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Beijing Bets 1,000 New Electric Taxis Are An Idea Worth Hailing

The next cab you take in Beijing just might be electrified... in a good way, mind you. If the 50 electric taxis “currently” cruising the Chinese capital's streets on a trial basis are deemed successful, 1,000 more will be rolled out before the end of 2013. Shocking news indeed!

It's All Melty: Why Innovative Building Structure Matters To Brits

We all love innovative building design, right? And those all-glass skyscrapers that reflect the amazing colors of sky and clouds, those are just great. Martin Lindsay and his car no longer like any of that rot.

Trucking Cool: PATTON SUVs Invade Chengdu Motor Show

Look out China, here comes PATTON! The 2013 Chengdu Motor Show features a couple of ominously modified Ford trucks proudly bearing the Patton nameplate. Could Pittsburgh PA's Allegheny Ford Isuzu Truck Sales be channeling Old Blood & Guts for a Far East sales offensive?

GE Water-Based Battery Could Mean A Cheaper More Efficient Tesla

General Electric says it's a little more complicated than making instant oatmeal, but the company, along with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  is developing a recipe of electrochemical solution and water that will power a cheaper, safer, and longer-charged battery than current electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The developers are hoping their newly designed flow battery will remain charged for three times longer than the current Tesla S Model battery (265 milles) and cost about a quarter of the S Model battery.


Chinese Carmaker Licenses “Snowden” Name For New Electric Vehicle

Haima Snowden and you're not! Hainan-based Haima Auto has contracted with the Chinese trademark owner of the “Snowden” name and are planning to use the American asylum-seeking secret-spiller's monniker for a yet-to-be-released EV (electric vehicle). One would hope the upcoming Snowden sedan won't leak as much as its notorious namesake.

Robot Test Drivers?

Test driving cars is harder then it looks. If you want to get the best testing, without hurting human test drivers in the increasingly rough situations, then you need to do something different. Many car makers are turning to help from non-human drivers. That's right, robots may be testing the cars you drive every day.

Nicholas Cage To Act... As Chinese Automaker's Brand Ambassador

American actor, producer and director Nicholas Cage can add another line to his resume: brand ambassador. Following in the footsteps of Brad Pitt, the face of Cadillac vehicles in China, the oft-controversial and occasionally IRS-investigated Cage has signed up to flog re-badged Saabs for China's Beijing Automotive Industry Corp.

Cool Inspiration From Previous Arctic Innovation Competition Winners!

If you’re planning on entering the 2013 Arctic Innovation Competition, it wouldn’t hurt to take a peek at the inventions that wowed the judges of this chilly contest, so here are the grand prize winners from 2009 to 2012 for extra inspiration:

The Last Straw: Ice Straws Are Totally The End!

With all of the restaurants in this country it is hard to imagine just how many plastic (and before that paper) straws are cluttering up landfills. The gross tonnage is probably jaw-dropping. At least there is something you can do at home to help alleviate the problem -- and it is fun and easy. Make your own ice straws.

Pimp Your Toyota Tacoma For Outdoor Adventure

When you go shopping for a new truck you may run across the Toyota Xplore Adventure Series. With this you can have your new Tacoma, for example, kitted out for the ultimate in camping and off-road travel. This includes a bed rack and an elevated tent so that you don't need to haul a trailer or set up your tent on the damp ground.