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Link Love From The Car Connection: Obama's $2.4 Billion EV Grants, NASA's Transformer, And Audi's Sweet Robots

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Motivo concept by Tai Chiem

Motivo concept by Tai Chiem

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  • The suit off on your back -- Haberdasher Jos. A. Bank is taking a page from Hyundai's playbook: if you buy a suit from the company between March 16 and April 9 and then lose your job, they'll refund your money. And you get to keep the suit. Which is even better than Hyundai's deal, now that we think about it. [NYmag]
  • EVs on the agenda -- President Obama has announced that he'll include $2.4 billion for electric car developers in his annual budget. The funds will come as competitive grants, not bailout loans, so they won't have to be paid back--which in this economy is probably a good thing. [LATimes]
  • Scoot forward -- Tai Chiem's "Motivo" transforming scooter got noticed in NASA's recent "Design the Future" contest. With relative ease, the vehicle converts from electric scooter to electric two-passenger mini-compact. Which isn't quite as awesome as having a real Transformer in the garage, but hey, we'll take what we can get. [Inhabitat via AutoMotto]
  • Truck Tchotchkes -- Everybody has his or her own preferences when it comes to car bling. Some insist on iPod adapters, some like frippery for the antenna, and some interns who shall remain nameless insist on hipster-style deployment of large fuzzy dice. Well, PickupTrucks has identified the accessories that makes pickup owners tick. Can you guess the number one add-on? [PickupTrucks]
  • One small step for woman -- It's official, y'all: Heidi Steele has been dubbed "Best Driver of the Year" by DirtSports magazine. She's the first woman to receive the off-road racing honor, and she's got the skills and the badass name to back it up. Rock. [PRNewswire]
  • Robots, robots, robots -- We don't really have an excuse for sharing this clip of robots and humans working together on the Audi assembly line. Well, except for the fact that it makes building A4s look way more fun and high-tech than working in our broom closet at TCC plaza. [YouTube via WorldCarFans]
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