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Recycle, Reduce, Reuse — Driving Clean & Living Green

Reduce, reuse, and recycle: three steps to a cleaner and greener world

Guest post by Brad Long Three years ago, Americans tossed out 250 million tons of trash. One third of it was composted and recycled and the rest was left to rot in landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Drastic changes need to be made and habits need to be broken for this problem to be solved, but as one person you can only do so much. Part of living a sustainable and green lifestyle is knowing what you can do and doing it. Here are five ways to incorporate planet-saving activities into your life: Green Gardening Growing a garden keeps you from having to pay extra for organic products at the grocery store. Plus, it’s fun. Avoid using chemicals …

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Who Killed the Electric Car… Again?

Toyota postpones their plans to develop and electric car

Guest post by B. Jerew It seem like Toyota might have done their best, but finally decided that electric vehicle [EV] technology was going to have to wait. Toyota is already known for their highly efficient vehicles, starting back in the 1970s with the Corona in the US, and the demand for more efficient vehicles, spurred by the 1974 OPEC Oil Embargo, has continued to climb ever since. Today, with the price of gasoline nearing $4 per gallon, fuel-efficient vehicles are the norm, while consumers demand better performance at the same time. Automakers have met that need and today’s vehicles are some of the best performing and most efficient in history. In the 1990s, Toyota was among the first to …

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Top 7 Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

The Volkswagen E-Buster concept car is among the top electric and hybrid vehicles

Guest Post by Kristy Kravitsky Believe it or not, electric and hybrid vehicles are popping up left and right- and consumers are loving them. If you can get style, affordability, and spend less money on gas, why not? And guess what else- they help to save the environment. We’re sold! You don’t need a car owners manual to realize that times are changing; people are becoming more aware of how their actions affect the Earth and they’re learning how to modify them. Electric and hybrid vehicles are more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, provide various performance benefits, and reduce overall energy dependence. Plus, they’re not too hard on the eyes either. Time to sell your absurdly large Hummer; environmental ignorance is such a bad …

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National Clean Energy Summit – Live Streaming

Watch live streaming video from nationalcleanenergysummit at livestream.com

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Ford Brings More EVs to Market

Ford's EV utility vehicle

Electric vehicles become more mainstream There’s more than just the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt as all-electric options for your next car.  Ford, one of my favorite auto makers (because they didn’t take government bail-out money), is planning to triple it’s electric vehicle production going into 2013. Offering more options translates to better deals for consumers.  Ford will begin rolling out more than 100,000 units in 2013, more than tripling it’s current output.  More models are coming too.  Ford plans to sell the Focus Electric, an all-electric version of it’s popular compact car.  It will also produce the Transit Connect Electric Van, a great option for small businesses that previously had no super-clean options.  Thirdly, it will offer a C-Max …

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GM Plants Go Solar

GM begins conversion of some of their plants to solar power

GM Announced it would be placing a 516 Kilowatt solar array on it’s property in Detroit.  This move will save GM approximately $15,000 annually in electricity costs.  The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is responsible for the production of the Chevy Volt, the second greenest car out there.  The conversion will include 6 acres of solar arrays behind the plant.  Of course, GM will be reaping the benefits of this choice by co-marketing alongside the Volt. A second GM plant being built in Maryland will pull 9 percent of it’s energy from a large solar array on the roof.  This plant will make electric motors, and various hybrid and conventional transmission systems. This move suggests GM is riding the green bandwagon of tax credits …

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Chevy Volt Available for Rent: Enterprise Rent-A-Car Continues to Lead With Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Chevy Volt avaialable for rent from Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Here at Hippie Magazine, we like to cover cool gadgets designed and built by new, visionary companies steeped in the concept of sustainability and environmental awareness. It’s the way of the future, if we hope for a bright one. But realizing a sustainable future depends just as much, if not more, by old, stodgy big-footed industries like, say, car rental companies. This is all by way of saying that Enterprise Rent-A-Car has recently announced availability of the Chevy Volt EV for rent. People wouldn’t expect a car rental company to be particularly focused on offering alternative-type vehicles. But Enterprise has consistently shown a commitment to sustainability and alternative vehicle market leadership. Not the kind of corporate-speak you’d expect from a …

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Electric Smart Car Hits Market

Electric Smart Car

I’ve focused a lot on the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy VOLT as the most market-friendly plugin-in electric cars on the market.  But now there’s a new option built on a trusted framework.  There is now a smart car powered by electricity. The first SmartCar ForTwo was delivered to a consumer in Maryland, a long time EV supporter.  250 of the vehicles will be released in the U.S. this year.  Barely a drop in the bucket, but better than nothing. The slogan for the Chevy VOLT drives me nuts “It’s More Car than Electric”.  What the hell is that supposed to mean?  I take it to mean: “Don’t feel so bad about driving an electric car, it’s really just a …

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Largest Eco Experiment in History

With $99.8 million in Department of Energy grant funding along with private funding, a company called EcoTality will be installing EV charging stations across 6 states.  The EV stations will be used to charge electric vehicles (duh) but also to gather data on driver behavior, charging needs and infrastructure demands.  This is an excellent project because it will give us insight into the true needs of the exploding EV community. The project will bring 15,000 charging stations to public places, businesses, Nissan Leaf owner homes, and other locations meant to truly gauge the need.  We need more roll outs like this, and then we’ll know what it will mean to have a truly green, EV transportation network. Source

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