automotive

Italian Appliance Manufacturer Smeg is Transforming Classic Fiat 500s into Fridges

Italian Appliance Manufacturer Smeg is Transforming Classic Fiat 500s into Fridges

Just when you thought the original Fiat 500 couldn't get any cuter, Italian home appliance manufacturer Smeg has gone and turned the front end of the car into a stylish mini fridge. The two iconic Italian

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Watch Inhabitat’s ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Hear from Leading Auto Designers and Architects!

Watch Inhabitat’s ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Hear from Leading Auto Designers and Architects!

Watch the 'Big Ideas in Small Spaces: Proportion in Design' discussion right here! Our webcast has just ended, but you can still hear everything that was discussed by clicking on the video above. 'Big

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1,300 MPG Student-Designed Ultra-Light Car Runs on a Tiny Lawnmower Engine

1,300 MPG Student-Designed Ultra-Light Car Runs on a Tiny Lawnmower Engine

Students at Brigham Young University in Utah have designed a car that can travel the distance from Utah to Michigan on a single gallon of fuel. The fish-shaped car—which weighs less than 100 pounds and

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LIVE WEBCAST: Join Inhabitat for the ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Talk to Leading Architects & Automotive Designers

LIVE WEBCAST: Join Inhabitat for the ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Talk to Leading Architects & Automotive Designers

Ford Motor Company and the Chicago Architecture Foundation have joined forces to bring you yet another amazing live webcast, following up on their successful Design with a Conscience discussion seen here

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Tesla Motors Announces Fourth Car for Future Electric Vehicle Lineup

Tesla Motors Announces Fourth Car for Future Electric Vehicle Lineup

It's been a great year so far for Tesla - the electric automaker paid back its federal loan a full 9 years early, it announced plans to triple its supercharger stations, and it scooped the green car of

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Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

Smog levels in Beijing reached dangerously high levels this past winter, and in January pollution levels were 10 to 15 times what the World Health Organization classifies as a health risk. Now China is

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Honda Lowers Pricing for the 2013 Honda Fit EV to $259 a Month

Honda Lowers Pricing for the 2013 Honda Fit EV to $259 a Month

In an effort to keep ahead of the competition, Honda has announced that the pricing for the 2013 Honda Fit EV has been lowered to $259 a month. Currently the Fit EV's monthly lease price is set at $389 a

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Remote-Controlled Car-Helicopter Hybrid Transitions from Air to Land Seamlessly

Remote-Controlled Car-Helicopter Hybrid Transitions from Air to Land Seamlessly

Flying cars aren't quite ready to take to the roads (or in the skies) just yet, but a new remote-controlled car brings them one step closer to reality. The B RC Hybrid Car-Helicopter starts off scooting

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Henrik Fisker Teams Up With Hong Kong Billionaire Richard Li to Save Fisker Automotive

Henrik Fisker Teams Up With Hong Kong Billionaire Richard Li to Save Fisker Automotive

Although Fisker Automotive hasn't produced a car since July, a few parties have stepped up to save the fledgling automaker. Reports say that Fisker co-founder Henrik Fisker has teamed up with a group of

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MindDrive: World’s First Social Media Powered Electric Car is Fueled by Tweets and Likes

MindDrive: World’s First Social Media Powered Electric Car is Fueled by Tweets and Likes

A group of Kansas City teens have transformed a 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia into the world’s first social-media fueled vehicle! With the help of non-profit MindDrive, the teens converted the vintage

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Israeli Electric Car Company Better Place Files for Bankruptcy

Israeli Electric Car Company Better Place Files for Bankruptcy

The once-promising electric car company Better Place has filed for bankruptcy. The company sought to put in place a large and innovative electric vehicle network with interchangable batteries, which

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TEST DRIVE: 30-40 mpg in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV

TEST DRIVE: 30-40 mpg in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV

In this case, it's all about usage. The Highlander Hybrid is the kind of vehicle you might buy for a family that needs to haul gear but still wants to go green. That's suburb territory, generally. And

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163 MPH Rocket-Powered Bike Sets New World Land Speed Record

163 MPH Rocket-Powered Bike Sets New World Land Speed Record

French cyclist François Gissy just strapped a hydrogen peroxide rocket to the frame of his bike and hit a record-breaking top speed of 163 mph! The epic thrill ride took place at abandoned runway in the

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Tesla Repays its Entire $465 Million Federal Loan Nine Years Early

Tesla Repays its Entire $465 Million Federal Loan Nine Years Early

Tesla Motors just announced that it has repaid the entire $465 million loan that it received from the Department of Energy a full nine years early. The development makes Tesla the only US car company in

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Chevy Announces 2014 Spark EV Pricing Starts at $27,495

Chevy Announces 2014 Spark EV Pricing Starts at $27,495

Electric Vehicle buyers in the US looking for a good deal now have three models to choose from, as General Motors just announced that pricing for the 2014 Chevy Spark EV starts at $27,495. Buyers can also

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INTERVIEW: Freeman Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor Company

INTERVIEW: Freeman Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor Company

Freeman Thomas won his first drawing competition in the first grade—it was a fire truck. Today, Thomas is credited with delivering some of the hottest designs in the automotive industry. A pioneer in

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Romanian Teen Designs Autonomous Car System that Would Cost Just $4,000

Romanian Teen Designs Autonomous Car System that Would Cost Just $4,000

Many great minds at companies like Google and Tesla have been laboring towards creating a self-driving car system. Millions of dollars have gone into the research, resulting in expensive prototypes and

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Half of the World’s Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars, According to a New Study

Half of the World’s Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars, According to a New Study

A new global study by Cisco found that half of the world's consumers would trust a car that that can operate without a human driver. Cisco's Customer Experience Report surveyed more than 1,500 consumers

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Elio Motors Unveils Three-Wheeled 84 MPG Car That Costs Only $6,800

Elio Motors Unveils Three-Wheeled 84 MPG Car That Costs Only $6,800

A brand new car that gets 84 MPG and costs less than $7,000 sounds too good to be true, but Elio Motors just unveiled a new three-wheeled vehicle that hits all those marks. The affordable two-seater Elio

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The World’s First Flat-Pack Truck Can Be Assembled in Just 12 Hours

The World’s First Flat-Pack Truck Can Be Assembled in Just 12 Hours

Flat-pack goods typically make more efficient use of materials and have lower shipping costs, and in recent years companies have designed everything from flat-pack beds and dressers to flat-pack lamps and

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi for a Spin in NYC

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi for a Spin in NYC

The Ford Fusion Energi is Ford’s newest plug-in hybrid and is capable of delivering up to 21 miles in electric-only mode. Marrying an advanced lithium-ion battery and electric motor with a gasoline

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TEST DRIVE: Drag Race Saturday, Church on Sunday with the Lexus GS450h Hybrid

TEST DRIVE: Drag Race Saturday, Church on Sunday with the Lexus GS450h Hybrid

The GS450h is an average-size sedan, but it is low and wide. This gives it an aggressive and sporty look from the outside from all but a few angles, but made it feel a bit boat-like from the inside. Maybe

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Tesla Posts First Quarterly Profits in Company’s 10-Year History

Tesla Posts First Quarterly Profits in Company’s 10-Year History

To say that it's been a good week for Tesla would be quite an understatement. First, the Tesla Model S earned Consumer Reports' highest-ever rating with a score of 99 out of 100. Then, after 10 years in

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Consumer Reports Gives the Tesla Model S its Highest Test Rating Ever

Consumer Reports Gives the Tesla Model S its Highest Test Rating Ever

Consumer Reports recently tried out the Tesla Model S electric car, and after all the testing was done, the magazine found that the Model S outscored every other car in their ratings. "It does so even

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TF-X: Terrafugia Unveils the World’s First Flying Hybrid-Electric Car

TF-X: Terrafugia Unveils the World’s First Flying Hybrid-Electric Car

Founded by MIT graduates in 2006, Terrafugia has recently tested their first flying car - the Transition. A sleek vehicle with fold-up wings, it has two seats and a loud engine. The company has over one

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Talks With Google to Develop Self-Driving Cars

Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Talks With Google to Develop Self-Driving Cars

Tesla Motors has long worked towards producing the car of the future, and the Model S may well be the perfect electric vehicle for the middle class. If getting 265 miles per charge wasn't enough to

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Cheaper EV Charging System Can Charge Electric Cars 4 Times Faster

Cheaper EV Charging System Can Charge Electric Cars 4 Times Faster

Charging time and cost are two of the biggest obstacles facing electric vehicle battery technology today. Fortunately, researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden just developed an

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California Bill Introduced to Lower Sales Tax on Plug-in Electric Vehicles

California Bill Introduced to Lower Sales Tax on Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Many of us would love to own a shiny new car, especially if that vehicle were at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. Electric vehicles seem like an enlightened way to get around without having to

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TEST DRIVE: Plain-Jane Honda Accord with Econ Assist Gets Solid Fuel Efficiency without Hybrid Tech

TEST DRIVE: Plain-Jane Honda Accord with Econ Assist Gets Solid Fuel Efficiency without Hybrid Tech

We wanted to know how the new Accord could stand up to competitors that are now much more advanced in their own efficiencies. And beyond its threat to put us to sleep at the wheel for sheer boredom, the

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We Celebrate Toyota’s New LEED Platinum San Francisco Dealership with a RAV4 EV Test Drive

We Celebrate Toyota’s New LEED Platinum San Francisco Dealership with a RAV4 EV Test Drive

We don't need much of an excuse to test drive any electric car, but we're loving a lot about this, from the fact that the SF Toyota dealership is a remodeled 1800s horse barn that retains 100 percent of

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