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Rinspeed Turns the Tesla Model S into an Autonomous Mobile Office

Rinspeed Turns the Tesla Model S into an Autonomous Mobile Office

On the outside, autonomous vehicles will look almost identical to today's vehicles, but there is a lot of room to dramatically change the interior. Since drivers no longer need to spend all of their time

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Toyota to Test a Wireless EV Charging System that Recharges Batteries in Just 90 Minutes

Toyota to Test a Wireless EV Charging System that Recharges Batteries in Just 90 Minutes

Toyota has announced plans to begin verification testing of its new wireless battery charging system for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Doing away with today's charging cables, the system can

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Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Hybrids to Fix a Software Glitch

Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Hybrids to Fix a Software Glitch

Toyota has issued a recall of 1.9 million Toyota Prius hybrids to reprogram software in the third-generation Prius. The recall is needed to update a hybrid control glitch that can cause the Prius to shut

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2015 Kia Soul EV Debuts in Chicago With a 100-Mile Driving Range

2015 Kia Soul EV Debuts in Chicago With a 100-Mile Driving Range

Kia just unveiled its first electric vehicle, the 2015 Kia Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. The EV looks nearly identical to the standard Soul, but under the hood lies a fully-electric powertrain with a

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New Map Shows How to Travel Across America Without a Car

New Map Shows How to Travel Across America Without a Car

Many Americans travel to Europe or Asia and are amazed at the ease of traversing long distances via rail or bus. But when it comes to the land of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the Most Fuel-Efficient Full-Size Pickup Ever

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the Most Fuel-Efficient Full-Size Pickup Ever

In the past full-size pickup truck manufacturers have always boasted about how much their vehicles can tow or haul - largely at the expense of fuel economy. Now Chrysler has taken a step towards making

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2014 Honda Civic Hybrid Hits the Streets with 47 MPG Highway Rating

2014 Honda Civic Hybrid Hits the Streets with 47 MPG Highway Rating

Honda just announced that the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid is set to go on sale tomorrow nationwide and it's now more fuel-efficient with a 44/47 mpg EPA rating. That means the new Civic Hybrid is one of the

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Elio Motors’ Two-Seater P4 Vehicle Gets 84 MPG and Only Costs $6,800

Elio Motors’ Two-Seater P4 Vehicle Gets 84 MPG and Only Costs $6,800

Today's top of the line hybrids and electric cars feature expensive systems under the hood that place them out of reach for many buyers. But Elio Motors could change all that with their new P4 - the

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Porsche’s First Car Built in 1898 Was Electric!

Porsche’s First Car Built in 1898 Was Electric!

When Porsche fans think back to the history of the brand that is responsible for the iconic 911, most of us think the brand came to life in 1948 and in many ways it did. But long before the 911 was born,

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Vukee Car Launches the World’s First Tesla Car Sharing Program

Vukee Car Launches the World’s First Tesla Car Sharing Program

There are several car sharing services like Zipcar that offer access to electric vehicles, but vukee Car just announced the world's first car sharing service to offer the Tesla Model S! This spring the

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Tesla’s Sales Surge at the End of 2013 with Highest Sales Ever in the Fourth Quarter

Tesla’s Sales Surge at the End of 2013 with Highest Sales Ever in the Fourth Quarter

Tesla is reporting that its sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 were the highest ever in the company's history, with almost 6,900 vehicles delivered. The sales in the last quarter of 2013 exceeded

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Is the Stylish 1957 Single Occupancy Motoplan the Car of the Future?

Is the Stylish 1957 Single Occupancy Motoplan the Car of the Future?

The many problems associated with urban traffic congestion have multiplied in the past few decades, and there's few feasible solutions in sight. Can the failed single-occupancy Motoplan designed in the

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Electrics, Hybrids Help Push U.S. Fuel Economy to Record High in 2013

Electrics, Hybrids Help Push U.S. Fuel Economy to Record High in 2013

Average fuel economy for U.S. vehicles set a record 24.8 miles per gallon in calender year 2013. This is up one gallon over 2012 and an increase of 4.7 mpg since October 2007, the month and year the

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Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford's C-MAX Solar Energi Concept marks the first time a major automaker has unveiled a car that can harness enough energy from the sun to power its electric motor. The vehicle was developed in

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Audi Unveils Allroad Shooting Brake Hybrid at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Audi Unveils Allroad Shooting Brake Hybrid at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Audi's Allroad Shooting Brake Concept is designed to handle "light off-road conditions," and as such it features a slightly raised suspension and large 19-inch wheels made from lightweight carbon

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VW’s Passat BlueMotion Has the Highest Fuel Economy Rating of any Non-Hybrid Midsize Sedans

VW’s Passat BlueMotion Has the Highest Fuel Economy Rating of any Non-Hybrid Midsize Sedans

The Passat BlueMotion Concept is based on the production Passat, but features an all-new version of Volkswagen's 1.4-liter engine with direct injection and turbocharging with 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft.

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2015 Ford F-150 Drops 700 Pounds Thanks to New Super Lightweight Aluminum Body

2015 Ford F-150 Drops 700 Pounds Thanks to New Super Lightweight Aluminum Body

When Ford's engineers set out to redesign the new F-150, they improved the truck’s fully boxed ladder frame with more high-strength steel than ever – making it stronger and lighter. The last

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Inhabitat Reports LIVE From the 2014 Detroit Auto Show Today!

Inhabitat Reports LIVE From the 2014 Detroit Auto Show Today!

Heads up transportation fans - today Inhabitat is reporting LIVE from the floor of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where we'll be bringing you a first look at this year's most

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Toyota Unveils 2015 Zero Emissions Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle at CES 2014 in Las Vegas

Toyota Unveils 2015 Zero Emissions Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle at CES 2014 in Las Vegas

Toyota is going to release a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in 2015, and the manufacturer just gave the world a preview of it at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Toyota brought two fuel

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Volkswagen’s New Passat BlueMotion Concept Has the Highest Fuel Economy of Any Non-Hybrid Midsize Sedan

Volkswagen’s New Passat BlueMotion Concept Has the Highest Fuel Economy of Any Non-Hybrid Midsize Sedan

Volkswagen just announced plans to unveil its new Passat BlueMotion concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show next week. The Passat BlueMotion shows the world that it's possible to get good gas mileage

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The TABBY is a DIY Open Source Electric Vehicle that Can be Assembled in Less Than an Hour

The TABBY is a DIY Open Source Electric Vehicle that Can be Assembled in Less Than an Hour

Imagine owning an electric vehicle that you can assemble yourself in less time than it takes to put together an IKEA entertainment center. In an effort to make cars more accessible, affordable, and

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Ford’s First Solar-Powered Car to Debut at the 2014 International CES Show in Vegas

Ford’s First Solar-Powered Car to Debut at the 2014 International CES Show in Vegas

Ford has unveiled plans to debut their first solar-powered car next week at the 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas. The new C-MAX Solar Energi concept is based on the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid,

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TEST DRIVE: is the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid’s 28 MPG Rating Worth the Price Tag?

TEST DRIVE: is the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid’s 28 MPG Rating Worth the Price Tag?

The 2014 Toyota Highlander is now the third generation of Toyota's midsize SUVs. Toyota offers a four cylinder, V6 and hybrid powertrain for buyers to choose from. Although many of its competitors offer

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BMW i8 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid Will Reportedly Arrive by the End of 2015

BMW i8 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid Will Reportedly Arrive by the End of 2015

BMW originally unveiled the i8 Concept Spyder at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, but since then all the news has focused on the 2015 i8 Coupe plug-in hybrid sports car (which is slated to arrive next

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Porsche Returns to Le Mans With Brand New 919 Hybrid Race Car

Porsche Returns to Le Mans With Brand New 919 Hybrid Race Car

It's been 16 years since a Porsche competed in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans race, but next year the automaker is set to return with a hot new car that could just might dominate the competition. Last

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Ford Begins Testing Self-Driving Technology with Automated Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle

Ford Begins Testing Self-Driving Technology with Automated Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle

Ford just unveiled an automated Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle that will be used to evaluate future driverless vehicle technology. The vehicle is the next step in Ford's Blueprint for Mobility, and

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INFOGRAPHIC: Is Your Car Killing You?

INFOGRAPHIC: Is Your Car Killing You?

Most people consider cars to be a perfectly safe form of transportation - but did you know that every 16 minutes a fatal motor vehicle accident occurs in the US? Wish.co.uk just launched a new infographic

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Metalysis Creates the World’s First 3D-Printed Titanium Car Parts

Metalysis Creates the World’s First 3D-Printed Titanium Car Parts

Rotherham-based company Metalysis just teamed up with engineers from Sheffield University to roll out the world's first 3D-printed titanium car parts! The company has developed a novel process for

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The Voxan Wattman is the World’s Most Powerful Electric Motorcycle

The Voxan Wattman is the World’s Most Powerful Electric Motorcycle

The new Voxan Wattman is the world's most powerful electric motorcycle - and it may just be the greenest adrenaline rush on the road. The bike can reach 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds, it's capable of hitting

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Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicles are Powering Office Buildings in Japan

Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicles are Powering Office Buildings in Japan

Nissan’s zero-emission LEAF electric vehicle may be used to power entire buildings in Japan. The car manufacturer successfully completed an early test of the ‘vehicle-to-building’ technology at the

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