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The EV Project Secures $230 Million to Roll out 15,000 EV Chargers Across the States

The EV Project Secures $230 Million to Roll out 15,000 EV Chargers Across the States

Just this month ECOtality North America received a $2.87 million grant from San Francisco, marking a total $230 million in funding to roll out the EV Project -- the United States' largest deployment of

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New Chevy Volt to be Eligible For Extra $5,000 Tax Rebate in California

New Chevy Volt to be Eligible For Extra $5,000 Tax Rebate in California

The next generation of Chevy Volts will be a little more enticing to California residents now that GM has said they will make them eligible for an extra $5,000 CA state tax rebate -- that is on top of the

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Obama Will Not Meet His Electric Car Goal by 2015

Obama Will Not Meet His Electric Car Goal by 2015

As part of his push to cut our dependence on foreign oil, President Obama said at his State of the Union address reiterated his vision of seeing one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. "With

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New Toyota Hybrid Will Feature Lithium-Ion Battery

New Toyota Hybrid Will Feature Lithium-Ion Battery

Though no official announcement has been made, a source close to Toyota has stated that the company will manufacture a hybrid with a lithium-ion battery "in the very near future." This will be the first

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Smart Fortwo Electric Version of the Smart Car Hits the Roads

Smart Fortwo Electric Version of the Smart Car Hits the Roads

Following fast on the heels of the release of the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt, Smart has launched its very own electric car. The first electric Smart car was delivered to Mindy Kimball of Silver

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Obama to Push Congress to Fund More Electric Vehicle Programs

Obama to Push Congress to Fund More Electric Vehicle Programs

President Obama reiterated his vision of seeing one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 at yesterday's State of the Union address. "With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence

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Mazda to Launch All-Electric Demio Mazda2 in Japan Next Year

Mazda to Launch All-Electric Demio Mazda2 in Japan Next Year

There no question that market interest for electric vehicles is on the rise, and every smart car manufacturer knows that the time to jump on the EV bandwagon is now. Next year, Mazda will finally make its

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Hertz Rents Out First Chevy Volt in NYC

Hertz Rents Out First Chevy Volt in NYC

Back in December, Hertz launched the first U.S. electric vehicle rental program. Yesterday the company announced that they have rented the first Chevy Volt from their fleet in New York City to a Mr.

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New Materials Could Double Chevy Volt Battery Capacity

New Materials Could Double Chevy Volt Battery Capacity

Since its release last December the Chevy Volt has proven to be extremely popular -- it's been crowned the 2011 Green Car of the Year, the North American Car of the Year and its sales eclipsed those of

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Top 7 Sexiest Green Cars From the 2011 Detroit Auto Show!

Top 7 Sexiest Green Cars From the 2011 Detroit Auto Show!

Porsche 918 RSR Hybrid Race Car Porsche kicked off the Detroit Auto Show with a bang as they unveiled the pulse-pounding 918 RSR, a brand new powerhouse hybrid racer. The smoothly sculpted 767 horsepower

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China’s BYD Gaining Speed in EV Market as Seen at Detroit Auto Show

China’s BYD Gaining Speed in EV Market as Seen at Detroit Auto Show

BYD, which is 10 percent owned by billionaire investor Warren Buffett is a growing enterprise that has already established itself as a leading green automaker in China. Not shy about their aspirations,

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Chevy Volt Named North American Car of the Year!

Chevy Volt Named North American Car of the Year!

The Chevy Volt beat out the Hyundai Sonata and the Nissan Leaf to be named the North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show. A jury of 49 automotive journalists awarded the plug-in hybrid a

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Ford Unveils the All-New Focus Electric!

Ford Unveils the All-New Focus Electric!

After teasing the vehicle earlier this week, Ford unveiled its first all-electric passenger car today at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The model is a zero-CO2-emissions,

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New Law Mandates Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Must Make Noises for Safety

New Law Mandates Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Must Make Noises for Safety

One of the inherent positives for those gas guzzling vehicles is the sound of their internal combustion engine. This alone can often act as a warning signal for pedestrians and cyclists to get out of the

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New Nanomaterial Could Charge Electric Vehicles 40 Times Faster

New Nanomaterial Could Charge Electric Vehicles 40 Times Faster

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have developed a new type of material made from "nanoscoops", which can increase the charging speed of small lithium-ion batteries by 40-60 times.

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Ford Focus EV To Debut At CES Las Vegas

Ford Focus EV To Debut At CES Las Vegas

This week Ford teased the imminent unveiling of the Focus EV by releasing a single image on Facebook showcasing the vehicle's illuminated, Tron-like plug port. As you'd expect from Ford on the release of

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Green Design Predictions For 2011!

Green Design Predictions For 2011!

1. William McDonough (Eco Designer & Thought Leader, Founder Cradle To Cradle, MBDC, and William McDonough + Partners) 2. Graham Hill (Founder, Treehugger.com and Vice President, Interactive Media,

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Wheego Whip LiFe Electric Vehicle Will Hit the Road in Early 2011

Wheego Whip LiFe Electric Vehicle Will Hit the Road in Early 2011

Close on the heels of the Volt and the Leaf, a little company called Wheego is gearing up to ship their adorable electric vehicles out to their proud new owners at the start of the new year. The company

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First Russian Hybrid Car Coming In 2012

First Russian Hybrid Car Coming In 2012

Photo credit: AFP PHOTO/HO/THE ONEXIM GROUP While the US is being beseiged by green cars such as the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf, Russia has been having to make do with their gas-guzzling

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Dept. of Energy to Give $184 Million to Green Vehicle Development

Dept. of Energy to Give $184 Million to Green Vehicle Development

The US Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, announced yesterday that the Department of Energy is poised to provide $184 million for research into advanced vehicle development. The cash is meant to help push

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Zero-Energy House Generates Enough Juice to Charge an EV

Zero-Energy House Generates Enough Juice to Charge an EV

The Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart just unveiled a concept home that is not just net zero -- it's actually designed to generate excess

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GM Ships First Wave of Chevy Volts from the Detroit Factory!

GM Ships First Wave of Chevy Volts from the Detroit Factory!

Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Chevrolet Hot on the tails of the first Nissan Leafs to be shipped to dealerships, Chevy announced yesterday that the first load of Volts is en route to customers throughout

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Fuel-Efficient Citroen DS3 Named Top Gear’s ’2010 Car of the Year’

Fuel-Efficient Citroen DS3 Named Top Gear’s ’2010 Car of the Year’

As the year comes to a close, the top auto magazines are publishing their picks for automobile of the year -- and Britain’s Top Gear just named the Citroën DS3 as the 2010 title winner. Featuring an

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COP16: Art in the Climate Change Village in Cancun

COP16: Art in the Climate Change Village in Cancun

Most of the information, performances and talks in the village were available in Spanish only, primarily catering to local residents. However, the days were filled with mariachi music and lectures, and in

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Takayanagi’s All-Electric Roadster Has a 1920′s Twist

Takayanagi’s All-Electric Roadster Has a 1920′s Twist

Pull out your prohibition apparel because Takayanagi is bringing back a cool new roadster you'll be dying to get behind the wheel of. The Japanese company recently unveiled their throwback to the 1920's

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Hertz to Launch First EV Rental Program in the US Next Week!

Hertz to Launch First EV Rental Program in the US Next Week!

Today the Hertz Corporation announced that they'll be the first car rental company in the United States to offer electric vehicles (EVs) as part of their rental program. The EVs will be deployed through

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Renault to Launch Performance Version of the Electric Zoe

Renault to Launch Performance Version of the Electric Zoe

In order to release a competitive electric hatchback by 2013, Renault has announced that they will be producing a performance model of their electric hatchback 'Zoe', which was unveiled earlier this year

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Inhabitat’s Top Green Car Picks from the LA Auto Show

Inhabitat’s Top Green Car Picks from the LA Auto Show

Automobiles have managed to garner more interest over the past year, and the motor companies have expanded their exhibitions to make them more interactive than last year’s showing. We would like to

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Chevy Volt Crowned 2011 Green Car of the Year at LA Auto Show!

Chevy Volt Crowned 2011 Green Car of the Year at LA Auto Show!

We've covered the Chevy Volt extensively over the past few years, and we are now excited to announce that the EV has just claimed the title of Green Car of the Year at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show!

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Oslo’s All-Electric Car Share Program Just Reached 1,000 Members

Oslo’s All-Electric Car Share Program Just Reached 1,000 Members

Some mornings we here at Inhabitat like to grab a cup of coffee, cozy up on the couch and dream about future days of sharing electric vehicles in our urban havens. But dream no longer - with EV car share

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