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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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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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