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NAIAS 2013: Mercedes-Benz Debuts New Hybrid Version of 2014 E Class Sedan

NAIAS 2013: Mercedes-Benz Debuts New Hybrid Version of 2014 E Class Sedan

Mercedes has redesigned the grille and a few other exterior bits on the new E-Class, but for the first time ever customers can opt for two different faces on the E-Class. The automaker continues to pack

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NAIAS 2013: Volkswagen Debuts Its Crossblue Plugin Hybrid Concept SUV

NAIAS 2013: Volkswagen Debuts Its Crossblue Plugin Hybrid Concept SUV

The Crossblue Concept packs 306 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque, and 0 to 60 time estimated at 7.0 seconds. We love how automakers are going larger with their plugin hybrid concepts (such as Volvo's

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MindDrive: 15 Kansas City Students Transform a 1977 Lotus Esprit into an Electric Car

MindDrive: 15 Kansas City Students Transform a 1977 Lotus Esprit into an Electric Car

With a newly launched IndieGoGo campaign, Kansas City-based nonprofit organization MindDrive is raising funds to make a film about a group of at-risk youths who transformed a 1977 Lotus Esprit into an

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Audi Unveils LED Headlights of the Future at CES 2013

Audi Unveils LED Headlights of the Future at CES 2013

The 2013 International CES officially kicked off this week in Las Vegas, and many automakers are using the show to showcase their latest vehicle technologies, which range from fully autonomous cars to new

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2013 Nissan Leaf is Now More Efficient and Charges in Half the Time

2013 Nissan Leaf is Now More Efficient and Charges in Half the Time

The Nissan Leaf electric vehicle has only been on the market since 2010, but Nissan is giving it some significant upgrades for the 2013 model. Nissan has announced that the 2013 Nissan Leaf will be more

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Ford Launches MyEnergi Lifestyle at CES 2013 to Help Families Reduce Their Electricity Bills and CO2 Footprint

Ford Launches MyEnergi Lifestyle at CES 2013 to Help Families Reduce Their Electricity Bills and CO2 Footprint

Ford just launched its new MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration, which show how a family can reduce their electricity bills and CO2 footprint by integrating home appliance technology with a plug-in vehicle

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US Safety Agency Wants Hybrid and Electric Cars to Make More Noise

US Safety Agency Wants Hybrid and Electric Cars to Make More Noise

Most hybrid and electric cars don't combust fuel at slow speeds, which makes them virtually silent. It's a peaceful way to travel, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fears that these

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GM Unveils 2014 Cadillac ELR Teaser Photo Ahead of Next Week’s Detroit Auto Show Debut

GM Unveils 2014 Cadillac ELR Teaser Photo Ahead of Next Week’s Detroit Auto Show Debut

General Motors is set to unveil the all-new 2014 Cadillac ELR next Tuesday at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but in advance of the big reveal the automaker has released a new teaser photo of the range

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Lexus Unveils Autonomous Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle at CES 2013 – But it Isn’t Fully Driverless

Lexus Unveils Autonomous Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle at CES 2013 – But it Isn’t Fully Driverless

Today Toyota and Lexus unveiled a high-tech autonomous vehicle at CES 2013 that could pave the way towards self-driving cars in the near future. Although it isn't fully driverless, the Advanced Active

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Nevada Gives Audi the First Automaker Permit to Operate Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads

Nevada Gives Audi the First Automaker Permit to Operate Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads

Audi has announced that the State of Nevada has issued it a permit allowing the testing of autonomous vehicles on the state’s public roads. This is only the second permit that Nevada has given out, with

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2013 Fiat 500e Tops Class With 108 MPGe Highway Rating and 87 Mile Range

2013 Fiat 500e Tops Class With 108 MPGe Highway Rating and 87 Mile Range

Fiat has announced the official performance specs for the 2013 Fiat 500e electric vehicle. The 2013 500e beats out other electric vehicles like the Honda Fit EV and Nissan Leaf with an EPA rating of 108

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Lexus Releases Sneak Preview of its New Driverless Vehicle

Lexus Releases Sneak Preview of its New Driverless Vehicle

Google no longer has a monopoly on driverless vehicles. Lexus has unveiled a sneak preview of its luxury LS model equipped with proprietary Intelligent Transport Systems technology, including an on-board

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Vincent Chan’s Citi.Transmitter Shows How a Modular Vehicle Could Support Sustainable Cities

Vincent Chan’s Citi.Transmitter Shows How a Modular Vehicle Could Support Sustainable Cities

  Chan tells explained to us that Citi.Transmitter was his final-year project in 2010 when he was studying at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He says that the system “is designed

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The Folding EV ‘Hiriko’ is Slated to Become Part of Germany’s Car-Sharing Program

The Folding EV ‘Hiriko’ is Slated to Become Part of Germany’s Car-Sharing Program

Germany is no stranger to car-sharing programs, but a novel new vehicle is about to join Berlin's car-sharing network. The EV company Hiriko, originally called City Car, is planning to test run its

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Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Do you feel a twinge of guilt every time you fill your tank with dirty gasoline? What if you could power your car with a carbon neutral fossil fuel substitute? Introducing Audi's new e-fuel, an energy

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General Motors Teases the 2014 Cadillac ELR Extended-Range EV Ahead of Its Detroit Auto Show Debut

General Motors Teases the 2014 Cadillac ELR Extended-Range EV Ahead of Its Detroit Auto Show Debut

If you're a fan of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, but have wanted a bit more style, General Motors might have something for you. Next month GM is going to unveil the 2014 Cadillac ELR extended-range

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Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standards

Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standards

If you drive a Ford C-Max or a Ford Fusion Hybrid, you might want to double check the fuel economy of your car. Two of Ford's hybrids, the C-Max and the Fusion, fell short of fuel economy targets when

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2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Named Official Car For 2013 International CES

2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Named Official Car For 2013 International CES

The all-new 2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid models are off to a great start. November was the first full month that both C-MAX hybrids were available and combined they outsold their

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Ford Simulates 10 Years of Battery Use in Just 10 Months with the Key Life Test

Ford Simulates 10 Years of Battery Use in Just 10 Months with the Key Life Test

As more electric and hybrid vehicles enter the market, there is a growing concern from consumers about the reliability of the batteries that power them. Ford has unveiled a new lab test, the Key Life

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Nissan Announces Plans to Introduce 15 Hybrid Models by 2016 and Move Battery Production to Tennessee

Nissan Announces Plans to Introduce 15 Hybrid Models by 2016 and Move Battery Production to Tennessee

Nissan has announced plans to add 15 new hybrid models to its lineup by 2016 and to launch the United States’ largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Although Nissan only

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives the 2013 Chevy Volt in Los Angeles

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives the 2013 Chevy Volt in Los Angeles

In Beverly Hills, California, luxury cars like BMWs and Mercedes-Benz are the norm - so it was surprising to get so many oohs and ahhs when we rolled up in the 2013 Chevy Volt! Yes, California is also the

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Ford Teams Up With BASF to Cut Emissions From Ford Fusion Production

Ford Teams Up With BASF to Cut Emissions From Ford Fusion Production

Ford is focusing on making its new lineup of vehicles greener than ever before - the automaker has already revealed that the 2013 Fusion's interior is made of recycled bottles and cotton, and now Ford has

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Chevy Volt Owners Drive Over 100 Million Electric Miles in Two Years

Chevy Volt Owners Drive Over 100 Million Electric Miles in Two Years

General Motors has announced that Chevy Volt owners have collectively driven more then 100 million all-electric miles since the Volt went on sale two years ago. GM estimates that the average Chevy Volt

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Volvo Developing Accident-Avoiding Self-Driving Cars for the Year 2020

Volvo Developing Accident-Avoiding Self-Driving Cars for the Year 2020

Volvos have always been marketed as some of the safest vehicles on the road – and now the automaker is working on “crashproof” cars with next-gen collision avoidance systems that could

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Toyota Looks to Magnesium-Ion Batteries for Longer Electric Vehicle Range

Toyota Looks to Magnesium-Ion Batteries for Longer Electric Vehicle Range

Battery technology is one of the biggest factors that is holding back the electric vehicle revolution. Many electric vehicles max out at a range of 80-100 miles, which discourages potential buyers. Toyota

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Mercedes-Benz Unveils Fuel Cell-Powered Ener-G-Force Vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Fuel Cell-Powered Ener-G-Force Vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz just debuted its latest concept vehicle - the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force - at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. At first glance the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force looks like an oversized SUV,

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2013 Fiat 500e Electric Car Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show!

2013 Fiat 500e Electric Car Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show!

Fiat just pulled the wraps off its new electric car, the 2013 Fiat 500e at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show! The 2013 Fiat 500e is largely based on the standard Fiat 500, but its gas engine has been swapped

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2013 Ford Fusion Named Green Car of the Year at the 2012 LA Auto Show

2013 Ford Fusion Named Green Car of the Year at the 2012 LA Auto Show

The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion has been named Green Car Journal's 2013 Green Car of the Year at the 2012 LA Auto Show. The Ford Fusion emerged on top of a field of finalist, which included the 2013 Dodge

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2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Rated at 115 MPGe and Starts at $39,780

2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Rated at 115 MPGe and Starts at $39,780

Honda has released fuel economy ratings and pricing for the all-new 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in hybrid, which is slated to arrive in January. The EPA has rated the Accord Plug-in hybrid at 115 MPGe, which

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CUER Unveils Streamlined Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge!

CUER Unveils Streamlined Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge!

Cambridge University Eco Racing just unveiled its revolutionary new solar car, which will be competing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge! The team blended aerodynamic and solar performance to create an

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