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Check out this cool van. It's an update of the classic hippy Westfalia camper van for a new generation of enviro-conscious travelers. The Westfalia Verdier Solar Power, designed by French-Canadian Alexandre Verdier, is not only a hybrid (fuel or diesel, and electric), but it also has solar panels in its roof. And it has room enough to sleep two adults and two kids, with tons of surprising unfolding bits that'll keep everyone entertained for years.

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Features include intelligent Sun Tracker solar panels which use GPS to calculate their optimal position and provide energy to the on-board accessories while the van is parked. The sliding door has a folding staircase, which leads to the upstairs area from outside the van. The passenger seat becomes stairs on the inside. The cooking range swivels round so you can cook both inside and out. Plus there's a computer with WiFi, so you can access the internet (except if you're in the Himalayas or the Australian outback).

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And just in case you're thinking, 'Yeah, right, it's cool but it's probably ridiculously expensive.' Well it is… and it isn't. The Ground Power base model (a utilitarian delivery van) will be priced at about $26,000. The Air Power mid-range family van will be about $38,000. The Solar Power, with all the bells and whistles, will be $69,000. How soon is it available? I'll let you know as soon as I find out. RM

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