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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Can Now Recognize Cyclists, Jaywalkers and Other People on Congested Roads

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Can Now Recognize Cyclists, Jaywalkers and Other People on Congested Roads

When the idea of self-driving cars were first proposed, there were many that wondered whether a computer would be able to make the kind of decisions that a human driver could. However Google have now

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Tesla Model S Gets a New Underbody Shield to Protect its Batteries and Prevent Fires

Tesla Model S Gets a New Underbody Shield to Protect its Batteries and Prevent Fires

Tesla has announced that it is adding a new underbody shield and aluminum deflector plate to the Model S following two collisions that led to car fires last year. The two fires prompted the National

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Study Claims Driving Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Won’t Slow Climate Change

Study Claims Driving Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Won’t Slow Climate Change

Researchers from North Carolina State University report that despite the recent increase in electric drive passenger vehicles (EDVs) sales, will not significantly reduce emissions of high-profile air

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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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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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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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Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

Ever since Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on the East Coast, ‘resilient design’ has been a hot topic of conversation — and not just amongst architects and designers, but politicians, engineers and

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Toyota Cuts Fuel Cell Cost by $1 Million for Next-Gen Hydrogen-Powered Car

Toyota Cuts Fuel Cell Cost by $1 Million for Next-Gen Hydrogen-Powered Car

Toyota has just released details of its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and the company hopes it could become a game-changer in green transportation. The automaker has managed to reduce the

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TEST DRIVE: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Zooms to the Top of the Hybrid Segment

TEST DRIVE: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Zooms to the Top of the Hybrid Segment

Many people will remember that this isn't the first time that Honda has produced a hybrid version of the Accord. Back in 2003 Honda released an Accord Hybrid that mated a V6 engine to an electric motor,

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FCV-R Concept Previews Toyota’s 2015 Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

FCV-R Concept Previews Toyota’s 2015 Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

Toyota is going to give the world another preview of its upcoming fuel cell hybrid vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show with the FCV-R concept. The FCV-R concept is a preview of Toyota's first

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August a Record Month for U.S. Electric Vehicle Sales

August a Record Month for U.S. Electric Vehicle Sales

August was the best month ever for U.S. sales of 100 percent electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and conventional hybrids. EV sales increased 457.48 percent compared to August

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Electric Vehicle Sales Up Nearly 530 Percent Since Last Year

Electric Vehicle Sales Up Nearly 530 Percent Since Last Year

U.S. sales of electric vehicles have increased an astronomical 522 percent since 2012 - July sales are up 529 percent compared to last year. When plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and conventional

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Ford and Toyota End Collaboration on New Hybrid System for Light Trucks

Ford and Toyota End Collaboration on New Hybrid System for Light Trucks

In 2011 Ford and Toyota announced plans to partner on a new hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs, but after completing a feasibility study on the partnership, the two automakers have decided to part

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Honda’s New Hybrid Powertrain for Small Cars Gets 86 MPG in Japan

Honda’s New Hybrid Powertrain for Small Cars Gets 86 MPG in Japan

Today the hybrid car market is largely dominated by Toyota and most recently Ford - but Honda is getting ready to enter the segment in full force with new models like the upcoming 2014 Accord hybrid. The

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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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iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle

iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle

Many of us thought Google had the market cornered when it came to driverless cars, but Apple made a shocking announcement today with news that they would be releasing a new device and app that can

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Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Range anxiety is a much-discussed concern among drivers—and potential drivers—of electric vehicles, and in attempt to thwart it, automakers are trying to install more EV charging stations, offering

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TEST DRIVE: Over the River and Through the Woods with the Ford CMAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid

TEST DRIVE: Over the River and Through the Woods with the Ford CMAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid

The first thing we checked was that all-electric range. The CMAX Energi claims 21 all-electric miles on a full charge, but we tested the CMAX in cold weather, and even with an overnight charge could still

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Toyota Developing Revolutionary Solid-State and Lithium-Air Electric Vehicle Batteries, Aims to Launch by 2020

Toyota Developing Revolutionary Solid-State and Lithium-Air Electric Vehicle Batteries, Aims to Launch by 2020

Today's lithium-ion batteries are expensive and bulky - which is why Toyota is currently developing two new types of ultra-efficient batteries to power its electric vehicles. Toyota is conducting research

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Why Google’s Autonomous Cars Probably Won’t Kill the Auto Industry

Why Google’s Autonomous Cars Probably Won’t Kill the Auto Industry

It's undeniable the Google's autonomous driving tech is pretty awesome—impressive enough that even a blind man can travel behind the wheel of one of the web giant's self-driving cars. And there's been a

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NAIAS 2013: Infiniti Adds a Hot Hybrid to Its New Q50 Lineup

NAIAS 2013: Infiniti Adds a Hot Hybrid to Its New Q50 Lineup

The Infiniti Q50 hybrid packs all kinds of driving enhancement tech, like many other luxury cars at the show, including Direct Adaptive Steering and Active Lane Control. The car also has a customizable

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Lexus Releases Sneak Preview of its New Driverless Vehicle

Lexus Releases Sneak Preview of its New Driverless Vehicle

Google no longer has a monopoly on driverless vehicles. Lexus has unveiled a sneak preview of its luxury LS model equipped with proprietary Intelligent Transport Systems technology, including an on-board

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Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standards

Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standards

If you drive a Ford C-Max or a Ford Fusion Hybrid, you might want to double check the fuel economy of your car. Two of Ford's hybrids, the C-Max and the Fusion, fell short of fuel economy targets when

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2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Named Official Car For 2013 International CES

2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Named Official Car For 2013 International CES

The all-new 2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid models are off to a great start. November was the first full month that both C-MAX hybrids were available and combined they outsold their

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Toyota Looks to Magnesium-Ion Batteries for Longer Electric Vehicle Range

Toyota Looks to Magnesium-Ion Batteries for Longer Electric Vehicle Range

Battery technology is one of the biggest factors that is holding back the electric vehicle revolution. Many electric vehicles max out at a range of 80-100 miles, which discourages potential buyers. Toyota

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2013 Ford Fusion Named Green Car of the Year at the 2012 LA Auto Show

2013 Ford Fusion Named Green Car of the Year at the 2012 LA Auto Show

The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion has been named Green Car Journal's 2013 Green Car of the Year at the 2012 LA Auto Show. The Ford Fusion emerged on top of a field of finalist, which included the 2013 Dodge

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2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Rated at 115 MPGe and Starts at $39,780

2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Rated at 115 MPGe and Starts at $39,780

Honda has released fuel economy ratings and pricing for the all-new 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in hybrid, which is slated to arrive in January. The EPA has rated the Accord Plug-in hybrid at 115 MPGe, which

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TEST DRIVE: 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid is the Perfect Green Family Car

TEST DRIVE: 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid is the Perfect Green Family Car

From the start Ford has aimed for the 2013 Ford C-MAX to appeal to the Toyota Prius v market, but even though Ford feels that it has the perfect competitor for the Prius, hybrid buyers could say

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