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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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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Good News: Toyota’s RAV4 Actually WILL Be Sold To The Public

Good News: Toyota’s RAV4 Actually WILL Be Sold To The Public

When we told you recently that the Toyota RAV4 electric vehicle would only be available to car sharing programs and fleets next year, we were happily misinformed. Apparently the phrase

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Popa Lucian’s Deuce Is an Electric Concept Car for Surfers

Popa Lucian’s Deuce Is an Electric Concept Car for Surfers

When people say Deuce, they're usually referring to Detroit or the number 2, so we were a little surprised to see that term pop up on a concept car for San Francisco surfers. Nevertheless, we

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Bad News: Toyota RAV4 EV Won’t Be Sold To The Public

Bad News: Toyota RAV4 EV Won’t Be Sold To The Public

You say you want a Toyota RAV4 electric vehicle when they come out next year? Too bad. Toyota won't be selling them to the general public, so in order to get one you'll have to organize a

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The Chevy Volt Makes Itself Scarce This Summer

The Chevy Volt Makes Itself Scarce This Summer

If you want a Chevy Volt this summer, you will have to fight other customers for the measly stock of 200 vehicles available nationwide while GM idles its Detroit-Hamtramck plant. But there is a

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Car2Go Launches North America’s First All-Electric Car Sharing Fleet in San Diego

Car2Go Launches North America’s First All-Electric Car Sharing Fleet in San Diego

Car2Go, a subsidiary of Daimler, has just announced the launch of North America's first all-electric car sharing program, which will have 300 Smart ForTwo electric vehicles by the end of this

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Hybrid X High School Team Wins Green Grand Prix MPG Road Rally

Hybrid X High School Team Wins Green Grand Prix MPG Road Rally

The West Philly high school Hybrid X Team beat out 43 corporate entrants and Ivy League teams such as Cornell to win the Green Grand Prix's 100-mile fuel economy MPG Road Rally this week, with

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SOLD OUT: Fisker Karma Electric Vehicle Already Has 3,000 Pre-Orders

SOLD OUT: Fisker Karma Electric Vehicle Already Has 3,000 Pre-Orders

The sexy Tesla Roadster may be driving into the sunset in the coming months, but Fisker is just ramping up its competitor, the $100,000 Karma range-extended EV. The Karma already has 3,000

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Terrafugia’s Transition Flying Car Plane Can Drive Itself Home From the Airport

Terrafugia’s Transition Flying Car Plane Can Drive Itself Home From the Airport

  Flying cars are here! Well, “roadable planes” are at least. The Terrafugia Transition is a two-seat prop plane that can legally drive itself home from the airport, converting

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UPDATE: 4,000+ Nissan LEAFs Have Now Been Sold in the U.S.

UPDATE: 4,000+ Nissan LEAFs Have Now Been Sold in the U.S.

Not only is the Nissan LEAF is World Car of the Year for 2011 and a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it is also selling like hotcakes! Even though the electric

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes a Summery Yellow Fiat 500 For a Spin

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes a Summery Yellow Fiat 500 For a Spin

The most amusing thing about the Fiat would have to be the attention it garners in an out-of-the-way place like northern Michigan. Older men shook their heads as the little yellow rocket passed

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A Full 86 GM Facilities Are Now Landfill-Free

A Full 86 GM Facilities Are Now Landfill-Free

General Motors has been quietly greening its manufacturing facilities, powering plants with landfill gas and bringing 76 of them (over half of its 145 plants) to landfill-free status in the

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Renault’s 100% Electric Frendzy Concept Car Takes Flexibility Literally

Renault’s 100% Electric Frendzy Concept Car Takes Flexibility Literally

At the most recent Frankfurt auto show, Renault unveiled their new 100% electric concept car, the Frendzy. Like several other modern concept cars, the Frendzy takes on the challenge of

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5 Incredible Transforming Concept Vehicles

5 Incredible Transforming Concept Vehicles

What we love most about these concepts is that they are not only powered by green technology -- most of them are EVs or a type of hybrid -- but these vehicles look to solve future

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5 Wacky Bike-Like Vehicles Powered by Humans!

5 Wacky Bike-Like Vehicles Powered by Humans!

From the crazy ElliptiGO 3C bike that takes you on a mobile elliptical workout to the Sofa Bike, which is exactly what it sounds like, we hope you enjoyed these crazy vehicles as much as we

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Cal Craven’s CAT Aquatic Car Is the Water Taxi of the Future

Cal Craven’s CAT Aquatic Car Is the Water Taxi of the Future

We already have water taxis and gondolas available for rent in various parts of the world today, but designer Cal Craven envisions a future in which these CAT aquatic water taxis will make

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Amtrak Will Update Its Fleet with Half a Billion Dollars Worth of Electric Trains

Amtrak Will Update Its Fleet with Half a Billion Dollars Worth of Electric Trains

We're still waiting to see how high-speed rail plans play out in the U.S., but Amtrak is making a move to update its ordinary fleet to a greener standard. The U.S. Department of Transportation

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Opel Announces It Will Launch a Fuel Cell Vehicle in 2015

Opel Announces It Will Launch a Fuel Cell Vehicle in 2015

During a recent visit of Hungarian Prime Minister and EU Council Chairman Viktor Orbán to Opel aimed at learning about the company's strategy for sustainable mobility, the automaker quietly

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The Carbon Neutral Emax Excalibur Hybrid Yacht is Covered in Solar Panels

The Carbon Neutral Emax Excalibur Hybrid Yacht is Covered in Solar Panels

The Emax Excalibur solar hybrid luxury yacht isn't shy about its carbon neutral status: it is literally covered in solar panels from prow to stern. The green vessel, built by Sauter Carbon

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Attila Tari’s Saddle Trike Is a Modern Horseless Carriage

Attila Tari’s Saddle Trike Is a Modern Horseless Carriage

You've never seen a trike like this before. Designer Attila Tari's electric Saddle concept is a tricycle with not only a saddle and equestrian-inspired seating position but also reins. Yes,

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100-MPG Honda Insight Rally Car Banned for Being Too Fast

100-MPG Honda Insight Rally Car Banned for Being Too Fast

What happens if a racing team comes up with a car that has a clear advantage over the competition? They would clean up in awards and championships, right? Well, not exactly. The OakTec team's

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Nico Jara’s Pedal-Powered Potenza Concept Vehicle Stores Kinetic Energy

Nico Jara’s Pedal-Powered Potenza Concept Vehicle Stores Kinetic Energy

The Potenza, a vehicle by Argentinian designer Nico Jara, is simple in concept: a human-powered four-wheel bike that stores energy from pedaling and later converts it into kinetic energy. It is

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Nissan LEAF Becomes First Electric Class Pike’s Peak Champion

Nissan LEAF Becomes First Electric Class Pike’s Peak Champion

Remember the stock Nissan LEAF that was planning to take on the grueling Pike's Peak Hill Climb? Well, it may not have had much competition this year to become the Electric Production Class's

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California Hybrids Will Lose Their HOV Status This Friday

California Hybrids Will Lose Their HOV Status This Friday

If you live in California, it's time to trade in your Prius for a Tesla Model S. This Friday, July 1st, the state will strip hybrids of their HOV carpool lane access -- six months after

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Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

High-rise buildings require a lot of energy to cool in the summer, but they have relatively little space on their small roofs for solar arrays. This quandary got Pythagorus Solar of San Mateo,

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New Discovery May Lead to Typing-Powered Laptops and Everlasting Batteries

New Discovery May Lead to Typing-Powered Laptops and Everlasting Batteries

Self-powered laptops and everlasting batteries could soon become a reality thanks to a new study from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology that measured a piezoelectric film's capacity

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Google Succeeds in Making Driverless Cars Legal in Nevada

Google Succeeds in Making Driverless Cars Legal in Nevada

We recently told you that Google was lobbying Nevada legislators to make driverless cars legal on state roads, and now it's official - Assembly Bill No 511 just passed! The legislature makes it

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