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59,000 plug-in cars sold in China last month

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    Hybrid Vehicle Survey from London School of Economics

    August 18, 12:34 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Here is a very short survey (9 questions, it literally takes 2 minutes) about hybrid vehicles by Anne Brooks of the London School of Economics. "Note that this survey is for academic purposes only and your survey responses are confidential. The survey

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    Solar-Powered Toyota Prius Project

    August 17, 2:40 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Green Car Congress writes about a very cool project by Canadian engineer Steve Lapp who modified his 2001 Prius by installing solar panels on the roof. It is admitted that the car is still a rough prototype, but so far the fuel economy improvement are of

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    The Canadian Driver Fuel Economy Challenge

    August 16, 12:00 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    We're a bit ambivalent about this Canadian Driver experiment: On one hand, they burned 500 liters of gasoline on some kind of sponsored joy-ride, but on the other, there's nothing like real-world results to get the average person to pay attention. The

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    Prototype of Eco-Friendly Toyota Dealership in Texas

    August 13, 12:22 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    McKinney, North Texas, will be the location of the first "green" Toyota dealership. The company is working with a private dealer and architects to plan the store and it seems like they want to do it right. "From solar panels to milk-based paint to

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    Venom Bike Line By Specialized

    August 12, 1:10 PM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    An innovation on one of the most efficient vehicles around, or high-tech design nonsense? You be the judge! (Update: As a number of astute readers picked up, this is indeed an April fools hoax. But you can't blame us for being optimistic. Hey

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    Grist Chats With Hybrid Taxi Driver

    August 12, 11:12 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    We've written about hybrid taxis a few times (see this and this) and obviously we think they're a good idea. Of course, before any large-scale use (like in NYC, for example), a few logistic details need to be worked out, but no problem seems impossible

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    Recycler: Make Your Move -- With A Bike Trailer

    August 12, 2:07 AM by TreeHugger in Cars

    Here in the northern hemisphere, summer is in full swing. And that means barbecue, trips to the park, long bike rides, and ... moving tons of junk. It's true; For some reason, summer is synonymous with moving into new apartments, filling in some empty

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    Minimobil - We're Slow, But It Goes 56mph.

    August 12, 1:44 AM by Warren McLaren in Cars

    It's probably my fault. I fess up. A week might be a long time in politics, but a month in blogworld, well, that's forever. Seems I've been sitting on this media release since 11 July 05, which has made us about the last on the planet to cover the

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    Team Achieves 110 MPG Average In Prius

    August 11, 1:32 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Dan Kroushl, Wayne Gerdes, Rick Reece and Bob Barlow drove 47 hours and 1,397 miles on 12.87 gallons of gasoline in an unmodified Toyota Prius. How did they do it? Carefully, of course. The 4 men alternatively drove the car in 4-hour shifts on a 15-mile

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    Software Presets In Future Hybrids

    August 4, 2:55 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    There has been a certain amount of controversy lately on how hybrid technology should be used. Ever since the 255-HP Honda Accord hybrid came out, some people have been asking for more "muscle hybrids" and it seems that Lexus is headed in that direction.

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    ENV Fuel Cell Motorbike

    August 3, 5:01 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    To balance out our last post where we were a bit pessimistic about fuel cells, here is an update on the ENV fuel cell motorbike (ENV stands for Energy Neutral Vehicle, pronounced "envy") by Intelligent Energy from the UK. We wrote about it a few months

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    Avanti Electra Electric Bike

    July 31, 12:53 AM by Warren McLaren in Cars

    "Once more into the breach". Seeing the discussion our post on DIY electric bicycle kits stimulated, thought this number from Avanti might keep the dialogue progressing. According to the blurb, its motor will power you for 40km [25miles] at speeds of

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    Hyundai & Kia To Bring Hybrids To US Next Year

    July 29, 8:15 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Hyundai was not expected to bring hybrid vehicles to the US until after 2007, but the schedule for their introduction to North-America was moved up. Korean hybrids should be available late in 2006. The expected models are redesigned versions of the

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    Burley Bike Trailers

    July 29, 1:38 AM by Warren McLaren in Cars

    A wee while since we’ve had a bicycle trailer here, (such as the Evolution) so let’s fill that void with Burley. An very apt ‘beefy’ brand name, just right for their Nomad model (pictured), which they reckon will cope with a whopping load of 100 lbs (45

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    Toyota and Honda to Market Hybrids More

    July 28, 8:27 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Until now, Toyota and Honda have been fairly low key about their hybrids. That can partially be explained by the relatively tight supply (no need to advertise something if you can't make enough of it), but they probably also just wanted to wait until the

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    UK Researchers Find Process for Stronger Plastic

    July 26, 7:10 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    The laws of physics being what they are, it takes more energy to move something heavy than something light. That's the first reason why this new process to maker stronger plastics discovered by a British consortium is interesting. It would allow to make

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    Chinese Fuel Economy Laws

    July 25, 7:18 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Lately, the economy of China has been growing at a rate usually reserved for credit card debt. Their energy consumption has also been going through the roof, and since oil is getting more expensive and harder to find all the time, the Chinese have

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    Mercedes Benz goes Bananas

    July 25, 7:17 AM by Lloyd Alter in Cars

    Daimler Chrysler has used a few natural fabrics and fibres in its Benz’s before but now is using them in structural parts- a cover for the spare tire in the three-door A class. They are mixing abaca banana fibres with polypropylene for their first


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