Laura K. Cowan

 

Laura K. Cowan is a novelist and editor from Ann Arbor, Michigan, whose first novel The Little Seer spent its launch week on top of the Amazon free bestseller lists for Christian Suspense and Occult/Supernatural. 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 is the founder of popular green parenting blog 29 Diapers, author of Ecofrugal Baby: How To Save 70% Off Baby’s First Year, and 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. She lives in Michigan with her husband and her 3-year-old daughter. You can find her on Twitter and LinkedIn, or connect with her at laurakcowan[at]gmail.com or on her website LauraKCowan.com.

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Lives with the Chevy Volt for a Week

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Lives with the Chevy Volt for a Week

What we noticed first when driving the Chevy Volt is that the range of the battery pack varies from charge to charge. We averaged 37 miles estimated total range (the estimate sinks by up to 3

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Wold Record-Breaking “Schluckspecht” EV Goes Over 1,000 Miles on a Single Charge!

Wold Record-Breaking “Schluckspecht” EV Goes Over 1,000 Miles on a Single Charge!

Electric vehicle records are being broken all the time these days, which is great news for the advancement of EV technology. But the “Schluckspecht” EV (“heavy drinker”

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Fisker Launching Crossover, Convertible, and Miniature Versions of Its Karma Sedan

Fisker Launching Crossover, Convertible, and Miniature Versions of Its Karma Sedan

You have to hand it to start-up car makers like Fisker. In order to compete with established automakers, they have to crank out whole product lines in just a few years, and building even one

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UPDATE: Was Google’s Driverless Car Crash Really Due To Human Error?

UPDATE: Was Google’s Driverless Car Crash Really Due To Human Error?

We have been bringing you lots of news lately on the developments in driverless cars from companies such as Google, Porsche, or even new competitors in China. So we were a little nervous for

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Clean and Quiet Tsekoa II Research Vessel Is North America’s First Plug-in Hybrid Fuel Cell Ship

Clean and Quiet Tsekoa II Research Vessel Is North America’s First Plug-in Hybrid Fuel Cell Ship

Vehicles are usually converted to hybrids for the fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, but the Tsekoa II research ship from the University of Victoria got a plug-in hybrid fuel cell retrofit

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Ford and U of M Researchers Say Enough Lithium Exists To Power EVs Until 2100

Ford and U of M Researchers Say Enough Lithium Exists To Power EVs Until 2100

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company have just released a study stating that there is enough lithium in existence to power electric vehicles at least until the year

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UK Opens Free Solar-Powered Highway EV Charging Network from Ecotricity

UK Opens Free Solar-Powered Highway EV Charging Network from Ecotricity

The first three of many free EV charging points have just opened in the UK in Hertfordshire, Reading, and Gloucestershire. The Ecotricity charging points will be part of a network of free, 100%

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China’s Hongqi HQ3 Takes on Google’s Driverless Cars with 177-Mile Road Trip

China’s Hongqi HQ3 Takes on Google’s Driverless Cars with 177-Mile Road Trip

You may have thought we were years away from people accepting electric cars, much less driverless ones like the Prius fleet Google has been testing on Nevada's roads. But China has now stepped

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Flake Concept Car: What If Cars Behaved Like Living, Breathing Creatures?

Flake Concept Car: What If Cars Behaved Like Living, Breathing Creatures?

What if a car's body were a living, breathing thing? The Project Flake concept car by Da Feng reimagines a car exterior as a literal body with flexible scales that can separate to manage airflow

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Siemens Study: Electric Cars More Convenient To Refuel Than Engined Cars

Siemens Study: Electric Cars More Convenient To Refuel Than Engined Cars

German electronics giant Siemens just released the results of a study of Munich EV owners and the results show that drivers in this compact European city find EVs quite suitable for everyday use

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Schneider Electric Unveils Two-Car Electric Vehicle Charger

Schneider Electric Unveils Two-Car Electric Vehicle Charger

Schneider Electric recently revealed a two-car electric vehicle charger for use outdoors, giving way to faster and more efficient charging of fleets and electric vehicles on the go. The new dual

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Zebigo App Lets You Make Money from Carpooling

Zebigo App Lets You Make Money from Carpooling

Zebigo is a new app that matches carpool drivers with riders on the same route and allows them to diffuse the cost of commuting. Drivers can sign up to offer their services, and riders can find

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Park Your Car in the Bike Lane in Vilnius, Lithuania, and It Might Get Crushed by a Tank!

Park Your Car in the Bike Lane in Vilnius, Lithuania, and It Might Get Crushed by a Tank!

Apparently fines aren't keeping folks from parking in the bike lanes in Lithuania. So, rather than increase the number of traffic cops on patrol, Vilnius, Lithuania mayor Arturas Zuokas recently

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The Aeon Project Egg-Shaped Flying Car Envisions the Future of Transportation

The Aeon Project Egg-Shaped Flying Car Envisions the Future of Transportation

The Aeon Project was created by design team Akki Reddy Challa, Fabien Chancel, and Michael Harboun, and takes on the challenge of melding interactive apps with a flying car that can be driven

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In-Road Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Breakthrough Yields 90% Efficiency

In-Road Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Breakthrough Yields 90% Efficiency

Utah State University researchers have made a breakthrough in the quest to make in-road electric vehicle chargers practical for the real world, managing to wirelessly transmit 5 kilowatts of

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Protean In-Wheel Motors Could Up Hybrid Efficiency By 300 Percent

Protean In-Wheel Motors Could Up Hybrid Efficiency By 300 Percent

Many electric concept cars feature in-wheel electric motors to move them down the road, but only recently have they truly proven themselves as the greenest way to move future hybrid vehicles. A

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Ricoh Unveils Solar and Wind-Powered “Eco-Board” Billboard in London

Ricoh Unveils Solar and Wind-Powered “Eco-Board” Billboard in London

Sustainable office solutions company Ricoh has just unveiled its “eco-board” billboard in London. The high-tech board is powered by solar panels and wind turbines and only lights up

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Opel Plans a Massive Rollout of Fuel Cell Luxury Cars for 2016

Opel Plans a Massive Rollout of Fuel Cell Luxury Cars for 2016

They say pioneers are the ones with arrows in their backs, but pioneers of new technologies are sometimes the first to be able to sell new products in volume after they have proven their worth.

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Roll Over America: 50 Velomobiles Race from Portland to D.C. to Raise Awareness for Green Transportation

Roll Over America: 50 Velomobiles Race from Portland to D.C. to Raise Awareness for Green Transportation

On Thursday, 50 recumbent velomobile tricycles set off from Portland to Washington D.C. on a 3,000-mile journey to raise awareness for sustainable transportation. Dubbed Roll Over America, the

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Ford Polls Facebook Fans For Favorite Focus Electric Noise

Ford Polls Facebook Fans For Favorite Focus Electric Noise

President Obama recently called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure that EVs weren't silently bowling over people who couldn't see, or hear, them coming, by mandating

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Lockheed’s HALE-D Blimp Is A Solar-Powered Spy Satellite

Lockheed’s HALE-D Blimp Is A Solar-Powered Spy Satellite

We love that blimps and airships are making a comeback to rule the next generation's eco-friendly skies. But whenever Lockheed Martin gets its hands on technology, we start to think about the

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Mind-Reading Prius Bike Can Shift Gears with Just a Thought!

Mind-Reading Prius Bike Can Shift Gears with Just a Thought!

The Prius Projects Concept Bike has reached its final stage, and it has just been revealed that Toyota and Parlee Cycles are working with DeepLocal to bring some incredible technology to the

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Think EVs To Be Revived from Bankruptcy by Investor Boris Zingarevich

Think EVs To Be Revived from Bankruptcy by Investor Boris Zingarevich

EV makers have been dropping left and right during the recession, including Think, the maker of the Think City EV. But now the company will get a second chance thanks to serial investor Boris

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Fisker’s Multi-Speed Gearbox Could Give EVs Supercar Performance

Fisker’s Multi-Speed Gearbox Could Give EVs Supercar Performance

Electric cars can be fun to drive because they have all their power available at all speeds, which means incredibly quick acceleration. But until now, carmakers have been limited in the

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Omar Huerta’s Solar Light Tree Concept Grows Real Plants

Omar Huerta’s Solar Light Tree Concept Grows Real Plants

These solar light trees from Milan designer Omar Huerta are not just a unique installation of solar-powered street lights. They grow actual plants on their branches, using a hydroponic system

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Ian Kettle’s Citroen Egoiste Is an EV for Fashionistas

Ian Kettle’s Citroen Egoiste Is an EV for Fashionistas

Electric city cars tend to be tiny and economical affairs - you might go so far as to call some of them drab. That's not the case with the Citroen Egoiste EV concept from designer Ian Kettle.

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Toyota’s Breakthrough M2LFh Technology Will Remove 95% of Ozone from the Air

Toyota’s Breakthrough M2LFh Technology Will Remove 95% of Ozone from the Air

Ozone is a ground-level air pollutant that plagues cities, especially those overrun by cars. But now Toyota's Central Research and Development labs have announced the development of a material

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Scaled Composites’ BiPod Flying Car Is The Chevy Volt of the Skies

Scaled Composites’ BiPod Flying Car Is The Chevy Volt of the Skies

  We're happy to see more news out there lately on flying cars of various forms. The newest one, Burt Rutan's BiPod flying car for Scaled Composites, is a roadable aircraft with

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Marco Sweston’s Touch Effect Concept Is Made of Synthetic Muscle and Bone

Marco Sweston’s Touch Effect Concept Is Made of Synthetic Muscle and Bone

What will we all do for fun in the future when we're bored with all the digital thrills we have sought indoors? Designer Marco Sweston has the answer: a track racer built from synthetic bone,

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