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Porsche to Build 918 Hybrid

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Plug-in supercar could be yours for a mere $600,000.

Be still our beating hearts. Porsche announced this week that it will go ahead with plans to produce the 918 hybrid supercar. The droolworthy concept vehicle was unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. According to Wired, the Porsche board approved the project based on “overwhelming response from the public and customers.” The company had said it would consider building the car......read more

Oui! Paris to Launch EV Sharing

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French capital's electric car sharing program will take off this fall.

Sharing transportation is a great idea. Bike share programs are launching all around the world, and electric cars are the next step. In France, Parisian transportation officials are readying for the September launch of Autolib, the world's first electric vehicle sharing program. The scheme will enable participants to save money and emissions by using a green car only when absolutely......read more

Revenge of the Electric Car: Official Trailer

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Chris Paine returns with a behind-the-scenes look at the E.V. industry

Five years ago, director Chris Paine ruffled a few feathers with Who Killed the Electric Car, a blockbuster documentary that exposed the development and mothballing of electric vehicles in the early 2000s. Now, with the first mass produced electric cars on the road, Paine is back with Revenge of the Electric Car, a behind-the-scenes exploration of the nascent EV industry.......read more

Electric Vehicles Enter Federal Fleet

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116 EVs to be distributed to 20 federal agencies

With Obama calling for the federal government to lead the way in sustainable practices, government officials have been getting down to business. This week, the feds announced the purchase of the first electric vehicles in the federal fleet. The purchase involved 116 cars -- a smorgasbord of Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs, and Think Cities -- which will make their ways to 20 different agencies. Martha......read more

Charge Your EV While You Drive

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Stanford research tech could lead to wireless charging of electric vehicles

A new report from Stanford University offers a striking glimpse of our transportation future, and let us be the first to say, it looks pretty sweet. Stanford researchers have designed a system through which electric vehicles could be charged wirelessly simply by driving on the highway. Whoa. One of the main drawbacks of EVs is their limited driving range. This new technology, known as......read more

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

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Performance automaker unveils the meanest hybrid yet

In the newly unveiled Panamera S Hybrid, Porsche has created a fuel-thrifty, green-minded sports car that drives like, well, a Porsche.  The company is calling the Panamera Hybrid the world's fastest production hybrid and "the most economical" Porsche of all time. With a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph, you can't deny the speed claims. But with a base price......read more

California Sets Up Tax Credit for Ford Focus Electric

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$2,500 rebate for buyers of America's most fuel efficient vehicle

With gas prices in California hovering toward $5 per gallon, there's plenty of incentive for auto buyers to opt for a fuel efficient vehicle. Now there's even more motivation, with the announcement that buyers of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric -- recently named America's most fuel efficient five-passenger car -- will get a $2,500 state tax rebate. Focus Electric drivers will also have the......read more

Rolls-Royce Rolls Out Electric Concept Car

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The ultimate lux EV can be yours for a mere $1.6 million.

Is "sustaina-baller" a word? It is now. The new Rolls-Royce 102EX Phantom Experimental Vehicle, unveiled this week at the Geneva Auto Show, provides the definition. The next-gen electric concept car will employ an aluminum chassis and two 145kW electric motors, making it only a tad slower than the standard Phantom. The largest battery pack ever used in a road car will give the lux EV a 125 mile......read more

Fisker Karma Hybrid Goes into Production

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Deliveries of the $88K plug-in hybrid will start next month.

California-based Fisker Automotive made a big splash at the 2008 North American International Auto Show with the Karma, a sleek gas-electric hybrid. Now the company has announced that the plug-in hybrid will start  rolling off the assembly line next month. The Karma's has a 50-mile electric-only range, much like Chevy's popular Volt. But that's where the similarities end. The speedy Karma......read more

Kenneth Cobonpue's Bamboo and Rattan Roadster

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The world's first biodegradable car.

Sustainable designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner have joined forces to shape what's being touted as the world's first biodegradable car. The Phoenix is a superlight roadster built from rapidly renewable bamboo and rattan, along with steel and nylon. Borrowing design principles from Mother Nature herself, the exterior structure is built like a leaf and the interior is a single woven......read more

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