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Consumer Reports Gives the Tesla Model S its Highest Test Rating Ever

Consumer Reports Gives the Tesla Model S its Highest Test Rating Ever

Consumer Reports recently tried out the Tesla Model S electric car, and after all the testing was done, the magazine found that the Model S outscored every other car in their ratings. "It does so even

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TF-X: Terrafugia Unveils the World’s First Flying Hybrid-Electric Car

TF-X: Terrafugia Unveils the World’s First Flying Hybrid-Electric Car

Founded by MIT graduates in 2006, Terrafugia has recently tested their first flying car - the Transition. A sleek vehicle with fold-up wings, it has two seats and a loud engine. The company has over one

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Talks With Google to Develop Self-Driving Cars

Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Talks With Google to Develop Self-Driving Cars

Tesla Motors has long worked towards producing the car of the future, and the Model S may well be the perfect electric vehicle for the middle class. If getting 265 miles per charge wasn't enough to

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Cheaper EV Charging System Can Charge Electric Cars 4 Times Faster

Cheaper EV Charging System Can Charge Electric Cars 4 Times Faster

Charging time and cost are two of the biggest obstacles facing electric vehicle battery technology today. Fortunately, researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden just developed an

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California Bill Introduced to Lower Sales Tax on Plug-in Electric Vehicles

California Bill Introduced to Lower Sales Tax on Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Many of us would love to own a shiny new car, especially if that vehicle were at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. Electric vehicles seem like an enlightened way to get around without having to

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TEST DRIVE: Plain-Jane Honda Accord with Econ Assist Gets Solid Fuel Efficiency without Hybrid Tech

TEST DRIVE: Plain-Jane Honda Accord with Econ Assist Gets Solid Fuel Efficiency without Hybrid Tech

We wanted to know how the new Accord could stand up to competitors that are now much more advanced in their own efficiencies. And beyond its threat to put us to sleep at the wheel for sheer boredom, the

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We Celebrate Toyota’s New LEED Platinum San Francisco Dealership with a RAV4 EV Test Drive

We Celebrate Toyota’s New LEED Platinum San Francisco Dealership with a RAV4 EV Test Drive

We don't need much of an excuse to test drive any electric car, but we're loving a lot about this, from the fact that the SF Toyota dealership is a remodeled 1800s horse barn that retains 100 percent of

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With a 119 MPGe Rating, the 2014 Chevy Spark EV is the Most Efficient Electric Vehicle Available in the US

With a 119 MPGe Rating, the 2014 Chevy Spark EV is the Most Efficient Electric Vehicle Available in the US

General Motors has released the official EPA ratings for the 2014 Chevy Spark electric vehicle, which goes on sale this summer in California and Oregon. The 2014 Spark EV has a driving range of up to 82

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Toyota’s ME.WE Concept is an Electric Vehicle Without Any Excess

Toyota’s ME.WE Concept is an Electric Vehicle Without Any Excess

Toyota just unveiled the new ME.WE electric concept, which is a pick-up, convertible, off-roader and small city car in one. Toyota says that the ME.WE is simpler, more appropriate and more realistic than

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TEST DRIVE: The Ford Fusion Hybrid Joins the 40+ MPG Club

TEST DRIVE: The Ford Fusion Hybrid Joins the 40+ MPG Club

How did it go? We were pleasantly surprised, overall. We have to throw in our vote with CR on the mileage issue, but that's not so unusual with hybrids driven in real-world conditions. The Fusion Hybrid

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US Department of Energy Seizes $21 Million from Fisker Automotive

US Department of Energy Seizes $21 Million from Fisker Automotive

In this economy, it isn't just students and homeowners who are having trouble paying back their loans. In a statement on Monday, the US Department of Energy said that it had seized $21 million from

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Hyundai Unveils Flying Electric Car for Congested Cities

Hyundai Unveils Flying Electric Car for Congested Cities

Hyundai just unveiled a series of new concepts for single-person vehicles that can navigate heavily congested cities - including a multi-rotor flying car! The next-gen vehicle is propelled by four

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GreenTech Automotive and JAC Motors Partner Up to Build a US-Made Electric Sedan

GreenTech Automotive and JAC Motors Partner Up to Build a US-Made Electric Sedan

GreenTech Automotive, manufacturer of the electric MyCar, and Chinese automaker JAC Motors have announced a new partnership that will include the development of a five-passenger electric sedan. The new

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Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Hybrid Concept Previews VW’s Future in Shanghai

Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Hybrid Concept Previews VW’s Future in Shanghai

Volkswagen has unveiled its newest concept, the CrossBlue Coupe Hybrid, which will debut this week at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. According to Volkswagen, the CrossBlue Coupe Hybrid concept offers a

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TWITT: Duo-Gard Unveils Nature-Inspired, Solar-Powered Winner of Its EV Charging Station Contest

TWITT: Duo-Gard Unveils Nature-Inspired, Solar-Powered Winner of Its EV Charging Station Contest

Greek architect Anestis Papaemanouil won the Duo-Gard Charging Station Design Contest with his solar-powered, nature-inspired “TWITT” concept. Duo-Gard challenged designers to create a one-car

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Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Photo via Shutterstock When tires reach the end of the road, they often wind polluting the environment in landfills. In Europe alone, 3 million tons of tires are produced each year - and 60-70% of them

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Fiat’s 2013 500e Electric Car to Launch in California for as Low as $20,500 After Tax Credits

Fiat’s 2013 500e Electric Car to Launch in California for as Low as $20,500 After Tax Credits

Fiat just announced that its 2013 500e electric car will start at $32,500 before available tax incentives. Starting this summer, California residents can purchase the 500e for as low as $20,500 after

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Edison2′s New Very Light Car 4.0 Weighs Less than 1,100 Pounds

Edison2′s New Very Light Car 4.0 Weighs Less than 1,100 Pounds

Edison2 just unveiled the latest version of its Very Light Car (VLC) at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. An earlier version of the vehicle won the $5 million Automotive X Prize back in 2010,

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Aston Martin to Race World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Rapide S at the Nürburgring

Aston Martin to Race World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Rapide S at the Nürburgring

Aston Martin has unveiled a new hydrogen-powered Rapide S, which is based on Aston Martin’s four-door, four-seat sports car. The hydrogen Rapide S was developed in partnership with hydrogen experts

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Hear What Leading Automotive Designers and Architects Had to Say at Our ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast!

Hear What Leading Automotive Designers and Architects Had to Say at Our ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast!

Hey Inhabitat readers! In case you missed it, we just wrapped up our broadcast of the Design with a Conscience conference in San Francisco, CA! We teamed up with Ford Motor Company and the American

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Renault Taps Ross Lovegrove to Design Twin’Z Electric Concept Car

Renault Taps Ross Lovegrove to Design Twin’Z Electric Concept Car

Renault and British designer Ross Lovegrove just took the wraps off the Renault Twin'Z electric concept car. The Twin'Z is an all-electric city car with rear-wheel drive, a 100 mile range and a 86-hp

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LIVE WEBCAST: Participate in ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast and Talk to Leading California Architects & Automotive Design Experts

LIVE WEBCAST: Participate in ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast and Talk to Leading California Architects & Automotive Design Experts

Interested in the intersection of car and building design? Wondering what happens when architects and automotive designers get together to talk about design innovation? Here's your chance to learn more

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Fisker Lays Off 160 Employees as Bankruptcy Rumors Circle

Fisker Lays Off 160 Employees as Bankruptcy Rumors Circle

As rumors of bankruptcy swirl around Fisker Automotive, today the sports car manufacturer laid off 160 employees in its Anaheim, California office. The luxury eco automaker apparently failed to find a

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SP:01: Detroit Electric Unveils the World’s Fastest Pure-Electric Production Car

SP:01: Detroit Electric Unveils the World’s Fastest Pure-Electric Production Car

Detroit Electric's roots date back to the early 1900's, but today many of us probably do not recognize the name. Well, that's all about to change - as the company just unveiled plans to launch the world's

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2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Debuts as Porsche’s First Plug-In Hybrid

2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Debuts as Porsche’s First Plug-In Hybrid

Porsche just unveiled its first ever plug-in vehicle - the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid! The new hybrid vehicle builds upon the Panamera S hybrid, but adds a more powerful electric motor with a

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2013 Nissan Leaf Shatters Sales Records in March With 2,236 Units Sold

2013 Nissan Leaf Shatters Sales Records in March With 2,236 Units Sold

Last month was a great month for the 2013 Nissan Leaf with 2,236 units sold, making it the best month ever the for electric vehicle. For the 2013 model year Nissan updated the Leaf and even moved

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iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle

iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle

Many of us thought Google had the market cornered when it came to driverless cars, but Apple made a shocking announcement today with news that they would be releasing a new device and app that can

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Back to the Future-Style DeLorean Taxi Cabs to Hit NYC Streets Next Month

Back to the Future-Style DeLorean Taxi Cabs to Hit NYC Streets Next Month

If you've always dreamed of getting around like Marty McFly, you'll definitely want to head to the Big Apple next month. The city just approved the roll-out of a new fleet of super-futuristic DeLorean

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Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2014 B-Class Electric Drive at the New York Auto Show!

Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2014 B-Class Electric Drive at the New York Auto Show!

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is based on the B-Class MPV and it will be launched first in the USA at the beginning of 2014. The vehicle is the first luxury electric car from

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BMW Unveils Plug-In Hybrid Active Tourer Concept at the 2013 New York Auto Show

BMW Unveils Plug-In Hybrid Active Tourer Concept at the 2013 New York Auto Show

The Concept Active Tourer, which originally debuted at the Paris Motor Show last fall, provides a glimpse of a future compact BMW plug-in hybrid. The small three-cylinder engine sends its power to the

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