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Tesla Model X Now Offers Synthetic Leather, For Vegan Appeal

Tesla Model X Now Offers Synthetic Leather, For Vegan Appeal

Tesla's electric cars have won a loyal following from customers, thanks to their zero-emission powertrains, performance, and copious technology. But there's a subset of Tesla customers who weren't completely satisfied with the company's offerings. Vegan buyers have taken issue with Tesla's use of... read more

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2012 Renault Fluence ZE electric car, powered by Better Place in Israel [photo: Brian of London]

Electric Car Life-Cycle Analysis: Renault Fluence ZE Vs Diesel, Gas Models

The environmental impact of plug-in electric cars is a source for much debate these days. They use less energy on a wells-to-wheels carbon basis than the vast majority of new... read more October 3, 2014 by


 
2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014

BMW Says It Will Triple Production Of Carbon Fiber For Electric Cars

Carbon fiber is still a fairly exotic material in the automotive industry, but it is likely to become more common--and perhaps faster than expected. BMW said last Friday that... read more May 14, 2014 by


 
2016 Jaguar XE aluminum construction

Aluminum Vehicles Save More Energy Than It Takes To Build Them

So, you've done the right thing: You've decided your next car will be considerably more fuel-efficient than the one you drive now. That's great news. But, have you considered... read more April 10, 2014 by


 
2011 Nissan Leaf in IIHS crash test

Nissan R&D Chief: Carbon Fiber Is Good For Planes, Not Cars

Nissan has put a lot of investment into the battery and all-electric powertrain technology in its all-electric Leaf. Yet outside of that, the Leaf is a pretty ordinary small... read more November 27, 2013 by


 
2015 Audi A8 / S8  -  2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

Lighter Composite Wheels Cut Weight Of New 2015 Audi A8

Can plastic wheels improve fuel efficiency? Soon, drivers of the new 2015 Audi A8 will have a chance to find out. The refreshed version of Audi's flagship sedan will be... read more September 24, 2013 by


 
2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011

Green Sound Insulation Inside Doors Quiets 2013 Ford Escape

Ask about green cars and most buyers think only of gas mileage. But there are other ways to make vehicles greener, including the use of renewable materials to replace... read more January 26, 2012 by 1


 
Chevrolet Volt battery cover planter

Researchers Turn To Plants And Animals To Fuel Sustainable Car Development

Edible car contests are a fixture at college campuses and grade school science classes, where whacky fun combines with an exercise in engineering and imagination, but it... read more July 26, 2011 by 0


 
2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - Bill Ford Jr.

Ford: Era Of EVs Calls For Closer Eye On Conflict Minerals

Increasingly, in production electric vehicles such as the 2012 Ford Focus Electric and 2011 Nissan Leaf, automakers are turning to recycled and repurposed materials. But the... read more January 11, 2011 by 2


 
2010 Ford Flex

Green Materials For Ford Flex: Renewable Canadian Wheat Straw

The overall carbon footprint of a vehicle is more than 90 percent composed of the fuel used to move it around, but manufacturing plays a role too. Many automakers are quietly... read more September 13, 2010 by 1


 
TOTI bamboo ECO taxis in Tabontabon, Philippines

Biodiesel Bamboo Cabs: Philippines Town Turns Taxis Green

It's not a particularly new story, these days, but hey, it's also Friday. So we thought we'd revisit one of the more unusual attempts at green cars we've seen. This morning... read more March 19, 2010 by 2


 
GM Recycling

Your New Car Is Made Of Old Carpet, Milk Jugs, and Ripped Jeans

When you think of a brand-new, gleaming, 2010 model car rolling out of your driveway, what materials come to mind? Steel, chrome, soft-touch interior plastics, maybe even... read more October 19, 2009 by 5


 

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