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The World’s Fastest Solar Cars Gear Up For An 1,800 Mile Race Across Australia

In mid October, 42 teams from 21 countries will line up in Adelaide, Australia, to participate in the 2011 World Solar Challenge. It’s a 1,800-mile solar car race through the Australian outback. Participants this year come from the U.S., UK, China, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia and more, to race their often student-designed solar car prototypes, each vying for their moment in the sun. The race stretches from Darwin to Adelaide, and according to the rules of the race, this distance must be cleared with at least 90 percent of the cars’ energy coming from the sun.

The World’s Fastest Solar Cars Gear Up For An 1,800 Mile Race Across Australia
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8 Electric Motorcycles And Scooters To Watch

According to a new report from Pike Research, the number of electric scooters and motorcycles on the road will climb from 17 million today to 138 million in 2017. The problem is, many of today’s electric two-wheelers are so ugly and unwieldy that few people would want to be caught riding on them. We have to imagine that this will change in the near future. Note to EV motorcycle makers: Just make them look like regular motorcycles. Ahead, we look at some of the more promising–and least cringeworthy–electric motorcycles and scooters on the market. Are you confident enough to ride one?

8 Electric Motorcycles And Scooters To Watch
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8 Crazy Gasoline-Powered Cars That Can Travel Thousands Of Miles Without Refueling

Electric cars may be the future, but we’re stuck with mostly internal combustion engine-equipped vehicles for the moment, so we might as well make the best of it. In the slides ahead, we take a look at some of the top gasoline-powered performers in the fifth annual Shell Eco-Marathon, a competition for students to design, build, and test ultra energy-efficient vehicles (including electric, solar-powered, and fuel cell-powered models).

8 Crazy Gasoline-Powered Cars That Can Travel Thousands Of Miles Without Refueling
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