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Self-driving cars might be "a coming congestion disaster" Treehugger Nov 26, 2015

Some think that they will lead to fewer cars on the road; Jarrett Walker thinks they will totally clog them up.

Tianjin, China's 4th largest city, will get 1,000 EV fleet for car-sharing

Tianjin, China's 4th largest city, will get 1,000 EV fleet for car-sharing Treehugger Nov 27, 2015

A city of over 15 million people that most people in the Western hemisphere probably have never heard about...

Tesla is voluntarily recalling every Model S on the road

Tesla is voluntarily recalling every Model S on the road Inhabitat Nov 23, 2015

Tesla is voluntarily recalling every single Model S on the road after one seat belt came apart.  No one was hurt in the original incident and Tesla hasn't been able to replicate the problem in any of the 3,000 cars in their possession that haven't yet hit the road. According to the company, the cost of the move isn't important, just the safety of their customers. Unlike some companies we won't mention, who wait until a problem becomes massive, or they are forced to issue a recall,...

BMW and eVgo are adding 500 fast-charging stations in US, free-to-use for BMW i3 owners

BMW and eVgo are adding 500 fast-charging stations in US, free-to-use for BMW i3 owners Treehugger Nov 23, 2015

Fast-charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is growing up.

Porsche confirms plans for a 911 Hybrid, but an all-electric 911 isn’t in the cards

Porsche confirms plans for a 911 Hybrid, but an all-electric 911 isn’t in the cards Inhabitat Nov 24, 2015

In the not too distant future almost every automaker is going to electrify their lineups with plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, but what does that mean for the future of iconic cars, like the Porsche 911? Porsche recently previewed a future fully-electric car with the Mission E concept and now Porsche has confirmed that it is working on a hybrid electric powertrain for the 911. Porsche already offers hybrid versions of the Cayenne and Panamera models, but this is the first time that...

Tesla doing safety checks at Superchargers, provides instructions for self-check

Tesla doing safety checks at Superchargers, provides instructions for self-check Treehugger Nov 23, 2015

So far only one Model S has had an issue with the seatbelt assembly, but safety first: If you have a Tesla, make sure to get it checked.

Tesla voluntarily recalls its whole fleet to check for potential seat belt defect

Tesla voluntarily recalls its whole fleet to check for potential seat belt defect Treehugger Nov 20, 2015

You can never be too careful.

Manuel Roseel’s zany new furniture doubles as a bike rack Inhabitat Nov 25, 2015

Roseel's furniture line is a great alternative to regular wall-mounted racks, yet doesn't display the vehicle on the wall, nor it rests it on the floor. Each furniture piece has a groove to slot the bike in, allowing users to simultaneously display books, shoes, and other items on the shelves. These wonderful designs make your beloved bike part of the decoration, keeping it always on display, accessible and safe. Related: FlipCrown lets you flat-pack your bike for easy storage Without the bike,...

The 2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is faster, more powerful, and more efficient than its non-hybrid counterpart

The 2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is faster, more powerful, and more efficient than its non-hybrid counterpart Inhabitat Nov 20, 2015

Think hybrid cars compromise on performance? Think again - Toyota's new 2016 Rav4 Hybrid is better than its non-hybrid counterpart in every way. It's faster, more powerful, and it has the best fuel economy in its class. And here's the real kicker: the 2016 Rav4 Limited Hybrid only costs $700 more than the non-hybrid model. The new 2016 Rav4 Hybrid is the eighth hybrid in Toyota's lineup, and it's one of the first compact SUVs to sport an electrified powertrain. It pairs a 154 horsepower...

Storing bikes? The Pushbike Arc lets anyone pack'em, stack'em and rack'em

Storing bikes? The Pushbike Arc lets anyone pack'em, stack'em and rack'em Treehugger Nov 20, 2015

This Australian design takes the work out of parking bikes.

Kia Niro hybrid crossover teased ahead of its debut next year

Kia Niro hybrid crossover teased ahead of its debut next year Inhabitat Nov 19, 2015

Currently Kia's lineup of green vehicles consists of the Soul electric vehicle and the Optima hybrid, but Kia is getting ready to expand that list with a new dedicated hybrid called the Niro. Kia has released a batch of teaser photos of its new Niro crossover hybrid, which will be Kia's first model that has been designed from the ground up to be a hybrid. The Niro hybrid crossover will be about the same size as the Kia Sportage compact crossover, but under the hood the Niro will be powered...

2016 Chevy Volt wins ‘Green Car of the Year’ at the Los Angeles Auto Show

2016 Chevy Volt wins ‘Green Car of the Year’ at the Los Angeles Auto Show Inhabitat Nov 19, 2015

Each year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Green Car Journal announces the winner of its coveted Green Car of the Year award and this year the recipient is the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt. The finalists included the Audi A3 e-tron, Chevy Volt, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Prius. Green Car Journal has been honoring the most important "green" vehicles each year since 2005 and according to the publication, the number of vehicle models consider has been increasing each year. The 2016 Chevy Volt...

'World's lightest' carbon fiber folding bike weighs 14 lbs. (Video)

'World's lightest' carbon fiber folding bike weighs 14 lbs. (Video) Treehugger Nov 19, 2015

The designers of this bright folding bike say it's the lightest folding bike on the market, and has some smart design features too.

The 2016 Toyota Prius injects new life into the world’s most popular hybrid car

The 2016 Toyota Prius injects new life into the world’s most popular hybrid car Inhabitat Nov 18, 2015

+ Toyota Prius Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat

Google asked artists to doodle on their self-driving cars to give them a friendlier look Inhabitat Nov 18, 2015

Think a self-driving car will be spooky and Christine-like? Google says “no way.” In fact, Google is bringing the art of the doodle to its new, self-driving cars as part of their “Paint the Town” project. Cheery and bright, these new “doodles” are the result of a recent art contest and will adorn the door panels of Google’s self-driving cars. Last June, Google put the call out to California artists to come up with drawings that fit the theme, “my community, my neighbors.” While...

Inhabitat test drives the 2016 Honda Civic with its hybrid-like fuel economy Inhabitat Nov 17, 2015

Just a few years ago if you wanted a fuel efficient vehicle, you had to make some performance sacrifices with a downsized engine or hybrid powertrain. Models, like the Toyota Prius made waves when gas prices skyrocketed by getting anywhere from 45 mpg to 55 mpg. At that time it seemed that the gasoline combustion engine’s days were numbered, but fast forward to today and several new technologies are making it possible to get great gas mileage without the need for an electric motor, lithium-ion...

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2015 in New York City (video)

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2015 in New York City (video) Treehugger Nov 18, 2015

If we work together we can change things and prevent countless tragedies.

UCS Study: Electric cars 50% greener than gas

UCS Study: Electric cars 50% greener than gas Treehugger Nov 17, 2015

And they'll just keep getting better as our grid improves.

Cycle tracks in the sky will abound in Copenhagen

Cycle tracks in the sky will abound in Copenhagen Treehugger Nov 16, 2015

Even H. G. Wells wouldn't have predicted this.

Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle to hit the streets of California next year Inhabitat Nov 17, 2015

The age of the hydrogen car is upon us. Honda just unveiled its Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle for the first time in the United States - and it's set to hit the streets of California in xxxx. This zero-emissions vehicle can drive for 434 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, and it can also power your house for seven days in a row. Hydrogen cars offer all of the benefits of plug-in electric vehicles - massive torque and zero emissions - with no charging time. Instead of packing a huge battery,...

Gogoro’s battery-swapping Smartscooters are coming to Europe next year

Gogoro’s battery-swapping Smartscooters are coming to Europe next year Inhabitat Nov 17, 2015

It's been a whirlwind year for Gogoro - since launching in January the company has rolled out a battery-swapping network in Taipei, sold 2,000 electric Smartscooters, and it recently raised $130 million in additional funding. But Gogoro's next move could be its biggest yet: the company just announced plans to bring its all-electric scooters and energy network to Europe next year, starting with Amsterdam. I chatted with Gogoro CEO Horace Luke about what 2016 holds for the company's future - find out...

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale with better efficiency and electric range than expected

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale with better efficiency and electric range than expected Treehugger Nov 16, 2015

It just went on sale in select markets around the United States.

BMW unveils an 'experimental' electric Motorcycle called the eRR

BMW unveils an 'experimental' electric Motorcycle called the eRR Treehugger Nov 13, 2015

James Bond's next ride?

Faraday Future will build a $1B factory to produce the next Tesla rival

Faraday Future will build a $1B factory to produce the next Tesla rival Inhabitat Nov 16, 2015

Here at Inhabitat, it’s no secret that we love all things Tesla. What you might not realize is how excited we get over the prospect of a viable competitor rising up to challenge the elite electric car maker. It’s not because we want to see Tesla overtaken, but rather because we know competition inspires innovation, and we’re dying to know what will happen when Elon Musk’s crew feels the heat. That day could be on the horizon, as we’ve learned that the mysterious Faraday Future is on the...

The world’s longest bike stretches an astonishing 117-feet Inhabitat Nov 16, 2015

Getting where you need to go might be easier on this bike -- but only if you don’t need to make any turns in order to get there. The new winner of Guinness’ longest bike entry stretches longer than even the world’s longest limo. At 117-feet, five-inches long, this bike still only needs two wheels to get going. Well, two wheels, and two riders - one to pedal from the back and one to steer in front. Mijil Van Mares Werkploeg, a cycling organization in the Netherlands, took on the challenge of...

Inhabitat takes Audi’s first plug-in hybrid, the 2016 Audi A3 e-tron, for a test drive Inhabitat Nov 12, 2015

Audi intends to electrify most of its lineup in the coming years and is even planning an all electric model to rival Tesla. The first of these electrified models, the 2016 A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid is going on sale this fall with an electric driving range around 17 miles and a total driving range around 400 miles. Audi sees the A3 e-tron has the perfect starter electric car for those individuals that want an electric car, but need a longer driving range than many of today’s electric cars can offer....

Otocycles’ wicked cool new RaceR electric bike travels up to 15 MPH Inhabitat Nov 11, 2015

We’ve reported on Otocycles’ designs before, when Otocycles launched its previous models. The OtoR and OtoK bikes were made for urban travel—a step up from a bicycle but not quite a motorcycle. The new offering, the RaceR bike, takes all the best things about the previous models and turns them up a notch. The latest version features a bigger front light for better visibility at night and an adjustable saddle for added comfort. Related: Otocycles combines vintage style with green transportation Otocycles...