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Volkswagen I.D. R prepping for high-altitude Pikes Peak torture test

Volkswagen isn't necessarily the first brand that springs to mind when you say 'Pikes Peak', but the German giant has its eyes set on all-electric glory at the legendary Colorado hillclimb. Central to the charge is the I.D...

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Audi embraces electric future, internal combustion to remain for decades
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Audi embraces electric future, internal combustion to remain for decades

Audi is embracing electrified mobility, but is under no illusions about the how long the transition from internal-combustion power will take, with the brand still investing heavily in traditional petrol and diesel engines. As part of the Volkswagen Group, Audi is taking advantage of a wider push towards electrification, promising one in three cars it sells globally by 2025 will be fully electric of plug-in hybrid...


Smart factory upgraded to produce Mercedes-Benz electric cars
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Smart factory upgraded to produce Mercedes-Benz electric cars

Mercedes-Benz will invest €500 million ($786 million) upgrading its Smart factory to produce a new "compact EQ model". Although the company hasn't officially announced it, it's likely this car will be the production version of the EQA Concept. Unveiled in September 2017, the EQA Concept has 200kW of combined power on tap from two electric motors — one for each axle...


Mark Webber takes the Porsche Mission E for a spin - video
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Mark Webber takes the Porsche Mission E for a spin - video

After ending his Formula 1 career with Red Bull Racing, Mark Webber made the switch t0 World Endurance Championship (WEC) racing with Porsche. He's not competing anymore, but the Porsche partnership isn't over...


Tesla Model 3 Performance specs revealed
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Tesla Model 3 Performance specs revealed

Tesla has finally announced what we can expect from the Model 3 Performance, which should be making its way to US customers soon. So, what's the story? Tesla knows a thing or two about acceleration, so we'll start there. The 0-60mph (0-97km/h) sprint takes 3.5 seconds in dual-motor Performance models, before topping out at 250km/h...


BAIC EC is the top-selling electric car worldwide
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BAIC EC is the top-selling electric car worldwide

The BAIC EC has zoomed up the charts to become the world's best-selling electric car during the first three months of 2018. In figures released overnight by JATO Dynamics, the BAIC EC notched up 25,630 sales (up 260 per cent) during the first quarter of this year, taking the provisional sales crown from the Nissan Leaf, which thanks to a new generation model was up 47 per cent to 22,124...


BMW iX3 to commence Chinese production in 2020
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BMW iX3 to commence Chinese production in 2020

The upcoming BMW iX3 electric SUV has been confirmed for production in China from 2020, alongside the combustion-powered version. During the company's annual general meeting this week, CEO Harald Krüger confirmed BMW will extend its partnership with regional partner Brilliance Auto...


Audi e-tron snapped on the Nurburgring
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Audi e-tron snapped on the Nurburgring

The first all-electric, mass-produced Audi – the e-tron – has been snapped on the Nurburgring, continuing the long buildup to its full launch later this year. Here's what we know about the e-tron, which officially launches on August 30. In prototype form, it offers more than 500km of range on a full charge, and hits 100km/h in 4.6 seconds...


Professional drifter takes on autonomous racer - video
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Professional drifter takes on autonomous racer - video

Formula E isn't the only race series with its sights set on transforming the world of motorsport. The fully-autonomous Roborace category is aiming to take the focus off humans and put it onto self-driving technology with a futuristic, sci-fi inspired racer...


Tesla Model S involved in another Autopilot accident
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Tesla Model S involved in another Autopilot accident

Another Tesla Model S has been involved in an accident with Autopilot engaged, raising more questions about how humans interact with semi-autonomous driver assist systems. Police say the car smashed into a stationary firetruck at around 100km/h, leaving the driver with a broken right ankle. The airbags in the car fired, while no-one from the firetruck was injured...


Tesla Model X tows Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Video
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Tesla Model X tows Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Video

Avid motoring enthusiasts probably remember Volkswagen towing a Boeing 747 with a diesel V10 Touareg. People saw diesel very differently in 2008, and the 747 was still alive and kicking. Now, Tesla and Qantas have teamed up for a more up-to-date take on the same stunt...


Alpina: Electric power unlikely for foreseeable future
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Alpina: Electric power unlikely for foreseeable future

Alpina isn't in any hurry to adopt electrified powertrains, arguing its customers want big-capacity engines from their cars rather than plug-in hybrids or battery-electric vehicles. Speaking with media at an event in Melbourne this week, Andreas Bovensiepen, Alpina's CEO and son of the brand's founder, said its owners are still attached to old-fashioned characteristics in their cars...


Tesla Model 3: Dual-motor, Performance order books open this week
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Tesla Model 3: Dual-motor, Performance order books open this week

Elon Musk has confirmed the order books will open for dual-motor and performance-oriented Model 3 variants this week, with production to start in July. The news was announced (surprise surprise) on Twitter, and matches an April tweet claiming the expanded line-up would be available from "probably July"...


McLaren: No to SUVs, yes to an electric hypercar
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McLaren: No to SUVs, yes to an electric hypercar

McLaren Automotive won’t follow key sports car-making rivals Lamborghini and Porsche in producing an SUV any time soon, but it does plan to introduce more hybrids and eventually offer a fully-electric model...


Volkswagen orders $64 billion worth of electric car batteries
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Volkswagen orders $64 billion worth of electric car batteries

The Volkswagen Group has doubled its anticipated order for lithium-ion batteries to €30 billion ($64 billion). These batteries will be used by Volkswagen and its various brands to aggressively push into the nascent electric vehicle segment in the wake of its Dieselgate emission cheating scandal...


Audi e-tron to debut on August 30
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Audi e-tron to debut on August 30

Ladies and gentlemen, stop holding your breath: we finally have an official launch date for the first mass-production Audi electric vehicle. Mark down August 30 in your diary, that's when the covers will finally come off the e-tron. It's been teased extensively, and a heavily camouflaged prototype was revealed in Geneva, but the end of August will be the first proper look at the car in production guise...


Tesla teases new model in shadowy video
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Tesla teases new model in shadowy video

Tesla has offered a very brief look at a new model, as part of a tightly-produced promo video dubbed 'Tesla 2018'. Along with footage of the Model 3 driving through a warehouse and some shots from the production line, the video shows an unfinished car partially obscured by a sheet...


Lagonda confirms electric SUV for 2021
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Lagonda confirms electric SUV for 2021

Lagonda, high-end luxury arm of British sports car marque Aston Martin, has announced its plans to launch an all-electric SUV in 2021. Set to be the "first in a range of state of the art, emission-free luxury vehicles", the new Lagonda model will draw heavily from the Vision Concept shown at this year's Geneva motor show...


Audi to sell 800,000 electrified cars in 2025
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Audi to sell 800,000 electrified cars in 2025

Audi has announced plans to sell 800,000 pure-electric and plug-in vehicles in 2025, as the brand doubles down on its commitment to electric mobility. Rupert Stadler, Audi AG board chairman, said the company wants to "revolutionise mobility" and become the top luxury manufacturer in the e-mobility space – not exactly unique goals, given both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are aggressively planning their own plug-in revolutions...


Mercedes-Benz EQC development and testing regime detailed
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Mercedes-Benz EQC development and testing regime detailed

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC, the brand's first high volume electric car, has just completed its cold weather testing regime in northern Sweden, and will soon begin hot weather testing in southern Spain. As development of the EQC is expected to take four years, the car will be exposed to three winters and three summers before its launch...