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Green Wheels of the Week: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid


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Until now, Hyundai hasn’t offered a hybrid to American consumers, so the company is surely hoping the all-new 2011 Sonata will make a splash in the eco-drive marketplace. The vehicle was unveiled at this week’s auto show in New York, featuring Hyundai’s “Hybrid Blue Drive” system, which is a full parallel hybrid configuration and the first to use lithium polymer batteries, which are reportedly more durable and space-efficient than their counterparts. It’s mated to a six-speed transmission for optimum fuel efficiency.

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In addition to its sporty-as-a-sedan good looks, the car garners the type of highway fuel economy that Hyundai is known for, having an average fleet fuel economy of more than (more…)

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

plant lover alternative – tiny air plants


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Are you both a plant lover and a plant killer; or, perhaps you just want to pursue a simpler, smaller footprint existence?  Maybe you just like the idea of integrating living things into your studio apartment but hate dirt.

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Well here’s an alternative – little air plants in clear containers.  These little guys need only a minimal spritz of H2O or watering.  Ranging in price from $1.75 to $17.50 with custom collections and larger subscriptions available.  Check out the TortoiseLovesDonkey shop on Etsy for more details.

via: anythingindie

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Novac cassette tape to digital converter


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Leave it to the Japanese to create a gadget that can convert my old mixed tapes of Generation X, The Buzzcocks and the Psychedelic Furs into a digital format.  This toaster-like box from Novac converts old, crusty, analog cassette tapes into digital MP3, WAV or WMA files.

So now you can keep those old tapes out of the landfill while reliving your golden past — when music was actually played by musicians.  The converter will run you around $125 and ships from Japan (not cheap), but what price can you put on memories…or that mix tape of love songs by the Thompson Twins and OMD you slapped together in 1983.  Easy to use – this baby also features a USB port, an integrated speaker and operating instructions in Japanese.

via: ubergizmo

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volkswagen bluemotion models named 2010 World Green Car


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In an ironic twist a car with a non-hybrid, diesel powertrain has taken the NY International Auto Show‘s World Green Car of the Year Award.

From the press release:  Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today the BlueMotion product brand consisting of the:  Golf, Passat, and Polo, was declared the 2010 World Green Car of the Year by the World Car of The Year organization.

The Volkswagen BlueMotion models were awarded Green Car of The Year by 59 World Car jurors from 25 countries throughout the world.  The 59 member jury awarded the (more…)

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