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Tesla experimenting with a free car for referrals

Tesla experimenting with a free car for referrals

Tesla will soon begin a referral program for their electric vehicles instead of continuing to fight their up-hill battle with US car dealers. They'll continue to open new stores, for sure, but depending on how well this referral program goes, suggested CEO Elon Musk this week, perhaps not so many stores will be opened as originally planned. Word of mouth, after all, is one of Tesla's strongest tools for sales of vehicles, especially in states where sales through Tesla stores are not yet legal.

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Apple reported to be eying BMW i3 for its own EV plans

Apple reported to be eying BMW i3 for its own EV plans

Apple making its own electric car is one of those news that refuses to die, much like a zombie. Although a surprising new venture for Cupertino, it falls in line with the tech world's recent obsession over the automotive industry, both in EVs and in self-driving cars. And there is strong evidence to support news of Apple's plans, as well as a steady flow of rumors, like this one that puts Apple chief exec Tim Cook in Germany to see if the BMW i3 electric car is a viable basis for its own.

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ChargePoint Home makes charging your EV a bit smarter

ChargePoint Home makes charging your EV a bit smarter

Electric cars, whether pure or hybrid, are on the rise. And with that comes the need to have those charged in the most efficient manner. While EVs come with their own charging solutions, whether in stations or at home, ChargePoint believes there is room for improvement. Which is why it has developed the ChargePoint Home. The company calls it the most advanced home EV charger, and it seem to fit the bill. It has enough brains to connect with your smartphone as well as your smart home.

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BMW finally unveils its hydrogen fuel cell i8 concept

BMW finally unveils its hydrogen fuel cell i8 concept

The BMW i8 already looks like a car from the future, but this new version of it might be even more so. Just the other day we saw Toyota boasting about the mileage of its own hydrogen fuel cell Mirai and now BMW has come out with one of its own. Not a commercial model yet, though. This still unnamed research car will be the German car maker's plans for fuel cell powered automobiles. Curiously, Toyota actually plays an important role in those plans as well.

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2016 Mirai sets a 312 mile record for zero-emission cars

2016 Mirai sets a 312 mile record for zero-emission cars

The Toyota Mirai is really setting records, at least according to the car maker. Toyota just proudly announced that the 2016 Mirai has achieved the equivalent of 67 miles per gallon on city/highway/combined roads and a range of 312 miles, both based on EPA estimates. That might not sound so noteworthy at first, until you take into account the fact that the Mirai is a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. Thus, Toyota is claiming that it is the first of any zero emission vehicle to hit, and even exceed, that 300 mile mark.

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Audi R8 e-tron concept is ready to drive itself

Audi R8 e-tron concept is ready to drive itself

Just two months ago, Audi revived the R8 e-tron to take another stab at the electric vehicle market. Now it is taking it further, this time with very little help from humans. Trying to smash stereotypes again, Audi is revealing a new self-driving car that is something no other electric car has tried to be: a sports car. Based on the Audi R8 e-tron, this EV is no underdog, boasting a range of 450 km (279.6 mi), an acceleration of 3.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, all on two electric motors each spewing 170 kW of power. And it can drive itself.

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Iris is a French EV that lifts the driver into the air

Iris is a French EV that lifts the driver into the air

If you have ever been to the mall at the holiday season you have probably seen the police set up in a corner of the parking lot in a booth that raises them into the air so they can watch the entire parking lot without having to look between cars. A new French EV called Iris Viseo has the same idea with the ability to raise the driver into the air for better visibility.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt now has a price tag

2016 Chevrolet Volt now has a price tag

It seems that Chevrolet is going full steam ahead with the 2016 model of its hybrid electric vehicle, the Chevy Volt. Now it has a price tag in the US, and an even sweeter deal for those in California. But while it's mentioned to be cheaper than the current Volt model, it is only slightly so. The 2016 Volt carries an MSRP of $33,995. And in $825 for destination fees, which doesn't include tax, title, license and dealer fees, and you're just $1,200 shy of the current Volt titleholder.

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Tesla delivered 10,030 cars last quarter, their most ever

Tesla delivered 10,030 cars last quarter, their most ever

Tesla is reporting a record quarter to start 2015. According to the company, they delivered 10,030 cars in Q1 2015 alone, their best ever. The company also says their figures are highly accurate (with a 1% error rate) due to the fact they do ship directly to customers, and a delivery is only counted if the customer takes ownership and all the paperwork is finalized. This all comes after Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave some telling commentary on his company’s performance in China, suggesting they were ‘misled’ about interest in the country.

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Video: Tesla Model X seen in California highway testing

Video: Tesla Model X seen in California highway testing

Tesla’s Model X is a snazzy new SUV that’s set to arrive in the driveways of those who bought one (without even driving it!) later this year. If all goes according to plan, the third quarter of 2015 should see the Model X hit the road, officially. Unofficially, we’ve seen the Model X tested in semi-private locations. Again, unofficially, we’re now seeing the Model X tested in a very public way, as one lucky sleuth caught the Model X on test near Palo Alto, California. On the highway!

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