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Some people said Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Hyperloop dream a couple years ago was just to drum up publicity but now a first stage in its becoming a reality is underway. Plans by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies are for a 5-mile test track near the central California town of Quay Valley to begin construction by 2016 […]

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So what do you think? When the autonomous all-electric 2021 Apple car is launched at Tesla-style Apple boutique stores, will it come in silver, gold, and space gray? Will 400 miles range be enough for you? Or are your eyes already starting to roll because you’re one of those who are coming to doubt the […]

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As part of the second-generation family lineup to debut early March in Geneva, Audi’s R8 e-tron boasts nearly 280 miles range in Europe, 678 pounds-feet of torque, and 0-62 in 3.9 seconds. A Tesla Model P85D by contrast promises an EPA-rated 253 miles range, 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 3.4 seconds, and 864 pounds-feet torque, […]

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With a third major manufacturer due to begin offering subsidized fuel cell vehicles in California this year, the public’s imagination has been alternately captivated by FCVs’ potential or in cases incensed over the alleged effrontery. To say it’s been a controversial topic for some would be an understatement. But beyond Honda, Hyundai and soon Toyota, […]

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Named for the second year in a row by Consumer Reports as the overall top pick among nine vehicle categories is the Tesla Model S with Toyota’s outgoing Prius Liftback nabbing the top green car designation. Tesla launched its car June 2012, and since the time Consumer Reports bought an 85-kwh version and began testing […]

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The U.S. EPA allows automakers to self-test their mpg ratings, there’s a degree of an honor system under current rules, but following corrections by Ford and Hyundai/Kia, the federal agency is tightening its procedures. Specifically, how automakers prepare vehicles for road load values to measure rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag are being revised from a […]

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With over 160,000 global sales and close to 75,000 in the U.S., Nissan’s Leaf is by far the top-selling electric car but what Nissan will do for an encore is a bit of a mystery. Actually, Nissan has made a few statements we can summarize into some of what to expect, although no actual photos […]

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Based upon interviews with knowledgeable industry executives, an analysis of the Apple question postulates even if Apple builds an electric car its end goal may be only as an R&D tool to integrate complementary technologies. This analysis by Automotive News accounts for the fact Apple has not stated exactly what it is playing at as […]

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It remains unclear whether Apple is building an electric car, but evidence is mounting that it is as A123 Systems has filed a lawsuit alleging the Silicon Valley firm is systematically poaching top-level employees from it and others. “Apple is currently developing a large-scale battery division to compete in the very same field as A123,” […]

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The name “Bolt” evokes imagery of electricity, but General Motors is mulling whether the name rhyming with Volt should otherwise be changed to something else. According to Alan Batey, president of GM North America, Chevrolet’s purpose-built electric car with 200-miles estimated range expected to be launched by 2017 for mid-$30,000s before subsidies might need to […]

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