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Happy Hydrogen: Up close with Toyota’s 2015 FCV

Happy Hydrogen: Up close with Toyota’s 2015 FCV

Toyota isn't quite full of hot air with its latest car, but it's not far off. The Toyota FCV relies on hydrogen - a gas, but not gasoline - for its get-up-and-go, and though the commercial release isn't expected until next year, that hasn't stopped the new sedan from starting a quiet tour in eco-conscious California. It brought along some old friends, too, including one of the SUVs Toyota first used to prove the fuel-cell technology would work.

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BMW ponders MINI Superleggera EV coupe amid possible car cull

BMW ponders MINI Superleggera EV coupe amid possible car cull

BMW is biding its time on giving the beautiful MINI Superleggera electric roadster concept the green light for production, warning that the city car line-up could facing a culling as some of the flabbier models are axed. The Superleggera was revealed back in May, an attempt to blend British heritage with Italian open-top style, but also to tease the possibility of an EV powertrain for a more eco-friendly engine option.

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Ford said readying Prius attack in 2018

Ford said readying Prius attack in 2018

Ford is finally readying a true rival to the Toyota Prius, insiders claim, with a new hybrid designed from the ground-up with eco technology said to be in the pipeline for the 2019 model year. The car, currently unnamed but said to be going under the C240 codename, is expected to be built on Ford's C2 global compact architecture, as well as improve on range and efficiency from the company's existing Earth-friendly models.

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Transparent solar panels could revolutionize cities & tablets

Transparent solar panels could revolutionize cities & tablets

Transparent solar cells that could one day mean your home, office, or even car windows are generating electricity have been developed, as well as opening the door to phones and tablets that create their own power. The research, led by a team at Michigan State University, has come up with a transparent luminescent solar concentrator which looks clear to the eye but can still harvest energy from wavelengths of light invisible to humans.

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The Renovo Coupe is the new poster child for extreme EV

The Renovo Coupe is the new poster child for extreme EV

Forget Tesla. That's perhaps not the official tagline for Renovo Motors and its striking new electric coupe, but it's not hard to see the retro racer as a push back against Elon Musk's polished bid to take EVs mainstream. Unveiled at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the Renovo Coupe makes some big claims, too, like 0-60 mph in under 3.4 seconds.

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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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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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Unique BMW i8 to pack first laser eyes in US

Unique BMW i8 to pack first laser eyes in US

BMW's i8 electric supercar may be out of the reach of most, but that isn't stopping the German company from crafting an even more exclusive version of the eco-friendly coupe. The one-off BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition will, as the name suggests, make its debut at August's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance event, and be the first to pack some exclusive tech: lasers.

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