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VW Golf GTE plug-in hybrid goes 31 miles on electricity alone

VW Golf GTE plug-in hybrid goes 31 miles on electricity alone

Volkswagen has officially unveiled the new plug-in hybrid Golf GTE compact car. The GTE has an all-electric driving range of 31 miles. The car is rated for combined fuel economy of 157 mpg in the European Driving Cycle. In addition to being green, the car should offer nice performance as well.

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Fisker asset auction over with Wanxiang American Crop as the highest bidder

Fisker asset auction over with Wanxiang American Crop as the highest bidder

Fisker was one of the auto manufacturers that received huge loans from the US federal government to create green vehicles. Things started going bad for Fisker last summer when it laid off a massive number of its workers and the federal government pulled the firms remaining loan funds leaving the company unable to operate. In November of last year, Fisker entered bankruptcy.

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Ivanpah solar facility scorching birds with 1000-degree heat

Ivanpah solar facility scorching birds with 1000-degree heat

Last week we mentioned that the Ivanpah solar facility had gone online in California and was now creating 392 megawatts of electricity. We also mentioned that while the facility had just gone live that it was already outdated and the firms behind the plant were already considering upgrades to the facility.

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392 megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Plant goes operational in California

392 megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Plant goes operational in California

A massive solar energy generation project has been underway in the California desert. The project was the building of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generation system that includes three different units generating a massive amount of electricity. Combined, the three units at the Ivanpah plant generate 392 megawatt of power.

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Soccket ball uses gyroscopic mechanism to generate power from soccer play

Soccket ball uses gyroscopic mechanism to generate power from soccer play

Way back in 2010 we first talked about a cool soccer ball that was designed to charge your devices using an internal generator. The ball is called Soccket. Fast-forward several years and that gadget charging soccer ball is now available to purchase. The Soccket is available to buy for $99.

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Nissan and FedEx e-NV200 green trial kicks off in Washington D.C.

Nissan and FedEx e-NV200 green trial kicks off in Washington D.C.

Nissan has announced that it is kicking off a special new collaborative test of its latest all-electric delivery van in cooperation with delivery service FedEx. The two firms will be working on the test of the new e-NV200 in Washington D.C. under real world operating conditions. The collaboration and test program were announced recently at the Washington Auto show.

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MIT improves solar panel performance using hot carbon nanotubes

MIT improves solar panel performance using hot carbon nanotubes

A lot of research is being carried out around the world using carbon nanotubes for various needs. Recently a group of researchers at MIT has been using hot carbon nanotubes to help improve the performance of solar panels. The more solar energy that solar panels can convert into usable electricity, the more useful they become as an alternative energy producer.

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Switch infinia LED light bulb available nationwide

Switch infinia LED light bulb available nationwide

LED light bulbs have been around for years now. These bulbs are made to look like a normal incandescent bulb, but use significantly more power efficient LED bulbs inside. The upside to LED bulbs is that they are cheaper to power than an incandescent and last a lot longer.

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Luxera SmartSwitch LED lighting kit includes bulbs and a dimmer control

Luxera SmartSwitch LED lighting kit includes bulbs and a dimmer control

If you are the sort that wants to be as green as possible, you might be looking at replacing your normal incandescent bulbs with LED alternatives. If you also happen to like using dimmers to control the intensity of the light in your room, you may be aware that normal dimmers don’t work well with LED bulbs. A company called Luxera has announced a new LED lighting kit for the home or office that has everything you need.

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IEC publishes first technical specification for universal notebook charger

IEC publishes first technical specification for universal notebook charger

The International Electrotechnical Commission or IEC has announced that it has published the first globally relevant technical specification for a universal notebook charger. The charger outlined in the new specifications would work for a wide range of notebook computers. That would mean when you buy a new notebook you could use the charger from your old machine rather than buying a new one.

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Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle revealed for driver-assist testing

Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle revealed for driver-assist testing

This week the folks at Ford have revealed a brand new Fusion Hybrid research vehicle, complete with intention on bringing the next generation of driver-assist technologies to the public. This vehicle wont be sold to the public, of course, instead acting as a test platform for Blind Spot Information System, lane-departure warning, active park assist, collision warning with brake support, and adaptive cruise control technologies. This release is an announcement that signs way for the future, with the year 2014 acting as the biggest release year ever for Ford.

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Powerslayer smart charger aims to eliminate wasted energy, hits Kickstarter goal

Powerslayer smart charger aims to eliminate wasted energy, hits Kickstarter goal

Devices that need charged on a regular basis, such as smartphones and tablets, are apt to be left plugged in for long periods of time, even if the battery itself has reached it full charge. Though charged, there is still an energy draw that is taking place, which results in wasted power, and, though not much on an individual scale, it adds up when multipled by millions of gadgets. That is where the Powerslayer comes in.

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