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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Honda Recreates Its “Motor Compo” Folding Electric Motorcycle at the Tokyo Motor Show

Honda Recreates Its “Motor Compo” Folding Electric Motorcycle at the Tokyo Motor Show

Back in the 80s, Honda created a unique folding electric motorcycle called the Motocompo. Now the automaker is updating the unique scooter with its modernized "Motor Compo" version, which it

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Daimler Announces Plans for B-Class E-Cell Plug-in Hybrid With Inductive Charging

Daimler Announces Plans for B-Class E-Cell Plug-in Hybrid With Inductive Charging

Daimler is working hard to integrate wireless inductive charging into their B-Class E-Cell plug-in hybrid, and they say they have nearly achieved success. Inductive charging is a system by which

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BREAKING: Aptera Closes Its Doors Before Ever Releasing Its Three-Wheeled 2e Car

BREAKING: Aptera Closes Its Doors Before Ever Releasing Its Three-Wheeled 2e Car

The rumors have been circulating for months, and now it's a sad reality. Futuristic EV maker Aptera has announced it will close its doors before ever releasing its spaceship-like 3-wheeled

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Volkswagen Unveils Its Plug-in Hybrid AWD Cross Coupe Concept at the Tokyo Auto Show

Volkswagen Unveils Its Plug-in Hybrid AWD Cross Coupe Concept at the Tokyo Auto Show

Volkswagen has just revealed its new plug-in hybrid AWD Cross Coupe Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, and it displays the direction the company will be heading in its design for future vehicles.

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Honda Unveils Its Futuristic EV-STER Mini Convertible at the Tokyo Auto Show

Honda Unveils Its Futuristic EV-STER Mini Convertible at the Tokyo Auto Show

Honda has developed a "Twin Lever Steering" joystick system that allows a driver to push one stick and pull the other when turning, in the direction g-forces are pushing his body. Traditional

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The 2013 Nissan Altima Will Have a Hybrid Engine as Powerful as the Current V6 Option

The 2013 Nissan Altima Will Have a Hybrid Engine as Powerful as the Current V6 Option

Today in Japan, Nissan announced it will put a new hybrid system in its upcoming cars that is as powerful as its current V6 engine. The system manages this feat even while improving fuel economy

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GM Announces It Will Offer a Plug-in Hybrid Chevy Cruze

GM Announces It Will Offer a Plug-in Hybrid Chevy Cruze

According to Jim Federico, who is GM’s executive director, group vehicle line director and VLE for global compact, mini, small and electric vehicles (yes, they have long titles over there),

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7 Stylish Bike Safety Lights To Brighten Your Green Ride

7 Stylish Bike Safety Lights To Brighten Your Green Ride

Vespertine Reflective Belt VespertineNYC offers not only stylish reflective belts but also scarves, vests, and other clothing items that create a safe nighttime glow. The belts pictured here

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Infiniti Releases Teaser Shots of Its Upcoming Plug-in Hybrid Sports Car Concept

Infiniti Releases Teaser Shots of Its Upcoming Plug-in Hybrid Sports Car Concept

Infiniti has just released photos of its upcoming plug-in hybrid sports car concept, to be released in March 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show. The company is promising a "highly advanced,

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EPA Declares the Mitsubishi i EV Is the Most Fuel Efficient Car in the U.S.

EPA Declares the Mitsubishi i EV Is the Most Fuel Efficient Car in the U.S.

More than 17,000 vehicles with technology like the Mitsubishi i have already sold outside the U.S., and Mitsubishi is hoping this news will push the i's sales forward in the States as well. "We

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Northwestern University Researchers Create Breakthrough Batteries That Could Give EVs 500 Mile Range, 10 Minute Charge Time

Northwestern University Researchers Create Breakthrough Batteries That Could Give EVs 500 Mile Range, 10 Minute Charge Time

Researchers led by professor Harold Kung at Northwestern University have just developed a breakthrough battery technology that could allow electric cars to run 10 times longer and recharge 10

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European Testing Ranks the Fisker Karma at 112 mpg!

European Testing Ranks the Fisker Karma at 112 mpg!

As we are not conspiracy theorists, we think it must have to do with how the vehicles are being driven and what is considered normal conditions for testing. The Fisker Karma is a series plug-in

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Obama’s New CAFE Standards Require Vehicles To Average 54.5 mpg by 2025!

Obama’s New CAFE Standards Require Vehicles To Average 54.5 mpg by 2025!

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation unveiled their new CAFE standards yesterday, which require an impressive 54.5 mile-per-gallon average for light duty vehicles

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Ford Announces That Its Evos Plug-in Hybrid Will Make Its U.S. Debut in January

Ford Announces That Its Evos Plug-in Hybrid Will Make Its U.S. Debut in January

The focus of the EVOS is actually on technology more than its eco-friendly credentials. The car allegedly adjusts its driving style based on driver profile, map, and weather data pulled from the

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Yuhan Zhang’s Geely Aeolus Hybrid Concept Car Envisions a Sportier Urban Future

Yuhan Zhang’s Geely Aeolus Hybrid Concept Car Envisions a Sportier Urban Future

A small pneumatic hybrid like the Aeolus would likely be best received in India or China, where an unusual but inexpensive propulsion system and a small car body could be very popular. Details

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Daihatsu Prepares Three Tiny New “Kei” Cars for the Tokyo Auto Show

Daihatsu Prepares Three Tiny New “Kei” Cars for the Tokyo Auto Show

Daihatsu is proving its ability to work with a diverse line of products: The FC ShoCase is a fuel cell vehicle that contains no precious metals, while the PICO EV works in a variety of

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Honda Leaks Pics of Its AC-X Concept Plug-in Hybrid

Honda Leaks Pics of Its AC-X Concept Plug-in Hybrid

The AC-X features a lot of high tech bits inside as well, including a panoramic display screen and joystick controllers. Also in the plans is an iPhone app or "Smart Connect" key with display

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Regina, Q, and Swift: Suzuki Will Bring Entirely New Lineup of EVs to the Tokyo Motor Show

Regina, Q, and Swift: Suzuki Will Bring Entirely New Lineup of EVs to the Tokyo Motor Show

Keep an eye out for the rest of the alternative fuel line from Suzuki, including quite a few options on two wheels. We will be watching all the green goings on in Tokyo in early December when

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Nissan’s Newly Unveiled Self-Parking Pivo3 EV Could Soon Be Put Into Production

Nissan’s Newly Unveiled Self-Parking Pivo3 EV Could Soon Be Put Into Production

Nissan says it is considering "candidates" for the EV that will follow its LEAF, Infiniti EV, and LCV EV, but there are other contenders, including a compact sports EV. Either way, it looks like

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American and Alaska Airlines Complete World’s First Commercial Biofuel Flights

American and Alaska Airlines Complete World’s First Commercial Biofuel Flights

Yesterday, American Airlines completed the world's first commercial biofuel flight by traveling from Houston to Chicago powered by a mix of 40% Solazyme algae biofuels and 60% traditional jet

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Airbnb Considers Offering a Car Sharing Service

Airbnb Considers Offering a Car Sharing Service

Airbnb, the online service that allows homeowners to rent out their house, condo, or even couch to people passing through town, is now considering adding a car sharing service to make it easier

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L.A. Auto Show Design Challenge: Hottest Movie Cars of the Future

L.A. Auto Show Design Challenge: Hottest Movie Cars of the Future

Most debuts at the L.A. Auto show won't throw Chinese stars, resist magnetic fields, or climb walls with suction cups, but we love how this Hollywood-style flight of imagination slots into the

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World’s First Manned Electric Multicopter Flight Achieved by e-Volo

World’s First Manned Electric Multicopter Flight Achieved by e-Volo

In late October, Thomas Senkel of e-volo completed the world's first manned flight of an electric multicopter on an airstrip in the southwest of Germany. The flight lasted one minute and 30

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California’s High Speed Rail Could Cost $98 Billion

California’s High Speed Rail Could Cost $98 Billion

Governor Edmund G. Brown recently appointed two new members to California's high-speed rail authority and asked them to assess the viability of California's high-speed rail proposal. They

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Plug-in Prius Wins the 2011 Rallye International Vert de Montreal

Plug-in Prius Wins the 2011 Rallye International Vert de Montreal

Fifty kilometers per hour isn't much--just 31 miles per hour--but that's still a reasonable driving speed for alternative energy cars built for city driving. Toyota Canada engineer Vinh Pham

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Varley’s Sexy New evR450 Electric Car is a Banana Colored Beauty

Varley’s Sexy New evR450 Electric Car is a Banana Colored Beauty

Remember when electric vehicles were just toasters on wheels? Not anymore! Especially with vehicles like this banana-colored all-electric Varley evR450 sports car. Varley is an Australian

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Good News: Tesla Announces It Will Reintroduce a Redesigned Roadster in 2014!

Good News: Tesla Announces It Will Reintroduce a Redesigned Roadster in 2014!

Expect Tesla stock to shoot up on this news: the company has finally announced its plans to reintroduce a redesigned Roadster in 2014! We always thought it was strange that Tesla would yank the

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Zips Around Town in the Manual Transmission Honda CRZ Sport Hybrid

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Zips Around Town in the Manual Transmission Honda CRZ Sport Hybrid

How sporty is Sport mode, really? We're so glad you asked. It's surprisingly powerful, actually--even coltish. The CRZ feels a bit restrained in ECON mode, though not nearly as much as in other

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Juha-Pekka Rautio’s CCrab Electric Car Can Sidle Its Way Out of a Traffic Jam

Juha-Pekka Rautio’s CCrab Electric Car Can Sidle Its Way Out of a Traffic Jam

There are an increasing number of electric vehicles being designed for tight urban areas, but this one is unique. Juha-Pekka Rautio's Citroen CCrab concept has independently turning wheels that

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Detroit 3 Automakers Partner with U-M Solar Car Team to Create Cars of the Future

Detroit 3 Automakers Partner with U-M Solar Car Team to Create Cars of the Future

If you don't live near Detroit, you may have missed a remarkable change. While in the past the Detroit 3 automakers--General Motors, Ford and Chrysler--didn't take input from outsiders (even

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