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Tesla tears down NYT Model S review with car’s own logs

Tesla tears down NYT Model S review with car’s own logs

Tesla has torn into the New York Times review of its Model S electric car, using systems logs showing charge and recharge status, driving style, cabin settings and more to undermine claims the EV is unreliable. In a detailed run-down of the stats gathered by the Model S' onboard computer - something Tesla says it always does "carefully" on media drives, after UK car show Top Gear made similar reliability claims about a previous model, in a case which ended up in the courtroom - Tesla CEO Elon Musk argues that NYT reviewer John Broder was prejudiced against electric cars from the start, and did as much as possible to portray the Model S as unfit for the road.

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Cadillac takes ELR electric coupe to play in the snow

Cadillac takes ELR electric coupe to play in the snow

We knew Cadillac's ELR electric coupé looked good parked-up, but GM's winter testing shows the luxury eco-vehicle is just as at home on the snow as it is on the drive. Announced last month at the Detroit Auto Show, the ELR has been laying down tracks across Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where it can take advantage of tough driving conditions to see how safe, reliable, and satisfying it is behind the wheel.

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Ford, Daimler and Renault-Nissan team on fuel-cell cars by 2017

Ford, Daimler and Renault-Nissan team on fuel-cell cars by 2017

Ford, Daimler AG, and the Renault-Nissan alliance will jointly a develop a fuel-cell system for eco-conscious motoring, with the first mass-market, "affordable" model tipped for 2017. The pact - which follows a similar agreement by BMW and Toyota, also concerning fuel-cell technology - will see a single fuel-cell stack and system that will form the basis of a new range of cars from each marque, with the same underlying technology rebranded to suit different consumer segments.

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Hot cities make for bad weather neighbors say researchers

Hot cities make for bad weather neighbors say researchers

A rogue butterfly may flaps its wings and cause a hurricane a continent away, but waste heat from cities is causing widespread climate change closer to home and on a regular basis, new research suggests. Burning fossil fuels to heat cities and power the cars on their streets has a heating and cooling effect on areas thousands of miles around, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado claims, with atmospheric circulation change causing fluctuations of up to 2-degrees Fahrenheit remotely from the city itself.

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BMW and Toyota official tech buddies: Sports cars, Li-Air batteries, more

BMW and Toyota official tech buddies: Sports cars, Li-Air batteries, more

BMW and Toyota have finalized their partnership on sports cars, fuel-cell tech and more, signing a binging agreement that will also see the German and Japanese marques collaborate on new lithium-air batteries. The deal, which builds on the two car company's previous "memorandum of understanding" back in June 2012, focuses on four key areas for the future, with green motoring and lightweight, fun performance cars both on the agenda before 2020.

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Cadillac ELR blends EV with luxury

Cadillac ELR blends EV with luxury

Cadillac's thinking big for its reinvention plans, but the new Cadillac ELR is a surprisingly compact four-seater coupe for the luxury tourer market, promising both eco-friendly performance and a cosseting ride. Revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, and set to hit showrooms in early 2014, the ELR is based on Cadillac's Converj concept from 2011, and uses a small gas engine to supplement Li-Ion batteries and electric motors for 300+ mile range.

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Nissan slashes entry-level Leaf EV by $6k

Nissan slashes entry-level Leaf EV by $6k

Nissan's new Leaf EV could be priced as low as $18,800 in 2013, as the company chases elusive sales and first-time electric car buyers with a refreshed, budget version. The company, already stinging from less-than-anticipated demand for the Leaf worldwide, had previously confirmed that it would be introducing a third, entry-level version of the car for the new year; now, it's confirmed pricing, though exactly how good a deal drivers will get depends on their local subsidies.

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Cheaper Nissan Leaf confirmed to spur 2013 EV sales

Cheaper Nissan Leaf confirmed to spur 2013 EV sales

Nissan has confirmed a new version of the Leaf electric car will launch this year, a cheaper model to lower the cost of entry to EVs, though the car company is yet to announce actual pricing. The new Leaf S - which will go on sale alongside two more feature-packed variants of the car - should hit showrooms in February, Nissan says, with the primary compromise being the absence of a new fast charging system.

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Voltitude V1 folding electric bike up for expensive preorder

Voltitude V1 folding electric bike up for expensive preorder

Swiss folding electric bike start-up Voltitude has begun taking orders for its eye-catching urban transport alternative, a collapsable battery-powered bike with a roughly 25 mile range. Intended to make the final jaunt between public transportation and your home or office more straightforward, the Voltitude V1 borrows the best of scooters and pushbikes for something that can be trundled off the train and have you at your desk in short order.

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