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BMW i8 will force fake engine noise and howl at pedestrians

BMW i8 will force fake engine noise and howl at pedestrians

BMW's i8 supercar may run on electricity but that doesn't mean the Germany marque has forgotten about aural performance: both inside and out. A new video showing how the i8 performs in Sport Mode - which you can see after the cut - shows that not only is the speed there, with the BMW doing 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, but it makes a pretty distinctive noise while it does it, despite only having a very small gasoline engine.

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Crazy Toyota i-Road hits Tokyo for tilting urban trial

Crazy Toyota i-Road hits Tokyo for tilting urban trial

Toyota has dispatched a small fleet of its i-Road electric "personal mobility vehicles" into public testing, the first of a multi-city trial to see just how practical tiny tilting three-wheelers could be for urban users. The i-Road, announced last year, will show up on Tokyo streets first, with ten of the 300kg two-seaters having been specially modified from the initial version we tried in Japan recently.

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Mercedes hydrogen fuel cell car due 2017

Mercedes hydrogen fuel cell car due 2017

Mercedes-Benz is readying "the next level" of hydrogen fuel cell cars, aiming to get a production model on the road by 2017 in the form of what's believed to be a new SUV. Although the complexities of sustaining a hydrogen-fuel car is way more than an electric one, hopefully the pact signed by parent company Daimler, Ford and Nissan will make it more affordable.

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Cree 100W LED bulb aims to snuff out incandescents

Cree 100W LED bulb aims to snuff out incandescents

LED lighting manufacturer Cree has outed its latest bulb, a 100W-equivalent that the company claims is the first to look just like a traditional incandescent bulb. Promising 1600 lumens of light and available in both soft white and cool daylight temperatures, the A21 bulb minimizes its heat-sink - the usual cause of LED bulb bloat - to a small ruff around the base.

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Hyundai EV in 2016 as Kia preps Soul EV for US

Hyundai EV in 2016 as Kia preps Soul EV for US

Hyundai will join rivals in offering an all-electric car, the first from the company, come 2016, having previously focused the brand's eco-friendly attentions on fuel-cell models. Kia, an affiliate of Hyundai, has pushed the group's electric car message in what Senior VP Lee Ki-sang describes as a "dividing" of roles so far. That division, however, is due to change, even though EV sales in Korea are miniscule.

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Nissan-Renault delays EV targets after “slower” sales

Nissan-Renault delays EV targets after “slower” sales

Nissan-Renault has scaled back its electric car ambitions, pushing its 1.5m global goals for worldwide EV sales to 2020 after conceding that its original 2016 target was over-ambitious. A shortage of infrastructure development to support electric vehicles is one of the key factors hamstringing their success, CEO Carlos Ghosn suggested this week, though argued that the increasing number of rivals entering the eco-friendly segment was an indication that a change was close at hand.

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Toyota wireless EV charging demonstrated as trial kicks off

Toyota wireless EV charging demonstrated as trial kicks off

Toyota will begin testing its wireless charging system for the Prius and other EVs and plug-in hybrids later the month, aiming to cut the number of times drivers of eco-friendly vehicles need to plug in. The technology, a ruggedized pad that sits in a parking space and can withstand being driven over by the careless, begins charging as soon as a compatible car is positioned on top, with Toyota's video demo - which you can see after the cut - showing a self-parking Prius automatically maneuvering itself into place.

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Ivanpah solar plant ushers in bright future (but it’s already outdated)

Ivanpah solar plant ushers in bright future (but it’s already outdated)

More than 300,000 individually computer-controlled mirrors. Three 459 foot tall towers topped with solar boilers at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. 392 megawatts of Power. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has gone live, a huge solar power plant built by BrightSource with backing from Google, NRG, and others, set to provide clean energy to 140,000 homes. For all its advanced technology, though, Ivanpah may be more important as a gateway to even more advanced solar energy projects.

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Audi Sport Quattro concept production likely plus R8 e-tron reprieve

Audi Sport Quattro concept production likely plus R8 e-tron reprieve

Audi may give its eye-catching Sport Quattro concept the green light to hit production, the company's chief engineer has teased, though the show car's 700HP V8 hybrid engine is unlikely to make it to forecourts. The slope-backed all-wheel-drive concept was first shown off at the Frankfurt auto show last year, as well as at CES 2014 in January, with Audi describing any production potential likely seeing the Sport Quattro positioned as a "boutique" model with a price tag in the region of $160k+; now, though, there's chatter of an altogether more realistic positioning for the car.

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BMW i8 gets laser headlamp option

BMW i8 gets laser headlamp option

BMW is outfitting its luxury i8 plug-in hybrid coupe with lasers, though unfortunately that won't mean blasting slower traffic out of the lane ahead. The car will be the first production model in the world to get laser light headlamps, which use laser diodes to produce more daylight-like illumination, boost range, and - perhaps most importantly on a car powered by batteries - cut power consumption.

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