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Mercedes-Benz just made $780m from Tesla

Mercedes-Benz just made $780m from Tesla

Mercedes-Benz has sold off its remaining stake in motor industry disrupter Tesla, pocketing around $780m in the process, but insisting that it won't stop the two companies from collaborating on new and existing electric car projects. The German firm had approximately 4-percent ownership of Tesla remaining, but sold it off having decided that the holding was "not necessary for our partnership and cooperation," Daimler board member Bodo Uebber said of the sale. Nonetheless, evidence of Tesla's work can be found throughout models in Mercedes-Benz's range, from the Smart city car upwards.

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Ford slashes Focus Electric sticker amid tougher EV fight

Ford slashes Focus Electric sticker amid tougher EV fight

Ford has slashed the price of the Focus Electric for the second time in less than eighteen months, as it tries to keep the electric car competitive against increasingly affordable rivals from Nissan and others. The EV had launched as a conversion of the regular gas Focus back in 2011, slowly spreading in availability across most of the US, though sales have remained underwhelming. In fact, less than 4,000 Focus Electric cars have been bought since it hit showrooms.

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Tesla’s first battery-swap station opening by year-end

Tesla’s first battery-swap station opening by year-end

Tesla will open its first battery-swap station within the next few months, the electric car company has confirmed to SlashGear, offering drivers of the Model S a ninety second way to "refuel" their cars. First demonstrated in June 2013, the battery exchange system eschews even the rapid charging of Tesla's Supercharger network in favor of a wholesale exchange of the batteries themselves. The process would be fully automatic, too, meaning the driver won't even need to step out of the car in order to replenish their charge levels.

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How smart will Tesla’s Model S Autopilot be?

How smart will Tesla’s Model S Autopilot be?

Tesla's plans for the new Autopilot features on the Model S aren't exactly humble, with CEO Elon Musk suggesting EVs that could come to heel at your beck & call and even read your calendar to know when they might be needed, but what works now and what's merely on the roadmap? Speaking at the launch of the Tesla "D", the AWD version of the Model S, Musk cited regulatory lag for blocking some of the more advanced autonomous features his cars are capable of, so we went hunting to see what, exactly, new owners should expect.

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Cadillac schemes plans to trample Tesla

Cadillac schemes plans to trample Tesla

Cadillac is planning a strike at Tesla, with a fully-electric luxury car on the roadmap that will see the company challenge the Model S as the GM-owned marque broadens its play for eco-friendly motoring. The all-electric car - the name of which has not been confirmed - will be one of a number of new models that includes the refreshed ELR plug-in hybrid and a luxury sedan now known to be the CT6. However, Cadillac is also considering a number of other models, including new crossovers and an even huger, uber-luxe sedan to take on the best of German rivals from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi.

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Tesla Model S “D” adds AWD: Self-driving Auto-Pilot

Tesla Model S “D” adds AWD: Self-driving Auto-Pilot

Tesla promised us something new with its big "D" reveal, and the reality is a new version of the Model S - the P85D - and some smarter driving tech that helps push the EV ahead of its Germanic rivals offer. Announced in LA at an event swamped with existing Model S owners (many of whom were hoping it would be the Model X SUV that was actually the secret star of the show), the "D" isn't a new model as such but in fact new versions of the existing Model S, adding an all-wheel-drive version to across the line-up that boosts traction, performance, and range. Maybe more exciting, though, is the future ability for the car to - in limited circumstances - drive itself to meet you.

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Here’s how Lamborghini thinks hybrid supercars should work

Here’s how Lamborghini thinks hybrid supercars should work

When Lamborghini makes a hybrid, you know something is up, but the Italian supercar manufacturer wasn't thinking so much of "going green" as it was "going fast" when it designed the Asterion LPI 910-4's powertrain. One of the stars of the Paris Auto Show 2014 last week, the sleek coupé pairs together a 5.2-liter V10 gas engine with three electric motors to produce Lamborghini's first ever plug-in hybrid - at least in concept form, anyway. A new video, meanwhile, explains exactly how those two systems combine for the car's heady 910 HP.

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Cadillac’s taking a second shot at the ELR coupe

Cadillac’s taking a second shot at the ELR coupe

Cadillac will reveal its second take on the ELR plug-in hybrid in November, making a renewed attempt to challenge the Tesla Model S, the GM luxury brand has confirmed. Expected to take the stage at the 2014 LA Auto Show, the 2016 ELR has a big challenge ahead of it, with the original car criticized for its $76,000 sticker price and derided by some as being too similar to the considerably more affordable Chevrolet Volt it shares its underlying technology with.

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BMW just made car charging smart

BMW just made car charging smart

BMW has given the electric car charger a smart makeover, boosting performance, integrating with smart home technologies, and and opening the door to further cutting ties to the mainstream grid. The BMW i Wallbox Pro joins BMW's existing i Wallbox Pure for cars like the i8 and i3, but boosts power to 7.4 kW and throws in a 7-inch touchscreen for more in-depth control and feedback.

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2015 Kia Soul EV First-Drive: A new city-car star

2015 Kia Soul EV First-Drive: A new city-car star

Kia’s 2015 Soul EV may look cute, but the company isn’t playing around when it comes to its first all-electric car for the US market. Based on the hit Soul city car, but dumping the gas engines for a torquey electric powertrain, the Soul EV may be following the Leaf, 500e, and Focus EV to market, but its clearly used that extra time to learn from what they got right - and how to avoid their mistakes.

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