Green transportation kicks into high gear this week with the launch of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show -- and Inhabitat is set to bring you breaking coverage of this year's event! So far we've taken a look at 6 green cars to watch at NAIAS 2012 -- including Lexus' sexy LF-LC hybrid sports car -- Volkswagen's Beetle-inspired electric concept car, and Smart's For-US super-compact electric pickup truck. We also saw a MIT researcher explain why gas mileage is still low despite advances in fuel economy, Mexico unveiled the record-breaking world's tallest bridge, and we took Hyundai's futuristic Veloster coupe for a test drive.
It was also a momentous week for energy news as China supercharged its grid with the world's largest battery and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded the first human waste to biodiesel plant in Ghana. Meanwhile, India announced plans to produce 33.4 gigawatts of solar energy by 2022, Onyx unveiled a plug and play 330 watt photovoltaic array that sets up in a snap, and we shined the spotlight on 6 of the world's most impressive solar powered projects.
In other news, this week high tech designs reached for the sky as the world's first tower built by a team of flying robots rose in France, researchers developed a virtual cloud-like LED ceiling to make offices more pleasant, and we brought you a beautiful 3D-printed geometric kite. Finally, we brought you the latest dispatches from the field of wearable technology -- a set of jewelry made from recycled AK-47 rifles, a robotic exoskeleton that will help paraplegics walk again in 2012, and a LED television you can wear as a shirt.