Electric Vehicle

Rimac challenges Tesla with world’s fastest electric car debut in March

Rimac challenges Tesla with world’s fastest electric car debut in March

The automotive world may have largely forgotten, but five years a little-known company called Rimac first unveiled its Concept_One, an all-electric "hypercar" boasting of 1,088 horsepower and a top speed of roughly 220 mph. Well, Rimac is back, and they've announced that the first of eight final production models will officially be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It's been a long wait, but it looks like the auto startup from Croatia has finally arrived.

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Dubuc Tomahawk all-electric supercar promised for 2017 debut

Dubuc Tomahawk all-electric supercar promised for 2017 debut

When we last heard from Quebec, Canada-based automotive start-up Dubuc Motors, it was late 2013 and their sharp-looking Tomahawk was a kit car that made use of a Corvette engine. Fast-forward to the present, and the Tomahawk is an all-electric supercar to be built in North America and see its first release in 2017. Dubuc is ambitious, aiming for the Tomahawk to take the place of the discontinued Tesla Roadster, but with other EV start-ups promising their own supercar contenders, they may soon be facing a crowded market.

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Elon Musk shares idea for vertical take-off electric plane

Elon Musk shares idea for vertical take-off electric plane

As the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk is responsible for groundbreaking changes in both the auto and space markets, but he may now be turning his eye towards aviation. When speaking at the Hyperloop Pod competition held over the weekend at Texas A&M University, Musk commented that the idea of an electric plane capable of taking off vertically is something he's been focusing on recently.

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General Motors team focus on self-driving, electric car development

General Motors team focus on self-driving, electric car development

US car giant General Motors revealed this week that it's forming a team that will be dedicated to developing self-driving and electric vehicles, a sign the manufacturer doesn't want to get left behind as the growing car technologies continue to gain popularity. As GM is looking towards this fall's release of the Chevrolet Bolt compact electric, it seems to planning to expand its offering of such vehicles in the future, along with exploring autonomous driving features.

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Tesla Gigafactory coming up short on employment promise

Tesla Gigafactory coming up short on employment promise

Tesla's Gigafactory, the production complex that will ultimately make the batteries that the company needs for its electric vehicles, has been the focus of much sensationalism. First was the speculation, and even "bidding" on which state will host the factory. Then, when construction started, reporters were so intrigued that they would break the law just to get a scoop. Now the Gigafactory in Nevada might again be in the spotlight, but in a negative way, as Tesla is allegedly unable to fulfill its promise of generating more jobs and income for the state's citizens.

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Tesla ships 17,192 Model S, 208 Model X in Q4 2015

Tesla ships 17,192 Model S, 208 Model X in Q4 2015

With the turning of the year, Tesla is coming clean with the numbers of its electric vehicle delivers for the last quarter of last year and for 2015 in total. And while the car maker didn't exactly hit the high expectations it had set in February last year, which was 55,000, it does come close. For 2015, Tesla was able to ship a total of 50,580 vehicles. More than a fourth of that number came from the fourth quarter sales of the Model S sedan, amounting to more than 17,000. The Model X, on the other, only saw 208 sales before the year's end.

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Rules requiring ‘quiet cars’ to have audio alerts delayed (again)

Rules requiring ‘quiet cars’ to have audio alerts delayed (again)

In January 2013, the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a minimum sound requirement for electric and hybrid vehicles, a move to protect pedestrians who may fail to notice a silent car driving past. “This proposal,” the agency had said, “will help keep everyone using our nation’s street and roadways safe.” The plan to implement such sounds has been ongoing since despite auto maker objections, but it recently hit a snag that has stalled the finalization until early next year.

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Gogoro’s newest investments comes from Panasonic and the NDF

Gogoro’s newest investments comes from Panasonic and the NDF

The folks at the electric battery and scooter company Gogoro have announced a new round of investments from Panasonic and the National Development Fund of Taiwan. Both of these investors are significant, as one provides battery tech for the company, and the other is part of the government of the country in which Gogoro's first release of electric scooters has taken place. There, in Taipei, Gogoro's pilot market has taken off with flying colors.

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Acer reveals it’s developing an electric ATV

Acer reveals it’s developing an electric ATV

If there's one thing Acer is known for, it most certainly is not all-terrain vehicles. But who's to say they can't experiment a little? The Taiwanese phone, tablet, and laptop manufacturer revealed that that's exactly what they're developing at last week's Munich-based eCarTech conference. In fitting with the show's theme, the ATV is completely powered by electricity (making it an eATV), and going by the name "X Terran."

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LG, GM team up to develop Chevrolet Bolt EV

LG, GM team up to develop Chevrolet Bolt EV

When you hear of tech companies' involvement with modern, high tech cars, it's usually limited to a few pieces of technology inside the cabin, more often than not, the infotainment system. General Motors, however, is trying to be special by involving LG, popular for its smartphones, TVs, and appliances, in the development of its upcoming Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle. This makes LG perhaps one of if not the first major consumer electronics manufacturers to be a strategic partner in developing one of the cars of the future.

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Consumer Reports gives Tesla Model S reliability a thumbs down

Consumer Reports gives Tesla Model S reliability a thumbs down

After breaking ground and breaking Consumer Reports' scoring system, the Tesla Model S is now breaking its heart. Despite praise for being the best performing car the consumer-centric publication has ever tested, it cannot with a clear conscience give it its "Recommended" mark of approval. That is because, based on a survey of 1,400 owners of the electric vehicle, Consumer Reports determined that while the current Model S tops performance, it flunks in reliability, in some parts even faring worse than the 2013 and 2014 models.

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Electric driverless bus to operate in California, Singapore

Electric driverless bus to operate in California, Singapore

A French company named EasyMile is bringing one of its electric driverless buses, the EZ10, to both California and Singapore. The buses will be operating at a car park in the latter country, and at a business park in California, doing so in a way that is both futuristic and environmentally friendly. As you’ve probably guessed, the bus will not be used on public roads in either location, instead running on pre-set routes.

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