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Daimler is adding to its electrified vehicles campaign with a longer-range 2017 Mercedes S 500 e. The new Mercedes S 500 e (badged as the S550e in the U.S.) plug-in hybrid will be getting a 13.3 kWh battery. That’s up from its current 8.7 kWh battery, and will offer a 53-percent increase in its battery-powered […]

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Tesla Motors will be increasing its retail location presence inside a Nordstrom store. As a first step, the automaker is launching a pilot project at Nordstrom’s store at The Grove, a multiplex retail center in Los Angeles. Tesla says that if the pilot project takes off, and if both companies are satisfied with the experience, […]

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Facing mandates to reduce carbon emissions, Toyota’s chief engineer for the Prius line said this week that more battery power will be required. The hint therefore is at least more plug-in hybrids, and potentially battery electric vehicles are in the offing. No timeline was set, but to those who have seen Toyota as anti-EV, it […]

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Tesla Motors may be approaching a 100,000 cars per year production target through reaching a steady 2,000 cars per week level, based on off-the-record comments. According to an article published yesterday in Electrek, that information was revealed by a Tesla product specialist who mentioned the 2,000-cars-built-per-week number to Tesla owners at a “Tesla Weekend Social” […]

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LiquidPiston has just released proof-of-concept of its X Mini rotary engine in a go-kart demonstration car to illustrate the efficiency of its small engine compared to traditional engines. The LiquidPiston team removed the go-kart’s 39-pound engine and replaced it with its four-pound XMv3 engine. It’s being demonstrated as a go-kart in a promotional video linked […]

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A government official says that it would be best if all new cars sold in Germany were emissions free by 2030 to help meet pollution reduction goals. Rainer Baake, State Secretary of Germany’s Ministry of Economy and Energy, says that Germany’s pledge to cut carbon dioxide output by 80 percent to 95 percent by 2050 […]

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Nissan Motor Co. is developing a system that will power cars such as the Nissan Leaf with electricity generated from bio-ethanol. Along with generating electricity, the system will fuel hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Unlike conventional fuel-cell vehicles that use a special tank for hydrogen, Nissan’s system will utilize liquid fuel and a conventional tank. The […]

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Soon, all Smart models will be available with both internal-combustion engine and EV versions – a first for any automotive brand. Of course, that’s easy to say when a brand only offers three models. SEE ALSO: New Pictures Leak of Reborn Smart Family Nevertheless, there are EV versions of the new ForFour and cabrio on […]

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While Ford CEO Mark Fields has warned about demand for mobility services changing the automotive landscape, Ford Motor Co. has been much less visible than peers on forging deals with Silicon Valley partners. Talks with Google about self-driving cars earlier this year went nowhere, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has taken on that relationship with the […]

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Tesla Motors is sending out a free fix-it to Model X owners unhappy about too much sunlight obstructing vision from the panoramic windshield. As Consumer Reports’ testers have complained about, Model X owners have been voicing similar concerns. The broad windshield adds to the SUV’s aesthetic and panoramic view, but can be blinding for occupants […]

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