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Car 2.0: an Electric Vehicle for Wheelchair-Bound Drivers

It’s a single-passenger car that can give wheelchair users transportation independence.


If you get around in a wheelchair, you often find yourself depending on friends and family for the simplest errands—a trip to the doctor's office, an outing to the movies, even just picking up milk. Stacy Zoern, a former patent lawyer turned car manufacturer, has been in a wheelchair her whole life and understands what a hassle finding transportation can be.

"I’m in my thirties and my friends have to take me everywhere. Any time I’m invited to anything, the next thing is, ‘Well, can you come pick me up?’" Zoern says. "It’s like I’m 15 all over again."

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New Liquid Electric Car Batteries Are as Easy to Charge as Pumping Gas

These new liquid core batteries could make charging your electric car as simple as refueling your gas tank.

A new lightweight battery design featuring a gooey, liquid core could be a game changer for electric cars, allowing drivers to quickly recharge their vehicles in a process as easy as pumping gas.

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Video: Better Place Opens First Battery Swap Station in Israel

Here's the gloriously "unexciting" process of switching out an electric battery at Better Places first commercial swap station.

This week, Better Place, the innovative electric car company that we've been following for awhile now, opened up their very first commercial battery swap station. The concept of swapping out depleted batteries for fresh charged ones is what distinguishes Better Place in the burgeoning EV market. You'll never need to wait to charge your car—you just pull into one of the battery swap stations, robots switch out the batteries, and in three minutes you pull away. It's really no different than a full service fill-up of 93 octane.

Goodbye, "range anxiety."

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Yves Behar Introduces You to the Home WattStation

Yves Behar talks about designing the WattStation, GE's new home charging unit. And about Angry Birds.

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Yves Behar has been helping GE with the design for their new WattStation electric car charging stations, which Andrew first wrote about a long while back. There's now a wall-mounted model made for the home—not just the street stand models that were first displayed—and GE and Behar have been showing them off at GE's smart home booth at CES.

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Chevy Volt Again Named Car of the Year Chevy Volt "Car of the Year" at North American International Auto Show

The Chevy Volt racks up its most impressive award yet: North American Car of the Year.



This just in: the 2011 hybrid-electric Chevrolet Volt was just named "North American Car of the Year" at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

This is not the first major award won by the Volt. Back in November, it was named the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year (which had Rush Limbaugh seeing red, which in turn garnered a pretty amazing response from Motor Trend's editor). The Volt also was selected as Automobile Magazine's Car of the Year and the Detroit Free Press Car of the Year.

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