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Apple will begin selling its excess green energy

Apple will begin selling its excess green energy

Apple has formed a new subsidiary company, but not one for developing the latest computer and mobile devices. Instead, "Apple Energy LLC" will be used to sell the surplus energy the company generates at its solar power farms. Incorporated in the state of Delaware in late May, Apple Energy has filed its request to sell power to markets in the US with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Volvo sets tough EV goals for this brave new Tesla world

Volvo sets tough EV goals for this brave new Tesla world

Volvo may be one of the old-school when it comes to age, but the Swedish automaker is looking to take on Tesla with an ambitious electrification plan for the next nine years. "By 2025 we will have delivered 1 million electrified cars to the market," Volvo president and CEO Håkan Samuelsson announced today, as part of the company's 2015 sustainability report.

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Ecocapsule is a sustainable egg-shaped house the size of a car

Ecocapsule is a sustainable egg-shaped house the size of a car

It may not seem like it, but the small, egg-shaped construction seen here can actually be lived in like house, despite being even smaller than a typical New York City apartment. It's called the Ecocapsule, and it's made for total off-the-grid sustainability. It features dimensions of 4.46 x 2.25 x 2.60 m (14 x 7.3 x 8.5 ft), and only offers 6.3 sq m (67.8 sq ft) of usable floorspace. Most people probably wouldn't want to live in it, but with power, water, a toilet, and a stove, they could certainly try.

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Toyota built this amazing “Back to the Future” gullwing Mirai

Toyota built this amazing “Back to the Future” gullwing Mirai

Are fuel-cells the future of eco-friendly transportation? Toyota certainly thinks so, and it's cranking up the Mirai's cool-factor with a one-off Back to the Future special edition for the hydrogen car's official launch for preorder customers in Los Angeles.

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Elon Musk’s SolarCity announces world’s most efficient solar panels

Elon Musk’s SolarCity announces world’s most efficient solar panels

SolarCity, the residential solar panel installer co-founded by Elon Musk, has said that it has developed the world's most efficient rooftop solar panel, achieving an efficiency of just over 22%. The company says that this means the panel is capable of generating more power per square foot and harvesting more energy per year than any other rooftop panel. Limited production is set to start this month, but the plan is to start building 360 watt panels at SolarCity's new 1-gigawatt plant opening in New York next year.

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Tesla Model X detailed as first owners get their EV SUV

Tesla Model X detailed as first owners get their EV SUV

It's been three years since Tesla showed off the Model X for the first time, and the time has finally come for the first few cars to reach owners. The all-electric follow up to the Model S, complete with eye-catching gullwing doors, Tesla's second car has been punctuated with delays.

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VW board warns more heads will roll in dieselgate

VW board warns more heads will roll in dieselgate

The Volkswagen board has hinted at further blood-letting at the company, following Dr. Martin Winterkorn's resignation today over the diesel testing fiasco. News this morning that Winterkorn would step down - despite denying any wrongdoing - has sent "a strong signal both internally and externally" according to the company's supervisory board, which warns that it is "expecting further personnel consequences in the next days."

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2016 Nissan Leaf adds 107 mile battery option

2016 Nissan Leaf adds 107 mile battery option

Nissan has stretched the legs of its 2016 Leaf, giving buyers of the refreshed all-electric car the option to boost range to over 100 miles. The new battery pack, available on the Leaf SV and SL models, increases power density from the standard battery's 24 kWh to 30 kWh, and while the EPA is yet to test it, Nissan is estimating as much as 107 miles of driving from a single charge.

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Google Project Sunroof takes guesswork out of solar switch

Google Project Sunroof takes guesswork out of solar switch

Google is hoping to encourage more homeowners to fit rooftop solar panels, launching Project Sunroof to do the math on just how much could be saved. The system relies on the same aerial imagery that Google already delivers in Google Earth, figuring out rooftop area and then taking into account factors like what angle the sunlight will hit it, whether it's in the shade of nearby buildings or trees, and even what the weather might be like in your area.

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Audi targets 300 mile range for all-electric SUV

Audi targets 300 mile range for all-electric SUV

Audi is planning an electric SUV with a 300 mile range, working with Samsung and LG on the battery technology required to deliver the sort of power promise big car drivers demand. Details on the new car are yet to be confirmed, though it's likely to be reminiscent of the Prologue Allroad concept that Audi showed off back in April.

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Faraday Future promises mysterious Tesla-rival by 2017

Faraday Future promises mysterious Tesla-rival by 2017

A mysterious electric car startup, Faraday Future, is promising to not only ape Tesla's success but raid its talent pool to do that. Established in 2014, the Californian company has already picked up a number of employees from rival car firms, including several with experience on well-known EV projects, and is reportedly hard at work developing its first - so far publicly unnamed - model that if all goes to plan should be on sale in 2017.

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New Fisker Karma aims for mid-2016 launch

New Fisker Karma aims for mid-2016 launch

Troubled luxury hybrid maker Fisker is aiming to get its reborn new Karma sedan on roads by mid-2016, the company's new management have revealed. The new Karma will be based on the gas-and-electric original model Fisker Automotive began producing in 2011, though final details are yet to be confirmed. A spate of vehicle fires and underwhelming sales forced Fisker into bankruptcy in 2013, at which point it was snapped up as a relative bargain - albeit one with a history in need of some serious PR massaging - by a Chinese auto-parts maker.

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