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This Volkswagen I.D. is the “electric Golf” for 2020

This Volkswagen I.D. is the “electric Golf” for 2020

Volkswagen has big ambitions for its electric car fleet, and it's previewing the first model at the Paris Motor Show this week, the distinctive VW I.D. Expected to go on sale in 2020 alongside Volkswagen's Golf, the "compact electric car" will be the first such compact vehicle to use the automaker's new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) which underpinned the BUDD-e microbus concept at CES.

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Smart will offer EV option on every car model in 2017

Smart will offer EV option on every car model in 2017

Smart, the Mercedes-Benz-owned maker of those really tiny Fortwo city cars, is a manufacturer that you think would have gone all-electric some time ago. While that hasn't been the case, the company is making a big move in that direction later this year. Starting with the 2017 model year, all of Smart's vehicles will come with the option of an electric version.

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2017 Chevy Bolt EV starts at $37,495 before federal tax credit

2017 Chevy Bolt EV starts at $37,495 before federal tax credit

Chevrolet has promised an affordable EV with a long driving range for a while now and those promises are finally coming true. When Chevy first started to talk up the Bolt EV we didn’t know exactly how much it would cost, but we did know that the vehicle would have an EPA-estimated driving range of 238-miles per charge. Chevy originally said that the car was expected to go on sale for under $37,500.

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There are still more questions than answers about the Chevrolet Bolt EV

There are still more questions than answers about the Chevrolet Bolt EV

It was a moment of celebration for one of the American auto industry's stalwarts: the Chevrolet Bolt EV would, at 238 miles, go further than Elon Musk's upstart Tesla Model 3. Cue flag-waving in Detroit, not least because the Bolt EV is expected to arrive at dealerships later this year, versus the late 2017 promised for the "cheap" Tesla. Nonetheless, while the early feedback has been fairly glowing from drivers given previews at the electric car's wheel, there's still a lot Chevrolet has to do before the Bolt EV is anywhere near ready for primetime.

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2017 Chevy Bolt EV gets EPA-estimated 238 miles per charge

2017 Chevy Bolt EV gets EPA-estimated 238 miles per charge

Chevrolet has made good on its promise to deliver the first affordable electric vehicle with over 200 miles of driving range per charge with the new 2017 Bolt EV. The car is set to go on sale later this year and it has an EPA-estimated driving range of 238 miles on a full charge. That driving range will vary in the real world, just as it does for every EV on the market today.

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e-MINI and BMW 3 Series EV tipped as Tesla’s Model 3 looms

e-MINI and BMW 3 Series EV tipped as Tesla’s Model 3 looms

Struggling to sell its divisive vision of electrified cars and wary of Tesla's Model 3, BMW plans a trio of EV versions of some of its best-selling mainstream gas models, sources now claim. The German automaker has already embraced electric powertrains in a number of models, but its distinctive - and not universally appreciated - i Series of cars have failed to capture drivers' attention in the same way that rivals have managed.

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Tesla Autopilot v8 detailed: Smarter radar in 1-2 weeks

Tesla Autopilot v8 detailed: Smarter radar in 1-2 weeks

Tesla has detailed Autopilot version 8 for the Model S and Model X, with CEO Elon Musk explaining how it'll make better use of existing radar sensors in ways that could prevent a fatality like that experienced earlier this year. The much-anticipated update was developed in-house rather than Tesla collaborating with Mobileye, as the automaker suggested in August would be the case moving forward. Most critically, Autopilot version 8 makes far greater use of hardware that's already widely installed on Tesla's cars.

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2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs 462HP and 31 mile EV range

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs 462HP and 31 mile EV range

Porsche is running full-steam-ahead with the all-new Panamera, unveiling its latest gas/electric version of the four-door, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Set to make its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show later this month, the new car may have green credentials but it hasn't lost its spark: Porsche is claiming 462 horsepower overall, and a top speed of 172 mph.

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Karma Revero reborn as $130k super-luxe, super-niche Tesla rival

Karma Revero reborn as $130k super-luxe, super-niche Tesla rival

If the rough definition of karma is "what goes around, comes around" then Karma Automotive picked an excellent name for its Revero luxury hybrid, the rebirth of the loved-but-flawed Fisker. After snapping up the gas-electric leftovers from Fisker's demise in early 2014, the new company has taken the wannabe Tesla rival and brought it back up to date, preserving the distinctive - and still fresh - design but revamping powertrain, tech, and more.

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Mercedes parent Daimler has plans for at least 6 electric cars

Mercedes parent Daimler has plans for at least 6 electric cars

We've known for some time that German carmaker Daimler, Mercedes-Benz's parent company, has plans to unveil an all-electric vehicle before the end of the year. It turns out, however, that their plans are much more ambitious, as six electric models are said to be in the works, according to a new report from Reuters. Back in June, the company promised that a long-range Mercedes EV would be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October.

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Volkswagen’s 2019 EV to get 300 miles with 15-minute charge

Volkswagen’s 2019 EV to get 300 miles with 15-minute charge

As Volkswagen works towards repairing its reputation following the "dieselgate" emissions scandal, the German car manufacturer seems to be going all-in on fully electric cars. Along with a goal stated earlier this year of offering 30 electric models by 2025, VW chairman Herbert Diess says that their first EV will make its debut at this year's Paris motor show, with a target of 300 miles of travel range from just a 15-minute charge.

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Tesla’s biggest challenge is batteries, and there’s no easy fix

Tesla’s biggest challenge is batteries, and there’s no easy fix

Suddenly, battery chemistry is the most interesting - and arguably most frustrating - topic in technology. Tesla's announcement today of a new, larger battery pack which will make its debut in even-faster versions of the Model S and Model X may sound like just another spec bump as the automaker looks to further eclipse gas engines, but according to CEO Elon Musk it's never been harder to improve range and performance.

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