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    Study: In city driving, hybrids really outshine the competition
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    OK, maybe this newsflash is an obvious one to longtime green-car observers, but the folks at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon found it worth publicizing that hybrids are a lot more useful to city drivers than highway hounds. Heavy-footed driving may reduce all-electric vehicle range by as much as ...

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    What's better than green cars? Some European cities say no cars
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    Americans drivers are abandoning their full-sized vehicles for compacts. Pure electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and plug-in, gas-powered cars like the Chevy Volt are becoming more readily available as 2012 approaches – and there are several new models getting ready to join them on ...

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    Quick Spin: Review: 2011 Think City
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    Bankruptcy Brings This EV's Range To Zero We're all passionate about saving the world, but the amount of enthusiasm we each have is different for everybody. What's your passion level? Let's turn the question into a sliding scale; on one end sits, say, BP, while on the other end, we find Ed ...

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    Think ranks EV-ready cities in the U.S., puts LA, San Francisco at top
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    Which U.S. city is most ready for an armada of electric vehicles? Los Angeles. Where's the next-best place? San Francisco. Following these two California cities in EV friendliness are a pair of northern cities you might not associate with EVs: Chicago and New York. What makes a city EV ready, as ...

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    City services hit hard by gas prices
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    Police vehicles, city buses, garbage trucks and the like all use fuel at an alarming rate. When gas prices are as high as they are they begin to put a serious damper on city budgets. In fact, out of 132 mayors surveyed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, ninety percent of them indicate that their ...

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    TH!NK could be put on sale in Australia
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    Th!nk UK managing director Richard Blundell said that their all-electric car could be put on sale in Australia without too much hassle. The reason? The Th!nk City, which Blundell pointed out is a real car and not a quadricycle (NEV), is designed to satisfy both EU and U. S. highway safety features ...

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    San Francisco Mayor plugs in 3 PHEVs, makes a "soft" order for 250 more
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    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made sure everyone knew the three converted plug-in hybrids that are now a part of the municipal fleet were PHEVs by plugging them in at a ceremony on Thursday. San Francisco's new PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) were converted by Pat's Garage with funding ...

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    Top 30 most walkable American cities
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    Brookings Institute did a field survey on the walkability of metropolitan areas and published a list ranking the best 30. Washington, where the Brookings Institute is based, came in first in the list that considered things like the number of walkable places and access to public transport. The top ...

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    In the future, everyone will live in parking lots
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    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Building_from_Minority_Report_is_being_made'; The science fiction movie the Minority Report imagines cars driving up vertical highways and parking on the side of high rise apartment buildings. Driveways just in front of your doorway are not uncommon in ...

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    Video: Car-free city coming 2009
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    The Masdar initiative. Carbon neutral, zero waste city. And car-free. That's the part that's important to us. The video says cycling and walking will be the most popular form of transport. Everything you need will be 200 meters (656 feet) away. This is illustrated by creepy red rings in the video. ...

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    Toyota in Joint Project to Commercialise Second-Generation Biodiesel Fuel
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    A joint project to commercialise bio-hydrofined diesel (BHD), a second generation biodiesel fuel, has been announced by partners the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Nippon Oil Corporation (ENEOS), Toyota Motor Corporation and Hino Motors, Ltd. The project was developed as part of the Tokyo ...

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    Trains to solve gas crisis?
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    Paul Weyrich, after commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Defense Interstate Highway System, points to one possible solution to the current high gas prices: rail travel. Before the Interstate, major long-distance travel was done by railcar. The railroads crisscrossed the nation, ...

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