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In response to a customer on Saturday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tesla owners can expect major hardware updates to occur “every 12 to 18 months.” Musk made the comment when responding to a customer’s Twitter question about paid upgrades for exisiting owners who want the latest equipment, possibly referring to the second generation Autopilot […]

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is now offering a $500 “Clean Fuel Rebate” for its customers in Northern and Central California who own battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The credit comes via a provision in the state’s program called Low Carbon Fuel Standard that earns credits for PG&E itself, and the company then passes them […]

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West Coast cities Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Ore. have submitted a request for information (RFI) to automakers for the purpose of purchasing a combined 24,000 electric vehicles. The municipalities want information about what battery-electric vehicles are available as well as estimated pricing and delivery timelines before submitting a formal bidding process. The […]

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Apparently nothing is sacred in the automotive world. Those high-horsepower, gasoline-inhaling engines that emit a ferocious growl from the performance divisions of BMW and Mercedes-Benz will enevitably be electrified. That is, “electrification” on the table includes hybridization, plug-in hybridization, and even all-electric versions of the enthusiast-oriented BMW “M” and Mercedes-Benz “AMG” cars. These revelations come […]

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Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group Company (GAC) displayed three crossover SUVs at the Detroit auto show including a battery electric model named GE3. This is the second time in the past three years the company had a display at the show, and is the first time any Chinese car company was on the show’s main […]

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DETROIT — Ford wants consumers to think of it as both an automotive company and a mobility company. To that end, it used its press conference at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to discuss its City of Tomorrow plan, among other news. After confirming the return of the Ranger pickup and […]

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For some people, plugging an electric car in for charging can be a pain. You have to find a plug-in charger if you’re out and about or don’t have/can’t install one at home. You have to remember to actually plug it in when you do find a charger, and while it only takes a second, […]

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The governors of Colorado, Nevada and Utah announced last week that they will work together on an electric vehicle charging network covering the major travel corridors that link the states. The states will start next year on a charging network to eventually connect over 2,000 miles of mostly interstate highways that include I-15, I-25, I-70, […]

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UK technology firm Augmented Optics has revealed a new supercapacitor material it says can accept a charge in an electric vehicle as quickly as refueling a conventional car while threatening to render lithium-ion batteries obsolete. The new material intended to replace conventional batteries is a polymer based on soft contact-lens technology that may dramatically boost […]

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Challenges facing wider market adoption of EVs are widely documented. Those challenges include, in no particular order: Falling fuel prices, charging times that are still perceptibly too long, and ranges that are still too short. While noting the first of sub-$40,000, 200-plus-mile EVs are on their way, one Business Insider report suggests issues will continue […]

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