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    Mercedes Developing Four 500-600-Plus Horsepower Tesla-Competitve EVs

    At other times Mercedes has been an investor in Tesla, a supplier of things like switchgear, a buyer of items like powertrain system components, and now it will build its own model s. That is, following a $2.44 billion investment for what may be a new chapter in the German company’s history, it is planning […]

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    Sweden’s First Wireless Electric Hybrid City Bus Hits Streets in 2016

    A wirelessly charged electric hybrid city bus will soon be cruising the streets of Södertälje, Sweden thanks to vehicle manufacturing company Scania’s sustainable vehicle technology research project. Scania, which has been researching electrification technologies that could supplant or supplement combustion engines, is partnering with the Royal Institute of Technology to test its wirelessly charged electric […]

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    Lamborghini Seriously Considering Production of 900-HP Asterion Plug-In Hybrid

    Lamborghini did a commendable job of concealing the development for the 900-horsepower Asterion plug-in hybrid “technology demonstrator” over the past couple years, but the secret is now out, and it’s thinking of producing it. “The discussions inside Lamborghini now are about the potential cost of the car and –
because the car is heavier – the […]

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    Tesla’s New Roadster 3.0 Package Delivers a 400-mile Range

    Tesla is releasing a new upgrade package for its Roadster that will almost double the car’s range. The company announced today that the Roadster 3.0 package will include a new lithium-ion battery in the same dimensions as existing but 31 percent more efficient and with nearly 70 kilowatt-hours capacity. The 3.0 package also includes more […]

    Trying To Grow The Business, Tesla China Begins Accepting Customer Trade-ins

    In the burgeoning Chinese marketplace where Tesla has had its ups and down already, the California automaker is working with used car traders to purchase customers’ existing vehicles so they can apply the money toward a Model S. The cooperative agreement is for now in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou and Automotive News reports the value […]

    A New Study Links Air Pollution to Autism

    According to a new study released by the Harvard School of Public Health, exposure to fine particulate air pollution during the last three months of pregnancy can double the risk of having an autistic child. This latest study is one among several that have demonstrated the correlation between air pollution and autism in recent years. […]

    Top Safety Pick+ For Prius And Prius v

    Toyota scored well in the new IIHS safety tests, including its Prius and Prius v hybrid models. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave Toyota 12 awards. In fact, Toyota said the automaker won more awards than any other automaker, including the most of the Institute’s highest honor. In all, eight Toyota and Lexus […]

    Toyota Camry Hybrid Tops Consumer Reports Best Value List

    The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid has been named best value by Consumer Reports’ editors, having edged out its gasoline-only stablemate and being the only alternative-energy car considered among five top contenders. The Camry Hybrid has utilized the same Prius-derived but more-powerful Hybrid Synergy Drive system since 2012 and the exterior and interior were comprehensively refreshed […]