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Bentley Unveils its First Plug-in Hybrid Concept Car

Bentley Unveils its First Plug-in Hybrid Concept Car

Bentley is known for producing large powerful luxury vehicles, but they aren't very "green." Well, that's about to change with the debut of the Bentley Hybrid Concept, which previews the plug-in hybrid

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Tesla Model S Breaks 28-Year-Old Sales Record in Norway

Tesla Model S Breaks 28-Year-Old Sales Record in Norway

The Tesla Model S has only been on sale in Norway for less than a year, but the electric car has already broken a 28-year-old monthly sales record. Last month Tesla sold 1,493 Model S sedans in Norway,

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Fomm’s Concept One Electric Car Floats Like a Boat in Emergencies

Fomm’s Concept One Electric Car Floats Like a Boat in Emergencies

Following the devastating 2011 tsunami, Japan's Fomm designed an electric vehicle that can protect people in areas susceptible to flash floods or tsunamis. The Concept One electric car is not only the

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Tesla Model S Gets a New Underbody Shield to Protect its Batteries and Prevent Fires

Tesla Model S Gets a New Underbody Shield to Protect its Batteries and Prevent Fires

Tesla has announced that it is adding a new underbody shield and aluminum deflector plate to the Model S following two collisions that led to car fires last year. The two fires prompted the National

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Is New York Turning on Tesla Too?

Is New York Turning on Tesla Too?

The battle between Tesla Motors and Auto Dealers Associations across the United States keeps raging on. It turns out that New Jersey isn't the only state that could pass legislation against Tesla's

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Toyota Unveils TS040 Hybrid Race Car for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship

Toyota Unveils TS040 Hybrid Race Car for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship

Toyota just unveiled its new TS040 hybrid race car, which is going to go head to head with Audi and Porsche during this year's 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. The all-wheel-drive TS040 has a 989

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Arizona and Ohio Legalize Tesla’s Direct-to-Consumer Sales Model

Arizona and Ohio Legalize Tesla’s Direct-to-Consumer Sales Model

The battle between Tesla and state car dealership associations continues to rage on, however the tide may be slowly turning in favor of the electric automaker. After New Jersey passed legislation that

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Wealthy Toyota Prius Owners are Switching to Tesla’s All-Electric Model S

Wealthy Toyota Prius Owners are Switching to Tesla’s All-Electric Model S

A recent Polk Automotive study reveals that many Model S owners traded in the cheaper Prius for Tesla's all-electric sedan. At first it may not make sense that Prius owners would switch to a vehicle that

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UPM’s Biofore Concept is a More Sustainable Car Made From Wood and Biocomposites

UPM’s Biofore Concept is a More Sustainable Car Made From Wood and Biocomposites

Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong UPM recently teamed up with students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences to create the

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3D-Printed Genesis Concept Car Inspired by the Turtle Offers Super Safe Auto Travel

3D-Printed Genesis Concept Car Inspired by the Turtle Offers Super Safe Auto Travel

German automotive supplier EDAG unveiled a new concept car inspired by a turtle. Showcased at the Geneva Motor Show, the Genesis' frame is designed to demonstrate the potential of 3D printing or additive

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Governor Christie’s Administration Bans Tesla’s Direct-Sales Model in New Jersey

Governor Christie’s Administration Bans Tesla’s Direct-Sales Model in New Jersey

Unfortunately we have a bit of bad news for Tesla Motors today as New Jersey joins a handful of states in the U.S. that are barring Tesla's direct-sales model, making it illegal for Tesla to sell its

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Volvo Claims Road Magnets are Safer than Cameras and GPS Systems for Self-Driving Cars

Volvo Claims Road Magnets are Safer than Cameras and GPS Systems for Self-Driving Cars

Most of today's autonomous cars rely heavily on GPS systems and cameras to drive on the road without intervention from a driver. But Volvo claims that GPS systems and cameras have limitations in certain

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Rolls-Royce Announces Plans for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Within the Next Three Years

Rolls-Royce Announces Plans for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Within the Next Three Years

When you think of Rolls-Royce, images of large, twelve-cylinder luxury vehicles will likely come to mind. But Rolls-Royce's image could become a bit greener in the next few years, as the automaker just

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Audi’s Traffic Light Recognition Technology Could Save Up to 238 Million Gallons of Fuel While Reducing Emissions

Audi’s Traffic Light Recognition Technology Could Save Up to 238 Million Gallons of Fuel While Reducing Emissions

Everyone knows how annoying it can be to hit every red light on a daily commute, and how stopping and accelerating for those pesky red lights also costs you more at the pump. Fortunately, Audi's new

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America’s First All-Electric School Bus Launches in California

America’s First All-Electric School Bus Launches in California

The country's first all-electric school bus began transporting students to and from Kings Canyon Unified school district in central California this week. The new electric vehicle is a modified SST Trans

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Madeover Maine Bus is a Groovy Guest Home on Wheels

Madeover Maine Bus is a Groovy Guest Home on Wheels

Complementing the micro home movement, bus renovations allow people to not only minimalize their lifestyle, but enjoy the benefits of traveling while doing so. The Maine Bus renovation was built for a

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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid Debuts with a 157 MPG Rating

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid Debuts with a 157 MPG Rating

Volkswagen has unveiled their new 2015 Golf GTE plug-in hybrid ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Based on the popular 2015 VW Golf GTI and GTD models, the new GTE turns the

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Tesla’s Lithium-Ion “Gigafactory” to Reduce Battery Costs by More than 30%

Tesla’s Lithium-Ion “Gigafactory” to Reduce Battery Costs by More than 30%

Last week Tesla announced plans to build a new large scale lithium-ion battery "gigafactory" within the next three years, and the automaker just revealed that it will require a massive initial investment

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Consumer Reports Says the Tesla Model S is the Best Overall Car You Can Buy

Consumer Reports Says the Tesla Model S is the Best Overall Car You Can Buy

Consumer Reports just released its latest list of the top cars currently on the market, and this year it named the Tesla Model S the Best Overall Car that you can buy. In order to qualify as a top pick a

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Hyundai’s 2015 Tucson Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Runs on Human Poo

Hyundai’s 2015 Tucson Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Runs on Human Poo

This spring Hyundai will begin leasing a fuel cell version of its Tucson crossover in the U.S. and when it goes on sale, drivers in Southern California will be able to power their cars using processed

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EQUAL: A Compact Electric Vehicle Specially Designed for People with Disabilities

EQUAL: A Compact Electric Vehicle Specially Designed for People with Disabilities

A new eco-friendly vehicle from Absolute Design could make independent, low-emission transportation possible for people who utilize a wheelchair. Most of us can't even imagine what life would be like with

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Tesla’s Elon Musk Confirms Talks with Apple, Reveals Plans for First Road-Ready Autonomous Car

Tesla’s Elon Musk Confirms Talks with Apple, Reveals Plans for First Road-Ready Autonomous Car

Earlier this week it was reported that Tesla CEO Elon Musk had a secret meeting with Apple's merger and acquisitions chief Adrian Perica last year at Apple's headquarters, which sparked countless rumors

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Local Motors to Debut First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show

Local Motors to Debut First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show

Unlike other automakers that mass produce their vehicles, Local Motors co-creates vehicles with a global community of designers, engineers and enthusiasts. So far the group has produced one car, the Rally

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How Smart Meters Could Optimize the United States’ Energy Grid for EV Charging

How Smart Meters Could Optimize the United States’ Energy Grid for EV Charging

Last year car buyers bought a record 100,000 electric vehicles - and that number is expected to grow more and more each year. As electric cars like the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf leave dealer

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Rinspeed Turns the Tesla Model S into an Autonomous Mobile Office

Rinspeed Turns the Tesla Model S into an Autonomous Mobile Office

On the outside, autonomous vehicles will look almost identical to today's vehicles, but there is a lot of room to dramatically change the interior. Since drivers no longer need to spend all of their time

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Toyota to Test a Wireless EV Charging System that Recharges Batteries in Just 90 Minutes

Toyota to Test a Wireless EV Charging System that Recharges Batteries in Just 90 Minutes

Toyota has announced plans to begin verification testing of its new wireless battery charging system for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Doing away with today's charging cables, the system can

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Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Hybrids to Fix a Software Glitch

Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Hybrids to Fix a Software Glitch

Toyota has issued a recall of 1.9 million Toyota Prius hybrids to reprogram software in the third-generation Prius. The recall is needed to update a hybrid control glitch that can cause the Prius to shut

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2015 Kia Soul EV Debuts in Chicago With a 100-Mile Driving Range

2015 Kia Soul EV Debuts in Chicago With a 100-Mile Driving Range

Kia just unveiled its first electric vehicle, the 2015 Kia Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. The EV looks nearly identical to the standard Soul, but under the hood lies a fully-electric powertrain with a

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New Map Shows How to Travel Across America Without a Car

New Map Shows How to Travel Across America Without a Car

Many Americans travel to Europe or Asia and are amazed at the ease of traversing long distances via rail or bus. But when it comes to the land of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the Most Fuel-Efficient Full-Size Pickup Ever

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the Most Fuel-Efficient Full-Size Pickup Ever

In the past full-size pickup truck manufacturers have always boasted about how much their vehicles can tow or haul - largely at the expense of fuel economy. Now Chrysler has taken a step towards making

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