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Chevy Volt Priced at $41,000

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But GM says $350-a-month lease deal will put electric car within reach for many.

GM is starting to take orders for the Chevrolet Volt, the carmaker's new "extended range electric vehicle." Priced at a hefty $41,000, the Volt is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit which will reduce the cost to $33,500. GM also said it will offer a $350-per-month deal that will make it more affordable. The Volt, a 4-door sedan, runs on battery power for up to 40 miles but......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-29-10

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Weekly links: Volt vs. Leaf, a bottled water ban, and the Fridgecouch.

New York Times auto writer Christopher Jensen took the all-electric Nissan Leaf and the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt for a spin. Read his review at NYT Wheels Blog. Principles of sustainability are gaining traction in the fashion world. The new issue of JC Report has a nice feature on trends in sustainable fashion design, covering eco-minded brands like Chistopher Raeburn and Bodkin. Graphic......read more

SHFT Sampler 2-4-11

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Mountaintop mining, Volt vs. Leaf, vintage babes in nature, and more.

Electric Avenue: The race for electric car dominance is underway, and GM is emerging as the early front-runner. According to CNN Money, since production began last November, U.S. sales of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid are three times that of the all-electric Nissan Leaf. On the strength of those numbers, GM is planning to roll out the Volt to all 50 states by the end of the year. Material......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

Whoa, this spire is almost too sick for words. With a futuristic Lord of the Rings look, the Hydra Skyscraper just took an honorable mention award in the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition. The spire has an exoskeleton made from graphene, which Inhabitat calls a "carbon super-material that is 200 times stronger than steel and highly conductive to heat and electricity." The concept super-tower has......read more

The Future of Flying

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SUGAR Volt aircraft concept from Boeing burns 70% less fuel.

Inhabitat reports that Boeing has released its SUGAR Volt commercial airplane concept, and the aircraft is something to behold. Relying on an electric battery gas turbine hybrid propulsion system, the SUGAR Volt reduces overall fuel usage by up to 70%. This technology not only makes the aircraft much more effecient, but also shortens the takeoff of the flight and drastically reduces noise......read more

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