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Toyota ME.WE concept clads EV in chunky plastic

Toyota ME.WE concept clads EV in chunky plastic

Toyota has revealed a new EV concept that prioritizes flexibility, eco-concern, and easy damage repair, the ME.WE, cladding a simple aluminum sub-frame with easily interchanged polypropylene body panels. The electric car concept, designed in association with French firm Jean-Marie Massaud, can flip instantly between two- or four-wheel drive, thanks to an individual motor in each wheel, while the doors, bonnet, bumpers, wings, and other components can be switched out to suit different use-cases or to swiftly repair damage.

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GM begins manufacturing Spark EV electric motor in Baltimore

GM begins manufacturing Spark EV electric motor in Baltimore

General Motors has become the first domestic automaker to build electric motors and drive units in the United States. GM has announced that the manufacturing of the electric motors for its coming Spark EV have begun in Baltimore. The electric motors and drive units were imported from foreign manufacturers before GM kicked off production in the US.

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Protean debuts production in-wheel electric motor

Protean debuts production in-wheel electric motor

Protean Electric is a company that performs a lot of research and development in the in-wheel electric drive market. In-wheel electric motors are exactly what they sound like, small electric propulsion units that fit within the wheels of an automobile. Protean Electric has unveiled its production in-wheel motor at the 2013 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress.

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV Review

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Review

Electric cars generally settle into one of two camps: the outlandish, like Renault's Twizy, or the discrete, like Nissan's Note. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, however, straddles both. Its "space jelly-bean" looks are certainly eye-catching, but they're also borrowed wholesale from the regular gas-powered version available in Japan and Europe, rather than an EV flourish for its own sake. The i-MiEV is also one of the US' cheapest EVs, though with prices starting at $21,625 (after tax incentives) it still commands a premium over more traditionally fuelled cars. Can the i-MiEV's frugal charms win us over? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Toyota i-Road electric vehicle turns up on video

Toyota i-Road electric vehicle turns up on video

We talked a couple times now about the strange little Toyota i-Road electric vehicle. The car was first seen at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. It's rather like a cross between a motorcycle and a very small electric vehicle. There was some indication that Toyota was aiming the vehicle at drivers wanting to split lanes in traffic as motorcyclists often do.

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Renault Twizy: We drive the bonkers moon-buggy EV

Renault Twizy: We drive the bonkers moon-buggy EV

This ain't your daddy's Tesla. In fact, the Renault Twizy is arguably the antithesis of the Model S: eye-catching where the Tesla is discrete; cheap where the electric sedan is expensive. Intended for city driving and the sort of short trips where nippy and straightforward are the key factors, the Twizy also manages to be a whole lot of fun, albeit with a couple of caveats (and preferably a pair of gloves). We raised our eco-cred with a Twizy blast around the urban jungle.

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Elon Musk flames NYT review of Tesla Model S

Elon Musk flames NYT review of Tesla Model S

Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn't happy at all with a recent review published in the New York Times of his company's Model S electric vehicle. The Model S is a high-performance four-door battery-powered sedan that has proven to be one of the better electric vehicles on the market. The Model S also happens to be a very impressive performance car despite its large size and lack of a standard engine.

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