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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Sealander Aquatic Trailer Morphs From Camper to Boat for the Best Vacation Ever

Sealander Aquatic Trailer Morphs From Camper to Boat for the Best Vacation Ever

The Sealander camper boat is everything you always wished your parents' pop-up trailer could be -- a go-anywhere vehicle that is always ready for an adventure. There are no winches, cranks, or

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VIDEO: Mercedes Benz Reveals Its Zero Emissions F-125 Luxury Sedan at the Frankfurt Auto Show

VIDEO: Mercedes Benz Reveals Its Zero Emissions F-125 Luxury Sedan at the Frankfurt Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz just gave us a peek at the future of luxury cars as it unveiled its F-125 hydrogen fuel cell sedan at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicle has a zero emission propulsion system

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Mitsubishi Unexpectedly Raises Price of the i EV

Mitsubishi Unexpectedly Raises Price of the i EV

We told you back in April that Mitsubishi was working hard to keep the cost of its i electric car lower than any other EV on the U.S. market. Originally this brought the price to an extremely

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Exoconcept EXO: A Carbon Fiber Electric Jet Ski James Bond Would Love

Exoconcept EXO: A Carbon Fiber Electric Jet Ski James Bond Would Love

We have been hot on the trail of some James Bond-worthy sustainable rides lately, and this goes right along. The Exoconcept EXO is a carbon fiber electric jet ski you ride in the prone position

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Jan Gunneweg’s All-Wood Bicycle Comes With Matching Shades

Jan Gunneweg’s All-Wood Bicycle Comes With Matching Shades

Even the tires are a natural wood tone, a nice touch that makes this bike appear to be almost entirely crafted from maple. Just the handlebars, adjustable seat mount, spokes, pedals, and chain

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One Euro Car: Opel Unveils Electric City Car Before Frankfurt Auto Show

One Euro Car: Opel Unveils Electric City Car Before Frankfurt Auto Show

The Frankfurt Motor Show hasn't even begun, but this already appears to be the year of the electric city car concept, with multiple futuristic offerings from Audi and Volkswagen, and now Opel.

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Juri Zaech’s Typography Bike Frames Are Bent to Actually Spell Out Your Name

Juri Zaech’s Typography Bike Frames Are Bent to Actually Spell Out Your Name

Juri Zaech's typographic bikes personalize your ride like no other. The frame of each bike is bent and painted to spell out your name, resulting in what appears to be a floating cursive type set

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Wu & Lin Union Bike Folds Down to an Eight-Inch Package

Wu & Lin Union Bike Folds Down to an Eight-Inch Package

Folding bikes are favorites for city dwellers because they can be packed up after riding and carried into an apartment building or office - but until now most folding bikes have only made it

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Don’t Make Eye Contact: Electric Audi A2 Concept Will Pack Laser Tail Lights

Don’t Make Eye Contact: Electric Audi A2 Concept Will Pack Laser Tail Lights

First the BMW i8 concept, and now the electric Audi A2 concept car are expected to electrify the Frankfurt Motor Show with laser headlights and tail lights. These tiny and efficient light

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Rimac Concept One: Croatia Quietly Builds a 1,000-Horsepower Electric Supercar

Rimac Concept One: Croatia Quietly Builds a 1,000-Horsepower Electric Supercar

Automakers have been leaking photos of upcoming concept cars leading up to next week's Frankfurt Motor Show, but no one saw this one coming. A 23-year-old entrepreneur and automotive designer

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Volkswagen Jumps on the City Car Bandwagon with the NILS Concept

Volkswagen Jumps on the City Car Bandwagon with the NILS Concept

Here is one more car to add to the growing list of futuristic electric city cars going into production. The Volkswagen NILS EV Concept will debut alongside its Audi Urban Concept cousin at the

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Ford Unveils Photos of Its Gorgeous Electric Gullwing EVOS Concept

Ford Unveils Photos of Its Gorgeous Electric Gullwing EVOS Concept

Ford just leaked photos of its EVOS Concept to be revealed at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show. In short, we love it. The EVOS is a plug-in hybrid with four exotic gullwing doors and a gorgeous

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Michal Jelinek’s Black Ice Glider Is a Fuel Cell-Powered Winter Wonder Vehicle

Michal Jelinek’s Black Ice Glider Is a Fuel Cell-Powered Winter Wonder Vehicle

Designer Michal Jelinek recently put together a series of concept vehicles for use on ice. We particularly like this one, called Black Ice, which is a fuel cell turbine-powered glider. Hydrogen

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TEST DRIVE: The Chevy Volt vs. The Plug-in Prius

TEST DRIVE: The Chevy Volt vs. The Plug-in Prius

We were surprised how much more upmarket the Volt felt compared to the plug-in Prius. We have to mention that the vehicle we were driving was not a final production model, so some features and

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Audi Offers a Sneak Peek of Its Futuristic Electric Urban Concept Car Before Frankfurt Motor Show

Audi Offers a Sneak Peek of Its Futuristic Electric Urban Concept Car Before Frankfurt Motor Show

Audi will soon be revealing a super futuristic concept car with a staggered 1 + 1 seating arrangement, entry through the rear tailgate, a body composed of ultra-lightweight carbon

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TMG EV P001 Becomes First EV To Break the Nurburgring 8-Minute Speed Record

TMG EV P001 Becomes First EV To Break the Nurburgring 8-Minute Speed Record

Toyota's TMG EV P001 just became the first electric car to shatter the 8-minute barrier at the Nurbirgring racetrack in Germany, with a blazing new time of 7 minutes and 47.794 seconds. Toyota

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Cyclists Rejoice: PumpTire Is the World’s First Self-Inflating Bicycle Tire

Cyclists Rejoice: PumpTire Is the World’s First Self-Inflating Bicycle Tire

Where has this invention been all our lives? San Francisco-based startup PumpTire has just created the world's first self-inflating bicycle tire, which uses the spinning motion and weight of

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Brown Goes Green: UPS Purchases 100 EV Delivery Trucks for Its Next-Gen California Fleet

Brown Goes Green: UPS Purchases 100 EV Delivery Trucks for Its Next-Gen California Fleet

UPS has just purchased 100 electric delivery vehicles from EV provider Electric Vehicles International in Stockton, California, for the company's California fleet. The decision makes UPS's

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Madella Simone’s Tesla E-Max Bike Converts Pressure To Power

Madella Simone’s Tesla E-Max Bike Converts Pressure To Power

The Tesla E-Max bike by Madella Simone is not just a pretty electric face. This motorcycle is covered in piezoelectric material that converts compression strength to power. And that's not all. A

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Electric Killacycle Killajoule Aims To Be The Fastest Motorcycle Ever – Of Any Kind

Electric Killacycle Killajoule Aims To Be The Fastest Motorcycle Ever – Of Any Kind

Electric motorcycles are fast, but until now they were only raced amongst themselves, separating the land speed records of traditional motorcycles and electric motorcycles into two groups. The

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Zvezdan Nedeljković’s ParaMoto Trike Is the World’s First Paragliding Motorcycle!

Zvezdan Nedeljković’s ParaMoto Trike Is the World’s First Paragliding Motorcycle!

Have you ever dreamed of riding a motorcycle down a mountainside and jumping off a cliff to paraglide over the ocean? Yes? Well, we've got just the vehicle for you, James Bond. The ParaMoto

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Oliver VTOL’s Hexplane Proves Six Engines Are Better Than Two

Oliver VTOL’s Hexplane Proves Six Engines Are Better Than Two

Would you believe that six engines on a plane are not only more efficient than two, but also safer? It sounds a little crazy, but that's the claim made by Oliver VTOL. This new VTOL "Hexplane"

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Performance Concepts’ MXB Shocker Is an Electric Motorcycle You Stand On

Performance Concepts’ MXB Shocker Is an Electric Motorcycle You Stand On

Last year, a new stand-on electric motorcycle made its debut, defying categorization. Performance Concepts Inc.'s 2011 MXB Shocker motocrossboard was a hand-controlled two-wheel electric vehicle

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Daimler Goes Smaller Than the Smart Car with Its Smart E-Bike

Daimler Goes Smaller Than the Smart Car with Its Smart E-Bike

You would have thought Daimler had learned it wasn't terribly good at making small cars after its Smart car turned out to have disappointing gas mileage, disappointing build quality--well,

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5.2 Million Strong: Report Predicts 46x Increase in EV Sales by 2017

5.2 Million Strong: Report Predicts 46x Increase in EV Sales by 2017

Clean tech market intelligence firm Pike Research just published a report entitled 'Electric Vehicle Market Forecasts' that goes against the naysayers currently predicting the doom of EVs and

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the New Plug-in Prius For an Extended Drive

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the New Plug-in Prius For an Extended Drive

The most important thing we discovered while driving the plug-in Prius was that it is clearly designed for stop-and-go city driving. When we took it from stoplight to stoplight, gradual braking

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Mercedes Fuel Cell Buses Log 2 Million Emission-Free Kilometers

Mercedes Fuel Cell Buses Log 2 Million Emission-Free Kilometers

Mercedes has been using a fleet of 36 hydrogen fuel cell buses in Hamburg, Germany, to improve fuel cell technology for its passenger cars. Now those test buses have logged an amazing 2 million

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Audi May Offer An A4 Plug-in Hybrid by 2014!

Audi May Offer An A4 Plug-in Hybrid by 2014!

The tipping point is finally here. With new CAFE regulations and more consumers interested in fuel efficient vehicles than ever before, even companies like Audi are capitulating to demand for

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The Metromorph Concept Car Parks Itself–As Your Apartment Balcony!

The Metromorph Concept Car Parks Itself–As Your Apartment Balcony!

The Metromorph concept car from designer Roman Mistiuk solves several sustainable transportation problems all at once in a really creative way. Get this - the unique concept car doubles as an

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Leonardo DiCaprio Spotted Driving His New Fisker Karma Luxury EV!

Leonardo DiCaprio Spotted Driving His New Fisker Karma Luxury EV!

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio was just seen driving his brand-new Fisker Karma luxury range-extended EV, which means the green sports car is finally here! We told you before how DiCaprio had lined up

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