For Most States in US, Hybrids Better Choice than EV

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Which is better for the environment, an electric car or a hybrid? The answer to that is a lot more complex than it may seem, but the simple answer is that it depends on the state where you live. A new report from Climate Central, A Roadmap to Climate Friendly Cars, states that: “An electric car is only as good for the climate as the electricity used to power it. And in states that rely heavily on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas for their electricity there are many conventional and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that are better for… read more

2014 Chevy Volt is $5000 Cheaper

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One of the big stumbling blocks for many people who might be inclined to buy an electric vehicle is the price tag, but a recent move by Chevy may put more of their Volts in the hands of the public. According to GM, customers can get a discount on the 2014 Volt models, which would reduce the base price of the vehicles down to $35,000. With additional government rebates, that price could drop to as low as $27,500, which is much more affordable than the original $40,000 price. “We have made great strides in reducing costs as we gain experience… read more

Build Your Own Electric Airplane Kit: $40K

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If you’ve ever wanted to build your own electric airplane, you’re in luck, because GreenWing International is offering their eSpyder in the US for just a touch under $40K. This experimental amateur-built kit features a quiet, clean, electric propulsion system putting out 32 hp to its single prop. “The Yuneec PowerDrive 24 propulsion system uses the best technologies to create an integrated system of: Motor, Motor Controller, Battery, and Charger to optimize performance, making electric flying simple and fun. The 24KW (32hp) powerplant quietly propels the plane while the Motor Controller efficiently delivers power from the battery. The eSpyder uses… read more

2014 Ford F150 Can Run on CNG

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Ford’s iconic pickup truck, the F-150, will come with an alternative fuel option for 2014, with the 3.7l V6 being capable of running on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquified petroleum gas (LPG). The gaseous-fuel prep package available for the 2014 model includes hardened valves and valve seats, as well as hardened pistons and rings, in order to switch between operating on gasoline or on natural gas. According to Ford, once the CNG/LPG package is installed, the F-150 can cover over 750 miles per tank (depending on tank size), with an average fuel efficiency of 23 MPG (highway). “Businesses and… read more

Redifining the E-Bike

Redifining the E-bike

PG Bikes, the German-based company, have redefined the electric bike.┬áIn their words: They should be faster, more exlcusive, better. While we wait for the 2013 models to be released, the two latest designs by PG Bikes, the BlackBlock 2 and BlackTrail 2, defiantly class themselves as the most exclusive and most expensive e-Bikes around. The BlackBlock 2, known as The Cruiser for its modern classic take on a traditional bicycle, combines lifestyle and riding with mobility and reliability. Now available as an all-wheel-drive model with 2 specially designed motors, it can be controlled by a Smartphone app. The new model,… read more

Inside The Tesla Factory

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Tesla Motors, the company behind the award-winning ‘Tesla Model S‘ electric car, gave a behind-the-scenes exclusive to Wired magazine a few weeks ago. They displayed their latest robotic assembly line, and discussed how car companies will soon adopt their efficient construction model. Below is a video showing us how the company manufactures their eco-friendly cars. It’s revolutionary, to be sure. Have a thought? Share it in the comments below.

YBIKE Evolve is a 3-in-1 Kids Bike Combo

YBIKE Evolve is a 3-in-1 Kids Bike Combo

Perhaps the greenest and most efficient mode of transportation we’ve come up with yet isn’t something new and high-tech, but rather the humble bicycle, and a new version of a kids starter bike can help get your young ones up and rolling in no time. The YBIKE Evolve is a 3-in-1 pedal trike and balance bike combo that can evolve along with the child’s ability, giving them an early headstart in cycling. For the youngest, the YBIKE can be pedaled as a tricycle, giving them the ability to be self-powered across the floor or down the sidewalk. Once they’re a… read more

BMW Releases First Mass-Production Electric Car

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The mass-production electric car market is about to get more competitive, thanks to the launch of the 2014 BMW i3 this week. The i3, which is expected to retail for a base price of $41,350 (before incentives) when it is released in the US in Q2 of 2014, offers a driving range of up to 100 miles on its 170 hp electric motor, with a 3 hour charge time (for 220V 32A charges). Featuring a 22 kWh Li-Ion battery and the option for a gas-powered range extender (for charging, not locomotion), the i3 could be a serious contender for the… read more

Inventing an Accessible Electric Car

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  Electricity was the first energy source to power automobiles in America, proceeding steam-power and gasoline. Even after the implementation of combustion engines, affinity for electric carriages remained high for several years as they were favored for their lack of noise and pollution.   So why the switch to fossil fuels? Convenience certainly comprises a large part of the equation, as car models with combustion engines began to cost less than their electrically-charged competitors, particularly around the time Ford began to mass produce them. Prices then varied from 500-1,000 USD for a car that ran on gasoline, compared to 1,000-plus… read more

Quick Tips To Green Up Your Car

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Seeing cars spew pollution from their tailpipes is a sad sight. It’s even worse if you know that awful polluted smell is coming from your vehicle. Take a look at these simple, quick solutions to make your car more eco-friendly on the road. Get A Tune-Up Making sure you’re keeping constant maintenance of your engine goes a long way towards reducing the levels of pollution your car puts out. It can also increase your mileage, and keep your car running longer and healthier. Remove Your Roof Rack If you’re not using it, then why keep it on there? Roof racks… read more