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Green tech finds, 10/13/11

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Teenagers build a really fast hybrid, GM’s got an all-electric vehicle in the works, and Nissan has a concept for charging a car in ten minutes: your green tech finds for the week.

Another EV1? Let’s hope not. Chevy plans to start selling the Spark EV (above) in limited US markets in 2013. (via Treehugger and @Michael_GR)

LA expands commercial building retrofits: The city of Los Angeles believes its LA Commercial Building Performance Partnership is a winner both for the environment and the local economy, and announced an expansion of the program this week. (via @cwarroom)

Could Greek sunshine provide a way out of its financial mess? German leaders and the country’s solar industry think Greece’s ample sunlight could help shift the Mediterranean country’s economic woes. A personal note: it’s always windy on the islands, too! (via Triplepundit and @greensmith)

Banning hybrids from HOV lanes slows traffic down: Well, that a preliminary finding of a UC Berkeley study on California’s decision to not allow hybrids in high-occupancy vehicle lanes just because they’re hybrids. In short, it may be safer for everyone on the road to let the Priuses into the HOV lanes. (via NYT Green and @nature_org)

Disadvantaged teens build badass hybrid: Maybe you wouldn’t take your Prius to a drag race, but the Factory Five GTM biodiesel hybrid kit car built by teenagers in Philadelphia could definitely compete, reaching speeds as high as 160 mph. (via Grist)

Smart grid neighborhood in the works in Austin: The Pecan Street Inc. demonstration project in Austin, Texas, is a redevelopment of a former airport site into a mixed-use, “green” neighborhood featuring smart grid technology. The project’s moving into its second phase, which involves electric car chargers and solar energy generation. (via Smart Grid at TMC and @EnergyAuditTX)

Charge your car in ten minutes? Many people are still put off by the charging time required for electrics vehicles – usually hours. Nissan’s announced an experimental technology that could do the job in ten minutes. It’s still about ten years from commercialization, though. (via CNET Car Tech)

Those are our finds; share yours with us in the comments.

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