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Concept: Fincube House

Concept: Fincube House

Designed by Werner Aisslinger, the Fincube house fits in with its natural surroundings. The compact wooden home occupies a mere 2m² of land, and can be easily dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere.

Nomad RV Concept

Nomad RV Concept

This oddity comes to us from designer Mario Pitsch. For a future in which global warming has turned us into nomads, the egg-shaped car would extract water from air and be fueled by an algae reactor.

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VertiGo Electric Motorcycle

VertiGo Electric Motorcycle

Maarten Timmer’s vertiGo is a super speedy and sleek concept electric motorcycle. Large amounts of instant torque make up for the relatively small electric engine with true electrical drive train.

Art: Harvest by Haroshi

Art: Harvest by Haroshi

Sustainability, style and skateboarding come together in the Harvest collection by Japanese artist Haroshi, featuring beautiful woodcraft and accessories made out of used skateboard decks.

EBIQ Electric Bike Concept

EBIQ Electric Bike Concept

Industrial designer Yuji Fujimura’s EBIQ electric bike concept is an eco-friendly alternative to gas-guzzlers and folds flat so you can densely rack a bunch in far less space than conventional bikes.

Fiat 500EV

Fiat 500EV

It’s official: Fiat’s all-electric 500EV is coming to the US courtesy of Chrysler, who will begin making the car in 2012; the zero emissions vehicle boasts an advanced lithium ion battery.

Concept: Citroen SURVOLT

Concept: Citroen SURVOLT

Citroen’s SURVOLT concept boasts an all-electric powertrain, but that’s not all that’s polarizing: the supermini’s looks are nouveau-Tron with a low-slung near-Exige-sized frame.

Lotus 414E Hybrid

Lotus 414E Hybrid

Porsche’s 918 isn’t the only mean-yet-green roadster today: Lotus’ 414E Hybrid sports twin motors good for 400+ hp and goes 0-60 in 4 seconds while claiming a range of 300 miles.

Concept: Porsche 918 Spyder

Concept: Porsche 918 Spyder

Get fast and eco-furious with Porsche’s 918 Spyder concept: it boasts both a 500 bhp V8 and 218 bhp electric motors, good for a 0-62 of 3.2s, 198 mph top speed, and 94 mpg.

TAG Heuer x Tesla Roadster

TAG Heuer x Tesla Roadster

TAG Heuer celebrates its 150th anniversary with a collector’s edition Tesla Roadster; it features a Foucault Field Gray paint job, TAG-inspired interior, and Meridiist phone. Pictures here.

PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar

Raphaël Domjan’s PlanetSolar is the world’s largest solar-powered vessel, and one look at its 500 square meters of solar panels proves it; the catamaran tops out at 14 knots.

Concept: Honda 3R-C

Concept: Honda 3R-C

Honda’s 3R-C may be a minimal urban transport vehicle, but maxes out with sci-fi coolness; the three wheel single seater features a battery electric drivetrain and a low center of gravity.

Aluminum Antler Lamp Base

Aluminum Antler Lamp Base

Man-cave friendly and eco-friendly, no animals were harmed in the making of these Aluminum Antler Lamp Bases; in fact, they were probably helped as the metal is recycled.

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2011 Volkswagen Touareg

2011 Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen’s 2011 Touareg is greener and leaner, shedding 460 lbs and packing VW’s first mass-produced hybrid drivetrain; the 3.0L V6 + electric motor saves 20% more fuel.

H-Cell 2.0 Model RC Kit

H-Cell 2.0 Model RC Kit

Go green (and fast) with Horizon’s H-Cell 2.0, which converts RC electric cars, robots, and boats to run on hydrogen; refill using Hydrostik cartridges or via a Hydrofill refueling station.

Scosche solBAT II

Scosche solBAT II

It’s not the first solar powered battery for USB gadgets, but Scosche’s solBAT II shines in terms of affordability; $30 gets you 1500 mA of capacity, a windshield cradle, and carabiner mount.

Sony Ericsson Aspen

Sony Ericsson Aspen

Part of Sony Ericsson’s eco-friendly Greenheart line, the Aspen is the first smartphone with WinMo 6.5.3 and features a full QWERTY, 2.4″ touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3.2 MP camera.

Lexon Bamboo Gadgets

Lexon Bamboo Gadgets

Good news if you like your gadgets green: Lexon has released a rather large line of bamboo gadgets, appliances, and accessories including radios, calculators, and lighting.

Flexy Cardboard Toy

Flexy Cardboard Toy

Sure, Flexy may be an uglier version of the Slinky, but it’s made from 100% recycled cardboard; even better: it not only doubles as a rolodex but as a Mortal Kombat weapon.

Trexa Electric Drive System

Trexa Electric Drive System

Trexa aims to offer the first fully-electric vehicle platform; the base AWD unit includes a battery and transmission with a 0-60 of 8s, 105 mi range, 4 hour charge time, and 100 mph top speed.

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Design Hara HTPC

Design Hara HTPC

Earthy both in terms of design and eco-friendliness, Design Hara’s HTPC is a mini-ITX unit with recyclable cypress or rose wood chassis; it also uses 1/3 the energy of desktop computers.

Audi E-Tron V2

Audi E-Tron V2

Audi’s E-Tron V2 speeds closer to a 2012 launch with 204 hp and 1,955 lb-ft of torque at the wheels, good for 0-60 in 5.9s; it also gets an improved interior, heat pump, and regenerative braking.

VW Compact Coupe Concept

VW Compact Coupe Concept

It may not get your pulse pounding, but there’s no denying the clean, Audi-like lines of Volkswagen’s Compact Coupe Concept; the hybrid TSI/electric is roughly the same size as a Jetta.

Copenhagen Wheel

Copenhagen Wheel

MIT’s Copenhagen Wheel is more than just a wheel: it uses regenerative braking to turn any bike into a hybrid and connects to a smartphone to serve as a personal trainer and navigator.

Book: The Windup Girl

Book: The Windup Girl

One of Time’s top 10 fiction books of 2009, The Windup Girl is cyberpunk sans the computers with a hat tip to hard science; it envisions a post-petroleum biotech world. Thanks, Andrew!

Kepler Motors Motion

Kepler Motors Motion

Kepler Motors’ Motion is a hybrid supercar with one law of motion: fast; a 3.5L V6 and electric motor each provide 550 hp and 250 hp, good for a 0-60 of 2.5s and >200 mph top speed.

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