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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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TEST DRIVE: The 45 MPG Ford Fiesta is Fast and Best in Class

TEST DRIVE: The 45 MPG Ford Fiesta is Fast and Best in Class

Now, maybe we just love our small and nimble cars, but the engine of the Ford Fiesta really feels like the company could do something with it, like pump it up and put it in a sports car, if it added a

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It’s Happening – Tesla to Break Ground On Their First Gigafactory Next Month

It’s Happening – Tesla to Break Ground On Their First Gigafactory Next Month

Even though Tesla only revealed plans for its new Gigafactory in February, CEO Elon Musk has announced that it will break ground on at least one of the two factories next month. Tesla has yet to announce

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BMW Unveils Solar-Powered Bamboo Carport That Charges Electric Vehicles With the Sun

BMW Unveils Solar-Powered Bamboo Carport That Charges Electric Vehicles With the Sun

The first BMW i3 electric car just arrived in the US, and BMW marked the occasion by unveiling a solar-powered bamboo carport to charge it! The i Solar Carport provides electric vehicles with a 100%

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UEV-440 Off Road Camper Trailer Packs Everything from Wine Glasses to Flat-Screen TVs

UEV-440 Off Road Camper Trailer Packs Everything from Wine Glasses to Flat-Screen TVs

Traveling cross-country is an adventurer’s dream, but it often means you have to adjust to lower comfort levels. Conqueror Australia is set to bust that myth with a camper trailer that features almost

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TEST DRIVE: The Compressed Natural Gas F-150 is a Heavy Duty Hybrid

TEST DRIVE: The Compressed Natural Gas F-150 is a Heavy Duty Hybrid

How does it work? You gas up via separate tanks. The gas tank and cap are where you would find them on a traditional gas vehicle, but instead that steel case in the front of the pickup bed where the tools

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TEST DRIVE: The Surprisingly Wonderful 40 MPG Nissan Versa Note

TEST DRIVE: The Surprisingly Wonderful 40 MPG Nissan Versa Note

The Versa handled the back roads smoothly, and what struck us most was how well-made the little car felt. The steering wheel has the feel of a much more expensive car, and the vehicle comes with

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Zipcar Announces New One-Way Trips with the 2015 Honda Fit

Zipcar Announces New One-Way Trips with the 2015 Honda Fit

Since Zipcar's car-sharing service was introduced, one of the biggest drawbacks has been that you have to return the vehicle back to the original pickup spot - making one-way trips impossible. The company

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Sarolea SP7 Electric Carbon-Fiber Motorcycle Fires Up for the Isle of Man TT Zero Race

Sarolea SP7 Electric Carbon-Fiber Motorcycle Fires Up for the Isle of Man TT Zero Race

The famous Isle of Man TT Zero race for electric motorcycles kicks off next month and Sarolea's new SP7 carbon fiber electric motorcycle will be competing against the world's best battery powered

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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Arrives This Summer Starting at $41,450

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Arrives This Summer Starting at $41,450

This summer Mercedes-Benz is set to introduce the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive, which will go head to head with the BMW i3 electric car. The B-Class Electric Drive not only offers the comfort and quality

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Nissan Tests Self-Cleaning Nano-Paint Technology That Could Make Car Washes Obsolete!

Nissan Tests Self-Cleaning Nano-Paint Technology That Could Make Car Washes Obsolete!

What would you say if I told you there was a car that could never get dirty? That you'd never have to waste time (or money) scrubbing away the dirt and grime that collects on the exterior and dulls the

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BMW i3 Electric Vehicle Wins ‘World Green Car’ and ‘Design of the Year’ Awards at the 2014 New York Auto Show

BMW i3 Electric Vehicle Wins ‘World Green Car’ and ‘Design of the Year’ Awards at the 2014 New York Auto Show

The World Car of the Year Awards were given out today at the 2014 New York Auto Show, and the BMW i3 electric car was crowned the Green Car Of The Year and the Car Design Of The Year. The BMW i3 beat out

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Volvo S60L Plug-in Hybrid to Debut Next Week at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show

Volvo S60L Plug-in Hybrid to Debut Next Week at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show

Volvo just announced that it will unveil its S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) concept car next week at the Beijing Auto Show. Volvo has been selling a diesel plug-in hybrid version of

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