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Venturi VBB-3 electric racer sets land speed record

Venturi VBB-3 electric racer sets land speed record

This has been a bad year for racing at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats. Lots of rain has left the normally hard packed salt slushy and clumpy. The conditions were so bad that the Bonneville Speed Week was shut down for the second year in a row. Despite Speed Week being shuttered again this year, a team from Venturi and Ohio State set out last week in an attempt to set a new speed record for electric vehicles in the VBB-3 streamliner.

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Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

When you establish a rating standard to try to give all products a fair review, you usually set it up against an ideal perfect product. But what if you come across a product that actually surpasses that ideal? That was the predicament that Consumer Reports found itself in when it tried to grade Tesla's Model S P85D, the successor to an earlier Model S version. You see, the P85D was rated so good that it scored a 103, on a scale that shouldn't even go beyond 100.

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Tesla Models S P85D goes 452.8 miles on a charge

Tesla Models S P85D goes 452.8 miles on a charge

Lots of people hypermile their cars, hypermiling is a process where someone drives exceedingly carefully to enable their car to drive the longest distance on a tank of fuel possible. People go to some strange extremes to get better fuel economy with custom-made body kits and the like. A man named Bjorn Nyland has driven a Tesla P85D 452.8 miles (728.7km) on a single charge.

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Qualcomm reveals BMW i8 Formula E safety car with wireless charging

Qualcomm reveals BMW i8 Formula E safety car with wireless charging

It may have been a while since we've heard anything new about Qualcomm's Halo, the wireless car charging system. That's changed today, as the company has just announced its new official safety car for the second season of the FIA's Formula E Championship. The car, a BMW i8, has been outfitted with Qualcomm's Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system, said to be able to charge the vehicle's batteries in one hour.

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StoreDot startup is working on EV battery that can charge in five minutes

StoreDot startup is working on EV battery that can charge in five minutes

One of the things that could revolutionize the EV world is batteries that store more power allowing cars to drive for longer distances. Another big battery improvement that could make EVs much more mainstream is the ability to charge the batteries inside the EV much faster. Right now, it can take up to 24 hours to completely charge a normal EV battery.

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Tesla crowdsources EV charging stations through Airbnb

Tesla crowdsources EV charging stations through Airbnb

As environment-friendly and enticing electric cars may be, there will always be the fear of running out of juice in the middle of nowhere, which is probably worse than running out of gas considering the scarcity of EV charging stations. Tesla has tried to address that range anxiety with a network of Supercharger stations from coast to coast in the US. But that might not be enough. In order to help defray the cost of putting more Superchargers, Tesla has enlisted the help of Airbnb and its hosts to offer EV charging in their very homes.

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Tesla angers Model S owners with letters about Supercharger use

Tesla angers Model S owners with letters about Supercharger use

The Tesla Model S has the best driving range of any EV out there, but buyers interested in the car still have range anxiety to deal with on longer trips. To help alleviate this range anxiety, Tesla installed a series of fast charging stations that now spans coast-to-coast in the US that can quickly charge a Model S. Some Tesla owners have received a letter via email from Tesla designating them as frequent users of local Superchargers.

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Toyota pins hybrid hopes on new Prius in September

Toyota pins hybrid hopes on new Prius in September

Toyota's new Prius will make its debut at the LA Auto Show in September, the 4th-generation of the hybrid and the car the Japanese company is counting on to reignite sales. Set to break cover on September 8th, the new Prius is expected to not only boost economy but power, too, addressing complaints that the eco-minded auto is lacking in driver appeal.

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Audi e-tron quattro concept teases 2018’s all-electric SUV

Audi e-tron quattro concept teases 2018’s all-electric SUV

Audi will bring its luxury electric crossover concept to the Frankfurt Auto Show next month, previewing a Tesla-challenging e-tron SUV for 2018. The car, dubbed the Audi e-tron quattro concept, is the German marque's clearest design indication for its all-electric SUV plans so far, following on from the Prologue Allroad concept from earlier in the year. However, while the sheet metal is interesting, the most excitement happens underneath.

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Aston Martin eyes 800hp all-electric Rapide

Aston Martin eyes 800hp all-electric Rapide

Aston Martin is looking at bringing a new model to the market in the next two years. The new car will be an all-electric version of the Rapide and word is that the car will offer 800hp. Aston is more known for its DB series of coupes, the Rapide is the companies four door car designed with an eye towards performance and good looks.

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2016 Nissan Leaf tipped for 110-mile battery option

2016 Nissan Leaf tipped for 110-mile battery option

It's not uncommon at all for Nissan to bring executives from its various dealers into a special event where they are told about upcoming Nissan products. Nissan holds events where they work to get the brass from their dealership network behind new products. Often these events involve an early look at new vehicles to get dealer feedback and not everyone who is invited can keep their mouth shut.

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England set to trial charging tech for EVs and hybrids alongside major roadways

England set to trial charging tech for EVs and hybrids alongside major roadways

The British government is set to being trials for charging technology for hybrid and electric vehicles that may one day be placed on major A roads in the country. The trials will test the charging tech needed to allow drivers of EVs and plug-in hybrids to travel longer distances on electricity alone. The test doesn't involve charging stations placed at the side of the roads, rather the charging tech would allow batteries to be charged without the driver needing to stop.

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