Rimac’s Concept_One electric car drag-races a Tesla Model S and LaFerrari

Even Ludicrous mode is no match for Rimac’s powertrain. sci tech news

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BMW’s EV roadmap detailed, includes full autonomy by 2025

P90131413_highRes_the-bmw-i8-09-2013 BMW isn’t letting off the gas on its electric vehicle program – the company plans replacements for the i3 and i8 by 2022, according to Automobile Magazine, and a new entrant dubbed Project i20 internally (but likely to be known as the i5 or i6 when it hits streets) on track for 2021. The i20 has a fully electric drivetrain, like the i3 before it, and will also offer BMW’s… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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NASA funds long shots aiming to make electric and eco-friendly aircraft

Airplane Top View One of these days we’re going to see aircraft go electric, just as cars are — but not for a while. In the meantime, we can’t slack off when it comes to the research that will make it possible. NASA has announced five research projects that may help make planes more efficient and green. Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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Mercedes-Benz said to plan EV sub-brand, with multiple SUVs and sedans

2016-B-CLASS-EV-063-CCF-DR Mercedes-Benz isn’t just planning one or two all-electric vehicle options to woo customers away from competitors including BMW and Tesla who are further along with their EV lineups – they have four models in the works, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg. These cars will be offered under a new sub-brand with a new name, per the report. The first of these will likely come at… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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Nissan says EV chargers will outnumber gas stations in the UK by 2020

148558_10_5 A new study by car maker Nissan predicts the UK will have more electric vehicle charging locations than gas stations by 2020. It’s a bold prediction to estimate that EV chargers will outnumber places to gas up in just four short years, but Nissan is counting on both a continued decline in the number of operational gas stations, as well as new charge points coming online. The attrition… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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The White House hits the accelerator pedal to increase electric vehicle adoption

There’s a coalition of car companies, utilities, and charging networks on board. sci tech news

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More EVs—and more kinds of EVs—are expected to be sold this year

Fiat 500e If it seems like EVs are everywhere, you’re closer to being right this year than ever before. Navigant Research expects the EV market to grow 62% year over year in 2016, which adds up to nearly 200,000 EVs being sold this year.
Navigant points to long-range battery electric vehicles (BEVs) with price tags under $40,000, like the Chevy Bolt ($37,000 MSRP) that’s expected to hit… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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Tesla under investigation for possible breach of securities law, WSJ reports

A member of the media test drives a Tesla Motors Inc. Model S car equipped with Autopilot in Palo Alto, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Tesla Motors Inc. will begin rolling out the first version of its highly anticipated "autopilot" features to owners of its all-electric Model S sedan Thursday. Autopilot is a step toward the vision of autonomous or self-driving cars, and includes features like automatic lane changing and the ability of the Model S to parallel park for you. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Tesla is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, The Wall Street Journal reported, for a possible securities law breach. What’s at issue is whether the electric vehicle company should have notified shareholders immediately following a fatal accident on May 7 that killed a Tesla Model S owner who was using Autopilot at the time of the crash. A spokesperson… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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