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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

Cars to Receive Environmental Grades

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Showroom stickers would rank cars based on fuel economy and emissions.

Under a proposal from the EPA and Transportation Department, cars could get environmental grades visible to consumers on showroom floors starting in 2012. The grades will account for the vehicles' overall fuel economy as well as its level of greenhouse gas emissions. According to the plan, the average vehicle would receive a B-. On the high-scoring end would be electric vehicles (A+) and......read more

The Electric Car Race

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Thomas Friedman on why the US needs to step up its EV game.

The government of China continues to make bold moves to move the country off of oil, announcing $15 billion in seed money for its electric car industry. Meanwhile, the US is mired in an intractable, expensive conflict in Afghanistan. If it's all about picking your battles, then the future is bleak for US industrial growth. In the newly-redesigned Opinion Pages of Sunday's New York......read more

How Green are Electric Cars?

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According to a new study, that depends on where you live

In news that will surprise no one who's considered the issue for more than three seconds, a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists found that electric cars are only as green as the power plants that fuel them. In regions where the electric grid is supplied by cleaner energy sources, such as natural gas, or renewable sources, like wind or solar, driving an electric vehicle produces......read more

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