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Neil Young's Green LincVolt Hybrid Ignites a Not-So-Green Inferno

Two years ago, Neil Young embarked on an admirable mission to provide the world with green, environmentally friendly electric cars. With the help of "motorhead messiah" John Goodwin, Young converted his road hog Lincoln Continental into a biodiesel-fueled electric hybrid, which he dubbed the "LincVolt." The singer invested his own money (and produced his own music video to honor Goodwin), but the...

Revamped Double-Decker Bus Goes on View in London

Back in May, we learned that London's iconic, double-decker buses would be getting a green makeover, just in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics. On Thursday, city mayor Boris Johnson finally unveiled a life-size model of the new bus in all its red resplendence. Unveiled at the London Transport Museum, the new bus is modeled after the original Routemaster, and features an open platform and a max...

Meet the Urbee Hybrid, The World's First 3-D Printed Car

Hybrid cars usually feature snazzy, high-tech designs, but few can compare with the Urbee -- the first car to be manufactured entirely by 3-D printing. Developed by Kor Ecologic and Stratasys, the Urbee was created with an additive manufacturing process, whereby engineers add layers of printed material until finally arriving with a finished product -- in this case, a whole car. As Fast Company ex...

GE's Hybrid Lightbulb Is Instant-On

Your hybrid car should help reduce your carbon footprint, but what about all the energy you waste when you come home and turn on the lights? Apparently, GE's new hybrid lightbulb can help control your energy usage, without sacrificing your late-night lighting. As Engadget explains, GE's forthcoming product is essentially two lightbulbs in one. At first glance, it looks like any other compact f...

New Prius Gets a Sci-Fi Hum, Won't Fold Into a Briefcase

While hybrids like the Prius may be good for the environment, they have a serious design flaw. In electric-only mode, they're almost completely silent, which, if the world were loaded with battery-powered vehicles, would make being a pedestrian a little on the dangerous side. Some safety advocates have proposed that manufacturers equip hybrids with speakers that would play sounds to notify bystan...

Volkswagen to Launch Hybrid Beetle at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Next year, Volkswagen's most recognizable, dome-shaped classic will be getting a redesign. According to Autoblog Green, VW plans to debut a Beetle with a hybrid powertrain and a new exterior design at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The car's specs should be similar to the New Compact Coupe (NCC) that VW revealed last year. That vehicle carried a 1.4-liter TSI inline-four cylinder engine, a 20-kilo...

No Duh: LG's Solar Hybrid Air Conditioner Is a Good Thing

Kudos to LG Electronics for creating the Most Obvious Product That No One's Ever Made. With all these new-fangled concepts coming out for solar-powered cellphone chargers and drink coasters and what-have-you, it makes the most sense to craft an eco-friendly device that performs the best in high-sun seasons and whose traditional counterparts are electrical siphons of the worst sort. We present to ...

Jeff Mills' CD/Vinyl Crossbreed Blends the Old and Only Slightly Old

Has the digital zeitgeist blown the CD out of irrelevance and into the realm of retro art curio? We wrote just earlier this week about Tristan Perich's limited-edition chiptune array built into a CD jewel case, and now we've just stumbled upon this hybrid audio object by electronic musician Jeff Mills. Mills' new project 'The Occurrence' blends the truly antiquated with the relatively old-scho...

London's Iconic Double-Decker Bus Gets a Green Makeover

The bright red, double-decker Routemaster bus has long been an iconic symbol of the city of London, and Londoners were introduced to a new generation of green Routemasters this week that hopes to retain the original's distinct charms. Fast Company reports the original Routemaster was phased out of service in 2005, but London Mayor Boris Johnson pledged to bring in back. The sleekly redesigned ...

Electric Cars Could Feature 'Star Wars' Sound Effects to Warn Pedestrians, Wookies

To make the roads safer for all, electric cars might soon be equipped with unique sounds that would warn pedestrians of their presence. According to the Daily Mail, automotive regulators in Europe, the U.S. and Japan might require manufacturers to incorporate sounds -- from the roar of a muscle car engine to the buzz of a 'Star Wars' spacecraft -- into electric cars. This news comes on the heels o...

Design Concepts: The New Tricycle

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. What will our d...

Army and EnerDel Working on Hybrid Humvee

With the economy the way it is, and your unemployment check the way it is, we know it's hard to maintain your douche status and keep that Hummer gassed up. But fear not. According to CNET, battery manufacturer EnerDel just signed a $1.29 million contract with the U.S. Army to design a full-sized Humvee that runs, at least in part, on electricity. Back in August, Raser Technologies showed off a...

Lamborghini to Go Green With Hybrids by 2015

Responding to the decidedly 21st-century dilemma of "greening" the king of supercars, car manufacturer Lamborghini believes it has come up with an answer. Its newest vehicle will use a small electric motor when moving at slow speeds, but will allow the full power of its gas-guzzling engine to take hold on the open road. The move towards hybrid technology comes shortly after Lamborghini's recent...

Hybrid Owners Drive More and Get More Tickets, Study Shows

Quality Planning, an insurance consultant firm, recently concluded a two-year study on the driving habits of approximately 350,000 automobile owners. It investigated driving tendencies and maintenance costs to determine the unique risks involved with insuring hybrids. Apparently, hybrid owners are ticket-prone, rich, and into marathon-style distances. According to the survey, hybrid owners drive...

Cheap Ford Fusions E-Mail Just Another Spam Hoax

If you recently received an e-mail offer for $15,500 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid, you can just go ahead and move that to your spam folder. The automaker is the latest company to have its name used in an spam scam and has no intentions of giving you a deal this good. As AutoblogGreen reports, an e-mail from "Ford Motor Company" is making the rounds. The e-mail offers a deal on the popular model: "Due ...