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Volkswagen’s 261 MPG XL1 Plug-In Hybrid Officially Debuts in the US!

Volkswagen’s 261 MPG XL1 Plug-In Hybrid Officially Debuts in the US!

The XL1's unique design is based on three simple design principles: light weight, aerodynamics, and a low center of gravity. It weighs in at just 1,752 pounds and measures 153.3 inches long, 65.5 inches

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution of the Electric Supercar

INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution of the Electric Supercar

The recent crop of all-electric supercars might seem new, but EVs have been around a lot longer than you might think - since 1899 in fact! This infographic by Driving Experiences explores the past,

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University of Warwick Competing to Develop the World’s Fastest Human Powered Submarine

University of Warwick Competing to Develop the World’s Fastest Human Powered Submarine

Engineering students at the University of Warwick are developing what could very well be the world's fastest human-powered submarine! The vehicle is dubbed the HPS Shakespeare and it will attempt to beat

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Subaru 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid Unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show

Subaru 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid Unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid marries a 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER engine with a 13.4-hp electric motor, and will have the ability to drive in EV mode only up to 25 mph. After 25 mph, the gasoline

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CUER Unveils Streamlined Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge!

CUER Unveils Streamlined Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge!

Cambridge University Eco Racing just unveiled its revolutionary new solar car, which will be competing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge! The team blended aerodynamic and solar performance to create an

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Cheese-Powered Dragster Breaks a Land Speed Record in Utah

Cheese-Powered Dragster Breaks a Land Speed Record in Utah

A team of Utah State University researchers have set a land speed record in their class with a dragster powered by cheese! The Aggie A-Salt Streamliner runs on yeast biodiesel derived from the industrial

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Conquers Range Anxiety in the All-Electric Nissan LEAF

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Conquers Range Anxiety in the All-Electric Nissan LEAF

First off, what does it take to keep a Nissan LEAF juiced up and happy? You can plug it into a standard grounded household outlet (110-120 volts) and get a full charge in 7 hours, or you can plug it into

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Audi Developing New ‘e-sound’ for e-tron Electric Vehicles

Audi Developing New ‘e-sound’ for e-tron Electric Vehicles

Audi recently shared with Inhabitat a development that it’s been keeping under wraps – a new solution dubbed “e-sound” that helps pedestrians hear electric vehicles

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Vehicle Debuts at the New York Auto Show

2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Vehicle Debuts at the New York Auto Show

The Lincoln brand has been without an independent design studio, relying on Ford to design their vehicles up until this new MKZ. It's the first step towards relaunching Lincoln and its new styling

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BMW Unveils i8 Concept Spyder Future Hybrid Supercar

BMW Unveils i8 Concept Spyder Future Hybrid Supercar

BMW just officially unveiled its gorgeous i8 Concept Spyder, which is the third BMW i model following the i3 and i8 concepts. The BMW i8 Concept Spyder offers a glimpse of future supercars with its

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Volkswagen Launches Electric Golf Test Fleet in the U.S.

Volkswagen Launches Electric Golf Test Fleet in the U.S.

Volkswagen of America has announced that it will begin a pilot scheme to test 20 prototype E-Golf battery electric vehicles over a nine-month period in Detroit, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.,

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2012 Ford Focus Electric Named America’s Most Fuel-Efficient 5-Passenger Car

2012 Ford Focus Electric Named America’s Most Fuel-Efficient 5-Passenger Car

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is now officially America's most fuel-efficient five-passenger car, with a rating of 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city and 99 MPGe highway. The Focus Electric also

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes a Chilly But Impressive Ride in the Mitsubishi i EV

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes a Chilly But Impressive Ride in the Mitsubishi i EV

We had been warned to precondition the cabin of the i by remote starting the heater to pull the energy off the grid before starting off, because using the HVAC in the i can reduce your range. We didn't

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the Roomier Toyota Prius v for a Spin

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the Roomier Toyota Prius v for a Spin

That being said, Toyota hasn't changed much else about this car besides the size, which presents some problems. Toyota seems to have plugged the same engine and motor into this car that goes into other

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TEST DRIVE: We Get 40 mpg From a Non-Hybrid Hyundai Elantra!

TEST DRIVE: We Get 40 mpg From a Non-Hybrid Hyundai Elantra!

The Hyundai Elantra is one of these great new efficient cars. It has a 148-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, but Hyundai has squeezed every drop of efficiency from it to give you up to 40 mpg. The best part

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TEST DRIVE: The All-New Chevy Sonic Is a Sub-Compact Blast from the Past

TEST DRIVE: The All-New Chevy Sonic Is a Sub-Compact Blast from the Past

The Chevy Sonic is simple in design: just a small hatchback (or there is a sedan version) with a lot of road noise coming through the floor. But the Sonic has heated leather seats, a nice spacious hatch,

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TEST DRIVE: The Lexus CT200h Compact Hatchback Hybrid Ushers In A New Era for Luxury Hybrids

TEST DRIVE: The Lexus CT200h Compact Hatchback Hybrid Ushers In A New Era for Luxury Hybrids

Like most small hybrids the CT200h had a level of performance that wouldn't excite any real car enthusiasts, but there really was more than adequate power for the average driver. When we really wanted to

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Tesla Set to Launch Model S Electric Sedan This Summer!

Tesla Set to Launch Model S Electric Sedan This Summer!

Tesla - the company that made electric vehicles sexy for the first time - just announced that they're on track to get the first Model S sedans on the road next summer. While talking to Autoblog at the

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TEST DRIVE: The Kia Optima Hybrid Offers an Unexpected Option for Green Drivers

TEST DRIVE: The Kia Optima Hybrid Offers an Unexpected Option for Green Drivers

Why are we suddenly going ga ga over a Kia? It's more than surpassed expectations and real value in an inexpensive hybrid. The Optima Hybrid is a sign of things to come. Until this point, car makers have

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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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Toyota Officially Unveils Its Prius C Hybrid Car at the Detroit Auto Show

Toyota Officially Unveils Its Prius C Hybrid Car at the Detroit Auto Show

The Prius c has the same basic bits you find in any small Toyota--nothing special here other than a digital nav screen that is necessary to monitor the hybrid system but seems slightly upmarket for such a

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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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Nissan Rolls Out Its All-Electric eNV200 Concept Van at the Detroit Auto Show

Nissan Rolls Out Its All-Electric eNV200 Concept Van at the Detroit Auto Show

Nissan has been testing its electric van concept in London with FedEx, making use of the Nissan LEAF drivetrain and a quick-charging system that juices up the versatile delivery vans to 80 percent

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PHOTOS: Toyota Finally Reveals Its NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept at the Detroit Auto Show

PHOTOS: Toyota Finally Reveals Its NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept at the Detroit Auto Show

Toyota's goal with the NS4 was to create a simple and intuitive interior that brought the driver information more quickly than ever. Unique features include adaptive headlights that aim away from

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Mercedes Unveils Its Hot New E300 and E400 Hybrids at the Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes Unveils Its Hot New E300 and E400 Hybrids at the Detroit Auto Show

The E300 features a turbodiesel engine with 204 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque (read: plenty) with an electric motor pushing out another 27 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque (plenty more). We love

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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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