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This tiny electric car folds up for easy parking

Photos courtesy of Hiriko.com, stitched together by me.

The Hiriko Fold (you think that's Japanese, but it's from the Basque for "urban"! Basque! Didn't see THAT coming, did you?) was conceived a decade ago by researchers at MIT media lab, who wanted to design a small car that got even smaller for tight city parking. Now it's finally going into commercial production, which means you could have your own sweet little fold-up car as early as 2013.

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Ultimate green car drops your carbon footprint to zero, by killing you

As usual, leave it to the Onion to tell us about the really innovative green breakthroughs, the ones so-called "real" news sites won't report on simply because they are fake and also morally reprehensible.

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Electric cars: A shopper’s cheat sheet

A version of this article originally appeared at Sightline Daily.

Photo by Michael Edson.

I’ve been thinking about upgrading to an electric car for awhile now. And in today’s market, there are plenty of models to choose from.

But having a lot of options makes for a complicated decision! Each model of electric car has its own unique mix of efficiency, charging time, and driving range -- and since buying a car is a big decision, I want to find the model that makes the most sense for my family. To add to the confusion, there doesn’t seem to be any single, unified source of information on the many electric car options out there.

So, for my own convenience -- and hopefully yours -- I pulled together a table with basic stats on the major electric and plug-in hybrid cars:

Click to embiggen. (Sources include the manufacturers’ websites, Wikipedia, FuelEconomy.gov, and Motor Trend Magazine.)
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Check out this 100-year-old electric car

Electric cars are a modern new technology, so modern and unproven that many [Republicans] would say they couldn't possibly be plausible. Except for how they've actually been around since the turn of the 20th century. This photo of an electric car charging (above, click to embiggen) is from 1909, and by that point the technology was already 15 years old.

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Honda Fit, most efficient car EVER, gets 118 MPG equivalent

In England, when you want to say that a guy or a gal is h-o-t-t HOT, you say "He/she is FIT!" And that is what we want to say about the 2013 Honda Fit EV. The Fit is FIT. F-i-t-t FIT!

This car -- this car! -- according to the EPA, gets the fuel efficiency equivalent if 118 miles per gallon.

Wow.

As an electric vehicle (EV), the car does not use fuel, so one might also say that it gets 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles. That's better than the Ford Focus Electric, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and the Nissan Leaf, according to Wired. The Fit also charges in three hours and has a range of 82 miles. It costs $36,625, which, admittedly, is pretty expensive. (A new Prius, for instance, now starts at $24,000.)

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What car should my family buy?

The Roberts family minivan: Squint closely and you can see a Jedi with a light saber scratched on the side with rock.

Shortly after we got married almost 11 years ago, my wife and I bought a used 2001 Honda Odyssey minivan. We have been driving it ever since. We drove both of our kids home from the hospital in it. We picked up our puppy in it. It's been on every one of our road trips. I'm incredibly fond of it.

My wife, not so much. She does most of the day-to-day driving, so the nostalgia factor isn't enough to overcome her aversion to piloting a suburban land yacht. It's too big, too hard to maneuver and park on city streets, too fuel inefficient. She's over it.

Consequently, we're looking for a new car. We're nearing a decision, but I thought I'd ask for input from you, Grist's treasured readers. Cause y'all are smart.

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Chinese farmer builds AMAZING solar- and wind-powered car

Electric vehicles are great and all, but they’re not exactly practical for everyone. Like, how’s a farmer in rural China going to a) afford a pricey green car and b) get enough access to electrical outlets and vehicle charging stations?

Well, if he’s Tang Zhengping from Beijing’s Tangzhou Wanji Yongle Town, he’ll build his own -- and it’ll be AWESOME.

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Badass enclosed, untippable electric motorcycle is the ultimate green transport

It goes 200 miles on a third as much battery power as an electric car. It has airbags and an enclosed cockpit. It's gyroscopically stabilized, like a Segway.

It could be the future of transportation.

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