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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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How Smart Meters Could Optimize the United States’ Energy Grid for EV Charging

How Smart Meters Could Optimize the United States’ Energy Grid for EV Charging

Last year car buyers bought a record 100,000 electric vehicles - and that number is expected to grow more and more each year. As electric cars like the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf leave dealer

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Austrian Designer Upcycles Bike Parts into Faux Hunting Trophy Bicycle Mounts

Austrian Designer Upcycles Bike Parts into Faux Hunting Trophy Bicycle Mounts

Scheiger was in need of a place to hang his bike. He also needed a place to hang all of cycling caps and since he was thinking about it, a place to hang his umbrella. Scheiger has a thing for bicycles, a

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Crazy 1966 VW Bus With Snowmobile Tracks and Sound System Takes the Party to the Slopes

Crazy 1966 VW Bus With Snowmobile Tracks and Sound System Takes the Party to the Slopes

Apres-ski party anyone? A handy engineer has converted a fully functioning 1966 VW Bus Bulli T1 into a snow-bound DJ machine complete with 1000 watt subwoofer and 2 x 300 watt speakers. Of course, a

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Artist Builds a Bicycle-Propelled Micro Wagon as a Traveling Art Studio

Artist Builds a Bicycle-Propelled Micro Wagon as a Traveling Art Studio

Not only is Mr. Howard able to travel at leisure with his compact, yet comfy traveling art studio, the 12 square foot mini wagon is a veritable mine of recycled and repurposed materials. Built by the

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Bamboo Bicycle Club Teaches UK Cyclists to Build Their Own Green Bikes

Bamboo Bicycle Club Teaches UK Cyclists to Build Their Own Green Bikes

The Bamboo Bicycle Club is a London-based workshop that provides people with the knowledge and skills to build their own bamboo bikes. Two passionate bike builders, Ian and James have created a grassroots

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Rinspeed Turns the Tesla Model S into an Autonomous Mobile Office

Rinspeed Turns the Tesla Model S into an Autonomous Mobile Office

On the outside, autonomous vehicles will look almost identical to today's vehicles, but there is a lot of room to dramatically change the interior. Since drivers no longer need to spend all of their time

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China to Create World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Network

China to Create World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Network

The Swiss power and automation technology group ABB has teamed up with Shenzhen Daimler New Technology Co to expand China’s electric vehicle charging network to be the largest in the world. Over the

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Chilean Student Designs Pedal-Powered Mobile Shelter for People and Their Bikes

Chilean Student Designs Pedal-Powered Mobile Shelter for People and Their Bikes

Endless Cycling is Cáceres Céspedes' first prototype, created as a mobile construction that can be used for bike training, racing or touring purposes. Already tested in Chile’s Central Valley,

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Makkink & Bey’s Tiny Caravan in a Box is an Ultraportable Home for the Dutch Countryside

Makkink & Bey’s Tiny Caravan in a Box is an Ultraportable Home for the Dutch Countryside

Makkink & Bey's Buijtenbed is a tiny pop-up holiday home that brings guests closer to nature. It was inspired by the caravans that many Dutch use to go on camping trips in the summer. The tiny wheeled

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Fly6 Rear-Facing Bike Light Camera Spies on Unruly Drivers with its Little Red Eye

Fly6 Rear-Facing Bike Light Camera Spies on Unruly Drivers with its Little Red Eye

Have you ever been riding your bike down the road and had a car cut you off or come too close for comfort? I'll bet you wished you had a camera running so you could hold them accountable. With car-cyclist

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Boris Hybrid Buses May Replace London’s Famous Routemaster Double Deckers

Boris Hybrid Buses May Replace London’s Famous Routemaster Double Deckers

Double decker Routemaster buses are as iconic to London as the old estate cabs, but they might not be on the roads for much longer. Transport for London (TFL) wants to scrap one of the last two routes

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Toyota to Test a Wireless EV Charging System that Recharges Batteries in Just 90 Minutes

Toyota to Test a Wireless EV Charging System that Recharges Batteries in Just 90 Minutes

Toyota has announced plans to begin verification testing of its new wireless battery charging system for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Doing away with today's charging cables, the system can

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