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Dear Inhabitants,

I'm still recovering from my whirlwind trip to Detroit for the  Detroit Auto Show, and I've got electric vehicles on the brain!  I thought I'd share my car thoughts with you this week and my excitement over all the momentum that seems to be building over an electric vehicle future.

First of all, hot-off-the-presses, Hertz rental car facilities in NYC just got the Volt, which they are adding to their rapidly-growing electric vehicle fleet that includes the Leaf and the Smart Car.

I hope this move means consumer demand is finally here for electric cars, and I think this bodes well for the industry.  I'll be checking out the Hertz EV fleet next week, so stay tuned for my report.

Are you excited about electric cars? Do you think any of these just-unveiled electric cars are hot?  Let us know in the comments.

As we wrap up the tail-end of our 2011 Detroit Auto Show coverage, we took a look at Tesla's new Model S Alpha Prototype.  Also, in case you  missed it, check out our picks for the top 7 sexiest cars, plus our exclusive video chock-full this year's hottest electric cars at the Detroit Auto Show.

In other news, this week Inhabitat showcased several awe-inspiring eco-tecture projects including a Spanish cathedral constructed almost entirely from trash and a futuristic eco stadium with a beautiful perforated facade. Read on for this week's green design news.


Cut Your Energy Bill by Switching to LEDs!

Energy-hungry incandescent bulbs have been phased out by retailers, restricted by a number of states, and are thankfully on their way out the door - which means that it's high time to upgrade your home with green alternative bulbs. One great way to turn your home into an eco-friendly lighting haven is with Philips' energy-efficient AmbientLED bulbs. Built to last for 15 years and 25,000 hours of illumination, these LEDs can shave hundreds of dollars off your electricity bill - and in some states you may even qualify to receive instant discounts direct from your local utility company. Be sure to check out Philips' Beautiful Light Program to see you're eligable!

To learn more about these bulbs (and receive a $10 rebate), visit the Great Light Switch.


Norway and Jordan to Build Sahara Forest Project Oasis

Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral From Trash

Green Lighting 101: Your Guide to Energy Efficient Light

Hertz Rents Out First Chevy Volt in NYC

Grand Stade de Casablanca Rising In Abandoned Quarry

Top 6 Wind Powered Gadgets

Meadow House Melts Into the Canadian Landscape

Top 7 Sexiest Green Cars From the Detroit Auto Show!

VIDEO: Inhabitat Sees Green at the Detroit Auto Show!


5 Kids Tech Projects that Foster Creativity

NEW STUDY: Most Pregnant Women Carry Harmful Toxins

New Stackhouse Modular Wooden Eco-Friendly Dollhouse

Ubabub’s Modern Eco Pod Cot Grows With Your Child


“Pollinator Frocks” Are Wearable Gardens That Feed Bees

Solar-Powered “Androcell” Backpack is Cradle to Cradle

The Andean Collection Adds Ecuadorian “Inspiration” Belts

Thanks for reading - see you next week!


Jill Fehrenbacher
Editor-in-chief & Unrepentant Idealist



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