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Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz Team Up to Build a Mass Market Fuel Cell Vehicle by 2017

Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz Team Up to Build a Mass Market Fuel Cell Vehicle by 2017

Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have announced a new three-way partnership to accelerate the development of fuel cell electric vehicle technology, with the ultimate goal of releasing a mass market fuel

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Peugeot Announces Plans to Release a Hybrid Car That Runs on Compressed Air by 2016

Peugeot Announces Plans to Release a Hybrid Car That Runs on Compressed Air by 2016

Peugeot just announced plans to introduce a new hybrid car that does away with lithium-ion batteries entirely and instead uses compressed air to provide zero-emissions driving. The new compressed air car

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Why Google’s Autonomous Cars Probably Won’t Kill the Auto Industry

Why Google’s Autonomous Cars Probably Won’t Kill the Auto Industry

It's undeniable the Google's autonomous driving tech is pretty awesome—impressive enough that even a blind man can travel behind the wheel of one of the web giant's self-driving cars. And there's been a

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NASA’s New X-48C Flying Wing Airplane Uses 50% Less Fuel Than Standard Aircraft

NASA’s New X-48C Flying Wing Airplane Uses 50% Less Fuel Than Standard Aircraft

Researchers at NASA have developed a revolutionary flying wing aircraft that uses 50% less fuel than standard planes. The new manta ray-esque X-48C is based on the X-48B Blended Wing Body aircraft, which

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MIT Turns Carbon Dioxide from Bioengineered Soil Bacteria into Clean Biofuel

MIT Turns Carbon Dioxide from Bioengineered Soil Bacteria into Clean Biofuel

Scientists at MIT have genetically engineered a soil bacteria that can create fuel for cars. The bioengineered Ralstonia eutropha converts carbon into isobutanol—an alcohol that can replace or blend

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Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock When it comes to transforming the sun's energy into commuter miles, it looks like photovoltaics beat out our best biofuels. A recent study published in the journal

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Toyota and BMW Join Forces to Create Next-Generation Car Batteries That Run on Thin Air

Toyota and BMW Join Forces to Create Next-Generation Car Batteries That Run on Thin Air

Toyota Motor Corp and BMW AG are joining forces to develop next-generation car batteries that are expected to be more powerful than the lithium-ion batteries used in most electric vehicles. The new

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San Francisco Bay Bridge to Be Adorned With 25,000 LED Lights This Year

San Francisco Bay Bridge to Be Adorned With 25,000 LED Lights This Year

Soon San Francisco Bay Area commuters will have something more entertaining to stare at in traffic than the tail lights of the car in front of them. As the Bay Bridge enters its 75th year in 2013, it is

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Electric Zerotracer Motorbike Goes Around the World in 80 Days for Just $400!

Electric Zerotracer Motorbike Goes Around the World in 80 Days for Just $400!

The second of two prototypes, the Zerotracer was on display at the Swiss pavilion in Abu Dhabi last week. It runs on lithium polymer batteries that can be charged up to 2,000 times in just two hours when

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The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

Photo via Shutterstock The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just launched a new initiative to improve the battery life of electric vehicles. Announced this past

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Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Little known fact: in 2010 my partner and I got rid of almost everything we owned, loaded the rest up into a 26' RV, and set off across American in search of adventure. In retrospect, we weren't really

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Amtrak and California High-Speed Rail Authority Team Up to Design New High-Speed Trains

Amtrak and California High-Speed Rail Authority Team Up to Design New High-Speed Trains

Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority have teamed up to design new high-speed trains that will operate on both the East and West Coasts. A high-speed line connecting San Francisco and Los

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Solar Ship Receives Grant to Build Emissions-Free Airship to Deliver Supplies to Disaster Areas

Solar Ship Receives Grant to Build Emissions-Free Airship to Deliver Supplies to Disaster Areas

In 2011 we wrote about Solar Ship, a helium zero-emissions cargo plane that is capable of delivering much-needed goods to people in remote areas where vehicles simply cannot reach. Today, Solar Ship is

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Seven Sizzling Hybrid and Electric Cars from the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Seven Sizzling Hybrid and Electric Cars from the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Acura NSX Concept Acura excited its fans last year with the debut of the Acura NSX concept, which previews the return of Acura's supercar. Unlike the first model, which only used a V6 engine, the next

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NAIAS 2013: Chinese Automaker Guangzhou Shows Off Three Green Electric and Hybrid Models in Detroit

NAIAS 2013: Chinese Automaker Guangzhou Shows Off Three Green Electric and Hybrid Models in Detroit

We love the idea of bi-directional house-vehicle charging, which seems to be an increasingly popular concept among automakers who realize the potential advantages of using a vehicle as a house or

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Bicimetro Eco Bahn: Elevated Bike Tunnels Let Cyclists Soar Above Congested City Traffic

Bicimetro Eco Bahn: Elevated Bike Tunnels Let Cyclists Soar Above Congested City Traffic

Dominican designer Richard Moreta Castillo has proposed an innovative solution for cyclists stuck in congested cities packed with cars - a 10 kilometer elevated bike path that lets bike riders soar

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NAIAS 2013: Acura Confirms Details for Luxury RLX Hybrid

NAIAS 2013: Acura Confirms Details for Luxury RLX Hybrid

The base Acura RLX will run you $48,000, the Tech package $54,000, and the Advanced $60,000. Acura plan to offer test-drives at dealerships in advance of the vehicle's release, so if you're interested in

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2013 Nissan Leaf Starts at Under $19,000 After Available Tax Incentives Making it the Cheapest 5-Passenger EV in the US

2013 Nissan Leaf Starts at Under $19,000 After Available Tax Incentives Making it the Cheapest 5-Passenger EV in the US

Nissan has given the 2013 Nissan Leaf several updates for the 2013 model year, which includes some styling tweaks, a faster charger and more features. The best part is that the 2013 Leaf starts at

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NAIAS 2013: Acura Brings Its Awesome NSX Concept Sports Hybrid Back to Detroit

NAIAS 2013: Acura Brings Its Awesome NSX Concept Sports Hybrid Back to Detroit

The NSX Concept packs a new direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 40-horsepower motor, plus two more 27-horsepower motors at the front wheels for extra push. Honda is still saying that their

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NAIAS 2013: Tesla Brings Gullwing Model X to the Detroit Auto Show

NAIAS 2013: Tesla Brings Gullwing Model X to the Detroit Auto Show

In true Tesla fashion, this Model X is an updated design prototype, which means there is still a long road ahead before we see a beta version or anything approaching a production car. Ever since

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NAIAS 2013: We Check Out Nissan’s New Quick-Charging 2013 Leaf EV

NAIAS 2013: We Check Out Nissan’s New Quick-Charging 2013 Leaf EV

The new Nissan LEAF has improved efficiency given better aerodynamics. It is rated at 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque, and it is expected to have an improved driving range. We don't see anything

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NAIAS 2013: Cadillac Unveils 2014 ELR Extended Range EV at Detroit Auto Show

NAIAS 2013: Cadillac Unveils 2014 ELR Extended Range EV at Detroit Auto Show

The ELR is powered by GM EREV technology that is uniquely tuned for Cadillac in the ELR. It combines pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4L gasoline-powered electric generator capable

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NAIAS 2013: Mercedes Unveils Sleek New CLA Class Compact Sedan in Detroit

NAIAS 2013: Mercedes Unveils Sleek New CLA Class Compact Sedan in Detroit

The CLA Class retains styling cues from Mercedes' Concept Style Coupe unveiled last year in Beijing, with an interior and front end similar to the brand's European A Class hatch. The vehicle is just 15

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NAIAS 2013: Nissan’s Resonance Concept Hybrid Makes its Global Debut

NAIAS 2013: Nissan’s Resonance Concept Hybrid Makes its Global Debut

The current model Murano comes in regular and droptop versions and runs between $29,000 and $44,000, with a 260-horsepower V-6 engine. The new model will offer a supercharged 2.5-liter gas engine with an

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NAIAS 2013: Infiniti Adds a Hot Hybrid to Its New Q50 Lineup

NAIAS 2013: Infiniti Adds a Hot Hybrid to Its New Q50 Lineup

The Infiniti Q50 hybrid packs all kinds of driving enhancement tech, like many other luxury cars at the show, including Direct Adaptive Steering and Active Lane Control. The car also has a customizable

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NAIAS 2013: Smart Debuts New CityFlame Edition in Detroit

NAIAS 2013: Smart Debuts New CityFlame Edition in Detroit

Sound too sporty to be green? Well, the cityflame still features the brand's barely adequate 3-cylinder engine with 70 horsepower and 68 lb-ft of torque. And with a 0-60 time of 12.9 seconds and a top

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NAIAS 2013: Lexus Unveils Its First IS Hybrid Sedan at the Detroit Auto Show

NAIAS 2013: Lexus Unveils Its First IS Hybrid Sedan at the Detroit Auto Show

The IS has some interesting tech inside, including electrostatic switches for HVAC and other controls that can be operated by sliding a finger along the surface of the dash. The car also features thinner

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NAIAS 2013: Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Hydrogen Car Rocks It E-Style

NAIAS 2013: Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Hydrogen Car Rocks It E-Style

These cars are only currently available in Germany, Norway, and California. But we still can ogle over the 136-horsepower, 214 lb-ft powertrain. The fact is, we just love this car. It's pretty simple

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NAIAS 2013: We Take a Spin on Current Motors’ Electric Super Scooter at the Detroit Auto Show

NAIAS 2013: We Take a Spin on Current Motors’ Electric Super Scooter at the Detroit Auto Show

Current showed us the features of the scooter, which include a digital instrument cluster and a mobile app that allows drivers to check up on the progress of a charge in real-time, monitor their bike's

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Destino: Bob Lutz Unveils Fisker Karma with Gas-Chugging 698 Horsepower ZR1 Engine in Detroit

Destino: Bob Lutz Unveils Fisker Karma with Gas-Chugging 698 Horsepower ZR1 Engine in Detroit

We wondered what would make an automotive manufacturer take a step backwards like this, but it seems that Lutz was a fan of the Karma’s aerodynamic design.  The Destino is almost a replica of Karma’s

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