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The Bright IDEA

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GM-financed auto start-up aims to engineer a hybrid electric cargo van.

Over at NG Daily News, we learned about Indiana start-up company Bright Automotive and its plug-in hybrid cargo van, the IDEA, which goes 38 miles in pure electric mode before switching to hybrid mode with an impressive fuel economy of 36-38 mpg. Designed for the American market, the IDEA is large in size but more efficient than typical trucks and cargo vehicles in this country. Using......read more

Incredible Industrial Photography by Michael Wells

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Stark photo collection documents the world of goods.

You may or may not remember LA photographer Michael Wells from his Scorched Earth series which we featured back in SHFT's early days. Either way, here's another batch of juicy Wells photos, this time focusing on industrial subjects. For Bulk Landscapes, Wells trains his camera on spaces where goods are produced, stored, and shipped, providing some compelling commentary on the economy and its......read more

Prospective Mobility

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Is this the future of urban transportation?

Battery-powered semi trucks? Trains that pick up cars full of passengers without stopping? Personal mobility capsules that attach to planes, trains, and boats? Sound a little far-fetched? Well it may be less sci-fi than you think, according to this video commissioned by Alstom. The animated clip, produced by Paris-based studio Le 7e bureau, envisions a prospective transportation future......read more

The T25 City Car

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Former Formula One engineer unveils superlight eco car.

Having been responsible for designing some of the most successful cars in Formula 1 history — including the iconic McLaren F1 supercar — Gordon Murray knows a thing or two about creating high performance vehicles. Of late, the British auto maestro has turned his considerable talents to designing a practical vehicle that is a great deal cheaper to own and run. His first creation, the T.25......read more

GE WattStation by fuseproject

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Smart EV charger from Yves Behar could start lining city streets as soon as next year.

We've been following green design guru Yves Behar since SHFT's inception, and this GE WattStation may be his most paradigm-shifting creation yet. The man behind fuseproject collaborated with GE Ecomagination to design an EV charger for both public and private spaces, with the stated goal of helping "accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles." The......read more

London Takes Bike Sharing for a Ride

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First UK cycle share scheme to launch next week.

Six thousand matching bikes are about to become a part of the London streetscape, and the designers and operators hope that they're there for good. The bikes will be located at 400 docking stations around the city, and will be free for the first 30 minutes, or one pound a day and 45 pounds a year. The Mayor of London is hoping the bike sharing program in addition to two new cycle......read more

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

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

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

SoBi Bike-Sharing System

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Stripped-down "social bicycle system" takes a minimal approach to urban bike share.

The good people at GOOD tip us to SoBi, an emerging model of bike-sharing set for test launch in New York City this fall. The "social bicycle system" takes a minimal approach to the idea of public bike share. Instead of custom bikes and an elaborate network of docking stations, SoBi uses a single, mulitfunctional gadget that fastens to the back of any bike and operates as a lock, GPS......read more

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