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50 Green Auto Innovations

These Eco-Friendly Cars Will Inspire a Trip to NAIAS 2012

— January 10, 2012 — Autos
With the 2012 NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) running from January 9 - 22, with special focus on greener technologies, this list of environmental innovations made for the auto industry is sure to be enlightening for both car enthusiasts and environmentalists.

From current hybrid vehicles to fully electric ones; concept cars to new technologies, these chic modes of transportation will inspire you to aim for a greener tomorrow. And, with eco-friendly sport cars, luxury vehicles and futuristic car designs, you may not even believe that these automobiles -- some of which have been proven to outperform traditional cars -- are all better for the environment. You can even find examples of electric car technologies such as innovative chargers in this list, or if you’re looking for a car that runs on an alternative form of energy, you may want to check out some of the included wind-powered vehicles. So before you head out to NAIAS 2012 to find out which hybrid car you should invest in, peruse through everything listed here and you may find that it’s already available.
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Two-Way Vehicle Chargers
Two-Way Vehicle Chargers
The Nissan Leaf Will Power Your House
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48
Snow-White Electric Cars
Snow-White Electric Cars
The SIM LEI is a Speedily Efficient Green Vehicle
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47
Eco-Friendly Car Rentals
Eco-Friendly Car Rentals
The WeCar Enterprise Rent-a-Car System Helps Clean Up the Environment
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46
Noisemakers for Electric Cars
Noisemakers for Electric Cars
Lotus "Safe and Sound" Technology
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45
Bright Wind-Powered Wheels
Bright Wind-Powered Wheels
The Kazaguruma Uses Natural Wind Energy To Move
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44
Popularizing Electric Cars
Popularizing Electric Cars
Turkey to Manufacture and Export Renault 'Fluence ZE'
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43
Promotional E-Car Chargers
Promotional E-Car Chargers
GM to Give Free EV Charging Stations to First Volt Buyers
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42
Electrified Muscle Cars
Electrified Muscle Cars
The G-Vette is an Electric-Powered Corvette ZR1
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41
Range-Defying Electric Cars
Range-Defying Electric Cars
The Schluckspecht EV Shatters Previous World Records
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40
Free Charging Stations
Free Charging Stations
Charge Your Electric Car for Free
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39
Car-Charging Ports
Car-Charging Ports
The New York Solar Powered Electric Car Charger is Eco-Tastic
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38
Recyclable Electric Cars
Recyclable Electric Cars
Simply City is a Lightweight Eco-Car Concept
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37
Environmental Cars Can Be Super Awesome Too
Environmental Cars Can Be Super Awesome Too
LifeCar
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36
Dual-Clutch Eco Autos
Dual-Clutch Eco Autos
Fiat Debuts All-New Transmission in Alfa Romeo MiTo Hatchback (UPDATE)
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35
Elegantly Luxurious Electric Cars
Elegantly Luxurious Electric Cars
The TESLA Electric Car Offers First-Class Performance
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34
German Electric Cars
German Electric Cars
Audi Leaks Details at Paris Auto Show 2008
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33
Turbo Eco Autos
Turbo Eco Autos
Dalibor Pantucek's Skoda Rapid is a Super Efficient Car
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32
Free Electric Cars (With Subscription)
Free Electric Cars (With Subscription)
Project Better Place
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31
Ocean-Inspired Eco-Cars
Ocean-Inspired Eco-Cars
The MiraQua Concept Car Puts a Fresh Face on the Electric Car
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30
Recyclable Mini-Cars
Recyclable Mini-Cars
The Cardboard Smart ForTwo is an Eco Auto Enthusiast's Dream Come True
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29
Eight-Wheeled Electric Cars
Eight-Wheeled Electric Cars
Japan Scientist Builds The Eliica Electric
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28
Electrifying Autos
Electrifying Autos
BMW's ActiveE Concept Will Shock You With Electric Feel
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27
Storage-Extending Cars
Storage-Extending Cars
The Dock + Go Concept Helps Electric Autos Keep Going
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26
Zero-Emissions Daily Drivers
Zero-Emissions Daily Drivers
2010 Nissan Leaf Electric Car Delivers With Space & Speed
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25
Micro Eco Autos (UPDATE)
Micro Eco Autos (UPDATE)
The Toyota Scion iQ Electric Car Will be Released in 2012
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24
Electrified Off-Roaders
Electrified Off-Roaders
'Fun' from Ecos Motors Offers a Green Alternative to the Jeep
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23
Electric Cars in America
Electric Cars in America
Zap! Manufactured in Kentucky
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22
Eco Luxury Auto Lines
Eco Luxury Auto Lines
The BMW i Brings a New Breed of Electric Cars
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21
Tuned Electric Cars
Tuned Electric Cars
The Brabus-Tesla Roadster
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20
Badass Electric Bikes
Badass Electric Bikes
Zero S Is Perfect For Cruising City Streets or Off-Roading
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19
Buggy Electric Cars
Buggy Electric Cars
KAWKABA-3000 Eco Concept is Powered with a Rechargeable Electric Battery
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18
Shape-Shifting Electric Cars
Shape-Shifting Electric Cars
The Enyoii by Gerardo Delgado Martinez is an Open-Air Eco Roadster
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17
Manufacturing Electric Cars
Manufacturing Electric Cars
Eco-Designs from EV Company Available for Licensed Production
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16
Kite-Powered Concept Cars
Kite-Powered Concept Cars
The Honda Kaze Harnesses Wind and Sun Power to Work
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15
UK All-Electric Cars
UK All-Electric Cars
ZeCar & Zevan by Stevens Vehicles
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14
Shape-Shifting Green Cars
Shape-Shifting Green Cars
'Cell' Eco Car by Tom Kent Can Lane-Split in Traffic Like a Motorcycle
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13
Super-Compact Electric Cars
Super-Compact Electric Cars
Airwaves
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12
Racer-Inspired Eco Autos
Racer-Inspired Eco Autos
The purEonic Concept Car is Designed for the Track
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11
Super Charged Electric Cars
Super Charged Electric Cars
Ultimate Aero EV from Shelby SuperCars
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10
Electric Sportscars
Electric Sportscars
Electric Porsche 911 eRUF Model A
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9
Disassembling Electric Vehicles
Disassembling Electric Vehicles
The Remora Concept Car Can be Taken Apart to Charge
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8
Solar Electric Cars
Solar Electric Cars
The Sun-Powered Minilux Leisure Car
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7
Aerodynamic Eco Vans
Aerodynamic Eco Vans
Creative Unit's Hinterland Electric Cars
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6
Luxury Electric Cars
Luxury Electric Cars
GM Builds Cadillac Converj
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5
Aggressive Eco Automobiles
Aggressive Eco Automobiles
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Frankfurt Preview is Badass
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4
3-Wheeled Diesel-Electric Cars
3-Wheeled Diesel-Electric Cars
The 'Aptera Electric' Car Might Not Be Far From Reality
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3
Solar Electric Cars
Solar Electric Cars
The Bluecar by Pininfarina and Bollore Powered by Supercapacitor
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2
Insectile Electric Cars
Insectile Electric Cars
The Chevrolet NGO is an Efficient Organic Automobile
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Fuel-Free Superbikes
Fuel-Free Superbikes
The Voltra Electric Motorcycle is One Tough Green Machine
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