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Lotus Reports That It Will Bring Its Ethos City Car Concept to Market in 2014

Lotus Reports That It Will Bring Its Ethos City Car Concept to Market in 2014

Just after our recent Tesla Roadster test drive in Silicon Valley, we saw not one but seven Lotus sports cars being tested on the 680N freeway in the East Bay and wondered what Lotus is up to these days.

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Life Cycle Assessment Proves Electric Vehicles are a Cleaner Choice

Life Cycle Assessment Proves Electric Vehicles are a Cleaner Choice

A report released earlier this month took into account the entire life cycle of hybrid, electric and gas powered cars -- analyzing everything from gathering resources to disposing of used vehicles -- and

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Mitsubishi and Hawaii Promote Electric Vehicles Through Additional Rebates and EV Charging Stations

Mitsubishi and Hawaii Promote Electric Vehicles Through Additional Rebates and EV Charging Stations

  Automaker Mitsubishi and the state of Hawaii are teaming up to promote the use of electric cars across the islands. The plan is to offer an extra $4,500 discount on electric cars sold in

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Willie Tay’s Zeleritas Electric Concept Vehicle Is a Sweet Single-Passenger Racer

Willie Tay’s Zeleritas Electric Concept Vehicle Is a Sweet Single-Passenger Racer

What do you get when you combine a monocoque carbon fiber body with a single seat, a retractable glass roof, and electric racing tech? The Zeleritas electric racing concept from designer Willie Tay. This

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Test Drives the Chevy Volt!

VIDEO: Inhabitat Test Drives the Chevy Volt!

When Chevrolet offered me a chance to test drive their brand new electric car, the Chevy Volt, several months ago I jumped at the chance. After all, I have been following the growing momentum of

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Electric Diwheel is a New Kind of Urban Vehicle That Can Flip Its Driver Upside Down

Electric Diwheel is a New Kind of Urban Vehicle That Can Flip Its Driver Upside Down

The future of urban transportation might feel more like a theme park than stop and go traffic if this electric diwheel catches on. Fourteen students from the University of Adelaide, Australia have

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the Tesla Roadster for a Spin in Silicon Valley

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the Tesla Roadster for a Spin in Silicon Valley

The day was hot and the car was very, very fast. Electric cars have all of their power available to you at all times, so if you want to, say, take the car from 0-40 in two seconds, your lungs will simply

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Volvo Rolls Out C30 Electric Hatchback in Europe

Volvo Rolls Out C30 Electric Hatchback in Europe

The Volvo C30, a cute and functional modern hatchback, is now being created in electric form for European customers. Volvo has just announced that the first deliveries of the green vehicle will begin at

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Car Bodies That Double as Batteries Extend EV Range While Cutting Weight

Car Bodies That Double as Batteries Extend EV Range While Cutting Weight

It may look like any other car, but the battery-powered vehicle in Emile Greenhalgh’s laboratory could just steer us towards the future of electric transportation. One of the most salient issues in

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Citroen Survolt Leads Sexy New Breed of Superfast EVs

Citroen Survolt Leads Sexy New Breed of Superfast EVs

Recently the Michelin Challenge Bibendum introduced us to a whole new breed of electric cars, but there is one we can't get out of our heads: the Citroen Survolt. This electric supercar leads the way for

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Souped-Up Electric VW Bug Goes a Record Breaking 0-60mph in 1.6 Seconds

Souped-Up Electric VW Bug Goes a Record Breaking 0-60mph in 1.6 Seconds

The Bugatti Veyron is considered the fastest car in the world with a top speed of 264 mph. With an engine capable of going from 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds, it's hard to think of a contender who could grab the

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MIT’s New Liquid Flow Batteries Could Make Refueling EVs as Fast as Pumping Gas

MIT’s New Liquid Flow Batteries Could Make Refueling EVs as Fast as Pumping Gas

A team of researchers at MIT set out to “reinvent the rechargeable battery” and succeeded by creating a liquid-flow battery, suitable for electric vehicles that can be recharged as quickly as

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The New Tesla Model S Revealed, But Does It Dazzle as Expected?

The New Tesla Model S Revealed, But Does It Dazzle as Expected?

Are you saving up your pennies for the upcoming Tesla Model S? Well, Tesla just revealed the first photos of their new Tesla S, and we have to confess to being a tiny bit disappointed by the somewhat

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EDWARD Electric Diwheel Makes for a Fun Commute Flipped Upside Down!

EDWARD Electric Diwheel Makes for a Fun Commute Flipped Upside Down!

Diwheels are the amusement park rides of the electric vehicle scene. Traditionally designed with a frame and suspension contained between two wheels, this sweet design has just been taken on a

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The Green Overdrive Show: A Folding Electric Scooter

The Green Overdrive Show: A Folding Electric Scooter

For the latest episode of GigaOM TV's Green Overdrive Show, we test drive an electric folding scooter that can carry a large box (or me!). The company that made the cargo scooter is called Lit Motors and

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Opel Icona Concept Car Yacht Is a Green Solution for Overpopulation

Opel Icona Concept Car Yacht Is a Green Solution for Overpopulation

What will green transportation look like in 2050, when the world is overpopulated and families look for alternative solutions for living space and transportation? A project sponsored by GM Europe Design

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Prince Albert Drives First European Production Fisker Karma at the Monaco Grand Prix

Prince Albert Drives First European Production Fisker Karma at the Monaco Grand Prix

It’s not every day a prince is credited with inspiring a new electric car, but that’s what apparently happened with the new Fisker Karma electric sports car, which has finally come to production in

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New EPA Fuel Economy Window Sticker Rates Tesla Roadster at Industry-Topping 119mpge

New EPA Fuel Economy Window Sticker Rates Tesla Roadster at Industry-Topping 119mpge

The EPA has just revealed a new design for the stickers you see in the windows of new cars. The new setup aims to help consumers calculate the equivalent mileage of electric and hybrid vehicles and judge

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Take a Guilt-Free Road Trip in NAU’s All-Electric Ecco Camper Vehicle

Take a Guilt-Free Road Trip in NAU’s All-Electric Ecco Camper Vehicle

The Ecco rides low to the ground, unlike the VW bus, ensuring minimum wind resistance. But it's also wider, and when parked, expands into one of the most comfortable and spacious temporary travel homes of

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GM’s European Brand Opel Will Be Next Automaker To Release a Subcompact EV

GM’s European Brand Opel Will Be Next Automaker To Release a Subcompact EV

And another domino falls. According to a new report in a German newspaper, GM's European brand Opel will be the next automaker to release a subcompact EV. The new car will be similar to the current Corsa

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Protoscar Reveals Lampo3 Third-Gen Electric Super Coupe

Protoscar Reveals Lampo3 Third-Gen Electric Super Coupe

Not all automakers are sizing down their cars to go electric. Protoscar just revealed their third-gen Lampo3 electric super coupe, a 550-horsepower EV with 660 lb-ft of torque. Translation: that's plenty.

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Nissan Keeps the Range of Renault-Nissan’s Zoe EV a Closely Guarded Secret

Nissan Keeps the Range of Renault-Nissan’s Zoe EV a Closely Guarded Secret

Most automakers boast about the range capabilities of their upcoming electric vehicles, but not Renault-Nissan. As confirmed in the recent Revenge of the Electric Car film, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn prefers

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Energy Secretary Chu Announces 1,800+ EV Charging Stations Have Been Installed Due to Recovery Act

Energy Secretary Chu Announces 1,800+ EV Charging Stations Have Been Installed Due to Recovery Act

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced last Friday that more than 1,800 electric vehicle charging stations have now been installed due to the Recovery Act. Four hundred million dollars was allocated

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BMW i3 Electric Car To Revolutionize Automotive Engineering & Manufacturing

BMW i3 Electric Car To Revolutionize Automotive Engineering & Manufacturing

You wouldn’t know it from the way BMW badmouths electric vehicles, but the company is hard at work producing several EVs. One of those, the i3 (formerly called the “Megacity Vehicle”),

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GM Breaks Ground on First U.S. Electric Motor Factory by Major Automaker

GM Breaks Ground on First U.S. Electric Motor Factory by Major Automaker

GM broke ground yesterday on what will be the first electric motor factory in the U.S. for a major automaker. The factory is an addition to the GM Baltimore Operations Complex and will open in 2013 to

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Arcimoto Unveils “Red 5″ SRK EV Prototype with Help of Actors Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas

Arcimoto Unveils “Red 5″ SRK EV Prototype with Help of Actors Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas

It's not every electric automaker who gets called up by sci-fi cult fan favorite and primetime TV star Nathan Fillion and his Castle co-star Jon Huertas and asked for a test drive. But that is apparently

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Nebraska Prepares NEV Bill To Allow Slow EVs on State Roads

Nebraska Prepares NEV Bill To Allow Slow EVs on State Roads

Electric vehicles are going mainstream, but one area that lags behind is the legality of driving a slow EV, or neighborhood EV, on public roads. Nebraska is taking steps to become the 36th state to allow

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2,200MPG Celeritas Solar Car Wins Shell Eco-Marathon

2,200MPG Celeritas Solar Car Wins Shell Eco-Marathon

Solar cars are rapidly becoming more and more efficient, but they're going to have to step up their game in order to beat the Celeritas, a 275 lb vehicle that can travel 2,200 miles per gallon. The car,

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Crazy Uno 3 Transforming Electric Scooter Now Available for Pre-Order

Crazy Uno 3 Transforming Electric Scooter Now Available for Pre-Order

BPG Motors just announced that their crazy transforming Uno 3 scooter is now available for pre-order! The high-powered electric di-cycle can be ridden on two or three wheels, and it's compact enough to

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Toyota and WiTricity To Develop New Wireless Charging Tech That Requires No Contact

Toyota and WiTricity To Develop New Wireless Charging Tech That Requires No Contact

Toyota is partnering with Massachusett’s-based WiTricity to develop a new kind of wireless charging for electric vehicles that doesn’t require contact. Called “resonance,” this new

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