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Car companies should be very scared of Apple, Google and Tesla

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas could have almost been a motor show. From the endless booths of automotive-related products to massive car company displays, the entire and extremely massive show had a very heavy auto skew...

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New Nissan Leaf confirmed: Next EV to go further with new tech
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New Nissan Leaf confirmed: Next EV to go further with new tech

The next-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf has been made official by the company’s CEO, Carlos Ghosn, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The second-generation Leaf, which will follow its predecessor that debuted in 2010, signals Nissan’s commitment to electric-vehicle technology, while the Japanese brand also promises to incorporate the latest in its arsenal of autonomous driving systems with the new model...


Faraday Future 91 revealed with 600km of electric range: But can they build it?
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Faraday Future 91 revealed with 600km of electric range: But can they build it?

One year after revealing the FFZERO1 concept, Chinese-backed and American-based EV startup Faraday Future has finally revealed its promised first car: the FF 91. The electric startup has been surrounded in recent months by reports of outstanding debts and a shortage of funds, with backer Jia Yueting - founder of China's LeTV empire and, oddly, another EV company in LeEco - admitting to employees in November that the company had overextended itself...


Tesla's new Supercharger stations will offer better than 350kW of power
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Tesla's new Supercharger stations will offer better than 350kW of power

Famously outspoken Tesla boss Elon Musk has again taken to his favourite platform, Twitter, to hint at a powerful new upgrade. Responding to a query from Electrek.com writer Fred Lambert about solar installations at existing Supercharger stations, Musk said that while some are solar-powered already, it would be 'Supercharger V3' that would see the greatest benefit...


Lucid Air revealed ahead of 2018 debut: New all-electric Tesla rival unveiled
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Lucid Air revealed ahead of 2018 debut: New all-electric Tesla rival unveiled

Lucid Motors, the 'new' Chinese-backed and US-based EV brand formerly known as battery technology company Atieva, has unveiled its rival to the all-electric Tesla Model S: the Lucid Air. Officially a concept, Lucid claims it will begin production of the Air at a new facility in Arizona, with the program scheduled to begin in 2018...


BMW partners with Westfield for free EV charging, Tesla tops 200 destination points
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BMW partners with Westfield for free EV charging, Tesla tops 200 destination points

BMW Australia has partnered with shopping centre network Westfield to offer electric vehicle charging stations at 10 locations across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. The stations, installed by Chargepoint, will be free to use for any EV drivers and not just owners of electrified BMW models...


China's WM Motor pulls back from 'alleged' EV concept designs: Mitsubishi origins revealed
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China's WM Motor pulls back from 'alleged' EV concept designs: Mitsubishi origins revealed

Chinese electric vehicle startup WM Motor has released a strongly worded declaration that a series of expertly rendered vehicles purported to be a preview of its future line-up are, in fact, not authentic. In a statement released today, the company said: "Any alleged concept design images mentioned over the internet are NOT related to WM Motor to any extent...


Faraday Future previews family-hauling EV ahead of CES debut
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Faraday Future previews family-hauling EV ahead of CES debut

Electric vehicle upstart Faraday Future has handed down a new preview image of its upcoming SUV-styled family car, which will likely be positioned as a rival to the Tesla Model X and the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace. The company had first hinted at this new vehicle with a shadowy silhouette that outlines the car's profile, released in April...


Faraday Future could crumble 'if CES goes badly', Lucid ramps up
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Faraday Future could crumble 'if CES goes badly', Lucid ramps up

If new reports are to be believed, next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas could be the make-or-break moment for electric vehicle startup Faraday Future. Having revealed nothing more to-date than a sleek futuristic concept, the company has already been declared by some on social media to be a questionable prospect...


Toyota boss Akio Toyoda to lead the charge on EV development
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Toyota boss Akio Toyoda to lead the charge on EV development

Toyota may have pioneered the mass production of hybrid vehicles, but its move into next-generation power has been a less than direct process. To date, the Japanese giant has focused its post-hybrid efforts on a plug-in hybrid EV version of the Prius and the 'other' future alternative energy: hydrogen...


The Audi of 2030 will be an "electrification company": Q5 technology boss
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The Audi of 2030 will be an "electrification company": Q5 technology boss

Audi, already at the forefront of integrating hybrid electric technology with its fleet of luxury vehicles, is a company that is firmly looking to the future. Specifically, an electric future, with more and more research and development focussed on emerging powertrain technology...


BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen to launch ultra-fast EV network in Europe
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BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen to launch ultra-fast EV network in Europe

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group have announced they will partner to build a network of ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations across Europe. The joint venture can be considered a response to the growing Tesla Supercharger network in Europe, which is understood to number around 260 sites - with more to come...


2017 BMW i3 94Ah review: Long-term report one - introduction
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2017 BMW i3 94Ah review: Long-term report one - introduction

The BMW i3 94Ah brings an important update to the electric hatch's driving range, but is it enough to put 'range anxiety' to bed? Over the course of this long-term report, we'll explore that question - and so much more.


Jaguar I-Pace uses Formula E tech for improved performance
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Jaguar I-Pace uses Formula E tech for improved performance

It’s all starting to make sense now, why British luxury carmaker, Jaguar, would dive head-first into the all-electric Formula E racing series. This week, the company unveiled the Jaguar I-Pace Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show - its first ever electric vehicle, only in this case, it’s a performance SUV with styling derived from its C-X75 hybrid-electric supercar concept, which we saw at Paris in 2010...


Jaguar I-Pace concept: More than just a concept
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Jaguar I-Pace concept: More than just a concept

When British luxury carmaker Jaguar took the covers off its stunning all-electric I-Pace SUV, it was quick to point out that this wasn’t just a concept, but rather “a preview of a production vehicle – a Jaguar electric performance SUV”. Globally, Jaguar is riding a wave of success led by the company’s entry-level XE sedan, as well as strong sales from the F-Pace – the brand’s first-ever SUV...


Mazda says conventional engines still the way forward, electrification not yet viable
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Mazda says conventional engines still the way forward, electrification not yet viable

Mazda says that it is still focused on improving the internal combustion engine as part of its SkyActiv technologies, without the need to rush into hybrid or electric vehicles on mass. Speaking to CarAdvice at the premiere of the new CX-5, the boss of Mazda Australia, Martin Benders, said that the Japanese brand still sees a lot of potential in the internal combustion engine (ICE)...


Jaguar I-Pace 'concept' revealed: British luxury brand readies move into EV arena
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Jaguar I-Pace 'concept' revealed: British luxury brand readies move into EV arena

The Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV concept has been revealed at the Los Angeles motor show this week, signalling the company's plans to rival the likes of the Tesla Model X...


US mandates noise generators for hybrids, EVs from 2019
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US mandates noise generators for hybrids, EVs from 2019

As part of the US' new 'quiet car rules', all new hybrid and electric cars sold in the US from September 1, 2019 will need to have a noise generator that operates when the car is moving at low speeds. The new rule requires the generator to emit a noise whenever an EV or hybrid is idling, or travelling forward or in reverse at speeds up to 30km/h...


2017 Tesla Model S 75D Review
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2017 Tesla Model S 75D Review

Now that the hype surrounding Tesla has died down a little and the Tesla Model S has been given a facelift to keep it looking fresh, is it a sensible decision to pick the electric sedan over its German luxury rivals? That question is hard to answer, because it requires a very personal perspective to come to a decision...


Honda unveils 3D-printed cookie delivery van in Japan
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Honda unveils 3D-printed cookie delivery van in Japan

Honda unveiled a 3D printed electric urban delivery van at the CEATEC electronics trade show last week. Developed by Kabuku, a 3D printing company, for the Toshimaya, a cookie shop based in the city of Kamakura, where the narrow winding streets prove to be a real challenge for company's home delivery vans...