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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes Ford’s Stylish 2013 Fusion Hybrid For a Spin

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes Ford’s Stylish 2013 Fusion Hybrid For a Spin

The all-new Fusion adopts many of the design cues from the Evos concept that Ford unveiled last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Its exterior has a more European look, and everyone loves drawing

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California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Legalizing Self-Driving Cars

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Legalizing Self-Driving Cars

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a new bill that allows autonomous cars on the state's roads. Bill SB1298 was originally drafted by Democrat Senator Alex Padilla to help establish safety

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks with Revenge of the Electric Car’s Director Chris Paine

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks with Revenge of the Electric Car’s Director Chris Paine

The first film, Who Killed the Electric Car?, seemed to place blame squarely on the shoulders of GM for rounding up and crushing its first electric production car, the EV1. But then, almost a decade

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Top Eight Innovative Green Cars Debuting at Next Week’s 2012 Paris Motor Show

Top Eight Innovative Green Cars Debuting at Next Week’s 2012 Paris Motor Show

Lexus LF-CC Concept The Lexus LF-CC concept previews the next-generation Lexus IS and a new hybrid powertrain that will eventually be offered in the Lexus lineup. The LF-CC concept takes the design of

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Toyota Cancels Productions Plans for the Electric iQ Minicar

Toyota Cancels Productions Plans for the Electric iQ Minicar

Toyota just unveiled its brand new 2013 iQ EV minicar while simultaneously announcing that it will drop its initial production plans for the tiny electric vehicle. Toyota decided to nix its widespread

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ebuggy e-Mobility Concept Gives Electric Cars the Power to Travel Any Distance

ebuggy e-Mobility Concept Gives Electric Cars the Power to Travel Any Distance

Today's electric cars are at a disadvantage due to the lack of infrastructure to charge them, but ebuggy has just unveiled a new solution. The ebuggy e-Mobility Concept is a new trailer-based range

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2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Rated as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Midsize Sedan

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Rated as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Midsize Sedan

This fall Ford is releasing an all-new 2013 Ford Fusion - and the vehicle was just rated by the EPA as the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan in America with fuel economy scores of 47 mpg city, 47 mpg

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Lexus Unveils Compact LF-CC Hybrid Coupe Concept in Advance of Paris Auto Show

Lexus Unveils Compact LF-CC Hybrid Coupe Concept in Advance of Paris Auto Show

Lexus just unveiled the first images of its LF-CC Hybrid Coupe Concept, which will debut with the automaker's next-generation hybrid powertrain at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this month. Lexus' newest

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Smart Forstars Electric Concept Car is a Movie Projector on Wheels

Smart Forstars Electric Concept Car is a Movie Projector on Wheels

Smart is giving the world a taste of the future with its Smart Forstars concept - an electric car with a movie projector mounted on the front! Set to debut later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show,

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Nemesis Electric Car Gears Up to Attempt UK Land Speed Record

Nemesis Electric Car Gears Up to Attempt UK Land Speed Record

The Nemesis is the UK´s first electric super car - and it's currently gearing up to break the UK´s electric car land speed record! The brainchild of Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, the Nemesis is powered

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BMW Unveils Compact Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid Concept

BMW Unveils Compact Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid Concept

BMW has unveiled the BMW Concept Active Tourer plug-in hybrid, which is a preview of BMW's upcoming compact MPV with its new eDrive hybrid system. According to BMW, the Concept Active Tourer is geared

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216 MPH Electric KillaJoule Motorcycle Shatters World Land Speed Record!

216 MPH Electric KillaJoule Motorcycle Shatters World Land Speed Record!

A graduate student from the University of Denver just shattered a world speed record by hitting an astounding 216 MPH on her home-built “KillaJoule” electric motorcycle during the BUB

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Peugeot Teases Onyx Hybrid Sports Car Ahead of Paris Motor Show Debut

Peugeot Teases Onyx Hybrid Sports Car Ahead of Paris Motor Show Debut

The future of supercars looks greener than ever before, as Peugeot has just released the first teaser photos of its Onyx hybrid sports car concept that will debut later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor

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Nissan’s New Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Terra SUV Takes Green Transportation Off-Road

Nissan’s New Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Terra SUV Takes Green Transportation Off-Road

Nissan just unveiled its new Terra Concept - a fuel cell-powered SUV that will have its world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show on September 27th. The Terra SUV concept is described as a zero emissions,

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General Motors Joins IKEA and Wal-Mart among Top Solar Power Users in U.S.

General Motors Joins IKEA and Wal-Mart among Top Solar Power Users in U.S.

The Solar Energy Industries Association has just named General Motors as the #1 automotive user of solar power in the United States. It also ranks No. 13 of the top 20 solar-powered companies in the

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Gaza’s First Electric Vehicle Built from Recycled Materials For $1,000

Gaza’s First Electric Vehicle Built from Recycled Materials For $1,000

A 32-year-old taxi driver has created Gaza's first electric vehicle in the face of a major fuel crisis. Munther al-Qassas decided that investing in an electric taxi would be cheaper and less time

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POD Point Launches Electric Vehicle Charging Network Across the UK

POD Point Launches Electric Vehicle Charging Network Across the UK

Inhabitat has long followed the progress of the electric car - from the spectacular Tesla Roadster to the more utilitarian Nissan Leaf  (although the Leaf has its moments!), with various others in

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Lobster-Inspired GasPod Airfoils Could Give Cars a Fuel Efficiency Boost

Lobster-Inspired GasPod Airfoils Could Give Cars a Fuel Efficiency Boost

Bob Evans, an industrial designer and master RF mold maker has designed these unique GasPod airfoils to help drivers make their cars more aerodynamic, and thereby more fuel efficient. Reportedly inspired

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Fisker Automotive Sets Two World Records for EV Charging in the Netherlands

Fisker Automotive Sets Two World Records for EV Charging in the Netherlands

Fisker Automotive's Karma EV just set two new world records at a recent event at the Floriade Horticultural World Expo in Venlo, Netherlands. Fisker now holds the the world record for the highest number

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TEST DRIVE: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid is an Electric Car for Today

TEST DRIVE: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid is an Electric Car for Today

Electric cars offer the promise of fossil fuel-free transportation, but today's EVs are at a disadvantage due to the lack of infrastructure to charge them. While we wait for more charging stations,

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Pope Benedict XVI Receives Exclusive All-Electric Popemobile From Renault

Pope Benedict XVI Receives Exclusive All-Electric Popemobile From Renault

Pope Benedict XVI has been dubbed “the green pope” for implementing solar power at the Vatican and making it the “greenest state in the world”, supporting environment causes and riding in

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid to Debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid to Debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

The 2012 Paris Motor Show kicks off in a few weeks and Mitsubishi plans to launch the global debut of the new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid. The Outlander PHEV will be the world's first plug-in hybrid SUV, and

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2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Can Travel Up to 15 Miles in Electric Mode

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Can Travel Up to 15 Miles in Electric Mode

Honda is releasing an all-new, ninth-generation Accord for the 2013 model year, but what we're most excited about is the 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid that arrives early next year. The 2014 Accord plug-in

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California Passes A Bill That Would Approve Self-Driving Cars On The Roads

California Passes A Bill That Would Approve Self-Driving Cars On The Roads

In June 2011, Google successfully lobbied Nevada legislators to make driverless cars legal on state roads. Now California has followed suit by passing a bill that could make the sunshine state the second

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TEST DRIVE: We Drive the 2013 Ford Focus Electric in San Francisco

TEST DRIVE: We Drive the 2013 Ford Focus Electric in San Francisco

With the introduction of electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S and Honda Fit EV, do you ever wonder what it would be like to actually own one? A quick ten minute test drive at a dealership

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Obama Administration Finalizes 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standards for 2025

Obama Administration Finalizes 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standards for 2025

Photo from Shutterstock Today the Obama Administration finalized new standards that will increase fuel economy for cars and light-duty trucks to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg. The newest standards will

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Areion EV: World’s First 3D Printed Car Hits 140 KM/H!

Areion EV: World’s First 3D Printed Car Hits 140 KM/H!

The world of custom racing has officially reached a new level of specificity and refinement as a team of 16 student engineers from Belgium-based Group T created the “Areion” – the

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BMW Launches ParkNow and DriveNow Electric Car Sharing Program in San Francisco

BMW Launches ParkNow and DriveNow Electric Car Sharing Program in San Francisco

BMW has chosen the city of San Francisco to launch its new DriveNow car sharing program, alongside their ParkNow mobile parking solution. San Francisco is at the forefront of cities working to develop and

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Stanford University’s Self-Driving Audi TTS Hits 120 MPH on the Racetrack

Stanford University’s Self-Driving Audi TTS Hits 120 MPH on the Racetrack

Google and Volvo's self-driving cars have been making headlines with the number of miles they've driven without a traditional driver at the wheel. Now Stanford's Dynamic Design Lab has teamed up with

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Sets New Speed Record at 185 MPH

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Sets New Speed Record at 185 MPH

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid just recorded a speed of 185.394 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, during the Southern California Timing Association’s annual Speed Week, which is the fastest speed ever

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