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Chicago Announces Plans to Roll Out “Divvy” Bike-Sharing Program in June

Chicago Announces Plans to Roll Out “Divvy” Bike-Sharing Program in June

Hot on the heels of the launch of New York City's new bike-sharing program, Chicago officials announced this weekend that the Windy City will kick off a bike-sharing program of its own by the end of June.

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TEST DRIVE: 30-40 mpg in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV

TEST DRIVE: 30-40 mpg in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV

In this case, it's all about usage. The Highlander Hybrid is the kind of vehicle you might buy for a family that needs to haul gear but still wants to go green. That's suburb territory, generally. And

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163 MPH Rocket-Powered Bike Sets New World Land Speed Record

163 MPH Rocket-Powered Bike Sets New World Land Speed Record

French cyclist François Gissy just strapped a hydrogen peroxide rocket to the frame of his bike and hit a record-breaking top speed of 163 mph! The epic thrill ride took place at abandoned runway in the

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Tesla Repays its Entire $465 Million Federal Loan Nine Years Early

Tesla Repays its Entire $465 Million Federal Loan Nine Years Early

Tesla Motors just announced that it has repaid the entire $465 million loan that it received from the Department of Energy a full nine years early. The development makes Tesla the only US car company in

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Hong Kong Launches its First Electric Taxis

Hong Kong Launches its First Electric Taxis

Hong Kong is laying the foundations for a zero-emissions city with a brand new fleet of 45 bright red electric taxis. Manufactured by China's BYD, which is partially backed by Warren Buffet, each

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Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record

Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record

MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat, set a new record for the fastest transatlantic crossing by a vessel powered entirely by solar energy, smashing its own 2010 record by four days.

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Energy-Generating Bikes Made From Trash Power Film Festival in France

Energy-Generating Bikes Made From Trash Power Film Festival in France

The initiative was launched in 2012 by students determined to study the electricity production of pedaling. First drawings and design study for the project were made by BP design agency. Two of the five

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Half of the World’s Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars, According to a New Study

Half of the World’s Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars, According to a New Study

A new global study by Cisco found that half of the world's consumers would trust a car that that can operate without a human driver. Cisco's Customer Experience Report surveyed more than 1,500 consumers

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Elio Motors Unveils Three-Wheeled 84 MPG Car That Costs Only $6,800

Elio Motors Unveils Three-Wheeled 84 MPG Car That Costs Only $6,800

A brand new car that gets 84 MPG and costs less than $7,000 sounds too good to be true, but Elio Motors just unveiled a new three-wheeled vehicle that hits all those marks. The affordable two-seater Elio

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The World’s First Flat-Pack Truck Can Be Assembled in Just 12 Hours

The World’s First Flat-Pack Truck Can Be Assembled in Just 12 Hours

Flat-pack goods typically make more efficient use of materials and have lower shipping costs, and in recent years companies have designed everything from flat-pack beds and dressers to flat-pack lamps and

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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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TEST DRIVE: Drag Race Saturday, Church on Sunday with the Lexus GS450h Hybrid

TEST DRIVE: Drag Race Saturday, Church on Sunday with the Lexus GS450h Hybrid

The GS450h is an average-size sedan, but it is low and wide. This gives it an aggressive and sporty look from the outside from all but a few angles, but made it feel a bit boat-like from the inside. Maybe

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Consumer Reports Gives the Tesla Model S its Highest Test Rating Ever

Consumer Reports Gives the Tesla Model S its Highest Test Rating Ever

Consumer Reports recently tried out the Tesla Model S electric car, and after all the testing was done, the magazine found that the Model S outscored every other car in their ratings. "It does so even

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TF-X: Terrafugia Unveils the World’s First Flying Hybrid-Electric Car

TF-X: Terrafugia Unveils the World’s First Flying Hybrid-Electric Car

Founded by MIT graduates in 2006, Terrafugia has recently tested their first flying car - the Transition. A sleek vehicle with fold-up wings, it has two seats and a loud engine. The company has over one

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The Carma Project Makes a New Bike From Old Car Parts

The Carma Project Makes a New Bike From Old Car Parts

Two Lisbon-based entrepreneurs have devised a way to build a new bike from discarded car parts - and they're planning to ride it the same number of miles that the original vehicle drove to compensate for

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Solar Impulse Launches Solar-Powered Flight from San Francisco to New York

Solar Impulse Launches Solar-Powered Flight from San Francisco to New York

The Solar Impulse plane is an entirely sun-powered, single-seat airplane that is capable of flying for 36 hours consecutively. In late March we got our first glimpse of the Solar Impulse, and last week it

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High-Tech Levitation Bike Generates Electricity and Acts as a Mobile Hot-Spot

High-Tech Levitation Bike Generates Electricity and Acts as a Mobile Hot-Spot

Designed by architect Michael Strain and his team, Levitation is a concept bike designed to power your smart phone that also acts as a mobile hot-spot with unlimited Wi-Fi access. It has an on-board

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4StrikeBike Can Be Pedalled With Hands and Feet at the Same Time

4StrikeBike Can Be Pedalled With Hands and Feet at the Same Time

The 4StrikeBike features handlebars that double as an extra set of pedals! Designed by Dutch firm TSG Essempio, the bike is a real treat for passionate cyclists, people with back problems and compulsive

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TEST DRIVE: Plain-Jane Honda Accord with Econ Assist Gets Solid Fuel Efficiency without Hybrid Tech

TEST DRIVE: Plain-Jane Honda Accord with Econ Assist Gets Solid Fuel Efficiency without Hybrid Tech

We wanted to know how the new Accord could stand up to competitors that are now much more advanced in their own efficiencies. And beyond its threat to put us to sleep at the wheel for sheer boredom, the

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Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Unveiled at AERO Friedrichshafen

Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Unveiled at AERO Friedrichshafen

Solar Flight has just unveiled the world's fastest two-seater solar-powered plane at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The Sunseeker Duo continues the company's

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We Celebrate Toyota’s New LEED Platinum San Francisco Dealership with a RAV4 EV Test Drive

We Celebrate Toyota’s New LEED Platinum San Francisco Dealership with a RAV4 EV Test Drive

We don't need much of an excuse to test drive any electric car, but we're loving a lot about this, from the fact that the SF Toyota dealership is a remodeled 1800s horse barn that retains 100 percent of

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TEST DRIVE: The Ford Fusion Hybrid Joins the 40+ MPG Club

TEST DRIVE: The Ford Fusion Hybrid Joins the 40+ MPG Club

How did it go? We were pleasantly surprised, overall. We have to throw in our vote with CR on the mileage issue, but that's not so unusual with hybrids driven in real-world conditions. The Fusion Hybrid

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Carrera Foldable Bike Helmets Conform to Your Noggin and Can be Stashed in Your Bag

Carrera Foldable Bike Helmets Conform to Your Noggin and Can be Stashed in Your Bag

Carrera’s foldable bicycle helmet is a stylish piece of safety gear that neatly folds up to fit in your bag! The innovative helmets are made up of adjustable strips that provide a custom fit, making it

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GreenTech Automotive and JAC Motors Partner Up to Build a US-Made Electric Sedan

GreenTech Automotive and JAC Motors Partner Up to Build a US-Made Electric Sedan

GreenTech Automotive, manufacturer of the electric MyCar, and Chinese automaker JAC Motors have announced a new partnership that will include the development of a five-passenger electric sedan. The new

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Fiat’s 2013 500e Electric Car to Launch in California for as Low as $20,500 After Tax Credits

Fiat’s 2013 500e Electric Car to Launch in California for as Low as $20,500 After Tax Credits

Fiat just announced that its 2013 500e electric car will start at $32,500 before available tax incentives. Starting this summer, California residents can purchase the 500e for as low as $20,500 after

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Boosted Boards Unveils the World’s Lightest Electric Vehicle

Boosted Boards Unveils the World’s Lightest Electric Vehicle

Boosted Boards just unveiled a new electric skateboard that it claims is "the world's lightest electric vehicle." While the electric skateboard won't be going head to head with one of Tesla's EVs anytime

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Edison2′s New Very Light Car 4.0 Weighs Less than 1,100 Pounds

Edison2′s New Very Light Car 4.0 Weighs Less than 1,100 Pounds

Edison2 just unveiled the latest version of its Very Light Car (VLC) at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. An earlier version of the vehicle won the $5 million Automotive X Prize back in 2010,

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Aston Martin to Race World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Rapide S at the Nürburgring

Aston Martin to Race World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Rapide S at the Nürburgring

Aston Martin has unveiled a new hydrogen-powered Rapide S, which is based on Aston Martin’s four-door, four-seat sports car. The hydrogen Rapide S was developed in partnership with hydrogen experts

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Pietro Russomanno’s BKR Concept Bike Has a Sturdy Wood Frame

Pietro Russomanno’s BKR Concept Bike Has a Sturdy Wood Frame

The BKR is a concept bicycle by Pietro Russomanno with a sturdy, malleable, and elastic wood frame. The bike's skeleton is crafted from plywood with inert rubber gaskets sandwiched in for effect. The

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3,587 MPG Hypermiling Vehicle Wins 1st Place at the 2013 Shell Eco-Marathon!

3,587 MPG Hypermiling Vehicle Wins 1st Place at the 2013 Shell Eco-Marathon!

The event featured an impressive collection of vehicles with low fuel consumption, powered by all types of sources, including gasoline, solar, electric, fuel cell, and more. The vehicles competed in two

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