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Audi prices up its 2016 A3 e-tron hybrid for US drivers

Audi prices up its 2016 A3 e-tron hybrid for US drivers

Audi has priced up the 2016 A3 Sportback e-tron for the US, its first - but, if all goes to plan, not last - electrified car for American drivers. The hybrid hatchback pairs a 1.4-liter TFSI engine with a plug-in electric drive system, and will show up in dealerships from October. Audi is, unsurprisingly, pitching it above a Prius or a Volt, however, with the A3 e-tron starting out at $37,900 before federal tax credits.

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This could be Tesla’s Model 3 double-sided mockup

This could be Tesla’s Model 3 double-sided mockup

Tesla may be promising its "affordable" Model 3 in just over two years, but we're still in the dark as to what it looks like. A mysterious sheet-clad model in Tesla's own design studio might give us the best hints so far, however, with Australian news show 60 Minutes catching the oddly-shaped car in the corner while ostensibly talking about the Model X SUV due to arrive in just a few months.

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2016 Chevy Volt gets 106 MPGe fuel economy rating

2016 Chevy Volt gets 106 MPGe fuel economy rating

Chevrolet struggled this year with sales of the plug is hybrid Volt. In April, sales were so slow for the vehicle that Chevy halted production of the car for four weeks to allow unsold stock to move on dealerships around the country. Chevy hopes that the new 2016 Volt will woo more buyers with its improved efficiency and longer electric driving range.

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BMW i3 owners offered cash to delay car charging

BMW i3 owners offered cash to delay car charging

If you're a BMW i3 owner and live in California, you could get paid over $1,000 directly from BMW to not charge your electric vehicle during peak hours. It's part of a trail program that sees the car company teaming up with PG&E, California's utility provider, to try to offset heavy demand on the power grids. i3 drivers can basically be compensated for putting off their charging by an hour or more.

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Record setting EV reaches 100 km/h in 1.779 seconds

Record setting EV reaches 100 km/h in 1.779 seconds

Students from the University of Stuttgart have landed a Guinness World Record for the fastest acceleration from a standstill. The students set the record in a specially built EV racing car. The driver inside the small car was able to go from a standstill to 100 km/h in 1.779 seconds. The students participating in the record setting run were all part of GreenTeam at the university.

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Tesla software update with autosteer, parallel autopark almost ready

Tesla software update with autosteer, parallel autopark almost ready

Tesla owners who are eager for the next big software update for their electric vehicles may not have much longer to wait. The next update, expected to bring the software to version 7, will enable highway auto-steering functionality and automatic parallel parking, and is almost ready for release. This comes the CEO himself, Elon Musk, via several posts on Twitter early this morning. No firm release date was given, and there's still one last issue they need to prepare for, but if all goes well we should be downloading the new software soon.

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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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Tesla Model X prototype spied in California with strange sensors adorning

Tesla Model X prototype spied in California with strange sensors adorning

Tesla has been doing very well with its Model S electric vehicle. The Model S is one of the best selling EVs in the country and is the EV with the best driving range, it also happens to be the most expensive EV on the market right now. The next model from Tesla will be the Model X SUV and recently a prototype of that Model X was spied cruising the streets in Berkley, California.

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Apple nabs former Fiat Chrysler exec for secret electric car project

Apple nabs former Fiat Chrysler exec for secret electric car project

While things have been quiet on the topic of Apple's secretive electric car project — codenamed Titan — for several months now, the company is still moving ahead on whatever is behind those closed doors. This includes the discovery that Apple recently hired auto industry veteran Doug Betts, the former manufacturing and quality control executive for Fiat Chrysler. As The Wall Street Journal notes, Betts joined Apple's "Operations" team earlier this month, following seven years at Fiat Chrysler, and leaving in 2014.

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Stary electric skateboard promises over 18 miles per charge

Stary electric skateboard promises over 18 miles per charge

We have seen electric skateboards in the past that have battery packs and motors to get the rider around town for work or fun. A new electric skateboard has turned up that is very different called Stary. What makes Stary so different is that it has no motor or battery inside. That makes it the lightest electric skateboard in the world.

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Apple hires auto industry experts hinting at EV plans

Apple hires auto industry experts hinting at EV plans

Apple is always quite about its plans for any new market. Of all the electronics firms out there, Apple tends to do the best at keeping secrets and by all indications, it's keeping a big secret right now. Reports indicate that Apple has spent time and money putting together a team of automotive industry veterans. The hiring of these veterans suggests that Apple may be getting serious about an electric vehicle project.

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Tesla outlines roadmap: Model X, 3, & new Roadster

Tesla outlines roadmap: Model X, 3, & new Roadster

Tesla's news today wasn't just about "Ludicrous Mode" along with more range and cheaper entry-level Model S, with CEO Elon Musk also discussing the roadmap for the company's next three new cars. Nearest at hand is the Tesla Model X, the electric SUV, which Musk said is on track for the first deliveries in two months time. However, he also touched upon the Model 3, Tesla's more affordable EV, and a new Roadster.

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