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Eco-friendly is conservative turn-off research suggests

Eco-friendly is conservative turn-off research suggests

The political controversy around climate change is so divisive, conservatives are statistically less likely to buy light bulbs marked environmentally friendly compared to functionally-identical but differently branded alternatives, surprise new research suggests. Described as showing "the negative consequences of environmental messaging" according to lead study author Dena Gromet of the University of Pennsylvania, the research indicates a "good for the environment" sticker might not be the marketing gold some companies and retailers believe it to be.

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Toyota ME.WE concept clads EV in chunky plastic

Toyota ME.WE concept clads EV in chunky plastic

Toyota has revealed a new EV concept that prioritizes flexibility, eco-concern, and easy damage repair, the ME.WE, cladding a simple aluminum sub-frame with easily interchanged polypropylene body panels. The electric car concept, designed in association with French firm Jean-Marie Massaud, can flip instantly between two- or four-wheel drive, thanks to an individual motor in each wheel, while the doors, bonnet, bumpers, wings, and other components can be switched out to suit different use-cases or to swiftly repair damage.

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Six electric taxis hit the streets of New York

Six electric taxis hit the streets of New York

Nissan and New York have conspired together to bring 6 new electric taxis to the city today. The Nissan Leaf is the model for these taxis and it's repainted to look right for the job. Nissan and New York worked together to launch these new electric taxis today in celebration of Earth Day. These taxis will test out the waters of New York to see if electric cars are equipped to take on the taxi world.

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Audi takes lead in LED headlight fuel efficiency drive

Audi takes lead in LED headlight fuel efficiency drive

Audi has become the first car manufacturer to have its LED headlights validated as contributing to fuel-economy, with the bulb alternatives shaving off over a gram of CO2 emissions per mile. The LED lights - which Audi uses on five models in its range, from the cheapest A3, through to the R8 coupe - were run through the EU Commission's dynamometer and found to trim CO2 output by 1.61g/mile, as well as using less power than halogen lights.

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Tesla cuts cheapest Model S as buyers opt for range instead

Tesla cuts cheapest Model S as buyers opt for range instead

Tesla has scrapped plans for a small battery version of its Model S all-electric car, claiming tiny driver interest makes the 40 kWh variant uneconomical for production. Only 4-percent of Model S buyers opted for the cheaper Model S, which started at $52,400, Tesla said in a statement today, along with the revelation that stronger than expected deliveries means the firm will make a full profit in Q1 2013. Those who went for the cheapest Model S rung will still get a car, though, borrowing the 60 kWh power pack from the $62,400 version, albeit with a software cap on range.

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV Review

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Review

Electric cars generally settle into one of two camps: the outlandish, like Renault's Twizy, or the discrete, like Nissan's Note. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, however, straddles both. Its "space jelly-bean" looks are certainly eye-catching, but they're also borrowed wholesale from the regular gas-powered version available in Japan and Europe, rather than an EV flourish for its own sake. The i-MiEV is also one of the US' cheapest EVs, though with prices starting at $21,625 (after tax incentives) it still commands a premium over more traditionally fuelled cars. Can the i-MiEV's frugal charms win us over? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Renault Twizy: We drive the bonkers moon-buggy EV

Renault Twizy: We drive the bonkers moon-buggy EV

This ain't your daddy's Tesla. In fact, the Renault Twizy is arguably the antithesis of the Model S: eye-catching where the Tesla is discrete; cheap where the electric sedan is expensive. Intended for city driving and the sort of short trips where nippy and straightforward are the key factors, the Twizy also manages to be a whole lot of fun, albeit with a couple of caveats (and preferably a pair of gloves). We raised our eco-cred with a Twizy blast around the urban jungle.

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Tesla tears down NYT Model S review with car’s own logs

Tesla tears down NYT Model S review with car’s own logs

Tesla has torn into the New York Times review of its Model S electric car, using systems logs showing charge and recharge status, driving style, cabin settings and more to undermine claims the EV is unreliable. In a detailed run-down of the stats gathered by the Model S' onboard computer - something Tesla says it always does "carefully" on media drives, after UK car show Top Gear made similar reliability claims about a previous model, in a case which ended up in the courtroom - Tesla CEO Elon Musk argues that NYT reviewer John Broder was prejudiced against electric cars from the start, and did as much as possible to portray the Model S as unfit for the road.

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Cadillac takes ELR electric coupe to play in the snow

Cadillac takes ELR electric coupe to play in the snow

We knew Cadillac's ELR electric coupé looked good parked-up, but GM's winter testing shows the luxury eco-vehicle is just as at home on the snow as it is on the drive. Announced last month at the Detroit Auto Show, the ELR has been laying down tracks across Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where it can take advantage of tough driving conditions to see how safe, reliable, and satisfying it is behind the wheel.

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