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Ford drops BlackBerry for iPhone

Ford drops BlackBerry for iPhone

A Ford spokesperson spoke today on the next big internal transition for the company: one of phone switching. Ford’s Sara Tatchio suggested that by the end of this year, 3,300 Ford workers will no longer carry BlackBerry smartphones. Instead, they’ll be switching to Apple’s iPhone.

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Toyota Mirai name tipped for fuel-cell car launch

Toyota Mirai name tipped for fuel-cell car launch

Toyota's fuel-cell car will launch as the Toyota Mirai, insiders claim, naming the hydrogen-powered vehicle after the Japanese word for "future". The car, expected to go on sale sometime before April 2015, has so far only been known as the Toyota FCV (or "Fuel-Cell Vehicle"), polarizing trade show visitors with its distinctive looks.

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Elon Musk to guest star in The Simpsons

Elon Musk to guest star in The Simpsons

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk may have got an electric car company and - quite literally - rockets off the ground, but his biggest achievement is still in store: a guest appearance on The Simpsons. The billionaire inventor will be appearing as himself (in cartoon form, anyway) in one episode in upcoming Season 26 of the hit show, in which he'll pit his vast fortune against that of Mr Burns.

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Honda axes Insight hybrid and Fit EV

Honda axes Insight hybrid and Fit EV

Honda is quietly weeding out its eco-friendly car range, killing two models and retiring its fuel-cell vehicle as it reacts to disappointing sales. The Honda Insight - notable for being America's first hybrid car - has been axed, after demand dwindled to just a small fraction of the number of comparative models Toyota and other firms are selling.

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EV makers form Smart Grid platform for cleverer charging

EV makers form Smart Grid platform for cleverer charging

The days of plugging a smart electric car into a dumb outlet may be numbered, with eight of the top auto firms joining forces with power companies to work out a universal "smart grid" standard for charging EVs and hybrids. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) aims to build a common language for cars and utilities to speak, allowing them to take advantage of off-peak and nighttime charging rates among other promotions, regardless of which socket they're plugged into.

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Audi puts self-driving A7 on road in highway testing

Audi puts self-driving A7 on road in highway testing

Audi dispatched its latest self-driving car prototype down the highways of Florida, previewing the autonomous technologies the German firm believes it will commercialize within the next five years. The test saw a heavily customized Audi A7 drive itself down Tampa's Selmon Expressway, at one point putting the governor responsible for making the route an automated driving and connected car test bed in the driving seat, albeit with his hands off the wheel.

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2015 Ford F-150 finally priced up

2015 Ford F-150 finally priced up

Itching to get your hands on some aluminum-bodied goodness in the shape of Ford's 2015 F-150 truck? Orders of the new model have kicked off this week, with prices rising over 2014's version, even as weight drops considerably. The new 2015 F-150 kicks off at $26,615 for the XL base version, up $395 over last year (including delivery and destination fees), though you'll have to pay a little more if you want the frugal EcoBoost engine.

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