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Fiat boss: Don’t buy my 500e EV

Fiat boss: Don’t buy my 500e EV

Fiat's 500e electric car was never going to be a volume seller, but Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is apparently doing his best to make it even less popular, telling would-be buyers he'd actually prefer them to skip the battery-powered vehicle. The blunt boss criticized the US regulations that force car companies to develop EVs, arguing that the value drivers and the government place on such cars simply don't line up with what it costs Fiat Chrysler to make them.

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This is how BMW will sell you an i8 supercar

This is how BMW will sell you an i8 supercar

Selling an expensive electric supercar can be a difficult business, assuming you're not Tesla that is, and so BMW is leaving nothing to chance with the i8. A new campaign trying to instill EVs with the same sort of drama as gearheads expect from gas powered engines will kick off this month, directed by Gus Van Sant and edited by Fight Club editor Angus Wall.

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BMW i Solar Carport Concept powers i8 and home

BMW i Solar Carport Concept powers i8 and home

Plugging in an electric car to recharge often happens in the dark confines of a garage, but BMW wants to brings its u3 and i8 EV range into the light with a new BMW i Solar Carport Concept. Mounting translucent solar panels on top of a bamboo frame - the wood picked for its rapid regrowth - the carport could be entirely off-grid, BMW claims, though you'd obviously need to get enough sun.

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Apple marks Earth Day 2014 with Tim Cook “Better” eco-video

Apple marks Earth Day 2014 with Tim Cook “Better” eco-video

Apple has relaunched its Environmental Responsibility hub on Earth Day 2014, renewing attention on its materials selection, the impact of climate change, and how it is sourcing energy for new projects like the Yerington, Nevada data center from solar farms. The company also has a new video, filmed at different Apple locations around the world and narrated by CEO Tim Cook, in which the chief exec discusses the "big responsibility to leave a smaller footprint."

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Tesla targets EVs for business with lease expansion

Tesla targets EVs for business with lease expansion

Tesla is aiming to push the Model S into businesses, announcing lease plans for companies wanting an EV in their parking lot, though as with the car firm's previous financing deals there's some juggling to be done with the numbers. The headline figure Tesla has gone with is $408 a month, however that takes into account not only business tax benefits, but an estimated fuel saving, without which the recurring fee would be much higher.

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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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