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VW, BMW & ChargePoint to build electric vehicle charging stations

VW, BMW & ChargePoint to build electric vehicle charging stations

Now that most major auto manufacturers are producing electric cars, we can look to the next phase of the plan: infrastructure. Save for Tesla, we’ve not heard too much about charging stations implemented in a big way. Today, VW and BMW are announcing a joint venture with ChargePoint to bring a series of fast charging stations to the East and West Coasts of the United States. Their goal is to get roughly 100 fast chargers implemented between Boston and Washington DC, and from Portland, Oregon to San Diego.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt arrives with extended range and seats

2016 Chevrolet Volt arrives with extended range and seats

As hinted way back in November, Chevrolet has come out with a new version of its Volt hybrid electric vehicle in time for the 2015 Detroit Auto Show this week. If there's a common theme to this new EV, it would be "more". The car boasts of an increased EV range of 50 miles, 420 miles if you count on the "extended range" mode. It now also boasts of five seats, up from the previous four. The only thing that seemingly didn't increase is the weight of certain parts.

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Elon Musk teases Roadster update to have 400 mile range

Elon Musk teases Roadster update to have 400 mile range

Tesla's Roadster announcement didn't make it in time for Christmas, but CEO Elon Musk still has a thing or two to say before the day is over. The good news is that the new version of the sports car will have a range that is almost double its predecessor. Even better, Musk is promising to finally reveal details tomorrow (December-26th) as a "day after Christmas" gift to eagerly awaiting fans. That is, of course, unless some crisis issues rear their ugly heads again to delay even that.

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Tesla Roadster details coming next week

Tesla Roadster details coming next week

There is a saying about the best laid plans and that it happens to everyone, even the illustrious Elon Musk. The CEO of Tesla Motors, who also happens to hold SpaceX and its many ambitious projects (which includes an army of micro-satellites revolving around earth), has somewhat conceded to the constraints of a 24-hour daily cycle. Due to "crisis issues", the promised new Tesla Roadster is being delayed. The good news? Details about this mysterious new car will be revealed next week, right in the middle of the holidays.

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Tesla opening first battery swap station next week

Tesla opening first battery swap station next week

Tesla is keen to get more charging stations positioned throughout the country, which will allow Tesla owners to charge their cars at appropriate way stations without ever running out of power. With 312 existing Supercharger stations so far, Tesla is on the way to providing a true network of power for their owners. Now Tesla is testing an even quicker method for getting back on the road, allowing Tesla owners in central California to swap batteries instead of plugging in.

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New Nissan Leaf EV battery tipped to give 249-mile range

New Nissan Leaf EV battery tipped to give 249-mile range

The Nissan Leaf might have been shoved out of the spotlight by Tesla's Model S electric vehicle, but it could very well hog all the attention again when and if Renault-Nissan makes the formal announcement of the new battery indicated by insider sources. An unnamed Nissan engineer tipped that a technological breakthrough has allowed them to make an EV battery that his not only lighter and cheaper than the current model, but also has double the capacity, theoretically boosting the Leaf's range to 400 kilometers or 249 miles.

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Audi electric car with 280-mile range in the pipeline

Audi electric car with 280-mile range in the pipeline

Audi has an all-electric car in the pipeline, and it'll offer a range of 280 miles, according to the auto maker's technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg. The information was provided during the Los Angeles Auto Show, and though there's no information on what kind of car, exactly, the electric offering will be, Hackenberg said it'll be released around 2017. This model is rumored to be able to fit a total of five individuals, and will still have "ample luggage space". Given what has been revealed, it looks like Audi might have a Model S competitor in the works.

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Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV eyes-on

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV eyes-on

With the Mitsubishi Motors Concept XR-PHEV, the LA Auto Show 2014 sees a slick plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle drivetrain paired with high-end, bold styling - in bright red, of course. Mitsubishi brought this vehicle to LA not only reaffirm their commitment to the US market, but to show how future vehicles will look and run. As this vehicle is a concept, Mitsubishi says it'll never reach the road in its current form. On the other hand, the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV does play host to not only futuristic aesthetics for next-gen cars, but futuristic technologies as well.

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Tesla Model X pushed to latter half of 2015

Tesla Model X pushed to latter half of 2015

This week during Tesla Motors' Third Quarter 2014 shareholder announcements they made a push for their newest Model X. Alpha prototypes of the Model X are being tested. Initial Beta prototypes are being built. Making way for the production of the Model X in full, Tesla decided to built in significantly more validation testing time compared to tests of the Model S. According to Tesla, "In anticipation of this effort, we now expect Model X deliveries to start in Q3 of 2015, a few months later than previously expected."

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This BMW i3 Coupe lookalike could school EV makers

This BMW i3 Coupe lookalike could school EV makers

Electric cars may already be out on the roads around us, but that doesn't mean the segment isn't ripe for some innovation, and while Tesla might be doing its level best to push speed and luxury at the top end of the market, so one German team believes it has something similarly ground-breaking at the entry-level. Visio.M is the handiwork of researchers at TUM in Germany, tasked with cooking up an electric-powered city car that not only looks and drives well, but which cuts some of the legacy ties with old-fashioned production techniques, inefficient materials, and needless expense. The result is a somewhat 80s-esque coupe with a range just shy of 100 miles.

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