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We go Electric Racing at the Formula E Long Beach ePrix

We go Electric Racing at the Formula E Long Beach ePrix

It's not easy to give birth to a brand new global racing series. It's even harder when you're bucking the trend of nearly 100 years of motorsports by leaving the roar of internal combustion behind in favor of embracing the future of electric mobility. Formula E, now in its second season, juxtaposes the familiar open-wheel format with avant-guard battery-powered drivetrains, and in the process flips much of the established racing order on its ear.

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Elon Musk feeds Tesla Model 3 fire with new car details

Elon Musk feeds Tesla Model 3 fire with new car details

With more than 276,000 Tesla Model 3 preorders only halfway through the weekend, CEO Elon Musk has been fielding questions about the hotly anticipated $35k electric car. The upstart automaker only began taking reservations - at $1,000 a pop, albeit refundable if buyers change their mind between now and delivery - on Thursday morning, ahead of the Model 3 reveal in Los Angeles that evening, but already demand has proved more than twice what Tesla expected.

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ORNL 20kW wireless charging system hits 90% efficiency

ORNL 20kW wireless charging system hits 90% efficiency

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been working on a wireless charging system for EVs and plug-in hybrids for years. The goal is to create a system that makes charging EVs and hybrids easier for drivers and to make EVs and other plug-in vehicles as cheap and easy to own as a gasoline vehicle. ORNL has announced that it has demonstrated a 20-kilowatt wireless charging system that has achieved 90% efficiency at three times the rate of the plug-in systems commonly used in electric cars today.

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Tesla Model 3 sees over double the expected pre-orders

Tesla Model 3 sees over double the expected pre-orders

In case you haven't heard, Tesla, the superstar electric car company, finally unveiled its new Model 3 last week. It was assumed that electric vehicle and Tesla fans would create a high demand for the car, which won't actually be released until a year and a half from now, but founder Elon Musk has said that Thursday's presentation was only the first of two for the Model 3 sedan, so there really shouldn't be that many people eager to order one just yet, right? Well, no.

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Tesla Model 3 first ride – Inside the $35k game-changer [Video]

Tesla Model 3 first ride – Inside the $35k game-changer [Video]

When Tesla asks if you want to take a ride in the future, you don't turn them down. Hot on the heels of the Tesla Model 3's big reveal tonight in LA, I was invited to go for a spin in the brand new "affordable" electric car.

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Revealed: This is the Tesla Model 3

Revealed: This is the Tesla Model 3

This is it - the "mass market" electric car that Tesla has been promising and teasing since Elon Musk & Co. decided to shake up the auto industry. Undercutting the current Tesla line-up by tens of thousands, and opening the door to EV ownership with that coveted badge - and the promise of the rapidly-evolving technology behind it - to a whole new cohort of drivers, to say the Model 3 is anticipated is to understate it considerably.

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Tesla’s Model S has a huge charging problem

Tesla’s Model S has a huge charging problem

Offer people free power for their electric cars and they'll undoubtedly plug in and take you up on that offer, and that leaves Tesla in a potentially tough spot. One of the electric car maker's perks for drivers of its Model S and Model X EVs is access to the Supercharger network, a growing number of high-speed charging stations at which not only do the vehicles get juiced-up fast, it doesn't cost a thing.

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The big questions the Tesla Model 3 needs to answer today

The big questions the Tesla Model 3 needs to answer today

If Tesla is the Apple of the auto industry, then today's big reveal of the Model 3 is the equivalent of the iPhone 7 keynote. Elon Musk & Co.'s plans for an affordable electric car more suited to the needs - and bank balance - of the mass market have been ticking away in the background for some time now, but it's only today, at an event at its facility in Los Angeles, CA, that we'll get the first clear sight of the fruits of those efforts.

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Off-road in-line skates have tank treads and electric motors

Off-road in-line skates have tank treads and electric motors

Anyone who has ever used in-line skates knows that they don't work that well in the dirt or grass. The wheels get caught up and you fall or you slow way down and practically have to walk through the dirt. A man called Jack Skopinski has created what he calls off-road rollerblades. Each of the off-road skates has a 350W DC motor on the back.

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In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

If the Toyota Prius is the de-facto geekmobile of the green movement, then the new Prius Prime is the moon buggy it aspires to grow up to be. Intended as Toyota's showcase for just what sort of technology it can squeeze into a hybrid - only without pushing the price tag up to lavish Tesla Model S levels - the new car introduces a big dashboard touchscreen, head-up display, and wireless charging, among other things. All the same, when you push gadgetry and limit price, something has to give.

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High-tech vacuum designer Dyson possibly developing an electric car

High-tech vacuum designer Dyson possibly developing an electric car

While Dyson is known around the globe for its home products like vacuum cleaners and fans, it seems the British company is looking to step out of its niche and into the exploding electric vehicle market. But Dyson may be well-beyond the early planning stages, as it's receiving a hefty investment from the UK government to pursue its research and development.

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Bolt EV hits pre-production as Chevy ramps Tesla rival

Bolt EV hits pre-production as Chevy ramps Tesla rival

All electric eyes may be on Tesla and the upcoming Model 3 reveal at the end of the month, but Chevrolet would really like you to remember that it, too, has an affordable EV and it's due even earlier. The Bolt EV is now in pre-production, Chevrolet has announced today, with cars whirring down the line at the company's Orion Township, Michigan.

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