driver. When we really

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TEST DRIVE: The Kia Optima Hybrid Offers an Unexpected Option for Green Drivers

TEST DRIVE: The Kia Optima Hybrid Offers an Unexpected Option for Green Drivers

Why are we suddenly going ga ga over a Kia? It's more than surpassed expectations and real value in an inexpensive hybrid. The Optima Hybrid is a sign of things to come. Until this point, car

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Top 7 New Electric Vehicles and Hybrid Cars Hitting the Streets in 2012

Top 7 New Electric Vehicles and Hybrid Cars Hitting the Streets in 2012

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Volkswagen is late to the hybrid party, but they're trying to make up for lost time by focusing on hybrid tech inside their new Jetta Hybrid instead of designing a new

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PHOTOS: The Chevy MiRay Concept Is a Hot New Take on the Chevy Volt

PHOTOS: The Chevy MiRay Concept Is a Hot New Take on the Chevy Volt

The designers who crafted the exterior and interior of the MiRay stopped by the stand to pose with the car while we were visiting, so we snapped a few photos of them by their creation while we

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Toyota Officially Unveils Its Prius C Hybrid Car at the Detroit Auto Show

Toyota Officially Unveils Its Prius C Hybrid Car at the Detroit Auto Show

The Prius c has the same basic bits you find in any small Toyota--nothing special here other than a digital nav screen that is necessary to monitor the hybrid system but seems slightly upmarket

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NAIAS PHOTOS: Michelin Challenge Design Shows Off The Best in Futuristic City Cars

NAIAS PHOTOS: Michelin Challenge Design Shows Off The Best in Futuristic City Cars

The Renault Zoe ZE Concept uses a 95-horsepower motor and a lithium ion battery to create a total vehicle range of 100 miles. The car features multiple hexagonal honeycomb details, even

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Bob Lutz Unveils Via Motors’ eREV VTRUX Extended-Range EV Pickup at NAIAS

Bob Lutz Unveils Via Motors’ eREV VTRUX Extended-Range EV Pickup at NAIAS

The Via eREV VTRUX pickup will go into production next year and ramp up production to 20,000 units at some point after that. Via also has an SUV and van in the works, both pictured here. All

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Acura Unveils Its Hot New NSX Concept Car at the Detroit Auto Show

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Acura Unveils Its Hot New NSX Concept Car at the Detroit Auto Show

The new NSX Concept combines a new direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 40-horsepower motor, plus two more 27-horsepower motors at the rear wheels, while reducing consumption by 10 percent

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Nissan Rolls Out Its All-Electric eNV200 Concept Van at the Detroit Auto Show

Nissan Rolls Out Its All-Electric eNV200 Concept Van at the Detroit Auto Show

Nissan has been testing its electric van concept in London with FedEx, making use of the Nissan LEAF drivetrain and a quick-charging system that juices up the versatile delivery vans to 80

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PHOTOS: Toyota Finally Reveals Its NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept at the Detroit Auto Show

PHOTOS: Toyota Finally Reveals Its NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept at the Detroit Auto Show

Toyota's goal with the NS4 was to create a simple and intuitive interior that brought the driver information more quickly than ever. Unique features include adaptive headlights that aim away

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Mercedes Unveils Its Hot New E300 and E400 Hybrids at the Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes Unveils Its Hot New E300 and E400 Hybrids at the Detroit Auto Show

The E300 features a turbodiesel engine with 204 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque (read: plenty) with an electric motor pushing out another 27 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque (plenty more).

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BMW Shows Off Its New ActiveHybrid 3 and ActiveHybrid 5 Vehicles at NAIAS

BMW Shows Off Its New ActiveHybrid 3 and ActiveHybrid 5 Vehicles at NAIAS

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 claims to be the most powerful and efficient full hybrid in its segment, and will come with a twin-turbo six in-line engine paired with an electric drive system for a

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Top 6 Green Cars To Watch at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Top 6 Green Cars To Watch at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Lexus LF-LC Sports Coupe Concept Many automakers will be bringing a hybrid or electric car to the 2012 Detroit auto show for the first time, but Lexus has been at this hybrid thing for a while,

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Smart to Reveal ‘For-US’ Ultra Compact Electric Pickup Truck at the Detroit Auto Show

Smart to Reveal ‘For-US’ Ultra Compact Electric Pickup Truck at the Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz-owned Smart has announced plans to unveil an ultra-compact plug-in electric pickup truck called the For-US at the Detroit auto show next week. The vehicle will use the same

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Volkswagen to Unveil Beetle-Inspired Electric Concept Car at the Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen to Unveil Beetle-Inspired Electric Concept Car at the Detroit Auto Show

The Detroit auto show kicks off next week, and Volkswagen already has the newswires buzzing with plans to unveil an all-electric concept car inspired by the Beetle. The company says the car will

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives The Futuristic Three-Door Hyundai Veloster Coupe

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives The Futuristic Three-Door Hyundai Veloster Coupe

The Hyundai Veloster is a standard gas engine car, but because of its compact size, aerodynamic shape, and state-of-the-art engine, it manages to pull out 32+ combined mpg with normal driving.

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Wireless Car Charging Could Be Here As Soon as 2013 from Companies Including Evatran, WiTricity, and HaloIPT

Wireless Car Charging Could Be Here As Soon as 2013 from Companies Including Evatran, WiTricity, and HaloIPT

Wireless electric car charging, the technology many said was too inefficient or impractical to be a success, now appears to be a top priority for many automakers and electronics suppliers. We

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New Holland Unveils NH2 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tractor for Greening Farm Work

New Holland Unveils NH2 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tractor for Greening Farm Work

New Holland Agriculture's NH2 tractor is a new zero emissions hydrogen fuel cell vehicle made specifically for farm work. Located at La Bellotta, an energy independent farm in

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Oscar Vinals’ XLDron Zero Gravity Rocket Plane Concept Launches Tourists Into Space

Oscar Vinals’ XLDron Zero Gravity Rocket Plane Concept Launches Tourists Into Space

Just as Virgin Galactic started taking reservations for the first mass tourist trips into space, designer Oscar Vinals has envisioned a way to make space tourism possible for the day tripper,

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$20,000 EnviroTech Lightning Electric Hot Rod Hits 60 MPH in 5 Seconds

$20,000 EnviroTech Lightning Electric Hot Rod Hits 60 MPH in 5 Seconds

If you're buying an electric car for fun or just running around town, how about a little hot rod like this Lightning Electric Car? It's lighter, which means more power, and has better range

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Rinspeed’s New Dock + Go Mobility Concept Turns Your City Car Into a Road-Tripping Truck

Rinspeed’s New Dock + Go Mobility Concept Turns Your City Car Into a Road-Tripping Truck

One of the reasons Americans are still buying huge vehicles is that they occasionally need to haul large loads across town or on a road trip, and small cars just don't do the job. Rinspeed has

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