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Windstrument Wind Turbine Provides Renewable Energy With its Orchid-like Design

Windstrument Wind Turbine Provides Renewable Energy With its Orchid-like Design

Asahi Kasei Plastics N.A. is working with Unified Energies International to develop the Windstrument, a wind turbine that aims to bring affordable renewable energy to the world. The Windstrument is

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2013 Ford C-MAX Energi is the Most Fuel-Efficient Plug-in Hybrid in the U.S.

2013 Ford C-MAX Energi is the Most Fuel-Efficient Plug-in Hybrid in the U.S.

Ford's all-new 2013 C-MAX Plug-in hybrid was just rated as most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid available in the U.S. thanks to its 108 MPGe city rating and 100 MPGe combined rating. With today's record gas

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes Ford’s Stylish 2013 Fusion Hybrid For a Spin

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes Ford’s Stylish 2013 Fusion Hybrid For a Spin

The all-new Fusion adopts many of the design cues from the Evos concept that Ford unveiled last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Its exterior has a more European look, and everyone loves drawing

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2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Rated as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Midsize Sedan

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Rated as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Midsize Sedan

This fall Ford is releasing an all-new 2013 Ford Fusion - and the vehicle was just rated by the EPA as the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan in America with fuel economy scores of 47 mpg city, 47 mpg

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Lexus Unveils Compact LF-CC Hybrid Coupe Concept in Advance of Paris Auto Show

Lexus Unveils Compact LF-CC Hybrid Coupe Concept in Advance of Paris Auto Show

Lexus just unveiled the first images of its LF-CC Hybrid Coupe Concept, which will debut with the automaker's next-generation hybrid powertrain at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this month. Lexus' newest

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TEST DRIVE: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid is an Electric Car for Today

TEST DRIVE: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid is an Electric Car for Today

Electric cars offer the promise of fossil fuel-free transportation, but today's EVs are at a disadvantage due to the lack of infrastructure to charge them. While we wait for more charging stations,

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NYC Design Collaborative Shows Communities How To Cook with Ingredients from the Sidewalk

NYC Design Collaborative Shows Communities How To Cook with Ingredients from the Sidewalk

For consumers, knowing where our food comes from and finding alternative sources to the big-box grocery store is an important part of the sustainable food conversation. Luckily, our friends at SPURSE, an

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TEST DRIVE: We Drive the 2013 Ford Focus Electric in San Francisco

TEST DRIVE: We Drive the 2013 Ford Focus Electric in San Francisco

With the introduction of electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S and Honda Fit EV, do you ever wonder what it would be like to actually own one? A quick ten minute test drive at a dealership

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Sets New Speed Record at 185 MPH

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Sets New Speed Record at 185 MPH

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid just recorded a speed of 185.394 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, during the Southern California Timing Association’s annual Speed Week, which is the fastest speed ever

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Volkswagen Unveils Underwater Beetle Shark Tank That Can Drive Along the Ocean’s Floor!

Volkswagen Unveils Underwater Beetle Shark Tank That Can Drive Along the Ocean’s Floor!

Image via BaderTV In honor of the 25th anniversary of Shark Week, the Discovery Channel and Volkswagen have collaborated to create a mobile, underwater shark cage cruiser in the shape of their iconic

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Ford Announces Rating of 47MPG for C-MAX Hybrid, Energi Now Has Highest Electric-Only Speed in Industry

Ford Announces Rating of 47MPG for C-MAX Hybrid, Energi Now Has Highest Electric-Only Speed in Industry

Ford just released two exciting new announcements for its 2013 C-MAX hybrid and the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. The 2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid has just been rated at 47 mpg across the board, which means that

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Ford Launches the Only Front-Wheel-Drive Hybrid Transmission Made in North America

Ford Launches the Only Front-Wheel-Drive Hybrid Transmission Made in North America

Ford is celebrating the launch of its new HF35 front-wheel-drive hybrid transmissions, which will be produced at its Van Dyke transmission plant in Sterling Heights, MI. The new transmission for hybrid

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The MyFord Mobile App Helps Drivers Find Their Nearest EV Charging Station

The MyFord Mobile App Helps Drivers Find Their Nearest EV Charging Station

Ford just announced the release of its new MyFord mobile app, which will help EV drivers find more than 9,400 public charging stations across the U.S. The app has been designed to be used with the Ford

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2013 Ford C-MAX Energi is the Most Affordable Plug-in Hybrid Available in America

2013 Ford C-MAX Energi is the Most Affordable Plug-in Hybrid Available in America

Ford has just announced that the all-new 2013 C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is now America’s most affordable plug-in hybrid. Ford's first production plug-in hybrid, the C-MAX Energi is officially priced

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White House Conference Seeks to Motivate Sports to Become More Green

White House Conference Seeks to Motivate Sports to Become More Green

Today the White House is hosting a conference on the greening of sports. U.S. sports are a multi-billion dollar industry, and a more responsible approach to sustainability within the four major leagues

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Declining Lithium-Ion Battery Costs Could Knock Thousands Off the Price of Electric Cars

Declining Lithium-Ion Battery Costs Could Knock Thousands Off the Price of Electric Cars

According to a recent McKinsey study, the price of automotive lithium-ion batteries is expected to drop by thousands of dollars by the end of the decade - a change which could substantially increase the

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Michigan-Based IKEA Now Has The State’s Largest Solar Array

Michigan-Based IKEA Now Has The State’s Largest Solar Array

IKEA has developed some innovative green designs over the years, but now the home furnishings retailer has the distinction of having the largest photovoltaic array in the state of Michigan. The

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Ford Uses Edible and Recycled Materials To Make Eco-Friendly Car Parts

Ford Uses Edible and Recycled Materials To Make Eco-Friendly Car Parts

Inhabitat attended last week’s Ford’s Go Further Trend Conference, where Ford’s researchers were on hand to show some of the latest materials extracted from plants that are being used in Ford

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Gets 44 MPG in Acura’s First Hybrid, the ILX

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Gets 44 MPG in Acura’s First Hybrid, the ILX

  We got early access to the ILX Hybrid when it hit the Detroit test fleets, and decided we would celebrate by taking the car over Michigan’s Blue Water Bridge to Canada, between Lake Huron

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The Interior of Ford’s All-New 2013 Fusion is Made of Recycled Bottles and Cotton

The Interior of Ford’s All-New 2013 Fusion is Made of Recycled Bottles and Cotton

The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion midsize sedan is set to arrive in showrooms this fall, and it features some highly unusual recycled materials. While a great amount of time was spent on finding ways to make

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NRDC Report Says US Heat-Related Deaths To Triple Due To Climate Change

NRDC Report Says US Heat-Related Deaths To Triple Due To Climate Change

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that by the end of the century, heat-related deaths in the United States are expected to triple as a result of climate change. As summer approaches,

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Nissan Announce Plans to Begin Production of Their All-Electric e-NV200 Van in 2013

Nissan Announce Plans to Begin Production of Their All-Electric e-NV200 Van in 2013

Nissan has announced plans to release a new electric compact van called the the e-NV200, which will be produced in Barcelona starting in 2013. The new electric van will be Nissan's second all-electric

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2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Ford’s First Dedicated Hybrid Starts at $25,995

2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Ford’s First Dedicated Hybrid Starts at $25,995

Ford's first dedicated hybrid, the 2013 Ford C-MAX compact utility vehicle, is slated to arrive in dealers this fall. Ford has announced that the compact five-passenger C-MAX hybrid will start at $25,995

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Nissan and GE Unveil New EV Technology That Lets Your EV Power Your House

Nissan and GE Unveil New EV Technology That Lets Your EV Power Your House

Using the energy from your electric car to power your house during a blackout is an advancement that could be just around the corner, thanks to new technology that General Electric and Nissan showed off

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Ford To Recycle Old Dollar Bills And Turn Them Into Car Parts!

Ford To Recycle Old Dollar Bills And Turn Them Into Car Parts!

Here's an astonishing fact: every day, about 10,000 pounds of dollar bills are shredded. This is because they are old, damaged or out-of-circulation (don't worry, the reason for this has nothing to do

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GE Energy Launches Its WattStation Electric Vehicle Charging Platform

GE Energy Launches Its WattStation Electric Vehicle Charging Platform

GE Energy just unveiled its new fully-networked WattStation electric vehicle charging platform at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit. The WattStation platform and corresponding Connect software

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Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

The US military spends up to $20 billion on oil every year, and as oil prices climb that amount is steadily increasing. But oil doesn't just cost the Pentagon in the form of tax dollars -- it presents

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Design 99′s Power House is Both an Art Installation and Renewable Energy Source!

Design 99′s Power House is Both an Art Installation and Renewable Energy Source!

Power House is a symbol of innovation, enlivening a community with artistic ideas, education, and an introduction to the potential of green and renewable energy. The project also brings international

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Groundbreaking Zero-Energy zHomes Are Topped with a Massive Solar Array

Groundbreaking Zero-Energy zHomes Are Topped with a Massive Solar Array

David Vandervort was keen to create a happy marriage between the relative urbanity of Issaquah and a sense of privacy for the residents living at zHome. The entire complex is organized around a central

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Volt Production to Restart Early as GM Reports Increased Demand

Volt Production to Restart Early as GM Reports Increased Demand

It looks like the Chevy Volt's fortune might just be turning around; General Motors has announced that it will resume production of the plug-in hybrid on April 16, a week earlier than anticipated. The

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