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Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer

Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer

Toyota has officially unveiled its new hydrogen fuel cell sedan in Japan. The fuel cell sedan was previewed last year as a concept and now Toyota is giving the world a first look at the production

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Funky Aluminum Hybrid Vehicle Travels on Railways to Reach Abandoned Communities

Funky Aluminum Hybrid Vehicle Travels on Railways to Reach Abandoned Communities

After nearly 5,000 miles of railway tracks were abandoned in Mexico and Ecuador 20 years ago, communities were left isolated without easy access to the world outside. Two artists want to re-open the

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Tesla Helps Co-Directors of Fracking Documentary Tour the U.S.A Emissions-Free

Tesla Helps Co-Directors of Fracking Documentary Tour the U.S.A Emissions-Free

What better way to showcase your new fracking documentary than an emissions-free tour across the U.S. in an electric hotrod? Co-Directors Melissa Troutman and Josh Pribanic of Public Herald have teamed

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Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a Cute Hybrid Microbus Perfect for the Eco-Conscious Road Warrior

Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a Cute Hybrid Microbus Perfect for the Eco-Conscious Road Warrior

Once seen as a passing fad for those that could afford them, hybrid vehicles have come very far in terms of energy efficiency and design over the last decade. The inspirational Nimbus e-Car, however,

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A Flying Car that Takes You Sightseeing: Is This the Future of Transportation?

A Flying Car that Takes You Sightseeing: Is This the Future of Transportation?

Created by design team Akki Reddy Challa, Fabien Chancel, and Michael Harboun, The Aeon Project takes on the challenge of melding interactive apps with a flying car. Their vision can be driven manually or

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Toyota is Working on a Real-Life Hovercar!

Toyota is Working on a Real-Life Hovercar!

A car that hovers over the ground sounds like something from a popular science-fiction movie, but it may actually become a reality. Toyota has just revealed that its team of engineers are working on a

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Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Heinz uses the pulp of more than two million tons of tomatoes every year to make their iconic ketchup, soups and sauces - but what happens to the leftovers? Ford just announced that they have teamed up

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BMW Delivers the First i3 Electric Car in the U.S., Pricing Starts at $41,350

BMW Delivers the First i3 Electric Car in the U.S., Pricing Starts at $41,350

After years of development BMW recently announced the delivery of the very first i3 electric car in the U.S. The 2014 i3 has been on sale in Europe since late last year, but the first buyer, Charles Rabie

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UK Jumps on the Driverless Car Bandwagon with New Legislation

UK Jumps on the Driverless Car Bandwagon with New Legislation

The UK refuses to be left out of the driverless car revolution. Science minister David Willetts is encouraging British companies to develop self-driving cars, and to ease implementation of the vehicles

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Tesla Has Tweaked the Model X to Make it Look Better and Appeal to Women

Tesla Has Tweaked the Model X to Make it Look Better and Appeal to Women

This week Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke to a group of investors during its annual shareholder meeting, where he gave an update on everything from the Model X crossover to a replacement for the roadster, which

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Detractors Say that Solar Roadways Must Be Stopped

Detractors Say that Solar Roadways Must Be Stopped

Solar Roadways have been getting a lot of attention lately after securing nearly $2 million in funding on Indiegogo - but some detractors are decrying the innovation, saying that the idea just won’t

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GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground

GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground

Designer Greg Brown and engineer Dave Fawcett are finessing a design for a jet-propelled car that can reach speeds up to 550 miles in the air, but then converts into a zero-emissions electric car on the

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Getting Rid of Your Car Could Save You $10,000 Every Year

Getting Rid of Your Car Could Save You $10,000 Every Year

Imagine all of the things you could buy, the bills you could pay and the vacations you could take with an extra $10,000 in your pocket every year. According to a report from the American Public

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Used Toyota Camry Hybrid Battery Packs Get New Life at Yellowstone National Park

Used Toyota Camry Hybrid Battery Packs Get New Life at Yellowstone National Park

As more electrified vehicles hit the road, critics consistently wonder what we will do with all of the used battery packs that power these cars. Well, Toyota demonstrates how old nickel-metal hydride

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Terrafugia is Looking for Funding to Launch its Flying Car in 2016

Terrafugia is Looking for Funding to Launch its Flying Car in 2016

We’ve been eagerly following the progress of Terrafugia’s flying car here at Inhabitat - and the latest news from the company has us more excited than ever. Terrafugia is seeking $30 million in

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Eight US States Form Alliance to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025

Eight US States Form Alliance to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025

Eight U.S. states just formed an alliance to drastically cut emissions by boosting the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road to 3.3 million by 2025. The multi-state ZEV Action Plan was launched by

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Liberty Electric Cars Unveils the Futuristic Deliver Electric Van

Liberty Electric Cars Unveils the Futuristic Deliver Electric Van

Liberty Electric Cars just unveiled the Deliver electric delivery van. The development of vehicle was partially commissioned by the European Commissions’ 7th Framework Program, which brought together 10

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Finally! The Tamarack Constellation Rooftop Tent Boasts an ‘Emergency Unisex Urinal’

Finally! The Tamarack Constellation Rooftop Tent Boasts an ‘Emergency Unisex Urinal’

The founders of Treeline Roof-Top Tents created the company in 2013 after a precarious encounter with a grizzly bear on a camping trip. After being trapped inside their tent overnight, the campers became

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Hemiplanet’s New Inflatable Tent Turns the Audi Q3 Into a Camper Vehicle!

Hemiplanet’s New Inflatable Tent Turns the Audi Q3 Into a Camper Vehicle!

The tent itself looks like a cross between two previous Hemiplanet models: the two-person Wedge and the three-person Cave. It features both a private sleeping area and a pass-through breeze way that's

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Could Renewable Bamboo Serve as an Alternative to Carbon Fiber in Cars?

Could Renewable Bamboo Serve as an Alternative to Carbon Fiber in Cars?

Carbon fiber is quickly becoming the material of choice for automakers as they seek to reduce the weight of their vehicles, but does bamboo have the potential to replace this material in the future?

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Google Unveils its First Pod-Like Self-driving Car

Google Unveils its First Pod-Like Self-driving Car

Google has made a major breakthrough in its self-driving car project. The tech giant has now started building its own prototype vehicles from scratch, rather than retro-fitting existing commercial models

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How Toyota Plans to Improve Hybrid Efficiency by Another 10%

How Toyota Plans to Improve Hybrid Efficiency by Another 10%

Never one to be outplayed, Toyota is working on the next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid due for release by 2016. With each new generation of Prius, the auto giant has made slight efficiency gains, but

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Volvo’s Stunning Pure Tension Pavilion is a Lightweight Sun-Powered Charging Station

Volvo’s Stunning Pure Tension Pavilion is a Lightweight Sun-Powered Charging Station

Unveiled in Rome, Italy in September 2013, the structure was developed as an attempt to reinvent a typical trade show pavilion. Its dynamic form and energy efficiency is reminiscent of Frei Otto's

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MINI Unveils Three of the World’s Tiniest Luxury Campers

MINI Unveils Three of the World’s Tiniest Luxury Campers

The MINI Clubvan Camper, the Cowley and the MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp can get you to your getaway destination and transform into a multi-use unit built for the great outdoors. The three campers were built

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Expects ’200 Gigafactories’ Will be Needed to Meet Electric Vehicle Demand

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Expects ’200 Gigafactories’ Will be Needed to Meet Electric Vehicle Demand

Earlier this year Tesla announced plans to build a $5 billion Gigafactory battery plant that will reduce battery costs by 30 percent. This week Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicted that Tesla's Gigafactory will

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Star Wars-Inspired Honda Chopper Concept is a Stormtrooper’s Dream

Star Wars-Inspired Honda Chopper Concept is a Stormtrooper’s Dream

  Electric in-wheel motors not only help improve the efficiency of this bike; they also lower the center of gravity, improving handling and performance. We can't wait to see if Honda

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Hybrid Batmobile to Debut in Batman Vs. Superman Movie?

Hybrid Batmobile to Debut in Batman Vs. Superman Movie?

The next installment of the Batman franchise, Batman vs. Superman, is coming soon, and director Zack Snyder recently previewed the Batmobile's spiffy new look. Past Batmobiles have been powered by a gas

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Tesla Model S Buyers in China Get a Free License Plate Worth $15k

Tesla Model S Buyers in China Get a Free License Plate Worth $15k

If you live in Shanghai, you now have even more incentive to buy a Tesla Model S - the electric sedan now comes with a free license plate. That might not seem like a big deal in the US, but in China

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The Hoverbike of Your Dreams Will Hit the Market in 2017 for $85,000

The Hoverbike of Your Dreams Will Hit the Market in 2017 for $85,000

The hovercraft has been a science fiction dream for decades, but one company is about to make it a reality. Aerofex just announced plans to produce its Aero-X hoverbike, which looks like a Star Wars

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