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Rolls-Royce Announces Plans for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Within the Next Three Years

Rolls-Royce Announces Plans for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Within the Next Three Years

When you think of Rolls-Royce, images of large, twelve-cylinder luxury vehicles will likely come to mind. But Rolls-Royce's image could become a bit greener in the next few years, as the automaker just

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Audi’s Traffic Light Recognition Technology Could Save Up to 238 Million Gallons of Fuel While Reducing Emissions

Audi’s Traffic Light Recognition Technology Could Save Up to 238 Million Gallons of Fuel While Reducing Emissions

Everyone knows how annoying it can be to hit every red light on a daily commute, and how stopping and accelerating for those pesky red lights also costs you more at the pump. Fortunately, Audi's new

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Yojiro Oshima’s Beautifully Sculpted Bicycle is Made Almost Entirely From Wood

Yojiro Oshima’s Beautifully Sculpted Bicycle is Made Almost Entirely From Wood

This amazing wooden bicycle was completely hand-crafted by Yojiro Oshima, a design student at the Craft&Industrial Department at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. The wooden bike features a

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All-Terrain Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles Could Save Lives During Natural Disasters

All-Terrain Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles Could Save Lives During Natural Disasters

Designer Phil Pauley has come up with a series of Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles that could navigate through deep floodwaters and around physical obstacles, unlike conventional trucks and emergency

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Stylish Halo Belt Keeps Bikers, Pedestrians Safe with Tron-like LED Lights

Stylish Halo Belt Keeps Bikers, Pedestrians Safe with Tron-like LED Lights

Bright orange reflective vests might keep bicyclists and pedestrians safe at night but they don't exactly scream cool, which often discourages their use. Enter Halo Belt 2.0 -- the glowing LED, USB

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America’s First All-Electric School Bus Launches in California

America’s First All-Electric School Bus Launches in California

The country's first all-electric school bus began transporting students to and from Kings Canyon Unified school district in central California this week. The new electric vehicle is a modified SST Trans

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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid Debuts with a 157 MPG Rating

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid Debuts with a 157 MPG Rating

Volkswagen has unveiled their new 2015 Golf GTE plug-in hybrid ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Based on the popular 2015 VW Golf GTI and GTD models, the new GTE turns the

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Eclipse: a Contemporary Rickshaw Fit for the 21st Century Traveler

Eclipse: a Contemporary Rickshaw Fit for the 21st Century Traveler

Industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue transformed the commonplace rickshaw into Eclipse, a high-tech and stylish means of transportation designed for the 21st Century traveler. The three-wheeled

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Benoy Architects Top Taiwan High Speed Rail’s Hsin Chu Station Mall with a Lush Green Roof

Benoy Architects Top Taiwan High Speed Rail’s Hsin Chu Station Mall with a Lush Green Roof

Benoy Architects masterminded a green architectural design for Taiwan High Speed Rail's (THSR) Hsin Chu Station Mall. The low density green-roofed retail project combines the futuristic look of high speed

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Study Claims Driving Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Won’t Slow Climate Change

Study Claims Driving Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Won’t Slow Climate Change

Researchers from North Carolina State University report that despite the recent increase in electric drive passenger vehicles (EDVs) sales, will not significantly reduce emissions of high-profile air

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PHOTOS: World Trade Center Transportation Hub Gets a Shiny New PATH Platform

PHOTOS: World Trade Center Transportation Hub Gets a Shiny New PATH Platform

NY and NJ commuters welcomed an elegant new PATH train platform last week - the first one of its kind to open at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in downtown Manhattan. Called Platform A, the

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Terrafugia is Working on Flying Autonomous Cars That Take Off and Land by Themselves

Terrafugia is Working on Flying Autonomous Cars That Take Off and Land by Themselves

Imagine a future where you can step inside a flying car, buckle up, and then sit back and relax as it automatically takes off and navigates to your destination. That future may not be too far off, as

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

 Jason and Camilla Iftakhar INHABITAT: Tell us a bit about your background in eco-design. What made you decide to focus on scooters? I was first introduced to the concept of sustainability and eco

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PHOTOS: We Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike with the New ShareRoller

PHOTOS: We Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike with the New ShareRoller

The ShareRoller is the world's first portable motor designed specifically for transforming Citi Bikes into electric bikes. The compact, 6-7 lb. device will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow as

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Tesla’s Lithium-Ion “Gigafactory” to Reduce Battery Costs by More than 30%

Tesla’s Lithium-Ion “Gigafactory” to Reduce Battery Costs by More than 30%

Last week Tesla announced plans to build a new large scale lithium-ion battery "gigafactory" within the next three years, and the automaker just revealed that it will require a massive initial investment

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Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw Architects won an international competition in 2007 to design the Pulkovo Airport, which was recently opened up to passengers. While Grimshaw has retained control as concept guardians, the

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What Happened to Los Angeles’ Streetcars?

What Happened to Los Angeles’ Streetcars?

The streetcar system in Los Angeles was made up of two major carriers - the Los Angeles Railway and the Pacific Electric Railway. The Los Angeles Railway trains, also known as Yellow Cars, operated in

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Consumer Reports Says the Tesla Model S is the Best Overall Car You Can Buy

Consumer Reports Says the Tesla Model S is the Best Overall Car You Can Buy

Consumer Reports just released its latest list of the top cars currently on the market, and this year it named the Tesla Model S the Best Overall Car that you can buy. In order to qualify as a top pick a

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The ShareRoller Turns Any Bike Share Cycle Into an Electric Bike

The ShareRoller Turns Any Bike Share Cycle Into an Electric Bike

ShareRoller is a briefcase-shaped DC motor capable of continuously powering a bicycle. The device attaches to the mounting bracket of the front wheel and a thumb throttle links the device to your

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Hand-Built Library on Wheels Helps Retired Teacher Spread the Love of Reading

Hand-Built Library on Wheels Helps Retired Teacher Spread the Love of Reading

Antonio La Cava, a retired Italian schoolteacher, decided that after 42 years of teaching, he could do even more to spread the love of reading to children. So in 2003, he bought a used Ape motorbike and

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No Polar Vortex Can Stop Yvon Martel’s Hard Core MTT-136 Electric Sled

No Polar Vortex Can Stop Yvon Martel’s Hard Core MTT-136 Electric Sled

Brammo's high-performance electric motorcycle demonstrates that eco-friendly vehicles can be cool, and now we've got even more proof. The MTT-136 is a rugged 280 lb machine wrapped in aluminium that

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EMC Unveils Solar-Powered Spark Recharging Station for the Xkuty One Electric Bike

EMC Unveils Solar-Powered Spark Recharging Station for the Xkuty One Electric Bike

One year after Electric Mobility Company (EMC) unveiled the Xkuty One electric bike in Spain, the company has now developed a solar-powered recharging station for the bike. The Spark recharging station

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Hyundai’s 2015 Tucson Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Runs on Human Poo

Hyundai’s 2015 Tucson Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Runs on Human Poo

This spring Hyundai will begin leasing a fuel cell version of its Tucson crossover in the U.S. and when it goes on sale, drivers in Southern California will be able to power their cars using processed

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Wecyclers Launch Bicycle-Powered Recycling Service in Lagos

Wecyclers Launch Bicycle-Powered Recycling Service in Lagos

Nigeria's most populous city, Lagos is facing a major waste management crisis that threatens to crush its skyrocketing population under a heap of health and environmental problems. The overburdened

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Los Angeles Launches First Bicycle Friendly Business District

Los Angeles Launches First Bicycle Friendly Business District

Los Angeles just launched the city's first Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD) in Northeast L.A., and it will serve as a pilot program for a larger citywide initiative in 2015-16. The public-private

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Tesla’s Elon Musk Confirms Talks with Apple, Reveals Plans for First Road-Ready Autonomous Car

Tesla’s Elon Musk Confirms Talks with Apple, Reveals Plans for First Road-Ready Autonomous Car

Earlier this week it was reported that Tesla CEO Elon Musk had a secret meeting with Apple's merger and acquisitions chief Adrian Perica last year at Apple's headquarters, which sparked countless rumors

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Steel ‘Ribbon’ Sculpture Doubles as an Artistic Bike Rack in Boulder

Steel ‘Ribbon’ Sculpture Doubles as an Artistic Bike Rack in Boulder

Local environmental artist Michelle Lee designed this beautiful and functional bike rack in commemoration of last year's US Pro Cycling Challenge in Boulder, CO. Built from a combination of steel and

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Local Motors to Debut First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show

Local Motors to Debut First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show

Unlike other automakers that mass produce their vehicles, Local Motors co-creates vehicles with a global community of designers, engineers and enthusiasts. So far the group has produced one car, the Rally

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Brammo’s High-Performance Electric Motorcycle Gets an Upgrade for 2014

Brammo’s High-Performance Electric Motorcycle Gets an Upgrade for 2014

Brammo did for electric motorcycles what Tesla did for electric cars by creating a high performance vehicle that is both environmentally-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. For 2014, the company has gone

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Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Industrial designer Mark Richardson has transformed a slew of salvaged materials into an awesome DIY velomobile! The Monash University lecturer began collecting old wheels, bike parts, and wheelchairs to

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