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Top 7 New Electric Vehicles and Hybrid Cars Hitting the Streets in 2012

Top 7 New Electric Vehicles and Hybrid Cars Hitting the Streets in 2012

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Volkswagen is late to the hybrid party, but they're trying to make up for lost time by focusing on hybrid tech inside their new Jetta Hybrid instead of designing a new car

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PHOTOS: The Chevy MiRay Concept Is a Hot New Take on the Chevy Volt

PHOTOS: The Chevy MiRay Concept Is a Hot New Take on the Chevy Volt

The designers who crafted the exterior and interior of the MiRay stopped by the stand to pose with the car while we were visiting, so we snapped a few photos of them by their creation while we were there.

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NAIAS PHOTOS: Michelin Challenge Design Shows Off The Best in Futuristic City Cars

NAIAS PHOTOS: Michelin Challenge Design Shows Off The Best in Futuristic City Cars

The Renault Zoe ZE Concept uses a 95-horsepower motor and a lithium ion battery to create a total vehicle range of 100 miles. The car features multiple hexagonal honeycomb details, even comprising the

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Bob Lutz Unveils Via Motors’ eREV VTRUX Extended-Range EV Pickup at NAIAS

Bob Lutz Unveils Via Motors’ eREV VTRUX Extended-Range EV Pickup at NAIAS

The Via eREV VTRUX pickup will go into production next year and ramp up production to 20,000 units at some point after that. Via also has an SUV and van in the works, both pictured here. All three

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BMW Shows Off Its New ActiveHybrid 3 and ActiveHybrid 5 Vehicles at NAIAS

BMW Shows Off Its New ActiveHybrid 3 and ActiveHybrid 5 Vehicles at NAIAS

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 claims to be the most powerful and efficient full hybrid in its segment, and will come with a twin-turbo six in-line engine paired with an electric drive system for a total output

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Ford to Recycle 2 Million Plastic Bottles Into Fabric for Its Focus Electric

Ford to Recycle 2 Million Plastic Bottles Into Fabric for Its Focus Electric

In the run-up to this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Ford announced a plan to recycle around 2 million used plastic bottles for use in its Focus Electric vehicle. The plastic will

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General Motors to Make Structural Changes to Chevy Volt Batteries To Ease Fire Fears

General Motors to Make Structural Changes to Chevy Volt Batteries To Ease Fire Fears

General Motors announced yesterday that they'll be making enhancements on all Chevy Volts currently on the road in an effort to allay fears that Volt batteries will catch on fire after severe crashes. The

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China Launches the World’s Largest Battery – a $500 Million Behemoth the Size of a Building

China Launches the World’s Largest Battery – a $500 Million Behemoth the Size of a Building

China just took a massive step forward for renewable energy as it flipped the switch on the world’s largest battery, which will help integrate a solar project and a wind farm into a smart grid. Capable

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Green Design Predictions for 2012

Green Design Predictions for 2012

1. Peter Ward, Ph.D - Paleontologist, Author of On Methuselah's Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions, Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle 2. Cameron

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Inhabitat is Hiring a Daily Transportation Writer!

Inhabitat is Hiring a Daily Transportation Writer!

Calling all writers and editors! Are you a green transportation expert who obsessively follows the latest developments in high-speed rail, alternative fuels, and green vehicles? We're looking for a

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GM and Teijin Team Up to Develop Mass Production Techniques for Carbon Fiber Car Parts

GM and Teijin Team Up to Develop Mass Production Techniques for Carbon Fiber Car Parts

General Motors just announced a partnership with Japanese company Teijin that they hope will lead to lighter weight and more efficient vehicles. Teijin is an advanced materials company that specializes

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Rinspeed’s New Dock + Go Mobility Concept Turns Your City Car Into a Road-Tripping Truck

Rinspeed’s New Dock + Go Mobility Concept Turns Your City Car Into a Road-Tripping Truck

One of the reasons Americans are still buying huge vehicles is that they occasionally need to haul large loads across town or on a road trip, and small cars just don't do the job. Rinspeed has come up

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CityFabric Prints Your Favorite Town on Tees to Promote Civic Responsibility

CityFabric Prints Your Favorite Town on Tees to Promote Civic Responsibility

Founder Matt Tomasulo was a city planning student in Raleigh, North Carolina who decided to create and sell shirts printed with his own town at local markets. The hand-screened, water based ink designs

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Philadelphia Could Become Even Greener With New Bike Lane Proposal

Philadelphia Could Become Even Greener With New Bike Lane Proposal

Philadelphia is already known as a bike-friendly city, ranking number one in bike commuting per capita in the United States (2011). Perhaps this rank has spurred inspiration for their new city-wide

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Choosing a Cool Car Color Makes Your Vehicle More Efficient

Choosing a Cool Car Color Makes Your Vehicle More Efficient

A recent study shows that painting your car a cool color could save you money at the gas pump -- or the charging station -- by keeping your car's temperature lower while in the sun. Now we're not talking

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Japan’s Prius C Brochure Leaked Ahead of Official Introduction [PICS]

Japan’s Prius C Brochure Leaked Ahead of Official Introduction [PICS]

The brochure for the Japanese domestic market Toyota Prius C was just leaked ahead of the vehicle's official intro at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, giving us a sneak peak at its real-world numbers.

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Celebrate Your EV This Sunday at the First Ever National Plug-In Day for Electric Vehicles!

Celebrate Your EV This Sunday at the First Ever National Plug-In Day for Electric Vehicles!

This Sunday, drivers in over 20 cities nationwide will celebrate the benefits of electric vehicles by staging the largest electric vehicle parade ever and hosting "tailpipe-free" tailgate parties and

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Crystalline Design for Harbin Airport Emulates the Region’s Icy Peaks

Crystalline Design for Harbin Airport Emulates the Region’s Icy Peaks

Harbin is a city of 7 million located in the snowy north of China, and is known as an “ice city.” Drawing upon that, Hassell created a design that integrated within Harbin’s crystalline icescape,

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Flybus: New Hybrid Bus Uses Flywheel Instead of Battery to Store Kinetic Energy

Flybus: New Hybrid Bus Uses Flywheel Instead of Battery to Store Kinetic Energy

Earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, we heard about Porsche's hybrid race car that garners energy from a flywheel, and now a consortium called Flybus has put that energy reusing technology into a

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Ford Unveils Photos of Its Gorgeous Electric Gullwing EVOS Concept

Ford Unveils Photos of Its Gorgeous Electric Gullwing EVOS Concept

Ford just leaked photos of its EVOS Concept to be revealed at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show. In short, we love it. The EVOS is a plug-in hybrid with four exotic gullwing doors and a gorgeous design

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Laser Power Systems is Developing Cars Fueled by Nuclear Power

Laser Power Systems is Developing Cars Fueled by Nuclear Power

There may finally be a way to power your car forever -- the only catch is that the fuel would be radioactive. Charles Stevens of Laser Power Systems (LPS) is working on creating an emissions free

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Swags’ Ultralight Waterproof Backpack Bed Provides Aid to Homeless

Swags’ Ultralight Waterproof Backpack Bed Provides Aid to Homeless

Swags for the Homeless is an Australian non-profit organization that has been getting global attention for its Backpack Bed. The contemporary light-weight backpack can be quickly converted into a full

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Cadillac Converj Plug-In EV Gets Green Light for Production in 2013

Cadillac Converj Plug-In EV Gets Green Light for Production in 2013

Rumor has it, the Cadillac Converj luxury coupe has been approved for production - again. After wowing the crowds at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2009, and enduring an on-again off-again release deal

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Chevy Dealerships Install Solar Green Zones Capable of Charging 4,500 Electric Cars a Year

Chevy Dealerships Install Solar Green Zones Capable of Charging 4,500 Electric Cars a Year

Today GM announced the launch of a new nationwide program to install solar canopy charging stations at their Chevy dealerships across the country. Each canopy, called a Green Zone, will be capable of

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Popa Lucian’s Deuce Is an Electric Concept Car for Surfers

Popa Lucian’s Deuce Is an Electric Concept Car for Surfers

When people say Deuce, they're usually referring to Detroit or the number 2, so we were a little surprised to see that term pop up on a concept car for San Francisco surfers. Nevertheless, we like this

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The Chevy Volt Makes Itself Scarce This Summer

The Chevy Volt Makes Itself Scarce This Summer

If you want a Chevy Volt this summer, you will have to fight other customers for the measly stock of 200 vehicles available nationwide while GM idles its Detroit-Hamtramck plant. But there is a reward for

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1,980 MPG Student-Designed Car Wins the Mallory Park Fuel Efficiency Challenge!

1,980 MPG Student-Designed Car Wins the Mallory Park Fuel Efficiency Challenge!

The young students at Kingdown School in Wiltshire, England are wise beyond their years, having built the car that was the winner of the Mallory Park Mileage Marathon. The amazing energy efficient car

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Renault-Nissan Will Open a Green Tech Research Center in Silicon Valley

Renault-Nissan Will Open a Green Tech Research Center in Silicon Valley

Companies like Tesla are hard at work trying to take the auto industry away from Detroit and Japan. But the Renault-Nissan alliance is bringing the fight to Silicon Valley in order to stay on the leading

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New Ford Fusion’s MPG Rating Could Make It a Match for the Toyota Prius

New Ford Fusion’s MPG Rating Could Make It a Match for the Toyota Prius

Ford has some exciting new vehicles in the works, including a new Ford Fusion Hybrid that will reportedly get as much as 48 mpg, which could rival the Toyota Prius. The latest Ford Inside News report also

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GM Opens Chevy Volt Orders To All 50 States

GM Opens Chevy Volt Orders To All 50 States

The Chevy Volt is finally available for order in all 50 states. This Friday, General Motors started taking orders for the plug-in EV across the U.S., lowering its base price by $1,000 and adding 4 options

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